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Please Pray For Our Little Lyra - Madame Chipmunk - She Needs Us All For Strength

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Mysteria
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0 posted 07-10-2002 04:51 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Lyra (Madame Chipmunk) approached me and asked if I would put this into announcements on her behalf.  She had told all her friends how elated she was that her cancer was gone and has now found out some rather bad news that some cancer still remains but the good news is that it is microscopic and there isn't very much of it, but her doctor still wants to remove all of “her stuffing”, including her bladder.  However, her doctor is also involved in a phase 1 clinical trial for a cancer vaccine and she is going to try to find out if Lyra may qualify for.  There is one problem - Lyra may not be sick enough to qualify as it is usually used as salvage treatment for patients who are too sick for any other treatments.   She is tough, and is going to do all that she can to try to get into those trials, as the alternative is a very dangerous life altering surgery, which takes 10 hours and the recovery time from it is approximately 2 months.

Now she wanted to explain what happens if she doesn’t go for the clinical trials, and that would mean them removing her bladder and she would be carrying on her a bag at all times, which as a woman she can’t deal with that aspect of all this.  Her worst fear is having people know and adjust all the clothes she wears, but we discussed this at length and came to some fun ways to disguise it if need be J.  

She wants to go on the trip to Florida in September so badly that she says and I quote, “It actually might KILL me to miss that because I have been living for that vacation for so long now.  In addition to the poet meet, we are going to visit my mother and my cousins in Miami, my high school friend in Washington, DC, and my friend, Rich...who has the same cancer as I have and has had the surgery.  He lives in Atlanta...and we are also planning to stop in North Carolina to see Juanita (North Carolina Girl) and her son, Stevie (Sodpossum).   I met them at Moontown Cafe, another poetry website and we have been friends for almost 2 yrs.”

Well folks, that is it, and she was scared to tell you this having told you she was okay, can you believe that?  Let’s all pray really hard that she gets into those clinical trails and she gets her wish to go to the poet’s gathering in Florida in September.  But Lyra, I know you will read this, and if the other is the only option – honey, we all love and support you and you will indeed overcome!

Hugs to Lyra, and thank you all for reading this.  I know she would love to get your supportive emails and cards, as she isn’t feeling that great right now with the pneumonia bout and this news, but she had David, (her husband), Victor (her son), and her huge family here to support her.  

Thank you all.

Oh, Lyra's email address is: chatterbox413@earthlink.net

[This message has been edited by Mysteria (07-10-2002 06:27 PM).]

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Lyra - You're a very strong lady.  You'll see your way through this now, just as you have so far.  With all of the love and support that your family and friends have to give you, you can't miss.

Your Passionate family is here... You don't even have to ask.. You're a winner, my friend..

God Bless...
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Lyra, my thoughts and prayers have never stopped for you...therefore lets just say I will continue to pray and be here for you through this rough time.  
~Healing Hugs Sweetie~
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After what I have read today, in other forums,
Lyra has been through more than most of us could bear.

You must be a very stong lady, Lyra
My prayers are on their way!

~Sheri

"The things that come to those that wait may be the things
left by those who got there first"


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Madame C, it comes to mind that you are a survivor, and you are also a teacher.  You will long be here, teaching us how to cope, survive, get through, dig the tunnel to the light if we must...but through it all, you do it with compassion, grace, kindness, and a sense of charity that is sometimes hard to come by.  You will be in our prayers, even when you are in good health!  Why?  Because we love you....
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God bless.

She said burn ... together.
-TON

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Lyra,
We didn't need more evidence to know that life is not fair. This is no time for pride you know...we are your friends and long to support you in hard times. I have a sneaking suspicion you have been wrong before. And I'd like to see you live long enough to be wrong many more times.

I can't begin to relate to what you are dealing with. I know I wanted to trade places with Ginger as you probably did with your son. But now you are dealing with life threatening decisions. I am so sorry it is like this.

I'm not sure how one goes about deciding what to do. Given your options I do worry for you. Please know that I am praying for you to make the right choice and have my friends praying for you as well. Fear is so uncomfortable. But you have demonstrated much courage in your life for others and now I exhort you to use that same courage for yourself. I also pray you may have peace when your decision is made. Please feel free to lean on me. Much love...Larry C

Show you care to those you love...today.

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Lyra, we all love you dear friend. And, if you should need to talk, I am always here. I will do all I can to give you the support you need. I hope you know that.
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You know, the neat thing about rodents, such as the chipmunk...THEY ARE RISILIENT!  My prayers are with you, Lyra, and I wish for the very best outcomes.  Chin up, and when it's a little too difficult to raise, depend on your family and friends for that boost.  Obsticals are what make us stronger, dear, and you are one of the strongest I believe!  

~Syd
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Lyra

Your life has become very important to many, because we care about you, love you and want the best for you.  I pray that you continue to have strength and hope as these decisions are made and time moves on.  My thoughts and prayers are with you.  
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10 posted 07-10-2002 06:31 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

I didn't post my prayers Lyra,and you know how I feel as I understand your viewpoint as a woman which we discussed.  But on that note women are incredible beings, and when someone tries to change our "dress code" man can we improvise! and I will be there to help you sewing machine in hand to make this fashion statement livable, and you know I will!  GOD is a powerful force, and through prayers a lot can happen, and it looks to me like you have a huge circle of love and prayers around you to protect you sweetie.  You are a strong lady, and whatever decision comes your way you are going to do what is best for Lyra and you will be supported in it.  HUGE hugs.
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My thoughts and warm wishes are with you and your family Lyra.

