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July 30th, 2007

11:07 am: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!
Happy BD to dear Ladygrat! Hope it's a great day!!

May you always be healthy, happy and wealthy!

March 23rd, 2006

01:32 pm:

March 1st, 2006

SIGNS OF OVARIAN CANCER (even in the absence of Ovaries)


An Eye Opener on Ovarian Cancer

I hope you all take the time to read this and pass it on to all you can.
Send this to the women in your life that you care about.

Years ago, Gilda Radner died of ovarian cancer. Her symptoms were
inconclusive, and she was treated for everything under the sun until it
was too late. This blood test finally identified her illness but alas, too
late. She wrote a book to heighten awareness. Gene Wilder is her widower.

KATHY'S STORY: this is the story of Kathy West

As all of you know, I have Primary Peritoneal Cancer. This cancer has only
recently been identified as its OWN type of cancer, but it is essentially
Ovarian Cancer.

Both types of cancer are diagnosed in the same way, with the "tumor
marker" CA-125 BLOOD TEST, and they are treated in the same way –

surgery to remove the primary tumor and then chemotherapy with Taxol

and Carboplatin.

Having gone through this ordeal, I want to save others from the same fate.
That is why I am sending this message to you and hope you will print it
and give it or send it via E-mail to everybody you know.

One thing I have learned is that each of us must take TOTAL
responsibility for our own health care. I thought I had done that because
always had an annual physical and PAP smear, did a monthly Self-Breast
Exam, went to the dentist at least twice a year, etc. I even insisted on a
sigmoidoscopy and a bone density test last year. When I had a total
hysterectomy in 1993, I thought that I did not have to worry about getting
any of the female reproductive organ cancers.

LITTLE DID I KNOW. I don't have ovaries (and they were HEALTHY when they
were removed), but I have what is essentially ovarian cancer. Strange,
isn't it?

These are just SOME of the things our Doctors never tell us: ONE out of
every 55 women will get OVARIAN or PRIMARY PERITONEAL CANCER.

The "CLASSIC" symptoms are an ABDOMEN that rather SUDDENLY


I had these classic symptoms and went to the doctor. Because these
symptoms seemed to be "abdominal", I went to a gastroenterologist.

He ran tests that were designed to determine whether there was a bacteria

infection; these tests were negative, and I was diagnosed with "Irritable

Bowel Syndrome".

I guess I would have accepted this diagnosis had it not been for my enlarged
abdomen. I swear to you, it looked like I was 4-5 months pregnant! I
therefore insisted on more tests

They took an X-ray of my abdomen; it was negative. I was again assured
that I had Irritable Bowel Syndrome and was encouraged to go on my scheduled
month-long trip to Europe. I couldn't wear any of my slacks or shorts
because I couldn't get them buttoned, and I KNEW something was radically
wrong. I INSISTED on more tests, and they reluctantly) scheduled me for a
CT-Scan (just to shut me up, I think). This is what I mean by "taking
charge of our own health care."

The CT-Scan showed a lot of fluid in my abdomen (NOT normal). Needless to
say, I had to cancel my trip and have FIVE POUNDS of fluid drawn off at
the hospital (not a pleasant experience I assure you), but NOTHING

compared to what was ahead of me.

Tests revealed cancer cells in the fluid. Finally, finally, finally, the
doctor ran a CA-125 blood test, and I was properly diagnosed.



not as part of my annual physical exam and not when I was symptomatic.

This is an inexpensive and simple blood test!


Be forewarned that their doctors might try to talk them out of it, saying,
"IT ISN'T NECESSARY." Believe me, had I known then what I know now, we
would have caught my cancer much earlier (before it was a stage 3 cancer).
Insist on the CA-125 BLOOD TEST; DO NOT take "NO" for an answer!

The normal range for a CA-125 BLOOD TEST is between zero and 35.

MINE WAS 754. (That's right, 754!). If the number is slightly above 35, you can
have another done in three or six months and keep a close eye on it, just as
women do when they have fibroid tumors or when men have a slightly
elevated PSA test (Prostatic Specific Antigens) that helps diagnose prostate

Having the CA-125 test done annually can alert you early, and that's the
goal in diagnosing any type of cancer - catching it early.

Do you know 55 women? If so, at least one of them will have this VERY
AGGRESSIVE cancer. Please, go to your doctor and insist on a CA-125 test
and have one EVERY YEAR for the rest of your life.

