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Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort

catspaw49 15 Jun 12 - 11:51 AM
Nigel Paterson 15 Jun 12 - 11:12 AM
frogprince 15 Jun 12 - 09:58 AM
billybob 15 Jun 12 - 08:32 AM
Nigel Paterson 15 Jun 12 - 05:55 AM
Janie 14 Jun 12 - 10:16 PM
katlaughing 14 Jun 12 - 08:01 PM
ChanteyLass 14 Jun 12 - 07:46 PM
Nigel Paterson 14 Jun 12 - 04:08 AM
Nigel Paterson 13 Jun 12 - 07:16 AM
Ebbie 12 Jun 12 - 07:54 PM
frogprince 12 Jun 12 - 01:03 AM
ChanteyLass 11 Jun 12 - 11:01 PM
Sandra in Sydney 11 Jun 12 - 10:34 AM
freda underhill 11 Jun 12 - 08:58 AM
Nigel Paterson 11 Jun 12 - 07:19 AM
Nigel Paterson 11 Jun 12 - 01:50 AM
frogprince 10 Jun 12 - 11:30 PM
GUEST,999 10 Jun 12 - 07:20 PM
gnu 10 Jun 12 - 07:08 PM
Nigel Paterson 10 Jun 12 - 10:41 AM
maeve 10 Jun 12 - 06:10 AM
Nigel Paterson 10 Jun 12 - 05:11 AM
Nigel Paterson 09 Jun 12 - 10:36 AM
Nigel Paterson 09 Jun 12 - 05:08 AM
katlaughing 08 Jun 12 - 10:46 PM
maeve 08 Jun 12 - 09:28 PM
gnu 08 Jun 12 - 05:49 PM
GUEST,999 08 Jun 12 - 05:31 PM
GUEST,999 08 Jun 12 - 03:23 PM
Nigel Paterson 08 Jun 12 - 02:15 PM
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Nigel Paterson 08 Jun 12 - 05:31 AM
Sandra in Sydney 07 Jun 12 - 06:40 AM
GUEST,pete from seven stars link 06 Jun 12 - 07:29 PM
ChanteyLass 06 Jun 12 - 07:15 PM
gnu 06 Jun 12 - 03:09 PM
Nigel Paterson 06 Jun 12 - 08:41 AM
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gnu 03 Jun 12 - 05:39 PM
Nigel Paterson 03 Jun 12 - 07:48 AM
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Sandra in Sydney 01 Jun 12 - 05:32 AM
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Subject: RE: Healing thoughts & prayers please (Nigel Paterson)
From: catspaw49
Date: 15 Jun 12 - 11:51 AM

Start with me Wendy. And there a lot of others happy to listen although it might be only just that.......listening and good thoughts. And on that I seem to need to address my cousin Nigel here when he says, "I am beginning to feel unsettled about distracting folk from other, more acute threads."

Don't........I have found that when this group especially and human beings in general open their heart to others, the working capacity of that heart is pretty unlimited. Now you know that's true but you don't want to have anyone feel "put upon" or whatever. So lemmee say that if I think you're over the edge, I'll send you a note. Until then.................


Spaw


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Subject: RE: Healing thoughts & prayers please (Nigel Paterson)
From: Nigel Paterson
Date: 15 Jun 12 - 11:12 AM

Wendy, consider yourself 'signed on' from this very moment. Feel free to sit where you choose & 'listen in', but I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if before long, you were 'writing in' too! There are many good, wise & experienced 'Life Sailors' aboard, only too willing to hear your story. In the meantime, on behalf of our "Gallant Crew", Ann & I are holding you in our thoughts & wishing your Darling Husband Billy a positive outcome with the chemo.
               With Love,
                              Nigel & Ann
                              xxxxxxxxx


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Subject: RE: Healing thoughts & prayers please (Nigel Paterson)
From: frogprince
Date: 15 Jun 12 - 09:58 AM

There's something about a "world" where "Billybob"'s name is Wendy : )

Looks like a hot sunny day, good for stretching out on the Michigan sector of the deck.


