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The Big "C" Has Reared It's Ugly Head Again!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

In September, my oncologist said I was doing so well in my 8 years since breast cancer diagnosis. He thought when I reached the 10 year mark, he would release me to my regular doctor. How excited I was. I had no trouble after the mastectomy and the chemotherapy, although difficult, was completed with no complications.

In January I saw the plastic surgeon about having the implant removed because it was causing pain. He decided to have an ultrasound done first. During the ultrasound, it was decided to do a biopsy because they saw something! That something was cancer, on the same side as the original one!

I have since found out that it is rare for cancer to return on the same side and it is even rarer for it to show up on the side, rather than the top.

This has been a major shock for my husband and I. He is retiring from the ministry in June 2013. Our income was going to be significantly reduced and we were working on how we were going to make it. Now! This! Cancer treatment is not cheap.

I had the cancer removed, 14 lymph nodes, the implant and the left breast removed on Tuesday, Jan 22, 2013. The pathology report showed no cancer in the left breast. Praises to God! All the lymph nodes had cancer. I don't see the Oncologist until Feb 5 but the surgeon is sure I will need chemo, again.

When I was diagnosed in 2004, I was confident I would beat it. I felt the mastectomy removed the cancer and the chemo was just extra insurance. This time, I don't have that confidence. I am 9 years older and have developed other medical problems that I am dealing with.

I do have the confidence that God is with me through all this. I am praying that my spunk and tenacity will return and I will fight "like a girl".

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KMF2014 7/14/2014 7:07PM

    I more or less "stumbled" across your page, yet believe that even the smallest things in each day are orchestrated by God. I'm wondering how you are doing after your second bout with breast cancer?? My heart goes out to women who have had to deal with this, yet what an appreciation you must have of life and see the treasures in a day that most of us take for granted? God bless you, and may your health be restored to you. But whatever the circumstances, I know God's will for you is for your best. emoticon

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COUNTESS_CRUNCH 9/15/2013 7:39PM

  Wow, I just saw your page on the suggested pages page. On a whim I decided to visit your page. I think Raisen Kayne had something to do with it since I had a yorkie as a kid. Also the Methodist connection. I stayed in Methodist hospital this week and had a meaningful conversation with the Chaplain. Anyhow, what a hard journey you have walked. My prayers are with you. I hope you can beat it again. emoticon

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LAURAB_143 3/25/2013 4:53PM

    I wanted to say I am so sorry you are having to fight this fight again. God be with you and bless you and your husband!! I just sent you a sparkmail because I was so excited to discover you live close to me. Now I would like to add that maybe I found you for a reason.
Please get in touch with me. My thoughts and prayers are with you. emoticon
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LORIMAGI5 2/9/2013 8:39PM

    Oh, I just found your page, and my heart goes out to you! You HAVE my humble prayers, to help you WIN this fight!


In Blessings and Love,
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45 Life Lessons, written by a 90 year old

Thursday, October 25, 2012

45 Life Lessons, written by a 90 year old

1. Life isnít fair, but itís still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short not to enjoy it.
4. Your job wonít take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.
5. Donít buy stuff you donít need.
6. You donít have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.
7. Cry with someone. Itís more healing than crying alone.
8. Itís OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for things that matter.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it wonít screw up the present.
12. Itís OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Donít compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldnít be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eyeÖ But donít worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isnít useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.
18. Whatever doesnít kill you really does make you stronger.
19. Itís never too late to be happy. But itís all up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, donít take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Donít save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Overprepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Donít wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words, ĎIn five years, will this matter?í
27. Always choose Life.
28. Forgive but donít forget.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give Time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Donít take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didnít do.
35. Donít audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative ó dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone elseís, weíd
grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you think you need.
42. The best is yet to comeÖ
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Yield.
45. Life isnít tied with a bow, but itís still a gift.

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SKDUFORD 10/29/2012 8:49AM

    Can I copy this blog and save it for future reading?

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QTEALADY20031 10/25/2012 9:57PM

    So very, very true. We all need to take a step back now and then and see what do we really appreciate about our life and celebrate it everyday. Thank you for sharing. emoticon June

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TUBLADY 10/25/2012 11:16AM

    Loved them all. I really do try to live my life like that. That wasn't always the case. I have grown more wise in the later years.
Embrace each day, for that is the only day you know you have.
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JANETELIZABETH1 10/25/2012 9:36AM

    Thanks Jackie for sharing....
Some amusing but all very true!!

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PYNETREE 10/25/2012 9:06AM

    Love this column! Always a good reminder! Thanks for Sharing it!

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1935MARY 10/25/2012 7:54AM

    So true,so the saying goes don't wait until tomorrow, for tomorrow may never come. emoticon

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HELLENACKERMAN 10/25/2012 7:41AM

    Love it!! Simple things that we don't stop to think about everyday!

