Saturday, December 27, 2008

The Year in Review, on the path to Healing

May 2009 bring many joys & much healing.



Here's a brief as I can be, overview of the last year.

Diagnosed with Breast Cancer in October 2007, a mastectomy on my right breast was done on 
Dec. 12, 2007. (With reconstructive surgery at the same time..called a Tram Flap) 

 It was determined I was in Stage 4 , had 39 Lymph nodes removed.
  I was given chemotherapy in February 2008 along with Herceptin and Zometa
every three weeks for 6 chemos. 
Lost my hair...teeehhheee

 Then I did chest radiation, every week day for 28 days.
During my chest radiation , it was discovered I had 5 brain tumors.  These were removed with 
Gamma Knife surgery.   A follow up MRI was done in August and 8 more tumors were discovered...Now I am done with chest radiation and on to whole brain radiation. Every week day for 20 treatments  UGH
Lost my hair again...not so funny this time

My father passed away Aug 4th  ...and my step mom passed away on Nov 5th.


I completed my brain radiation Oct 20th.  I will have another Brain MRI on 1/26/09 to see if the brain tumors are gone.

A Pet/CT scan the first of Dec. 2008 shows no cancer in my body..Praying for great results in January with the brain MRI.


 The Herception and Zometa continued until my heart function decreased  and my Oncologist decided to stop the Herceptin.
I have two more Zometa IV's and I should be done with all my treatments

Through all of this we have continued to see joy and miracles. God has helped me
to survive this and to forgive others. I have prayed to help others on this
journey and to share what I experienced


JOYS

being here
grandkids
deer
sunshine
friends




98 comments:

  1. Deena, I pray that you are totally cancer free! May you have a happy and healthy 2009. You have inspired all of us with your courage, humor, goodness and love.
    Hugs, Susan

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  2. ...and what a year it has been...may God continue to bless you and heal you...your journey has been remarkable and you truly are an inspiration...wishing you a happy New Year ~

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  3. You are a miracle indeed, Sweet Deena, and quite an inspiration to all! Wishing you the best 2009...may this be the year we get lots of hair back :) LOL (Of course we will!)

    Hugs,
    Michelle

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  4. I pray for you daily Deena, and will continue in the new year. God Bless you with health, and a cancer free body in 2009!

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  5. wishing you a Happy and Healing New Year, dear deena.....you are an inspiration!....and i will "see" you next year!
    love and prayers,
    kimberly

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  6. I wish you a year filled with only good. You have been through so much and 2009 should be a year of healing and feeling better each and every day. Blessing to you and your family.

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  7. Best wishes for a complete recovery and much happiness. And hair.

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  8. Keep doing what you are doing!

    You are an inspiration, and an education to us all, thank you.

    Enjoy today, and every day, hair will grow back.

    May 2009 be a Happy Year for you and your family!

    Sarahx

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  9. Sending you bountiful blessings for 2009 ♥

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  10. Dear Deena
    What a year you have had! My prayer for you in 2009 is that you experience God's love in amazing ways, that you get a clean bill of health and that joy "unspeakable anbd full of glory'invades your life. Yur positive faith filled attitude toward all that you have been through has been n inspiration to all of us and wonderful testimony of what God can do in a life when it's surrendered to him. I continue to pray for you every day.
    Hugs, Rhondi

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  11. Deena, I pray the long, hard year is over and 2009 will bring much more joy and sunshine.
    Happy New Years!
    Jan

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  12. Hi dear Deena,you have been through so much in the past year.I pray 2009 will bring you nothing but many blessings and much happiness. God bless and "Happy New Year" to you and yours.......

    Shelley

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  13. Your year has been.......let's just say we want 2009 to be the BEST ever. I do pray for you as you continue to inspire us all in your walk through what many of us can NOT understand or comprehend.

    SO....that being said. Forget the hair. Forget the old adage that beauty is on the outside. Because you are one of the most beautiful people I know.

