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Just when I thought it was safe.....

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

This past year has been notable for trials and obstacles - my diagnosis and treatment for invasive breast cancer, my mother's illness and death, the drain implosion in our house leading to holes in walls and ceiling and having 3 bathroom none of which was completely functional or with a door. We got through all of them relatively intact (except of course the bank account), and just as we're heaving a huge sigh of relief that the year is (almost) over and 'things' can finally get back on a normal tack, DH just got a diagnosis of kidney cancer. He was in a car accident two weeks ago and was in the hospital for 2 days with blood in urine from a kidney lesion. That accident might well have saved his life. The CT scan and follow-up MRI showed a tumor the size of a softball and the only question was "Do you want surgery now or wait 'til after the first?" We belong to the Lady Macbeth school of cancer treatment ("Out, out damned spot!") and are just waiting to see how soon it can be scheduled - with this particular form of cancer, chemo and radiation are historically ineffective and surgery is the only option with a chance of success. I'm thinking of the old Chinese proverb: "A gem cannot be polished without friction nor a man perfected without trials." I just never aspired to perfection.
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    sending special prayers!

    spark hug
    2020 days ago
    My husband discovered he had an aortic aneurysm after going to the doctor for indigestion that wouldn't go away. After the surgery, a CT scan of the stent revealed a lesion on his pancreas. Between his two surgeries, my mom died. We were blessed that they were able to remove before it turned to cancer. Hope everything is going well for your husband and that you are finding peace in the midst of your trials.
    3283 days ago
    I am so sorry to hear's always awful to hear when bad things happen to good people. I will remember both of you in my prayers.
    3317 days ago
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    I know it is tough news all around and I fumble for words of support that might heal or mend. But I am not that wise or smart and just want to say I have faith in you and that you will win this contest as well. I do believe in prayer and in particular prayers to Saint Jude. Got you and DH on my list.
    I wish both of you well.
    3322 days ago
    You are certainly one person who won't be sad to kiss 2011 good-bye! What a ride you've had! Sending good wished your way for your husband's surgery and your continued success.
    PS. Loved your pictures of Viet Nam/Cambodia. It's on my bucket list!
    3323 days ago
    Thank you for sharing your news with people who can send you words of support, warm hugs and prayers full of positive energy to heal and surround your whole family. When these things beset us we often turn inwards and try to cope by ourselves.

    As for your last quotation, you must be a beautiful diamond!

    Love to you,

    3323 days ago
    Here's hoping that your husband's cancer can be removed, and that it will stay gone. Wishing both of you a strength, peace, love and healing.
    3323 days ago
    I am so very, very sorry to hear about your husband. It sounds like you both have been through so much. I wish you and your husband all the best. Please know that even though we don't know one another, I will be thinking of you both and sending positive thoughts and energy your way! emoticon
    3323 days ago
    I'm so sorry to hear the news about your dear husband having
    kidney cancer. It sounds like the car accident was a blessing
    in disguise. You two have had so much to deal with this year,
    including your battle with BC. But you have both been strong
    and fought a good fight and you will win at this new crisis as
    well. Praying for your DH that they remove all the cancer and
    that he will do really great in healing. I love and agree with
    your ending quotation. emoticon
    3323 days ago
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