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lizziegrace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 10:42 AM
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My mother's cancer treatments are over. To those of you who care for us when we're sick
I want to thank you, even though those words are so inadequate. My mother had 33 radiation treatments in 40 days. She was treated with respect, kindness and compassion in a area that doesn't see nearly enough positive outcomes. Human beings, robbed of their strength and dignity still manage to fight on.

Yesterday the staff gave my mother a diploma and sang a fight song for her. Just typing it makes my eyes fill up with tears. The staff is full of ordinary professionals making an extraordinary difference in the lives of those they care for. Guess they're not that ordinary. ;)

thank you. Thanks to all of you. :hug:

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JenaLaw Donating Member (329 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 10:49 AM
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1. How is your Mom?
Hugs to you and to her...I hope the radiation treatments did the trick
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lizziegrace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:00 AM
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3. She's great
Edited on Sat Jan-24-09 11:01 AM by lizziegrace
the treatments were more precautionary than anything. She saw so many who were so sick every day she went in.

She dodged a bullet. She had a very slow-growing tumor and it was caught very, very early. She knows how lucky she is.

:hug:

Thank you for asking.
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TZ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 10:59 AM
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2. I hope your mother is doing well
And its nice to see these people (whom I have had various interactions with myself) given the appreciation they deserve.It seems like too often here they are misunderstood badly... :hug:
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lizziegrace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:03 AM
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5. These people were amazing
My mother was an RN before she retired, so she's knows what's involved.
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Maccagirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:02 AM
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4. Healing light to your mother and all who are helping her
on her journey. Thank you for taking the time to post your thoughts.
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lizziegrace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:20 AM
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10. Too many unsung heroes out there
Time to start singing. ;)


:hug:
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SOteric Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:13 AM
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6. Continuing to remember you both in my prayers
and vibes.

:hug:
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lizziegrace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:21 AM
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12. Thank you...
:hug:


Job going well? I thought about you this week.
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SOteric Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:25 AM
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15. Yes, so far very well.
*s* Thank you for the kind thoughts!
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lizziegrace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:35 AM
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18. That's great!
:bounce:

:hug:
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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:15 AM
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7. To them
and to our cancer-survivor moms...

:toast:

RL
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lizziegrace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:20 AM
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9. To them
:toast:


I can't wait to toast when your mom's treatments are finished. :hug:
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:18 AM
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8. Hug your mom for me.
My mother went through all that years ago. Did really well til her marriage turned into a nightmare. Hope your mom gets tons of loving support...I know she will from you!
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lizziegrace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:23 AM
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13. I'll send a virtual one
she's 2000 miles away. :hug:

Her neighbors surprised her with a party last night. Good food, drinks and a huge cake. She's got lots of love and support.
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:28 PM
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31. Awesome!
She deserves the best!
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mvd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:21 AM
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11. A big hug for you and your mom
:hug:
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lizziegrace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:24 AM
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14. Thanks...
and next time you run into a health care professional, thank them too. They're the real heroes. :)
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Aristus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:29 AM
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16. I'm overjoyed to hear that your mother was treated so well, with such professionalism and courtesy.
Here's to her complete recovery! :hug:
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lizziegrace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:36 AM
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19. Although patients may be too scared,
tired or overwhelmed to say so, you make a huge difference. My mother couldn't stop talking about the staff.

I'm glad you're on your way to becoming one of those professionals. :hug:
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Raven Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:32 AM
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17. A friend of mine is going through this. You, obviously have been
at your Mother's side during this and you should also take a bow, but you are right...the people who care for people like your Mom and my friend are just exceptional. I send all my best wishes and thoughts and prayers to your Mom!
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lizziegrace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:39 AM
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20. That's kind of you
my mother is 2000 miles away. I haven't seen her in 2 years, as much as I would have liked to. Unemployment kind of keeps you stuck where you are and no vacation when you start a new job is a problem.

She's got good friends, my father and a team of doctors who've gotten her through two rounds of cancer in 15 years.

