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  1. My love, I have such faith in you. I know that if you can find a way to counteract the challenges of our bodies dailly struggles with doing something signifigant every single day whose sole purpose is healing you mind and body (for me it’s become swimming) it does truly help. And I seriously and highly recommend talking to a doctor about the balence in your guts flora and the possibility of a poop transplant. I know it’s gross, but it truly can be a great help. I know the poop donation collection is primarily done in Boston. They actually get paid 1,000 bucks for a weeks worth of poo. I asked, my doctors, as I was being put under formy own poop transplant if it was handled anything like giving blood. For example, Could I get a sticker with a brown droplet on it that says “I GAVE A SHIT” – They definitly cracked up.

    • They should *definitely* have that sticker! FOCL!

      I might not be able to get it done in the US. Great excuse for a visit to the UK, where it’s not so hedged about by the FDA, which just created a highly limiting set of guidelines…

  2. Let me just add – That you are already a power house doing incredible things everyday to keep going that impress the hell out of me and are far beyond my lazy ass’s capabilites so far. I realized in retrospect that I sounded like one of the ignorant asshats who tell us to go work out and we’ll be fine, which is both maddening and freaking rude. You know I know better. I only meant that floating in a pool and doing as much time in there as I can helps me. I think the water preassure all over my body helps with the edema, at least I pee a gallon every time and the swelling goes down for a while, vs. doing anything on land in which my legs turn into the playdough fun factory of our nightmares, where you can actually make shapes with your fingers, and my brain is soothed by the water and the motion…. it’s the only place where my round arthritic body is graceful and exercise hurts the least… and by exercise I mean anything from floating around like a jellyfish to actually paddling back and forth with floaties and weights depending solely on whether or not a physical therapist is actually chasing me with a stick at that moment.

    • Didn’t occur to me for a second to take offense.
      Sounds like water really does wonders for you! I’m so glad you have such great results from something relatively easy to come by where you are 🙂

  3. Happy Birthday! Curiosity has been my greatest driver in times of despair too — so underestimated as a thing…

  4. Fuck a duck!
    , It has taken three tries for me to remember what I’m doing here. LOL face palm rolling eyes so far into head I might pass out. … Happy Happy Happy Birthday! Congratulations on making 51 entire trips around the sun with love, kindness, style, humor, strength, humanity, curiosity, intelligence, and integrity. It’s an EXTROARDINARILY rare achievement, and I am so incredibly proud of you and impressed by you, and proud of myself to call you a friend. I’m lighting candles on a bagel with lox and cream cheese so that Leo and I can blow them out together while making birthday wishes on your behalf. The wishes include the 52nd year of your life being the most love filled, most friendship filled, most deeply satisfying and self confident year yet. I hope 52 brings you incredible wonderful suprises that you absolutly never expected! Like new adventures, new friendships, new loves, new inspirations and sucesses, suprising improvements in your life and of course in your health!

    • /swoon!/ THANK you! I so appreciate you and Leo doing that for me!
      — Especially as I can’t eat bagels any more; thank you for eating one for me 🙂

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