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I am back again!

Monday, April 07, 2014

My dear SP friends. The past 5 days have been crazy. I went in last Thursday for a check up with my Pulmonologist and ended back in the hospital. I am sorry Leslie did not have a chance to let anyone know. She has been busy all weekend with a University event called MedFair.

I am home now and feeling a lot better than when I first got out of the hospital the first time. I still have a lot of restrictions but I am ready to start working on getting myself back into shape. I am working with a PT and a OT to help me get there. I have a couple of workers coming to make the bathroom handicap safe and some new steps for the getting into and out of the garage from the house. So things are going to be a little busy around here. I am going to keep in touch a little more often than I have lately. I hope to rejoin the challenges in May.

Thank you all for your prayers and thoughts.

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KLAD_COCKERS 4/12/2014 5:22PM

    I'm so glad you're home and recuperating with your friend and your furry friends.

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AMYBELLES 4/12/2014 10:19AM

    I'm so sorry to hear you were in the hospital but glad you are back home, getting better and on track with your PT and OT! Sending hugs and positive thoughts for your continuing progress. It will be so nice to have you back doing the challenge again in May, emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JAKENELL 4/9/2014 8:52PM

    Peaches, Jake, and Nellie join me in sending good wishes, healthy vibes, and prayers your way!
Sheila

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WALKZWDOGZ 4/9/2014 6:41AM

    Sending prayers & Spaniel snuggles & wags to help you heal! Please know we're thinging of you! emoticon

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48MYYEAR2014 4/8/2014 1:12PM

    that is great news Deb keep at it you will get there my friend emoticon

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BARBIE176 4/8/2014 11:51AM

    emoticon home. I am so happy to hear that you are feeling better, but know that my thoughts and prayers continue for you. I can't tell you how nice it was to see a post from you! Hang in there, my dear friend. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 4/7/2014 11:13PM

    Welcome home , my thoughts and prayers are with you!

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BEFIT014 4/7/2014 10:47PM

    SO happy to hear you're doing OK! I'll keep you in my thoughts & prayers!

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BARBIEE52 4/7/2014 5:17PM

    It's good to hear from you, and so glad you are feeling better. But hope you are back to feeling like yourself again soon!! Sending my thoughts & prayers for your continued improvement!!
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KRAZY4KATZ 4/7/2014 5:07PM

    So sorry you had to stay in the hospital again but glad you're home and getting things done to it to help you. Thank you for the update. Continued prayers for you.

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Been Home a Week! Things are getting better!

Friday, March 28, 2014

This is the first time I have felt up to sitting up at the computer since getting home a week ago Thursday. I have nursing care coming in 3 times a week and a PT an OT coming inat least once a week. I haven't left the house since coming home. Hopefully I will feel like getting out next week for a quick grocery shopping trip.

Ladies from my church have been terrific about bringing food to the house so Leslie hasn't had to cook much. I have had plenty of visitors this past week. Just got a call from my OT and she will be here in about 40 minutes.

I just wanted to let all of you know that I am starting to get around better and I am not in as much pain. So things are looking up. I go back to see the doctors in a couple of weeks.

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CHERIRIDDELL 3/30/2014 12:37AM

    Glad to hear you are feeling better.

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AMYBELLES 3/29/2014 10:47PM

    Sending hugs and well wishes to you, Debbie! Thanks so much for the update! I hope you continue to recuperate and will be able to get out of the house soon! So glad to hear that you have had lots of visitors, as well as food being brought in by your church friends. emoticon emoticon

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48MYYEAR2014 3/29/2014 11:01AM

    emoticon emoticon my friend glad to hear you are getting better

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KRAZY4KATZ 3/29/2014 7:05AM

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I so very glad to hear from you and that you're feeling better. You've been in my thoughts and prayers, and will continue to be. I truly hope and pray you improve quickly and won't be having any lengthy hospital stays for quite a while, as I'm sure you feel the same. I'm so glad you have a friend to care for you, and ladies from the church helping. Take care, and keep us updated.
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BARBIEE52 3/28/2014 10:56PM

    I am so glad you are home, and are doing better. Glad to hear you are on your road to recovery..take it slow. I have been thinking of you lots!!
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STEPBYSTEP1955 3/28/2014 9:35PM

    emoticon I am glad that you are doing Okay. Take it easy and don't try to do too much too soon.

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MJ2AHM 3/28/2014 9:27PM

    Thanks for the update. I am glad you are at least able to get up and around a bit. Take care!

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BEFIT014 3/28/2014 5:29PM

    Glad to hear you're doing OK!
Take care and, of course, don't do too much all at once.