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  14. Happy New Year to yo Deena. Praying for a healthy 2009 for you.
    katie

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  15. Happy New Year Deena, hope all your wishes and dreams come true in the coming year. God bless

    Jackie x

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  16. Dear Deena ~ You have had quite a year! I hope and pray that 2009 is a better year health-wise for you. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers, as always.

    Happy New Year!

    Love & hugs, Karen

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  17. Bless you dear Deena ~
    I will continue to pray for you !
    xoxo,
    Lori

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  18. Sweet Deena, How my year has been so blessed by you, words cant describe, I love you and I continue to pray for you, I fasted just again the other day for you, why? I don't know I just felt the need to. You are such an inspiration to all of us!! I will be blogging with you next year lol I LOVE YOU
    Annette

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  19. You have been through so much, and just look at you. Still going strong and your spirit cannot be crushed. I check your blog daily, enjoy your photos and outlook on life. I wish you the best in 2009 and I will continue praying for you and much strength for your family. Take Care my blog buddy.

    -Nancy

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  20. Dear Deena, When you put that in perspective it's an amazing, amazing year you've had. I pray for you always and am inspired by your faith and joy. You're a wonderful friend and I'm so glad to know you. I hope your new year is full of joy, healing, abundance, hope, beauty and love. Hugs, Diane

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  21. Blessed New Year wishes to you, Deena, with hopes that 2009 will prove you cancer free! You have been such an inspiration to so many and a learning curve for me that you continue to hold your head high and smile as you've gone down this road. Many blessings to you.

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  22. Deena, you are a true inspiration to all of us. I know that you will get good news this January and we can all celebrate your being cancer free. I watched Living Proof again tonight and cried again. You are such a beautiful person and I wish that we could meet someday. I know it would be joy to be around you. You have given me courage, strength, a fighting spirit, but most of all love, even in the midst of pain. Many Blessings for a Year filled with Joy and the hair will come soon. Love and Hugs, Pat

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  23. Deena...may God bless you with a happy, healthy new year!!

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  24. Praying for a Happy and Blessed New Year for you, one of God's sweetest children. May His Glory continue to shine through you!
    Hugs,
    Sher

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  25. it has been quite a year for you , but you have been an inspiration to so many even in your trials. I pray that this new year will be total healing for you !
    Blessings to you & your family !
    Eunice
    The Little Things

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  26. Deena,
    I pray that your MRI shows no sign of that evil invader of your body. May 2009 be wonderful for you...healthy, happy and enjoying your life to it's fullest!
    xoxo karen...

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  27. Deena, Among my Joys for 2008 there is yoU. What a blessing to have met you and to get somehow to be a part of your journey. You are a true inspiration to us all. Big Hugs for a wonderful Cancer Free 2009.

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  28. Hi Deena, I also pray for you a totally cancer free 2009, and lots of lushes hair. May God bless you abundantly this year and I hope for you the Most happiest and most wonderful of New Years. You are Such an inspiring woman and may you keep inspiring all of us, God Bless, Julie

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  29. I hope your Christmas was all you wanted it to be. I wish you and your family a wonderful new year full of joy, peace, health, happiness, success and prosperity and all God's love.
    Virginia :)

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  30. Such positive news Deena...I pray it continues and that you will be cancer free from here on!
    Have a happy and healthy New Year and keep the faith! Betzie

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  31. Ohh wow have you been through it!! amazit's all in one paragrapgh!!! unbeileivable!!!!
    Hope this year brings more in miracles your way!!

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  32. What a HARD year 2008 was for you...what HARD battles you have fought and won because of the love of JESUS CHRIST...and what a MAGNIFICENT warrior you are, my friend, Deena. We are all in awe of your courage and we all consider you OUR HERO.....
    I am praying so hard for the next brain scan to show NO CANCER...
    The new year, 2009, is BOUND to be a rejoicing (how do u spell that??) year for you and your family. I pray this to be so!!
    love, bj

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  33. You're quite an amazing woman, Deena--you've been through so much, yet you continue to put so much effort into helping others and inspiring others. May the New Year ahead be a wonderful one for you, full of love and good health. Love, Jann

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  34. when i read this post, i think of all the prayers, fears, blessings, laughter, and time spent at the hospital between the lines of these words. it seems so neat all summed up here but i know how much more it all is. those few words sum up so many emotions for quite a journey. you continue to bless me while living your beautiful life. God's healing and love i pray for you in this wonderful new year.

