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Date Joined Jul 2003
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   Posted 8/23/2005 7:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry I have been so quiet these past few months...I have really been laying low
this summer. I have a hard time dealing with the heat..and boy has it been hot here
in Cleveland...and the humidity ..YUCK.
Well, I stopped my chemo in mid june per my Oncs advice. I was spending to much
time in the hospital with side effects. So I have been taking a rest which has been
wonderful. I have been seeing  my onc ever 3 weeks and will see her again on 9/8
and she will order all new tests and scans and we will re-evaluate on what to do.
I know she is thinking of trying a different chemo..but I will think long and hard about
that. My pain level is bad so they increased the oxycontin again. I take oxcodone
in between but I dont do that often because it makes me feel really goofy.
I am still working full time. I do think about going on disability but havent done
anything about it. Since I am stage 4 it isnt very difficult from what I understand.
Oh well, I will keep that in mind for later on.
There are so many new names here...I am sorry I didnt welecome you earlier.
I am  glad you found our board, but sorry you have to be here. This is a
great place with so many caring woman.
Also, my ,laptop died and I have to get a new one....so I can only keep
in touch through work right now.
Please know I love and care about all of you ! :-)
Love and Hugs
Sometimes it is a slender thread, Sometimes a strong,
stout rope; She clings to one end, I the other;
She calls it friendship; I call it hope....

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   Posted 8/23/2005 11:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Dear, dear Cathi! I have been wondering about you. I was even thinking of calling you, but hated to disturb you if you are not feeling well. I love you dear friend and please know you are always in my thoughts and prayers.
Maybe going on disability would be good. It would let you rest when you wanted and just do what you want. I am sending you (((((((((MEGA HUGS)))))) sweetie. Love you, Gail
"Inside this body lies that of a skinny lady.  But I can usually shut her up with chocolate.".

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   Posted 8/23/2005 6:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Cathi, We have all talked about disability at one time or another. You are totally disabled and have no business working. See, the body can't keep running full speed ahead in a battle for your life and endure the stress of your job.

I am praying that the scans have improved or, at least, stayed the same. You need to discuss a new chemo with the onc. You just don't know that the new protocol might not help so many others like you. However, the body heals when it is at rest. That's a four-letter word you need to remember. Webster defines it as: "peace, ease, and refreshment as produced by sleep" and "a period or occasion of inactivity as during work or on a journey" and "relief from anything distressing, annoying, tiring, etc."

Please put yourself as your main priority. I was so distressed when I found that I would not be able to work again because that had been my two-year goal. It didn't take long for me to realize that it was a pretty stupid goal. It has been over 9 1/2 years since I've worked and I don't miss it at all.

Put in for disability and work on your recovery. We love you so much and are waiting for you to tell us if you need anything.

We need to get with Luci about the quilt blocks.

Love you, the older sis, 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 8/23/2005 6:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hiya Cath! No apologies for laying low, you do what you need to do, we understand that and are here for you any time, you know that. As for disability, I have no recommendation, but listen to your body. No need to be a hero though...take care of you too. I totally understand the need to work mentally, so do it as long as you can without making yourself too stressed.

Only you know what is best for you. I will pray that your onc has a good plan in store for you, that will be easy on your body but tough on cancer.

Hang in there sweetie!

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   Posted 8/23/2005 8:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Cathi,
Yes, you sure have been missed.  I think of you so often and wonder how you are doing.  Gosh, I am not very good at keeping in touch, am I?   
So glad that you have had some time away from the chemo.  I will pray that your doctor has the right answer for you to get to feeling better real soon. 
As for the disability, YOU will know when it is the right time for you to do it..........just listen to your body sweetie, it will tell you.  Although, wouldn't it be nice to know that you would not have to drag yourself out of bed in the morning????? AHHHHHHH!!  Sounds good to me! (-;
(((((Hugs)))))) and Lots of Love  from your friend, VIEW IMAGE 
^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 8/24/2005 6:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Cathi, it is so good to hear from you. I hope your time off from chemo has been healing for your body and you are feeling much better. I have preached the disability sermon to you before so I won't repeat. Just take care of yourself and think through your decisions and take the course you decide without looking back. Love you, MK

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   Posted 8/26/2005 10:40 AM (GMT -7)   
It's so good to hear from you, Cathi. I was thinking about you the other day and wondering where you've been hiding. I'm glad you've been "laying low." Sounds good to me. Please consider going on disability right away. You need to do whatever you can to help yourself. And working isn't the answer. You're in my prayers.


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