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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.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Linda's Condition - Update Two

 
I went with another friend of mine and Linda's to go visit her yesterday.  It was the first time I saw a twinkle in her eye and a smile in a long time!  (I don't think it was from the tiramisu cheese cake, was it?)
 
They have taken her off of the oxygen and IV meds.  She was retaining a LOT of fluid!   Now the puffiness in her face and everywhere has gone down.  She was able to do some steps without the oxygen on!  That is a major accomplishment.
 
Linda's heart has permanent damage.  She will never be the same "old" Linda.  Her daughter did some research on how the heart disease was caused by the chemo drugs and it is a really small percentage of people that this happens to.  Linda just drew the "not so golden" ticket.  She is being very strong and blunt about her condition.  Right now they have to get her heart stabilized and the breast cancer is way on the back burner.  There is more chance that she could die of the heart condition than the cancer.
 
Linda has had many visitors.  She is okay on her own though and doesn't mind being alone.  She is very bored and used to always doing something.  I hope she doesn't over do it when she gets home!
 
She could be coming home today.  They will keep her on oral medications, pro-time labs and echocardiograms can be done at our home town hospital.  She will be following up with the specialists in Milwaukee though! 
 
I have known Linda as long as she has been married....24 years?  She married my younger sister's husband (we love to tell people that!).  My younger sister had passed away from a three year battle with breast cancer that had spread throughout her body.  Kevin remarried.  The kids were small.  He was young.  We didn't want to like Linda.  She certainly didn't want to like us!  Linda and I went for lunch and decided that it was not her fault that Wendy died, and not my fault that I was her sister, and Linda has been a dear friend and member of our family ever since.  My mom even thought of her as another daughter.
 
 
Many years ago Linda and I both sold Avon.  One of the ladies had a friend who had a pontoon and we all went on a ride.  Weren't we some hot chicks?  It looks like 1996!  How time flies!
 
I have accepted her condition and have given it to God.  I will stay strong for my friend and be by her side.  

8 comments:

Laurie M said...

thats wonderful news, I 'm so glad she is stabilizing, then when everything straightens out she can address the cancer.Such a pair of hotties you two,

NanaDiana said...

Oh- You girls were so cute. I am glad Linda has rallied a bit. It is sad about her heart. The heart does not readily repair itself like other organs do. I hope they can get her stabilized and that she keeps improving.

For some reason I always thought she married your BROTHER -not your BIL. lol I thought Wendy was your SIL...that makes it doubly sad for you.

Have a great day, Deb. Can you believe how cold it is here? xo Diana

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Thanks for the update on Linda.
Indeed, God is holding her in His hands, as well as all of us!
warmly,
deb

Gert said...

You sure were boutiful young ladies! So glad she is doing better. Asking God to hold her in his arms is exactly what he will do.

Blessings,
Gert

Craftnique said...

My prayers continue for Linda's healing.

Sandy said...

I am so glad Linda has you by her side. I feel horrible that I no longer can drive by myself that far.(when I was young, I could go ANYWHERE alone) I wished she was closer so I could be the sisters she needs. I am SO glad she has you. I am so happy we are friends too.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I will keep her in my prayers. You are such a good friend and I know she is happy to have your support. Sweet hugs, Diane

Joyce Lansky said...

I hope she gets better. Your brother-in-law was entitled to find happiness again. I'm glad he met Linda.

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