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Wed Apr 02, 2014 at 02:57 PM PDT

Philosophical Musings on Breast Cancer

by hopeful

ME! POST HAIR CUT!

A friend sent me an email a few days ago asking this: “I can only imagine the mixture personal turmoil and sort of detached scientific interest you are going through. Sometimes you want to know it all, other times you feel like you know too much.”  Meg,you are so right-and yet my reactions have surprised myself as well.

The main “emotion”, if you can call it that, that I have had is tiredness. I suspect some of that is due to the cancer, some due to processing, some due to sensory overload. My emotions aside from that have been pretty steady. You would think (those of you who know me well) that I would have delved into the whys and wherefores and statistics and odds and all of that. I haven’t. Because I don’t care about statistics-they don’t apply to me.Whether the odds are 85% of survival at 5 years or 50% survival at 5 years- I am in that survival group. There was never any doubt in my mind about that. I am only 57! I am too much to do! I have a job that I love…a family…an almost 2 year old that I am partially responsible for…a husband with Lyme disease…primary financial supporter of our family….and too many friends who need me. Wendy-I want to be there when you get your doctorate! Karen-we’ve missed too many years! Jack and Keith I want to see and get to know my grandchildren-and see you both happy in life and work! Mackenzie, I want to see you grow up!

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Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 05:05 AM PDT

The continuing saga

by hopeful

So, here is a brief update on my breast cancer. I did have surgery 2 weeks ago-in the midst of a bad snowstorm that shut down the Federal government and pretty much everything else. Fortunately, doctors don't take snow days.

Everything went according to plan-and I now post-drains (YAY!!!!!) and more below the fold...

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Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 05:58 AM PST

Breast cancer-presurgery

by hopeful

So, I am sitting here in my living room contemplating life. Basking in the generosity of family, friends and coworkers. My sister and cohorts got together and sent me mastectomy bras, pajamas, pillows, safety pins, straws and lanyards. I have offers of meals. I have flowers. I feel spoiled. Yet, I know that by tomorrow, the real work-and the need for these generous acts will be felt.

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Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 11:40 AM PST

Breast Cancer-the War is On

by hopeful

I so appreciate all of the helpful, supportive words said in my first "breast cancer" diary last week. Here's an update: the tumor is estrogen positive, so that is some good news. All other receptors are negative. I had an MRI and there is a bigger mass than they could see before. They recommend total mastectomy. And, they found another tumor (very, very small one) on the right as well.

So, one total mastectomy and lumpectomy or two totals?

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I was just diagnosed with breast cancer this week. I am 57 years old. I am certainly not the first and won’t be the last person on this site to have dealt with cancer. I am lucky in a way. I had my annual mammogram 3 weeks ago and the radiologist saw something she didn’t like, so they had me come back for a follow-up. I’ve had these “scares” before and didn’t think much of anything about it. They did another mammogram, and then an ultrasound. Then I had a biopsy. The radiologist called me Thursday and told me that the biopsy was “positive”. That means it’s malignant. For those who have never been through this before, this all takes weeks. From first mammogram to biopsy was 2.5 weeks. Now I know it’s malignant but not what stage or whether it has spread. I see the surgeon on Tuesday and then they’ll schedule surgery.

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Home Depot has decided to take the employer-provided health insurance away from all part-time employees. They have done this, in their words, because it would be "illegal"
for them to provide this insurance.

From the Daily Caller:

“Unfortunately, the ACA [Affordable Care Act] precludes us from offering the limited liability medical plan we’ve been offering the part-time associates,” said Stephen Holmes, the company’s director of corporate communications.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/...

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Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 12:47 PM PST

Some ideas for greener living

by hopeful

and holiday gift ideas as well!

So, now maybe you have already switched to a credit union? Or are still planning on it? There are lots of other things you can do to make your life more aligned with your principles. Read on for some ideas....

