Thursday, April 5, 2012

Time to regroup

It has been a month of emotional highs and lows for me, but I think I am ready to regroup and move forward. 

For starters, the Haiti trip stories and pictures have been filled with lots of emotion. Overall though,  it was a very positive experience for everyone involved, including family members who stayed home.  We got to develop new friendships and support each other when times of worry crept in. 

However, while they were away I got news one day that I had to be at the hospital the next day for a core needle biopsy , as something showed up on my mammogram .  The biopsy itself  wasn't extremely painful  (thanks to the freezing ) , but being clamped in that mammography machine for 45 minutes is not my idea of  fun !!! I'm still bruised ! However, I am thankful I got checked. , and  I thank God everything  turned out to be benign.  That was such a relief to hear this week. God is so merciful .  It's so hard not to let your mind think the worst when you've had cancer recently.  April is cancer awareness month so I guess I'm being made really aware lol.......

Finally, yesterday I had my first ultrasound on my neck  since my surgery last June.  I'm praying that nothing abnormal shows up there.  I feel healthy and am very hopeful .  In May I have some more follow-up tests requiring the $1600 thyrogen  injections I've waited months for due to a global shortage.  If all is clear I won't have to get checked for another year !  Yeah, that would be nice. 

So , I am going to enjoy this wonderful Easter season by  take a group of teens to volunteer at the local soup kitchen,  and then next week get back into bearmaking.  I really enjoyed finishing Brambles who sat on my sewing table for 3 weeks.  Bearmaking really is so therapeutic.

May you and your family have a wonderfully blessed Easter.  He is Risen ! 


Joanne@ Desertmountainbear said...

I am so glad to see that your biopsy turned out benign. Many times over the years, seems like more often than not I have had to have repeat mammograms and have had to have biopsies twice. I am also a cancer survivor and that worry is always in the back of my head. I don't think it ever goes away.
But you now being in the cancer club, you have faced it, the worst fear. I do not know how you feel, it may be still fresh for you, but I am not so afraid of the disease as I was before I had to face it.
I see now there is always hope.
Take care of yourself. I'll be thinking about you.

Debora Hoffmann said...

He is risen indeed! Praise God for your negative scan. I hope your thyroid calms down, too. Hugs to you!