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Posted 12/6/2012 by BethAnneM in NSBR Board
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Posted: 12/6/2012 5:45:32 PM
Update: Thank you all so much for your kind words, good thoughts and prayers. It is really nice to be able to come here and kind of unload. I have been determined not to let this disease rob me of my happiness. I allowed myself a few tears when I received the news and now it is time to do what needs to be done.

I am also going to check out all the links posted for the beauty subscriptions and pick one.

Yesterday I found out that after almost 6 months of chemo and a really painful lung surgery, I have three more f@ck*$%& tumors that have developed in my left lung. I will be starting a new chemo as soon as the oncologist has insurance approval.

I just checked my emails and I found my Birchbox invite. I need some retail therapy and ten bucks a month won't break the bank. If you subscribe, do you enjoy your boxes or do you feel it isn't worth the money?

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Posted: 12/6/2012 5:48:33 PM
So sorry about your bad news, BethAnne.

Just want to send hugs and positive thoughts your way. Take care.

(No idea about Birchbox!)


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Posted: 12/6/2012 5:48:43 PM
I don't know the answer to your question. But, I just wanted to say I will keep you in my prayers.

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Posted: 12/6/2012 5:50:39 PM
I've never heard of Birchbox, but I am so sorry to hear the news. Prayers and hugs coming your way!

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Posted: 12/6/2012 5:52:14 PM
I'm so sorry, Beth. You deserve more than retail therapy, for sure.

Hang in there!



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Posted: 12/6/2012 5:53:30 PM

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I don't know the answer to your question. But, I just wanted to say I will keep you in my prayers.

Same here.

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Posted: 12/6/2012 5:53:43 PM
Thanks you guys.

Birchbox is the monthly beauty subscription. You get a pretty box of pretty samples every month for $10.00. I learned about it from the Peas.



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Posted: 12/6/2012 5:55:54 PM
Awww! That stinks! I'm very sorry. (((hugs)))


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Posted: 12/6/2012 6:00:09 PM
Aww, I'm sorry. Hugs to you!

I didn't know what Birchbox was, but I say go for it. You need the "pick-me-up" right now.


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Posted: 12/6/2012 6:02:57 PM
I am so sorry, BethAnne
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Posted: 12/6/2012 6:03:45 PM
Bethanne, I'm so sorry. I think you need to talk to Sara (thatgirlintexas) about those, I think she's posted about them before.


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Posted: 12/6/2012 6:05:09 PM

Well, damn, I'm so sorry you have more f'ing tumors. You've been thru so much with cancer.

Honestly, Birchbox looks like a lot of fun. I say go for it!!


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Posted: 12/6/2012 6:05:18 PM
Sorry about your news. Hugs!

I have a Birchbox subscription. The last 2-3 months have been disappointing but for only $10 a month I am not ready to give it up. I look forward to getting it each month.

You should subscribe. If you don't like it you could always cancel.
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Posted: 12/6/2012 6:06:56 PM
I'm so sorry for the news you received today. You are one of my favorite Peas - you always make me laugh and think. Sending you my best. Praying that this round of chemo blasts those asshole tumors. You are one heck of a fighter.

Huge hugs to you.

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Posted: 12/6/2012 6:09:29 PM
I know nothing about Birchbox, but I'd say you totally deserve a pick-me-up. I'm really sorry to hear your bad news. I'll continue to pray for you, Bethanne.


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Posted: 12/6/2012 6:10:20 PM
Damn, I am sorry to hear about the f*(king tumors. I think Birchbox would be a definite pick-me-up.

Cancer blows.


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Posted: 12/6/2012 6:16:23 PM
Yeah, no birchbox here either. But I am sorry to hear the bad fning news too. Hugs.

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Posted: 12/6/2012 6:18:58 PM
I'm sorry to hear your bad news. Prayers sent your way.

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Posted: 12/6/2012 6:19:26 PM
Hugs to you BethAnne!


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Posted: 12/6/2012 6:20:40 PM
Effing cancer sucks. So sorry!

You not only deserve Birchbox, but you might really go wild and look up the Pop Sugar box. Serious fun and pampering should be had.


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Posted: 12/6/2012 6:25:15 PM
Oh BethAnne, I'm sorry. That's crappy news.

Birchbox is fine, but you deserve something even better. I'm in LOVE with PopSugar's Must Have box.

And, if you need a dozen or so... here's a link to a whole list I found while searching today!

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Posted: 12/6/2012 6:27:32 PM
I am so sorry about your craptastic tumors. I think you should treat yourself to something, so if it is Birchbox I say go for it!!!!


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Posted: 12/6/2012 6:27:46 PM
I'm sorry to hear about your news, BethAnne.

You definitely deserve to buy anything you want.

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Posted: 12/6/2012 6:28:25 PM
Well that just sucks. I am so sorry. No idea on Birchbox.

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Posted: 12/6/2012 6:29:54 PM
So sorry, BethAnne!



