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

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

Monday, August 26, 2013

The days are passing…

I missed summer.  September is right around the corner and I will soon be a year older.  I honestly had this fear that I would not wake up from the first surgery on July 23rd, and then I would think how silly that was.  If I didn’t wake up how would I know the difference?   That was the day the lymph nodes were removed from the right side of my neck and the first round of radiation was put into my tongue via the wire implants.  Then the second round of radiation began 2 weeks later on August 6th.  My last surgery was on August 10th to remove the radiation ball and the wires.  I did have the good Lord holding my right hand through all of this and the prayers from my blogging friends all over the world were life sustaining.

I don’t need to worry about a wrinkled neck anymore as I have a lovely network of surgery lines.  I thank God for the fact that I am here to make mention of this.

While I was in the hospital room in the midst of the clutter, etc. I would lie in the bed and I would write blogs over and over in my head.  I so wanted to write a blog about my oncologist and I will do that soon.  He is such a kind, gentle caring man.  I thought so many times how much I would have liked for him to have been Jim’s oncologist.  I don’t know that Jim’s prognosis would have been different but at least he would have had a caring doctor.

I did want to let you all know that I am beginning to feel a bit better.  I still am not able to chew but that will happen soon I know.  I am drinking a lot of Boost, etc.  I have lost over 20 lbs. which I didn’t need to lose.

I do have 2 big red tomatoes that my s-i-l’s brother sent to me.  I have them in the refrigerator hoping they will last a couple of weeks at which time I will try a BLT.

Thank you to my new visitors.  You all have a great week.  Stay safe and be happy!!

Beth

42 comments:

  1. Oh Beth I do hope you can get to that BLT sandwich soon. HUGS HUGS B

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  2. Such an horrific time you have had, I feel for you, & now you have turned the corner sharing with all of us your journey from the deep to the shallow, through the tunnel & out. Take care...best wishes M xx

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  3. You have been through a real ordeal, Beth! I am happy you are able to share your experience with us!

    I look forward to hearing about that BLT!

    Hugs,
    Nellie

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  4. I'm so glad that you are starting to feel better, such a hard time you have had, I hope its all clear sailing ahead,

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  5. It's good to hear your feeling a bit better and that things are looking up. I know that BLT will taste just wonderful when the time comes. Keeping the prayers and hugs coming.

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  6. Buttons sent me over to give you hugs (((HUGS!!!)))

    Hope you can get back to enjoying those BLT's, really soon!

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  7. Hi Beth,
    Pleased you are starting to feel a bit better. Perhaps writing all the blogs about your horrific time will help to bring healing of the memory of it in time.

    Take Care - Hugs Nita

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  8. Such a horrible ordeal, so glad you are feeling a little better and will improve quickly.

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  9. Beth, I'm glad that the surgeries went well and that you are beginning to feel better. I hope that you will be able to have that BLT soon!

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  10. I am hopeing you get to have that BLT sandwich very soon my friend :) very soon. And I look forward to the blog post about your oncologist.

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  11. Hi Beth, I will pray that you get your BLT soon. It sure sounds good in this horrible hot weather. It is already in the 80's and isn't even noon yet. I wanted you to know you are in my hearts and prayers that you continue to progress. I am off to the post office and then go see hubby at the nursing home. Take care. Many hugs and prayers coming from Your Missouri Friend.

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  12. Hi Beth, Thank you for this update. I have been praying for you. I would love to read about your oncologist. I know I wrote several posts about John's surgeon from last year and what a blessing he has been to my family - having operated on John and my brother. Like you, John and I had so many blog friends praying for us. It is hard to explain the gratefulness we have for folks we've never even met!
    I continue to pray for you to heal and to be able to enjoy that BLT sooner than you think. You are loved!

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  13. Beth- I am so happy that you are starting to feel better. I know the worst is behind you and now you just have to deal with the results of the treatment...and the fear that always lies in the back of a cancer patient's head-the fear of recurrence. Our friend, Mike, who had an almost identical surgery about 15 years ago and he is still cancer free. He said it did change his taste buds-he likes things he never ate before-and he lost some salivary glands so drinks a lot of water with his food. Small enough price to pay to be cancer free all these years.
    God bless you-you are still in my prayers. There were more well wishes for you on my blog after you visited if you want to pop over and read them.
    Hope you have a wonderful, bright Monday- xo Diana

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  14. That BLT should be your goal. You know what I mean. It will mean the result of positive advancement.
    We're all behind you Beth!

