It's that time of the year....

It's that time of the year....

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

So many things to write about…

It all began on Friday May 31, 2013.  My daughter and I were just home from taking flowers to my husband’s grave in the east central part of the state.

The first thing I did when I got home was to check my mailbox.  I saw that I had an appointment with Cancer Care the next week.  I thought there was some mistake and I called and told  them so. No mistake.  My biopsy showed cancer.  My world came crashing down around me. Then began a nightmare that ended last Saturday August 3, 2013. 

I was diagnosed with tongue cancer.  A somewhat rare cancer for women, usually affecting men who chew tobacco, smokers, etc.  I have never smoked or chewed tobacco.  I have been unable to talk, eat, or swallow well for the last few months.  I have lost over 20 lbs.  Right now I am existing on liquid and soft foods.  I am praying that it will get better as my mouth heals from the direct to the tongue radiation process.

http://www.mayoclinic.org/tongue-cancer/?wt.srch=1&wt.mc_id=google&keyword=minnesota_oral_cancer_tongue_cancer_exact_match&campaign=mcr_ent-regional&state=regional&kw=tongue%20cancer&ad=3017918736&Network=Search&SiteTarget=&gclid=CNzW75qE_bgCFYtDMgodKjoAMg

I have lots more to write about.  Radiation isolation is quite something.  No visits from family or anyone and the nurses are allowed only limited time in your room.

I hope you are all having a good week.  Stay safe and be happy!!

Beth

50 comments:

  1. Prayers continue for a great healing process for you Beth. I keep trying to get my husband and son to stop the chewing. Tons of hugs for you.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I hope you can beat this one too. Nothing but positive vibes for you, Beth!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Kerrie & Jaiden from AustraliaAugust 14, 2013 at 9:17:00 AM CDT

    Sending loving thoughts and positive vibes your way. xOx

    ReplyDelete
  4. SIS..HUGS to you I know it has been so very hard. I pray several times a day for you and KNOW God will bless you with complete recovery and the freedom to speak eat and swallow again. You are so loved and cherished..Be strong dear friend and know we all have you wrapped in our virtual arms and care so very much. XOXO

    ReplyDelete
  5. Oh, Beth - After reading the information on the links you have posted, I am much better informed about this. thank you. The best sentence I read was, "When identified early, tongue cancer is highly curable." That is why our dentist examinations are so important. Be well!

    ReplyDelete
  6. now that it is over, thanks for telling us what kind of cancer you had - and what a surprise, i'm sure...

    ReplyDelete
  7. Keep your faith, Beth. God is with you, and you have many friends praying for you and with you. I hope it is gone now. Bertie

    ReplyDelete
  8. May the sun shine down on you in the days ahead as you heal. May you feel my love too. xOx

    ReplyDelete
  9. Hi Beth just hang in there. The road may seem bumpy, but God is at the wheel and will bring you safely to your destination. Sending healing hugs

    ReplyDelete
  10. Glad to see you back and you stay safe and be happy as well.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Beth, I wish you were not going through this. We know life isn't fair. You are a special person, and I hope this is over soon. You remain in my prayers. Hugs.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Wow Beth...thanks for sharing that info. My husband chews, He does get yearly check ups, and dental visits every six months. But still, I really worry. Prayers are with you.....

    ReplyDelete
  13. Oh Beth - big HUGS - you have really been put through the "winger" as my mom used to say. I'm so happy you are feeling at least well enough to write a blog post. Prayers are continuing for you - until you are all well. Know you are surrounded by love from your blogging pals in addition to your family and friends.

    ReplyDelete
  14. blessings wow Beth, my prayers are with you. I just found out my cousin's cancer has returned his is in his mouth and nose (they say this is rare as well). When he was first diagnosed it was from a lump in the back of his neck, they cut him from ear to ear and he did the radiation treatments etc., he survived it all and began to live again, got remarried and now it has returned. He is optimistic, he says he beat it once he will beat it again, he is keeping the faith and ready to fight. He just turned 40

    ReplyDelete
  15. I keep you in my prayers, it must be so hard, I hope the worst is over and things will become easier for you,

    ReplyDelete
  16. Well, this explains a lot more than I knew. My father in law has lung cancer and he never smoked. Cancer isn't choosy.

    I will continue to pray for you.

    XO,
    Jane

    ReplyDelete
  17. I like the petunias & that saying is so true.
    Tongue cancer - that I have seen in one of my professions.
    Prayers for you, & I hope you are now on the mend :)

    ReplyDelete
  18. Good Thursday morning, Beth. I continue to send my thoughts and prayers to you for your complete recovery. Wish I could be there to offer support. Sending hugs, Nellie

    ReplyDelete
  19. How awful. It must be Hell. I cannot imagine. I will be praying for you, Beth. I am so sorry.

    ReplyDelete
  20. I am so glad they caught it, though! What an ordeal. I hope it is all done and gone now. You've been in my thoughts and prayers. What a story you have to tell. *hugs*

    ReplyDelete
  21. Amazing grace...how sweet the sound...