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  35. Friend...
    You'll 'ALWAYS' Be...
    And What a Year indeed it has been...Can only get Better from here now!!! A 'NEW' Year and A 'New' Beautiful Deena...
    M

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  36. Dearest Deena,with all you've been through you are an inspiration. Wishing you the happiest of New Years.

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  37. Deena,
    Keeping you close in heart and prayers. Your journey has been difficult, your spirit beautiful and strong.
    Wishing you a healthy and happy 2009.
    XXXXXX

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  38. You are just an amazing human being, Deena. I so respect your enthusiasm for life and your positve attitude. I'll be praying that your January MRI brings good news. May your new year be filled with love and joy!
    XO...Kathy

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  39. Deena,

    You had quite a year, my friend, but God was there with you ever minute of every day and He will continue to be with you in 2009.

    I continue to pray for you, my friend. My wish and sincere prayer is that you are completely healed and cancer free throughout 2009.

    Love your joys for today. Mine were:

    Rocking Tarryn to sleep. He is 5 months old today. What a blessing.

    Playing with Griffyn.

    Spending time at Mom's with family and friends.

    A delicious New Year's dinner.

    So many blessings.

    Love you...
    Mary

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  40. Every time I come here and read of another accomplishment it/you inspire me ....

    You have been through more in the past two years than most go through in a lifetime yet... you always manage to smile... you always manage to have a kind word and a loving heart..

    I only dream of being like you

    May you be cancer free in 2009

    LOTS OF HUGS TO YOU

    JO

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  41. My thoughts and prayers are with you for a healthy 2009!

    Blessed Be.

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  42. YOU have been an awesome gift to all of us through this journey. The love and hope that you share.

    Thanks...I am looking forward to a fabulous 2009 for you .... and yours!

    Here's to cancer-free and good health for a very sweet friend!

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  43. Happy New Year Deena!

    Love & Prayers,
    Lana

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  44. Hi Deena,

    I'm having a blog contest. Come join in the fun.

    xo Cathy

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  45. Hello Deena,
    You are an incredible woman. I have seen your faith and strength. May you have a New Year filled with love, healing and all the blessing you can contain...Love to you Dear Deena Pinkie

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  46. You've had quite a journey! So thankful it's turned out well and that God was always there to help you and uphold you - and He will be there in the future, too, for all your needs.
    Hugs.
    Ruthie

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  47. Happy New Year, my dear friend. What a year! My prayers continue with you as you completely heal. The Lord has done great things in your life and I feel it's for a reason. Continue on your path with him and trust him completely. I love you. Sally

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  48. What a year you had Deena. Oh how I pray that you will have victory of this cancer in 2009. I pray that there are no more tumors. You have just been through so much and your strength and spirit is so inspiring and encouraging. You are a real Christian. May God bless you and heal you Deena.

    Hugs and kisses, Sharon

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  49. What a year you and the Lord has walked through. It is in the looking back that we can see faith..... Hard to see looking forward.... He is always there....... Always.... I pray that 09 is filled with more of God than you can even imagine!

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  50. Dear Deena...what a year you've had! I'm praying for you daily. It was good to see you smiling a few posts ago. Keep on smiling...you are inspiring so many people with this little blog of yours. Wishing you and your family much happiness and good health this new year. Also will be praying for good news with the next MRI. Sending warm hugs and blessings........Jenn

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  51. I also pray you are cancer free...what strength you have, Dana, even if there were times you didn't think you had any. God gave it to you!

    Happy New Year.

    Jillian

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  52. Praying for a peaceful, happy 2009 for you, Deena.

    Much love,

    Jill

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  53. Prayers for you in 2009--may it be filled with joys beyond measure.
    :)

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  54. Sending best wishes for a joyful 2009.

    xox

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  55. Dear Deena!

