08 November 2009

Recovery is a Wonderful Thing


...*Philippians 4:13 "I can do everything through Him who gives me strength."*

Depending on how you look at it...

I have drain tubes sticking out of three places... which means my body is cooperating by getting rid of the bad stuff and preparing myself for when I will take over and proccess this on the inside of my body.

I hurt terribly when I have a BM... (TMI, yet?) which means my body recognizes that I need to have help and so I have been craving salads and greens which my PEO group provided for me all week. With colitis, salad is not a good thing so it is nice to crave something I usually cannot have!

I am so tired... I nap at least 2-3 hours every day plus sleep at night. Needless to say my feet and backside are feeling the pain... but I know that during the sleep my body is repairing itself well.

Everywhere I move it is painful... but I am using the pain meds as directed and am slowing weaning myself off. I love to be able to work through the pain as much as possible without overstressing my body. So far today Advil and Tylenol have done the trick!

The good news: the pathology reports said there were no additional cancers found in the lymph node dissection, and that the second tumor had a wide margin of clean tissue around it and that the left breast was clear. The uterus and the ovaries were cancer free as well. So, recovery is a wonderful thing! It means that when my surgical aches and pains are gone, I am essentially cancer free!

I am undergoing a treatment later which I will tell you about more when I learn more. Until then, go and enjoy this lovely November day!


  1. Oh Terri... I'm so glad that you're back. I have been praying for you. God Bless.

  2. I have worn my favorites button out checking in to see if you had posted. This is just wonderful news - I am so thankful for answered prayers. I am sorry you are in such discomfort. I pray that you soon will begin to feel better and stronger. Thank you for the update and I continue to pray for your quick recovery Terri.

  3. It's so great to see an update post from you! My prayers for your speedy recovery continue.

    Blessings & hugs,

  4. Oh hooray! I'm glad the pain is going away some! Just be easy on yourself and kind, kind, kind to you! And give that lovely family of yours a hug from me. You are all so tender and sweet with each other! Happy Monday Terri!

  5. I was so happy to see you had posted....I, too, had been checking frequently on you!

    You are doing all of the right things your body needs for healing....the gift of sleep is a blessing!

    I've thought of you so often and have kept you in my prayers...it was so great to read your post and your positive news.

    Take care! L, Dana

  6. Hi Terri,
    Have a speedy recovery. I am so sorry to hear of your struggles. When I've tried to comment I get kicked off, I hope this goes through. Thinking of you and prayers too! Cindy

  7. Awesome news!
    I am so glad to hear that pathology report!!

    Keep taking good care of yourself and accept all of the offers for help and caring you receive.

    Blessings on your day, Friend.
    Love the verse you posted!

    Becky K.

  8. Terri, so glad to hear you are getting better. You are totally, totally amazing. I always knew this.....but you are awesome! I truly mean that.

    Sending prayers many times each day.

    Love, Barb ♥

  9. God Bless you Sweet Friend!! It sounds so good to me that you are cancer free. God is good!!

  10. Dear Terri,

    I've been away from Oregon since October 30 and have thought about you often. I am thrilled to know the cancer is gone and also thrilled to know you are recovering well (in spite of the pain and discomfort.)

    Stay focused, good friend. Everything is going to be fine ............

  11. I've missed YOU SO MUCH!!! Big (but really gentle) hug!!!!!!

    I can't imagine what you've been going through. I can't imagine what a life-altering experience this has been, but I'm in awe of your courage, your incredible positive spirit, and that fabulous sense of humor of yours. I only wish I had a fraction of your grace. I've been praying for you and I'll continue to do so. You're one fantabulous friend!!! :)

  12. Yeah! You're blogging again. I know we've "talked" through e-mail, but it's not the same. I enjoy seeing you right here...where you belong. It's good to have you back.

    Praising God for your good path reports!



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