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BS: alison needs your good thoughts

alison 25 Jun 10 - 01:02 AM
Janie 24 Jun 10 - 11:28 PM
LilyFestre 24 Jun 10 - 10:15 PM
Seamus Kennedy 24 Jun 10 - 07:37 PM
AllisonA(Animaterra) 24 Jun 10 - 07:09 PM
wysiwyg 24 Jun 10 - 04:58 PM
Morticia 24 Jun 10 - 01:23 PM
VirginiaTam 24 Jun 10 - 12:50 PM
katlaughing 24 Jun 10 - 12:43 PM
Sandra in Sydney 24 Jun 10 - 12:07 PM
Alice 24 Jun 10 - 11:32 AM
GUEST,maryrrf 24 Jun 10 - 09:25 AM
gnu 24 Jun 10 - 08:58 AM
SINSULL 24 Jun 10 - 08:33 AM
topical tom 24 Jun 10 - 08:17 AM
catspaw49 24 Jun 10 - 07:14 AM
alison 24 Jun 10 - 07:05 AM
Bat Goddess 04 Jun 10 - 08:07 AM
Allan C. 04 Jun 10 - 06:11 AM
Paul Burke 03 Jun 10 - 05:52 PM
Genie 03 Jun 10 - 05:48 PM
Big Mick 03 Jun 10 - 02:19 PM
LilyFestre 03 Jun 10 - 11:27 AM
Severn 02 Jun 10 - 11:58 PM
wysiwyg 02 Jun 10 - 11:25 PM
Art Thieme 02 Jun 10 - 05:59 PM
Allen in Oz 02 Jun 10 - 05:54 PM
Joe Offer 02 Jun 10 - 02:00 PM
Cuilionn 02 Jun 10 - 01:29 PM
GUEST,saulgoldie 02 Jun 10 - 12:29 PM
Seamus Kennedy 02 Jun 10 - 12:08 PM
GUEST,open mike 02 Jun 10 - 10:54 AM
artbrooks 02 Jun 10 - 09:36 AM
wysiwyg 02 Jun 10 - 09:07 AM
SINSULL 02 Jun 10 - 09:07 AM
Dharmabum 02 Jun 10 - 05:46 AM
Sandra in Sydney 02 Jun 10 - 04:32 AM
LadyJean 02 Jun 10 - 01:55 AM
JennieG 02 Jun 10 - 01:25 AM
DougR 01 Jun 10 - 08:39 PM
alison 01 Jun 10 - 07:09 PM
My guru always said 01 Jun 10 - 05:23 PM
ranger1 01 Jun 10 - 02:53 PM
Paul Burke 01 Jun 10 - 01:55 PM
VirginiaTam 01 Jun 10 - 01:52 PM
Morticia 01 Jun 10 - 01:28 PM
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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: alison
Date: 25 Jun 10 - 01:02 AM

thanks you all SO much for being there, and LilyFestre thank you for your good advice and for sharing your experience

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: Janie
Date: 24 Jun 10 - 11:28 PM

Still here.


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: LilyFestre
Date: 24 Jun 10 - 10:15 PM

Hi Alison,

    I just finished 6 cycles of chemo. Whew. I can imagine it's not easy to watch and truth be told, it's not easy to go through. One thing to keep in mind is that the body is an AMAZING AMAZING thing.....the chemo knocks you down but the body will struggle as best it can to get back up. Each chemo combination is different so I don't know exactly what he will go through but you will find that it's pretty similar each time. I was told that the only thing that gets worse is the feeling of being tired...that increases with each treatment. It's a definite adjustment for him and for you.

    Sometimes it felt like the part of me that is ME would go away for a few days....lost in the chemo fog I suppose but I ALWAYS ALWAYS knew that my husband was here for me and that he was doing his best to understand and help me maintain as much NORMAL in my life as I could manage. He never has been (and still isn't) frustrated with me when I just could NOT do something even though it made extra work for him.

    Tips to make things easier: Chemo gives your taste buds a run for their money making things taste horrible. Sour candy....really sour candy (I preferred sour Jolly Ranchers) seem to get some of that chemo taste out of my mouth. Plan ahead as much as you can. I don't know how much time you have between treatments but mine were 3 weeks apart. I'd spend a week preparing for what I KNEW would be coming with the chemo aftermath. In a way, getting ready helped me deal a bit better with things as I felt like I had some control. Talk to as many people as you can or that he can. You will find people in the chemo centers are like members of a very exclusive club....one that wants to see each other through and will share secrets to managing the daily icks of chemo. ALWAYS call the chemo center if he is in pain or nauseous. My oncologists told me there was no reason for me to be in pain (although I sometimes was because I didn't want to be drugged out of my gourd ALL the time...it was a choice I made....be aware of what was going on in my life and be in pain or take pain meds and be in space...both have their place in my opinion). I had Zofran for nasuea and for me, it was an AMAZING drug that killed the nausea in it's tracks. I never did throw up. Let's see...what else. Ummmm....get in all the protein he can manage. Greek yogurt is very high in protein without having to eat a ton of food if he just doesn't feel like eating. It's like 15 grams in a cup or so. Also, both of you should be washing your hands obsessively. Ask his doctor what days his immune system is most fragile...there is a pattern and they can really tell you which day it will be. For me, it was days seven through ten after each treatment. I was and still am ridiculous about washing my hands....haven't had communion at church for almost six months...I just can't take that risk.

