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2015

Happy New Year! I am not sure if there are those who still remember me (Stessie) but I remember ever so many. I turned 65 in November and celebrated with family and friends. Life in 2014 was good and I am hoping for the same in 2015. I am on Facebook under Stephanie Richey Wolfram...would enjoy hearing from you.

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LIVING IN OHIO

Election day is Tuesday and the recorded phone calls will stop Wednesday. We are considered a swing state by both parties. One day this past week we received 12 recorded phone calls. One thing is that this has given me an opportunity to listen to both candidates live by attending two ralleys. I have worked the polls for the past five years and am looking forward to doing it again this coming Tuesday. I pray the turnout is great and that folks vote. I'll keep you posted about voter turnout.

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Oh, what a year!

I haven't been on here much this year but just enjoyed catching up and reading blogs. In March of this year, I suffered from an infection in my upper leg that turned into sepsis. I was shaving my legs and had an inverted hair. Thank goodness my spouse talked me into going to the hospital as my blood pressure had plummeted and my temperature was rising. I was admitted and on the third day fell into a coma and suffered multiple organ shutdown...on dialysis for my kidneys; two heart attacks; st

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Hello

After breast cancer last year, I was hoping and praying 2011 would be a year without health challenges. It didn't take long after the beginning of the year for that to change when I had a second stroke. This one affected my left hand and through physical therapy, I now just have numbness in several fingers. I know that this, too, can change as I had the same numbness in my left foot after the first stroke and it went away about eighteen months later. No complaints here...I am thankful to sti

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2011 is just around the corner!

I've spent the last several months doing physical therapy for my right wrist that was broken in a July fall and for two fingers on my left hand that were broken in an August fall. The first time I slipped on water near a pool and the second time I fell over boxes of hangers next to a counter at Dillard's. Wbew! What a summer I had. I started seeing a chiropractor who has worked with me on strengthening my upper torso muscles to help me in my walking. All in all, I have made progress.  

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OH, WHAT A NIGHT!

Thanks for all of your support in my winning bid for breast cancer survivor for 2010. The pics are up at www.cincinnati.com, then under Living, and then to the right under Out on the Town (Bras with Flair). It was a magical evening!

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FRED - YES! YES! YES!

We won! They told me the vote was 7 to 1 and from almost very state in the U<S> There is absolutely no way I won without your help. And, thank you o everyone at SN.W   What has been really neat and a compliment to you is that I knew during the voting period that you were my cheerleader. It means so much to me.   When your wife has vacation time, you come on up! We are a beautiful river city and I will gladly take you around to explore. We have a bedroom waiting with your name on i

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DOWN TO THE HOME STRETCH

Voting for the 2010 breast cancer survivor ends this coming Friday at 11:59 PM. You can vote daily and multiple times at www.cincinnati.com, then under Living (Main), and then under Giveaways nd Special Promotions. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Thanks, Fred, for all you are doing to help mw, too This is Stephanie Wolfram (Stessie).

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YOUR VOTE WOULD HONOR ME

I am one of 5 finalists for Breast Cancer Survivor foe 2010 here in Cincinnati. I did get permission to also mention my stroke. I would be so honored if my Stroke Net friends could/would consider voting for me. You can vote daily until September 24. Please go to www.cincinnati.com, then under Living (Main), and then Breast Cancer Survivor Videos. I'm Stephanie Wolfram. Thank you so much! If you have family or friends who would also vote for me, that would be super.

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LIFE HAS CHANGED

Life has definitely changed for me during the last 9 months. Since being diagnosed with breast cancer in October, it has been a long journey. After my stroke in April of 2007, I am not sure that I wasn't just existing. Yes, I was busy and involved but in looking back it was on a guarded basis. Today I am living life to the fullest again and not afraid to take chances. I flew on my own and met friends in Atlanta recently. I didn't let my deficits weigh me down a bit.   My hair started to

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Three Years Post-Stroke Anniversary

Saturday is my three-year post-stroke anniversary! Today I went out to lunch with several friends and we then went to several garden stores looking for flowers to plant. It is amazing how far one can come in stroke recovery...of course, I wore my brace but it is so lightweight. Life is good!

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Life is again Good!

Life is returning to a sense of normalcy and it is good! This coming week I have a post-stroke anniversary coming up...it will be three years on April 24. When I look back, life has changed but I am thankful for each and every day.   Chemo ended over a month ago and not having weekly appointments for blood work, chemo, testing, and etc. is great. I am edging back into volunteering and in addition to Make-A-Wish will be volunteering at the Breast Cancer Surgery Center for a local hospital

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What a Week!

My last chemo was March 16 and I received the neulasta shot on 3/17. The neulasta shot normally rebuilds the white blood cells. I was feeling somewhat drained and just attributed this to cumulative chemo. I went to our daughter's house to watch our grandson and felt okay at 8 am. By 10 am I was vomiting and had diarrhea but with no fever. I then began to see stars so called my husband and daughter, and then the oncologist. We went to the cancer center at the hospital where I am receiving t

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Chemo is Over!

I say chemo is over yet I know in my heart cancer can raise its ugly head and come back again...so I am praying the chemo I had this week was my final. I am sitting here with the after effects of the neulasta shot which was given the day after chemo (they rescheduled the final chemo for March 16). The shot is a good thing and will, hopefully, keep my white blood cell count rising. The awful side effect is that it settles in my arm, leg and foot where I have stroke deficits and is painful. T

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CANCER

My next round of chemo is scheduled for February 23 and if I can stay healthy, my final will be March 19. Just wanted to blog tonight about some of the unpleasant side effects (maybe just to get them off my mind):   1) Your nose drip, drip, drips all day once you lose your nostril hair. It's really more annoying than anything. 2) My chemo drip takes 6 hours...that's a lot of talking with the person who came with you, reading, and listening to music. 3) Day 3 and 4 after chemo seem to

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