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  1. DisneyGalUK

    DisneyGalUK <font color=purple>Rutger Hauer sends shivers down

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    Liz - I'm loving your trip report! I really enjoyed Hard Rock Hotel when I stayed there, a very cool hotel and the staff were great!

    And, I'd love your two cents worth if you'd like to throw it in there! A lot of people aren't really 'talking' to me - like they don't know what to say. A friend I've had for 17 years, who knows my mum as well as her own, has all but disappeared since I told her. The whole thing at the minute is surreal.

    We'll know more tomorrow, she has her pre-op appointment at 9am tomorrow before her surgery on the 10th of January. Still hasn't sunk in, at the minute it feels like we are all just trying to get through the days.

    Thank you all, so much, for letting me rant and babble on!
     
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  3. SeptemberGirl

    SeptemberGirl More drink, less run since 2008

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    Yes, people will totally do that - disappear. They will all react differently. Most of them think "panic - don't know how to react!". I would reach out to that friend - let her know it's okay to process this in front of you. All this "we must be strong" stuff is bunk. Total BS. Don't be strong, be human.

    You are just trying to get through days, and you will. Get through them. Here's my advice. Besides Stay in the Moment. Which is huge advice and I will say it again and again. But besides that.

    Don't personalize it. We love our slogans - kick cancer's ***, beat it, cancer sucks, etc etc. Don't go there. It's not an enemy, it's a disease. It doesn't think - or attack - it's not a sentient being. There is no war on cancer - just the reality of diagnosis and treatment. All those save the tatas things are ridiculous. They feminize and demonize and trivialize the reality.

    It can be really hard and brutal and it can just be hard and brutal. It can be worse than you expect or better than you expect. But it sure as heck isn't pink and a teddy bear ain't gonna fix it.

    So my friend, I do not recommend bravery. Or fighting. I recommend being present. Feeling your feelings. Giving your mom space to feel hers. Holding each other gently like your personal struggles matter, because they do.

    Don't walk or run or undertake a 3 day whatever...if you want to fundraise, do it directly by asking for funds for the places near you doing the research and good work of helping cancer patients.

    Talk to the social workers who show up, hanging on the fringes. Talk to support groups. Talk, if it helps. Be real. Be yourself. Do not feel like you have to wear the armor because you joined this club.

    Also, there is not gift of cancer, so spit that back out if someone tries to sell you that, too. You might find your family changing in good ways because of this, and that's great but really - it's not a gift. We would all trade our ignorance for health, in a heartbeat.

    And just get through one day, then the next. a plan helps, a plan is great and I hope you guys get a good one. But in the absence of a plan, just be. It's okay to be sad and happy in the same 2 second span.

    And post anything you need to, okay?
     
  4. DisneyGalUK

    DisneyGalUK <font color=purple>Rutger Hauer sends shivers down

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    Liz - Thank you. For all of that. It made me smile and cry, which I really needed.

    I'm meeting my friend on Saturday, I'll talk to her and reach out.

    The part about 'pink' made me laugh, for the sole reason that I was sat with my mum at the hospital and she randomly blurted out "if anyone tries to make me a poster girl or tie a pink ribbon round me I'm going to throw it at them". It was so random (with a few f-bombs in the middle) that you couldn't help but laugh. But, she knows. The ribbons, teddy bears, walks and heartfelt adverts aren't going to help her. Her breast nurse, who drives am hour each way just to see my mum, now SHE'S going to help.

    So again my friend, thank you. For your honesty, and taking the time to reply with everything else you have going on. I really appreciate it.
     
  5. lisaviolet

    lisaviolet Happy DVC Owner

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    Well do you still love me when I've failed to get over to your TR? :coffee: :goodvibes Oh Karen, I'm sorry I haven't been over. I've read probably half of it and loved it but haven't been over in awhile. I should have - there is no lovelier of a distraction.

    How is Rey doing? Better? I'm hoping.

    I thought it was British and didn't trust myself. Bullocks!!!:rotfl2: We pick up a lot here into our vernacular but not takeaway.

    I can't imagine the sciatic Liz. Oh Lord. Kelly, how are you these days?

