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message 1: by Bea (new)

Bea | 4514 comments Mod
I like this group a lot and wanted to update people a bit on my recent family stuff. However, when I looked at the group's thread topics, I did not see an appropriate place to share. So....come join me in this coffee/tea room....draw up a chair and let us know what is happening in your life.


message 2: by Bea (new)

Bea | 4514 comments Mod
My update:

Ed had his surgery. Tumor removed. Pathology report indicates that the surgeon got all of the tumor (plus one kidney and a spleen). He will need to be sure that the tumor did not metastasize prior to surgery, but so far there is no sign of any other growth. :)

My breast biopsy came back benign but the radiologist does not believe the mass is benign and so the surgeon wants the radiologist to do another needle biopsy. I am both really scared and mad. The surgeon says that, if I do not have the repeat needle biopsy done, he will need to do an open surgery lumpectomy. I am thinking...if the second needle biopsy is not OK, they will still need to do the open surgery, so why not skip the repeat test and just take the damn thing out! Tried to call the surgeon yesterday to tell him and he was taking a day OFF! Imagine, I am freaking out and he takes a day OFF! GRRR!

Oh, well. More coffee, please. Anyone else need coffee or tea?


message 3: by Karen (new)

Karen (karenofthebookworm) Fingers crossed for Ed, as for your own lump I think you are right and it would be better to have it removed - it would also give you some peace of mind to have it gone.

I'll have a coffee, and how about a slice of banoffee pie.


message 4: by Bea (new)

Bea | 4514 comments Mod
Thanks, Karen. And what is banoffee pie? Looks delicious.


message 5: by Karen (new)

Karen (karenofthebookworm) Biscuit base, caramel sauce with a ring of banana around the edge, whipped cream and then some more banana and cocoa powder sprinkled over the top. Easy to make and really nice to eat.


message 6: by Jo Ann (new)

Jo Ann  | 81 comments Bea, I hope everything goes well for you, my mother had breast cancer years ago, they thought hers was caused by the hormones, that was prescribed after her hysterectomy. She had surgery and radiation follow up, she survived thank god.

And yes, I'll take more coffee, just cream no sugar. :)

Karen, pie sounds good.


message 7: by Bea (last edited Dec 29, 2012 06:13AM) (new)

Bea | 4514 comments Mod
Thanks, Jo Ann. I am glad that your mother had a good response.

Karen, I really like this pie. Sounds like something even i could make.

Jo Ann, your coffee is coming up. I need more.


message 8: by Karen (new)

Karen (karenofthebookworm) Bea, it is so easy to make. No cooking involved, you even buy the caramel sauce ready made. If you've got a food processor and a pie tin you're good to go.


message 9: by Tien (last edited Dec 29, 2012 09:17PM) (new)

Tien (tiensblurb) | 8581 comments Mod
@Bea: thanks for sharing your life with us, Bea. I do hope all goes well with Ed. Re test & surgery, does it have a little to do with costs too? And I supposed, there is always people on waiting list to get surgery done? So if surgery isn't necessary that it'll be better for everyone all around? Dunno... that's just my thought however it is, of course, up to you to make your informed decision because it is about you.

@Karen: I LOVE Banoffee pie! My colleague is New Zealander and he makes an awesome one!

This recipe looks pretty good.


message 10: by Bea (new)

Bea | 4514 comments Mod
My husband and I are on the last part of this cancer journey - we both have MD appts on Thursday. He will see the oncologist to find out what treatment is recommended. And I will see my surgeon and find out what the path report says. Wish us luck for tomorrow.


message 11: by Susan (new)

Susan | 3439 comments Mod
Luck, luck, luck! I'll be thinking about you tomorrow.


message 12: by Tien (new)

Tien (tiensblurb) | 8581 comments Mod
Sending all the luck your way, Bea!


message 13: by Tien (new)

Tien (tiensblurb) | 8581 comments Mod
Looking forward to our weekend away (I know it's mid-week for most of you but am off tomorrow, Friday!) just as Summer is ending :D :D :D

Hoping there won't be too much rain so we'd have some beach times though it's very very humid today. Oh, and I'm going to watch Beautiful Creatures tonight too... Really cannot wait til I finish work today!

