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Tomorrow is the beginning of the Thanksgiving weekend in Canada. I was at my kitchen window baking oat cakes when I looked out the window and saw a gal walking down the street with a big casserole wrapped up in a towel. my heart gave a lurch....thank you I thought....someone who is ill is getting a nice warm supper and I felt so thankful.

I cannot remember who said it here lately but it was something about being in the deepest hours of treatment and chemo and feeling the love of friends and neighbours and family caring for us. I am once again reminded of all those who care for we cancer patients and I am so thankful for all the love and .......casseroles....I remember after my first liver resection my fellow teachers fed us for three weeks and it was the greatest gift.

sorry... a little teary. the day is beautifully warm....well 50 and the sun is out and the leaves are changing and my daughter is coming for the weekend...Happy Thanksgiving to all our other Canadians and blessings to all

maggie

ok it's saturday morning no doctor calls on Saturday ??? right....wrong....I'm in the tub and hubby picks up the phone. a radiologist working the weekend read my scan and thought we might like a Thanksgiving gift......CLEAR ct.....thank you all for wishes and prayers....truly truly blessed...it was just a liver scan no lungs but I'm not going to think about that....celebrate every inch you can get

mags

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You are so right, it touches the heart deeply to see others reaching out to their fellow man. It feels so good to be remembered when you are sick and it's even better when we can pay it forward! There were quite a few special angels with skin on when I was in treatment and recovering from surgery, I was truly blessed!
mary

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Mary how are you? i was upset to hear you were in hospital with impaction....is that the right word? If it's not too nosey Mary what does that involve and how is it solved

hope you are ok

hugs
mags

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I have been having problems with pain and having to really manage my bowels for 6 months now. It's finally gotten to the point that I need to find out what is going on and resolve it, I'm in pain every day and sometimes it's very bad. I'm only working part time because I can't sit for long periods of time. Impaction is just a fancy word for major constipation! :) At least the scans show no true obstruction. There is soft tissue showing narrowing of various parts of my intestines and rectum, so hopefully we can figure this out. Thank you for asking. And all they did in the hospital, outside of giving me great meds for the pain, was a soap water enema. That cleaned me out great! It took most of the next day to get the pain under control, but other then that it was pretty uneventful! The food was great and I have new appreciation for the miralax and stool softener regimen I have to stick to until we can get this taken care of!
mary

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oh you poor thing....that much pain is not good and it must be very tiring. Do you think our bowels will ever work beautifully again? hahaha...I find here that's it's either drought or monsoon.....i can go from feeling bloaty and stuffed to dashing to the washroom but I think that's true for lots of us.

oh Mary I hope you can get this solved....don't like you in pain

hugs
mags

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Mary,

I've been on Miralax and probiotics every day for a couple of years now. I do Miralax twice a day. Woohoo!

*hugs*
Gail

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That is a beautiful sight to see. Just this week I brought dinner to my neighbor who had just had surgery. Being on both sides its hard to figure out who gets more pleasure from it, the giver or the receiver, either way it gives a warm feeling all over.

Bonnie

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Thanks for posting this, it reminds me to appreciate the little joys in life, and the kindness of others

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from here mags! LOL,don't understand but are you aware that Barcelona is at the same latitude than NYC? l never understood that, any way it's starting to be chilly, I'm afraid no more beach this year, LOL. Any way happy thanksgiving ,Christmas , new year and everything! LOL.
Hugs mags.

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Mags, wish I could come by and cook you a feast!

Enjoy, I am thankful for you!

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Hoping that you have a very Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy all the things that you do. Wonder if you have turkey, stuffing and all that cranberry stuff like us USA people do. Actually, I'm making a turkey dinner in a week for the kids because there are always extra turkeys in my freezer. We have 8 kids and 11 grandkids so we need to add a ham with that meal also. Wishing you the best time for the holiday and hope you have a great time.

Kim

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I am going to answer your question, but hope Mags will as well. Thanksgiving day for Canadians is always the 2nd Monday in October. To accomodate for families getting together etc. we tend to celebrate it the Saturday, Sunday or Monday, whichever is most convenient. Some celebrate at two or even three dinners with family +/or friends. In my extended family, for many years one of my sisters + her family host Thanksgiving on the Saturday of the holiday weekend. She lives 2+ hours north of me in a beautiful cottage country called Muskoka. The leaves there are always beautiful this time of year. I will not be going this year as I just had chemo today, will be disconnected on Saturday + will likely feel crummy most of the weekend. My husband + youngest daughter are going up Saturday, will stay overnight + return Sunday. My oldest daughter is coming home from university + is staying here to keep me company. We are going to have our own little Thanksgiving dinner here on Sunday night. Traditional Thanksgiving here is very similar to the US - turkey, stuffing, cranberries, potatoes, lots of vegetable dishes, yummy pumpkin pie, etc. Abundance is key. For Canadians, Thanksgiving is a celebration of the harvest (correct me if I am wong, my fellow Canucks!). I remember reading some time ago it is believed the 1st Canadian Thanksgiving was celebrated in the 1400s on the East Coast. I always have a giggle when I think of Thankasgiving - when I was first married I actually lived in the US, in Cincinnati OH. When I was talking to my co-workers about taking time off to come home to Canadian Thanksgiving, one of them basically asked "What do Canadians have to be thankful for?" She didn't ask in a mean way, more curious. I told her what I knew about the origins of our Thanksgiving, + the things I felt thankful for as a Canadian. To this day I continue to be very thankful. One of the things I am extremely thankful for is that Canada shares the longest undefended border in the world with the USA. This, to me exemplifies the friendship, respect, business opportunities, etc. that Canada + the US share. I am also truly thankful for this forum, which trandscends all national borders to bring hope, caring + understanding to us all.