    And Megan - what Liz said is exactly what I was trying to say. I mean feelings are cathartic for sure - I know that in my life and too many times people spend time trying to avoid when feeling is a more positive action. But it's very easy to take in too much. A fine line at times. And especially with that tragedy and intense pain.

    Loved it all Liz.
     
  6. lisaviolet

    lisaviolet Happy DVC Owner

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    Oh Lord - NONE of my colours worked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:crazy2: I'll try to fix it later Liz.
     
  7. lisaviolet

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    Kelly, you're both in my thoughts. And I hope that the day went - well as good as can be. Much love.

    I so understood your thoughts about loved ones. People are different, eh? I believe that many people are so scared of saying something wrong that they say nothing. And then there is this lonely echo, eh? And that can bring up so many feelings. Some not nice. ;)

    I've experienced it. It hurts. So good on you for just facing it head on with your friend.

    And good on Liz for being there and giving you such wonderful guidance. It gives me great peace - for both of you actually.

    The bold is such a surprise! You're NOTHING like her. :rotfl::rotfl2::rotfl:;)
     
  8. lisaviolet

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    So I did weigh in on the 15th - just didn't feel like talking about weight with everything going on.

    But I was ecstatic. Weirdly so. It was a small loss - .4 but meant so much to me. More than any other week. Long story.

    So I'll do the 15th and 30th here... but this month will be 15th only.

    The WW leader is still there. So another indication that I made the best choice and good on me for trusting my gut. It's obviously permanent or an extended absence for her - the one I adored.

    Hard couple of weeks for me. Lots going on - family. And today - well I lost someone precious to me - geez seven years ago - unbelievable oh Lord - she was young and it was sudden and her mother is in ongoing tremendous pain despite strength to live on - especially this time of year. Of course. As any of you mothers would be.

    Got to run - will fix my colour fiasco later. :flower3:
     
  9. poppinspal

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    Thank you ladies for sharing all your thoughts. I tend to read the new not watch because I can control what I read better. I want to be informed but not to the extent they sometimes put on tv. I think it was compounded by parents being in a panic. I'm dealing much better with my feelings about what happened in CT.

    I think it's just an emotional holiday year for me anyways and I find myself easily emotional. Work has also not helped. I keep joking that right now I'm a combination of Bob Cratchit and George Bailey. (From A Christmas Carol and Its a Wonderful Life.) I have to work Christmas Eve till 2 and I have no heat in my room and then they messed up my paycheck for today and I only got a small part of my check. I mean in the the grad scheme of things it's minor but it's just me laughing and saying of course that would all happen to me. Ahhhh well.

    I will be back later to respond to everything and finally start sharing some stories from my trip. I'm looking forward to sharing stories, there were some great moments on this trip.
     
  10. lisaviolet

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    Megan - no heat - what the heck? :sad2: Can't wait to hear all about the trip.

    Listen I'm going to very busy in the next while and then off to WDW so I think I will wish you all a Merry Christmas now just in case. I'm afraid I'll get too busy. Oh and I don't know if I told you Nathan and Annie and the kids will be down with us for part of our holidays - including baby Xavier. :flower3: Avayah told us there is no bus the plane flies right into WDW. :thumbsup2

    Liz, please know you're in my thoughts during this holiday time - missing her so much. Much love.

    Kelly - I hope the day went okay.

    And love to everyone.

    Nancy - Don't make me sing!!!!
     
  11. SeptemberGirl

    SeptemberGirl More drink, less run since 2008

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    I am NOT getting updates!!!! So here I am, checking. I will reply to the posts individually!!!
     
  12. DisneyGalUK

    DisneyGalUK <font color=purple>Rutger Hauer sends shivers down

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    Happy new year everyone!

    Lots to say, can't be bothered to say them :rotfl:
     
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    AKASnowWhite more drink less run since 2008

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    <sigh> Lots of ugly happening in my life these days. :headache: Deaths, family struggles, car accidents (no injuries, thankfully). Stuff that collectively has really been a major downer!

