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Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Fri, 26th Sep '08 10:06 AM


Today's mail, for example. We got a letter from a lawyer in Ohio about a trust fund John's grandfather left him 26 years ago. It was withheld without John's knowledge illegally by his father, and has been tied up in his father's estate since he died 10 years ago. John's uncle told him about it years ago but he'd long ago written it off as lost and gone and spent by somebody else. It's not a fortune but it will take care of a lot of problems and drive the wolf back quite far from the door for the forseeable future. John doesn't know yet, and I can't wait to tell him tonight. He's felt the pressure in the last couple of years and this will mean the world to him.

On the other hand, in the same mail I got a letter from the mammography clinic, who want me back in for diagnostics, and from my doctor, who wants me there today.

On my way now. Wish me luck.

Salzypat  (Level: 161.3 - Posts: 5413)
Fri, 26th Sep '08 10:18 AM

Hopefully it's just something that another mammogram will clear up or explain. Of course our thoughts are with you for a good outcome. Let us know, OK?

Lucimoore  (Level: 192.0 - Posts: 1732)
Fri, 26th Sep '08 10:20 AM

Shoulder to shoulder, heart to heart. Massive positive thoughts everyone.

Toledosugar  (Level: 51.4 - Posts: 281)
Fri, 26th Sep '08 11:20 AM

I really hate good news/bad news days. Congrats on finally receiving what was yours. I am praying that the doctors visit is not the bad news half. Often as you age breast tissue changes but isn't the dreaded disease. On the other hand, my youngest sister did have breast cancer - went through a lumpectomy, had chemo and radiation. She was pronounced cancer free 2 weeks ago. So, there are happy endings. Good luck and I'll be praying.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Fri, 26th Sep '08 11:41 AM

Praying for you Smoke - that it's a false alarm,
and all is well

Bbear  (Level: 166.9 - Posts: 2297)
Fri, 26th Sep '08 11:46 AM

99.9% of the time it is NOTHING. Prayers with Smoke.

Crazy4games  (Level: 124.7 - Posts: 1019)
Fri, 26th Sep '08 11:59 AM

I'm sending positive thoughts your way, Smoke.

Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Fri, 26th Sep '08 12:52 PM

Hey Smokie.. good luck today... just as good luck came your way with the money xoxo

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Fri, 26th Sep '08 12:54 PM

Donna, many prayers and positive thoughts are coming your way from Orlando! Please let us know as soon as you hear something.

That's wonderful about the windfall! Now that's a great surprise!


Chyenn  (Level: 209.3 - Posts: 1332)
Fri, 26th Sep '08 1:07 PM

i'm sending good vibes your way today too.


Cjar855  (Level: 134.2 - Posts: 838)
Fri, 26th Sep '08 1:30 PM

Donna , I am thinking only Good Thoughts for you today.


Jeannette  (Level: 114.2 - Posts: 1735)
Fri, 26th Sep '08 1:37 PM

thinking of you good whishes for you xx j

Gypsylady  (Level: 148.0 - Posts: 6096)
Fri, 26th Sep '08 1:50 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with you, Donna, and I wish you the best possible outcome!


Smaug  (Level: 144.7 - Posts: 2765)
Fri, 26th Sep '08 2:13 PM

Hi Donna,

I wouldn't panic until I review those mammography pictures.

Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Fri, 26th Sep '08 2:17 PM

I'm keeping you in my thoughts, Donna, and hoping they just want to do some sort of routine follow-up. Please let us know what's going on when you can.

-- Geri

Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1139)
Fri, 26th Sep '08 2:17 PM

Hey Donna - don't get too worked up about the doctor thing - it really could be nothing - good thing you have doctors that are careful and diligent. I was seeing a breast specialist for a year after they found something that concerned my regular doctor. I had a stereotactic (know I didn't spell that right) biopsy and had to have mammograms every two months for a year. Everything is good and I don't have to go back for another exam for a year. It was scary but they never found any cancer. I'd rather have doctors that are too careful though - you know? Will be thinking of you! Best thoughts and wishes going your way!


