May 2nd, 2006

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Good Morning!!

I downloaded my email messages this morning and then, my mouse died, so I cannot read them or reply, but I know they are there, waiting for me. I am now settled in at Starbucks for a quick blog up-date.

My radiation appointment was long today, 40 minutes with my arm over my head, because, I am now prepared for my booster. They wrote all over me, and took pictures, and made a template. I have four more of the all over, and then, drum roll please, six boosters, which are much, much easier. The booster is focused in one spot, the scar, rather than all over, which is now a bit sore and blistered. If you have ever been sunburned where the radiation goes, well, then, it is very sensitive, and so, I am a bit uncomfortable, but, not too much. I am on schedule with four full ones left, and then, six boosters, which Francine says are really nothing, so Francine and I are considering me essentially done, though my official celebration date is May 16th.

I spoke to Francine today about having nothing to suggest as to improvement. She told me how the Wellness Garden came to be. All the plants are medicinal, and the whole building and everything in it are here because of philanthropy. This group was the first one to figure out that working with the breathing protected the heart. They didn't get credit because the whole thing is an advertising game. When I asked why they weren't represented in The New Medicine when they are so great and up-to-date, she said it is because they don't hire a publicist like Duke University and Scripps.

So, in my book, the Marin Cancer Institute rocks and is the absolute best. I highly recommend them, though I hope you don't need them.

I was reading today that deaths from breast cancer are down, thanks to what I have just experienced. It is certainly worth it. I am an extremely grateful woman today and everyday. Perhaps, it is sinking in that I have gained some time here. I am thankful for that.

Oh, something else amazing. When I woke up this morning, my hair was swirled like sand dunes. There is enough to swirl, and when I take my hat off it is in the loveliest patterns. It is fun to have something on your head to swirl and pattern, even though it is doing the choosing, not me, and, maybe that is how it is meant to be.

It is harder to do a blog with the sweeper and the coffee machine going, and it is all wonderfully okay.
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checking in -

My main computer is still down, but I have my little friend on which to check in. When I came home, the man who gave us an estimate a year ago on painting our house stopped by. With all of this, we forgot about painting and everything, but now, I can consider on that again. That brought me inside motivated to clean stuff out. I pruned the plants, and now, I prune my closets and drawers. I have piles of stuff to take to Good Will. It feels symbolic of my hibernation, and return. My color sense has changed. I am attracted now to softer colors and peaches and pinks, like the gift of the sun as it rises and sets.
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Bush -

I checked this out on Snopes and it is absolutely true.

Subject: Bush Explains Medicare Drug Bill


"I don't really understand. How is the new plan going to fix the problem?"


"Because the -- all which is on the table begins to address the big cost drivers. For example, how benefits are calculated, for example, is on the table. Whether or not benefits rise based upon wage increases or price increases. There's a series of parts of the formula that are being considered. And when you couple that, those different cost drivers, affecting those -- changing those with personal accounts, the idea is to get what has been promised more likely to be -- or closer delivered to that has been promised. Does that make any sense to you? It's kind of muddled. Look, there's a series of things that cause the -- like, for example, benefits are calculated based upon the increase of wages, as opposed to the increase of prices. Some have suggested that we calculate -- the benefits will rise based upon inflation, supposed to wage increases. There is a reform that would help solve the red if that were put into effect. In other words, how fast benefits grow, how fast the promised benefits grow, if those -- if that growth is affected, it will help on the red."

Tragic, isn't it?