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(11 replies, posted in Members' Cafe)

Alaskan cruise!!  That sounds awesome.  Have a great time Lainy. Can't wait to hear all about it.

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(11 replies, posted in Members' Cafe)

Hi Lainy!! 

My smile has gotten a little older, but still there!  Glad the tumors are gone and were benign and really happy to hear about the boyfriend!!  I have been doing well. 

I quit my clinic job on 4/1 and am focusing on my private practice now. I only want to work part time and my practice is growing at this point and I have lots of free time. 

I have also been working for an online therapy company called TalkSpace where people pay a nominal fee and have access to a therapy 24/7 in a chat format.  It's a great place for people to come when they can't get out and make a face-to-face appointment with a therapist once a week.  I am finding that very fulfilling.

So if anyone here wants to use my therapy services, they can private message me at randi@randibarrell.com and I will give them the information they need to get connected.

The biggest adjustment is spending LOTS of time with my hubby smile  **sigh**

At the end of this month I got for my yearly scan and appointment. It's my decision to go for one and I think I will do this one and if all is well, I will stop. 

I miss our conversations Lainy!!
<3
HUGS
-Randi-

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(24 replies, posted in General Discussion)

Hi Kris,

Stopped by today and sorry to see all that you are going through.  Hang in there!  I will keep you in my thoughts Kris.

Hugs
-Randi-

Congratulations on your 5 year anniversary!  It is certainly something to celebrate and enjoy!

-Randi-

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(11 replies, posted in Members' Cafe)

Happy Mother's Day to you Lainy!  Just thought I stop in and say hello.

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(27 replies, posted in Members' Cafe)

Kris, 

Please accept my condolences on your mother's death and also for the death of your dear friend.  To add to the misery cocktail, you have something unexpected and serious  to face yourself.  None of this is giving you the time you need to process what is happening in your life at a very fast pace.  I can't stress enough how important it is to talk to someone who has no skin in the game and can just listen to you  without judgement.  You have shown so much strength and sometimes we just don't want to be strong, not for ourselves or for others.  So take the time you need to control the things you can.  One foot in front of the other.  Take care of yourself, eat right,  stay hydrated, get enough sleep, and allow yourself to break down if you need and be strong when you want to be.

I will keep you in my thoughts kris.  I've seen your posts here and you've been such a support to others, please allow yourself to get support from others.

hugs,
-Randi-

Thanx Lainy!  Can i add that I turn 60 on Saturday.  Hard to believe cause I feel a lot younger than that for sure, but that is what the calendar reads.  I have decided I don't believe in calendars smile

Just putting up my annual survival post:  6 years this month!!  I am a lucky girl and my greatest wish is that everyone touched by this disease be as lucky.

6 years for CC
16 years for thyroid
21 years for breast cancer

Lainey,
i love your photo!! 

Merry Christmas to all!
Hugs,
-Randi-

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(4 replies, posted in Members' Cafe)

Chag Sameach!  Happy Chanukah to all.  Just lit my candles and have latkes in the oven (yes the oven!  found it to be the best way to cook 'em without the smell for days!)

My everyone's light burn longer than expected and a miracle happen!

Hugs,
-Randi-

Hope everyone enjoyed the company of loving friends and family for Thanksgiving and remembered fondly those who are no longer with us.

Happy Thanksgiving.
-Randi- <3

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(18 replies, posted in Members' Cafe)

So I ended up with....wait for it....it's original and no one had it....yup...it's Randi G. Barrell, PLLC.
It was hurting my brain too much to try and think of an original name.  I guess I am my own brand.

When I get my brochure wording done I will post it here for critique from the people who may be my potential clients. 

coming soon...link to my website. smile 

thanx all.

Just saw this and along with everyone, I am so sad to hear about Duke's death.  What an eloquent man and what a great contributor to this site both in time and in words. We have too many of these moments when people we've come to cherish are gone...

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(18 replies, posted in Members' Cafe)

New pathways is taken sad
Anyone have any ideas what therapy private practice name they would be drawn to if they wanted to pursue counseling for this very challenging time of their lives??  I'll just throw it out there.

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(18 replies, posted in Members' Cafe)

so the problem is that there is a pathways business in the area sad

hip hip hooray!  Congrats on such a great milestone Lainy!  you know I wouldn't have had the good spirits and attitude toward my surgery and chemo and healing if I didn't have you and this board.  I am forever grateful to everyone here.

Hugs to all.
-Randi-

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(18 replies, posted in Members' Cafe)

Love them Lainy!  Thanx for the ideas.  I am now leaning toward "new pathways therapy"  What do you think?  I don't want to eliminate anyone who needs therapy for other things, but primary focus is on survivorship.

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(18 replies, posted in Members' Cafe)

Hi Lainy!  Trying to work full time and open a private practice. Trying to think of a name for my practice.  My target client  are people who are facing life changing circumstances (i.e. cancer, heart disease, divorce, death of a loved one).  Any ideas for a name for my practice?  I may just give up and call it Randi Barrell, PLLC.

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(11 replies, posted in Good News / What's Working)

Congrats Lisa!  5 years is indeed a wonderful milestone and you have been through so much that it must feel extra specially good. 

So happy for you!
-Randi-

So glad when i stopped by I could read you wonderful news.  I have had 3 cancers and 5 years seems to be the tipping point, however, with CC it seems that they like to leave it in my hands.  I am 6 years out in December and the doc gave me the choice of whether to come back in 6 months, 1 year, or never again., since there had never been a sign of cancer since my surgery.  Kind of daunting and I think I'll choose the 6 months interval for at least one more time.

I have always gotten MRI with and without contrast. The CT requires a larger IV and you have to drink that chalky stuff which sets my intestines back for about 6 weeks.  The doc decided that we would do MRI's from about the first year and I think they are clearer images and easier to do for me.  I believe as long as they are comparing Mri to MRI or CT to CT you will see a change should one occur.

Hope you had a great celebration for your milestone!!

Hugs-
-Randi-

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(18 replies, posted in Members' Cafe)

Hope you had an easy fast Lainy!  Happy New Year.  L'shana tovah.

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(6 replies, posted in Members' Cafe)

So darn cute!!  Congrats!

Just saw the same thing and stopped by here to post it but you beat me to it.    Sure sounds like CC to me.  Sad.

That is awesome Cathy!!!

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(13 replies, posted in Good News / What's Working)

Well, I am not sure I am a hero but I do feel incredibly lucky to have lived through these 3 cancers to tell the tale!

Cathy:  You captured it.  Cancer doesn't define me, but I know how fragile the world is and I think that's a blessing.

Hugs to all-
-Randi-