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    Terri asked a questionSkin Cancer - Melanoma

    Anybody scared to travel, especially alone?

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      LiveWithCancer

      @Terri, if you decide to go ... and if you aren't a seasoned traveler, let me know! I learned A LOT by taking this trip. Also, I am working on putting together a photobook / book of our trip ... if you aren't going for awhile, I might have it ready to share with you. What I wish I had done that I didn't do is fairly thorough research into the individual places we were going to visit. One of the young people who was part of our tour did just that and she and her boyfriend knew all sorts of interesting facts and tidbits to share with the rest of us.

      22 days ago
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      Terri

      Thanks, Livewithcancer! I am traveling with a lady who is having a total knee surgery so my plans might fall through with her and then I need to either go as a single or cancel. Decisions

      21 days ago
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      SandiA

      Hi! I don’t have any experience traveling out of the country. But it sounds like you got lots of good advice. I did travel during radiation, but only to Colorado. My doctor wrote out a short version of my medical record to take with me and put all his contact info on the form. He also sent me with a meds list. I didn’t need it but it did make me feel better to have it with me. Let us know if you go. We will be anxious to see how it goes.

      20 days ago
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    Terri asked a questionSkin Cancer - Melanoma

    Happy Holidays!! Who sent holidays cards this year?

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      mbeshey (Best Answer!)

      Heck no! Absolutely not! I work at a party store part time and guess what it going out the door? Printed holiday paper, envelopes for the crafters who handmade their cards or the boxed ready to go versions....e cards pish posh! Personal cards anyday even if just a signature on it is preferred than an email. Bleh.

      2 months ago
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      banditwalker

      I still write them out but my list has definitely gotten much smaller. Plus, I am still living in a hotel room (my house has mold) and my address book is packed in a pods container. So, I'm basically just waiting for a card to be sent to me with the return address on it. Jeesh.

      2 months ago
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      lh25

      I think it's dying out. I got very few. I make my own cards, so I still send a bunch out. I love making them so it's as much for me as those I send them to :)

      2 months ago
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    Terri asked a questionSkin Cancer - Melanoma

    What are you doing for the holidays?

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      BoiseB

      By Christmas I will be in Olympia. I gave my son a multi-cooker for his birthday. It cooks 8 ways. He wants to show it off for Christmas. Of course I will have a new church for Christmas Services I will be enrolling the week before Christmas. I have been following this congregation on the internet. I am very excited about that. I also have a friend who lives in Seattle who might come down for Christmas.

      3 months ago
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      BoiseB

      Terri I will be thinking about you at Christmas

      3 months ago
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      LiveWithCancer

      My husband wants to cancel Christmas because our son died recently. He didn't come for our Thanksgiving celebration either (which ended up being a very small crowd with just my DIL, brother, mom and me). While hubby wants no Christmas, the rest of us are not as keen on canceling so he may be once again left at home to fend for himself while the other 4 of us get together for food and fellowship.

      If you have no family with which to celebrate, maybe you can spend time with friends or see about helping at a soup kitchen (if you're feeling up to it) or something like that.

      I hope you will be able to patch things up with your daughter. We found out that life is not promised, even to our kids, when our son dropped dead completely unexpectedly. I am forever grateful that he was one who started and ended every conversation with "I love you." I don't think we left much unsaid.

      (This same son, when he was going through a very tough time in his life and when I was early in my cancer journey, called me and screamed at me that he hoped I would die a painful death from my cancer. I refused to speak to him for many months. I am very grateful that we had patched our relationship and returned to the closeness we had had for the majority of the 43 years of his life by the time he died.)

      3 months ago
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    Terri asked a questionSkin Cancer - Melanoma

    Gandolinium constrast bad for you?

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      BarbarainBham

      Is the Gadolunium in the IV or in the cup you drink? I always get sick after a CT, and I think my problem is the liquid we drink. One time I had it without drinking anything, and I didn't get sick.

      3 months ago
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      Terri

      I got it before a brain mri. A friend scared me about the gandolinium.

      3 months ago
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      Terri

      It was given IV Sorry

      3 months ago
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    Terri asked a questionSkin Cancer - Melanoma

    Stress

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      Terri

      Thanks everyone. I appreciate the tips. She has frontal lobe dementia, no social skills, poor decision making and no filter!

      4 months ago
    • SandiA's Avatar
      SandiA

      Hi Terri! I found talking it out with my doctor and his nurse helps. His nurse was wonderful. She could tell when I needed to vent. Sometimes just venting helped with my stress. I also plan some simple times to get together with positive people that make me laugh. I have some good friends that come over once in a while. They take over my kitchen. We make snacks and basically just sit around talk and laugh. Like others said I would definitely recommend some time to yourself. Wishing you all the best and hope you are feeling well yourself.

      3 months ago
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      ironmikey

      I have stage four G.I.S.T. stomach cancer and I must help care for my father who has dementia. Seems like
      we're due for something good soon......

      3 months ago