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Subject: RE: Healing thoughts & prayers please (Nigel Paterson)
From: billybob
Date: 15 Jun 12 - 08:32 AM

Hi Nigel,
I have been following your thread and have been inspired by all the wonderful comments by the truly lovely people here on Mudcat,now I too have need of support , but have found it by reading all these posts! My darling husband Billy has to start Chemotherapy for CLL ( type of Leuchemia) so we are reeling at the moment.Hope you wont mind me sailing along with your gallent crew, I will sit quietly in the bow of the boat and listen in!
With love to you and Ann and Jane
Wendy xx


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Subject: RE: Healing thoughts & prayers please (Nigel Paterson)
From: Nigel Paterson
Date: 15 Jun 12 - 05:55 AM

ChanteyLass, Kat & Janie...you always manage to say the right thing just when I need to hear it most. I agree, CL, quantifying my/our needs is not an exact science. Our current situation seems to revolve around two 'criteria': Stability & our take on Normality. Thinking of Jane first, her condition is 'stable', in as much as the spread of her cancer has been halted & she is able to engage in about 80% (her oncologist's estimate) of what she would recognise as 'normal living'. If I 'triage' that against Dean's situation & our Dear Kat, my feeling is that, in the here & now, our 'needs' are of a lower order & I am beginning to feel unsettled about distracting folk from other, more acute threads. However, quoting Kat: "So, I say dip yer oar in wherever or sit back and relax...it's all good and no limits!" So true Kat, so true. The fact that You could write that, whilst having to deal with Fibromyalgia, fills me with awe & wonder. Your selflessness is a true measure of your character.
          Ann & I are so fortunate to have you all as Dear & Trusted Friends,
          With Love,
                         Nigel & Ann.
                         xxxxxxxxxx


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Subject: RE: Healing thoughts & prayers please (Nigel Paterson)
From: Janie
Date: 14 Jun 12 - 10:16 PM

Finally had time listen to "Voyage of the Rainbow", Nigel.

A lovely composition. Thank you for allowing us to listen.


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Subject: RE: Healing thoughts & prayers please (Nigel Paterson)
From: katlaughing
Date: 14 Jun 12 - 08:01 PM

Much appreciated, Nigel, but one thing I learned, from anudder Mudder, is we all have needs of great personal extent but no need for comparison "triage." One thing this place has is plenty of good thoughts, love, etc. to go round. So, I say dip yer oar in wherever or sit back and relax...it's all good and no limits!

luvyakat


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Subject: RE: Healing thoughts & prayers please (Nigel Paterson)
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 14 Jun 12 - 07:46 PM

Glad to hear that you are doing pretty well at the moment, but I'm not sure how you quantify these needs. Anyway, I'm still here.


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Subject: RE: Healing thoughts & prayers please (Nigel Paterson)
From: Nigel Paterson
Date: 14 Jun 12 - 04:08 AM

Dean & Kat's needs are far greater than mine, Ann's or Jane's. By comparison, we're doing pretty well at the moment, so we're going to 'drop anchor' & row on over to D&K,
                           See you there,
                                                With Love,
                                                               Nigel & Ann
                                                               xxxxxxxxx


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Subject: RE: Healing thoughts & prayers please (Nigel Paterson)
From: Nigel Paterson
Date: 13 Jun 12 - 07:16 AM

Thank you to all who've listened to 'The Voyage'. I'm beyond pleased that you like it! Since it was published, I've received some of the best reviews of my Music career! I'm very touched & increasingly sure I don't deserve such fulsome praise, but nevertheless, accept with gratitude.
       Good to hear from Freda, Sandra, ChanteyLass...we have such similar, shared Life experiences (song title pops into head: "You'll Never Walk Alone")
       To Dean: stow the oars, no need to row, the wind is set fair, enjoy the breeze on your face. But, if the weather changes, your rowing skills could well be in demand! I'm also imagining your Wife, up on deck beside you, sharing the breeze, listening to the water lapping at the hull.
       To Ebbie: It's interesting to contemplate just what a profound effect a thread like this can have. We've never lost sight of the reason why I first posted, back in January, but in terms of breadth & depth, this thread continues to develop, almost on a daily basis. If, as you say, your hopes for a better world have been renewed, then we need to hoist a special flag to mark such an auspicious occasion. Your Blessings are graciously received.
       With Love to You All,
                                       Nigel & Ann.
                                       xxxxxxxxxx


