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Name something that gives you great comfort

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  • lisa42
    lisa42 Member Posts: 3,625

    More comfort things
    As most of you know, one of my passions is working in the theatre world. Ever since being DX'd in December 2006 and then going through the surgery, etc., once I healed from that and started my chemo/radiation, I emerged myself more and more in the theatre. Granted, that was a bit of an escapism, but it worked great! Not only do I get enormous support from my theatre buddies, the theatre is really a great escape from the medical world. When you are involved at the theatre, you are not surrounded by doctors, hospitals, scan machines, needles and reports. You are surrounded by friends, fun, laughter and everyone working together to put on a great production.

    I have worked/volunteered for many theatre companies over the years (all of them wonderful, I might add), but Theatre Under The Stars, Vancouver's outdoor theatre is definitely the one that has stolen my heart... and in turn, has been there for me every step of my journey.

    I now volunteer year round, even though we only do the productions (two Broadway Musicals) in July/August every year. There is still tons of work for two of us to maintain the office year round.

    Here is a picture I took early this month... in March, no less!! And yes, look, there is snow on the ground ;) This is where my dog and I go to when we go to the office a couple or more days/week. Our office is downsairs at sidewalk level... so right underneath the front windows:

    image

    Now... fast forward (or in this case, go back) to the summer. Here is the same building where we have our office, but now you can see the summer greenery and colour... not to mention, you can't see our office because of all the greenery!! LOL!!

    image

    Needless to say, it's paradise going into the office, where I can take my dog to work with me, whether it's winter or summer :)

    Hugggggs,

    Cheryl

    what a beautiful place!
    Wow- what a beautiful place! Fun seeing the difference between the seasons there, too- thanks for posting this topic, Cheryl!!

    Lisa
  • msccolon
    msccolon Member Posts: 1,917
    maglets said:

    my shack
    [IMG]http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn61/maglets/002.jpg[/IMG]this is where I can get grounded . a little shack that I created out of a garage steps from my backdoor

    photobucket
    I see from the code you tried to insert you are using photobucket's IMG code. I have a picture to use as an example: [IMG]http://i490.photobucket.com/albums/rr264/maryscknits/MarchVisit004.jpg[/IMG] However, this can only be used if the board you are posting to actually converts this code for you. To use HTML code to insert into this board, copy the direct link instead ie: http://i490.photobucket.com/albums/rr264/maryscknits/MarchVisit004.jpg then you have to add something to it. In the beginning add < img (no spaces between the bracket and the word img then add a space and src=", then add " > to the end of it, again with no space between the quote and the bracket. So, with out spaces < img src= "http://i490.photobucket.com/albums/rr264/maryscknits/MarchVisit004.jpg" would give you this image

    ETA: If understanding what you are doing helps, here's an explanation of the "code" you are putting in. The brackets '< >' are encasing the "code" you want html to interpret. img stands for image, src stands for source, and what is contained between the quotes is the location of the image you want to include. Since the "code" you are including needs to be a single sentence, the only spaces that can be included are ones that separate the different parts of the sentence, like when we speak. You have to include the location of the image itself in quotes because it contains special characters and you have to make sure the interpreter understands that this entire piece is what is considered the source. Now, hopefully I haven't confused you even more!
    mary
  • kmygil
    kmygil Member Posts: 876
    George!!!
    What a great subject! I have to admit that George, our mutt whom we adopted right when I started chemo, saw me through the daily tribulations. My younger sister factored really high in supporting me, as well. My husband--not so much. George was so sweet; when I had pity parties while feeling really bad, he would bring a toy and drop it in my lap as if to say, "Come on, Mom. Nothing's that bad if you have toys! Here, I'll share mine." It was just too cute.

    It is only recently that I have truly found faith in Jesus; I wish my eyes had been opened before everything came down, but better late than never. If I don't stay NED, I will have Jesus with me on that journey.