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Raven Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:40 AM
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21. Lizzie, regardless of the distance, your Mom knows you're there for her.
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1gobluedem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:50 AM
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22. There are a lot of special people in the world
Thank God for health care workers who do such extraordinary things.

I'm glad your mother is doing okay and got such great treatment. :hug:
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lizziegrace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 12:33 PM
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23. May we all be so fortunate
when we need the care

:hug:
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no name no slogan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 12:51 PM
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24. Glad to hear your mom is doing well lizziegrace!
This year is bound to be better than last. If my dreams about Old West terrorists and $11 and $15 bills mean anything, it must be that. :D

This is the DU member formerly known as FritoBandito.
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lizziegrace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 12:54 PM
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25. That dream was too funny
even if it's not better, it's bound to be a lot more interesting. ;)

:)
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Haole Girl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:11 PM
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26. People in health care, who are kind, often seem like Angels on Earth
I think of the nurses who helped calm me down when I had steroid injections in my neck. One of them said, "You know you are our favorite patient." I replied, "I bet you say that to all your patients!" She & the other nurses laughed. Now... how many times per day do you suppose that nurse goes through that same line, making it sound like the first time she's ever said it? Some people are true heroes... and they don't get a lot of recognition either.

Hope your mother feels better soon. :hug:
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skygazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:18 PM
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27. I have so much respect for people in the caring professions
I've been hospitalized several times (thankfully for non-lifethreatening things) and have always been treated so well by the nursing staff and other caregivers. Being treated as an individual rather than just another patient is so important, especially when a person is fighting a serious illness.

My best to your mom and to you. :hug:




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Lavender Brown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:30 PM
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28. My mom went through radiation treatment for breast cancer
She finished hers just before Christmas. I'm so grateful she also encountered good people at her hospital. I hope your mom is doing well. :hug:
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SalmonChantedEvening Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:09 PM
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29. Loving vibes for Mom :)
Healing and strength.

To her and to you as well Tish. :hug: :loveya:

Mom healing means the world to all of us.

:)
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La Lioness Priyanka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:11 PM
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30. ...
:hug:
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Dystopian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:39 PM
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32. Thank you for posting this....
:hi:
I'm happy to hear that your mother is doing well and has finished her treatments. :hug:
A diploma and song is a beautiful way to say good-bye...brought tears to my eyes, also.
What a wonderful and caring staff...
:loveya:
I didn't know that your mother was an RN, and this is the reason my daughter decided to become a nurse.
After all the years of TLC, she became an RN at the age of 36.
Thank you for acknowledging all the wonderful caregivers out there...
You're right....they're not that ordinary... :-)

I know that this has lightened your load....thank you for sharing.
Love and hugs to you, your mother, and family...

peace~

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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 01:42 PM
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33. Hear hear.
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Parche Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 03:09 PM
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34. Big hugs
:hug: :hug: :hug:

I feel your pain

:hug: :hug:
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Zomby Woof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 05:23 PM
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35. Excellent news
I know you need all the happy news you can get.

Better days in 2009 ahead for you and your mother. :hug:
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Redneck Socialist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 06:37 PM
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36. Best of luck to you and your mom.
My Mother's going through that right now too.
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lizziegrace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 06:47 PM
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37. Your mom's in my thoughts and prayers
I hope she has the same good outcome as my mother did.

:hug:
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Redneck Socialist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 07:12 PM
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39. Thank you. n/t
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Kajsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 07:01 PM
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38. I'm so glad to hear she is doing better, Lizzie.
It's good to hear that she was treated well
by the nurses and staff.

Hugs and love to both of you.

:hug: :grouphug:
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 08:44 PM
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40. That is wonderful!
I am so glad to hear good news. I hope it went perfectly and that your mom is recovering well. :hug:

Your parents are totally wonderful people. Please, when you speak to them next, tell them that I am thinking of them and that I am sending my love.

:loveya:

I hope this lowers your stress level a bit too just because it's one less thing to worry about. Now we just need to find a way to get some good news for you too.
:hug:
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GOPisEvil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 08:46 PM
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41. Good news for your mother - so happy to hear it's over!
:)
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