Monday Musings…

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There are so many things I’m grateful for this beautiful mid-October day, but I’ll just tell you about one fun thing that happened a week ago for which I’m so thankful…

My local hospital has a large and wonderful service dog program.  I requested a dog visit during my last hospitalization and one evening was visited by the gorgeous Josie and her owner.

Josie was an enormous grey and white cloud of wavy fur, easily 90 pounds, part standard Poodle, part Bermese Mountain Dog. I wish I’d taken a picture, but this one I found online is close to what she looked like. She proceeded to sniff me as I petted her, nibbled a little on my wristband and then plopped down by the side of the bed.

And as her owner and I talked, I found that she was a 15 year breast cancer survivor and her sister was a 20 plus year breast and ovarian cancer survivor.  Small world…

Picture courtesy Google

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  1. How…wonderfully encouraging for you! 🙂

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    1. You know, it’s impossible for me to feel alone in this fight when literally every week I meet someone who has been through something similar. It is very encouraging and comforting xo

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      1. Your spirits seem high from this post, so that is a great thing. 💪

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  2. Those were really Angel’s sent just when you needed them ❤ Love ya, Mz. D Great story ❤

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    1. Thanks, Patty. They have a great program!

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  3. Amazing! Great story.

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  4. That is a beautiful thing. So many sisters in this fight together. And what a great thing the therapy dogs are! They used to bring them to my dad’s nursing home. He so looked forward to their visits! Love this and YOU! ❤️

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    1. We did lots of visits when my mom was there. They have a large and very organized program, and I love dogs!

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  5. Service dogs are God’s four legged angels. They did wonders for my mom when she was in rehab. I’m glad you got to experience the gentleness of these creatures ❤️

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    1. They are sweet. Our hospital’s program is large and over ten years old. I first found out when my mom was there and I love dogs…

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      1. Perfect, I think more places should offer this service, we’d be a lot more happy and fulfilled in our lives 🙂

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  6. A beautiful omen, Dee!

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    1. Thanks, Rob. So many people have shared their stories with me. I’m afraid it’s the journalist in me. I do ask a lot of questions, lol

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  7. How wonderful! You are so inspiring, so I’m glad you got a small dose of that inspiration from some survivors…and their pup.

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    1. Aww, I think most people would do the same. You’ve got to just keep moving forward.

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  8. Oh that’s so amazing!

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  9. Hi sweetie. What a beautiful thing- a dog in the hospital.Bet that is so healing. I’ve been wondering about you and how you’re doing. One day you may be taking your dog into a hospital and sharing YOUR survival story. You’re a hero. ❤️

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    1. I’m not, just doing what I can. You should talk, look how well you cope! Maybe I would work with a therapy dog sometime. Mine now are not that well behaved, lol

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      1. HERO. Look at all that’s been thrown at you in the past few months. And, you’re still laughing. And, still loving. And, fighting like a girl. You are kicking cancer’s ass.

        That is a hero in my book! ❤️

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      2. You are just too sweet, my dear! Love ya!

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      3. Love you, too. Just picture a cheering section down here in my neck of the woods! I’m on tip toes shouting your name!! You are a rock star! 🎉

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  10. That’s awesome ❤️

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  11. Wonderful story all around!

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  12. This is such a wonderful story! ♥

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  13. There are no coincidences. Hope all is well with you

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    1. All is good. Hope things are going well for you, too xo

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  14. This is such a wonderful thing to read about, I am so glad you had a good time with the therapy dog. They are absolutely wonderful creatures. The story of the owner must’ve been inspiring and encouraging for you.
    You’re an amazing woman, love you ❤️

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    1. Aww, thanks, Rashmi, love you, too!

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  15. That was surely a great experience for you I believe; knowing that many have survived and so will you.

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  16. It’s sounds like both the dog and the owner were great for you to meet. It’s a small world, true enough! 😀

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    1. Yes, I’m a dog lover, so it was nice… And everywhere I go I meet people having gone through breast cancer

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  17. What a special visit and message Diane! You are strong and inspiring! xxx

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  18. I can’t think of many things better than a lovely gentle pooch to aid the healing process, how lovely for you xxx

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  19. Wow, I’m sure she gave you hope Diane. And how nice to have a pooch visit you … there’s a good reason they’re called man’s (and woman’s) best friend. Hugs to you. xo

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  20. Small World with such encouraging souls. I love such positive news 🙂

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    1. Oh, yes, I’ve met so many cancer survivors. It’s very encouraging ❤

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  21. What a great program!

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