    Hugs to Everyone,
    Kirsten
  • usakat
    usakat Member Posts: 610
    HTML Challenged
    I must be HTML challenged...when I tried to post a photo I used the img instruction and added the URL for my photo but it shows up on the post as one of those photo box icons - a small box with a red X in it, but no photo and no way to open or show the photo. Any tips?
  • CherylHutch
    CherylHutch Member Posts: 1,375
    usakat said:

    HTML Challenged
    I must be HTML challenged...when I tried to post a photo I used the img instruction and added the URL for my photo but it shows up on the post as one of those photo box icons - a small box with a red X in it, but no photo and no way to open or show the photo. Any tips?

    Katie....
    Did you remove the spaces after the first < and before the last >? Also, my big goof when I first tried it was I forgot one of the " marks. If that doesn't work for you, send me the link to your picture, starting with the http:// and ending with the .jpg or .gif (whatever the three character extension is of your picture... and I'll see if I can get it up and then send you the code I used :)

    Huggggggs,

    Cheryl
  • usakat
    usakat Member Posts: 610
    An Attitude of Gratitude
    If I had to sum up what gives me comfort in one word it would be GRATITUDE.

    I'm most grateful for and receive the most comfort from my husband and my family. I love them all and I know I am a much better person for having them in my life.

    My husband, Bob AKA Spongebob, whom I met here at CSN, is my best friend and love of my life. If both of us had not been diagnosed with cancer we may not have ever met.
    image

    My mom is my other best friend. She knows me better than any other person (and still loves me!), she has always been there for me and I enjoy her company - she is fun, funny, adventurous and one of the most brave people I know. I love her more than I could ever find words to describe.
    image

    My brothers....then and still now...
    imageimage

    My dad...then...and since cancer...now...
    imageimage
    Dad at work in 1969 at a
    waterpolo game with me
    and mom watching

    And my kitties, gifts from Bob, Little Bit (because she is so tiny) and Baby
    image

    I am immensely blessed and very grateful.

    "To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven." Johannes A. Gaertner
  • usakat
    usakat Member Posts: 610

    Katie....
    Did you remove the spaces after the first < and before the last >? Also, my big goof when I first tried it was I forgot one of the " marks. If that doesn't work for you, send me the link to your picture, starting with the http:// and ending with the .jpg or .gif (whatever the three character extension is of your picture... and I'll see if I can get it up and then send you the code I used :)

    Huggggggs,

    Cheryl

    I figured it out...
    Thanks, Cheryl...I was not using the correct URL...but I got it working now...check out my peeps...
  • maglets
    maglets Member Posts: 2,576
    usakat said:

    An Attitude of Gratitude
    If I had to sum up what gives me comfort in one word it would be GRATITUDE.

    I'm most grateful for and receive the most comfort from my husband and my family. I love them all and I know I am a much better person for having them in my life.

    My husband, Bob AKA Spongebob, whom I met here at CSN, is my best friend and love of my life. If both of us had not been diagnosed with cancer we may not have ever met.
    image

    My mom is my other best friend. She knows me better than any other person (and still loves me!), she has always been there for me and I enjoy her company - she is fun, funny, adventurous and one of the most brave people I know. I love her more than I could ever find words to describe.
    image

    My brothers....then and still now...
    imageimage

    My dad...then...and since cancer...now...
    imageimage
    Dad at work in 1969 at a
    waterpolo game with me
    and mom watching

    And my kitties, gifts from Bob, Little Bit (because she is so tiny) and Baby
    image

    I am immensely blessed and very grateful.

