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  • Hi Brenda, how lovely to hear from you. Yes, life is just so much better these days! I hope that's the case with you too? I do pop onto ST.com every now and then to check up on TSV details, but have to admit that CraftTelly.com really has become home. ST is so large these days, but CT (whilst growing) is still managable, where you feel you do know most of the regular posters. Wishing you well, Dips
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    Hi Brenda,
    Really miss you on here, but wanted to pop by and say Merry Christmas in case you pop on sometime soon.
    Lots of love, Yolanda xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    I just wanted to let you know that I was thinking about you. Hope you are managing is you hand ok?



    Hello, I've not been posting on the forum for a while and I haven't seen you around much either. I just wanted to call by to say that I am thinking of you.
    Love Aries. x x x
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    hi Brenda,
    All the best to you for 2009. Hope it's a good one for you.
    Lots of love, Yolanda xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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    Hi Brenda,
    I hope that you have a really lovely Christmas and wish you all the very best for 2009.
    Lots of love, Yolanda xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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    Hi Brenda, I've been missing for a long time from the forum and have recently returned to find that you are awol. Are you alright? Do leave a message for me when you come back so that I know you are okay.
    Lots of love, Yolanda xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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    Hi Brenda, Thanks so much for your lovely message. You always make me feel so much better about things and I do so appreciate that. I'm feeling fine at the minute - still bleeding but to a lesser extent and it's certainly manageable, and I have much more energy. Also, my hair is already sprouting through and looks as if it will grow quite quickly once things are underway. The hospital know that I try to be a chip off the old block and they always marvelled at Mum's stoicism and fabulous sense of humour; she used to make them laugh throughout her visits there and that's not always the norm with non-curable cancer patients. I hope in time they will think of me in a similar vein.
    You have, as usual, been madly busy helping all and sundry with their problems. They must feel blessed to have you in their lives. I hope the people from church have had a reasonable settlement of their situation, it sounds ghastly and I wish them all the best. Your son must be so grateful for all you do for him , at least I hope he is, it's easy to take someone for granted as I did with my Mum. I miss all she did for me now I must say.
    I'm happy to say that my old personality is coming back now and i'm not the miserable so and so I've been for so long. I don't want to speak too soon in case it all crashes down again, but thought you might like a bubbly and hopeful message for a change instead of the gloom and doom of my recent ones.
    Lots of love and big hugs, Yolanda xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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    Hi Brenda,
    Lovely to hear from you. I shall indeed keep fighting, it's the one thing I'm good at these days!
    Hope you are as well as possible and that life is being kind to you right now.
    Take care and hope to catch up with you very soon. Lots of love and big hugs, Yolanda xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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    Hi Brenda, I am stented, dented and somewhat pigmented. What more could a girl want? Well, we've already established that and also the fact that it will take a minor kidnapping to achieve said goal.
    So sorry that your friend has had to go through her husband's big birthday without him - these things are never easy. She is at least lucky to have such a good friend there for her in times of need and I know that she will be so appreciative of that.
    I haven't seen Mama Mia but would like to as it looks like a bit of light-hearted fun. I think Meryl Streep and Piercey are miscast and can't quite picture them in the roles but I would imagine Julie Walters would handle such a part magnificently.
    Aww, sorry that you are feeling despondant about the weight gain; I understand perfectly; my weight has been up and down (mostly up) due to all the meds and things. It's these sorts of problems that bother us most, isn't it? I'm sure your hair is fine and anyway it will grow soon enough if you are unhappy with it right now.
    I'm reading a few things at the minute: The Memory of all That by Betsy Blair; The Door Marked Summer by Michael Bentine; The Metaphysical Poets: A Critique; and have just finished Ecstasy and Me: My Life as a Woman by Hedy Lamarr. I'm finding i can't concentrate on my reading as much as usual and i hope that's a temporary phase because books are my life.
    Hope you are okay. Lots of love, yolanda xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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    Hi Brenda,
    I sincerely hope you will not be knocked off the forum as I need you and your wit and encouraging words; i'd be a jellybaby without them, so there.
    I've had a chemo today and am fine, just a bit dizzy and dry-mouthed but nothing a sighting of Liam Cunningham couldn't sort out rapidly. So as you can see, my obsession rages on unchecked.
    Hope you are okay and not overdoing the house and garden stuff. I f you get to do the Holy Island and the camping, I hope you have a wonderful time.
    Lots of love, Yolanda xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Hi Brenda,
    Thanks for your lovely message. It's been a long and difficult road back to normality (well my normality anyway), but I never do things by halves!

