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I have spent a great deal of my life battling illness. I suffered from Crohn's Disease and eventually had abdominal surgery, thwarting the Crohn's and budding cancer cells. Since my surgery in 1995 I have been relatively free from Crohns', although I had several subsequent surgeries related to my ileostomy..When my disease was in remission, I don't think my husband realized how bad it could get, but he has stood by me. I also have suffered from various autoimmune disorders and am diagnosed with Stage IV Kidney Disease. Fortunately, I am maintaining and do not need dialysis at this point. We adopted our son and later found out he had cerebral palsy, so he became my career. Dan has had two surgeries and tons of therapy and is able to walk because of it. He is a college graduate and is employed as an Information Specialist. We are very proud of his accomplishements. I am now part of the retired generation and still getting used to the idea. I do enjoy crafting, traveling and being with family and friends. I am active in my church and feel that the hardships we endure are there to build our faith. I like to live life in the "now" as we never know how much time is left.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Life will be Brighter!

This week  is looking much brighter.  Oh, the weather is still dismal, but I am feeling better.  Unfortunately, I think I shared my cough with my son.  The cough still lingers on and woke me this morning, but not before I slept all night!
Mom has her good days and bad days.  The other day was good.  I sit right next to her so she can hear me.  I gave her a ride around the healthcare center.  She has a Foley catheter which she is not too happy about.  On the other hand, she said it is convenient at night so she doesn't have to get up and go!  Love her outlook!  Monday she goes to the urologist to see why she needs the Foley to "go."
Plan B:  I cancelled our reservations for Easter and we are having it at the healthcare center.  I got a room, ordered the ham, etc.  Everyone chips in and brings a dish to pass and it will be so good for Mom!  The best part is all the family can be together for her.
My bff has breast cancer.  It is scary for me.  My bff married my sister's husband.  (We like to say that!)  My sister had a three year battle with breast cancer and lost.  Her husband remarried and Linda became my best friend!  So, we don't want to lose her too!  BUT!  (Big but!)  There are so many advances in the treatment of cancer and the survival rate is so much improved!  We go up north (God willing) for a stamping convention the first weekend of May.  I am sure she will be in the midst of chemo then, maybe be tired or not feel well.  I have gone to convention after surgery.  I had to rest more, stay out of the hot tub, etc.  Linda is very independent and resilient.  She will have her Nook, and knows how to relax and be alone if she wants to be.   Whatever she wants, her friends will be supporting her and that means me.  I hope I can be as good of a friend to her as she has been to me.
I went to another Stampin Up party last night.  For some reason I am becoming a little more sociable even thought the table/s were very crowded with guests.  We had a good time.  This is one of the cards we made.  (for some reason it is a little out of focus...sorry!)  I am not crazy about the color combination.  The other card was beautiful, but I am giving that one to Linda!


Gert said...

Oh my, you do have a lot on your plate... My prayers are with your Mom and BFF. What a fantastic thing to do for Easter, I know your Mom will be so happy! This will create memories for all of you! Cancer really is a terrible thing isn't it?? My SIL has been fighting it for over a year...I feel it is taking her slowly...so sad to watch!

On the lighter side, your card is so pretty! I'm a, at home "wanta be"! Lol So I buy stamps randomly and try to figure out how to use them...(not good!) Maybe someday I'll get a few done!!

Have a blessed day!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I hope you have a blessed weekend my friend. I know you are dealing with a lot but you are so encouraging to everyone around you! I love your beautiful spirit! Sweet hugs, Diane

NanaDiana said...

Glad your mom is doing better and hope they can figure the bladder thing out.

I read Linda's post about her upcoming battle with breast surgery. I will be praying for her. xo Diana