And forward this message to every woman you know, and tell all of your
female family members and friends. Though the median age for this cancer
is 56, (and, guess what, I'm exactly 56), women as young as 22 have it. Age
is no factor.


Well, after reading this, I made some calls. I found that the CA-125 test
is an ovarian screening test equivalent to a man's PSA test prostate
screen (which my husband's doctor automatically gives him in his

physical each year and insurance pays for it). I called the general practitioner's
office about having the test done. The nurse had never heard of it. She told me
that she doubted that insurance would pay for it. So I called Prudential
Insurance Co, and got the same response. Never heard of it - it won't be

I explained that it was the same as the PSA test they had paid for my
husband for years. After conferring with whomever they confer with, she
told me that the CA-125 would be covered.

It is $75 in a GP's office and $125 at the GYN's. This is a screening test
that should be required just like a PAP smear (a PAP smear cannot detect
problems with your ovaries). And you must insist that your insurance
company pay for it.

Gene Wilder and Pierce Brosnan (his wife had it, too) are lobbying for
women's health issues, saying that this test should be required in our
physicals, just like the PAP and the mammogram. P

February 25th, 2006


1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE.
"If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning"

2. My mother taught me RELIGION.
"You better pray that will come out of the carpet."

3. My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL.
"If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!"

4. My mother taught me LOGIC.
"Because I said so, that's why."

5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC.
"If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're not going to the store with me."

6. My mother taught me FORESIGHT.
"Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident."

7. My mother taught me IRONY.
"Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cry about."

8. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS.
"Shut your mouth and eat your supper."

9. My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM.
"Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!"

10. My mother taught me about STAMINA.
"You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone."

11. My mother taught me about WEATHER.
"This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it."

12. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.
"If I told you once, I've told you a million times. Don't exaggerate!"

13. My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE.
"I brought you into this world, and I can take you out."

14. My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION.
"Stop acting like your father!"

15. My mother taught me about ENVY.
"There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don't have wonderful parents like you do."

16. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.
"Just wait until we get home."

17. My mother taught me about RECEIVING.
"You are going to get it when you get home!"

18. My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE.
"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that way."

