Another year has gone by....

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   Posted 1/15/2008 5:23 PM (GMT -7)   
On the sad side, this is always a sad time of year for me because it has now been 8 years since my Mitchell passed. Where did all the time go?

Also, this lady who was given "about 9 months to live" has now reached 12 years. It is now also 8 years since my second bout with the disease.

Now, I'm just tired from it all. But, there are 5 grandchildren I wouldn't have seen in those years. Thanks to all of you for taking the ride with me.

Love, Jo-Ann
A good friend will bail you out of jail...
but a true friend will be sitting
next to you saying,
"Dâmn... that was fun!".

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   Posted 1/15/2008 6:47 PM (GMT -7)   
It is certainly a bittersweet time, isn't it, Jo-Ann. I remember reading the posts when Mitchell passed, and I wept for you. Even now I cannot imagine your personal pain and feelings of loss. On the otherhand, look at those precious grandchildren. And, don't forget the lives of so many women you have touched. Mine was one of them. I remember posting about the microcalcifications found on my mammogram four years after lumpectomy and how frightened I was in March of 2000. In the midst of your personal pain you were one of those who calmed my fears and held me close while I went through another round of biopsies that turned out to be negative. We are all richer for your friendship. Happy anniverary and congratulations on beating the odds, my very dear friend. Hugs, Lauri (dxed 04/11/96)
"Go confidently into the direction of your dreams. Live the life you always imagined" Thoreau
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

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   Posted 1/16/2008 6:12 AM (GMT -7)   
That was a wonderful post Lauri, no one could have said it better. Thank you for expressing your thoughts so well for all of us.

I will never forget the day Mitchell died. For some reason I decided to call Jo-Ann that morning. I had never talked to her. When I called her son answered the phone and there seemed to be an urgency in his voice when he told me she couldn't come to the phone and he would have her call me later. When we talked later of course I was shocked at what had happened. Within a day or two I drove to Garland to meet her. That was just two weeks before I had surgery which changed my life so drastically. We have been friends ever since. She is supposed to be coming this weekend for a visit. However, she was not feeling so well when I talked to her last. Hope you are feeling better Jo-Ann.

Hugs MK+

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   Posted 1/16/2008 8:30 PM (GMT -7)   

Lauri did say it the way it is. We love you dear one. Congratulations on your anniversary and may you have many many many more.

Your posts are just the best to read. I sure wish that I could write like you.

God Bless and thanks for being YOU!
^j^ ^j^ ^j^ ^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 1/18/2008 9:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Here Here!  Jo-Ann, your posts are always looked forward to.  I'm sorry for your loss and your lingering meloncholy.  He is waiting patiently for you.  I read between your lines lately and the fatigue in them saddens me.  I wish you were all spunk all the time, but alas that's not supposed to happen, and shouldn't.  Your words and lines have always been of great value to me.  Hopefully you'll gain some energy back and be able to send us spring stories of Jaws in the living room again.
Be good to yourself!
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Confucius
Don't knock on Death's Door.  Ring the bell and run.  He hates that.


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   Posted 1/21/2008 4:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I am sorry for you continued sorrow and struggles.  I want to agree with Lauri - you were such a comfort to me when I was first diagnosed.  I just hope you realize how much of an impact you have had on many women here.  I am so glad you made it against the odds and are here for us.  One day, I hope to meet you in person.
Lots of love.....................
L & H,

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   Posted 1/22/2008 7:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Jo-Ann...another year is a good thing....your second diagnosis occurred right around the time that I joined the village in January, how time flies! Despite the sorry, it sounds like you've had much joy with the kids in these few years too....we've been through a lot together, looking forward to the next 8!


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