Caveat: I am listing the websites that I am aware of. I have no vested interest in any of the sites that I mention. I make no attempt to be comprehensive. There may be better companies for some of the issues that I discuss. Please feel free to add to this list, or give your experience with them in the comments section. If you want to find out more about any of these sites, do your own research. This is a starting point only.
BANKS
Just in case you still bank at one of the TBTF banks, here's how to find a better choice. Open an account at a credit union. They are all over the country, but each has its own membership requirements. They are FDIC insured and they often have agreements with other banks/stores to use their debit card with no fee. (In Fairfax County, Virginia you can do banking for Fairfax County Credit Union at all 7-11 stores for free). To find out about a credit union in your area:

www.creditunionsonline.com

GENERAL INFORMATION
I have found that a really good source of all kinds of information on green living and alternative lifestyles is:

www.greenamerica.org and
www.greenpages.org

Join it. It has tons of resources on all kinds of things. Want to get a credit card with a bank that supports your principles? It’s there. Working Assets and Brighter Planet are great concept credit cards, but did you know that Bank of America is the bank that supports them?

http://www.greenamerica.org/...

There's lots more over the fold:

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Mon Jan 09, 2012 at 04:05 AM PST

How to live a greener life

by hopeful

So, now maybe you have already switched to a credit union? Or are still planning on it? There are lots of other things you can do to make your life more aligned with your principles. Read on for some ideas....

Caveat: I am listing the websites that I am aware of. I have no vested interest in any of the sites that I mention. I make no attempt to be comprehensive. There may be better companies for some of the issues that I discuss. Please feel free to add to this list, or give your experience with them in the comments section. If you want to find out more about any of these sites, do your own research. This is a starting point only.

BANKS
Just in case you still bank at one of the TBTF banks, here's how to find a better choice. Open an account at a credit union. They are all over the country, but each has its own membership requirements. They are FDIC insured and they often have agreements with other banks/stores to use their debit card with no fee. (In Fairfax County, Virginia you can do banking for Fairfax County Credit Union at all 7-11 stores for free). To find out about a credit union in your area:

www.creditunionsonline.com

GENERAL INFORMATION
I have found that a really good source of all kinds of information on green living and alternative lifestyles is:

www.greenamerica.org and
www.greenpages.org

Join it. It has tons of resources on all kinds of things. Want to get a credit card with a bank that supports your principles? It’s there. Working Assets and Brighter Planet are great concept credit cards, but did you know that Bank of America is the bank that supports them?

http://www.greenamerica.org/...

There's lots more over the fold:

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Mon Dec 12, 2011 at 07:47 AM PST

So, how do I get your attention?

by hopeful

So, now maybe you have already switched to a credit union? Or are still planning on it? There are lots of other things you can do to make your life more aligned with your principles. Read on for some ideas....

Caveat: I am listing the websites that I am aware of. I have no vested interest in any of the sites that I mention. I make no attempt to be comprehensive. There may be better companies for some of the issues that I discuss. Please feel free to add to this list, or give your experience with them in the comments section. If you want to find out more about any of these sites, do your own research. This is a starting point only.

BANKS
So, the first place I want to start is with the banks, since this is a big issue these days. Open an account at a credit union. They are all over the country, but each has its own membership requirements. They are FDIC insured and they often have agreements with other banks/stores to use their debit card with no fee. (In Fairfax County, Virginia you can do banking for Fairfax County Credit Union at all 7-11 stores for free). To find out about a credit union in your area:

www.creditunionsonline.com

GENERAL INFORMATION
I have found that a really good source of all kinds of information on green living and alternative lifestyles is:

www.greenamerica.org and
www.greenpages.org

Join it. It has tons of resources on all kinds of things. Want to get a credit card with a bank that supports your principles? It’s there. Working Assets and Brighter Planet are great concept credit cards, but did you know that Bank of America is the bank that supports them?

http://www.greenamerica.org/...

There's lots more over the fold:

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Mon Nov 07, 2011 at 04:41 AM PST

Occupy Your Life

by hopeful

So, now maybe you have already switched to a credit union? Or are still planning on it? There are lots of other things you can do to make your life more aligned with your principles. Read on for some ideas....

