Various, including some funny stuff…

I got the funny stuff (see below list) from a good friend last night and howled with laughter until I was practically rolling on the floor, clutching my belly. And, to make matters “worse,” my 6-month-old kitten, Pinga, got really excited by all the…noise I was making and began meowing loudly and climbing on and off my shoulder and running around like a mad thing. Made me laugh even harder…so much so that Stefano rushed upstairs to see what the matter was…hehe. Enjoy! The title of this list, by the way, is “Girlie Wisdom.” I chose the ones I liked the best:

  1. A friend of mine confused her Valium with her birth control pills… she has 14 kids, but she doesn’t really care…
  2. One of life’s mysteries is how a 2-pound box of chocolates can make a woman gain 5 pounds…
  3. My mind not only wanders, it sometimes leaves completely…
  4. The best way to forget your troubles is to wear tight shoes…
  5. The nice part about living in a small town is that when you don’t know what you are doing, someone else does…
  6. The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight, because by then your body and your fat are really good friends…
  7. Just when I was getting used to yesterday, along came today…
  8. Sometimes I think I understand everything, and then I regain consciousness…
  9. I gave up jogging for my health when my thighs kept rubbing together and setting fire to my panties…
  10. Amazing! You hang something in your closet, for a while, and it shrinks 2 sizes!
  11. I read this article that said the typical symptoms of stress are eating too much, impulse buying, and driving  too fast. Are they kidding? That’s my idea of a perfect day!

I am very busy today…no time to do any serious research, oh well. I do have quite a bit of news, though, so here goes.

  • Tomorrow, after work, Stefano and I are taking off for the weekend. We are going to the Po Delta, a protected wetlands region, which is probably the best place in Italy for birdwatching. Very exciting! We will be gone until Sunday. (A friend is going to take good care of our kitties, of course.) I won’t have access to e-mail or my blog (or Facebook).
  • On Monday morning, I am finally having blood tests (most recent tests: December 2009!).
  • I just recently found out that a myeloma blogger signed up for hospice and decided to stop blogging. That made/makes me very sad. Very very upsetting. If you would like to leave her a message, please click on “Because I said so!” (scroll down my Pages to MM blogs/sites). Crap!
  • And finally, as if we weren’t busy enough!, day before yesterday a friend and I decided to create a Multiple Myeloma Support Group on Facebook. It’s a private support group (that is, FB users who are not group members cannot read anything we write)…so, if you belong to FB, please join us! The group was created less than 48 hours ago, and we already have 74 members… By the way, this group is intended mainly for myeloma, SMM and MGUS folks and caregivers, but other cancer patients are welcome, too. Click on:!/group.php?gid=108654495840465 (I hope the link works…please let me know if it doesn’t). Then click on “Request to join.” If your membership request doesn’t get approved immediately, that simply means that Beth and I aren’t online, so please be patient. Anyway, until there is a cure, we need to provide support for one another…and also exchange useful information about both conventional and alternative treatments, with a bit of humor sprinkled around, whenever possible…!
  • While you are at it, you can also become a fan of my blog on FB:!/pages/Margarets-Corner-Living-with-smoldering-myeloma/312414599519?ref=ts


  1. How appropriate that the anti-spam word should be “enjoy”. That is exactly what I was going to say, enjoy your weekend away!

  2. I especially liked the valium one…….. my generation called it Mother’s Little Helper! You have fun and plan more weekends away, will ya?

  3. Best wishes for a nice trip. The little jokes were really funny. I had to share the one about the thighs rubbing.

    I came upon some interesting information that you might want to review. There has been developed another nutritional supplement that is sold as EpiCor. It is derived from Brewer’s Yeast. It seems that the employees involved in creating the Brewer’s Yeast addititive for animal feed were observed to have fewer medical problems. The EpiCor product is supposed to be an enhanced version of the Brewer’s Yeast – but regular brewer’s yeast is widely available anyway. One of the studies that they did for the product is here:
    A Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled, Randomized Pilot Study: Consumption
    of a High-Metabolite Immunogen from Yeast Culture has Beneficial
    Effects on Erythrocyte Health and Mucosal Immune Protection in Healthy

    And the part that seemed to be of particular interest in the study was:
    The consumption of Epicor® resulted in a significant increase
    in hematocrit (p<0.04), suggesting a beneficial effect
    on the marrow environment and red blood cell production.
    An increase in hemoglobin was also observed but did not
    reach statistical significance. We conclude that the consumption
    of EpiCor® resulted in production of healthier RBC,
    since their numbers did not change, but their volume (as
    measured by the hematocrit) and content of hemoglobin increased
    compared to baseline. Improvement of marrow function
    and resulting increase in red blood cell production was
    reported for Spirulina in a mouse model [10]. Consumption
    of another microbial-based nutritional supplement has been
    shown to provoke a rapid mobilization of stem cells from
    marrow in humans, most likely by affecting the bone marrow
    environment [11]. Adult stem cells are involved in many
    types of repair including natural processes of tissue remodeling
    and maintenance of integrity in muscle tissue, central
    nervous system, liver, kidney and many other tissues. Support
    of various aspects of stem cell biology has impact on
    many aspects of health, including prevention of heart disease,
    diabetes, and cognitive decline. Thus, nutritional
    strategies for improvement of marrow function and natural
    repair and rejuvenation mechanisms are subject for serious
    research efforts.

  4. I second the EpiCor info. Don’t know the impact on myeloma, but it has made a significant impact on my allergy/cold/flu experience.

    Best thoughts and wishes as you continue your fight, Margaret.

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