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DMEYER4 10/25/2012 7:15AM

  this is really a great blog. So true about life. makes you stop and think. Thank you

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I Blew It (For Now)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

I have been working so hard to keep my calories & carbs down and the blood surgar is not going down! I am very discouraged. So what happens? My husband brings home Mint Oreo cookies. I have not had trouble saying no to things like that. But not this time! I thought, "Well, I'll just eat 2." Yummy. Went back in the kitchen, the cookies are still on the counter, so I said, "OK 2 more." Double yummy but now I am feeling guilty. My husband stood in the kitchen talking to me and the cookies were RIGHT THERE! Guess what I did! Yep, I took 2 more, making it a grand total of 6 cookies. There were all delicious and I really needed that sugar 'fix' but I am feeling very guilty about giving in. I attributed some of my weakness to being sick with a cold. Some people call that rationalization.

I may have been weak today but I won't give up. I have got to get my blood sugar down. I refuse to go on diabetes medicine and the only way is through diet & exercise. Not with Oreo cookies! Please pray for me.

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WALLINMW 1/17/2013 9:21AM

  I am a 46 year old breast cancer survivor! Diagnosed Oct 2010 with Stage 1 HER2 positive cancer 6 rounds of chemo, 33 rads, and lumpectomy. I thank the Lord every day when my feet hit the ground off the bed. Early detection was very very key. You could easily feel and SEE my Skittle-sized lump with your eyes, but it did not show on 2 mammograms! (They retook the first knowing that something truly was there). I tell everyone I know to not rely solely on a mammogram; they pick up less than 60% of cancers. Rather, if they feel a lump, get it diagnostically ultrasounded and if the doc refuses, get a new doc!

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SHOES17 5/8/2012 12:57AM

    My blood sugar has really gotten a lot better since I have started loosing weight. I think the exercise has really helped me a lot. I understand your pain. I would say asking people not to leave junk food laying around might help, but my husband weighs 115 pounds. Right now there are a pound of m&ms in our kitchen and the bag is open. I have been avoiding it for a week now. I can't explain how I have done it. I do know people have been praying for me. I will be praying for you! Join my Spark Team Pink if you like. We are a very small team but the other members support me everyday. emoticon

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CACOLE58 2/14/2012 10:57PM

    Subscribing to your blog for support!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 10/22/2011 8:47PM

    Praying for you to leave those cookies and other high carbs and high glycemic foods alone. Walking will help get your blood sugar readings down as well as blood pressure. Don't give up...YOU CAN DO IT!!!

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PRAISEGAL 10/21/2011 3:50PM

    Don't beat yourself up about your slip up. That is exactly what the devil wants you to do. Put it behind you and move on. Sometimes it takes a while for the blood sugar to get under control, But even if you end up on meds then accept it knowing that you did your best to get it under control. For some it is inevitable, but I will be praying that it comes down for you. emoticon

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CATHOLICCORGI 10/20/2011 7:33PM

    Today is almost over. Forgive yourself, and know tomorrow is a new day. What did you learn form your slip? There is no failure...only feedback!
The fact that you recognize the problem is proof you can not fall for the temptation again.
I'll be praying for you to have wisdom as you decide what is the best way to avoid the temptations. The REAL battle is between our ears! When we become mindful of why we eat, and are honest within ourselves, we will make the necessary changes.
We are all human, and make mistakes. The important thing is to forgive yourself and move on. Don't let the guilt tapes play anymore! So you slipped up! It is not the end of the world! You ARE strong! You have all the tools to succeed! You've come this far, and are making progress!
I am so proud of you for NOT GIVING UP!!!

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LADYPIPPIE 10/20/2011 7:17PM

    Those are some great ideas. Thank you.

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MINDHORIZON 10/20/2011 3:30PM

    Would it help to put a skull and crossbones sticker on the cookie bag? Seriously, if you've got blood sugar issues, those cookies are poison, no matter how good they taste, and they've got to be treated that way. Try doing some visualization like that putting a skull and crossbones over the image of the cookies. Another thing I've seen is taking pictures of problem foods with dirt and garbage on them. The idea is to make them unappealing.

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Unbelieveable - 8000 calorie burger

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Anyone hungry?

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SHOES17 5/8/2012 1:06AM

    I don't eat red meat anymore so it isn't a problem for me. I remember when I was doing Weight Watcher there was this sandwich at some restaurant that was 39 points. I was allowed 24 on a high day. My husband wanted to go there just to see what 39 points looked like. We never went. I do know that a pound of fat looks like.
It looks like 4 sticks of butter! Good luck all!

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SANYA_SHNICK 10/24/2011 9:05AM

    I did the math, 8000 calories is a little over 5 days of food for me. Amazing.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 10/19/2011 11:37PM

    Wow!! What a burger...I have no idea how one would eat it.

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Good Day

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Today has been a good day. I was busy cooking, sewing, washing clothes, cleaning. I was able to get a couple of projects done that have just been hanging for way too long.

It is a good feeling to accomplish so much.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 7/23/2011 10:55PM

    It does feel great to accomplish things!!! emoticon on getting those projects done!!!

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CAT609 7/23/2011 7:27PM

    Good job! It feels so good to accomplish a lot. emoticon

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SPARKLISE 7/23/2011 7:16PM

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