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Posted: 12/6/2012 6:31:23 PM
I'm sorry.

I don't get Birchbox, but in my experience it's always a nice pick me up to get something like that in the mail once a month. You certainly deserve a treat!

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Posted: 12/6/2012 6:32:17 PM

I don't have a subscription, but I know some people really like them and that some don't. Sample size beauty products are always nice! I think the convenience of it coming to your house is a plus!
Here are some reviews on Birchbpx from The Makeup and Beauty Blog.

Other reviews of Birchbox on Temptalia
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Posted: 12/6/2012 6:32:53 PM
So sorry ti hear your news. WIll keep you in my prayers.

And you deserve a treat. Go for it!


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Posted: 12/6/2012 6:39:51 PM
Well, crap. I'm so sorry to hear about the tumors.

I've heard good things about BirchBox ... maybe I'll sign up, too!

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Posted: 12/6/2012 6:40:03 PM
I'm so sorry! Hugs and prayers for you.


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Posted: 12/6/2012 6:44:33 PM
Sorry about the bad news.

I totally think you should do something very nice for yourself. I don't know anything about Birchbox, but it sounds like something nice.


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Posted: 12/6/2012 6:46:09 PM
Beth Anne, You don't look like you need a beauty subscription. However, if it is something that will make you happy, you should get it. My lil'sis just had round two of six for ovarian cancer. I stayed with her for the first round and told her she needed a mantra. I suggested....Die Cancer, DIE, DIE!! Feel free to use that. Stupid cancer.


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Posted: 12/6/2012 6:51:31 PM
No idea about the Birchbox, but rest assured that you have my ongoing prayers and good wishes x.

ETA: I just remembered: I follow myhousewifelife and she reviews Birchbox regularly and loves them.

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Posted: 12/6/2012 7:01:53 PM
I've been wanting to join Birchbox too! Let's take the plunge together!

I'm so sorry about your bad news. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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Posted: 12/6/2012 7:05:53 PM
I am so sorry! I hope you can get the appropriate treatment and that you are well again, soon. I know this damn disease has put you through the ringer.

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Posted: 12/6/2012 7:06:01 PM
So sorry about the crappy news. You deserve a pick me up!!


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Posted: 12/6/2012 7:17:16 PM
I'm so sorry to hear that! I hope you have lot's better news next time! Love Penny

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Posted: 12/6/2012 7:20:04 PM
I am so sorry Beth. If you want Birchbox, get it. You deserve some pampering after everything that you have been through. (((HUG)))

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Posted: 12/6/2012 7:21:56 PM
So sorry to hear about the tumors - praying your treatment will wipe them out.
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Posted: 12/6/2012 7:27:09 PM
I'm so sorry to hear about your news.

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Posted: 12/6/2012 7:32:01 PM
Sorry about the crappy news. Stay positive! I got excepted a month ago but was having problems with my email and missed my time window. So I wait again.


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Posted: 12/6/2012 7:37:36 PM
I love Birchbox and I loved EcoEmi, too! I think I preferred EcoEmi, but was getting burnt out on things that felt repetitive after a while. The same may happen with Birchbox, but for now, it is feeling fresh!

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Posted: 12/6/2012 7:38:43 PM
Oh hell, that is crappy news. I am so sorry. I hope you beat those tumors quickly.

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Posted: 12/6/2012 7:43:27 PM
I am so sorry to hear that. Lifting you and your medical tea in prayer and sending you {hugs}.

As far as Birchbox, it's fun and inexpensive - $10 a month flat (no extra shipping. I received it for 6 months and was able to try some products I wouldn't have otherwise and some fun colors. The boxes vary in product type each month and by your profile you fill out. I wouldn't say it's incredible but is a fun, inexpensive treat to look forward to each month.I say do it and see how you like it

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Posted: 12/6/2012 7:45:04 PM
I am so sorry for your bad news! I know nothing about Birchbox, but I am sending you healing vibes.


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Posted: 12/6/2012 7:45:06 PM
Sorry to hear your news. Treat yourself kindly.

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Posted: 12/6/2012 8:04:40 PM
Big hugs to you!

I tried Birchbox for several months - it was ok. I have tried Ipsy last month (same cost) and really liked it.

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Posted: 12/6/2012 8:06:30 PM
I am so sorry that you got bad news. I think you're right about some retail therapy being needed! I used to get Birchbox. The first 3 boxes were great, then it got weird. One month I got stuff that only a drag queen could love (giant fake tatoo eyebrows and other lovelies). I have heard that it is back to being good. I got to try many new things and found some new products I love, so I am going to give it a thumbs up!


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Posted: 12/6/2012 8:08:39 PM
I am so sorry but you will kick those asshole tumors out of your lungs!!! I have a college roommate who was diagnosed with lung cancer 6 years ago she gets a lot of support from Lungevity organization.....just a thought!

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Posted: 12/6/2012 8:11:48 PM
Damn tumors. Cancer sucks. You're in my thoughts and prayers.

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