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  15. Its lovely to hear from you and you sound very upbeat considering all you have been though. Like many others of your friends, you continue to be in my prayers.

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  16. it's the little things beth....a blt, a ride in the car, feeling joy again!! so happy to catch up with you today, i have missed you and i am soooo happy to read about your progress!!

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  17. So glad you are starting to feel better. Love and prayers from Arizona!

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  18. I've never believed death is end of existence so I don't think it's just a black out when you die but I'm glad you didn't have to find out...this fight sounds like one you're winning and what a delightful way to celebrate it...BLT!

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  19. Hugs and a lots of good hopes and wishes to you from my family and me. You will prove to be trooper, we shall see!

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  20. I am so glad to hear you are feeling some better. Whew...I know it hasn't been easy and uneasy days to come but you are hanging in there, for which I am thankful.
    Summer has come and gone so fast, I can't believe it. I am hanging onto summer with everything I've got. Here in West Texas, we should have another month at least of hot, nice weather.
    Love to you....

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  21. a BLT or even just a good ole tomato sandwich would be awesome. I hope you get one soon. While I know you seem better, I oontinue to pray for your constant improvement.

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  22. That BLT will taste so delicious. I continue to pray for you.

    Love,
    Janie

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  23. i do hope you can start eating and regaining soon!

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  24. Sis:I am so happy you are feeling some better now. I pray for you each day and KNOW God will bless you with a complete recovery.I do hope you can gain some strength back soon. You are a treasure to us all and we can't wait to hear all you have to say about your experience. XOXO

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  25. So happy to hear that you are feeling a bit better. : ) What a joy it will be for you to eat real food!!
    Since you missed summer I'm sure your Fall will be twice as good. : )

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  26. Oh, Buttons is so right. You DO need some hugs right now. Consider yourself hugged repeatedly. I hope you recuperate well and that the treatments are successful beyond your hopes. Take care.

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  27. Twin, that's my girl! You sound so positive and I am happy beyond telling at how much better you feel. I too would love to hear about this oncologist. I remember about the other one. xxxooo

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  28. Good to get a message from you. I'm happy to hear you are feeling a little better. That is good news. Did you know that you can mix anything in a blender and be able to eat it even through a straw? My niece had an accident a couple of weeks ago, falling while jogging. After surgery her jaw is wired shut. The doctor told her that one of his patients even blended meatloaf and potatoes and was able to eat them. A friend of mine suggested spaghetti for Erin. Just a suggestion and I hope it is helpful. I pray for your continued improvement and I'm sure all of your friends are still praying too. Hugs! Bertie

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  29. I am so glad to hear that you are improving. I look forward to hearing about that BLT real soon!!

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  30. Hi Beth! I hope you know how inspiring you are to all of us. You've shown such stamina and courage. I particularly love your words here: "I don’t need to worry about a wrinkled neck anymore as I have a lovely network of surgery lines. I thank God for the fact that I am here to make mention of this." Such a beautiful and intelligent way to feel! Hugs to you

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  31. That is good news Beth , so glad you are feeling better. A BLT oh yes lovely hope you enjoy it very soon.
    Hugs Sheila xxx

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  32. Beth, I am so happy that you are feeling better! Take care of yourself. I hope you get that BLT soon!

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  33. So happy you're feeling better! I hope those tomatoes last for you. :)

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  34. I know how looking forward to eating that sandwich is. You will do it! You sound much improved already in this blog. Wishing the best improvements for you.

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  35. I'm so pleased to hear that you are progressing well....even though it is slow. My word you've been through so much. I'm so glad that you had a caring doctor. Just please take it as slowly as it needs. I know you probably think...well of course! We just all care and don't really know what to say....or how to say it! The feeling is there though! Joan

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  36. I am so glad you have those survivor scars! :):)
    Glad you are slowly feeling better. Be waiting to hear about the good doctor.

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  37. Watching your progress...be better, soon...

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  38. Hi, Beth. I'm visiting from Nana Diana's blog. Sending prayers your way, and hoping you'll be able to have that BLT soon.
    Hugs, Babs

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  39. You may have "missed" summer but you are still here. Your oncologist sounds like a wonderful doctor.

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  40. I feel you are rounding a corner here and feeling better and thinking happier. I am so glad . Will keep praying - I know this is a huge deal. I can't even imagine. Love and hugs, sandie

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