Redefined by Cancer

I was speaking to a long time friend about our recent cancer diagnosis-es.  We have known each other for about 20 years and both recently began our journeys as cancer survivors.

We both were struck how our lives had been redefined by cancer as we gabbed, catching up and discussing the latest about our conditions.

When we met 20 years ago neither of us knew the word metastasize or five year survival rate or waiting for the day you could say you were cancer free…   Neither of us knew the side effects of surgery to remove tumors, chemotherapy or radiation.  Now people ask us questions about these things and want our opinions.

I called my friend at the dinner hour.  20 years ago I would have said “I know its dinner time and you need to feed your family but I just wanted to say hi, lets talk soon.” or she would have said “I have to get dinner on the table, can we talk later?”

But we have been redefined.  Life is short.  Dinner can wait but friendships can’t.

World Wide Knit In Public Day!

Guess what I did today?

Joined some interesting people to sit and knit in public in Olde Town Arvada square.  Sitting in the shade of huge trees and the light breeze made it very pleasant.

 

Made some great new friends who pick a different charity to knit for every few months.

and this guy?

getting ready for Beatles Night.   Several bands will be playing Beatles music in the square.  Free family fun.  He was painting the circles for a game called Twister from that era.  Green, orange and blue dots to follow.  This guy was thin and wirey, he’s going to be great at the game!

 

 

Thanks Zeb, picked up some great books!

Thank you to Zeb who is an unlikely friend of Roscoe, Monty and Henry over at Colorado Traveling Ducks blog.  

Unlikely because Zeb is a duck!

Zeb told me about a cool book sale by the Jefferson County Library this weekend.   On the last day of the sale, today, it was six dollars for a big bag of books.

Some of the money they earn is used for children’s literacy. I believe children need books for their imaginations and confidence to grow.

Here are some books I picked up today and will donate to a local community free shop.  Yay books for children!

I also love to rescue cook books and donate them to the neighborhood little free library.  I love to read the recipes before I donate the books. I never seem to cook anything out of the books but this one has recipes for pets and humans:

For sure I’m gonna make the deviled eggs that is suitable for dogs and their humans.

This  International recipe  book has a recipe for sesame crusted salmon with orange miso sauce. Yikes!  And a Mojito where I can use those mint leaves growing in my yard.   Or the soy ginger beef and noodle salad with peanut dressing? How does that sound for a yummy refreshing summer dinner?  And a simple dessert, balsamic strawberries with whipped Mascarpone cheese.  Ha I don’t know what Mascarpone cheese is, I guess I’m saved from that recipe!

OK I guess I’m gonna have to brain storm with my friend Jane, who doesn’t even wilt at the thought of cooking for over 100 people.   Once she sees the salmon recipe I’ll have her hooked.   She will instantly radically change the recipes, making them her own with only a hint of the original recipe ( and better than the original recipe ).  Plus she will include handy tips.  And I’ll be able to share Jane’s recipes without breaking any copy right rules!

Hey Zeb the duck, thank you again!

 

Mom Got A Package

Henry here to tell you about a delivery to our house.  Mom got a small package.

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Filled with small boxes.

From the gift certificate she got from Uncle Sam!

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That made her hop up and down and smile!

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Helping Mom cope with her lymphedema Uncle Sam made it possible for her to choose cute and fun compression garments, not the ugly brown ones she thought she was stuck with!

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Her favorite in the shipment?  The Puppy Glove of course.

These are from a company called LympheDIVAS.

Here is the founder’s story:  Rachel’s Story

As you may be aware I destroyed one of my Mom’s gloves in a zombie puppy trance, not my fault!

I have moved on to other a more interesting item found shopping on the tables and counters:

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Dollar Store reading glasses, yummy!

Photo shoot with Mom!

Henry here with the latest.  Mom’s church is making a new directory. She picked me to be in the directory with her! Here we are waiting for our photo shoot I was a good boy!

The photographer was excited to see me. He actually put me in front of another session.

The last directory mom had her photo taken with Rommy.

At that photo shoot the photographer was excited to see Rommy. When mom looked at the proofs Rommy looked handsome in all of them and there was only a couple where she looked OK.

After our photo shoot she looked at the proofs and with a big sigh she realized I looked great in every photo but she had her eyes closed or she was making a funny face or she had a double chin in the rest of the photos.  We get the pictures next month and I can’t wait to see how they turned out and to be on her desk at work!  (And in the church directory!)

Mad Maxx and Mom from her desk at her office.   Love the jeans Mom!

Rommy and Mom from her desk at her office.  You still look good in that color of red Mom!

Roscoe and Mom from her desk at her office.   Roscoe was rescued from the streets and he was found alone, a puppy of less than six weeks old. He really does adore Mom!

Monty needs a photo shoot too!  We can’t wait to be on Mom’s desk at work!

P.S.  Does anyone know what “work” is?

Little Free Library

 

Who did I happen to see this last week at the Little Free Library at the end of the parking lot?

An elderly man  neighborhood who walks over to get his books.  He told me he never went to the regular library any more.

Someone walking their dog, there are dog treats in our little free library.

And our mail delivery person!

All the cookbooks and I’ve put in there now gone. I’m going to add this one today.

This is a rescue cookbook from the thrift store. I never cook anything out of these books I just sit and read them over and over, they are like good friends.

Need to introduce my friends to others right?

 

LympheDivas Helping me cope with Lymphedema

Not a tattoo but a compression sleeve and glove to combat lymphedema.

Lymphedema was caused by damage from my cancer treatments.  I have to wrap my arm like this every night, applying compression to my arm to keep the accumulation of lymph fluid from swelling my arm into a scary huge mess:

Compression is 24-7.  During the day it is sleeves and gloves.  The sleeves and gloves suggested by my physical therapist are the same color and ugly as heck.  Note the seams on the fingers, makes typing a chore.

Discouraged I scoured the internet to find alternatives.  Ta-da!  LympheDivas, a comfortable and fun alternative.

Just working up the courage to wear one of these: