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  1. Baylor Scott & White had donated their Garland facility to the VA. It was supposed to open next year as VA. Then covid hit. Per a coworker who receives medical from VA, the Garland facility is operational.
  2. I know that cattle ranch. I used to live by it. Welcome
  3. CT scan was mostly normal. The tumor marker that had been climbing dropped 10 points. The only thing that doesn’t look good is a small growth in a thyroid nodule. Another medical test. This one doesn’t require fasting or contrast.
  4. If you're feeling down this holiday season, help is a text away, text anything to 741741 and a trained Crisi Counselor responds. https://www.crisistextline.org/texting-in

  5. With my dyslexic syndrome, I have a whole list of things that were hard: 1. Although I have a great sense of direction, I am not confident in knowing right from left. I used to turn maps upside down so I wouldn’t have to figure out right and left. Hubby solved this for me, we use the military form, 3 o’clock or 9 o’clock. 2. Using a mirror - again the right/left gets me. I gave up on learning to use a curling iron, too many serious burns. Also make-up. I have recently forced my self to learn how to do eyebrows since I resemble a mannequin in a horror movie without eyebrows. 3.
  6. Finished chemo on May 23. Had my follow up and all the extra tests. No sign of cancer. My hair is growing back....it did change color - sort of. My hair was very fine before chemo, it’s even finer now. So fine it appears colorless. Hopefully this is short lived. My supervisor at work thought I breezed through chemo, until the last two treatments. I guess I’m good at hiding fatigue, weakness and burning pain. For a while I thought I would have to quit teaching because I would forget the topic in mid-sentence. My students made a game of it, trying to be the first to jog my memory or come u
  7. In most places this would be true. However I teach at a private school founded on six principles, two of which are non-judgemental and do what is right. Neither of those principals leave room for what is going on. At a weekly meeting the head of staff, XXX, addressed gossip about me by confirming that I had a medical issue but preferred to choose when, which and how I share. He directed the staff to not approach me about it. This clearly drew boundaries which most of the 50+ crowd have ignored. This lead to the middle school principal asking me to speak in the staff meeting. I did so, str
  8. Update - I have had several other co-workers approach me. The 50+ crowd, with 2 exceptions, are not being tactful and and when reminded of my preference get condesending with me. The 20-30 crowd asks tactfulky if they can ask questions. Their questions are about chemo, how it's administered, how it works, trying to understand.
  9. I hope you don’t mind me adding one ”That is so schizo/schizophrenic” used to describe some odd, dangerous or antisocial behavior. My mother and youngest sister have paranoid schizophrenia. My stepdaughter has schizophrenia. While odd behaviors do happen, it is not a defin8ng symptom, the delusions are.
  10. Everything I’ve read says be specific, like ask if you can make dinner for them, give them a ride. Don’t take it personal if they overreact, this is overwhelming at times. You know your friends, cancer hasn’t changed their personality, so keep treating them as before. My biggest unmet need was someone to talk about the negative aspects, fear of death, etc. I found a program that links people with my particular cancer with an oncology social worker. Maybe you can find a similar program for your friends.
  11. Reaching for help isn't a sign of weakness, but strength.
  12. Going through chemo I haven't minded too much the physical changes happening. Well showering when my hair was falling out was a nightmare - very fine hairs that I could feel but not get off. How others are reacting is getting to me. At work I've had to report two cancer survivors to administration. Both tried to offer me support, before I had announced my cancer. One chose to discuss it in the public bathroom where students were present. The other thought it was a great idea to tell me her horrible experience with the IV port on the day I was getting the port, then the day before m
  13. DynoReads

    Beware Gremlins

    Gremlin Bell Find your local motorcycle delearship or supply shop and ask for a gremlin bell. My husband’s Harley and the “miracle” pickup, as in it’s a miracle it keeps passing inspection, both have a bell. I carry mine on my keychain. I rode a Japanese bike, the only gremlins I needed to ward off had 2 legs and didn’t look for bikes.
  14. Thank you. I’ll print that recipe for the kids
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