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Unread 03-27-2008, 02:14 PM
Hysterectomy dates Feb 18-Feb 25,2008

Hello Sisters,
I had my first radiation treatment this morning and it went very well. I had 3 friendly woman technicians and they too went marker crazy on my abdomen, hips and legs. I guess I can stand looking like a Picasso painting if it means the radiation goes where it's supposed to and leaves the healthy organs alone.
I'm hoping it's only coincidental, but I'm not feeling well right now. It started about 4 or 5 hours after the treatment. I feel nausious, have a headache and the chills. I think it's a bug. It seems way too soon to get any reaction from the first dose of radiation. I'll ask them about it tomorrow. I met with the oncology nutritionist as well today. She seemed pleased with the healthy regiment I've been on since early February. The only advice she gave me was to take Metamucil or the Beneful brand twice a day. This will be beneficial for everyone even without cancer. The bowels will move easier with the fiber and it helps lower cholesterol. I also have to take a probiotic supplement once a day to possibly aid in the diareaha that may plague me with more radiation treatments. If the big "D" does get me, I need to take the probiotic twice a day. I also eat home-made yogurt too.

I think I'll go lay down. I took 2 tylenol and I want to get under the covers. I'll keep you all posted. Hope everyone is having a good day. I saw the surgeon yesterday (one day short of 5 weeks) and I'm cleared to do all my old activities. That means vacumming and gardening too!
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Unread 03-27-2008, 10:53 PM
Hysterectomy dates Feb 18-Feb 25,2008

Jett - You are a trooper!! I hope that you feel better after sleeping. Thanks for passing on the metamucil advice. I've been eating yogurt but I never even thought of making it myself. Is that hard? Well, I pray that you will feel great tomorrow!
Unread 03-28-2008, 06:28 AM
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I can't believe it! I went to the gym yesterday and walked on the elyptical machine for @ 30 minutes and then picked up some free weights. I tell you all this because I haven't had the energy to appear at a gym for more than 5 years. Constant anemia had robbed me of my life force. I did everything ever so gently yesterday and when the endomorphines kicked in I felt great... and it felt great to be back out in the "normal" world again. I am returning to work on Monday and am nervous but I think the best that I can do is to not create situations in my mind that probably won't occur in the future. Now that most of us have had a bit of down time to reflect on our lives, we must try to not allow the madness of the world disturb our peace and how far we've come since our surgery day. Each and every one of us is getting better in our own ways and in our own time.

Over these weeks I have read a few books that have helped lower my stress levels, define areas of my life that I would like to improve on and have helped me to see that there are other ways to approach how I undertake my journey here on Earth. I read two books by Eckhart Tolle "The Power of Now" and "A New Earth" and one book by John Izzo "The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die". The last one sounds pretty dramatic but the title got me to pick up the book and it was a real page turner. All the books deal with appreciating our lives today and not waiting for "some moment in the future" when we will be happy. Life is now and in not a small way, my illness over the past 5 years, my surgery and my ongoing recovery have brought me to understand this important idea.

Jett- my heart and best energy goes out to you... during the process of radiation treatment and in all the other areas of your life. My Mom, who is 73 and was diagnosed with lung cancer 5 months ago finished with her chemo and radiation two weeks ago and after a CT and MRI last week, got a very encouraging report from the Doc concerning her progress and the recession of the cancer. I think one of her strongest allies has been her incredible ability to stay positive about her possibilities, a trait that from your writings, I see in you.
I wish you much rest, good health and the vision of a white healing light within... And congradulations on being cleared for the vacuum and the garden! That garden in Fairlawn must be springing to life just about now! How exciting!
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Unread 03-28-2008, 07:14 AM
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I am praying for your total healing and that you have the strength to deal with the radiation and other treatments. I'm so sorry that you have to go through this and have a "bug" on top of it. Please rest and take care of yourself! Sending hugs to you!

Mew, sounds like you are doing a lot. I know you are trying to help your sister in her time of need, but are you sure you are up to all of this? I know your sister would not want you to take a backward turn in your recovery for her sake, so please be careful. You have to take care of you also. I am praying for both of you.

Liilaa, Great job in the gym. It is so encouraging to do things we used to do!

Cynthia, Thanks so much for the list. It's amazing how time will heal all (or so they say!).

