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Thursday, January 8th, 2009

Happy January! For the past several weeks I have been pleased to stay inside. Every day brings bitter cold, and I am content to look out and see the winter beauty.

Christmas brought most of the family to our house to celebrate. It was good to have all the godchildren together. Oh how they’ve grown! Their moms, my nieces Janice and Sandy, were motivated to walk outside in spite of cold. Of course we played games, had plenty to eat and enjoyed each other’s company. Both Jim and I are grateful to have such a loyal family.

The family stayed to celebrate our 34th anniversary. You can imagine how grateful we are to still have each other and enjoy another anniversary. Janice baked a gluten-free cake for us, complete with candles.

We are now living month number 77 since diagnosis! I am happy to keep counting the months upward. However, I continue to grow a bit weaker with each month, but with my darling Jim and my precious caregivers, we manage pretty well.

Thank you, everyone, for your many cards, calls, gifts and visits over the holidays. Without all of you, we wouldn’t be doing as well as we are. We wish you a healthy and safe new year! Stay warm!

Love, Joanne--and Jim too.

Joanne and Christina

Earlier months' news:
Christmas 2008
September 2008
July 25, 2008
April 27, 2008
March 24, 2008
February 5, 2008
Christmas Letter 2007
October 22, 2007
July 25, 2007
June 12, 2007
April 27, 2007
March 17, 2007
January 22, 2007
November 26, 2006
August 30, 2006
July 2006
June 25, 2006
April 30, 2006
March 2006
January 10, 2006
December 5, 2005
October 27, 2005
September 14, 2005
August 2005
July 8, 2005
June 6, 2005
May 15, 2005
April 7 , 2005
March 14, 2005
February 8, 2005
January 8, 2005
2004 Christmas letter