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Hi, I am from Canada also. Just wondering what parts of Canada all of you fellow Canadians are from. I grew up in London, then moved to Orillia and lived in a little town called Lagoon City, then I moved here to New Jersey. I really miss Canadian Thanksgiving - I don't get the day off here at my work, so I can't even go home to celebrate it. My husband always tries to make me a turkey dinner on that day for me (as he is off of work). Anyway - I also had someone ask me a very long time ago, what do Canadians have to be thankful for? I gave them the same answer as you. I also get why can't you celebrate your Thanksgiving the same time as us? Uhmm cause it's not the same day! Oh well, Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Canadians - those of you celebrating have a piece of pumpkin pie for me, i like mine with whip cream.
Happy Thanksgiving !!!
Sandi

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It is good to hear from another (transplanted) Canadian! I live in Mississauga, just outside of Toronto. I grew up in Hamilton. We pass by Orillia on the way to Bracebridge, where one of my sisters lives. My oldest daughter is planning to make pumpkin pie for Sunday + I will think of you as I am eating it (with whipped cream). Enjoy the turkey!

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That was a great explanation and glad you wrote that. We are thankful to the Canadians also. Actually we are about 45 minutes west of Windsor. Happy Thanksgiving.

Kim

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Maggie,

Our Thanksgiving here is in November, and I was diagnosed Thanksgiving week and had my colon resection the day after Thanksgiving, so I always feel super grateful and teary at Thanksgiving.

*hugs*
Gail

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What a nice feeling to see that.

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you did a beautiful job of describing Canadian Thanksgiving. I am so glad your daughter will be with you and you two can have a merry little time....so good!
I live in serious apple country on the shore of Lake Huron....there are orchards everywhere and the harvest starts in late august with Paula Reds and continues through Macs and finally the best pie apple called the Spy. Apples are a big part of thanksgiving here and we try to have at least one apple pie along with the pumpkin. Some of my favourite pies are from the south of United States though and I love to make chess , Jeff Davis and Osgoode pies too. And maple syrup has to get in there too and always cranberries.

I hope you feel well enough to enjoy your weekend Anne....great blessings to you my girl

where is that Cheryl and Canada Sue??

hugs to all.....munch munch munch.....mags

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oh gosh so nice to hear from you....I have a quart of whipping cream in the fridge all ready.

I was born in Collingwood very close to Orillia and now we live in Owen sound. My liver surgeon is in London at the University hospital there and my first onc was there too but now we actually have 2 oncs in Owen sound.....lovely to hear from you

mags

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Nice thread Maggie

We have our turkey on Sunday, so we can munch on leftovers on Monday, cant wait for that turkey sandwich!

I have lots to be thankful for again this year: I still have Bill by my side, our family, and firends. A health care system, that we do not have to fight with to get tests done, ect....

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Hugs,

Sue

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Hey Mags... here I am... now we just have to hunt down Canada Sue! :D

Both you and Anne gave a great explanation of Canadian Thanksgiving, but I see one or two must not have read all the messages because they are asking again what the difference is between the two (Canadian and American Thanksgivings). Well, can't say you didn't learn anything here :D Canadians are brought up with all the American holidays plus their own... but it always surprises me just how many Americans are not aware of Canadian holidays or the reasons for them. I guess that is a difference in the school systems... we had to learn about the US and US History, but American kids don't need to learn about their northern neighbours ;)

Anywho... here's a recap on Canadian Thanksgiving (I won't post an explanation of American Thanksgiving because I'm going to assume everyone knows about it other than maybe our Spanish and Australian semi-colons): :)

History and Origin of Canadian Thanksgiving

In Canada Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October. Unlike the American tradition of remembering Pilgrims and settling in the New World, Canadians give thanks for a successful harvest. The harvest season falls earlier in Canada compared to the United States due to the simple fact that Canada is further north.