    Almost as amazing as what I just read. Love you, dear one, and great wishes for continued recovery. We just never know, do we, what lies around the bend... xoxoxoxoxo

    ReplyDelete
  22. Oh my, I'm so sorry to hear that! Praying for you, dear one.

    ReplyDelete
  23. Just stopping for a quick comment. Thank you for taking the time to comment on my blog today, Beth! It sure was wonderful to see your name there! I'll write you an e-mail later this evening....hopefully, I'll remember to! LOL
    If not, you can be assured that you're in my thoughts and prayers! Hugs..

    ReplyDelete
  24. Love the new Header Beth ...well Beth at least you are on the right path, everyone here sends love and holding you dearly in their Prayers.
    Hugs
    Sheila xx

    ReplyDelete
  25. Lots of Hugs Beth. I am sorry about the news. May God give you strength. We are all here for you.
    I did not realize this until I read your post today. Thanks for the info:)

    ReplyDelete
  26. Beth, You are in my prayers still. You have been through so much in such a short time. Just know that many have you in their prayers and thoughts. Blessings to you. xoxo,Susie

    ReplyDelete
  27. Continued prayers for your complete and total healing!!!

    ReplyDelete
  28. Attitude is an important part of the healing process and you have a great one. You are an inspiration.

    ReplyDelete
  29. Just keep the faith Beth. It will take time to fully heal but my guess is that you are one tough broad and you will get through this.
    I'm glad you're back.

    ReplyDelete
  30. I'm still praying every morning for you!!

    ReplyDelete
  31. I'm still praying for you every morning!!
    Such pretty petunias in your new header.

    ReplyDelete
  32. I'm praying for you Beth. Keep up the good fight. God will see you through. Blessings.

    ReplyDelete
  33. You will beat this Beth...and we are with you every stepp of the way. Every single step. You're in my thoughts and prayers.

    ReplyDelete
  34. I can only imagine the challenges you're facing Beth. I know many have supported you in every way they know how and I will do so in prayer as well. I do believe you're an overcomer and will beat this. God bless and keep you my friend.

    ReplyDelete
  35. I will continue to pray for you, Beth. xo Laura

    ReplyDelete
  36. My thoughts and prayers all time you my dear friend.
    Michiko

    ReplyDelete
  37. I wondered what kind of cancer you had. I am sorry that you have cancer, but I know you are going to beat it. I know you face challenges, but you have a lot of prayers here. Best wishes my friend.
    sandie

    ReplyDelete
  38. Oh Beth, what can I say that hasn't already been said?! I continue to pray for you and to look for updates on your health. I do hope that the road back will be gentle now after all the pain and that you will continue to heal and heal completely. Much love and hugs. Joan

    ReplyDelete
  39. As I read your post, I found myself shaking my head and saying, "Whewwwww, Beth went through absolute hell". And to think it was 3 months of agony, omg. I know things are still not back to normal yet, but it sure is better than it was and now the road is uphill. As everyone has said in one way or another, and is so true, you have an army of friends out here even if we aren't living on your street or in your town -- yes, we're still an army of love, prayers, and total support for you, always in your corner. Prayers continued :)
    Sending much love your way, you sweet thing you, Xoxoxo

    ReplyDelete
  40. Dear Beth, I've been praying for you. I've tried to comment but, Google stops it....maybe this time. I pray that you will be completely well soon. The prayers will continue.

    ReplyDelete
  41. Beth, I am sorry that you have had such an ordeal. But I'm really glad the treatment is over and you are back at home. Thank you for the update. I continue to pray for your recovery.

    ReplyDelete
  42. I can hardly wait for this to start receding. YOU can hardly wait. Sending all of my love and still prayers for your total and complete recovery, dear Twin. xoxoxox

    ReplyDelete
  43. Good to hear you are back home and on your way to recovery. I am sure you have some stories after your hospital stay. Sending good thoughts your way:)

    ReplyDelete
  44. Hi Beth,

    You have continued to be in thoughts and prayers, I did read this blog, but somehow my comment doesn't seem to be here. Hope you go from strength to strength. Hugs Nita

    ReplyDelete
  45. Wow, definitely puts my problems in perspective. God bless, you'll be in my prayers.
    +followed

    ReplyDelete
  46. Lifting you up in prayer in Jesus sweet precious name!!

    Matthew 18:19

    Jeremiah 33:6

    God bless

    Erika

    ReplyDelete
  47. You are doing a world of good to share this, Beth. How very shocking it all must have been for you and then to have to be isolated in this way. Somehow I know that you have a lot more to share and I will be very interested to hear what it is.

    ReplyDelete
  48. Oh, sweet girl. I have so many friends who are going through this and I must confess, I fear it. But I have also seen so many conquer and overcome. I know that there are no easy answers to life's hard questions, but this one thing I do know, God loves you and very aquainted with what we are going through even when we feel isolated and alone, even when we feel He has forsaken us. Will pray that God brings you to my mind often that I may pray for you.

    ReplyDelete

I welcome your comments! Because of a lot of spam I am monitoring comments. :-)