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Shayenne
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I just wanted to let everyone know my kids will be seeing the beach for their first time this weekend, and I can't wait! My brother has paid for us to go to Myrtle Beach to meet him and his family, so the cousins and all us can be together again. We'll be leaving for my brothers in Virginia on Thursday, and will arrive at Myrtle Beach on Friday, when we leave my brothers (we're going to stay overnight there since it's a long drive) and then we'll start driving back Sunday or Monday. Just a few days of fun, since my hubby also has to work, and can't stay away too long, and I have a chemo tx Wednesday.

I can't wait, I haven't been to a beach in years, and seeing my kids faces will be the highlight of my life when they see the ocean, I know it's no biggie to people who live there, but like Phil said to me as well, it's like being where you don't ever see snow...I'll be back after the weekend, and till then, hope everyone will stay well and have an awesome Memorial Day!

Love ya all and Hugsss!
~Donna

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We were planning on hitting up the myrtle beach this weekend too. If we decide to go, I'll let you know. I know where all the good places to eat are.

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...be awesome!! Maybe we could meet up or something as well! let me know and I'll PM you my cell phone number :)

Hugsss!
~Donna

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that is awesome!!!! Donna I am so happy for you....cousins are so important and your kids seeing the ocean will be priceless. I hope you have a great time.

If you wanted a little support on the bikini front ....ha I could jet down. The old roadmap of scars on the abdomen would be enough to clear any beach. hahah

have a wonderful time sweetie....you deserve it...

mags

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But I cant get more then 20 yards from a bathroom!!

Brooks

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Shayenne
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..you could use my kids bucket and pail set ;)

Hugsss!
~Donna

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I have to laugh. The other night I had to go in a trash can. When is comes theirs NO stopping it and my daughter was in MY bathroom at the time and it was the only thing I could grab. I know it sounds bad but I'm alive and I can hug my kids everyday. I no longer get upset over life's little bumps!!

Life is funny sometimes
Brooks

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Donna,
Enjoy a fabulous time at the beach with your family. I know your kids will just love it! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!!!!!!!!

Aloha,
Kathleen

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Enjoy your weekend,you will like it.I went to myrtle beach last year for a week.One place that has good food is the hard rock cafe,the meal was so big I couldn't finish it.Your kids will love the ocean,have a great time.

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Yep.. That's me. But sold the hospice to pay off medical bills and personal bills. It also put a little extra cash in my pocket so I can move my wife and us to Oregon.

Brooks

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Have a wonderful, wonderful time. Just getting away will do all of you a world of good. I'm leaving Thursday for Mid-Michigan, George will join me Friday evening and he will stay until Tuesday. I will be up there all next week. George is doing well so I feel ok leaving him alone for a few days. The to do list for our place up there isn't too big so hopefully get in some reading time and just peace and quiet.

Hugs - Tina

khl8
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Donna,
Have a wonderful time and enjoy every minute!!!!!

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The beach is a grand place, although for us in So Calif right now, it's cold and rainy!

(Truth be told, I STILL love it...ROFL!)

Hugs, Kathi

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My father and my husband were both career Navy, so I grew up around beaches! I find the water and the sand very calming! I live in the foothills now, so don't get to see the ocean often, but have been to Myrtle Beach often, although I prefer the relative solitude of North Myrtle Beach! Enjoy the heck out of it and get lots of pictures!
mary

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Oh, Donna! You're going to love Myrtle Beach! We love to go down there. Have a fabulous time!

Send me a pm and tell me where your brother is from in Virgina. That's my native state and home in my heart!

*Hugs*
Gail

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have a grand time at the beach with your kids!
~Aud

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Donna;
That is great!!!! I am happy for you. You deserve this trip. Enjoy it!!!(Have never been there, but here it is beautiful!!!!!)
Amy

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When I was in the Navy my ship wnet into the gulf of Alaska and all the people who had never seen snow went crazy. they had a great time. I imagine this will be very exciting. Wishing you a great time and safe trip.

