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Just a reminder that we have a big celebration of life coming up in Chicago Thursday, October 13, 2011 through Sunday, October 16, 2011 (Room rates applicable for Wednesday 10/12 too.)

Please make your hotel reservations by August 15th!

Blocked Room Information:
Embassy Suites Downtown $209 King Suite & $239 Double Suite
1 (800) 362-2779 **must reserve by August 15th
Group Event name: CP9
600 N. State Street l Chicago, IL 60654

Weekend Itinerary will look something like this, and you are welcome to join the group for any and all activities:
Thursday: 5-7pm hotel reception with drinks and light appetizers to kick-off event,go over weekend itinerary, pass out any goodies, make sure we have each other's phone numbers; go to Irish Pub after reception
Friday: morning sightseeing at Millenium Park, group lunch at 1pm location TBD, 6pm boat tour of downtown on river
Saturday: Navy Pier and Wrigley Park Tour during the day, evening pizza party and hang out

Please semd me a private message with your e-mail address and phone number if you will attend. We'll set up an e-mail group for attendees- to relay pertinent information about the weekend and not clog up the message board.

Thanks,
Suzann

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name rank and serial #

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Looking forward to meeting you!!

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how I can go for a night...

Hugs, Kathi

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Hope to be able to make it, if all goes as planned. I owe Buzzard and look forward to meeting him and thank in person for helping me when I needed it. Anyone know if Craig will be there?.....Steve

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That he was getting tickets...

I'll let him respond for certain...

Hugs, Kathi

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yes, Craig will be there.

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Hey, that's the same rumor I heard too:)

LOL!

My wife did find us 1/2 price tickets when they had 6-seats left, so we jumped on them. A week or two before when I was looking they were double the price she got. It was just good timing.

We weren't able to stay at the hotel as much as we wanted to - we just could not swing it. We're supposed to be 20 minutes or so away I hear out near Lincoln Park. A dear friend is putting us up, or should I say "putting up" with us, LOL:)

We're grateful for the accomodations because without them, we would have missed this event and I wanted to get a chance to meet everybody.

Suzann: How is Larissa doin'? Please tell her hi from her old alumn. What a grand time we had on the patio last year - Fort Worth is still talking about it:)

-Craig

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Ft. Worth will never be the same! Watch out Chicago- here come Da semicolons- blowing through the windy city! Can't wait to see you!

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There are only 5 more rooms at the reduced rate and there is no guarantee Suzann can get more rooms with the same rate.

Sounds like some fun things to do Suzann, looking forward to hearing more as time goes.

Lisa P.

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This is pretty cost prohibitive for many of us financially destroyed by cancer.

There are 275 hotels in Chicago and surrounding area for under $100/nt, and another 100 under $150/nt. It might be an option for some people to do some digging to find an alternative if cost is keeping you from attending.

If you can't afford to go and stay at the official hotel, consider Howard Johnson's just 1/2 mile away for $95/nt, or Club Quarters, Wacker for $149/nt and it is just 2/10 mile away. Or stay one mile away at Hostelling International for $74/nt private room or $34 shared dorm (same-sex).

I won't know if I can attend or not till much closer to that time. One of the problems with ongoing treatment - I can't schedule anything much in advance. I could take the express bus and stay in the hostel, and maybe make it work. Again that all depends on how things are going for us financially at that point. As of today, I couldn't do it.

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This is the time that I'm really hating this disease. Everything sounds like so much fun, but I'd never know when my bathroom issues start or end. One good thing is, if I pooped my pants everyone in the room wouldn't be grossed out by what happened. LOL Hope a fun time is had by all.

Kim

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Kim, we all have that issue ESPECIALLY being out of town and with all the excitement. That is the best part of the Paloozas, we can shrug off or laugh about stuff that usually would embarass us.

I've missed one things and been late for a few others because of it, not lately but a few years ago before things settled down. But, I still had a blast and it didn't matter. It's all part of living with the effects of rectal cancer. Remember that line from the Shawshank Redemption: "Get busy living or get busy dying."

We usually don't venture far from the hotel and will always be in places with clean b-rooms. You'll also have everyone's cell phones #s so if you have an episode, you call and catch up with us after it passes.

I like to see us set a new record for 1st time attendees this year and you're driving distance. There might not be a better time for you to make one. Besides I want to meet you. So there!

Lisa P.

PS. If you get off that senna daily, that will help stabalize your bowels and make them more predictable.

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Air and Hotel all booked - arriving on Wednesday, October 12th.