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Subject: RE: Healing thoughts & prayers please (Nigel Paterson)
From: Ebbie
Date: 12 Jun 12 - 07:54 PM

The other day I read and re-read this thread. This kind of thing renews my hopes for a better world. Calling for blessings on the heads of all. :)


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Subject: RE: Healing thoughts & prayers please (Nigel Paterson)
From: frogprince
Date: 12 Jun 12 - 01:03 AM

Just taking a few strokes at the oars before I turn in.
                     Dean


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Subject: RE: Healing thoughts & prayers please (Nigel Paterson)
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 11 Jun 12 - 11:01 PM

Having been away and off-line for a long weekend and tired when I returned home, I just listened to your Voyage of the Rainbow. It's lovely. Well done!

Type 2 is what I have. I started on one pill daily and followed all the directions for exercise and diet, but my meds were increased to two pills daily and eventually to three. I felt like a failure. At the same time I was angry at my body because I knew I was doing everything I was supposed to do but apparently getting worse in spite of my changes. I thought, "Why am I even bothering to do all this if I am getting worse, not better?" However, I kept at it and eventually my condition improved. Much later I read an article that said that doctors often start patients on a low dose because they don't want to over-medicate. Then they increase the meds if needed. If that happens to you, be assured that this is common in the treatment of people who are newly diagnosed.

And while I was away, I kept your family and those of other 'Catters in my prayers.


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Subject: RE: Healing thoughts & prayers please (Nigel Paterson)
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 11 Jun 12 - 10:34 AM

that's a good diagnosis, Nigel

thankyou for the music, freda described it perfectly

sandra


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Subject: RE: Healing thoughts & prayers please (Nigel Paterson)
From: freda underhill
Date: 11 Jun 12 - 08:58 AM

What a very gentle, lyrical and rhythmic piece of music is your Voyage of the Rainbow - I love it! Your love of life and nature seeps through the music.

Sustaining thoughts for all of you x

freda


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Subject: RE: Healing thoughts & prayers please (Nigel Paterson)
From: Nigel Paterson
Date: 11 Jun 12 - 07:19 AM

Just returned from my Doctor...Diabetes Type 2 confirmed. One more blood test, then sort out the meds. Looks like it will be a combination of diet, plus one tab. per day. Don't feel too bad about that at all...quite relieved in a strange sort of way!
    Jane & her Husband will be back in the UK later this week & next week, her Sister & one of our Grandsons arrive from America (Charlotte NC). It's always fun when both the girls are together, so Ann & I have something to look forward to,
                   With Love,
                                  Nigel & Ann
                                  xxxxxxxxx


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Subject: RE: Healing thoughts & prayers please (Nigel Paterson)
From: Nigel Paterson
Date: 11 Jun 12 - 01:50 AM

Dear Dean....WELCOME ABOARD! But first things first....no shame, ok? You haven't been neglecting this thread, you've been caring for your Wife, so please....no shame. You are now officially a member of the crew of 'The Rainbow' (You might also consider moving to Mudcat Avenue when we finally drop anchor). Travel with us...there is wisdom, knowledge & an abundance of Life's experiences here, a 'Life Library', 'The Book of Mudcat', it's all here, just a click away. With respect to your own thread, I must ask; is your Wife responding to her treatment? You said that you weren't out of the woods yet, but is that bright light beyond the tree-line visible?
       And finally, thank you very much for your generous praise regarding 'The Voyage'.
       Time to splice the mainbrace!
                                                    With Love,
                                                                   Nigel & Ann
                                                                   xxxxxxxxx


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Subject: RE: Healing thoughts & prayers please (Nigel Paterson)
From: frogprince
Date: 10 Jun 12 - 11:30 PM

I've let this thread slip by until now. When I felt the need to post regarding my wife, Nigel responded right away. I feel somewhat shamed. But I just read all of this thread, and it has been good for my heart just now. I really think it will help me face my own current journey, if I can also come aboard with yours.