The history of Thanksgiving in Canada goes back to an English explorer, Martin Frobisher, who had been trying to find a northern passage to the Orient. He did not succeed but he did establish a settlement in Northern America. In the year 1578, he held a formal ceremony, in what is now called Newfoundland, to give thanks for surviving the long journey. This is considered the first Canadian Thanksgiving. Other settlers arrived and continued these ceremonies. He was later knighted and had an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean in northern Canada named after him - Frobisher Bay.

At the same time, French settlers, having crossed the ocean and arrived in Canada with explorer Samuel de Champlain, also held huge feasts of thanks. They even formed 'The Order of Good Cheer' and gladly shared their food with their Indian neighbours.

After the Seven Year's War ended in 1763, the citizens of Halifax held a special day of Thanksgiving.

During the American Revolution, Americans who remained loyal to England moved to Canada where they brought the customs and practices of the American Thanksgiving to Canada. There are many similarities between the two Thanksgivings such as the cornucopia and the pumpkin pie.

Eventually in 1879, Parliament declared November 6th a day of Thanksgiving and a national holiday. Over the years many dates were used for Thanksgiving, the most popular was the 3rd Monday in October. After World War I, both Armistice Day and Thanksgiving were celebrated on the Monday of the week in which November 11th occurred. Ten years later, in 1931, the two days became separate holidays and Armistice Day was renamed Remembrance Day.

Finally, on January 31st, 1957, Parliament proclaimed...

"A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed ... to be observed on the 2nd Monday in October.

Sooooo, Canadian Thanksgiving has been the 2nd Monday in October since 1957, some 53 years now. It is NOT a religious holiday, so those who are not of a religious bent do not thank a God, but are grateful nonetheless for all the good they have in their lives, as well as the fact Canada does have plenty of bountiful harvests and natural resources (which more and more countries are eyeing all the time) :)

Huggggs and Thanksgiving munchies to all :)

Cheryl

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hahahah cheryl.....jeeez girl I wish you could have given a little more detailed description here.....hahah

you are a wonder,,,,the book of knowledge and I wuv you

hugs mags

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Stop making me laugh... don't you know this is a very serious holiday??? Well, serious for all of us smacking our lips and drooling over the soon to be turkey day feast!! Not so appreciated by all the turkeys of the country :)

Gobble, Gobble!

Cheryl

PS: I wuv you tooo and so glad that we are back in touch!!! :D

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Hey sweetie,

Great to hear from you and hope you had a great summer on the lake! Happy Turkey Day and if you pig out for me, I'll return the favor the end of Nov.

Love, Lisa

PS. Semi-colons Rock!!

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By the way Happy Thanksgiving Day, what exactly is Thanksgiving Day "meaning" in Canada?
Sorry slept through that particular day in History class.
LOL.

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WONDERFUL Canadian Friends!!

Blessings to you all.

Holly

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Omg maggie I'm sooooo happy for you . You go girl and party it up girl you just made my day

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UFFFF what a joy !
HAPPY THANKSGIVING !you got lots for reasons now to celebrate it yeaaaaaaaaaaaa!

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Or should I say "Mags of the clear scan"? Congratulations on the clear scan. What a fantastic thing to give thanks for!

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Great news! So happy to hear it!

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Hugs Mags knew you would be ok ,the price to pay is the aussies giving you a bit of a towling at the comm games:) Ron.

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ok translate please....towling???? does this mean you are snapping at us with towels?????

I can hardly watch the games for fear something bad will happen....

I thought we both spoke the Queen's English....hahahaha

mags

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You always .......LOL.

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Usually wet ones when I was a kid at the beach,they hurt more. Can I help it if isolation has turned the Queens english a little quaint. One of the Australian commentators interviewed a Canadian swimmer who had won two gold medals and he made the comment that he would be bigger than ben hur when he got home. Blank!!!!and silence. Poor guy wasn't sure if he'd just copped a mega insult. The Aussie had to assure him that it meant he would be a star. Honestly ,I mean WE all understood him :):)Ron.

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Happy Thanksgiving and Yippee!!

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That is certainly wonderful news, enjoy it in its finest....Love to you, Happy Thanksgiving.......Clift

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What wonderful news you received and just in time for Thanksgiving and your daughter's visit.

Congrats - Tina

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What wonderful news you received and just in time for Thanksgiving and your daughter's visit.

Congrats - Tina

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Whew, I'm glad to hear the CT was clean. You were having some digestion issues, how are they? Thanks for the heads up on Thanksgiving. The in-laws are from Owen Sound and my wife was born in Hamilton so I get brownie point for bring these things up. If I could only find some butter tarts to bring home!

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hahah yes Canadians are pretty much tied to their butter tarts....let me know when you are coming and I'll whip you up some.
ahhhh digestion....I don't know Steve....sometimes I think I have it figured out and sometimes the whole system just seems to have a mind of it's own lol

not to worry....and thanks for wishes...hugs

maggie

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