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    Graduation Day!

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    IT'S OVER!!!!

    After watching the tragedy unfold today after the Santa Clarita High School Shooting, Jim and I tried to gather our energy to look forward to the last...
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    (((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ Thank you, agate,...

    (((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~

    Thank you, agate, for sharing Ralph's communications with you. My heart goes out to him, as he struggles without Ann.

    I'm sure that you are letting him know how...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ YESTERDAY Mark...

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    YESTERDAY

    Mark and I had another two person therapy session, and I had to probe a little to get him to share, but he did. I thought, but didn't say, "You better take...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ agate ~ Thank...

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    agate ~

    Thank you.

    I've tried to surround myself with support groups, since Jonathan and Michael were born. I was an activist in our communities to move forward...
  5. ((((((Lostparent)))))) ~ I hope your ST can...

    ((((((Lostparent)))))) ~

    I hope your ST can persuade the specialists to work your son into their schedule prior to February. Early intervention in all of his issues is very important. Perhaps...
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    DAY 12: Listening, Leaning, Learning

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    JIM'S MORNING

    He slept more last night, but woke up feeling fuzzy headed and nauseous. Could be from radiation, or from Ascites, or cancer, or all of the above.
    ...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ Donna ~ Oh my! ...

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    Donna ~

    Oh my! You have had quite a bit of stuff going on! I just had an inkling that something might be amiss.

    I'm so grateful that you were able to save your...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ agate ~ I'm not a...

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    agate ~

    I'm not a Martha fan either. I don't know anything about Marie Kondo.

    But decluttering involves throwing out stuff, and all of Jim's clutter is...
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    ((((((Hugs to All))))))~ renee ~ Many...

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    renee ~

    Many healing prayers and positive energy on the way for you. We'll be thinking of you on the 13th. Stay strong and keep that keen sense of humor. That and...
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    Weekend Wrap Up

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    Jim has managed his 11 radiation treatments very well. It's very tiring, but it's actually good for him to be out and walking. I'd like to inspire Jim to walk about the...
  11. ((((((Lostparent)))))) ~ The never-ending...

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    The never-ending appointments and tests and ... I feel your anguish and frustration. I think all of us here can relate to what you're going through and are sorry for you,...
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    Insect Bite

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    Today, I found a new use for Witch Hazel.

    We had an ant invasion in our kitchen. While I was cleaning up the kitchen, an ant bit me. I didn't realize it, until I sat...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ Virginia and Mary...

    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~

    Virginia and Mary Grace ~

    Thank you for your love and prayers. It means everything to us to know that you are walking beside us on our journey.

    Indeed, Jonathan...
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    ((((((hugs to All))))))

    today is Jonathan’s 50th birthday.

    I woke up at 4 a.m. crying. I couldn’t go back to sleep, and Jim was coughing and restless. I checked on him as he started a...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ Virginia ~ Thank...

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    Virginia ~

    Thank you so much for your prayers, which are working.

    funnylegs4 ~

    Thank you. Yes, Jim's gut is good for something! It's still uncomfortable for...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ Howie ~ This is...

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    Howie ~

    This is great news! Notice the silence ... no cackling hens! *hsmile

    Hey Everybody ~

    David Hosobushi posted in the Feedback Forum about upcoming changes...
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    ((((((Ambassador David)))))) ~ Thank you so...

    ((((((Ambassador David)))))) ~

    Thank you so much for all you do for BT voluntarily and with such a good heart and intention. I do not take BT for granted, and I am grateful to you and Mike for...
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    ((((((Virginia)))))) ~ I hope that agate's...

    ((((((Virginia)))))) ~

    I hope that agate's link is the one that you need. I don't recall the thread or my post or the link, so I'm really useless!

    Sending healing prayers for you, and I hope...
  19. ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ Okay, now we find...

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    Okay, now we find out that dogs are affected by the time change, and they can't even tell time, I don't think. But then, they do have instincts. And if we change the...
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    Blood in Urine

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    For the next installment in our saga ...

    BLOOD

    Last night at 10 p.m., Jim told me that he was peeing blood and clots. It started soon after we got home, but he...
  21. ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ tic chick ~ ...

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    tic chick ~

    Thanks for the *biggrin ! Very clever!

    So these song lyrics started playing in my head ~

    Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody...
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    In The Room

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    John was a little early today, so we waited for about 20 minutes for Jim to go in for treatment. We were alone in the waiting room. After Jim was taken in, the waiting...
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    Tomorrow Is Another Day

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    jingle ~

    Thank you so much for your prayers. They mean so much to us. I pray that all is well with you too, and I love your Halloween tradition of giving to others. ...
  24. ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ I absolutely detest...

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    I absolutely detest the time changes, both of them. My body clock is upset by just one hour twice a year. I feel like I have jet lag for at least a week.

    This...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ November is here....

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    November is here. Jonathan's and Michael's birthdays are approaching rapidly. I feel like I am crumbling.

    Yesterday, in the shower and the entire time I was getting...
  26. ((((((Lostparent)))))) ~ I found this...