Stellamirus  (Level: 190.3 - Posts: 56)
Fri, 26th Sep '08 3:02 PM

Sending only good thoughts your way. Stay strong.

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Fri, 26th Sep '08 3:09 PM

I'm believing for a good report.

Margiematt  (Level: 201.0 - Posts: 388)
Fri, 26th Sep '08 3:30 PM

Hope everything turns out okay Donna

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Fri, 26th Sep '08 3:38 PM

Sitting here with tears dripping off my chin for all your kindness. I was home alone this morning, as I usually am, and I needed a safe place to take my nerves. Thank you all for being here. It's been a wearing day and I don't know much more now than I did this morning. Essentially nothing more, but I did find out which one. The doctor seemed annoyed with herself for accidentally letting that much information slip. I have no idea why they even brought me in just to weigh me, take my blood pressure, and give me an appointment I'd already made. Digital diagnostic imaging and ultrasound scheduled for a week from Monday. That ought to fly by.

Thanks from the heart to every one of you I'm gonna catch a nap before John comes home.

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Fri, 26th Sep '08 3:57 PM

-- That's supposed to be a heart.



Tazmaniac72  (Level: 194.5 - Posts: 213)
Fri, 26th Sep '08 3:57 PM

Sometimes I think people that work at Doctor's offices get a kick at getting folks worked up!!! I'm glad to hear that everything's fine....and congrats on the money!! Maybe I'll get some letter next week....probably be for a bill I didn't pay or know about, I"m sure!! Love ya, Donna!

Koota  (Level: 187.3 - Posts: 2114)
Fri, 26th Sep '08 4:03 PM

Donna ... I just got in and saw this message. I'm sending positive energy your way.

Congrats to John for his windfall too.

Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2011)
Fri, 26th Sep '08 4:31 PM

Smokey...hang in there chick.. Thinking of you.


Spicyhedgehog  (Level: 96.2 - Posts: 69)
Fri, 26th Sep '08 4:37 PM


thinking of you, and sending warmest wishes from Wales, will keep you in our thoughts and prayers

R x

Revdodd  (Level: 68.7 - Posts: 775)
Fri, 26th Sep '08 5:07 PM

A quick prayer sent up for ya!

Taco24  (Level: 140.2 - Posts: 589)
Fri, 26th Sep '08 5:25 PM

I wish you the best. Keep up your strength.
I wish the best to you, and congrats on the news on the trust fund.

Nelly  (Level: 179.8 - Posts: 1167)
Fri, 26th Sep '08 5:36 PM

Donna - thinking of you . Hope everything's ok. It's horrible when they worry you like that and then you have to wait, even 1 day is so tough. Be strong!

Bigbird  (Level: 248.9 - Posts: 3337)
Fri, 26th Sep '08 5:44 PM

Donna - Thinking of you. I could tell you stories! Actually, they would make you laugh - I probably should. Generally it's nothing; I'm sure you know that.
Just think of all the wonderful things you can do with the money

Jeannette  (Level: 114.2 - Posts: 1735)
Fri, 26th Sep '08 5:44 PM

donna hugs keep you chin up xxx

Mplaw51  (Level: 184.4 - Posts: 1581)
Fri, 26th Sep '08 7:33 PM

Donna, stay positive and things will find their way to working out. We're all here to listen and of course pray. It's awesome to read what everyone has said so far. It's truly a family.

Papajensai  (Level: 201.4 - Posts: 1024)
Fri, 26th Sep '08 8:21 PM

I can't believe how long you have to wait for your tests. Lots of loving vibes coming your way from lots of people around here including me. This is the "for better and for worser" part. You and John hang on to each other and hold each other up.

Pafork  (Level: 132.0 - Posts: 536)
Fri, 26th Sep '08 8:26 PM

Thinking of you Donna.

Kaufman  (Level: 267.6 - Posts: 3941)
Fri, 26th Sep '08 8:32 PM

Please keep us you-know-what! We wish you the best.