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and you can really hear and feel the waves with all the stars on top......I've always lived nearby water and for me it can be calming, good for introspection. Enjoy it however you will and your kids will have a memorable vacation as well. Feel good......steve

PS: don't stay in the sun too long--might melt your bag!!!!

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Sounds like a wonderful holiday:)

Have the greatest holiday ever and make incredible memories! You all deserve it!

~L

AnneCan
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What a wonderful oppurtunity to have a fantastic holiday! Enjoy + take lots of pictures!

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angelsbaby
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a wonderful time you deserve it. i love the beach growing up at the santa monica pier and malibu i had the best childhood always at the beach. Have lots of fun

michelle

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How fabulous! I hope that you have a great time with your family. Seeing the ocean for the first time is an amazing experience and I know that you are going to have fun seeing your kid's reactions.

I wish you a safe journey and hope you take lots of pictures along the way. We are heading to Myrtle Beach next week too so it looks like that's a popular place for the Colon Clubbers. If you get the chance the Ripley's Aquarium and Alligator Adventures are great places to take the kids.

Much happiness to you Donna,
Amy

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You deserve some fun times with your family. have a safe trip and enjoy every minute of it!

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Hi Donna,

I wish I knew you were going to be in Myrtle Beach. My husband has to work this weekend so we cannot go. We are 4 hours away and are planning to go when he has some time off.

Sara J's Restaurant is terrific. It is located in Garden City - not far from Myrtle Beach. The food is fresh, delicous, and reasonable. There is a beautiful view of the marsh. http://www.sarajs.com/

Also, I have heard good things about Drunken Jack's but I have never been there. Drunken Jacks Restaurant is in business in Murrells Inlet, SC, Contact Drunken Jacks Restaurant to request a deal, get a coupon. You can visit Drunken Jacks Restaurant at:
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576 - Or call at: 843-651-3232

We also like to go to Calabash in North Carolina. The Calabash SeaFood Hut has excellent food but the atmosphere is very plain. Calabash Seafood Hut - (910) 579-6723
Calabash
1125 River Rd SW
Calabash, NC 28467

Putt Putt Golf is always popular at the beach for families.

Also they have great live theatre - http://www.alabama-theatre.com/ - Great music and shows.

Have a great time!

Fight for my love
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I am sure you are going to have enjoyable time.Have fun.Have a safe and pleasant trip.Take care.

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It,s going to be great for you and especially the kids,all kids loves the ocean,and the family reunion sounds even better, I am very happy for you,you deserves this break.

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How wonderful that you can take this much needed vacation along with your family. Your kids will remember this experience forever. So glad that you are getting away. Enjoy and don't think about anything else but having a great time.

Hugs! Kim

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Donna - I'm soooo happy for you and the kids, a much deserved break and treat for your kids! Enjoy darlin'!!!!

Peggy

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That is so exciting! This will be a great time for all of your family. I pull a lot of energy from the ocean and sun. I need my fix every now and then. It also brings me a sense of calming and tranquility. I hope it does the same for you; re-energizing and calming.

Have a fantastic trip!

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We had awesome weather there at the beach, it was beautiful...I also felt such a calmness by the ocean, I told my hubby you may sprinkle my remains there! haha..

My kids had such a blast there seeing the ocean for the first time, they loved it! they said when they get big, they are going to live somewhere that has an ocean, and I said Go for it! Pat, my brother and I are planning on doing it again next year, hope I'm well enough too! maybe some time longer, the hotel was really nice, but I don't know why, the beds felt damp or moist? maybe because of the beach? we were oceanfront right there.

We went to a festival that had a bunch of Disney people there, but the lines were so long. They picked their favorite, Drake Bell, and waited 2 hours to meet him, get their pics with him, and autographs.

I uploaded some pics on my expressions page, those are my brothers pics, but I haven't gotten mine on the computer yet to upload, so I'll do it soon :)

Thanks for the comments all, I missed you all!