    "To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven." Johannes A. Gaertner

    wow it worked
    this is the little cabin for chemo;;;thanks to everyone for the help on adding an image . Mary did you make those hats? they are gorgeous imagewinter cabin>
  • msccolon
    msccolon Member Posts: 1,917
    maglets said:

    wow it worked
    this is the little cabin for chemo;;;thanks to everyone for the help on adding an image . Mary did you make those hats? they are gorgeous imagewinter cabin>

    those hats
    Yes, and thank you very much. I try to make at least a hat a week to take to the onc's office. I go this week and I only have 2 right now, so I will have to get one done pronto! Luckily I can get a simple one done in no time! I can crochet and knit, but i prefer to knit even though they take longer to make!
    mary
  • CherylHutch
    CherylHutch Member Posts: 1,375
    usakat said:

    An Attitude of Gratitude
    If I had to sum up what gives me comfort in one word it would be GRATITUDE.

    I'm most grateful for and receive the most comfort from my husband and my family. I love them all and I know I am a much better person for having them in my life.

    My husband, Bob AKA Spongebob, whom I met here at CSN, is my best friend and love of my life. If both of us had not been diagnosed with cancer we may not have ever met.
    image

    My mom is my other best friend. She knows me better than any other person (and still loves me!), she has always been there for me and I enjoy her company - she is fun, funny, adventurous and one of the most brave people I know. I love her more than I could ever find words to describe.
    image

    My brothers....then and still now...
    imageimage

    My dad...then...and since cancer...now...
    imageimage
    Dad at work in 1969 at a
    waterpolo game with me
    and mom watching

    And my kitties, gifts from Bob, Little Bit (because she is so tiny) and Baby
    image

    I am immensely blessed and very grateful.

    "To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven." Johannes A. Gaertner

    WOW!!
    Katie... you just blow me away! I did not know your and Bob's story and I am suitably impressed to say the least :) Not to give cancer any more power than it thinks it has over us... the fact it was because of BOTH of your DX's of cancer meant you were able to meet, fall in love, get married and now... look at the two of you!!! Gorgeous... both of you... and your little fur-babies are positively scrumptious!! I have to admit, I've always been a dog person... it's not that I don't like cats (and love kittens) but I guess I've just let dogs run my life. But... seeing the picture of Little Bit and Baby... I can see where I could turn into a cat lover pretty easily :)

    Thank you for sharing a part of your life (and love) in photos! It really is true when they say a picture is worth a thousand words!!

    Hugggggs,

    Cheryl
  • CherylHutch
    CherylHutch Member Posts: 1,375
    maglets said:

    wow it worked
    this is the little cabin for chemo;;;thanks to everyone for the help on adding an image . Mary did you make those hats? they are gorgeous imagewinter cabin>

    Look at that Snow!!
    Oh Mags... this is the most beautiful little garage-cabin picture I have ever seen!! If you can't get a sense of peace and joy in this little space that is all your own, then there is nowhere on earth that you could! Other than the trek to it through all that snow , once you are inside it would be absolutely wonderful to be there all curled up on your pretty pink bed with a good book and the wood stove giving off good heat... and watching the snow come down.

    I am soooo envious of you and so happy at the same time that you have this ideal little escapism!! Hahaha... I'm almost tempted to pack up the dog, head across the country and show up on your doorstep, asking if the dog and I could move into the little cabin :):)

    Hugggggs,

    Cheryl
  • usakat
    usakat Member Posts: 610
    Thanks Cheryl!
    This has been such a fun post! Good job getting it started and keeping it going.

    Yes, Bob and I share a love story that is somewhat unique. Who knew that one of the services that ACS and CSN offer is matchmaking?!?!!! Since the average age for people being diagnosed with CRC is much older than my then 42 years at diagnosis, I like to tease Bob that it was obvious he was cruising CSN for...um...more mature chicks, but instead he got a young gal like me. Lucky Bob for getting such a spring chicken!

    Last month we had a television production crew follow us around for a day - we were interviewed for a segment for Everwell TV, a medical video services company. The video is going to profile our stories and promote cancer support groups with a focus on online support. It will be posted on the internet and once editing is complete I'll send you the link.

    Thanks, again...and yes, Baby and Bit are soooooo loveable and cuddly.