Take care....Sue

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Love is an ocean
I'm anchored in you
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Lyra, you will be in my prayers as you face this opportunity - and I don't think of it as an obstacle. You are such a strong, brave lady that you WILL find a way to make this hurdle! Watch for my email!
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Lady Lyra....

You have been and remain in my prayers.  Even as I go through some life trials
myself within my family.  You will remain
in my thoughts and prayers....  Life is
more precious than vanity.  No matter what,
we all will still love you and admire you
as a person, friend and fellow poet...You
have given us all so much over the months
that I have known you...

Thank You Dear Lady

Barry
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I know that whichever treatment you go with, that you will get through just fine Lyra. You’ve got a lot of people praying for you, and I’m sure all our prayers will be answered. Hugs to you little chipmunk that you get into those trials and get to go on that wonderful trip to Florida. Please keep your spirits up and let us know how you’re doing. You have a lot of people here who care very much about you. We’re beside you all the way.
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Lyra, every prayer in my body is, and shall remain, with you. I DEMAND to see you in September! I insist!!!!

You ain't gonna disappoint your 'Deer, areya?

We are all here for you, Lyra, with our prayers and support. May God bless you, my friend
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Lyra,
You have been in my heart a long time now. And I was counting on seeing you in September
Please be well and come.
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Sharon...thanks so very much for posting this for me...
I don't know why I feel so weird about telling everyone that its not really gone, its just that 2 weeks ago, I made such a big fuss about how it was!  But, the tumor is still gone, its just that some cells got left behind.....
You are such a sweetheart for doing this.
~ loving hugs

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Nan...thanks so much for all of your support and also....of course for all of your work in making this website as wonderful as it is.

Nancy...I know that the prayers haven't stopped and, in fact....I can still feel them coming through loud and clear.....it must be your special magic....thanks so much

Irie...I don't know you very well, but thank you so much for your prayers....

Karilea...Actually I do have a teaching degree....I guess now I must graduate again and this time with a survivor's degree...
Thanks so much for all of your prayers and your love

Mr.Squirrel...thanks so much for your blessings...It means a lot to a chipmunk to get a blessing from a squirrel

Larry...thanks so much for your prayers and also for your invitation to lean on you...
I really appreciate having you as a brother

Sue...Thanks so much for all of your support.
When I need someone to talk to at 3 AM, I'll be sure to call you and you will be sorry you ever told me to do that...LOL...
I would never really do that to you...I would wake poor David up instead as I have done in the past.

Sydney...thanks so much for your prayers...
and chipmunks are very resiliant...we have to be because we have to tunnel into the ground in order to make our houses...

Martie...Thanks so much for all of your caring and your prayers...They mean so much to me.

Sharon...Will that be a cyber sewing machine?
We can have all kinds of fun designing things online.  Actually one of the primary reasons for my reluctance for the surgery comes from a letter which my urologist wrote to my primary care doc ( I received a copy ) which said that she wasn't even sure that the surgery would help that much.  This makes me feel like I am sacrificing my lifestyle, plus going through a very dangerous surgery for very little benefit...
So, I have a lot to think about....and I definitely intend to get into that clinical trial for the vaccine...

Suetang...thanks so much for your wishes and thoughts

PDV...Thanks so much for all of your prayers.
I know that everything happens for a reason, but its really hard for me to figure out a reason for this one...maybe someday, I will.

Barry...Thanks so much for your prayers...and its really not all vanity.  This is a very dangerous surgery and according to a letter my urologist sent to my primary care doc, she's not even sure that the surgery will help....
Its like spending $9.00 to buy$10.00 and risking everything just for $1.00

Thanks for your prayers, Tracey...and I am going to make it my business to get into that trial.

special thank you hugs to all of you.

Lyra

copyright2002 Lyra Nesius

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however one can give energy for healing I hold that out to you Lyra and my thoughts are with you as you go through this - Paul
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Michael and Sy.....
I am planning and have been planning to see you guys in September.
If my doctor thinks that she is going to do this surgery before then (it takes 2 months to recover), she will have to catch me first.....and chipmunks run very fast.
What I must do, is force my way into that clinical trial.
I have, so far...pushed people around and rattled cages to get every treatment I have gotten.
When I was first diagnosed, they told me that it might be TB, cancer or TB and cancer and they were going to make me prove that I didn't have TB....
I knew I didn't have TB....anyway, thats a long story and I'll tell you the whole thing in Florida in September.....
In the meantime, I will be rattling more cages and knocking down more doors to get into that clinical trial for the cancer vaccine..............and, I know that it will work.
I have recently learned that my urologist is intimidated by me....
Yesterday, when she called with the results and David answered the phone, he asked if she could tell him, and he said that she sounded relieved that she didn't have to talk to me...
I have felt for some time, that she was afraid of me.....
I guess she doesn't like rodents

can't wait to see you in Florida hugs


Lyra

copyright2002 Lyra Nesius

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[This message has been edited by Madame Chipmunk (07-10-2002 09:37 PM).]

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Thanks so much for that healing energy, Paul...and its good to see you back here again....
I hope you will post some more of your excellent poetry in open.
~ hugs of energy

Lyra

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Life isn't always fair
That's why you have us to share
your thoughts and fears, our love
Carried by the white dove
Up to Heaven and down to you
Because I think
Your loving God cares for you too

In my thoughts I'll hold you tight dear friend and when you cry on my shoulder, I'll cry with you

Titia


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Lyra ... please take care, and know that my prayers and thoughts are with you along with all of your friends here at Passions.

Best wishes and lots of great big hugs,
/Kit
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Lyra, I very much enjoyed our talk and once again, please know that you are in my prayers.  God bless you and healing *hugs* my friend.
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