And, Nigel, the composition is profoundly beautiful.

                   Dean


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Subject: RE: Healing thoughts & prayers please (Nigel Paterson)
From: GUEST,999
Date: 10 Jun 12 - 07:20 PM

Ditto here, Nigel.


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Subject: RE: Healing thoughts & prayers please (Nigel Paterson)
From: gnu
Date: 10 Jun 12 - 07:08 PM

Nigel... just to the bottom right of the box I am typing in now is "Make a link ("blue clicky")". Try it out. Hint... I open things in a new window (like, where it says "test this link") and I copy the link before I do so. PM me, or maeve, I assume, if you need any help.


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Subject: RE: Healing thoughts & prayers please (Nigel Paterson)
From: Nigel Paterson
Date: 10 Jun 12 - 10:41 AM

Maeve, you're a genius...thank you...how do you do that? Little words in short sentences please!
          Love,
                Nigel
                xxxx


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Subject: RE: Healing thoughts & prayers please (Nigel Paterson)
From: maeve
Date: 10 Jun 12 - 06:10 AM

'The Voyage Of The Rainbow'

Nigel Paterson Music


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Subject: RE: Healing thoughts & prayers please (Nigel Paterson)
From: Nigel Paterson
Date: 10 Jun 12 - 05:11 AM

Here is the individual link for 'The Voyage Of The Rainbow':

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28WGELL3Ewk

Or if you can bear the thought of listening to some of my other pieces too:

          http://www.youtube.com/user/NIGELPATERSONMUSIC

I C&P'd the urls from YT straight into the 'clicky maker', but they didn't turn blue (my favourite colour as it happens). Expert Musician...Crap Clicky-Maker...what am I doing wrong?
It's finally stopped raining & blowing a gale & the sun's come out. As one of my college friends often used to say: "Have a Weekend!"
                                        With Love,
                                                       Nigel & Ann.
                                                       xxxxxxxxxx


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Subject: RE: Healing thoughts & prayers please (Nigel Paterson)
From: Nigel Paterson
Date: 09 Jun 12 - 10:36 AM

Jane has returned to Dubai for what will almost certainly be the last time. Just time to celebrate her Wedding Anniversary, tie up some loose ends & say her goodbyes. Her condition remains stable, i.e. the cancer still has not spread any further. She seems determined to put all her energy into each day as it comes, making each day count, making each day a day on which she can look back with a measure of satisfaction & pleasure. The whole Family will be back permanently in the UK, once Jane's children have finished this term's schooling. After that, as my late Father used to say: "Press on regardless".
                         With Love,
                                        Nigel & Ann.
                                        xxxxxxxxxx


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Subject: RE: Healing thoughts & prayers please (Nigel Paterson)
From: Nigel Paterson
Date: 09 Jun 12 - 05:08 AM

Big thanks to Bruce for the gracious comments & for creating the 'clicky' (should be able to do that for myself by now!)
Big thanks also to maeve, kat & gnu for your gracious comments...touched doesn't come close.
To gnu...I won't find out until Monday whether it's Type 1 or 2.
To kat..."deep down belly gut larf....." ABSOLUTELY! Wonderful piece of comedy writing. Would work equally well on Radio or TV. Laughter is such effective medicine & it's free!
       'The Voyage of The Rainbow' was dedicated to & written for everyone who has contributed to this amazing thread, including all those good people who visit but choose not to comment. To that end, I will not be promoting it commercially. I want to retain a sense of exclusivity, which would be sullied if I prepared a score to sell. This piece is for You, it's for Jane & her Family, my beloved Ann & our Family.
                Much Love,
                Happy Listening,
                                          Nigel & Ann
                                          xxxxxxxxx


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Subject: RE: Healing thoughts & prayers please (Nigel Paterson)
From: katlaughing
Date: 08 Jun 12 - 10:46 PM

Nigel, for a deep down belly gut larf, even in your current situation, just CLICK HERE. (Should take you to a posting by the Late & Great Rick Fielding.)
Much love,

kat


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Subject: RE: Healing thoughts & prayers please (Nigel Paterson)
From: maeve
Date: 08 Jun 12 - 09:28 PM

That's a lovely composition, Nigel. Thanks for making it available for us to hear.


