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foxhd
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I should have posted this yesterday. Too much gloom and doom lately. We need to refocus on being kidney cancer survivors. That means we are living! Not lining up to die. Yesterday the temps almost reached 60 here in southern new england. I decided that although my strength is not quite 2/3s of my normal, I was strong enough to take the harley out. Boy was I ever right! A nice leisurely ride of about 75 miles. With the foliage gone, the visibility of the landscape, farms and wooded ares open up to great scenery. Felt like a free man. This morning I continued with my workouts. Some of my shape is returning. Muscles are getting fuller and stronger. The IL-2 decimated my poor body. But I will stick to it and will recover. I will go for another ride today. Pop a few beers this evening, and remember that "Life is Good!"

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Djinnie
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A good post Fox! I am glad you are getting back into shape! You are so resilient! I had a great day, I had spent two hours in the infra red sauna last night, so I felt too relaxed to do any work today. We ended up going to the coast, it was very chilly but great. The sea winds always clear the head.

We went for a wonderful meal in a restaurant overlooking the bay. We sat there watching the waves crashing against the rocks and the Gulls dipping and diving through the rough waves. It is a beautiful coastline here! We are both sporting a very red nose from the salty winds, but we certainly feel invigorated. Have just come home to a cosy evening by the wood burner and a hot cup of tea to thaw us out.

All the best Fox:)

Djinnie x

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angec
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You are so right Fox!  I just had this same talk with my mom last night.  Although she is 81 she was always very active and young for her age. She had her recent scans and she is stable. I told her to go out and live her life! Keep doing all the things she use to do.  And not sit home and worry about the cancer!  Each day is precious! The way the world is today, each second is precious! We have to enjoy our lives. Death will come  to us all when it comes, but until then, heck, live every minute!

I am glad to see that you are gaining back your strength! Looking forward to hearing good news from you Fox!  That was a great post! Keep on riding!!!

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GSRon
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OK... OK... I hear you..!!  Time to get to the garage and work on my bike... I want a ride.. no I NEED a ride...  Thanks for the "nudge."

Ron

cubsfan9
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Good Morning!

Beautiful weather in upstate NY, too.  Hubby went for a bike ride, then we spent some time getting things (like the snowblower!) ready for the next, much colder season...brrr...  In addition, made some plans with family for Thanksgiving.  Although the side effects of Sutent create some challenges, we have been able to travel to see our kids/grandkids who live in GA & OH and will visit both families over the next couple of weeks.  Staying active, keeping up your strength, and looking forward are just what the doctor ordered!

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grnsammy09
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Very motivating! Glad youre doing better :)

srbelle1
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riding a motorcycle again and soon is one of my husband's goals but not there yet; I suppose it is more the spinal surgery he had in July for the met but lifting our little granddaughter is all he can manage at this point.

your point is well taken and your feats blow me away; I won't share the motorcycle ride with my husband but reading your post was most uplifting!

Carpe Diem!!!

sarah

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Jojo61
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Well today we enjoyed the outdoors as well...just getting stuff ready for the winter (man, I hate saying that word!!!)

However tonight we are having a close friend over for dinner (he is a lot of laughs). Our lucky neighbor is currently vacationing in Mexico, so he said we could use his hot tub while he is away - so that is our plan after dinner tonight. If we can't be in Mexico, this is the next best thing.....dinner, drinks, laughs, and a soak in the hot tub. Doesn't get much better than that.

Enjoy the day - and the rest of the weekend!!

Big smiles! ;o)

 

 

 

siluet
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Joined: Aug 2013

Hi Fox, what an inspiring post! Im so happy that you're enjoying life to the fullest. as for me I just got married and just came back from our wonderful honeymoon. Dad, mom, siblings were all here to witness the wedding. Must confess when I heard that dad was dx w/ RCC and CKD in June, I had my moments of doubt that the whole family would be gathering on my wedding day, and I thank God everyday that my entire family was able to attend, gather, witness and celebrate my special day. I guess the good side about being hit by diseases like RCC is that it makes you appreciate the lil things in life, and realize that these small things are indeed the big things. Life is indeed good!

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Djinnie
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Hi Siluet, Congratulations! I am also glad to hear your Dad's doing well! 

Djinnie

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Jojo61
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Congratulations, newlyweds! Sounds wonderful.

I just got married last year....we hurried up the wedding as we wanted my mom there (she had lung cancer). She stuck around for another year....she said she wanted to be with us on our first wedding anniversary....we buried her on our first wedding anniversary, so I guess she kind of was still with us. We haven't been on a honeymoon yet. But I say everyday is a honeymoon!

I wish you many years of complete bliss!

 

XO

Jojo

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foxhd
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Encouraging, huh, Ron? Today I did wear my chaps and that was better. Now I am going to sit back, drink some beer, play with my guitars, watch some youtube and chill out. Tomorrow it is clean the gutters, exercise, maybe start to jog, put on a few more miles, finish some more beer, and live like my future is so bright I've got to wear sunglasses. I'll bet Alex has a pair of assless chaps too. Climb on, hold on, and away we go! (if not, you can wear mine). Damn! it is nice to start feeling like myself......I'm aware of a woman who refused to get IL-2. She felt she would rather die than go through the strain and stress of IL-2. Please don't ever give up. I still believe that we can recover from almost anything. Keep fighting. There are good times around every corner.

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How did you know that I own assless chaps? They are in my bedroom collection next to the pink biker jacket with 1%er patches, studded leather collar and 6" stiletto boots. Peripheral neuropathy or not one day I will model them for you.