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CATHYGETSFIT 3/28/2014 2:34PM

    I've been thinking about you a lot and wondering how you were doing. Thank you for taking a little time to update us. I'm so glad you are starting to feel better and get around better. That's great that so many ladies from your church have been bringing food over so that Leslie doesn't have to cook much. Hope you continue to feel better! emoticon emoticon

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JAKENELL 3/28/2014 2:26PM

    Wonderful news that truly brightened my day! Take it easy and don't rush your recuperation!
Sheila

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It has been a while. Here is the latest update

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Well it has been a while since I gave an update on my health issues. I have been to see a dermatologist, a surgeon, had an MRI and a Lung Scan done in the past two weeks.

The 3 moles the dermatologist removed came back negative for cancer. So they haven't found the source for the tumor in my lung.

MRI shows no tumors on the brain. Which is good. The Lung Scan proves that I am a decent candidate for suregery.

My visit with the surgeon was good. He explained the surgery to me and how long I am going to be in the hospital. Since they are removing a small section of my lung. There will have to be a chest tube for a couple of days. The doctor doesn't think I should be in there more than a week.

My surgery is scheduled for next Monday at 8am. I have to check in at 6am. My younest sister is coming up to be with me for the surgery. So don't feel bad if you don't hear from me for a week or so. My roommate Leslie can get on my account if she needs to let you all know what is going on.

Cathy, if I am able to call you and give you more updates while in the hospital I will. Then you can let the team know for me.

I have been on Spark 5 years this month. I have known some of you from the beginning. I want you all to know that you are my second family. I love you all.

  
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BARBIE176 3/8/2014 12:33AM

    You have been on my heart and in my prayers lately. So very glad to read this update on what you have been going through. It seems that most of the testing has been showing good results which is a positive thing. I know it must be a very scary thing you are going through and I am glad you have a sister that will be with your and, of course, Leslie. Know that you will also be in many of our prayers.

I will be praying for a successful surgery and a speedy recovery for you as well as peace through it all as I await further news from or about you.

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CATHYGETSFIT 3/7/2014 1:01PM

    Thank you for updating us on what is going on with you. I'm glad to hear that the moles and the brain scan came back negative. I'm sure it's still scary though to not know the source of the tumor on your lung though.

I know you are a fighter and will come through all of this with flying colors! I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers! I'm glad your sister will be coming up to be with you during your surgery.

I will update the A&I team and your Spaniels team if you can call me while in the hospital.

Take care!
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HICKOK-HALEY 3/7/2014 1:08AM

    At least the moles, and brain came out clean. I'm sure you will do fine. I feel positive for you. We will all think about you! emoticon
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CHERIRIDDELL 3/7/2014 12:43AM

    Debbie you will be in my thoughts and prayers,Hugs,Cheri

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BEFIT014 3/6/2014 9:25PM

    You'll be in my thoughts & prayers, for sure!
Take care!

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AMYBELLES 3/6/2014 9:19PM

    Thanks so much for the update, Debbie. That's great news about the moles and also that you are a good candidate for the surgery. You will be in my thoughts and prayers! Sending big emoticonto you!

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MJ2AHM 3/6/2014 9:15PM

    You are in my prayers and if you don't mind I will put you on our prayer list in my Sunday morning class.

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BARBIEE52 3/6/2014 8:40PM

    Debbie,
You will definitely be in my thoughts and prayers. I hope everything will be positive for you. I am writing the day/time on my calender...I will be thinking of you lots.
Lots of love & ((((((HUGS)))))))
Barb
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STEPBYSTEP1955 3/6/2014 4:14PM

    Debbie, I am glad that the results from the mole test and brain scan came back with favorable results. I will keep you in my prayers that all goes well with the surgery.
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JAKENELL 3/6/2014 3:14PM

    Debbie,
You are definitely in my prayers! I haven't been keeping up with Spark due to some personal medical issues but am so glad I did check out the team today and see your blog!
Stay strong.
I'll be thinking of you and sending up prayers on Monday.
Sheila

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KRAZY4KATZ 3/6/2014 12:18PM

    That's good news on the moles and brain scan. I will keep you in my prayers that all goes well with the surgery.
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SHOYER 3/6/2014 10:19AM

    Debbie, I just happened to see your blog link in my Friend Feed today, and I'm so glad I did. While I have not been able to keep up with the BSG challenges as I used to, I still try to keep track of my SP friends from there.

I will read more later, but want you to know right now that I hope for nothing but the best results and most positive news for you always. emoticon

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KLAD_COCKERS 3/6/2014 9:44AM

    You'll be in my prayers Debbie. It's scary not knowing the source of the tumor on your lung, but I have no doubt that the doctors will do everything they can to figure it out. Hopefully Leslie will post an update or two, so your SparkFriends know how you're doing.

