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  1. Holly I’m sorry to hear about your diagnosis but glad that have a doctor who is willing to work with you on a treatment plan that won’t leave you completely debilitated.

    I hope that everything goes as well as possible and that I get to visit with you on the high seas once again.

    Take care and keep me posted on your progress.

  2. Holly, I’m terribly saddened to hear this news. I hope this new journey you’re on is very short and ends with a full recovery. Prayers to you and your family.

  3. I have never met anyone stronger than you. You will emerge from the abyss… The VA is a phenomenal system, and I think the Fort Miley (SF) folks are among the best in the world. Please keep blogging. Let us know hoe we can help you in your battle…

  4. I am so sorry to hear about the bad medical news! 🙁 I hope you get some definite answers soon and world class care to boot.

    I have been enjoying your travel updates for over a decade and am looking forward to many more in 2017 and beyond.

    Thinking of you!

  5. I’m sorry you have to deal with this! Sending affection – keep us posted.
    Btw I was in Iran! Took a two week tour. Crazy huh?
    Will be sending good vibes –

  6. If losing your hair means keeping your life—should it come to that—my oldest can tell you the best places to buy wigs online and how to make sure they’ll fit.

    Besides, when else would you get to be a flaming redhead if you wanted? Or a Dolly Parton head? Or just plain long and gray, a look I quite like.

    Glad you’ll be posting.You and George are in my daily prayers.

  7. Shit. I’m so sorry to hear this. I knew you had a history of cancer. Didn’t know what type, or how long ago. This sucks.

    I still want to hear your updates.

    Let me know what, if any, support you need from my end.

  8. I want to know how you are getting on! I can’t be there to hold your paw but I can read and I will listen by reading and I will send virtual hugs and I will think of you and…well if there is anything at all I can do long distance then for goodness’ sake let me know!
    Love and hugs

  9. I am sorry you were right, but glad you flew back. I didn’t sign up to hear about your travels, but to keep in touch with a friend.

    Nothing’s changed.

  10. Oh crap! I am sorry the lymphoma is back. Do you know what kind of treatment to expect? How do you expect things to change for you, besides rearranging your plans for 2017? Crap, crap, crap!

  11. Oh boy, what a bummer. Please keep me on the list, and don’t hesitate to write even private messages, when you feel like it.

    It is the little I can do from afar.

  12. Wow, Holly, thank you for letting us know about this.

    I am so sorry to hear about this and absolutely hope that the treatment is successful so that it ends up being nothing more than an annoying interruption to your travel plans. The VA system sounds amazingly good, and I’m sure it helps that you know your way around it!

  13. Good thing you’re paying attention to your lymphoma.

    Go do inpatient, bring your knitting and a bunch of books, both audio and hard copy. I’ll be rooting for you!

  14. Our prayers and thoughts are with you as you navigate this process. Hopefully, your travel and other plans may be delayed but not scratched completely. Not great contributors but really enjoy following your meanderings and the updates on yourself and family. Regards to all, and the happiest of holiday wishes

  15. Sorry to hear the lymphoma has returned. How are you feeling? You mentioned being tired, any other symptoms? How long will the in-patient teatment last? I don’t think I know anyone as physically strong or medically knowledgeable, and therefore capable of navigating the VA, to receive proper treatment as you. I wish you well on the journey back to cruising the world. And please do not remove my name from your email list. I appreciate your inside view of the VA, your medical insights, and the knitting tips.

  16. keeping fingers crossed for minimal discomfort with the treatment and full recovery or at least remission for next 30-40 years.
    Let me know if I can help out anyway.

  17. So sorry to hear about this all. Do you feel that being an MD changes your treatment? Do you feel more involved? Taken more seriously? Just curious.

  18. bitte denke positiv; die erste Krankheit hast du gut überstanden- diese Krankheit wirst du auch schaffen. Genieße das Leben, so dass du noch viele schöne Erinnerungen und Eindrücke sammeln kannst.

  19. Bummer.

    We’re all pulling for you. Please keep us posted on developments and your travels when they resume.

  20. Just read your email, as we are on a Princess cruise with no internet, but have it now at the Cheeky Monkey in Puerto Vallarta. We are both so sorry to hear about your recent health crisis. You have been added to our prayer list.

  21. I guess I’m not the first one to answer your mail. Thank you for letting me know, I nearly fell off my chair this morning. I wish you all the best – but I think you were kidding about dropping someone off your list. Please keep me posted!

  22. This is indeed bad news – poor you. I wish you all the best for the coming weeks – especially that you don’t have a tough time with the treatment and that the lymphoma is brought swiftly under control. Friends and correspondents are for all times, not just the good ones. But if there are times when even e-mailing is too much trouble, I will understand and try not to worry.

    With very best wishes, especially for a speedy return to better health.

  23. Words cannot express my sentiments right now.. put simply, I’m dumbstruck. You are of course, in my thoughts and prayers.. well you’re never truly out of my thoughts, ever.. such is the impression you left with me. I’m pleased that you are getting treatment, heck a lot faster than the UK medical people would kick in and surrounded by your family, so I hope that everyone pulls for you to help you with the challenge.

  24. I’m really sorry to hear your health news. I hope your treatment goes smoothly and you are able to get back to traveling and enjoying things soonest. I’m happy to stay and keep you company in the background.

  25. Was saddened to hear of the return of your lymphoma, but pleased at your attitude of basically choosing to keep doing the things you planned to do. In the “for what it’s worth” category, I am praying that treatment is both effective and not too disruptive to your life and general well being.

    Still hoping to manage a visit at some point before you fly/train/sail off into the sunset again.

  26. As with everything that you do, you are “cruising” through this particular issue armed with acute knowledge, understanding and strength. Surely you will have a full inventory of items to keep you busy–(yarns you have picked up along the way, wooden and complex puzzles, cruising maps that you can finally evaluate with optimization suggestions on routes, and of course, all the many friends, who like Velcro, have stuck to you as you rolled about the world.)

    You have been through this before and have come through with flying colors. Let’s hope you can pull this feat off once again. I will be thinking of you. Keep your many fans posted.

    My very best to you and George.

  27. Oh Holly. I’m just now getting caught up on this. I’m sorry you are going through this again. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

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