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   Posted 12/12/2006 9:35 AM (GMT -7)   
First off...Thanks to all who sent Birthday wishes..they were appreciated. Thank you Joyce for the card, warm slippers and the book,but especially your friendship and thoughtfulness.
Well, I am presently in the middle of radiation to my ribs. I have been in extreme pain ...spine, ribs and pelvis. They are starting with the spine hoping it will relieve some of that pain. They will possibly do the spine and do the pelvic area. They found alot of new tumors in that area on the bone scan from several weeks ago.They found 2 small tumors on my lungs on the CT scan and also the cancer has spread to the lymphs on my other breast.  My tumor markers are up to 395....
I will be starting chemo again on December 28th..the chemo is is in the Adriamyicin family. I will first have a Muga Scan & MRI of the spine on December 18th. The Muga is because the Doxil may cause damage to my heart.
I have been depressed about all this...I am getting tired of doing this again and again. But, for my Birthday my daughter Rachel got me the sweetest kitten. Her adoption name is Autumn, but I call her Auti...she is 12 weeks old and very naughty :-) I love her alot and she is so much company.
I am on disability now..It got too hard to work with the pain..I hated going on disablity, but it was time. I applied for SSD and it was approved in 5 weeks, from what I understand that is pretty fast.
Well, that is the news ....please keep me in your prayers.
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 12/12/2006 11:09 AM (GMT -7)   

Dear Sweet Cathi....I am so sad to hear you are going through so much pain. I wish I could fix all this for you. You are such a wonderful lady, and you are always in my thoughts and prayers. Your little kitty sounds adorable. They can be such great fun and companionship. I am happy your daughter got her for you.
Please know that I love you, and will continue to pray for you.

Love and big hugs,


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   Posted 12/12/2006 4:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I am so glad you posted. I know everyone will want to know how you are doing. As always I am thinking of you and want to squeeze Rachel for being so thoughtful. What a wonderful idea to pick a wonderful, warm, and furry member for your home to enjoy those cold winter days with. I know this is the first time I have not had a 4 legged family member and the house is not the same.  Love ya lots,

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   Posted 12/12/2006 4:59 PM (GMT -7)   


You are in my prayers. Glad you have Auti.  Pets are so well grounded and love us no matter what.  It is good to have a friend with you always.  The Lord is with you and helping you, just squeeze his hand.  I pray that you will improve soon and I am so happy that you did not have to fight SSD.  Try to not be so sad, (I know it is hard.) and lean on all of us here.  You will be in my thoughts.  Love you and I am praying for,

Blessings, Peace and Grace,




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 12/12/2006 6:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Cathi, this is not the message I wanted to read today! I am so, so sorry you are having to fight so hard. I am glad SSI worked so well for you, it did for Jo-Ann, too. I have been in the doldrums about posting here, altho I do read often. I had to answer your post tonight to tell you I am on your side and thinking of you. Please enjoy every moment with your kitty. I know she is precious and how much joy she will give you. We all love you, you know that. MK

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   Posted 12/12/2006 6:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh Cathi, you really deserve better than this, and I will keep you close in my thoughts and heart as you gear up once again for battle. You are a fighter! Take a deep breath in and out, again....and let's get the pink boxing gloves on....and we're all by your side. Imagine how sweet you are to remember my b-day last week with all you are going through...just shows your giving nature. I am sorry you are dealing with this crud once again... give that sweet kitty a little hug and nuzzle and we'll be sending pink feathers your way...


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   Posted 12/12/2006 7:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey, Cathi. I want to thank you for this openly honest look at how you are doing. We've all been touched by cancer and know that it can get ugly. I'm so sorry you've had such bad pain. May this treatment help and ease that pain for you, dear friend.

I know that I cannot get through a day without the Lord, Cath, and pray that He will comfort you and help you as you enter this new yet continued fight.

Now, little Auti sounds like a winner! What a sweetheart who will love spending time with you. You'll know she's there by the loud purring.

I love you and admire you for being such a fighter. Remember we're here to discuss the tests, treatment, whatever --but, we're always here to distract you, too. You and Libby can always discuss the Grinch!