Cheers!
Lisa

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Hugs, Kathi

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JUST GET THERE!!!! We gonna have a blast like last year! A lot of people are coming this year...... Craig..Buzz.... if we could just get John23 there that would be most the Perv's....oh...I mean cool guys :) c'mon girl...you gotta come!!!

Jennie

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They keep sending me 'deals' to Chicago!!!

Hugs, Kathi

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hee-hee!
I wanna party with you Jennie!

Peggy

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Yes sireeeee Peg.... we gonna get our drink on!!!! Looking forward to making memories!

Jennie

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My trip is all booked. It looks like there will be several newbies - wonderful!

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Don and I will be there and plan to stay Wed. - Monday. I've never been to Chicago and may never get back so we are planning a vacation around CP9. I am so pumped up about seeing everyone and making new friends! Jo Ann

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I am a newbee and would love to come. Unfortunately... living in Canada... I am not able to secure out of the country medical insurance till I am NED for a year from the date of my operation. So there is always next year.
Marjan

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There is travel insurance that will cover you as long as you are healthy enough to travel at the time you book your trip, and purchase the insurance right away. The insurance is good for residents in the US or Canada. I helped the CCA with this for patients that got scholarships to their annual conference in June. Let me know if this is the only issue holding you back from going, and you want more info so you can go. It really isn't very expensive (based on age and cost of your trip), and is good coverage.

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Just made my reservations! I cannot actually believe that this is really going to happen. I've had too many failures in the past to get there....but not this time!! (bar any crisis).

WOOHOO!

Chi-town here we come!

Can't wait to meet you all face to face!!

peace, emily

p.s. I am not lugging my juicer on the train with me HA!

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That is wonderful! I'm glad you are finally getting to go. Sure with I could, but financially it is not possible.

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We'll have to console each other, Kathryn. I can't afford it, either.

*hugs*
Gail

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Are either of you interested in sharing a room with anyone? I'd be happy to start a new thread about others that might be interested. I know some have already agreed to do it behind the scenes.

Oh crap, I'll just start a thread about it anyway. A hot breakfast is included as is a 2 hour manager's reception (free appetizers and drinks, alchoholic and non) every evening. I don't know how much you have traveled but I have had many a dinners off of free appetizers when money was tight!

Check out the new thread and see what you think.

Lisa P.

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Thanks, Lisa.

I'll check it out.

*hugs*
Gail

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got the ticket (thanks Scouty for the tip flying into Midway) and sharing a room with Beth

all the best, Leslie

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barring anything from going wrong, which it wont, I will be there, I am so excited, got the room booked, just got to get the airline ticket...

See you all Soon

HUGS
Beth

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It would be fun to come but I am afraid $$$ will not allow it to happen. I will be there in spirit though :) I can't wait to hear how it goes and to see the pictures.

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Please make your reservation and PM me with your personal contact information for itinerary and contact list of attendees!!

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I think you had my info from last year, Suzann

And recently, I believe I got something from you. So we should be good, if not let me know and I sure will do.

-Craig

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Don and I are getting excited about Chicago! There are so many new people to meet in the flesh and old friends to see again. Looking forward...
Jo Ann

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Eight weeks from today ~ CP9 hits Chicago.

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I was in Chicago for the tall ship cruises last weekend....reminded me of Halifax! (dang, I miss that place~LOWER DECK!)

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I so wish you will be there- I know we r close, but I haven't heard from you!! Please say yes, friend!
Suzann

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Hi Suzann!

I will make an appearance at some point, not staying overnight though. I live 40 minutes from there so it won't be a huge deal to pop in to say hi to my long lost buddies!

Sure do miss you and your tin foil triangle! (not to mention my Canadian sister Lisa Rose, my NC buddy Scouty (Lisa P), the Sladiches, and JoAnn & Don!)

It's hard for me to come to these things in Oct with kids in school. Summer would be a better time, but I'll squeeze in what I can!

Hugs,
Stacy

P.S. (all of this is tough to come to without Kerry, Mark, JerseySue, and Jana...I really miss them so much!)

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Wow doctors appointment on this day that will give me results of my scan and blood tests. Wish it was the following weekend. Just don't think that this year is it - bummer. Wish that I could meet you all. Darn - maybe a reschedule can work. I'll have to check on it but rooms are very expensive and not sure if we can afford it. Chicago is a very expensive place to visit but also very nice.

Kim

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Bumping this up for some people that asked about it.

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