Yesterday I got my very first tattoo. At the tender age of 46. In a poorly lit cement bunker the large sweaty inked guy for 5 hours was carving little delicate flowers on my tummy. When it heals I will take a good picture. For now it can be seen here http://csn.cancer.org/node/263970 along with my other activities. Don't judge.

Stay healthy my friends and enjoy your week-end

 

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GSRon
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Alex, you never cease to amaze me..!  Awesome..!!  Glad you had fun in the sun..!!

Ron

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foxhd
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Alex, you are beautiful with the roses, or just the bush. Some people just look great. Assless chaps or not. Yep, starting to feel like myself. Still a ways to go. Amazed at my weakness and fatigue. Comes with the territory. Not worried. Tomorrow I'll exercise and work on looking my age. Not like a wrinkly 90 y.o. I have found some old pants and belts that haven't fit in 30 years. So what if leisure suits are passe. I feel glamorous!

I am alive
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Got back from a trip to Paris last Tuesday - met up with my daughter who is studying abroad this semester - and walked so much each day my feet swelled! Now I'm absolutely fascinated with all things that have to do with the French Revolution. How did I live this long without knowing much of anything about it? Already on my second book on the subject.  Besides unpacking, doing laundry, cooking dinners and walking the dog, I haven't done much since getting home. But it's nice to nest.. Love the fall colors and leaves and anticipation of the holidays. Small pleasures make the day. Love your phrase, Fox, about feeling that the future is so bright you need to wear sunglasses. Laughed out loud when I read it.Cool Never gonna take them off.

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Thanks Fox, I needed this! 

Been feeling kinda blue today and having a bit of a pity party.  My mood has zero to do with cancer and everything to do with being away from home and family.  My job keeps me 1,200 miles from home about 10 months out of the year.  I go home about every 10-12 weeks, to spend 1 week with my fam.  Haven't been home since Labor Day and I'm horribly homesick.  This "3 month gig" has turned in to 2 years and I can't help but wonder if the money is worth it. 

Your post helped me put things in perspective.  Life IS Good!  I am so fortunate that I am ABLE to work and have an incredible job, despite the long distance.  And, I HAVE family to go home to.  I just keep telling myself that this too shall come to pass, and I will be back home on a permanent basis...with work, before long.

Weather permitting, I'll be donning my chaps and leather jacket for a ride later this month, when I go home for Thanksgiving.  I get two whole weeks at home for Christmas so hubby and I are taking our Jeep out for some rock climbing/crawling and primitive camping.  Nothing better than primitive camping along the banks of the river with a stew over the open fire and a peach cobbler cooking in the dutchoven buried in hot coal.  I'm am soooooooo excited! 

I am thankful for you and others like you, on CSN, who help me see things through rose-colored glasses.  I really don't have it so bad!

I was happy to read that your strength is coming back and you are working out.  You're such an inspiration!!

Sindy

izzycohen
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That's a great post.  Made me feel better.  We had storms and really high winds here in Chicago today.  The Bears did win though.

 

Izzy

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dhs1963
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I parented an 11 yo girl.  Not for myself, but for her.  She had an assignment to report on a specific indian tribe, so after her mom got her nowhere, we went to the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian (or whatever they call it).  Our plan was to try to find information, eat lunch, then go home.  Well, the water main to the building broke, and they closed the building...so, we went out for lunch, then went home.  She found what she needed on the internet, and I watched the politically incorrect home town football team get picked apart by the evil philadelphia team.

Then I watched my second favorite team, the niners, lose to the Ain'ts.  But, it was a good, non cancer day.

Today is monday, and in a few minutes, I will shower and head to work. 

 

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BDS
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Well the weather was really nice this past weekend here in the northeast - mild temperatures in the low 60’s.  Sadly, I was relegated to lawn work and errands. But the previous weekend my wife and I went to see Lynyrd Skynyrd at the House of Blues in the Showboat casino in Atlantic City. Lynyrd Skynyrd was great and did not disappoint.  (Except for the fact that the band has now gone a little PC. The Band does not display the Confederate Flag as much as they used too.) The concert brought back a lot of fond high school memories of hanging out at the “neighborhood” with friends and listening to Lynyrd Skynyrd.  I particularly remember one time when I was cruising around with friends, all jammed like sardines into my friends 72 Chevy Nova and the song “Free Bird” came on the radio. We all just started singing. Our singing was probably the worse rendition of “Free Bird” that was ever done. It was just like in the movie “Wade’s World”. Thank God that it was never recorded.   

 

Life is Good - BDS  

lynyrd Skynyrd

 

 

 

 

 

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foxhd
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Life is Good!

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donna_lee
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I guess I did stuff for other people.  We joined the other grandparents in watching the 4th grade grand-daughter play her first mini games of volleyball- a round robin event at the Boys and Girls Club.  If a serve got over the net, we cheered.  If a service was returned, more cheers.  If it got back to the serving team, the crowd erupted. Cool T-shirts with sponsors' Logos (our own company included), lots of blonde pony-tails flopping, and no scores kept.  It's all about getting to play and trying what they've learned in the past two weeks.

Then it was a shopping trip to a discount store to stock up on new clothing for the high school Clothes Closet, where any student may "shop" for free.  We were low on items for larger sizes of boys and girls.

Next it was home to clean out both cars-what a chore.  My husband treats his like it was a work pick-up.  The following day was a warm, sunny Oregon coastal day and I finished the cars and worked in the yard before we went out to dinner.

Today it's raining and I'm at work and I just had coffee with friends.  And mailed a package to a Harley rider in CT.  Enjoy, Fox.

Donna

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