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anna



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2005 6:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yay barbara!
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happenstance



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2005 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hoooray! Great news and she is in great hands with a hubby like that!
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swan



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2005 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

now that's good news...I'm happy for both of you!!! Wishing you all the best for a good and full recovery...take care!
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jenjen



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2005 11:41 am    Post subject: Hi Bryan Reply with quote

Thanks for the update, Please keep us informed.....

my husband printed off my emails and brought them to intensive care for me to read (after I regained consciousness that is!).

Hope you will let Barbara know that she is much in our thoughts
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melinda



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2005 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So glad to hear of successful surgery.....please do keep the updates coming......makes you realize the importance of loved ones during the Christmas season.....(and the triviality of commercialism!)
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2005 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thankyou everyone for praying for Barbara. I didn't read about her story until Wednesday morning. Hope everything is still going good.
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FoodSciGeek



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2005 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Still sending out positive thoughts. Keep a positive attitude, not only does it help with the healing, but it makes it easier on you.
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Lilia Dignan



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2005 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WONDERFUL NEWS!
I will still continue praying for a complete recovery and hoping for your full enjoyment of the coming holiday season, B & B.
Bryan, take good care of Barbara (which we don't doubt at all!)
Love,
Lilia
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2005 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Barbara & Bryan,

I'm sending more positive energy your way, because there just can never be too much of it! We are so happy to hear of the positive outcome! Here's to victory in the new year! I'll be toasting you with champers on Christmas Day!

What a blessing to have Bryan by your side!
Laughing

All the best in your recovery!

Donna
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Erin



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2005 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Making me cry normally wouldn't be a good birthday present, but in this case I'll take it. I hope you are both doing well.
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Debbie



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2005 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Poor Barbara... talk about a "captive audience!"... the kind of thing my darling would do... had to have a giggle and a few tears also.

I also think she is in fabulous hands and with all of our good thoughts she will have the best and speediest recovery ever!!!!!

Gosh we make a good team here at C&Z

gros bisous Barbara and Bryan and enjoy Christmas
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Coco



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2005 5:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gosh, Barbara. I just joined this forum and am so sorry to read your news. Sad By now the surgery is over and you are in recovery. I wish you the speediest recovery ever!

I have recently discovered a book: "You Are Not Sick, You Are Thirsty" by F. Batmanghelidj, MD. He says the root cause of most illness is deep, chronic dehydration! An Iranian doctor, put in prison during the Shah period and forced to treat fellow inmates without medicines - he only had pure water with which to heal them.

Fascinating story - great info - and even accounts of people with cancer being healed.

During your convalescence, perhaps you might like to read it.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2005 6:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

from Barbara's blog...thought you might like to see her reading list...what a woman!
(Jonathon is her surgeon)

Bring some reading material Jonathon said. This little stack should get me through 7 days in hospital . While everyone else is out Christmas shopping and partying I will be undergoing life saving surgery on 14th December. Last night we gathered a group of friends together and picnicked with wonderful food and wine at our local Carols by Candlelight. You must try my latest sandwich filling - softened blue cheese with chopped candied walnuts. Sensational.

The good news is I'll be home for Christmas, the liver regenerates and I can still drink wine, and combined with further chemo my future outlook is positive.

These are the books I've chosen and why.
1. God Calling. A collection of daily meditations given to me by my good friend Elaine.
2. Lonely Planet World Food - France. I can dip into this book and decide on my next foodie discovery when I visit France again.
3. The Passionate Epicure (Marcel Rouff). I love old literature from France and Proust was too heavy to pack.
4. Pilgrims Guide to the Roads through France to Santiago de Compostela (Alison Raju). This is the route I planned on walking in 2006 which will happen a bit later now, but will happen.
5. You Can Conquer Cancer (Ian Gawler) An inspirational book about surviving cancer.
6. The Olive Season (Carol Drinkwater) A light read for when I need to chill out.
7. The Troubadour's Testament (James Cowan) A more challenging read.
8. Prospero's Cell (Laurence Durrell) This man knew how to write. Every sentence is stunningly beautiful.
9. Long Ago in France (MFK Fisher) My favourite food writer.
10. The Pedant in the Kitchen (Julian Barnes) To dip into and reread favourite essays.
11. Buddhism for Busy People (David Michie) David is my cousin in law , meditation mentor and one of my all time favourite people.
12. The Cheese Room (Patricia Michelson) I restricted myself to one cookery book and this was a book I bought on a special outing in Sydney with Madame Shawshank. It will remind me there will be more good days to look forward to with foodie friends.
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Judy



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2005 6:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Barbara's blog is called winosandfoodies ...

http://winosandfoodies.typepad.com/my_weblog/2005/12/holiday_reading.html#comments

Lots of great reading and recipes there!
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tea leaves



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2005 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your successful surgery and recovery is the type of Christmas present that is a true Christmas present! So glad you are ok. All the best from Boston ( a very cold Boston today, 5 degrees F at 5:00 this am when rising!) Slainte!
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