I read about Kris' death and I was so sorry to hear about it. She was a bright light on this site and her spirit shown in all of her posts and all of the support she showed others.  May she rest in peace.


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http://www.rupellfuneralhome.com/obitua … !/Obituary


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I will private message you Marion with her address.


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It is with great sadness that I tell you that my dear friend Nancy, my long distance survivor friend, died yesterday. We were diagnosed at the same time in 2009.  She had surgery and chemo and so did I.  We were each other's support via emails, chats, and FB posts. She had a year when she was in remission, but like this disease does so often, it popped it's ugly head up again and again.  We called ourselves "the chicas" because we had seen it here on this discussion board at one time and decided we wanted to have a label for our unusual friendship.

I am incredibly sad that she is gone and the world is a lesser place and has a little less light then it did just  2 days ago.  She was a mom, a wife, a friend, a grandmother, a mother-in-law, and she will be missed. 

I know I am not here very often these days, but it's times like this that I remember all of the people I have met through this discussion board and how lucky I am  to have found them.

Hugs to all,

Congratulations Genevieve.  What  a stupendous outcome.  5 Years is truly something to celebrate.


Couldn't help thinking of you Gavin!  Hope you can see the image.



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I was thrilled to see his name. It's funny, I saw his picture but it had another name on the little blurb about the conference. I thought to myself .... do I just think all doctors (who are bald) look like my doctor.  So I clicked and sure enough, there he was! 

How do you select chairs for the conference?


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Marion!  I just saw that my oncologist, Aram Hezel, i the chair of this year's cc conference!!  He is such a quality person and a great doctor.


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That's great news Kris!!  So glad to hear it.
Hugs -Randi-


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


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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!!


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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.


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



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


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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.


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

i love your photo!! 

Merry Christmas to all!


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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!


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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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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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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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.