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22 05 2017

Well as most of you already know I am not very good at this blogging.  I take entirely to long to write between posts.  This is still the best way to keep everyone updated even though it takes me such a long time to write between posts.  First I would like to ask all those who read my post to say a prayer for a friend who is going through more than anyone should every have to go through.  She was recently diagnosed with two different types of cancer.  She has had surgery and is currently going through chemo and radiation.  I know this is very tough on her but I am confident God will see her through this.  She is a beautiful person inside and out which makes it so hard to understand why. God has his reasons that which are only known to him.  Maybe he just needed a few more good people to be an inspiration to others!  I am not sure but please pray for Peggy as she needs all the prayers possible.  God listens and he answers.

As for my update.  I found out that once again my cancer has shown its ugly face.  I am having surgery on the 2nd of June to remove it.  It just doesn’t want to go away and stay away.  I guess it just really likes me.  I am going to start immunotherapy  infusions on June 12th.  The infusions will be every three weeks and they will take 2-3 hours each visit.  I am hopeful this will be easier than the chemo which did not work well for me.  I am still trying to adjust to my vision changes!  I am sure that I will get rid of this again because I have way to much to do in this life.  The potholes in the road of life are showing up a little to frequent for my liking so I will be praying that God sends a road crew down here to fix the potholes, at least for a while.  I need a break.  I was really hoping to write about getting my neck surgery done.  The implant I had put in did not fuse and is causing the nerves in my arms and hand to die, and I continue to have large golf ball size knots that come and go on the back side of my neck which is really painful. I am now on hold for that surgery until I finish the immunotherapy.  I am really not sure why they don’t like to operate on patients with cancer or in therapy.  I think if your going to feel bad just go ahead and do it.  Well I guess we will see if I can talk the neurosurgeon into it anyways.  Never hurts to keep asking right!  So on a good note I am B-Raff + which is typically a worse diagnosis than being B-Raff – but there are more treatment options for B-Raff + patients.  This means that even if it keeps coming back I can try other things to stop it.  I am getting worn out pretty easily these days and the pain from my neck problems is getting worse.  I don’t get to sleep much so I am always tired.  I have switched to plastic cups or metal water bottles because I seem to drop everything.  I am tripping and falling a lot more, which is totally embarrassing.  A real train wreck but I am sure I too will get through this soon enough and hopefully better days are coming.  Yes, I am still smiling, still holding true to my faith in God, and live each day appreciating it as if it were my last.  Pray, Pray and Pray.  Don’t forget God is your best friend and he is always waiting to have conversations with you too.  If there is one thing I can not preach enough of it is that we all need to appreciate and make the most of every day.  Say I love you more often, pick up the phone or write a letter to those you have not had a chance to talk to lately but you think about often.  Make a bucket list and start checking off those things on your list.  Why wait……we never know when our time will be up so let’s make the most of each day.  Throw any anger or stress out the window.  There is no time for silly games.  Be happy every day.

A practice I started about 5 years ago is a good one for everyone to try.   Each day wake up about 15 minutes earlier than usual.  Get up grab a cup of coffee, or whatever you like to drink, and go outside or sit next to a window where you can look outside at something beautiful.  Take these 15 minutes to list everything you are thankful for.  Do this every day and try not to repeat anything you mentioned the day before.  You should continue doing this until it becomes a habit.  You may think it will be hard to think of things you are thankful of for 15 minutes every day but you will be surprised at how easy it actually is.  I can promise you this, you will start your day off in a good mood, you will be more awake and alert and you will find in time that even on your worst day things won’t seem as bad because you will think back to all the good things you were thankful for earlier that day.  Just try it for one month and see how it changes your moods each day.  You will look back a month later and see that you are not so quick to anger, the little things that used to drive you crazy will seem almost meaningless and your overall health might even improve.  Try it out and let me know what you think.   I am not a morning person and never have been so getting up 15 minutes earlier was really hard.  I constantly wanted to hit the snooze just one more time but then I would tell myself is 10 or 15 minutes going to make me any less tired?  The answer to that question was always “no”.  I would still be tired when the buzzer went off and I would still want to hit snooze again and again.  Eventually I started looking forward to getting up earlier.  I was much more alert when I headed out the door to start my day and I was happier.  I can’t wait for you to try this. TRUST ME….you will find this helpful and if you have a nice view while practicing this it is even better.  I choose to look out over my garden and watch the birds as they fly into the garden to feed.  There are so many beautiful birds and my favorite are the hummingbirds.  It is almost that time of year for them to be showing up again.  I am not much of a winter person but I have found that just looking out at the barren trees can be beautiful too.  It is a reminder of how God gives our planet a rest and after a long winter he will renew everything again.  The cycle of the plants, trees, insects, and animals is very beautiful and interesting.  How much time have you spent just watching mother nature at work?  Probably not much.  This 15 minutes a day will give you a whole new appreciation of nature as well.  Ok enough about this.

I want to thank everybody who takes the time to read these posts.  I am thankful to all of you and pray that each of you have a blessed week.  Take a deep breath and smell the spring air, take notice of all the plants that are beginning to bloom and remember to smile it is courageous.


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5 responses

22 05 2017
Judy Barham

Hi honey, always encouraged by you and your faith…God is very proud of you…you are in my prayers daily..I love you

22 05 2017
mary littrell

Prayer for a remission for you, you are a strong person, and have a wonderful attitude.

22 05 2017
Deanna

First of all thank you for asking friends to be prayer warriors for Peggy.
Secondly know you are in my thoughts and prayers every day. I can’t figure how you stay as positive with all these hurdles that you keep coming to. Love you bunches. D

22 05 2017
Joelle

Patty, you are amazing. You are the strongest woman and the best role model I know. If only I could carry you over some of those potholes.
Know that you are held close in our prayers…daily.
❤🌻 Joelle

23 05 2017
Linda Birks

I am praying for you Patty.

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