19. My mother taught me ESP.
"Put your sweater on; don't you think I know when you are cold?"

20. My mother taught me HUMOR.
"When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."

21. My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT.
"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up."

22. My mother taught me GENETICS.
"You're just like your father."

23. My mother taught me about my ROOTS.
"Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?"

24. My mother taught me WISDOM.
"When you get to be my age, you'll understand."

25. And my favorite: My mother taught me about JUSTICE.
"One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you!"

January 26th, 2006


January 25th, 2006

Helpful Things-Who Knew??
Sealed envelope
Put in the freezer for a few hours,
then slide a knife under the flap.
The envelope can then be resealed.
Use Empty toilet paper roll
to store appliance cords.
It keeps them neat
and you can write on the roll
what appliance it belongs to.
For icy door steps in freezing temperatures:
get warm water and put Dawn dishwashing liquid in it.
Pour it all over the steps.
They won't refreeze.
(wish I had known this for the last 40 years)
Crayon marks on walls?
This worked wonderfully!
A damp rag, dipped in baking soda.
Comes! off with little effort,
(elbow grease that is!).
Permanent marker on appliances/counter tops
(like store receipt BLUE)...
Rubbing alcohol on paper towel.
Whenever I purchase a box of SOS Pads,
I immediately take a pair of scissors
and cut each pad into halves.
After years of having to throw away rusted
and unused and smelly pads,
I finally decided that this would be much more economical.
And now a box of SOS pads last me indefinitely! In fact,
I have noticed that the scissors get sharpened this way!
Blood stains on clothes?
Not to worry!
Just pour a little hydrogen peroxide
on a cloth and proceed to wipe off every drop of blood.
Works every time!
Now, where to put the body?
Use vertical strokes when washing windows outside
and horizontal for inside windows.
This way you can tell which side has the streaks.
Straight vinegar will get outside windows really clean.
Don't wash windows on a sunny day.
They will dry too quickly and will probably streak.
Spray a bit of perfume on the light bulb
in any room to create a lovely light scent
in each room when the light is turned on.
Place fabric softener sheets in dresser drawers
and your clothes will smell freshly washed for weeks to come. You can
this with towels and linen.
Candles will last a lot longer if placed in the freezer
for at least 3 hours prio! r to burning.
To clean artificial flowers,
pour some salt into a paper bag and add the flowers.
Shake vigorously as the salt will absorb all the dust and dirt and leave
your artificial flowers looking like new!
Works like a charm!
To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet,
simply add a drop or two of dish soap
and enough water to cover bottom of pan,
and bring to a boil on stovetop.
Spray your TUPPERWARE with nonstick cooking spray
before pouring in tomato based sauces
and there won't be any stains.
Wrap celery in aluminum foil
when putting in the refrigerator
and it will keep for weeks.
When boiling corn on the cob,
add a pinch of sugar
to help bring out the corn's natural sweetness.
Cure for headaches:
Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead.
The throbbing will go away.
Don't throw out all that leftover wine:
Freeze into ice cubes for future use
in casseroles and sauces.
Left over wine?
What's that?
To get rid of itch from mosquito bites,
try applying soap on the area
And you will experience instant relief.
Ants, ants, ants everywhere ....
Well, they are said to never cross a chalk line.
So get your chalk out and draw a line on the floor
or wherever ants tend to march.
See for yourself.
Use air-freshener to clean mirrors.
It does a good job and better still,
leaves a lovely smell to the shine.
When you get a splinter,
reach for the scotch tape
before resorting to tweezers or a needle.
Simply put the scotch tape over the splinter,
then pull it off.
Scotch tape removes most splinters
painlessly and easily.
Now look what you can do with Alka Seltzer.
Clean a toilet.
Drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets,
wait twenty minutes, brush and flush.
The citric acid and effervescent action
clean vitreous China.
(But, but, the stains are above the water line.)
Clean a vase.
> To remove a stain from the bottom
of a glass vase or cruet,
fill with water and drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets.
Polish jewelry. (how about Swedish jewelry?)
Drop two Alka Seltzer tablets into a glass of water
and immerse the jewelry for two minutes.
Clean a thermos bottle.
Fill the bottle with water,
drop in four Alka Seltzer tablets,
and let soak for an hour
(or longer, if necessary).
Unclog a drain.
Clear the sink drain by dropping
three Alka Seltzer Tablets down the drain
followed by a cup of Heinz White Vinegar.
Wait a few minutes, then run the hot water.

January 24th, 2006

07:31 pm: SIGN IN WINDOW
This sign was prominently displayed in the window of a business in Philadelphia. You are probably outraged at the thought of such an inflammatory statement. One would think that anti-hate groups from all across the country would be marching on this business . . and that the National Guard might have to be called to keep the angry crowds back. But, perhaps in these stressful times one might be tempted to let the proprietors simply make their statement . . We are a society which holds Freedom of Speech as perhaps our greatest liberty. And after all, it is just a sign.
You may ask what kind of business would dare post such a sign?

Answer: A Funeral Home
(Who said morticians had no sense of humor?)

January 23rd, 2006

12:30 am: FONTS
I got on here and my font had changed. I didn't do it. It's smaller now which I hate and I can't figure out how to get back to the old one. I got a headache trying to understand the 'instructions' and am still stuck with a small font.
Can anyone help, please???

January 16th, 2006

04:26 pm:
Your Birthdate: July 18

You are a cohesive force - able to bring many people together for a common cause.
You tend to excel in work situations, but you also facilitate a lot of social gatherings too.
Beyond being a good leader, you are good at inspiring others.
You also keep your powerful emotions in check - you know when to emote and when to repress.

Your strength: Emotional maturity beyond your years

Your weakness: Wearing yourself down with too many responsibilities

Your power color: Crimson red

Your power symbol: Snowflake

Your power month: September

January 15th, 2006

I got a nudge from a friend (you know who you are!) to start posting in my journal again.
As I sit here with my buttered crackers and chocolate eclair, I don't feel particularly motivated to start a diet. Since I never wore a bikini, for obvious reasons, I don't think that will be a goal for this year. Marilyn Monroe I ain't.
Aside from wanting to feel better and be in good health this year, there are the hundreds of books I bought waiting for me to read. Amazon and half.com made a fortune off me the past year. I could use some suggestions for a goal. Oh yes, I had the brilliant idea of teaching myself Japanese. LOL I get these flashes every so often and then there are more books piling up that never get used.
Any ideas folks??

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