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   Posted 1/22/2006 9:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I love statistics, don't you. I became a statistic when the surgeon told my mother I had about nine months to live. I became another statistic when they told me I had only a 20% chance of surviving 5 years. Then, the most recent statistic gave me only a 10% chance to survive to ten years.

Ten years went by and I even forgot it was on Jan 19. So, now I am officially a ten-year survivor and a six-year survivor. There were some rough roads along the way but as my late Mitchell said, "Someone needs to be in the winning percentile and there's no reason it can't be you".

I have had 4 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild during these ten years. They do give you a reason to fight.

So, the next time you see "statistics", think about them and then discard them. The people making them up don't know the magic of this board.

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 1/22/2006 9:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I know that it's an old-fashoned saying now, but............RIGHT ON, GIRL!!!!
yeah   yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
This post should be bumped frequently!!!!!!!!!!!
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Confucius


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   Posted 1/22/2006 9:52 AM (GMT -7)   

You are my kind of statistic. I try to never pay attention to that stuff. We are our own stats. Congratulations on 10/6. The rough rodes make us more human and loveable. I do love you and I am so glad you are a friend.

Blessings and hugs,

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: if one falls down, his friend can help him up.  Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

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   Posted 1/22/2006 10:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Congrats, Jo-Ann. I don't even ask for statistics because I think they're a load of s*(*t. You are living proof of that.

You enjoy those grandbabies & great-grandbabies! You've earned it....

Do not go gentle into that goodnight,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
~Dylan Thomas

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   Posted 1/22/2006 11:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Jo Ann

I always did love a success story and you are one of them. It goes to show that when it comes to cancer there is no definitive amount of time. Thanks for sharing.

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   Posted 1/22/2006 11:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Just love hearing this. I know how I felt when they told me I had about 10% chance. Isn't it nice to fool them. I had three grandchildren and one on the way when I was diagnosed. I had my surgery the day after the baby shower for Liana. Leslie's first. Now she is about to have her third. My surgeon still shakes his head and I know you will love this. His exact words.....Better to be lucky than smart. Does he know how to break my wagon or what? Hard to argue with the truth. Lady I want you to know I celebrate with you everyday. I only wish that your Mitchell was here to celebrate with you. Love and hugs, Joyce and Mr. Deere LOL
How wonderful it would be to see Angels where there are only clouds. How sad it would be to see clouds where there are Angels.

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   Posted 1/22/2006 12:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Jo-Ann for a great positive post!!! I agree with Ellen this one needs to be bumped up over and over. Since we are having a cave day I know you are feeling good and relaxed and hope you stay that way. Yes, everyone, we finally have some rain in our part of Texas. We show a 1 1/2 inches in our gauge. And now the sun has peeked through the clouds for a little bit. I don't expect it to stay but it is nice to see for a little while midst all the grey. Hugs to all for a great day of positive thoughts. MK

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   Posted 1/22/2006 4:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Jo-Ann, CONGRATULATIONS! You give so much hope to the people who come here, it is wonderful! I feel blessed and honored to know you!  Your posts and your wit on this board have always been something I enjoy. Here's to you my friend ...."TOAST".... yeah .....and happy dancin' for you!
Love and Hugs,
  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.
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   Posted 1/22/2006 4:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations on reaching this milestone, Jo-Ann. Just goes to show what happens when you just keep putting one foot in front of the other and refusing to give up. May you have many more years with those grandchildren and great-grand. Happy hugs for you, my friend, Lauri
"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 1/22/2006 5:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for posting Jo-Ann. I had been feeling very upset lately- I went to the Imaginis website, and they state that if you have a grade 3 tumor, you only have a 50% chance of hitting the 5 year mark. Great. So all those negative thoughts start to swirl.
It's so nice to hear such positive news! Congratulations!! Here's to many many more anniversaries!

There are no wrong turnings, only paths we did not know we were meant to take - Guy Gavriel Kay

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   Posted 1/22/2006 6:18 PM (GMT -7)   

Your post made me smile. If anyone was going to "beat the odds"
it had to be you..!! Keep up the fight my friend...and enjoy those babies.

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 1/22/2006 8:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Jo-Ann,

Congratulations dear friend on your 10/6 anniversary. Isn't it nice proving those doctors wrong? I am so glad that you have been able to see those little grandchildren and that special little great grandchild.

Kind of ironic..........I am sitting here watching country videos (you know that I love music) and Garth Brooks "The Dance" is playing as I write this. To quote from the song "I could have missed the pain, but I'd have had to miss the dance". WOW, what powerful words..............and they fit right in here at this haven for our us and our fellow breast friends.

Keep those years adding up and love every minute spending time with those loved ones. (sure wish that you could be sharing all of the joy with Mitchell..........actually, I know that he IS enjoying them with you too!!)

God Bless you my friend,
^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 1/23/2006 7:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Love those statistic busters! Someone has to be in that winning 10%, why NOT you? Love Mitchell's quote....

COngratulations on 10 year, you GO girl! And congrats on shattering all those darn gloomy stats....
We've had a cave momth here, and just love to celebrate good news!

See at the next 10th anniversary!

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   Posted 1/23/2006 12:46 PM (GMT -7)   
You are such a positive person.  Thank you and congratulations on beating the odds!  I truly believe that attitude is everything.  Here's to the next 10!
L & H,

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   Posted 1/23/2006 6:51 PM (GMT -7)   


You are so awesome!!!  THANK YOU for sharing that with us, and CONGRATS on both your anniversaries!  You are such an inspiration........ many hugs


"It's been worth everything I've been through,
 To do what I do"

                       To Do What I Do   -Alan Jackson, 2004

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   Posted 1/25/2006 7:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Bless You,thanks for sharing. Tammy
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