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Subject: RE: Healing thoughts & prayers please (Nigel Paterson)
From: gnu
Date: 08 Jun 12 - 05:49 PM

Basically, it would. Thanks again, Nigel.


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Subject: RE: Healing thoughts & prayers please (Nigel Paterson)
From: GUEST,999
Date: 08 Jun 12 - 05:31 PM

Posted a brief remark on YouTube. Basically, it said beautiful.


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Subject: RE: Healing thoughts & prayers please (Nigel Paterson)
From: GUEST,999
Date: 08 Jun 12 - 03:23 PM

http://www.youtube.com/user/NIGELPATERSONMUSIC


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Subject: RE: Healing thoughts & prayers please (Nigel Paterson)
From: Nigel Paterson
Date: 08 Jun 12 - 02:15 PM

I'm totally daft, try this:
                                    http://www.youtube.com/user/NIGELPATERSONMUSIC

If someone could create a 'blue clicky', I'd be most grateful.
                                                                                          Nigel xxx


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Subject: RE: Healing thoughts & prayers please (Nigel Paterson)
From: Nigel Paterson
Date: 08 Jun 12 - 02:09 PM

'The Voyage of the Rainbow' was uploaded to YouTube this afternoon. YouTube are doing what they have to with these things, so the link is not yet active. However, if you go to Nigel Paterson Music on YT (my Music Channel) & are a bit of a wizz with computers, you might be able to discover where she's moored!
                                                       Happy Hunting,
                                                                               Nigel.

PS I'll post the direct link as soon as it becomes active.


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Subject: RE: Healing thoughts & prayers please (Nigel Paterson)
From: Nigel Paterson
Date: 08 Jun 12 - 05:31 AM

You always think that you're the only one with a particular problem, until, that is, you begin to write about it on Mudcat. Since January, Ann & I have realised increasingly that we are not alone...we share similar, if not identical, 'trials & tribulations' with so many of you. I like to think of us all living on 'Mudcat Avenue'...good neighbours dropping in for a coffee & a chat, getting together for a yard sale (Our younger Daughter lives in Charlotte, NC), spending lazy days at the seaside with a watchful eye on the kids! Life was like that when I was a child...beach games...lying in the un-cut grass in the fields behind our house, gazing up at a clear blue sky (the sky was always blue when we were kids wasn't it?). Something's got lost along the way...everything seems so serious now... except on 'Mudcat Avenue'. Blue skies, unlatched doors, even some un-cut grass (to which the Resident's Association turn a blind eye), coffee on the stove. I know that I have to live in the 'Here & Now', but just occasionally, I think it does no harm to remember the time when Grandma & Grandpa were still alive. My 'Here & Now' is not very comfortable at the moment, which is why, I suppose, I want to reflect & be 'somewhere else'.
         My thanks, as always, for your Love & Compassion,
                                                                                       Nigel & Ann
                                                                                       xxxxxxxxx
         PS The coffee's just about ready.


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Subject: RE: Healing thoughts & prayers please (Nigel Paterson)
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 07 Jun 12 - 06:40 AM

happy silver anniversary, Jane


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Subject: RE: Healing thoughts & prayers please (Nigel Paterson)
From: GUEST,pete from seven stars link
Date: 06 Jun 12 - 07:29 PM

congrats to jane and husband and a prayer for you and ann in the unsettling health setbacks of late.God bless    pete.


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Subject: RE: Healing thoughts & prayers please (Nigel Paterson)
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 06 Jun 12 - 07:15 PM

It may take a while to adjust to the diabetes diagnosis, but now that you know you can start doing what you need to do to take care of yourself Many people use the expression "control diabetes." I prefer to say that I manage it. Best wishes that you will soon find what works best for your body.


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Subject: RE: Healing thoughts & prayers please (Nigel Paterson)
From: gnu
Date: 06 Jun 12 - 03:09 PM

Type (stage) 1 or 2 diabetes?


