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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.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016


I had done some research, and even reached out to my nephew in Pennsylvania, for advice.
I wanted my bff to get another "expert" opinion at the Carbone Cancer Center at the University of Wisconsin, but it was not to be.  She got so sick on the way, they turned around and she went to our local cancer center and got an IV.
The next day we went to see her oncologist.  I really don't doubt his ability, but just want the best for my friend.  Listening to him and Linda talk, brought me out of my nightmare and into reality.
I don't like this.
I spoke to the nurse after.  (my friend was getting something done and was going to go home with her husband).
I cried.  I told the nurse how I have been through loss before.  I told her I was afraid and just want what's best for my friend.  I am still coming to terms with this.
Today, I took her to the hospital where she had same day surgery to get her port.  Through that she will get her chemo.  My sister also came up to the hospital, to see Linda, and to sit with me.
Linda is in fighting mode now.  I think it is a great relief that the waiting is over, and now she can take action. 


NanaDiana said...

Sometimes you just have to trust that you have the best knowledge and resources right at your fingertips. I am so sorry for Linda but I am glad she is in FIGHT mode. That is what it takes to beat this devil. She has done it before and I believe she can do it again! I know how hard this is on you, too, and that your family has walked this path before. God bless all of you. You are in my prayers. xo Diana

Terra Hangen said...

Your support for your friend is a big help to her in this battle.

Sandy said...

I am so grateful Linda has you and her friends that are helping her. Sucks I can't drive distances like I used to.