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    No damn required, my dear girl, I wish you to be very much a part of this forthcoming venture. Your fluency in the Italian language will prove fruitful when lala's parrot runs out of limericks. I feel certain that keeping our charges entertained is the way forward. Perhaps a stroll through the joys of Dante's Inferno would be amenable? you decide.
    I intend to film the whole escapade. You see, that summer with Ken Russell wasn't wasted....
    The realm of dreams. I like the way your mind works and shall ensure you are given a very senior post in the ranks.
    Lots of love, Yolanda xxxxxxxxxxx
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    Hi Brenda, Just an update of my plans and schemes.
    How peaceful it is here in the hills around Dublin. Living out under the stars. my role of cook is not proving an easy one, what with the shortage of foodstuffs. All things considered, though, my first meal was a big hit. True, not all the women are terribly partial to Gila monster but we can't be choosy, and apart from some picayune eaters who are prejudiced against any reptile, dinner came off without incident.
    Spent the morning drilling. how miraculously we are being changed from a band of weary guerillas into a hardcore army. This morning cedric and I practiced using our machetes, and due to a burst of overzealousness by my partner, I discovered that I have Type O blood.
    Fleur has a guitar but can only play "Ma, he's making Eyes at Me" and though this proved popular at first, she rarely gets asked to play it now.
    Desertion could become a minor problem, although at this moment optimism and team spirit are holding it down to 3 out of every 4 women.
    Last evening when I brought out the Gila monster the women rioted. Several of them held me down while snuffles struck me with my ladle. Finally, with frustrations at a peak, Fleur started strumming "Ma, he's making eyes at me" and some of the less musically inclined members of the group force-fed her her guitar.
    sillysausage now feels she was perhaps premature in predicting a success in August and feels that it could take a little longer to bring about the desired course. Strangely enough, she has turned from her field maps and charts and relies more heavily now on astrological readings and the entrails of birds.
    We have despatched an emissary to Liam's wife with a modified list of our demands, taking care to strike out the bits about an unconditional surrender and replacing them with an award winning recipe for guacamole.
    It seems to be going extremely well. i couldn't be happier. Lots of love, Yolanda xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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    I won't keep you up any more, Brenda. i'll just say goodnight for now and hope to chat tomorrow. Lots of love, Yolanda xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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    Oh, what a treat for your friends, how lovely. I hope you all really enjoy your day. good idea to go when it's not so overrun. Nice to be able to move without bumping into everyone. I really hope that your sciatica does not cause you grief. I totally understand the building up of meds in the body to cope with an ordeal. I've become such a junkie...
    no chance of me falling asleep on the metro, at least not until someone clonks me over the head with a mallet! I seem to be a genetic mutant of some sort. Unfortuanately the drugs they gave me to cope with sleeplessness have the side-effect of sleeplessness, so that was a good idea then...
    I think the stent will be done with just a sedative. problem is, the drugs I take for the sleeplessness affect the body in terms of sedation and anaesthesia, making it difficult to sedate me at all. When i had a colonoscopy and polypectomy last year, the Doctor said: "I can't understand it - I've given you enough to knock out someone twice your size." They just had to presson and I felt everything. Yipes. And it was my birthday. And it was Friday the 13th. How the medics and I chortled over that perticular irony.
    Lots of love, Yolanda xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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    Hi Brenda, So good to know that you're okay and finding at least a bit of time to peruse the forum. Yes, rest assured, the minute I have some good news I shall let you know presto pronto. So far it all seems to be negative stuff I'm relaying and that doesn't suit me at all. I'm hoping that after the next little bit of shifting sand (a stent placed at one kidney entrance and another drug in the mix) that I shall be up and doing with the best of them. You are very perceptive when you say I use the art of concealment in order to deal with my illness. it's a lesson I learned from Mum and I can't seem to deal with things in any other way. I know that when i start getting somewhat manic, i post all over the place and probably exhaust people with my conversational hares.
    I think it's wonderful that you want to sponsor your son's friends; what a kind thing to do. I hope very much that things work out for them overseas and I admire their determination to do such a prolonged period of voluntary service. I'm sure it will change their lives completely and they will never think about things in quite the same way again.
    Re the meeting with Sara, yes, it was lovely to meet up with a friend from the forum. it would be lovely if more of us could meet up from time to time. it's nice to put faces to the mental pictures one has of people. As you say, there will probably be ST.com people at Tatton Park tomorrow. What a shame for forumers to miss each other.
    Hope you manage to get some rest and that you have a good day at work tomorrow.
    Lots of love, Yolanda xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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