    ((((((Lostparent)))))) ~

    I found this information about non-electrical seizures from Cleveland Clinic:
    ...
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    5 Days of Radiation, Only 9 More Days To Go

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    funnylegs4 ~

    So glad to hear the good news about your friends, and they and you continue to be in my prayers.

    I updated about yesterday's cancer center experience...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ I just love that all...

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    I just love that all of you are moving and staying active. I feel that is extremely important to maintaining good health, or the best health we can have.

    My morning...
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    ((((((Sunshine)))))) ~ I'm never too busy to...

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    I'm never too busy to help my friends. *hsmile

    Our primary use for Witch Hazel is to reduce swelling and bruising, because it is anti-inflammatory. For example, when I...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ Thank you all so...

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    Thank you all so much for your support.

    The fire was contained about 11 p.m. Firefighters remained on site to ensure that there are no flare ups. All has been...
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    *cooljack HAPPY HALLOWE'EN! *cooljack ...

    *cooljack HAPPY HALLOWE'EN! *cooljack

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    Jim and I are meeting some incredible people every day at the radiation oncology center.

    A stand-out among them all is a...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ The nature preserve...

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    The nature preserve near us is on fire. Helicopters have been flying over us for the last 3 hours. The water copters are picking up water to drop on the fire from the...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ Donna ~ Thank...

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    Donna ~

    Thank you, as always. I wrote a lengthy reply last night, then left to tend to Jim and didn't post it. Today, we have other things on our mind.

    FIRE
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ Virginia ~ I...

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    Virginia ~

    I agree with Sunshine. This sounds like discrimination to me. I'm guessing your health bills are much less expensive than Jim's are/have been, but his...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ nuthatch ~ So...

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    nuthatch ~

    So glad that you and your family aren't impacted by the fires. Prayers that it remains that way for all of you.

    While waiting for Jim to finish his...
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    Our Cancer Community

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    Donna ~

    Thank you so much for Neruda’s wonderful poem. I will share it with Jim after the football game. *smile He’d be happy to turn off the game for me for a few...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ Virginia ~ Thank...

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    Virginia ~

    Thank you for checking in with us. Jim has had another good day, and he feels like he will be strong enough to have radiation tomorrow. I texted John, and...
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    ((((((Virginia)))))) ~ I'm glad the link is...

    ((((((Virginia)))))) ~

    I'm glad the link is helpful. I was thinking TN also, but I knew that there were other options. I think you should check in with your doctor, if your jaw still hurts on...
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    Friday Treatment Cancelled

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    Thank you for your hugs, wisdom, love and enduring friendship.

    John is truly wonderful, and a blessing to us. He is beside us all of the way. We are family.

    ...
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    ((((((Virginia)))))) ~ Regular strength...

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    Regular strength Tylenol is what Jim takes for pain, because Advil and Aspirin can cause bleeding. I agree that if you don't exceed the recommended dosage that you shouldn't...
  41. ((((((Linda)))))) ~ If it is the vinegar in...

    ((((((Linda)))))) ~

    If it is the vinegar in the mustard, which releases the cramp, then why not just take a 1/4 teaspoon of vinegar?

    Apple cider vinegar, with the Mother, is popular for...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ Jim was taken in...

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    Jim was taken in immediately after signing in. They're on a tight schedule, so no delays.

    I walked to the large corridor in front, bought an Aquafina, texted a...
  43. ((((((Lazarus)))))) ~ Will you have your...

    ((((((Lazarus)))))) ~

    Will you have your stitches out before or after Market on Saturday? That's great that they schedule appointments and that it is so close to you!

    That's a good feeling...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ I didn't get a...

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    I didn't get a chance to call the Toyota dealership today. Jim didn't sleep well during the night, so he napped for most of the morning, and he woke up around noon.

    I...
  45. ((((((Lostparent)))))) ~ There are no dumb...

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    There are no dumb questions.

    You may not want to tell your current neuro about the 2nd opinion.

    There might be a possibility that the 2nd opinion doctor would...
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    ((((((Sunshine)))))) ~ So sorry you had...

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    So sorry you had nausea. I hope that has subsided now. May you sleep well and wake up feeling renewed.

    Love & Light,

    *heart

    Rose
  47. ((((((Lostparent)))))) ~ You named at least a...

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    You named at least a half dozen medical professionals, who disagree with your son's neurologist. You have our opinion, which disagrees with your son's neurologist. You...
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    Today's Appointment

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    funnylegs4 ~

    It sounds like J is receiving good care, and all the needed tests are being done. That is good news.

    Aww… thank you for saying that you miss...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ 5312 After the...

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    5312
    After the Hike Up and Down Hill



    funnylegs4 ~
  50. ((((((Pete1)))))) ~ You're welcome. We're all...

    ((((((Pete1)))))) ~

    You're welcome. We're all happy to provide you with support and our thoughts. It is why we are here.

    When is your doctor's appointment?

    Love & Light,

    *heart
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    ((((((funnylegs4)))))) ~ Your friend, J, is in...

    ((((((funnylegs4)))))) ~

    Your friend, J, is in my prayers, as are you. I pray that she doesn't have cancer.