Donleigh  (Level: 155.2 - Posts: 5399)
Fri, 26th Sep '08 8:36 PM

Good thought flying your way. Maybe it's just a follow up, hopefully nothing serious.

Oogie54  (Level: 209.2 - Posts: 1120)
Fri, 26th Sep '08 9:04 PM

Thinking of you throughout the week Smoke, counting on good news

Smeans  (Level: 109.2 - Posts: 301)
Fri, 26th Sep '08 9:08 PM

I hope everything is okay Donna, you are in my thoughts and prayers. ((((((HUGS))))))

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Fri, 26th Sep '08 9:28 PM

Wishing you so very very very much luck and blessing in the mam thing.

Take comfort from my true story.

My experience was the same. Usually you wait for the letter that clears or warns you, but the tech who did the gram told me immediately that she shouldn't tell me, but I would definitely be getting a letter to come back.

Sure enough I got it.

Went back in - they did another mam. Then a sonogram. And another. And another. Finally the doctor came in and did it all over again himself.

Finally, he looked at me with exasperation and said...."Well, it's not anything. You just have weird tissue. You're just weird."

I said, "Sheesh - you could have saved me time AND a lot of money by just asking my friends - they could have told you I'm just weird without a medical degree!!"

Bigdavy  (Level: 140.7 - Posts: 539)
Fri, 26th Sep '08 9:42 PM

Janice, I love that story!

Donna, I'm sending tons of good thoughts your way...

- bigdavy

Winddancer41  (Level: 63.3 - Posts: 1113)
Fri, 26th Sep '08 9:50 PM

Hoping the best for you and knowing that with all the love and prayers heading your way that only the best can happen. KEEP THE FAITH or whatever you beleive in. charlotte here's a little angel for your shoulder.

Luvnmexsun  (Level: 147.4 - Posts: 711)
Fri, 26th Sep '08 11:53 PM

I know you know how I feel...we talked.

Take care and I'm here.


Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Sat, 27th Sep '08 12:29 AM

Donna - I just got home and saw this. Big hugs and s coming your way form Arizona.

A couple of years ago I was told to come back for a biopsy of some nodes. The day it was confirmed that the nodes were indeed cancerous and I would need surgery, I had the oddest thought pop into my head - that if I got home and found something good in the mail, then everything would be okay.

When I got home I found my Master's Degree certificate had arrived! I was oddly calm about the entire cancer thing, had my surgery and never spent one more moment worrying over it.

So I am all into the good-news-in-the-mail mojo

Everything will turn out well for you, I'm sure of it!

Snakes  (Level: 227.3 - Posts: 98)
Sat, 27th Sep '08 7:44 AM

Smoke: I am here to tell you that even the worst case scenario is not so bad (of course I am hoping this is just a scare!). Having gone through it all--the suspicious mammogram, then biopsy; the agonizing wait, then confirmation; the surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation--I can assure you it's all eminently doable. You will discover within yourself a reservoir of strength and resolve: you will meet this challenge with grace and aplomb. And humor (especially you!). (Kaufman, do you suppose she'll keep us abreast?)

Having got that off my chest (here I'll pause to describe just a few of the benefits of bilateral mastectomy: foremost, no more bras! [that is, if you are like me and flatly refuse to wear falsies]; the concern over nipple symmetry becomes a thing of the past [a real time-saver]; men look you directly in the eye; oh, and jogging. Jogging deserves its own paragraph...), I want you to know that I am not making light of your situation. It sucks, the big C. But it really helps to have a sense of tumor.

One word of advice: don't let them shove any little pink ribbons down your throat.

Suzannec  (Level: 258.5 - Posts: 616)
Sat, 27th Sep '08 8:48 AM

Hope all goes well for you Donna. I'll bet Big John is pretty excited about the extra windfall. Is there now a Hawaiian cruise in your future?