I can't believe February is ending... how's this new year been for everyone? Flying away fast, isn't it?


message 14: by Bea (last edited Feb 28, 2013 02:19AM) (new)

Bea | 4514 comments Mod
I am spring cleaning a bit (ahead of the season). I just reviewed the multitude of games I entered on this group that I have been tracking....oh so many. In preparation for a new beginning, I have eliminated the following from my tracking and also the group widget: Moving Mountains (Mt. TBR). I have reviewed Nelly Bly and planned for completing that game as soon as I get provisions together (have to learn to fish and cook), get my sails up again, and find the trade wind to get me moving. I have updated the Birthday Games: More, please and Timber with books I plan to read soon (yeah, I am aware those games are over...just my OCD kicking in). AND I have updated my LOST shelf to include the 2013 list.

OK...now I feel ready to join in with POTS!


message 15: by Tien (new)

Tien (tiensblurb) | 8581 comments Mod
lol- Bea, still doing RwS too?

I mostly like their 15 pointers challenge... it's a little bit hard to fit in the rest of the books with other challenges ;p


message 16: by Bea (last edited Feb 28, 2013 02:21AM) (new)

Bea | 4514 comments Mod
Tien wrote: "lol- Bea, still doing RwS too?

I mostly like their 15 pointers challenge... it's a little bit hard to fit in the rest of the books with other challenges ;p"


My groups are down to three now, Tien. SRC, RwS and PAS. Since SRC was the first one I joined, I have been trying to fit the books for those challenges in to PAS and RwS...without a whole lot of success for RwS. This time I am doing it the other way, trying to fit RwS and PAS planned books into SRC. Too early to know if it will work better, but as of now more of my RwS books (all of 15 pointers plus some of the others) cross with the other two groups. So I might be able to finish the 15 point task at least for the first time.


message 17: by Tien (new)

Tien (tiensblurb) | 8581 comments Mod
Bea wrote: "This time I am doing it the other way, trying to fit RwS and PAS planned books into SRC. Too early to know if it will work better, but as of now more of my RwS books (all of 15 pointers plus some of the others) cross with the other two groups. So I might be able to finish the 15 point task at least for the first time. "

Yup, thinks that will probably work out better.


message 18: by Bea (last edited Mar 15, 2013 04:29AM) (new)

Bea | 4514 comments Mod
Pulling out a comfy chair and snuggling in with a hot cup of coffee and a book....

Just need some help here, Tien. What tower was I injured on? I have lost track of the game. I know I need to read an India related book, if that helps.

Amy, I will start Little Bee today.

Everyone else, I am a bit frazzled. Very behind on work and trying to deal with breast cancer. Had a second surgery 3/8/13 to remove some lymph nodes and take a bit more skin. Good news! No further cancer noted in the skin and lymph nodes were clear. Bad news...need 7 weeks of radiation and have to start on hormone therapy to suppress the estrogen. Prognosis with that treatment is 85-91% that it will not recur. GREAT NEWS! Still 5 hours of listening to MDs has left me dazed.

Hubby is taking me away for the weekend starting today, so won't get much reading done until I return home.

going back to book and coffee


message 19: by Tien (new)

Tien (tiensblurb) | 8581 comments Mod
It was for the Pages Tower, Bea. Here's my original post

What do you do for work, Bea?

Are you working whilst going through radiation therapy? wow!! Are you suffering any side effects? Great to hear it's clearing up :D Hang in there!!

Hope you'll get spoilt rotten this weekend ;)


message 20: by Bea (last edited Mar 17, 2013 07:55AM) (new)

Bea | 4514 comments Mod
Thanks, Tien. I remembered the task (mainly because I made a note) but not the tower. Now to find a book.

Radiation therapy will not start for 3 weeks so somewhere the first of April will be the kick-off. And, yes, I will be working through it. I am a nurse case manager which means that I oversee the homecare services for my elderly clients - about 100. I don't do direct care, just arrange and supervise.

Loved the weekend. Hubby and I had a good time.


message 21: by LynnB (new)

LynnB | 1622 comments Bea wrote: "Pulling out a comfy chair and snuggling in with a hot cup of coffee and a book...."

I'm glad (and somewhat amazed) that you are finding time to read again. I'm keeping you in my thoughts! Glad to hear that things are looking so much better.


message 22: by Bea (new)

Bea | 4514 comments Mod
LynnB wrote: "Bea wrote: "Pulling out a comfy chair and snuggling in with a hot cup of coffee and a book...."