Well, sisters I'm going to the doctor with DD now, she has an abcess on her throat and needs to see a specialist. Take care and remember, the best really is yet to come! Sending thoughts of peace and love to you all!
Unread 03-28-2008, 08:36 AM
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jett- i hope that it is just a bug and not from the treatments. keep us posted on how you are feeling. you are in our prayers!
liilaa- i am so happy for you and your exercise accomplishments-i know i am not ready for that! I am just so glad that you are getting into the groove of life again so easily. take it easy though-you know we can be fooled into thinking we are doing great and then hit a wall!
poet-thanks so much for the warning to take it easy-i told my dh last night that this week flew by but I am exhausted. Not that I am completely wiped out and can't get out of bed but just very tired. i am sure that stress has a bit to do with this. i did sleep in today because last night i had a rough night. pains in my right side of belly and i couldn't get comfortable. i finally took a pain pill because the pain wouldn't subside and was getting more bothersome. Well, i did hop once yesterday and that was dumb and painful. another one of those "i didn't even realize what i was doing things". my 3 yr. old nephew spilled red kool-aid everywhere and it was driipping off of his face. I asked how it happened and his sister said he hopped and it went everywhere and without even thinking i asked him, so you did this ..........and i hopped. BIG MISTAKE. my belly hurt instantly, but it got better as i rested. anyway, my sister talked to my pastor friend yesterday and she feels a lot better. she told me that he reiterated the same things i told her about after i had prayed. she said he and his wife prayed with her and told her that they could give her Biblical counseling but that he felt she needed to see a marriage conselor and referred her to someone he knows. He talked to her about surrendering her life and the situation to God and she said she had prayed that morning to do so, and he invited her to attend church there. I am hoping she will go. She doesn't want to go this week because its her son's 4th birthday and at their church they do a birthday blessing for them and she knows her husband will not go to this other church-but she wants to go check it out. i told her i would skip my church service to go with her if she wants to go. to me its not about "what church you attend or what religion you are" but she is searching for more in her life than what she is getting at her church. She told me a few days ago that her family isn't one that sits around and talks about how God works in their lives or even sees God really working in their lives. They go to church once a week and then that is it. the only thing they talk about church is what someone said or did while they were there. she is hungry for more. i only referred her to this pastor because He is an amazing man of God. I know him and his wife and know that they would just pray with her and encourage her........i knew that they would only show her what i have been saying....that God is the only one that can intervene here and make it right.......that the two of them need to make a choice to make this work and put God in the center of their marriage. Our world is focussed on me......that is why i believe we have so many divorces. i told her that she is here focussing on "them" and "their family" while her husband has been focussing on "me, what i need, why i am not happy, i should have more....." etc. we are selfish creatures and when we forget that there are others involved in our lives we create problems for everyone. he is wililng to work things out, so i am praying that they will see this through but my sister is also prepared and preparing herself to move on if he truly isn't making the effort to fix things. thanks for all your prayers and advise.....i appreciate you ladies.

peace-how are you doing? i've been thinking of you and would like to know if you are recovering from that fall? please keep us posted.

joann-i miss talking to you, hope all is well.
i realize that as we all get busier with our lives we will spend less time on here....makes me kind of sad...but its bittersweet-i am excited for us but at the same time i have come to depend on all of your friendships! i hope you will all post every now and then and keep us updated on your lives and recovery

let me pray for you, i haven't done that in a while and i am sorry. i do think of you all and pray for you during the day but i enjoy sharing my prayers with you for you to know and to join with me in prayers. Its a blessings to be joined with others in prayer:
Father God I just praise you for how wonderful you are. You know every single thing that is happening in all of our lives-you are not ever caught off guard or duty-so thank you for your faithfulness to us. Your word tells us that you work all things for those who love you for your glory. I pray that you will work on the lives of those who love you and know you and bless them mightily as we all recover. Lord, I also pray for those who don't truly know you, maybe they don't even realize it or maybe they choose to avoid you, I pray that you would reveal yourself to them in a marvelous way through this website or through people that they meet or even through family and friends, through your creation of flowers that bloom so many more colors that we can imagine or through the amazing world that only you could truly have made, i pray that you will open the eyes and hearts of those who need you and help them realize you are just waiting for them to call out to you and you will free them from their bondage. Lord, I pray for these wonderful ladies who know you intimately, I pray that you will give them what they need to share their faith with others. The testimonies we have from this surgery and recovery alone can help others. Please help us to be willing to share what you have done in our lives. Lord, I pray for the recovery of every single one of us. Some of us are feeling great and returning to our normal lives of work, and exercise and driving and moving around doing all kinds of things. Bless them in their achievement and help them to know when they need to slow down. For those that are still struggling with pain and not being able to do all the things they were used to, please help us to be patient with ourselves and to move at our own pace. this isn't a race and we need to recover as our bodies need us to. Help me to listen to these words I pray. Lord, help us all to take into account the gift you have given us with this surgery and a chance for us to get things going in the right directions. so many of us had denied our own health needs before this surgery, i know i put everything else in front of my health and my pain putting it off so i could accmplish other things for people. Today we stand knowing that we have another chance to do things right. that we would trust our bodies to tell us when we need to rest and that we will listen to it. Lord, i thank you for this wonderful website and this circle of friends. they mean so much to me. Lord, I pray for all of them but right now I also lift up Peace to you as she is recovering from this fall she took last week, I pray that you will allow quick healing for her, Lord, I pray for Jett who is undergoing radiation. I pray for the doctors
to have wisdom to know what is best and to do all the right things to get rid of any cancerous cells. Lord, I pray for Jett to be able to get through the weeks to follow. I pray for this nausea to pass her and for her to be able to get through each treatment. Thank you for her outlook and the way she is facing this with positive thoughts. I pray for those that haven't even posted lately and we are not sure how they are, that you will continue to heal them and encourage them. Lord, you truly are wonderful and i thank you for the privilege you afford us to have such an intimate relationship with us. Some people pray to gods that are unreachable but you came down to each of us and are with us and in us and provide for us to have this intimate relationship with us because of your resurrection. Lord, thank you for loving us more than we can ever imagine. Praise be your name. amen

ladies, i pray that you all have a wonderful day. blessings to all
Unread 03-28-2008, 09:11 AM
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I too re-entered the gym yesterday other than just to walk on the treadmill. I did 20 minutes of recumbant bike and a shoulder routine with lighter weights than usual. I also did some light ab exercises..