    A dear friend of ours had uterine and stomach cancer, and she's been cancer free...
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    ((((((Donna)))))) ~ How I would love to be a...

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    How I would love to be a Lake Lady! However, I probably wouldn't be able to tolerate 2 degrees above freezing! I'd be in the cottage, directly in front of the fire place,...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ nuthatch ~ Tula...

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    nuthatch ~

    Tula is a jewel! She is exuberant with joy. Such a great adventure for her, and so many wonderful learning experiences, which she will carry throughout...
  54. ((((((Lazarus)))))) ~ Did the urgent care doc...

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    Did the urgent care doc suggest anything to reduce the pain in your head, like a cold pack for 20 minutes, or Tylenol or Advil?

    If you decide to use honey on your wound,...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ Virginia, Jeanie,...

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    Virginia, Jeanie, Sunshine and all who may be affected by the storm, our prayers are with you. May you be safe, undamaged, and power-full.

    Love & Light,

    *heart
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    ((((((Virginia)))))) ~ You need to tell...

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    You need to tell Instacart that your goods were damaged and get a refund on your bananas and eggs. Your shopper needs to be aware that he didn't do his job, and so does...
  57. ((((((Lazarus)))))) ~ If you have Witch Hazel,...

    ((((((Lazarus)))))) ~

    If you have Witch Hazel, I recommend that you soak a paper towel with it, then apply it to your bruises. You can put some plastic wrap over the paper towel and adhere with...
  58. ((((((Pete1)))))) ~ *Welcome TO BRAINTALK! ...

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    *Welcome TO BRAINTALK!

    I'm glad that you found us, but I'm not sure whether any of us can help you to define what might be causing these pin pricks.

    Sometimes we have...
  59. ((((((Lazarus)))))) ~ Start thinking of clever...

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    Start thinking of clever responses to the question, "What happened to your head?"

    How about, "This? Oh, that's nothing. You should see the deer!"

    Or, "I should have...
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    Good News!

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    Peritoneal Fluid Pathology:

    No cancer in the fluid.

    *smile YAY! *smile

    Jim has been quite tired today. He didn't take his Lasix last night, because it was so...
  61. ((((((Lazarus)))))) ~ Ouch! I'm sure that was...

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    Ouch! I'm sure that was frightening. I'm thankful that you were treated quickly and able to have safe transportation. I hope the doctor also ruled out a concussion. ...
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    Your wife being of the verge of telling off your son's neuro is a sure sign that you need to find another neuro. And you may have to go through a bunch of them to find...
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    Jim's Gut Drainage Adventure

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    John arrived early today, brought in the box of oranges, showed us how to use the wireless headphones with our iPad, and carried the satchel of necessary items (briefs,...
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    Behavior related? I strongly doubt this conclusion, having witnessed thousands of seizures with my children. I'm not exaggerating that number, unfortunately. Michael's...
  65. ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ tic chick and...

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    tic chick and funnylegs4 ~

    Thank you for mentioning photosensitive seizures. Both of my boys experienced them periodically, so we were very careful about what they...
  66. ((((((Lostparent)))))) First, never allow a...

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    First, never allow a label to be attached to your son for the sake of the system’s convenience. If your son does not have a diagnosis of DD, no one can just label him as...
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    Appointments, Car, and Other Stuff

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    Our home has a bakery aroma this afternoon. I turned 4 over ripe bananas into muffins with walnuts and blueberries. I decided since we have a ton of last night's...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ agate ~ Wow,...

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    agate ~

    Wow, that is a lot of strenuous work. I hope you aren't aching anywhere from all that you did. What is the dress code? Do you have to wear a formal with a...
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    ((((((Donna)))))) ~ Please do not apologize to...

    ((((((Donna)))))) ~

    Please do not apologize to me for having a respite at your cottage. It's wonderful that you don't have internet access. You're there to rest and revel in the peace and glory...
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    ((((((Mary Grace & Kathleen)))))) ~ What great...

    ((((((Mary Grace & Kathleen)))))) ~

    What great photos! Kathleen is pure JOY, and she loves her life, that is so obvious in her radiant smile. I couldn't be more thrilled that she is happy and...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ agate~ Thank you...

    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~

    agate~

    Thank you for sharing Ralph's message. My heart goes out to Ralph, as 3 weeks is like just a minute ago, especially after a lifetime together. And even though...
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    Blood Test Results

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    When I finished my last post, I checked our email. I saw the notice for a health update on Jim's portal. Took a few deep breaths and logged in.

    The results show...
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    ((((((Mary Grace)))))) ~ It's always wonderful...

    ((((((Mary Grace)))))) ~

    It's always wonderful to see a post from you. I pray that all is going well for you, Kathleen and your family. Are the leaves turning and the weather cooling?

    I...
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~ I just spoke to a...

    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~

    I just spoke to a very nice Spectrum tech, and as we were speaking, by magic, the internet connection came on! She didn't do anything!

    She said that our cables...
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    Hugs to all On iPad, lost internet connection ...

    Hugs to all

    On iPad, lost internet connection on computer. Modem lights are green except the last light, which is off.

    Nancy here today to draw blood. Jim peed a lot of blood while she was...
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