Love and Hugs,

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   Posted 12/12/2006 10:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Dearest Cathi,
I have to send you one great big ((((((((((((((((((((HUG))))))))))))))))))). I am so sorry to hear about your most recent episode to have to fight.  It just is not fair!   Please know that I am sending thoughts and prayers your way.  I hope that you can feel the vibes coming from here in little ole Amish country.
So sorry that I missed your birthday.  I hope that it was the happiest, you sure deserve the BEST! 
I know that your dear little kitty will be a big help to you.  It is amazing how much we can depend on our pets to boost our morales.  (And they certainly can!) 
Sending you best wishes (alittle late) for that birthday and lots of heartfelt love. 
Take care dear one.  YOU ARE SO SPECIAL!
Love you!
^j^  ^j^ ^j^
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   Posted 12/13/2006 9:08 AM (GMT -7)   

My heart goes out to you, Im so sorry for all you are going thru. You are definatly a fighter and I know you will get thru this too.

Many many hugs to you.


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   Posted 12/13/2006 3:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Cathi...I am so sorry, my friend, that the darned stuff is spreading. Oh, God. I am just sick for you. I'm sure Auti is very naughty and very loved. Cats have healing powers, you know. I believe that.

Please take care, and know you are loved.

Big hugs...

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   Posted 12/16/2006 7:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh, Cathi, I am so saddened to hear this latest news. I've been hoping your condition was stable. Glad you have the kitty. They are such good company. Sadly, both of the strays I took in many years ago died this year, so we are petless. Sending good thoughts, vibes and prayers for you. Love and hugs, Lauri
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   Posted 12/16/2006 7:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I'am from the crohns forum and i'm so sorry that you are going through all of this.I my self do not have cancer but my sister does and it has been so hard on her and I have been trying to do every thing I can for her.She is taken radiation and just started chemo a couple weeks ago.She had found a lump in her right breast and had it checked out and they told her it was breast cancer and they then did more testing and it has spread to her overies and uterus and they told her it was stage two and it was progressive as well.I'm so worried about her she at first keept working but no longer can with the chemo she stays so tired all of the time.I do thank you for leting me post and know that I look up to each of you for fighting cancer and being able to talk about it.

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   Posted 12/17/2006 8:23 PM (GMT -7)   

Cathi:  darn! darn! darn! (Hope that I don't get kicked off the board for typing those words..not the words that I am really feeling) I am so sorry to hear that you have had yet another recurrance. It isn't fair. We all know that. You have every right to be depressed. I hope that the radiation will help w/ the pain and that the new chemo will get rid of the tumors they found. Positive thoughts are that the tumors are small. Easier to get rid of.

Please know that we are all thinking about you and pulling for you. Having to go thru chemo again and again is not fun. I am back on weekly chemo and mad as a wet hen about it. Getting mad helps fight this darn disease.

Love that kitty. Sounds like you both needed some special love right now.



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   Posted 12/20/2006 9:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm so sorry you are going through such a hard time.  It just isn't fair!  This is such a crappy time of year to be dealing with this kind of thing.  My chemo started right after Thanksgiving 2 years ago.  It made the holidays not quite so bright.  Hang in there.  We are all here for you and I will keep you in my thoughts.  Glad you have a new kitty.  I love cats.  I have 2 myself.  They help take your mind off of your troubles.  Try to have as happy a holiday as you can.  Many hugs.....................
L & H,

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   Posted 12/29/2006 8:53 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm truly sorry the disease is progressing, friend.  I am a dolphin swimming around you, please remember that.  I hope you can manage the pain.  Try to distract yourself any way you can. 
A Kitten is just what this doctor orders .  Lots and Lots of Auti.  We got two kittens about two months ago, brother and Sister, the girl's named Whiskers, and the boy's named Trouble.  I'm sure you can guess why DH named him that.  In the case of kittens, the whole is definately more than the sum of the parts.  They are a load of fun to see running around and playing.  That may be a thought, too....... rescue another and let them play together. 
Jigsaw puzzles also help the body slip into the relaxation response, which will help your pain in the long run.  Honey, please keep posting.  You are in my thoughts and prayers.
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Confucius
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   Posted 12/29/2006 5:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm so sorry you are having such a hard time. You wonder just how much you can take. You are in my thoughts and you will get through this. I bet the kitty is cute. Pets are great.

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