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Subject: RE: Healing thoughts & prayers please (Nigel Paterson)
From: Nigel Paterson
Date: 06 Jun 12 - 08:41 AM

Janie, your beautiful prose, grown & nurtured by your experience, knowledge & insight, calms me & allows me to 'take stock' before surmounting the next hurdle.

Sandra, I don't remember you mentioning before that you too were being treated for cancer. You sound very positive when you describe the relationship between your Oncologist, Receptionist & Yourself. And as you so sensitively say: "....maybe next year".

The 'launch' of 'The Voyage of The Rainbow' has had to be postponed yet again. All being well, she will be afloat this coming Friday, 8th June. My med. tests (Diabetes confirmed), keep clashing with the Apple Store. Just had a slightly bizarre thought, will it be safe for me to visit a store called 'Apple', now that I'm diabetic....??!! Awkward attempt at humour...trying to lighten my mood...only got the diagnosis this morning (Wednesday).

It's Jane's Silver Wedding Anniversary today. We all so want twenty-five years to become twenty-six.
                Much Love to You All,
                                                 Nigel & Ann.
                                                 xxxxxxxxxx


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Subject: RE: Healing thoughts & prayers please (Nigel Paterson)
From: katlaughing
Date: 03 Jun 12 - 10:38 PM

Janie is one of the Wisest of the Mudcat Wise Wimmin and an incredibly beautiful writer. She did get it right on the button. We have had such sharing and opportunity for learning in this thread.

luvyallkat


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Subject: RE: Healing thoughts & prayers please (Nigel Paterson)
From: gnu
Date: 03 Jun 12 - 05:39 PM

Well, I am pissed. I was usre I requested in this thread tahat 9 send me that joke but it appears I didn't. 9 (or Nigel), please do? Thanks in advance.

Keep the faith eh?


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Subject: RE: Healing thoughts & prayers please (Nigel Paterson)
From: Nigel Paterson
Date: 03 Jun 12 - 07:48 AM

You Good People never cease to amaze me. You make me laugh...You make me cry...You comfort & reassure me...You make me think & reflect...You remind me, over & over, that I have Friends on whom I can rely, Friends with Warmth & Love in their Hearts. Friends for whom Compassion is a given & not a burdensome duty.
       Spaw, you're absolutely right, Janie "nailed it in one", eloquently & profoundly. Many wise, beautiful & funny words have been written in this thread. It is fast becoming 'a thread for Life & Living'. The accumulating wisdom is priceless & has become a 'Life Library' which I visit every day, often more than once.
       Jane remains positive & talks openly & freely (certainly with Ann & myself) about her health. The time we spend with her has become ever more precious. We laugh...cry sometimes, often when we're least expecting to, but above all, we are living our lives. Janie's words express what I'm trying to say: "....to pull on the anchor chain to call us back to the present, and the opportunities for delight in the midst of all life brings".
       With Much Love to You All,
                                                Nigel & Ann
                                                xxxxxxxxx


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Subject: RE: Healing thoughts & prayers please (Nigel Paterson)
From: catspaw49
Date: 01 Jun 12 - 09:36 PM

I dunno' if I'm pissing on today but I am trying not to piss myself laughing! Fact of matter though is that you nailed it in one Janie.

I too am grateful Nigel.......and watch where you piss!!! LMAO


Spaw


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Subject: RE: Healing thoughts & prayers please (Nigel Paterson)
From: Janie
Date: 01 Jun 12 - 09:25 PM

Really. Life truly is one thing after another. Life is movement, always changing, never ideal, often rocky and rough. It helps me so much to realize and acknowledge that there is nothing terminally unique about facing adversity, even wave after wave of it.

Pain is part and parcel of life. Resisting rather than accepting that, in my experience, creates and increases suffering and misery. Regrets or resentments about the past, and fear of the future rob of us of today. There is a crass but apt saying "If you keep one foot in yesterday, and the other in tomorrow, you piss all over today.

George Bernard Shaw. "Life wasn't meant to be easy, my child, but take courage: it can be delightful!"

I think, but am not certain the following take-off is Robert Penn Warren "Life wasn't meant to be easy. It was meant to be life."

