Follow up 12/22/12

22 12 2012

Well here I am with yet another plan for treatment….What….Yes thats what I said.  First I am scheduled for surgery then the surgery is cancelled so that we can do the BRaf testing and start treatments.  Now I am told that Mayo clinic said there was not enough tissue on the tissue block to do the Braf testing. So once again the surgery has been re-scheduled for January 3rd.  I am meeting with the surgeon in St. Louis on the 2nd to discuss the new treatment plan after the surgery.  OK well this is what I think.  Life is short, Life is full of unexpected twists and turns, we can not control the situations that surround us but we can control how we respond to those situations.  As Sister Mary Alice said we need to just live in the NOW.  I choose to be happy, make the most of every situation, as even the most stressful and trying situations offer us great wisdom.  As for me I have learned that we should not stress over our future plans as they may change, we should be patient as God will take care of us if we just slow down  and enjoy the moment that he has blessed us with.  Look for our the blessings that have been delivered to us as sometimes God gives us gifts we miss while we are stuck spending our time dwelling on the negatives and what if’s and why.

I am so thankful for all the family and friends who have taken the time in their busy life to stop and be supportive to me and my family.  We really never know how blessed we are until something happens, like being diagnosed with cancer, that we see just how much love surrounds us. This love that swells in my heart is a feeling that I can not put into words but it is truly the best gift anyone could ever receive.

While I am saying thanks I would like to add that this Christmas would and should have been a tough one as we have lost a husband, father to my children, we lost a grandmother who was not only a grandmother but a best friend.  The feeling of loss saddens our hearts but our hearts have been filled with love and support that overflows the once empty heart.  Thank you to all my friends, even those who I have not seen or spoke to in a while, Jane Mikell, and for all my neighbors who help me out daily, to all the Dominican Sisters at  Sacred Heart Convent who have taken us in, especially Sr. Mary Alice who is like another grandmother who has taken us in as if we were her own flesh and blood.  Thank you too for all the prayers from my dear friends / Franciscan Sisters out at the Mother House who pray for me regularly.  thank you to my family at St. John’s Hospital who have all been so supportive, and for my dear friends and co-workers at Healogics who take care of all my needs and much more.  Then last but not least thank you for my family and friends who take care of me and helping me and the boys daily, this includes the family at the WCC, the new Hockey families, and all of my close friends, both near and far.  I am sure I can not mention everyone but know each and everyone of you are special to me, reside in my heart and I think of you all every day in my own daily reflections.   THANK YOU ALL FOR BLESSING ME AND MY FAMILY WITH YOUR LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP.

The Gift of Friendship by Helen Steiner Rice:

The Gift of Friendship

Friendship is a priceless gift that

cannot be bought or sold

But its value is far greater than a mountain made of gold-

For gold is cold and lifeless,

it can neither see nor hear,

And in the time of trouble it is powerless to cheer.

It has no ears to listen, no heart to understand,

It cannot bring you comfort

or reach out a helping hand-

So when you ask God for a gift, be thankful if He sends

Not diamonds, pearls, or riches,

but the love of real true friends.

God Bless You All





4 responses

22 12 2012
Muller, Catherine

I have you and yours in my prayers and hope that Christmas and new year are happy and healthy fro you and your family. Love always from a risen pal.


22 12 2012
Brisyn Hupp

How very well said! My eyes filled with tears ! I say a prayer daily ! Love B

22 12 2012

You are such an inspiration, people can learn so much from you, myself included. You are walking the walk and not just talking about it. You and the boys are so much in my thoughts. Luv ya!!!!!

23 12 2012
Gail Clodfelter

Patty you are remarkable!! My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

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