Hugsss!
~Donna

AnneCan
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Donna,

I am so glad you had such a wonderful time! There is nothing like the ocean + nothing like getting a break from our everyday lives. The pictures are beautiful + so are your kids + nieces. Thanks for sharing your trip.

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Hi Donna,

Sorry I missed this post until today. That's so great that you were able to get away and have some family fun! I can just picture your kids' faces (even though I don't know what they look like- lol!) when they saw the ocean for the first time. Even though I'm on the west coast, I have been to Myrtle Beach once before on a vacation ten years ago (I know it was 10 yrs ago because my ten yr old, Allison, was a baby at the time and I remember carrying her around on the Myrtle Beach boardwalk and how hot and sticky the weather was and how having a sweaty baby stuck to me felt :~) It's a beautiful beach, though, and I'm so glad you go to go! I bet the weather wasn't hot and sticky there this time of year- hopefully it was absolutely lovely!

You take care and hang in there with the oxi. I forgot- you took Folfiri the first time around with chemo, right- that's why you're doing the oxi now. At least the weather is warm now, which won't make the oxi as bad as during the cold weather.

Take care-
Lisa

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Donna,

Glad you and the family got to take a short break from the daily stuff. It's amazing how much good a short break like this can be. I'm also sure it will be a treasured memory your children will hold near and dear to their hearts. How lucky are they to have such a generous and loving uncle. My kids are all grown and out of the house, but when I get better. I plan on getting all the kids together with the grandkids and doing an all expense paid trip by Grandpa to Disneyworld for a week.

This year my Sis is coming for a visit from Virginia and we are all going to spend a few days at Yosemite. I'm really looking forward to it, we are going at the end of July. I plan on being well enough to actually go and maybe we may even do a gentle river rafting trip. My younger Sis who is also from CA did it with my neices a couple of years ago and it wasn't to rough for them.So I'm crossing my fingers I will have the health and $$$ to do this. It will be right after I am supposed to return to work,so hopefully it all works out.

Don

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Donna,

So glad to hear you enjoyed your trip! It's nice to take a break and forget everything for a bit. Did you go to Broadway at the Beach? I have been away from the board for a couple days and missed your original post! We live kinda nearby...maybe we can meet you next year! So glad you had fun. The damp sheets, that's just humidity!

Take care,
D

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awesome pictures Donna....soooo glad you had good time.

mags

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What happened with the spheres? I've been curious to know??

Christy

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Shayenne
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I'm not sure on the spheres now, the Folfox didn't give him the response yet he wants...some tumors have grown, some have shrunk, and some aren't doing anything at all, a mixed response, but I'll be doing my 5th treatment tomorrow, so maybe with the next scans he'll know more, he just wants to see how Folfox does first. I'm not doing it anymore if I get any signs of neuropathy though!

Thanks all for the comments, I did have a great time, and I hope you do get to go to Disneyworld Don, that's another dream of mine for my kids. I have never been there myself.

Hugsss!
~Donna

khl8
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Donna,
I loved the pictures! you all look so happy! I am thrilled for you!!!!!!!!!
As for the neuropathy, mine did not show its head until after I was all done, but for me it worked so far and honestly I would rather have the neuropahty than the alternative!
Kathy

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The spheres were what got me to resection. I know they are scarey, and each case is different, but I am thankful I did them. They told me repeatidly that I was not a candidate for resection, and after the sphere's I was. I have just done my first post surgery chemo, I hate it still as much as I did almost a year ago. I am not sure how many cycles I have to do for my "insurance policy" as they call it, but I will be glad when they are done.

Christy

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Hi again Donna,

I just wanted to say I looked at your pics, so now I do know what your kids look like and can even better picture in my mind their faces as they saw the ocean for the first time! Wow- never been to Disneyworld either- you gotta list of things to do and go see now! Maybe you can make Disneyworld your next year's summer trip. That would be great for your whole family.

Don't give up hope with the mixed scan results- watch the signs for neuropathy, but it can still do more work on those tumors.

Take care!
Lisa

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