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#1 whirlway

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Posted 13 November 2007 - 04:50 AM

Some of you might remember when I talked about my sister, Jodi, who had brain surgery in July. She is recovering from that pretty well, there are still some things that are difficult for her to do. In Oct. my hubby and I moved her across the state so she could be closer to family.
Well, yesterday we found out that she has breast cancer. She is seeing an oncologist today to see what he has to say as far as treatment is concerned. She is a fighter. She is also a diabetic and had a kidney transplant 23 years ago, which must be some sort of record.
Please keep her in your thoughts today and send good vibes her way.
Thanks for your support.
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Posted 13 November 2007 - 05:43 AM

Oh Whirlway -

How much can one person and one family take?! My heart, thoughts, good vibes and then some are with you all.

Please keep us posted.

I hope you are trying to take care of yourself during all of this too.

Much love,
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#3 LisaBulman

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Posted 13 November 2007 - 06:50 AM

Whirlaway,
My goodness! I am sending my thoughts to you and your sister. Please keep us posted on her situation.

Hugs,
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Posted 13 November 2007 - 07:47 AM

OH I'm really sorry to hear that! This is so wrong. Take care, my thoughts are with your sister and you! Emmi

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Posted 13 November 2007 - 07:55 AM

Hi, Whirlway. I am so sorry to hear about Jodi's latest development. I hope that her strength as a fighter will continue as she faces yet another health challenge. At least she is lucky enough to have thoughtful and caring family members to rally round her. All of you are in my thoughts.
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Posted 13 November 2007 - 08:46 AM

Whirlway,

Your sister is in my thoughts, as well as you and the rest of your family. I am glad she has you. Hang in there.

Love ya,

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Posted 13 November 2007 - 10:08 AM

Hi Whirlway, 23 years must be a record and Jodi must be a real fighter!!! I have a friend who's lived 14 years after a kidney transplant and he always says he's on borrowed time :P I'm really sorry that she has been so burdened, but I know she's better because of the support you've given her throughout her various life issues. Stay strong, keep her (and yourself) smiling in any little way you can find. Smiles really do help ease any situation!! Hope you received a smile upon reading this!
Soft hugs your way,

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Posted 13 November 2007 - 11:56 AM

Sending healing thoughts to your sister. I will be keeping her, you and your family in my thoughts as I hit my knees at night.
Hugs,
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Posted 15 November 2007 - 03:12 AM

Thank you for all your kind responses. Jodi did see the dr and really liked him. He said she was an excellent candidate for a lumpectomy, because he said they don't do mastectomies so much any more. He also said he will know more once he gets inside. The guy was very kind to her, which I really appreciated. She should be finding out today when the surgery will take place.
Since she has breast cancer, she automatically qualified for medicaid, so she doesn't have to worry about finances, she doesn't have insurance, which is another long involved story. Also, after the surgery, she will need treatment and when she goes to the city for the treatment, which is for 5 days @ a time, she will get free lodging and I believe he said meals, so she won't have to travel back and forth from home. Also, he said the treatment won't affect her kidney, which has also been a big worry for us.
Yesterday she also found out that she will now be getting ALL of her meds for free from now on. I cried when I found out about all this stuff.
It's a terrible thing she is going through, but she really got some fantastic news as well, what with the lodging, drugs, etc. Someone is certainly watching out for her, that is for sure.
just a little side note, I had to go back to the opthomologist yesterday, due to the horrible pain in my shingles eye. Now I am wearing a gauze patch. It is very attractive, especially the way the dr put it on. People asked what was wrong and I just told them I forgot to take off my halloween costume. lol
Thank you again and please continue to keep Jodi in your thoughts.
~whirlway


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Posted 15 November 2007 - 04:22 AM

Sweetheart - Thanks for letting us know what's going on. I'm so sorry that your sister and you are having to deal with all this again. At least it sounds like the rehad will offer some relief.

You are all in my thoughts,
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Posted 15 November 2007 - 05:55 AM

Hey Whirl-

I'm so excited that Jodi was able to get assistance with her finances, what a burden lifted!!! You and Jodi have a wonderful way of looking at things, keeping a positive slant on any given situation. That in itself will pull you through so much.

Thinking of you quite often. Continued good thoughts coming your way.
Warm and gentle hugs,

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