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Monday Meeting ~~ December 7, 2015

Today’s meeting has some good news in it and some bad news. Let’s get started.


Monday Meeting


Grab a warm beverage and sit a bit with me. I have my regular coffee. Can’t live without this stuff. I hope you have had a good weekend. Everyone in the holiday spirit yet? No? Not quite? Like me, I’m not there yet.

Yes, I know I’m procrastinating a bit here. I debated for a while whether I wanted to post the bad news today. Then I thought…you guys have been with me since the beginning of the cancer battle with the husband and I appreciate it more than you know.

We just got back a little while ago from seeing his surgeon for a post-operation check up. The husband is healing nicely, although he had a rough weekend. The doctor said he will have good days and bad days and that soon the good days should outnumber the bad as far as the pain is concerned with his surgery. It’s a slow healing process. Unfortunately, the doctor also had some bad news to tell us.

The husband had what the doctor says is ‘high level 2’ cancer. He’s not out of the woods yet. He needs chemo. When they did the blood tests and biopsy of the tumor it was determined that the cancer cells did break through the colon walls. Good news is it didn’t affect his lymph nodes or any of his organs. The doctor wants the husband to have chemo to “mop up any stray cancer cells” that are in his body.

The husband doesn’t want to do chemo sessions.

We discussed things and I asked him to at least talk to the cancer clinic, get the information on what kind of chemo he would have to take, for how long and what were the possible side effects before he makes a final decision. He agreed to that. He still may say no. It’s his decision. I will stand with him on whatever he decides. I know he would do the same for me.

So the fight continues.

Sam (c) JLPhillips 2013
Sam (c) JLPhillips 2013

On the good news front. I won a contest! Yay me! I just wish it was for writing. LOL It’s not. I entered Sam (my dog for those who don’t know) into a contest with CertainTeed Insulation in Canada to win a custom-made doghouse and a $2500 dollar gift certificate to Lowe’s early last month and found out Friday afternoon Sam and I won! I was so thrilled! I couldn’t say anything until they made their announcement on Facebook today. You can find it ……here

I won the doghouse made by Damon Bennett. As for the $2500 dollar gift certificate that is going to buy us a refrigerator and dishwasher! Maybe a new wash machine too if I can squeeze it in. I can’t believe I won! We need a new fridge too as the one we have is going out. You can’t put anything on the top shelf you don’t want frozen because that’s what it does. It freezes things on the top shelf and rots things in the crisper. The dishwasher hasn’t worked in two years. The wash machine works but is absolutely huge and I need a stick to get the clothes out of the bottom of it, as I’m too short to reach them. So I am so looking forward to shopping for these appliances!

The husband and I were determined to have a good Christmas anyway because I have one of a kind friends that were going to make sure we did. πŸ™‚ This win just puts that cherry and extra bits on an already fabulous cake.

So, as always in life, there is the good that balances the bad. Almost.




What extra goodie are you planning for this Christmas?



19 thoughts on “Monday Meeting ~~ December 7, 2015

  1. Well great news on your win Jackie, Sam always was a photographic little dog and wonderful you will get a few new things for your house…..Santa came a few weeks earlier for you, and well done you.
    I guess R was always going to be in for fight and its good he is going to weigh up his options……his battle will continue.


    1. Thank you Michael. Yes, it was nice to win the prizes. πŸ™‚ I have needed a new fridge for a while now.
      I’m half afraid R is tired. Not sure he even wants to fight. We shall see. He just needs more information. Thanks for caring.

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  2. I’m very happy for your win Jackie! A great gift just in time for Christmas. And Sam will get a fancy, high quality house of his own πŸ™‚ I’ll send you a msg on other things. Hugs ❀


  3. Excellent news on the contest win!

    I am sorry the news is not as great about your husband. Colon cancer treatment can be hard to deal with, or at least it was years ago when I saw it firsthand, but I am glad you are going to be there for him and he is possibly looking to hear more options.

    Love you dear… Let me know if you need me πŸ’œ


    1. Thanks. ❀
      As the doctor told us, so many new drugs are out there for cancer that we should at least see what his options are. If he doesn't like the side effects he can always stop the treatment. But, he should at least try.
      love you too….


  4. It’s Tuesday. 😦 Just behind, still. I get where the husband is coming from. My last one is still struggling and back in the hospital. It’s constant and chronic. I don’t think I’d be up for the fight either. But… I listened to a book last spring called “Dying to be me” by Anita Moorjani. She had a terminal cancer that vanished more or less. It’s an awesome book published by Hay House. Anything is possible. I’m going to hope for the best.
    As for the win, WOOHOO!!! Happy Christmas to you!!! Sam is just too sweet looking in that photo. Great shot of a thoughtful fellow. Have fun with the shopping. I had to buy a new fridge just a bit ago. Do they charge you tax on winnings there like they do here? Caught my daughter by surprise when she won a trip. BTW, have you entered any writing contests? You might win one of those too. πŸ™‚ Hugs, and more hugs. ❀


    1. Hi Marlene! The husband will make a final decision on the chemo when he talks about his options with the cancer clinic. So we shall see. He is in so much pain with his back, he dreads being even more sick with chemo. I don’t blame him for that.
      As for the prizes, no, I don’t believe Canada charges tax on prize winnings. I know it doesn’t say anything in the rules and regs. I also know any lottery winnings they don’t. So, I’m thinking no.
      I have never been brave enough to put my writing in contests. πŸ™‚ I’m a coward. Hugs and love!

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      1. Is pot legal there? I understand it’s great for pain and isn’t a problem with other meds. But like everything it needs to be managed. My ex is still struggling and back in the hospital. He’s tired of fighting. I feel so bad for him. Now it’s his lungs. But he will be 78 in a couple of months. I’m keeping good thoughts for you both.


        1. Yes, pot is legal here. Well so far as he could get it with a doctors prescription. But, he’s tried pot. Used to smoke it all the time in fact. (um, not legally LOL) but for him for some reason it doesn’t help. So he quit smoking it and we couldn’t afford it anymore. Because the pain is in the bones so to speak, pot really doesn’t work and so the doctors won’t recommend it.

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  5. Sorry about the news with your husband. Tough call.

    But fabulous news about the contest and what a great prize! Congratulations!

    I’ve been in the Christmas spirit for about a month now, I’m not usually so ahead with that but this year I’m like a little kid, don’t know wny!


  6. Congrats on winning the contest! Nice job Sam and mom!!
    And my love and positive thoughts on the bad news. ❀


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