    Hugs ((((Cheryl)))
    Katie
  • tiny one
    tiny one Member Posts: 465
    usakat said:

    Thanks Cheryl!
    This has been such a fun post! Good job getting it started and keeping it going.

    Yes, Bob and I share a love story that is somewhat unique. Who knew that one of the services that ACS and CSN offer is matchmaking?!?!!! Since the average age for people being diagnosed with CRC is much older than my then 42 years at diagnosis, I like to tease Bob that it was obvious he was cruising CSN for...um...more mature chicks, but instead he got a young gal like me. Lucky Bob for getting such a spring chicken!

    Last month we had a television production crew follow us around for a day - we were interviewed for a segment for Everwell TV, a medical video services company. The video is going to profile our stories and promote cancer support groups with a focus on online support. It will be posted on the internet and once editing is complete I'll send you the link.

    Thanks, again...and yes, Baby and Bit are soooooo loveable and cuddly.

    Hugs ((((Cheryl)))
    Katie

    comfort
    The one thing that made me feel good during treatment and allowed me to forget for a couple of hours were the music shows at Branson. I have always loved music, the strong vibrations from music really did make me feel good.
  • Hatshepsut
    Hatshepsut Member Posts: 335
    My comfort
    My husband's fight against colon cancer has challenged ever fibre of my being. That said, Cheryl, I find your question very interesting. What has sustained me?

    First, my love for my husband has sustained me, big time.

    Secondly, my belief in our team of doctors has sustained us. We had a rough time finding that team, but we now have doctors whose judgement we trust implicitly.

    And, on a really personal note, we are sustained (like many of you) by the unqualified love we receive from our 5-pound silky terrier.

    image



    Hatshepsut
  • maglets
    maglets Member Posts: 2,576
    dearest Bridget
    Dearest Bridget: please consider this your invitation from your Auntie Maggie for your spring vacation in the east. The snow is gone now.....I promise and your little house is all ready for you.

    Hi Cheryl....think I have spring fever. Yesterday I honestly thought I was going to croak with the nausea. It was sooooo bad.....today I am making Easter egg wreaths.....go figure....one day at a time I GUESS.

    hugs, mags
  • CherylHutch
    CherylHutch Member Posts: 1,375
    maglets said:

    dearest Bridget
    Dearest Bridget: please consider this your invitation from your Auntie Maggie for your spring vacation in the east. The snow is gone now.....I promise and your little house is all ready for you.

    Hi Cheryl....think I have spring fever. Yesterday I honestly thought I was going to croak with the nausea. It was sooooo bad.....today I am making Easter egg wreaths.....go figure....one day at a time I GUESS.

    hugs, mags

    Bridget Responds...
    "Woof woof...yodel yodel... wooffffff"

    In doggie speak, she is thanking you profusely and I just know she will be bugging me constantly with a "Let's go for a car ride... to Ontario!!" :D

    I'm so sorry you had a rough nausea day yesterday, Mags :( Like you say... one day at a time and you just have to do what you've got to do to get through each one. The weird thing about chemo... you'll have a day where you just think you can't go on and then boom... the next day is just fine! I think we are used to, pre DX, when you got sick with the flu or a cold, it would last forever... but with chemo, it doesn't act like that.

    I hope all your days are better now!! And...uh... are we going to get to see pictures of your Easter Egg wreaths??? :)

    Huggggggs,

    Cheryl
  • CherylHutch
    CherylHutch Member Posts: 1,375

    My comfort
    My husband's fight against colon cancer has challenged ever fibre of my being. That said, Cheryl, I find your question very interesting. What has sustained me?

    First, my love for my husband has sustained me, big time.

    Secondly, my belief in our team of doctors has sustained us. We had a rough time finding that team, but we now have doctors whose judgement we trust implicitly.

