Hey! It’s been a long time since I last posted on my blog. But, I made myself a promise to start again this month. So here I am on the 27th day of October attempting to get back on board with my blog. What’s the old saying? Better late than never! This will be a catch up blog and then I will get back to sharing thoughts and observations on living a Simple Everyday Life. (Thank you to those who have written to tell me how much you have missed reading my blog. Be careful what you wish for cause I’m back!)
I posted in January 2011 that life can come at us fast. In our case, our family has been totally blindsided by all sorts of trials in the last almost two years.
- In January 2011, our daughter, Sherry, was diagnosed with stage 4 Colon Cancer. Over the next ten months, she battled through several surgeries, lots of chemo treatments, endured shots to boost red and white blood cells, took many medications to offset the side effects of the chemo, fought through not being able to eat and eating but not being able to keep it down, tolerated the colostomy bag as a way of life and took the many fears that accompany any cancer journey in stride with a sense of humor and a very positive attitude.
- In March 2011, my breast cancer resurfaced after three years of remission. I chose to have a mastectomy so I wouldn’t have to do chemo or radiation. I had a more important job – taking care of my daughter.
- In November 2011, Sherry’s scans showed no cancer and the colostomy bag was removed. She went back to work after Thanksgiving. She came home at night very tired but with a smile on her face; grateful she was able to resume living her life.
- In December 2011, a normal ultrasound exposed that I had an ovarian cyst which I had removed the week before Christmas. The cyst was benign which allowed our family to have a quiet, but joyous Christmas.
- In January 2012, Sherry’s PET scan revealed an ovarian cyst (same size and same location as mine). What are the chances of that happening? One day away from an appointment with the specialist, her cyst burst and sent her into hemorrhagic shock.
- In February 2012, Sherry had surgery to remove the ovarian cyst. During the surgery which was long and tedious, the doctors found another cancerous mass (a reoccurrence of her colon cancer). Doctors were unable to remove the mass because the surgery had taken so long and she was experiencing uncontrollable bleeding.
- Once again, Sherry was battling through chemo treatments, painful shots and many medications to offset the side effects of the chemo which was much more potent this time. She dealt with new issues of horrible swelling, and then suffered a huge weight loss, and once more having to tolerate the colostomy bag. Her sense of humor and positive attitude resurfaced and we just got on with it. We were familiar with the journey and in many ways it was easier this time around.
- Through this whole journey we have had wonderful doctors who are so compassionate and have taken such excellent care of us. The nurses at the hospital and those who administer the chemo and medications have shown such concern. The chemo nurses have become our friends and we have bonded with those battling the same journey as Sherry. They have become our fellow cancer warriors. What we have experienced with these folks is so amazing; we laugh, cry and hug our way through such precious moments. We are so grateful to have them in our lives.
I don’t tell you any of this for any other reason than to bring you up-to-date. It simply is what it is! Although this is not how Sherry and I would have chosen to spend our time since January 2011; this is our life. There are some bad moments, but we try not to dwell on them. We much prefer to laugh and enjoy what we have. We have wonderful family and friends who have rallied around us with lots of love, prayer and support. It is so comforting to know there are so many people in our corner thinking of us and always praying for our family. We continue to rely on a God that supplies comfort and strength. We know that He is in control and will always stand strong with us in difficult times. We are blessed beyond measure!
Ending on a Positive Note: Sometimes life can come at us fast, but if we allow God to be in control He can bring us through any situation. Be grateful for where you are at this moment. Slow down and don’t take life (or your health) for granted! Live your best life every day!