I'm glad (and somewhat amazed) that you are finding time to read again. I'm keeping you in my thoug..."


Thanks, Lynn. I must have seemed like a real pain to the technician prior to sx. She wanted to take my book away, and did so twice. The first time she took it away and then walked out of the room for several minutes, I got up and got it again. The second time she put it out of the room! I told her that reading kept me from thinking about my situation. She gave it back.


message 23: by Tien (new)

Tien (tiensblurb) | 8581 comments Mod
Bea wrote: "Thanks, Lynn. I must have seemed like a real pain to the technician prior to sx. She wanted to take my book away, and did so twice. The first time she took it away and then walked out of the room for several minutes, I got up and got it again. The second time she put it out of the room! I told her that reading kept me from thinking about my situation. She gave it back. "

I don't understand why she would take it away, in the first place... it's not like it's interfering with anything else. But I'm glad she let you have it in the end. I'm sure a book was a tremendous distraction :)


message 24: by LynnB (new)

LynnB | 1622 comments Bea wrote: "Thanks, Lynn. I must have seemed like a real pain to the technician prior to sx. She wanted to take my book away, and did so twice. The first time she took it away and then walked out of the room for several minutes, I got up and got it again. The second time she put it out of the room! I told her that reading kept me from thinking about my situation. She gave it back. "

I can't believe she took it away! Another reader would have totally understood. At least she gave it back to you when you explained.


message 25: by Bea (last edited Mar 18, 2013 02:21PM) (new)

Bea | 4514 comments Mod
LynnB wrote: "I can't believe she took it away! Another reader would have totally understood. At least she gave it back to you when you explained." and Tien wrote: "But I'm glad she let you have it in the end."

But only after she found me crying. Definitely NOT a reader, huh?


message 26: by Sherri (new)

Sherri (lil_bookette) | 109 comments Cool site I just found through a Facebook link. Literature-Map Put in an author you like to get suggestions. Do not use this if you don't want your to-read to grow. lol


message 27: by Tien (new)

Tien (tiensblurb) | 8581 comments Mod
That is a good site, Sherri, and definitely avoid unless you are prepared to add on tbr :)


message 28: by Adrienne (new)

Adrienne Teague (ateague) | 339 comments You know what I wish? I wish Goodreads had a way to record that you've read a book more than once. I have several books that I re-read, and when I enter them in GR for my total count for the year, I have to erase the old record.


message 29: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 2568 comments there is a pull-down option in the advanced for marking how many times you have read a book - but you can't track each date separately - its a database thing - that according to GR will require a huge overhaul of the current one and potentially take GR down for a couple of days


message 30: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 2568 comments I like literature-map

there is also www.whatshouldIreadnext.com - where you plug in the title of a book you just read and you get some different options


message 31: by Bea (new)

Bea | 4514 comments Mod
Dee wrote: "I like literature-map

there is also www.whatshouldIreadnext.com - where you plug in the title of a book you just read and you get some different options"


Dee, what a wide variety of books it gave me for Ghost Riders by Sharyn McCrumb!


message 32: by Adrienne (new)

Adrienne Teague (ateague) | 339 comments Dee wrote: "there is a pull-down option in the advanced for marking how many times you have read a book - but you can't track each date separately - its a database thing - that according to GR will require a h..."

Ooh! Thanks.


message 33: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 2568 comments Glad you like ;) I did a challenge with it in another group a year or so ago


message 34: by Bea (new)

Bea | 4514 comments Mod
Today is my LAST radiation treatment for the breast cancer!!! Oh, I am so ready to move on to other things.

I will be flying June 1 to see my mother who is deveoping dementia then our dog will have dental surgery June 6 and Ed will have his hernia repair done June 10. Then vacation to SC at the end of July.