    Good news? Two things. First, I didn't gain any weight thru the holidays :thumbsup2 and even better? In 2 days I leave for WDW. Stephen is running the Mickey marathon. I'm spectating this time around. popcorn::

    Also in the good news front - I'm doing well on my Princess training. I've really slowed my running pace but it seems like I've found a pace my hip can be content with. :cheer2:


    Kelly - :grouphug:

    Meg - wedding stories. please.

    Lisa - hope you had a great trip!

    Liz - Congrats on getting that first semester under your belt!
     
  14. SeptemberGirl

    SeptemberGirl More drink, less run since 2008

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    Thanks, Nancy!


    Kelly. What's going on with your mom?

    Lisa. Update?
     
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    DisneyGalUK <font color=purple>Rutger Hauer sends shivers down

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    She has her mastectomy on Thursday - I can't believe how quickly it's come around. We are running around getting everything ready for when she comes home and just taking it day by day.

    Oh, and my friend I was going to meet up with - she bailed.

    Love to all.
     
  16. lisaviolet

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    So I come back on here - after 2 plus weeks off - and want to find two things:

    How MCKelly's mom is doing. (And Kelly)

    And to fall right into Megan's TR.

    Kelly, you obviously had/have a pass. :love:

    MEGAN! YOU DON'T. Get on it!!!!!!!!!!!! :lovestruc
     
  17. lisaviolet

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    Nancy! :love:

    First I'm so sorry about the first part. When you write anything difficult or stressful - well I know it's really difficult - because you're not me with your words and such. I'm so sorry. Especially about the deaths. :hug:

    And I don't think I've missed you but have a wonderful time at WDW. Enjoy your time together and I hope he has a great race! :thumbsup2

    ______________________________

    My holiday was awful. I'm starting a TR to wipe off the ugly. But I'll try to get back here. And even though it was totally frustrating and I never thought a poor WDW trip was possible - well please know I know it's nothing in the scheme of life. In fact, I just saw a picture of my brother on FB that shook me like - can't even say - I actually wondered if I had the wrong person - if it really wasn't him - -of course it was - unfortunately.

    He spent Christmas in Colombia - I'm very happy about that - simply LIVING.

    My TR is here - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=47133843#post47133843

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    Love to all!

    Happy New Year everyone.

    Liz, love having you here.

    Tell Cutie - if you guys are talking to her - that one I owe her an email and two - I miss her so much.
     
  18. lisaviolet

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    Crap on the friend Kelly. Well that came out weird - but you know what I mean.

    And I hope that her trip home is soon and that everything goes as well as possible. :hug:
     
  19. poppinspal

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    Ok just a quick check before bootcamp. I hated December, I'm pretty sure at times I hate myself. I was not handling things well at all. I'm pulling myself out and every day I'm feeling a bit better but December was definitely a month where I wasn't dealing with anything.

    So I am back. I'm going to share the few positives that came from the month, check up on you guys AND... finally start my trip report. That is after I go get my butt kicked for an hour.

    Love to you all.
     
  20. lisaviolet

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    Hi Megan. So sorry that it's been awful. I do want to talk to you about your job and such and some thoughts I've been having for you - when my head is in the right place.

    And can't wait to hear about the wedding.

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    Awful night.

    My brother is home from Colombia. He came home earlier than he thought.

    Comedy of errors. I didn't get news that I was supposed to (weird long story where someone thinks I did sort of issue). He took a turn for the worse. He was only diagnosed in August. He's very low in weight. More to say but I just can't.

    My mom is declining but totally giving moments of smiling. She's always on my teeth. :confused3 And says they're lovely. And then I went "oh thanks Mom - but they're not so white".

    So then she takes a pause and YELLS :rotfl2: YELLS :rotfl:

    THEY'RE WHITE ENOUGH!!!

    Alrighty then. :rotfl2:

    Last night - I said so what are watching Mom after there was a long pause with no speech where I said "Are you really ignoring your daughter for the TV?". Really?????:goodvibes

    And she says "I'm watching the Academy Awards". :rotfl2::rotfl::rotfl2:

    Priceless. I said "that's nice months early - lucky you!"

    And she laughs and laughs.

    She's in a good space. And we're not. And that's how it goes.

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    Kelly, hope she's home. :goodvibes
     
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    Nancy, you're in my thoughts. :lovestruc
     

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