It felt GREAT to be back in the saddle! Then I came home and got ready to meet a girlfriend at Starbucks for my favorite Caramel Apple Spice and then went to the mall to wander around at the clothes. I've got some money my mom gave me that I've been trying to spend and can't decide..

Today is my last full day at home too as I too go back to work on Monday for 1/2 days. I've been doing some work from home this week and I have to say I think that was the missing piece....I feel much better now that I'm starting to get the pulse back on my work life..I LOVE what I do..I work in Human Resources and Project Management and I guess I felt like a missing link.

I have the new Toole book also and didn't get a chance yet to read it. I've been trying to complete various series books and have done a fairly good job on that, the only problem is now they've released a new one!!!

I had also knitted 25 dishcloths while I've been off..LOL..my boys want to know who is going to have to do all the dishes with those..ha..now I'll have gifts for a while.

Have a great day ladies, I'm heading to the gym shortly for a bicep/tricep routine..YAY..and I may try the elyptical now that Liilaa has..
Unread 03-28-2008, 10:25 AM
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I thank you for your continued prayers and words of positive inspiration. Day two of radiation was a breeze and it was only a coincidence that I felt so bad yesterday. I saw the doctor this morning and I laughingly told him I had to be the only patient on record that had almost instant side effects. I shouldn't feel anything from the radiation for at least a week. One of the techs said, most likely I wouldn't feel any ill effects until the 3rd week.

My wonderful herbalist friend came over bearing medicines once I told her how I felt. She makes medicines and she is one of the few non-native American people in the USA that is an expert in Cherokee medicine making. I don't know what helped, ginger tabs, an awful tasting concoction with echinacea root, Chinese scullcap root & elecampane root... plus 52% grain alcohol, or it could have been the lavender spirits that promotes healthy stomach and intestine function. Just to cover all bases, I took my doctor prescribed headache pill (butalbatol with caffine) to take away the mega headache I had since yesterday. I'm happy to report that I sneezed 11 times, so all this discomfort is your ordinary brand of a 24 hour bug! I'm drinking lots of white tea, keeping warm and playing on the computer instead of cleaning my house. The cobwebs will still be there tomorrow.

I have the weekend off and don't return to radiation until next Monday. After I do 5 sessions in a row, I'll know more about how I'll feel. I'm hoping the side effects are minimal. I've got places to go and people to see so I can't let sickness slow me down. God Bless us all and to all a good weekend.
Unread 03-28-2008, 11:50 AM
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Mew thank you for asking, I am so sorry for your hardships and that of your family. I am working on healing as a matter of fact feeling that cabin fever settling in. Looking forwards to 4/2 arriving as that is my post op check up and hopefully being cleared to resume normal activities.
I hope everything is healing for everyone else at great speed. I have been on the emotinal rollercoaster. Although luckily I allowed my brain to sort through those feelings and see that they weren't worthy. I guess they are just the hormones talking. I did another post on when my hormones are finished going through my system, or if my vivelle is not working and apprently it is too early to say it is not working, it could be the surgery and so many factors right now so I am just hanging in there right now :-)
It could also be the rehealing from the fall I guess that was a set back that really depressed me.
Thank you for the prayer and continued support. I have been thinking of and praying for you as well. No more hopping, you are not the Easter bunny, and he is gone now!! :-)
Unread 03-28-2008, 12:41 PM
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Ladies I just had to post something...

I went to the gym and got on the elyptical (inspired by Liilaa.) and did 30 minutes!!! YAY ME It was harder the last 10 minutes so I had to slow it down a few minutes, I had a STITCH..LOL..I haven't had a stitch from exercise in 3 years! In any case then I proceeded to do my bicep & tricep routine and it felt WONDERFUL...

I'M BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was the other missing link!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I emailed my hubby to tell him I had a 'SWEAT' going on and his reply was that I am SO CUTE, AND FUNNY that he is happy that I'm happy and he missed me being happy..isn't that sweet!

So, I came home, showered, put body cream on, vitamin E oil on my incision, I'm cooking a early supper for my sons because there is a ladies games night at my bosses night in my favor!! DH made an orange chocolate cake for us to have with toasted almonds on it..YUMMY..so we're having baked sole, rice & veggies in lieu of the piece of cake I'll have later!!!

I just had to tell you all...I feel SO MUCH MORE LIKE MYSELF..

Hope everyone else will start feeling groovy soon too..
Unread 03-28-2008, 12:46 PM
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Cynthia I am so happy for you. Sounds like your hubby is a keeper! He sounds a little like mine :-)

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