Just a thought for all the semi-colons (and every one else, for that matter). Almost everyone is at risk for Vitamin D deficiency over the winter months, and those of us with a few feet of colon missing may be more at risk due to reduced absorption. It might be a good idea to ask our doctors to check vitamin D levels and see if we need suppliments. I was deficient last year before diagnosis, and don't see any reason why I woudn't be this year as well. I'm eating pretty much the same and taking the same vitamins. I took a prescription suppliment for a couple of months, but not now. I'm going to ask to have it rechecked. Winter is the prime time for deficiencies because our bodies make vitamin D in response to sunlight. 10 to 15 minutes a day is all we need, so we usually get enough in the summer, unless we're overly cautious with the sunscreen. Sunscreen in good. No one wants melanoma. We just have to find that nice middle ground. I usually leave the sunscreen off for the first 10 minutes, then slather it on. And I try to avoid the noontime sun, and wear a hat to keep it off my face. I don't like wrinkles. I have young looking skin and hope to keep it that way. Those of you who ARE young, I know you're planning to be around long enough to worry about wrinkles someday, and now is the time to reduce sun damage, but not vitamin D. Keep those bones strong. You don't want to survive cancer to end up in a nursing home with a hip fracture.