    And, on a really personal note, we are sustained (like many of you) by the unqualified love we receive from our 5-pound silky terrier.

    image



    Hatshepsut

    Ooooooh!
    Look at that absolutely adorable little face!! Silkies are soooo adorable and soooo trusting!! Hahaha... ok, I can see just by this one picture, who runs THIS household :D:D I can see it now... when this little darling says JUMP, I bet you and your hubby say, "How high??" :D

    Lovely picture, Hatsheput!!

    Hugggggs,

    Cheryl
  • kimby
    kimby Member Posts: 797
    Sonia32
    Sonia,

    I'm bumping this thread up to be sure you've seen it. We all have dark days no matter how upbeat or positive we are. Many of us have learned to cry in the shower to spare our families what we can. I have bad days and bad moments on good days. When this thread originated I was too sick to participate. I'm doing better now and maybe it will help us both.

    Comfort is a strange thing that comes from strange places. It isn't the same as joy, but can facilitate moments of true joy. I have the best bathtub in the world. It is big, jetted (Jacuzzi)and I have bubbles, oils, smelly salts, candles, a stereo system, tv, stacks of books and magazines, catalogs at Christmas time, and sometimes a glass of wine. I have fibromyalsia and arthritis in my spine (I'm 45) so I developed my bath habit to help with pain management. Some days I take 2-3 hour baths! It cleanses my body and my soul.

    You have to understand that I could never really take baths before - I couldn't sit still long enough. I have a pool and a hot tub that are full of family and friends all summer. I have the 'party' house because I love to have people around me all the time. I couldn't sit still and didnt spend time with ME. I am now a different person. I get comfort (and joy) from different sources now.

    I hope you find your way. This thread is about tangible things and I'm only mentioning one of many. But truely, it's the intangibles that help the most and laughter is number ONE for me. Laughter gives me life and makes me want to live.

    HTH,

    Kimby

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  • VickiCO
    VickiCO Member Posts: 917
    kimby said:

    Sonia32
    Sonia,

    I'm bumping this thread up to be sure you've seen it. We all have dark days no matter how upbeat or positive we are. Many of us have learned to cry in the shower to spare our families what we can. I have bad days and bad moments on good days. When this thread originated I was too sick to participate. I'm doing better now and maybe it will help us both.

    Comfort is a strange thing that comes from strange places. It isn't the same as joy, but can facilitate moments of true joy. I have the best bathtub in the world. It is big, jetted (Jacuzzi)and I have bubbles, oils, smelly salts, candles, a stereo system, tv, stacks of books and magazines, catalogs at Christmas time, and sometimes a glass of wine. I have fibromyalsia and arthritis in my spine (I'm 45) so I developed my bath habit to help with pain management. Some days I take 2-3 hour baths! It cleanses my body and my soul.

    You have to understand that I could never really take baths before - I couldn't sit still long enough. I have a pool and a hot tub that are full of family and friends all summer. I have the 'party' house because I love to have people around me all the time. I couldn't sit still and didnt spend time with ME. I am now a different person. I get comfort (and joy) from different sources now.

    I hope you find your way. This thread is about tangible things and I'm only mentioning one of many. But truely, it's the intangibles that help the most and laughter is number ONE for me. Laughter gives me life and makes me want to live.

    HTH,

    Kimby

    imgsrc=Photobucket

    Kimby
    I am happy you have your place of comfort. It looks so inviting. I am sorry you are having a rough time right now. Can you feel the hugs coming your way?

    Thank you for sharing. Can I join you? Vicki
  • maglets
    maglets Member Posts: 2,576
    bath time

    thank you Kimby for such an honest wonderful post. It is hard and you are not having an easy time right now.

    If Vicki is comin for tubbie time I want to come too. the tub looks big enough for at least 3 and the occasional glass of vino.

    Thinking of you tonight

    much love
    mags
  • kimby
    kimby Member Posts: 797
    maglets said:

    bath time

    thank you Kimby for such an honest wonderful post. It is hard and you are not having an easy time right now.