    I pray that on Jan. 26th you have a clean sweep of all cancer in your brain. You are an inspiration to all of us. Wishing you a New Year filled with glowing health.

    Hugs!
    Nancy

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  56. I appreciated your "summary". It really does make things more clear to see them all laid out like that. I praise God for the healing work He has done and continues to do in your body. And for the inspiration you are to me in the face of all of this trial.

    Sorry I have not commented lately. Have been very busy and a bit under the weather lately so am trying to get caught up with everyone. Thinking of you often though, Tiffany

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  57. Deena, you've been such an inspiration to me during the past year!!!! Little did I know when I first found your blog that I'd be following in your brave footsteps. It's been such a hard year for you, but your faith, courage, and persistance have seen you through, and I'm so proud of you and feel honored to know you. I'm sure there are so many just like me who look to you as a warrior, an example, and as everything we want to be as we struggle down this same pathway. Thank you for stretching out you hand to us and helping us on our way!!!!! I'm praying that 2009 will bring you more happiness than you could ever imagine!!!!

    Cora

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  58. Stopping by as I was thinking of you and wanted to wish you many blessings in 2009. You are an inspiration.

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  59. Deena-

    It has been a helluva ride- and I am sincerely hoping you are well on the mend. God has spokenb volumes through you to all of us this year. We have learned about strength and love and gratitude. And sickness and silliness, like hair :) And I have made a friend with someone I have never actually seen in person, but have corresponded with, hoped for, cried with and prayed for. Isn't that divine?

    Many wishes for a blessed 2009.

    Anita

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  60. Dear Darlin' SweetAnne...I was overjoyed to find your comment on my blog today. I always take it as a good sign when you feel well enuf to even WANT to post something. And your feeling well is so important to me and others.
    Hope your HUNK is doing good...as well as the rest of your sweet family....
    xo bj

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  61. Hi Deena,
    I've been reading your dear blog for a two months now. I found you by way of BJ's Sweet Nothing's blog. I see how much she prays for your health and I am awed by your wonderful and positive attitude. Your sweet smile is something that takes my breath away. I don't know that I could smile so beautifully like that, given what you have been through but whatever it is that is in you, the Lord has seen to it that your shining spirit would not be touched by it.

    Warmly,
    Deanna

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  62. HAPPY NEW YEAR Deena!!!!!!
    xoxoxoxoxoxoxx

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  63. Deena, wishing you a wonderful, healthy, cancer free 2009.

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  64. Hi Deena,
    Thank you so much for visiting me. May I add you to my list of friends? I'd like to start my days visiting you to see how you are doing.

    Hugs,
    Deanna :)

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  65. Happy New Year, Deena. My prayer for you is that you will have a better year in 2009 than you have had the last two years. I pray that you are not cancer free.

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  66. Wow Deena...don't know that I've ever seen so many positive posts on any single blog! You have touched the lives of so many people, and even if we never meet in person, you're courage and beautiful spirit are an inspiration to us all. We are so lucky to know you! Happy New Year...hope all is well. Hugs! *elaine*

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  67. Deena, You are in my prayers to remain cancer free. Thinking of you often. Hugs and prayers, Kathi

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  68. Oh Deena, you had such a year. Here is hoping that 2009 is full of complete healing and joy for you. Happy New Year!

    Hugs,
    LeAnn:)

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  69. I feel God working his healing miracles in your body. I pray your MRI later this month will confirm NO MORE CANCER!

    Hugs sweet friend!
    Kat

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  70. Deenz....I am understanding the full weight of "whole brain radiation" consequences, and I surely knew it was time for you to rest....but will you please just take a picture of your toes or something and post it?!!! Please! Just one shot of your lovely toes...or a bird..fuzzy shot or not..just post something cause you are driving me crazy with worry AND you know you can only get about 85 comments to a post. Come on...show us those toes!
    n/Church who now likes her Frocks!