Perhaps I can fit some reading in during all those times of travel and sitting in the waiting room! LOL

I really am looking forward to summer and something besides cancer.


message 35: by Tien (new)

Tien (tiensblurb) | 8581 comments Mod
Oooh, I'm not sure if 'congratulation' is the right word, but Congrats (I'm sure you know what I mean). I hope :)

Hopefully you'll have a fun-filled summer with tons of good reads ;)


message 36: by Adrienne (new)

Adrienne Teague (ateague) | 339 comments Okay. I don't want to be a whiner, but I live in Oklahoma and it is storming AGAIN. This is getting old. That is all. Carry on.


message 37: by Tien (new)

Tien (tiensblurb) | 8581 comments Mod
hm, well, I live in Sydney and rain is imminent!

On another note, I've just been to my volunteer shift at the Sydney Writers' Festival and have another one tomorrow morning.

I wasn't in any of the sessions today as I was in the info booth then on the shuttle bus but hopefully tomorrow, I'll be able to catch one :)


message 38: by Bea (new)

Bea | 4514 comments Mod
Adrienne, since you posted, I am assuming you are OK but how about your family members? Do you live anywhere near MORE? We have grandkids in OK and all are fine.


message 39: by Adrienne (new)

Adrienne Teague (ateague) | 339 comments Yeah, we're all fine. Thanks for asking. Tired of cowering under pillows and such. My friend's cousin lost everything. I don't live too close to Moore, but there were tornadoes all over the state that day. Moore just got hit hardest, in a big way.


message 40: by Bea (last edited May 24, 2013 09:48AM) (new)

Bea | 4514 comments Mod
I used to live in OKC, Adrienne. I remember tornadoes in the sky over the city as a fairly common occurrence during the season. Did not touch down much but always the threat. At the time I was working nights ICU.

I lived close to Norman when the big one hit there, though.


message 41: by Adrienne (new)

Adrienne Teague (ateague) | 339 comments My brother lived there, then. It was my nephew's birthday when that big one hit in 1999.


message 42: by Tien (new)

Tien (tiensblurb) | 8581 comments Mod
I just want to let you guys know that I'll be quiet for a while. Just settling in new job and packing up to move house. it's taking a lot of my spare time since i obviously can't take time off work. I know i have messages and posts to respond to so i'll be back soon as i can. thanks for your patience :)


message 43: by LynnB (new)

LynnB | 1622 comments Tien wrote: "I just want to let you guys know that I'll be quiet for a while. Just settling in new job and packing up to move house. it's taking a lot of my spare time since i obviously can't take time off wo..."

Congratulations on the new job and hope the move goes smoothly!


message 44: by Tien (new)

Tien (tiensblurb) | 8581 comments Mod
Just a quick update:

Telstra (telecom) technicians came yesterday and whilst I don't understand their techie talk, the gist is that there isn't a port for our block (none of our neighbours have any connections of sort and they've been living in the area for about a year, how are they surviving?!?!?!?!?) and we'll have to wait until it's been upgraded which could be anytime (it possibly can take a long time -like over a year!!!). Anyway, we're going to get a dongle for the meantime - just waiting for delivery. It's very small data though for us :( so it'll be very limited surfing time and NO downloads!

I'm just sneaking on the work's internet so I'm trying to be very quick. will check back soon. xx


message 45: by Susan (new)

Susan | 3439 comments Mod
When you have time ... what is a "dongle"? Maybe a difference in Australian-speak vs US-speak, but I've never heard of it.


message 46: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 2568 comments i think its like a plug in wireless router...


message 47: by Tien (new)

Tien (tiensblurb) | 8581 comments Mod
um, dongle... one of those things that look like USB but bigger. plugs in like USB but it's basically internet on the go?

does that make sense?


message 48: by Susan (new)

Susan | 3439 comments Mod
Tien wrote: "um, dongle... one of those things that look like USB but bigger. plugs in like USB but it's basically internet on the go?

does that make sense?"


Yep. And my husband says it's a common computer term I'd just never heard it before.


message 49: by Tien (new)

Tien (tiensblurb) | 8581 comments Mod
Just sneaking on the work pc for quick update:

got our dongle on Mon but when we called up to get it set up, we were told that a port was now available! So a technician came on Wed and set it all up and we should be live on 24th (woot!) Getting close to our 5th anniversary and I've not done much prep yet :(

I do, however, got a new game drafted (lol, got bored at work yesterday and what do I do...?!?!)


message 50: by LynnB (new)

LynnB | 1622 comments Glad to hear your computer issues are getting fixed! It will be interesting to see your new game plan whenever you unveil it, they're always good!


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