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Old 11-24-2015, 08:56 AM   #11
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Then last month life put a huge speed-bump in my way called leukemia. My best laid plans have been postponed for a while as cancer and I have a little talk. In order for me to get on the road, I need to send him on his way first.
I look forward to following your blog. Seems like fun.

Not fun is the leukemia thing. I know because over 26 years ago I tried it. Kicked the crap out of it, I am glad (and able) to say, and it ended up being nothing more than a little sidetrack in my life. Like Loren & Cathy eluded to, I too very adamantly believe that a strong and positive mental disposition is one of the keys to success, You seem to have the right attitude, and I wish you well in your path to beating this leukemia thing.
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Old 11-24-2015, 10:35 AM   #12
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Thank you, everyone, for the kind words! What I haven't written about in the blog yet (working my way there in the story) is that it turns out I have a rare, and very treatable form of leukemia. It will be a long, unpleasant process, about 2 years, but they expect I will be cured at the end of it all. So, although, these first few posts will be a bit dark because that's where I was in the process at the beginning, it gets better as I have gotten better.

FMLNM: I love it when I hear from survivors. You have an insight into what this journey looks like. Congratulations on beating Non Hodgkins!

Loren & Cathy: I agree, mental attitude is a huge player. That's part of the reason I decided to write about this experience - giving me an outlet to express how I'm feeling.

Jill: I think when someone reaches out, it's not about what they say. It's that they say something at all, so that you know they care. So, no... you couldn't say anything wrong to me about this. I just appreciate your sending support and being a kind friend to someone you have only met recently. Thank you!

Joanne: Thanks! I've no doubt I'll get there. A little later than expected, but it'll be all the sweeter!
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Old 11-24-2015, 11:54 AM   #13
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Sara,
I'm a retired Oncology nurse. It can be terrifying but remember they have made huge strides in cancer treatment and folks that have a good attitude and sense of humor do the best. Take it one day at a time, it's a simple strategy but works well. A few more tips for the road:
  • Practice relaxation techniques.
  • Share your feelings honestly with family, friends, a spiritual adviser or a counselor.
  • Keep a journal to help organize your thoughts.
  • When faced with a difficult decision, list the pros and cons for each choice.
  • Find a source of spiritual support.
  • Set aside time to be alone.
  • Remain involved with work and leisure activities as much as you can.
What comforted you through rough times before your cancer diagnosis is likely to help ease your worries now. I can tell that you are already on the road to recovery in your journey. I'm glad that you have the Escape and adventures to look forward to in your future. All the best to you!

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Old 11-24-2015, 01:43 PM   #14
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Sara,
As the Godparents of your 17B we felt an immediate connection to you when you first emailed us your story of travel plans and we were so happy that you were able to get the trailer. Having met you and followed your early blog we were initially saddened by your news, but then realized how special you are and you will beat this and get back on schedule for your dream.
We send you our love, and prayers as you walk through your bump in the road and we will be following your saga as it moves to a successful next phase.

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Old 11-24-2015, 02:37 PM   #15
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Sara - bummer about the medical issue. Two years to recover from it - wow! Will you have to stay home during those two years or can you start to use your trailer for some shorter trips?

I was not aware of your blog until this post popped up. I checked it out - great blog and I love the layout of it. Love the story of your doggies. My mom "acquired" one of my cats the same way you got your dog from your parents. I laughed pretty good over that.

Best of luck with getting past the cancer. Oh, I found it interesting you called gave it a gender. Most people I think just say "it".

I look forward to future blog posts as I'm going to subscribe to it.
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Old 11-24-2015, 06:21 PM   #16
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i wish you all the best in your medical treatments and that you are on the road soon. i enjoyed your blog very much, you make the reader feel like they are in a conversation with you. JR
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Sara, when I was a kid growing up in the 50's cancer was a word synonymous with death. Now there are millions of us who are survivors, as you will be. I play poker with 5 buddies and now 3 of us are survivors.

The worst day of my life was the call from my Dr confirming that the biopsy showed I had cancer. The best day was the follow up after my surgery when the surgeon said that he was confident he got it all out. As others have already said, I think a positive attitude is one of the keys, and you surely have that.
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Old 11-24-2015, 08:01 PM   #18
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Sara, when I was a kid growing up in the 50's cancer was a word synonymous with death. Now there are millions of us who are survivors, as you will be. I play poker with 5 buddies and now 3 of us are survivors.
Not even that far back. It was '89 when I had leukemia, and at that time the success rate was less than 50%. 10 years earlier it was pretty much a death sentence.
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I had stage three breast cancer about twelve years ago. One very tough year and one year that was a little less tough. I know it's a different journey for each but it helped me to think about it that way. I've been very healthy since and able to resume all my activities. I feel blessed to be alive and healthy. All the best to you focus on the fun things you will be doing in a year or two!
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I look forward to following your blog. Seems like fun.

Not fun is the leukemia thing. I know because over 26 years ago I tried it. Kicked the crap out of it, I am glad (and able) to say, and it ended up being nothing more than a little sidetrack in my life. Like Loren & Cathy eluded to, I too very adamantly believe that a strong and positive mental disposition is one of the keys to success, You seem to have the right attitude, and I wish you well in your path to beating this leukemia thing.
Thanks for the message, Jim. Great to hear a long-term survivor story like yours! Loved the "kicked the crap out of it" comment! I'm working on doing the same.
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