Crazy4games  (Level: 124.7 - Posts: 1019)
Sat, 27th Sep '08 9:16 AM

Snakes.....what a great post. Thanks for sharing.

Flcyclist  (Level: 131.0 - Posts: 691)
Sat, 27th Sep '08 9:16 AM

Good luck to you, Donna. I've had to go back in for "second opinions" on mammograms, also, and so far they have all been false alarms. But they're especially scary since my sister died of breast cancer at the age of 51.

And congrats on the long-overdue windfall. I know I could sure use something like that around here. Here I am at 67 looking for a job again. Old age is not for those who are not courageous! The golden years have turned to tarnished brass! (But I still love them.)

Bbear  (Level: 166.9 - Posts: 2297)
Sat, 27th Sep '08 10:29 AM

Yea, there's a thought. Let Smaug look them over. Let us know, please. As a nurse I can tell you they are almost all the time NOTHING. Thinking of you.

Oldcougar  (Level: 228.1 - Posts: 1935)
Sat, 27th Sep '08 5:31 PM

Sorry sweetie, I mia yesterday & just read this. Love, hugs & positive thoughts I'll send more jam, that ought to help

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sun, 28th Sep '08 1:13 AM

Just saw this thread. Sending my best that everything will be okay.

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Sun, 28th Sep '08 8:17 PM

I'm feeling a LOT better than I was on Friday! All the good vibes from everyone here, the love and support of my husband, and the affection and encouragement of my more local friends have me feeling pretty solid and hopeful at the moment. It's been a big surprise, and a great comfort to hear how often this happens, so I'm over the early panic. I'm just going to try and stay as busy as I can to make the wait go by.

I saved the good-news mail for John until we got past the scary bit. He tried to act like it didn't matter compared to my health, but of course it's apples and oranges (hey - no fruit jokes); I could literally see the weight lift from him, and I promise you, it had very little to do with money. It was the vindication in a matter of honor. Now maybe he can let go of most of the resentment that poisoned that side of his family in the last years of his father's life. His brother's inheritance was restored as well, which is even better because he has three small children, one with special needs, and things have suddenly become a little easier for them all. If the whole family can put all the hurt that miserable, stubborn old man caused behind them, that's worth more than all the money in the world.

All things considered, I have equilibrium.

I love you guys.

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Sun, 28th Sep '08 8:52 PM

Much love to you, too, Donna! Here's hoping that the tightrope you're so courageously walking right now is a very wide one. You'll stay in our thoughts and prayers. Please keep us posted!


Maurlin  (Level: 220.5 - Posts: 2707)
Sun, 28th Sep '08 8:55 PM rock!!!

Phitzy1  (Level: 66.4 - Posts: 873)
Sun, 28th Sep '08 9:23 PM

what she said...

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Sun, 28th Sep '08 9:28 PM

Hang in there, kiddoe! I really think things are going to work out. Of course, having Marsha's chocolate cake in a mug can be very medicinal.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Mon, 29th Sep '08 6:39 AM

Wish you had arranged to have the tests earlier Smoke.
All this waiting's driving me crazy!!!!

Cjar855  (Level: 134.2 - Posts: 838)
Mon, 29th Sep '08 10:30 PM

I hope all went well for you today Donna. You are on our minds.


Embee  (Level: 86.7 - Posts: 362)
Mon, 29th Sep '08 10:34 PM

I'm thinking about you. Keep your chin up.

Alvandy  (Level: 240.1 - Posts: 7692)
Mon, 29th Sep '08 10:41 PM

Don't lose that power of positive thinking. It's so important to have equilibrium.
You are loved by all here.

Okuome1  (Level: 33.0 - Posts: 89)
Mon, 29th Sep '08 10:48 PM

Miss Donna..
I haven't had Marsha's cake in a mug, but I have brownies and I'll mug 'em 4 ya.
All good thoughts your way.

Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4413)
Tue, 30th Sep '08 12:18 AM

I'm thinking of you, Donna, and hoping all goes well.

-- Geri

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