Caveat: I am listing the websites that I am aware of. I have no vested interest in any of the sites that I mention. I make no attempt to be comprehensive. There may be better companies for some of the issues that I discuss. Please feel free to add to this list, or give your experience with them in the comments section. If you want to find out more about any of these sites, do your own research. This is a starting point only.

BANKS
So, the first place I want to start is with the banks, since this is a big issue these days. Open an account at a credit union. They are all over the country, but each has its own membership requirements. They are FDIC insured and they often have agreements with other banks/stores to use their debit card with no fee. (In Fairfax County, Virginia you can do banking for Fairfax County Credit Union at all 7-11 stores for free). To find out about a credit union in your area:

www.creditunionsonline.com

GENERAL INFORMATION
I have found that a really good source of all kinds of information on green living and alternative lifestyles is:

www.greenamerica.org and
www.greenpages.org

Join it. It has tons of resources on all kinds of things. Want to get a credit card with a bank that supports your principles? It’s there. Working Assets and Brighter Planet are great concept credit cards, but did you know that Bank of America is the bank that supports them?

http://www.greenamerica.org/...

There's lots more over the fold:

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I am 55 years old and grew up in Ann Arbor, MI. My friends are all stripe of traditional to totally non-traditional. You learn a few things over the years about how to live your principles. I thought I’d share some of what I have learned with all of you.

Caveat: I am listing the websites that I am aware of. I have no vested interest in any of the sites that I mention. I make no attempt to be comprehensive. There may be better companies for some of the issues that I discuss. Please feel free to add to this list, or give your experience with them in the comments section. If you want to find out more about any of these sites, do your own research. This is a starting point only.

BANKS
So, the first place I want to start is with the banks, since this is a big issue these days. Open an account at a credit union. They are all over the country, but each has its own membership requirements. They are FDIC insured and they often have agreements with other banks/stores to use their debit card with no fee. (In Fairfax County, Virginia you can do banking for Fairfax County Credit Union at all 7-11 stores for free). To find out about a credit union in your area:

www.creditunionsonline.com

GENERAL INFORMATION
I have found that a really good source of all kinds of information on green living and alternative lifestyles is:

www.greenamerica.org and
www.greenpages.org

Join it. It has tons of resources on all kinds of things. Want to get a credit card with a bank that supports your principles? It’s there. Working Assets and Brighter Planet are great concept credit cards, but did you know that Bank of America is the bank that supports them?

http://www.greenamerica.org/...

There's lots more over the fold:

Continue Reading

I am 55 years old and grew up in Ann Arbor, MI. My friends are all stripe of traditional to totally non-traditional. You learn a few things over the years about how to live your principles. I thought I’d share some of what I have learned with all of you.

Caveat: I am listing the websites that I am aware of. I have no vested interest in any of the sites that I mention. I make no attempt to be comprehensive. There may be better companies for some of the issues that I discuss. Please feel free to add to this list, or give your experience with them in the comments section. If you want to find out more about any of these sites, do your own research. This is a starting point only.

BANKS
So, the first place I want to start is with the banks, since this is a big issue these days. Open an account at a credit union. They are all over the country, but each has its own membership requirements. They are FDIC insured and they often have agreements with other banks/stores to use their debit card with no fee. (In Fairfax County, Virginia you can do banking for Fairfax County Credit Union at all 7-11 stores for free). To find out about a credit union in your area:

www.creditunionsonline.com

GENERAL INFORMATION
I have found that a really good source of all kinds of information on green living and alternative lifestyles is:

www.greenamerica.org and
www.greenpages.org

Join it. It has tons of resources on all kinds of things. Want to get a credit card with a bank that supports your principles? It’s there. Working Assets and Brighter Planet are great concept credit cards, but did you know that Bank of America is the bank that supports them?

http://www.greenamerica.org/...

There's lots more over the fold:

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