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Meow, Y'all! Greetings From Sweet Home Alabama!

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Hi Everybody (or, as we say way down here in the Deep South, "Hey, Y'all!)!

I'm so excited to be joining the Forum! I am an ardent, life-long cat lover--according to my mom, one of my first words was "memow!" Our neighbors' cat liked to "visit" me in my playpen whenever my parents took me outside on warm, sunny days, and he evidently just stole my heart! "Miss Purrypot" is the name of a character in one of my favorite early-childhood books, "No Kiss For Mother." She's a lady cat schoolteacher, and one of her kitten pupils is the book's main character, "Piper Paw." Piper's mother is "Velvet Paw," whom Piper won't kiss at all. . .at least at the beginning of the story! (I won't spoil the ending for those of you who want to check it out!)

My precious kitties are Omar Khayyam (or OK, or O, to his friends and loved ones!) and Clementine Sushi (aka Darling Clementine). O is a robust 12 year old Tuxedo boy, and Clem is a dainty 4 year old Blue Point Siamese girl. As their cat mama I'm just a little bit biased, but they are purrfectly wonderful! They live exclusively indoors, where their human family members spoil them rotten!

I was recently diagnosed with a recurrent bone tumor, a very rare cancer with which I was originally diagnosed almost-exactly 11 years ago. Now that I am no longer able to work and am at home virtually all of the time (with the exception of my visits to the hospital and cancer center), O and Clem are my saving grace. They sit with me when I'm tired, purr for me when I'm in pain, and follow me everywhere, as if to make sure that I'm allright. On one occasion when I was too weak and depleated to leave the bathroom following a round of chemotherapy, both kitties lay on the floor with me for several hours. A friend refers to them as my personal FRNs, or "Feline Registered Nurses." They are definitely powerful medicine for the soul and spirit and are one reason that I'm fighting my illness just as hard as I can.

I look forward to meeting my fellow cat lovers! Meow, Y'all!
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Welcome to you and your furfamily.
You are so so right...
our kitties do help us feel better emotionally and physically.
As you learn your way around our site, if you have questions, just click my username, send a Private Message, I will do what I can to help. Please make yourself at home.
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Hola y bienvenido a TCS, ...Catulina y Milky te saludan!!!........
(Translate: Hi and Welcome to TCS, Catulina and Milky say hello to you!!!...)

See you on the forums!
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& welcome to tcs. Kitties are sure good medicine.
Sending you healthy vibes . Look forward to see pics of your lovely friends.
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Thanks so much for the very warm welcome! I can almost hear all of the purring out there! I very much appreciate the healing vibes and best wishes, too--I have my third cycle of chemo next week, so I'll need it. The cats will be sure to have their little nurses' caps on when I get home from the hospital! I'm sure they'd thank everybody out there for being so nice to Human Mama!
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Welcome to TCS.

Rob & Sport
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Welcome to TCS!!! Sending major TCS prayers and vibes for complete & miraculous recovery
I look forward to reading your posts - I have a FRN, too, a little Manx named Joey who is incredibly intuitive. If my grandson in San Diego, over 400 mi away, is ill or very unhappy, Joey goes around the house mrreowwling. If Joey smells my breath & sticks to me like glue, I know that I'll need antibiotics for kidney/bladder infection. At the end of Sept. Joey kept smelling my DH's breath, and stuck to him like glue, even though Joey usu. ignores my DH - DH was being treated for allergies & bronchitis, to no avail. So I made an appt for DH with my medical group & less than 24 hours later, my DH was airlifted to Reno, where they treated him for congestive heart failure. His heartrate was accelerated & erratic (sometimes up to 198 bpm, and they do the defibrillator at 200 ) and his blood saturation dropped below 85. At Reno, they drained over 5 lbs. of fluid from his lungs, plus other things during the 8 day ICU/ACU stay.
Needless to say, my DH has a new respect for Dr. Joey
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