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   Posted 1/25/2005 8:58 AM (GMT -6)   
It was amazing!!
after the defense, we waited in another room and then my sponsor came in and said "congratulations dr. festa"  I broke down in tears. 
we went out to dinner with my mom and bob's mom and dad and bob.  It was really beautiful, a beautiful restaurant in New York.  but, how come I was the only one that wanted to walk off dinner in 8 degree weather?????????????  No takers.
Well, it's back to work.  charlie has given me one hour to be king of the block before he tries to cut me down.  Aint gonna happen, but let's hope I'm diplomatic.  Gotta go.
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   Posted 1/25/2005 9:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh Ellen,
That is the best news... CONGRATULATIONS ! I am so happy for you. You have worked so hard under such difficult circumstances so I hope that you are still Happy Dancing !
yeah    yeah    yeah    yeah
Love and Hugs Doc,
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stout rope; She clings to one end, I the other;
She calls it friendship; I call it hope....

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   Posted 1/25/2005 10:11 AM (GMT -6)   
CONGRATULATIONS!! I am teary eyed. You have come so far and been through so much. I am so very proud of you! Sliding here in Louisville. I am so happy for you. Take your time and bask in that Glory!

Sara Dearing
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   Posted 1/25/2005 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations, Ellen!!! This is just great. You should be so proud of yourself. Like Sara said, we certainly are proud of you. I know you have to get right back to work, but you need to sit back and enjoy for a while. Happy hugs, Lauri
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   Posted 1/25/2005 10:49 AM (GMT -6)   
yeah   yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
Dear Dr. Festa,
 Congratulations! I am teary eyed also. How utterly fantastic.! Don't stop the celebrating any time soon because we are all going to be celebrating for a long time to come.
Lots of love and hugs, Di

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   Posted 1/25/2005 11:04 AM (GMT -6)   
YESSSSSSSS!!!!!! I am now the proud owner of a Louisville Slugger bat given to me by the famous Dr. Ellen Copper-Festa! It is a treasure to keep forever and ever. I am soooooo excited for you! You are something, you know that? In your short life you have endured so much and look at what you have done with yourself! God, your mother must be bursting with pride. I am surprised she wouldn't walk with you in the eight degrees, she had to be HOT with pride. And that husband of yours and his parents have to be bursting buttons, too. What a special day! You can do anything.................. Love you, MK

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   Posted 1/25/2005 12:54 PM (GMT -6)   
YIPPEE!!!!!!! WOOHOO!!!!! Wonderful news Ellen!!!! You are fantastic! You have done so much through hard times, you are awesome! Congratulations and I am happy dancin' for you! L&H, Gail
 It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth -- and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.   Elisabeth Kubler Ross

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   Posted 1/25/2005 2:58 PM (GMT -6)   


Yippee Skippee!  I am so happy for you.  Congratulations.

Love and hugs,



Many Blessings for the New Year



Life may not be the party

 we hoped for,

but while we are here we might as

well dance.

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   Posted 1/25/2005 4:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Ellen, What can I say. They have said it all. I think I will resort to... Well done. I have almost been afraid to look. You talk about smile. I am so happy and so proud of all you have done. Congratulations. Love and Hugs Joyce
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   Posted 1/25/2005 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh Ellen,

I am sending you one big huge congratulatory {{{{{{{{{{{HUG}}}}}}}}}}}, and with it comes lots of love!

Proud as punch here in little ole Shreve.

Sounds like a very special dinner out with your loved ones, one to remember for years to come.

^j^ ^j^ ^j^
"What sweetness is left in life if you take away friendship? It is like robbing the world of the sun"

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   Posted 1/25/2005 7:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Mazel Tov, Doc! Great news and give yourself a well earned pat on the back. Then consider retail therapy as a reward. It is an all-occasion activity!


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   Posted 1/25/2005 8:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Dr Ellen - How great that sounds. Lord knows that you have earned it, more than once. My congratulations to you. In fact, as I am sitting here, this Bud's for you.
You have every right to walk around with a head so swollen you might not get through the doorway.
Love, Jo-Ann
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but a true friend will be sitting
next to you saying,
"Dâmn... that was fun!".

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   Posted 1/25/2005 9:05 PM (GMT -6)   
CONGRATS!  yeah yeah yeah
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   Posted 1/25/2005 9:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations Dr. Ellen!  What an awesome achievement.  This is just what January needs.  Love and Hugs, Libby
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   Posted 1/25/2005 11:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Adding my heartfelt congratulations to Dr Ellen.

You are quite marvellous and we all salute you
L & H
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