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    I turned 65 last month. Son's are 42 and almost 40. My older son said: Mom, go to your friend's house.  Yesterday I told my younger son's wife about the choice for thanksgiving and she said that's fine to go.  I don't know that my younger son and grandkids will feel that way. I was chicken to tell them and get their reaction. I left that to my DIL.  Christmas is at their house and I sure wi...

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      I am now over 3 and a 1/2 years down the widow road. At 2 and a 1/2 years a special man came into my life. He is so different from my beloved Phil yet I find his personality of humor and outgoingness is exactly what I want and need at this time of my life. We are both widowed and know how precious a good relationship is, especially at our mature ages(though we act like a couple of teens having lots of fun p...

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        Being I am heading towards years 4 without Phil I can tell you there is a difference now. That first year I cringed and the anticipation of each special day without him and the memories they held previously were actually worse for me than the day. The day only lasts 24 hours but the anticipation went on for weeks before. Sometimes when thse days came they weren't as bad as I had expected. Sometimes it was the e...

        October 28 at 6:04 PM view post
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          Ah those pesky leaves. Phil and I used to throw some on a tarp and lift the tarp into the pickup. do that a few times, cover and then drive to township compost and repeat at least 10 times. Big yard with lots of trees. Much easier than bagging as I have over 100 bags worth. Now no pickup and no more dear Phil. So last year i decided I would just mow the buggers. Every week I do that until they are done. We have so ma...

          October 27 at 6:28 PM view post
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            Hi Melissa I've been widowed 3 1/2 yrs next week and a couple of months ago someone asked me how my husband was. It still feels like a slug to the gut region.  I remember when I was a new widow I would try to avoid the grocery store where I might run into someone who didn't yet know.  Last summer I had the reverse experience of someone just about bolting from me as she was a new widow of only a ...

            September 30 at 6:02 PM view post
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              I know there are lots of treatments out there depending on staging. My friend started with shingles on his face in 2012 while he was caring for his very ill wife who was on hospice. His dermatologist ordered blood work which included the PSA. (never his primary) The PC was discovered via biopsy. Luckily it had not spread. Radiation followed. The dr said he had never gone thru a change of life and so his hormone...

              September 11 at 6:55 PM view post
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                I had a tiny area near my temple that would flake. Went to dermatologist and biopsy was basal cell. I go now every year for full body scan. I am fair red head.  My grandkids are not fair and live for the sun which really scares me. The tan and don't use sun screen. Think they are safe from the rays but I had a cousin who was 32 and tanned when diagnosed with melanoma and passed away before the age of 36. I wish ...

                September 11 at 6:34 PM view post
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                  I guess I am getting too good at recognizing melanomas. Back in the early 90's I spotted one on Phil's shoulder. He complained as the surgeon dug it out blaming me for him being there. The surgeon said you should be thanking her she saved your life. ( I sure wish I had some insight with the EC years later. :( A couple weeks ago I noticed something on my friend's back. No way he could see it. I said get it check...

                  September 09 at 6:50 PM view discussion
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                    My friend had radiation to prostate a couple years ago. His PSA is neglible. They have him on bicalidimide and he gets an anti hormonal shot every 6 months now. He has been told that those shots will stop a year from now in November. My question is will he remain on the pill or does that stop too? Has anyone had experience with this situation?  He has a lot less energy and the hot and cold flashes take a lot o...

                    September 09 at 6:42 PM view discussion
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                      Kathy   I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Chuck. The one thing we learn on this journey is to treasure all the time we have with our loved ones. It's much too short. Terrible way to learn that lesson. Please take good care of yourself. Much support on the berevement board when you feel up to wandering there. irene

                      August 25 at 10:51 PM view post
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                      Esophageal Cancer
                      Alternative Treatments, Cancer Diagnosis, Cancer Nutrition, Chemotherapy, Diagnostic Imaging, Diet, Emotional Support, Radiation

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