Nigel, you, Anne and Jane give all of us a gift by sharing here, and allowing us to share, thereby anchoring and reminding us to work toward perspective, delight in the moment, and helping all of us, not just yourself and your own family, to pull on the anchor chain to call us back to the present, and the opportunities for delight in the midst of all life brings.

I am grateful to you.


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Subject: RE: Healing thoughts & prayers please (Nigel Paterson)
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 01 Jun 12 - 05:32 AM

when I see my cancer surgeon every 6 months I regard it as an opportunity to chat with him & his friendly receptionist. I've recently passed the period when it needs 6 monthly visits cos it can come back in he early years, but I've resisted that idea of seeing him very 12 months!! Maybe next year ...

sandra


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Subject: RE: Healing thoughts & prayers please (Nigel Paterson)
From: Nigel Paterson
Date: 01 Jun 12 - 05:15 AM

To all of you who've posted since my last on 31st...such wise words...such eloquent words...such loving words...I've read them over & over, like I want to make absolutely certain I can't ever forget them. Indelibly etched in my mind so that I can take them with me everywhere I go. The recent news about Ann's health has hit us both hard...feels like a huge step backwards. We're both trying to be as positive as we can...Ann feels well, Jane feels well, we're all doing & enjoying most of the things we usually do. In that respect, Life is normal & familiar. What I can't expunge entirely from my waking thoughts is a shadowy spectre, somewhere over there, in the corner, barely visible, but prescient nonetheless (I'm speaking metaphorically, I'm not having some sort of psychotic episode!!). What Michelle says is absolutely true, but at the moment, we both feel threatened & insecure.
          Note to Bruce: The joke you emailed was not only well-timed (there you go again!), very funny (and poignant too) & the line about the cat, well, we need him/her over here NOW! I'm waiting for the Pest Control Team to arrive as I write...we have some additional, underfloor members in our household who have turned up, uninvited!
          Going to do our best to enjoy the extended bank holiday that stretches out before us,
         With Love & Gratitude,
                                          Nigel & Ann
                                          xxxxxxxxx


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Subject: RE: Healing thoughts & prayers please (Nigel Paterson)
From: GUEST,Lilyfestre
Date: 31 May 12 - 09:49 PM

I know first hand how much it stinks to have the recurrence hanging over your head but by being monitored, she can rest easy knowing that if it should come back, they will have found it relatively quickly making it easier to take care of if necessary.

((((((Hugs & Stuff))))))))))

Michelle


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Subject: RE: Healing thoughts & prayers please (Nigel Paterson)
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 31 May 12 - 09:44 PM

It does seem like your plates are filled with things you would rather be without. Sending love and prayers.


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Subject: RE: Healing thoughts & prayers please (Nigel Paterson)
From: maeve
Date: 31 May 12 - 09:08 PM

Well, gentlemen, all I know is that two glasses partially filled are exactly that. A burned down house is forever gone, a partially filled glass won't transform into 4 full glasses, and no amount of cheery imagining will change either one. One might find a different perspective, though- depending upon the awareness with which each sip and gulp is tasted, savored, gulped and swallowed... and whether one drains the glass or sits watching it in fear of the day it's empty.

It's no use fluttering our hands in dismay, wishing the nightmare under the bed would just go away- but shine some light under there and you will find living gold amongst the dust bunnies and fangs.

Someone here will have the words you need, Nigel. Spaw has earned much wisdom through his years of living, so his words carry experience and stubborn strength. Mine are but wild, wee things from the dark woods.


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Subject: RE: Healing thoughts & prayers please (Nigel Paterson)
From: catspaw49
Date: 31 May 12 - 07:02 PM

Ain't that the truth Nigel? Given two glasses partially filled with water Maeve would see 4 full glasses! I'd just drink the damn things................

Hang in Nige....It might get worse but then again this could be the first step back up.


Spaw


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Subject: RE: Healing thoughts & prayers please (Nigel Paterson)
From: Nigel Paterson
Date: 31 May 12 - 11:13 AM

Looking forward to the email, Bruce.
Maeve, if you could package & market your take on optimism, both You & your Husband would make a fortune!
                                  With Love,
                                                 Nigel & Ann
                                                 xxxxxxxxx


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