Thursday, December 27, 2007

Merry Christmas

Mom put up our tree in our sunroom this year, and it is perfect... this is where most of the Schweitzers are hanging out this holiday season! And for me, it is perfect, as I lie in my bed I get to have the tree 24/7, just lovely!
Well, the first round of Taxotere this time was really, really tough, and it really took the wind out of my sails..... I had all manner of nasty side effects and the worst was that it made me exceptionally weak and unable to do much of anything. It was not pleasant, PLUS I ended up with fevers, on antibiotics and with some kind of fungus thing in my mouth, also treated with meds.....
However, good thing our memories fade, as this week has brought gradual improvement..... I was pleased to make it to mom's for the family gathering with Maloneys on the 22, for Christmas eve and Christmas day..... granted, my visits were short due to my fatigue, but still, I was able to enjoy everything very much.
Gord has been working through most of the season, but since the kids are home from Winnipeg, there is plenty of activity in our home. And, thanks to the generosity of many, our fridge is full and we have wonderful selections of baking and treats. My sincere thanks to all of you who helped make our Christmas "normal" it is greatly appreciated.
We'll continue with a low-key version of events - lots of movie watching, game playing and quite stuff - reading, etc.... all things I can participate in from my bed. I'm having a great time with the family here, and am very grateful for the wonderful season.
Cheers to all !! Joanne


Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas to everyone there Joanne. We're glad you're all together just wish we could come by for some christmas cheer. We hate being so far away from you guys. We miss you alot.

Love Dawn, Andrew , Julie and Lane

Anonymous said...

Hi Joanne, I am so glad that you are feeling a bit stronger and that you were able to take in all of the festivities. Thank you sooooo much for the beautiful birthday card. I hope that you enjoy being surrounded by your family and all the love that they bring with them. We continue to send lots of love and prayers your way.
Hugs and Love, Loretta

Anonymous said...

And a very merry Christmas to the Schweitzer household. You have a big beautiful tree and you look great. The sunroom has been a blessing for you all.The Kischers have left for Kananaskis and will along with several Reidy Cousins & families, hit the slopes. Colleen volunteerd to baby sit Evan, said she did not want a broken leg for Mexico, she & Doug leave for the Mayan on the 2nd.
The hansons arrive tomorrow and the fun begins again, weather co-operated, lots of skiing, skdooing, skating etc. with a weiner roast by the lake was fun and repeat comming up.
Peggy & Johnny had a nice quiet Christmas in Seatle, she used your cook book JO. and made several Maloney favorites, Peg is feeling very good now.
Our brother-in-law Lou very ill in Calgary so we will be going down there soon as he is not expected to recover.
Keep enjoying the family and have a good New Years.
Love The T.J.s

Anonymous said...

Hi Joanne,
You sound great. Sounds like Christmas was warm and lovely at your house. Like mom said, I worked this year- so many babies! We are headed to the lake tomorrow for the New Year. It'll be a quiet year all around. There is something nice about that too though.
Hope you can live it up a bit for New Year's.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful tree. It looks so lovely. Our Christmas table cloth was a reminder of all of the great times you had with us here in GP. Looks like you have had another lovely day. Judy & Steve

Anonymous said...

Hi Joanne and all! Glad to hear you were well enough to enjoy the Christmas festivities at your Mom and Dad's and that you are also enjoying the wonderful family time with all of the kids home. We had a very nice Christmas here, busy, but very special with everyone home. Enjoy the rest of the season! Hopefully the next chemo will be a little kinder! Love, Nick & Lorraine

Joan said...


Your posts leave me with such a feeling of joy for you, despite the curve balls you've been thrown. I am so grateful that you have the family you have and the friends you have and the love and support that you have. You are one special person and you deserve all the peace, contentment and happiness that can be found in this world.


Anonymous said...

Happy New Year Joanne, What a beautiful tree and what a special room. We had all the children home and staying with us over the holidays so very busy and very fun. I am so glad you were able to enjoy this very blessed time of year. Love, positive thoughts and prayers to you each day. Miss you. Claire

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