    If Vicki is comin for tubbie time I want to come too. the tub looks big enough for at least 3 and the occasional glass of vino.

    Thinking of you tonight

    much love
    mags

    Yep
    Vicki and Mags are officially invited! I love a good party and will have the wine chilled. Lots of bubbles and hot water for such a cold spring.

    Kimby
  • maglets
    maglets Member Posts: 2,576
    kimby said:

    Yep
    Vicki and Mags are officially invited! I love a good party and will have the wine chilled. Lots of bubbles and hot water for such a cold spring.

    Kimby

    darlin girl
    yippee there's nothing I like more than a party and hot water and now that you mention it a glass of cooool wine. I just watched Australia .....pretty good...a bit cheesy but good. We had about an inch of snow today but it is melting.

    Sending double triple hugs....
    I am so fed up up with chemo and feeling crappy tonight..

    on WE go
    mags
  • shoppergal
    shoppergal Member Posts: 118
    What Gives Me Comfort
    There's a few things that give me comfort. Of course the support of family and friends, but the one that was there no matter what, was always my little yorkie, Chiquita. Right before I was diagnosed, actually right before my first colonoscopy, she had gotten sick. We had just found out that she was diabetic and had cushings disease. We had started her on insulin shots and some meds for the cushings.She had a bad reaction to the cushings meds and we had to hospitalize her the weekend that I was waiting for the biopsy results from my first colonoscopy. I remember going to the hospital to see her, they let me sit in a room and hold her in my arms. She was so sick that I thought we were going to lose her, and I wasn't sure I would be able to deal with cancer if I lost her. Thankfully she got better, and she was always next to me when I was at my worst.Animals are the best comfort, they can always tell when your not at your best and they are always there to put a smile on your face! Another great comfort for me was going to work. I'm a hairdresser and I work in a children's hair salon. I had to cut back on my hours and I took taxi's back and forth to work, so I really wasn't making alot of money, but the kids were great at helping me forget for just a few hours what I was going thru. All of you that have young children or grandchildren know just what I mean! Even though my son is grown, he's 32, he still gives me alot of pleasure and comfort, but unfortunately he lives in Co and I'm in NY so I don't see him often enough.Comfort for me is being able to go on this site and others like this and knowing that you all understand what I've gone thru and continue to go thru. For that I would like to thank you all!
  • PhillieG
    PhillieG Member Posts: 4,866
    Something the gices me Great Comfort
    A Great Comforter and humor in the face of tumors.
    Ya gotta laugh at things
  • maglets
    maglets Member Posts: 2,576
    PhillieG said:

    Something the gices me Great Comfort
    A Great Comforter and humor in the face of tumors.
    Ya gotta laugh at things

    tubbie time
    yes you do Philly....laughter is the best. Maybe you could come to Kimby's party and provide live rockin music?

    Do you like Bob Dylan???

    mags
  • CherylHutch
    CherylHutch Member Posts: 1,375
    kimby said:

    Yep
    Vicki and Mags are officially invited! I love a good party and will have the wine chilled. Lots of bubbles and hot water for such a cold spring.

    Kimby

    Hey, don't forget me!! :)
    If we are having a hot tub party... ok, a bathtub party, then I wanna be counted in too :D Is this also a "Pets Optional" party?? I promise she will be good although, if she stays true to form and behaves like she has at any other party I've taken her to, the first thing she will do is case out your home and search for the master bedroom. It's one of the one oddities about my dog... she couldn't care less what was going on around her, she just insists that when it's bed time she knows where the biggest most comfortable bed is :)

    Hahaha... so should we spread the word... "Party in Kimby's bathtub??" :)

    And yes... Phil you MUST provide the music entertainment... and bring along the post-bath comforters!!