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  71. Thinking of you Deena,
    You are such a blessing,
    Happy new year,
    Lea

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  72. I've laughed and cried with you here at your blog. You're so honest and your heart is so good.
    I have been blessed by knowing you, my friend.
    Love, and many prayers,
    Debra

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  73. OK...I give you till tomarrow...I don't care if it's on the commode or in your bed...go get some of your rings and put them on your toes!!! Get your camera and take a photo of those sweet lil annee fanny pinky toes!! Come on..if you can do it then no tellin what others will be able to do after seeing it! I know you're sick...I get it...but tomarrow just for a few minutes you be a "well woman who wants to laugh and joke" and send us a picture of your toes!! You'll show us your breasts and reconstruct but not your toes?!!!
    Heaven knows...anything goes! Can't you feel us all around you? Don't tell me you don't care right now, we all have a good idea of how down you are....show the toes!!
    :-) N/Church who loves her Frocks!

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  74. TO all the wonderful women in my life I send you this stunning video reading by Kelly Corrigan ...

    If you haven't heard her readings/writings, it is about time ...

    This site has many others you might enjoy as well .... especially the one on cancer from her book ...


    HAVE A HAPPY DAY !!! XoXoX oX OXOXOXOx




    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_4qwVLqt9Q

    And if you can listen to one called "in the middle" she talks bout her Dad and husband

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  75. Happy New Year Deena.....may this be your year!!!

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  76. May the coming year have only blessings and good wishes for you and your health.. You have inspired all of us with your courage. Now is the time to kick this C in the butt and just get better. Hugs.........Sharon K

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  77. I just found your blog. I am going to honestly start praying for you.

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  78. Hello Deena

    My thoughts have been with you.....may this year be thebest year of your life, you certainly deserve it.

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  79. saying hello dear deena...hoping the new year has been good to you...and that you are feeling better these new days!
    hugs and prayers,
    kimberly

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  80. Deena, you amaze me. I am praying with you for great things on the 26th!

    Hugs,
    Lea

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  81. you are in my thoughts & prayers sweet♥. whadda blessing you are! you have been thru alot this past year. may you look forward in 2009 to *shine* in His love & peace. hugs & blessings, vikki ♥

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  82. You continue to be an inspiration to so many. I know you will stand with all of us who have beaten cancer - we will be strong and continue to fight this battle and use our personal experiences to assist others who come after us.

    May this New Year be especially good to you dear Deena - you remain in our prayers daily.

    Sending love and warm thoughts.
    Mary (and Bob). XX

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  83. Dear Marcia....Through all the chemo, gamma knife, brain rad, it was never this. Can't tease or even cajole her into action now.
    Next time you're over there, let us know if there's anything I/we can do. I know the caring doesn't take away the nausea or any of the rest. But that and prayers are all that is left for anyone to do...unless you think of something else. Let us know.
    Church full of frocks.

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  84. Hi, sweetie,
    just to say good morning and that i am here....with my prayers.
    xo bj

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  85. Hey precious friend! I know things must not be sunny where you are and I'm afraid you must be feeling "puny" or we'd have heard from you. I MISS YOU SO MUCH. I hope that you have been feeling all of us missing you and that it is helping you feel better, stronger and healthier every minute of every day. We're praying for your test later this month too. I know you must not feel up to writing but if I was closer I'd come over and write it for you to stop all of ur worriers! LOVE YOU.

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  86. Hi Deena. I have been checking your blog daily and I am hoping that soon we will hear from you when you are up to it.You have been an inspiration to me and others as we go through this journey. I hope and pray that your test this month shows that you are free and clear of any cancer.
    Take good care of yourself Deena and we hope to hear from you soon.
    Big Hugs
    Jill.

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  87. Deena, You have been through so much and come so far. I believe with all my heart that your positive attitude is as big a help to your healing as anything. God Bless you and your healing continues. I look forward to hearing that you are cancer free!

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  88. Wishing you a wonderful 2009 and may you be healthy and have many blessings.

    Good that the old year is behind you and all finished with.

    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  89. Hi Deena,

    I am praying for amazing miracles for you sweet friend. You are a bright shining example of God's love and an inspiration to all who know you.

    XOXO,
    Dena

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  90. May 2009 be very, very goode to you dear friend. You are a beautiful spirit and my hero!
    Much love to you~

    Stace

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