Monday, October 01, 2007

Latest Journal Entry by Patti

My long time friend Patti posted on her Caring Bridge page yesterday. I posted it here for those of you who are aware of her recent bout with breast cancer and double mastectomy. She has told me over and over how much she appreciates my "little blogging community's" prayers and thoughts!
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2007 02:54 PM, CDT

Dear Friends and Family,

First, for the good news: I had my last chemotherapy this past Thursday, the 27th! yippee!! I actually got a graduation diploma with a purple heart on it, signed by all the nurses and my doctor. How cool is that!

The bad news is that somehow I've gotten a flare up of my diverticulitis, and yesterday had to call the doctor, my fever was 102.5. He said it was too early for it to be related to the treatment, and with the cramping, it was just another flare up of the previous problem. He prescribed me 2 strong antibiotics and said hopefully by Monday I'll be feeling better.

Next Wednesday, the 3rd, I'll be having a cat scan of the abdomen in preparation for the upcoming colon surgery, which will probably be at least in 5-6 weeks. I met with one surgeon last week, but he doesn't do the laproscopy, and if I qualify, that's what I'd prefer to have done. He recommended a colleague that does the laproscopy, and my appointment with her is Monday, 10/8. I'll get more information about when she can do the surgery then.

My big concern is that we don't want to do the surgery as an emergency surgery with infection or inflammation....they said the ideal way is to go in as preventative surgery so it lessens the recuperative stage.

This past treatment, #3, was by far the worst of them all. The side effects lasted all through out the whole 3 weeks, and were pretty severe. So, I don't really know what the next 3 weeks will hold. I'm just glad that it is the last treatment. How thankful I am!

When I got into the car to come home from my treatment, I had a CD of the Booth Brothers in my CD player, and this is what came on:

Yesterday's Battles

I've lived through days filled with heartache and pain;

And prayed to the Father to take them away;

Then I heard Him whisper, "I'm always with you,

I hold tomorrow, I'll bring you through."

Yesterday's trials give me strength for today,

And they serve to remind me that He'll make a way.

The nighttime is over, and now I can see

That yesterday's battles are today's victory.

Isn't that amazing that is the first song that I would hear? My God is so good to give me His peace that passes all understanding. I trust Him with my life.

Keep trusting!


p.s. Thank you for praying for me!


groovyoldlady said...

Cancer AND diverticulitis. Double UGH! That poor, sweet lady. I'm a-prayin' for her!

Julie's Jewels said...

Bless her heart!! I know how the diverticulitis is painful. Well not first hand..but my husband has it and it flares up on him now and then and he usually ends up in the ER with it. I'll be praying for her.

Jungle Mom said...

Poor thing, but she is a trooper!!!


You are so full of courage and such an inspiration. I am sure the Lord is very glad that you are a child of His. Keep your eyes on him and you will stay strong. You are in my prayers. May God bless you. connie from Texas


Pam, you are a very good friend to Vicki and I am sure she appreciates you so much. She is blest to have you. connie from Texas

Pat said...

She has such "God-strength!!"

You cannot help but feel uplifted after reading a post by her!!

Rebecca said...

Hi Pam. I'm talking to you on the computer right now.

Frazzled Farm Wife said...

What an awesome lady! Such an inspriration to all of us.

Happymama said...

Bless her heart...she's such an encouragement!


Lori said...

Thanks for the update on your friend Patti.
I agree poor thing. She is a trooper.

I admire her always looking for the positives in life, being thankful, and turning to God with song and praise.

I'll say a prayer for her right now.