I'm sure there's more. THE BIGGEST thing for me was KNOWING that my husband and mom would be there for me no matter what....I cried A LOT and they would listen or hug me...not try to talk me out of it...they just were there. Sometimes I just needed Pete to curl himself around me...there were times where I felt like I couldn't have him close enough....I felt safe with his arms around me and maybe that will be the same in your relationship too. Chemo and all the medical things floating around him are scary...there's no way around it. I also found a LOT of support here. I wrote a lot and tried to take in what people had to share.

One of the best pieces of advice I got was from a friend who has stage four colon cancer. She said this to me one day when I was boo hooing. Look. You have 3 options. You can go through this and be happy and do your best to find fun along the way. You can go through this and be miserable and resist it one hundred percent of the time OR you can do nothing and die. What's your pick? It's blunt, I know and for that I'm sorry....but for me, I needed to hear that, I needed the reality of it and I needed it spelled out to me in those simple terms.

PM me anytime and know that I am keeping you both in my prayers.

Lots of love,

Michelle


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 24 Jun 10 - 07:37 PM

Hang in there, big girl.
All my best to you and your'ns.


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 24 Jun 10 - 07:09 PM

Waves of love you-ward ☼


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: wysiwyg
Date: 24 Jun 10 - 04:58 PM

Alison, you are not helpless, tho I know it feels like it. Prayer is always a powerful option.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: Morticia
Date: 24 Jun 10 - 01:23 PM

hugs to all of you.......


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 24 Jun 10 - 12:50 PM

more wishes for strength and good health winging out to you and Mark from England.


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: katlaughing
Date: 24 Jun 10 - 12:43 PM

Much love and thanks givings for the best possible outcome for all concerned.

luvyakat


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 24 Jun 10 - 12:07 PM

love & hugs

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: Alice
Date: 24 Jun 10 - 11:32 AM

You have our support, alison. Please stay in touch.


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: GUEST,maryrrf
Date: 24 Jun 10 - 09:25 AM

I know what you mean, having seen a loved one battle cancer. I will join my thoughts and prayers with those of the other 'Catters - that Mark will recover, and that you will find the strength and support you need to help him through this.


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: gnu
Date: 24 Jun 10 - 08:58 AM

Again... me too.


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: SINSULL
Date: 24 Jun 10 - 08:33 AM

LilyFestre just finished her chemo and it is hard to watch. Take care of yourself Alison. Sometimes it is hard to remember to eat and sleep. If you don't you will be of no use to Mark or the children. I keep you all in my prayers.
Mary


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: topical tom
Date: 24 Jun 10 - 08:17 AM

So sorry about this news. All my thoughts and prayers are with you. May all turn out well.


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: catspaw49
Date: 24 Jun 10 - 07:14 AM

I was hoping that "no news was good news" but obviously not the case........Sorry al......Not an easy one but you have whatever good thoughts I have for a positive outcome. Chemo can be awful and I know its not easy for either of you.....

Stay in touch with this old gang around here. We all love you Fair One............

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: alison
Date: 24 Jun 10 - 07:05 AM

just an update

they weren't able to do the op as it was shedding cells, and are now looking at 2 months chemo (to kill those cells)- then the op.

Mark started chemo 2 days ago and it is hitting his system hard. as I'm sure many of you know it is hard to watch, and so bloody frusting to feel so helpless..........


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 04 Jun 10 - 08:07 AM

Our thoughts are with you.

Linn & Tom


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: Allan C.
Date: 04 Jun 10 - 06:11 AM

Giant good wishes to you and Mark as you make your way through this.





P.S. I've missed you often!




Fondly,

Allan


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: Paul Burke
Date: 03 Jun 10 - 05:52 PM

Well I don't do prayer or meditation, I'm an atheist, so maybe my thoughts will hit God from behind: LISTEN!!! YOU HEAR ALL THESE FOLKS!


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: Genie
Date: 03 Jun 10 - 05:48 PM

Yes, o faire one, we really have missed you around these parts. So sad to hear about Mark's struggles, and I want to add my prayers, meditations, light, positive energies, and healing visualizations to the many others here.

{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{Alison and Mark}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}

Genie


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: Big Mick
Date: 03 Jun 10 - 02:19 PM

Ah FAIR ONE, I am sorry for being late to this one, and even more sorry to hear of this. That great wheel keeps turning, and is guaranteed to bring some of these things to us. But in the way of our people, we simply face them, always dealing with the troubles as they come. You can take some comfort from the friends here, and count me at the front of the pack. I still take the low D to the hill, and I shall be playing for you and Mark, and sending all that is mine to send your way in the way of healing thoughts and prayers.