    Ohhhh... and Shoppergal... little Chiquita sounds like a superdog!! If Kimby gives us the ok to bring pets, then you must bring Chiquita to the party too :)

    Hahahaha... oh, I beez soooo bad!! This could have been a private party and I just jumped in and invited a whole bunch... oops, sorry, Kimby ;)

    Huggggggs,

    Cheryl
  • kimby
    kimby Member Posts: 797

    Hey, don't forget me!! :)
    If we are having a hot tub party... ok, a bathtub party, then I wanna be counted in too :D Is this also a "Pets Optional" party?? I promise she will be good although, if she stays true to form and behaves like she has at any other party I've taken her to, the first thing she will do is case out your home and search for the master bedroom. It's one of the one oddities about my dog... she couldn't care less what was going on around her, she just insists that when it's bed time she knows where the biggest most comfortable bed is :)

    Hahaha... so should we spread the word... "Party in Kimby's bathtub??" :)

    And yes... Phil you MUST provide the music entertainment... and bring along the post-bath comforters!!

    Ohhhh... and Shoppergal... little Chiquita sounds like a superdog!! If Kimby gives us the ok to bring pets, then you must bring Chiquita to the party too :)

    Hahahaha... oh, I beez soooo bad!! This could have been a private party and I just jumped in and invited a whole bunch... oops, sorry, Kimby ;)

    Huggggggs,

    Cheryl

    Party
    You can have private parties? Never heard of such a thing! Of course you're invited. And, as the "mom" of 3 dogs I'd host a doggie party, too. I'll turn on my electric blanket to make my bed more inviting for them. I have the tub and a hot tub. I could open the pool and run the heater, but hubby might have a fit when the bill comes for that one! I have a couple of acres for the dogs and plenty of water to keep us entertained. Let's get the party rollling!

    Kimby
  • PhillieG
    PhillieG Member Posts: 4,866
    maglets said:

    tubbie time
    yes you do Philly....laughter is the best. Maybe you could come to Kimby's party and provide live rockin music?

    Do you like Bob Dylan???

    mags

    Yes I do - YIKES, poor spelling on last post title
    Our first born son is named Dylan, after the Man!
    I only saw him in concert once, back in '75 at the Garden... great show
  • maglets
    maglets Member Posts: 2,576
    PhillieG said:

    Yes I do - YIKES, poor spelling on last post title
    Our first born son is named Dylan, after the Man!
    I only saw him in concert once, back in '75 at the Garden... great show

    sorry Cheryl
    just a brief diversion here....you don't mind do you sweetie?

    wow you saw The Man and your son is actually called Dylan.....that is so cool.
    I must have listened to Blonde on Blonde 90 gizillion times and where are you tonight sweet Marie?? rleased May 1966...oh dear where does the time go?

    mags
  • Mike49
    Mike49 Member Posts: 261
    several things
    Comfort comes from several sources for me. My wife Jenny has been as solid as a rock and if she can be, she's there for as many treatments as possible. As a caregiver, she is remarkable. She did my dressing changes for 5 or six weeks when I had a wound infection and i am not talking small infection, you could put your hand in this thing, that's how big it was, she nursed me ( and yes she is a RN) back to health and ready for chemo. The scar is so minimal you can hardly tell there was an infection.. It can't of been easy, sometimes it hurt like hell, I wonder if I could be that strong if the shoes were reversed.

    My kids are a great source of normalcy, they know dad's got cancer, my 12 year old has stepped up in ways that I notice and admire. My ten year old is a source of great joy, he has a way with words that cracks me up. I have a seven year old stepdaughter who probably doesn't realize the cancer theme so much but she is another source of joy. I can't forget the two dogs, Mr.Bo Jangles and Penny. When I had my port put in, I slept or tried too most of the afternoon in discomfort. Once when I woke up, I found every dog toy was laid on top or beside me, Little Bo didn't know what was wrong but he thought his toys would help. They are both dog's from the shelter who found a home with us.

    I also find that this cancer battle makes me appreciate things around me more. The other day I heard the sound of a bird's song and stopped to listen and watch, I don't think I would have done that last year.