All the best,

Mick


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: LilyFestre
Date: 03 Jun 10 - 11:27 AM

Thinking of you and Mark today, quite a bit actually.

Love, Strength, Peace and Courage for you both.

XOXOXO

Michelle


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: Severn
Date: 02 Jun 10 - 11:58 PM

More good thoughts and wishes from me to add in to the equasion.


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: wysiwyg
Date: 02 Jun 10 - 11:25 PM

Pancreas, check. Aiming powerful prayer right there. Clean as a whistle-- hear it yet? :~)

~S~


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: Art Thieme
Date: 02 Jun 10 - 05:59 PM

Alison,
You were always one to give things a new slainte! ;-)
I hope the news continues to be good.

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: Allen in Oz
Date: 02 Jun 10 - 05:54 PM

Alison

I hope all goes well old mate

Will phone you soon

Love

AD and all from Toon Bloody Gabbie


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: Joe Offer
Date: 02 Jun 10 - 02:00 PM

I'm keeping you and your family in mind, alison.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: Cuilionn
Date: 02 Jun 10 - 01:29 PM

Sending all the life force our cows, pigs, chickens, bees, and the rest of the menagerie can muster...

Grace and healing blessings to both of you!

--Cuilionn


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: GUEST,saulgoldie
Date: 02 Jun 10 - 12:29 PM

Sending my best thoughts and prayers your way.

Saul


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 02 Jun 10 - 12:08 PM

Consider it done, Alison.
Best to Mark.


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: GUEST,open mike
Date: 02 Jun 10 - 10:54 AM

wishing you and your family the best..
and hopes for recovery
and time to experience joy together!!


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: artbrooks
Date: 02 Jun 10 - 09:36 AM

Best wishes and take care.


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: wysiwyg
Date: 02 Jun 10 - 09:07 AM

HI Alison, sorry for your troubles. Mark (and you and the kids) will be in our prayers.

~Susan and Hardi


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: SINSULL
Date: 02 Jun 10 - 09:07 AM

It has a name. Now you can focus on treatment and recovery. Sorry you have to deal with this Alison.
We have missed the Fair One around here.
Mary


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: Dharmabum
Date: 02 Jun 10 - 05:46 AM

Best wishes for a full recovery.

DB.


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 02 Jun 10 - 04:32 AM

didn't you teach him how to floss?

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: LadyJean
Date: 02 Jun 10 - 01:55 AM

The Tale of My Floof Cat

Perandy the floof cat and I were introduced when I was 7 and he was 6 weeks old. We became close friends almost immediately. By the time I was 13, we spent most of our time together. He napped on my homework, slept with me in my bed, followed me around the house.

That summer he had jaundice. The vet said he had a tumor on his liver. The vet said he might live 6 months.

Well Perandy lived six months. Then he lived 11 years. He was not quite 18 when he died from a gum infection.

Moral 1, sometimes doctors are mistaken.
Moral 2. It's important to floss.


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: JennieG
Date: 02 Jun 10 - 01:25 AM

Best wishes from me too

Cheers (a little cheer always helps, I find)
JennieG


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: DougR
Date: 01 Jun 10 - 08:39 PM

Whatever everyone else said, Alison. Keeping fingers crossed everything turns out ok.

DougR


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: alison
Date: 01 Jun 10 - 07:09 PM

you have no idea how much these good wishes help,....... when sometimes you just feel so helpless yourself it is amazing the strength you can get from others....

it is the pancreas, but it looks like it hasn't spread and so is operable probably next wednesday when they have sorted out the jaundice a bit. He is not out of the woods by a long shot, but the news could have been so much worse

thanks for the support
slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: My guru always said
Date: 01 Jun 10 - 05:23 PM

So sorry to hear this, sending positive thoughts, love and hugs from across the pond.


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: ranger1
Date: 01 Jun 10 - 02:53 PM

More good thoughts coming to you from Maine.


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: Paul Burke
Date: 01 Jun 10 - 01:55 PM

Hope your fears are groundless, and it turns out to be something easily fixed.


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 01 Jun 10 - 01:52 PM

from me too... wishes for healing energy headed to your husband and strength to you


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: Morticia
Date: 01 Jun 10 - 01:28 PM

missed you here, all the good light and energy I can muster on their way to you.


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: MMario
Date: 01 Jun 10 - 11:53 AM

Good thoughts winging your way.


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: Bert
Date: 01 Jun 10 - 11:50 AM

Love on its way.


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 01 Jun 10 - 11:23 AM

Dearest One-ell, you and your husband and family are in my thoughts and prayers. You are being carried on Mudcat wings, which are as safe and secure as those of angels!
(I have no internet at present and am not very good at tapping away on the old blackberry, but this one's Important!)
Allison
(Two-ells)


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Subject: RE: BS: alison needs your good thoughts
From: catspaw49
Date: 01 Jun 10 - 10:42 AM

Hey al............After all these years you know that even if I am a bit late to this thread, you have every good thought I have and huge Spaw bear hug to boot!

Much love and many good vibes your way.......

Spaw


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