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Things could be worse! For some reason I am not sure how.

Friday, February 21, 2014

I got the call from my pulmonologist yesterday morning. The news wasn't what either of us expected. Seems that Big C has struck for a second time at me. The tumor is a melanoma (skin cancer). My pulmonologist referred me to an oncologist. I went to see him this afternoon. Afternoon a complete examination of my skin. The onocologist found a mole in the center of my back that is suspicious. He believes that it is the source of the original melanoma. You see it had to have mastized to spread to my lung. He suggests surgery to remove the tumor in my lung. The tumor is in a good place to make the surgery a success. I do have lung problems that could make surgery not a good idea. I am being referred to a dermatologist to remove the mole, referred to a surgeon for testing to see if I am a candidate for surgery.

All is not lost though my friends. The surgery is my best bet for a long life but not the only option. If I can't have the surgery then the doctor thinks that a round of 3 days of targeted radiation should do the trick. You see the tumor is very small 1.6 centimeters. The Pet Scan showed no other tumors at this time. He is scheduling me for a MRI to check leisions there.

The onocologist has a great personality and spent over an hour and half with me and my sister to help us understand what is going on. I am keeping my positive thinking and I believe I am in good hands.

I will keep you all in the loop. Though it seems that I won't be joining March's Challenge. I will try check in more often and let you know how things are going.

Thank you all for being my friends and the support you have been giving me.

  
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MJ2AHM 2/25/2014 7:51PM

    You are in my thoughts and prayers. emoticon
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48MYYEAR2014 2/22/2014 8:47AM

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CHERIRIDDELL 2/22/2014 1:05AM

    Debbie you are in my prayers. They say that skin cancer is the most easily treated so hopefully since it originated there the whole mess can be eradicated easily, hugs,Cheri

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BARBIEE52 2/21/2014 2:39PM

    Debbie,
I am sending you many prayers, and you will be thought of everyday. Hoping you have a very successful outcome. Remain positive.
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STEPBYSTEP1955 2/21/2014 1:21PM

    I am sorry to hear this news! I'll continue to keep you in my thoughts & prayers. Wishing you the best possible outcome and a full and speedy recovery.

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TURTLESLOW14 2/21/2014 11:22AM

    sending thoughts and prayers to you!

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KLAD_COCKERS 2/21/2014 10:03AM

    Definitely not the news we were hoping for Debbie, but it sounds like there are some good options for you. I will definitely keep you in my prayers emoticon

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KRAZY4KATZ 2/21/2014 9:58AM

    Debbie, I'm so sorry to hear this news. I will keep you in my prayers that all works out.
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DBELLE39 2/21/2014 8:05AM

    You know I'm really not liking that "C" word, it's a word that brings stress & hurt as I think of the many people in my life that have been affected by it. You are in my prayers my sweet friend. God will watch over you & provide what's best. I'm here is you need me, hugzz!


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RASPBERRY56 2/21/2014 5:44AM

    Oh, dear.........what a situation! I wish you all the best for your recovery and the best possible outcome!



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    I am SO sorry to hear this news! I'll keep you in my thoughts & prayers emoticon

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CATHYGETSFIT 2/21/2014 1:59AM

    Sending you lots of prayers, positive thoughts and love that the best option will be able to be done and that you'll have a full as well as speedy recovery!

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SIOBHANKNITS 2/21/2014 1:11AM

    Sending prayers for a full and speedy recovery, my friend!
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Hello Friends!

Monday, February 17, 2014

It has been a while since I have been on SP. I wanted to drop in and give everyone an update. I went in this morning nad had a biopdy done on a nodule of my right lower lobe of my lungs. The doctors assured me that it was the only way to be positive it is NOT cancer. Cancer is a big risk for my family since my father died of lung cancer. I also lost my grandmother to cancer. My niece is battling cancer at this time. Though the doctor told me that the PET scan was a good indication that it wasn't cancer. I decided to go with the biopsy to make sure one way or the other.

The biopsy took a little longer than expected but I had a good team of nurses and techs taking care of me during the whole ordeal. I was happy to leave around 2pm and come home. I am a little tired and plan on laying down for a nap soon. The doctor did say that it looks good and I will get the official results when I see my doctor next week.

Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers!

  
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JAKENELL 2/18/2014 11:08PM

    You are in my prayers. I hope the results are good.
I miss you.
Sheila

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STEPBYSTEP1955 2/18/2014 3:37PM

    Debbie, I will continue to send up prayers that the result will be favorable.

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KLAD_COCKERS 2/18/2014 10:58AM

    Praying that you get the all-clear!

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48MYYEAR2014 2/18/2014 10:11AM

    emoticon my friend,, take care

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KRAZY4KATZ 2/18/2014 8:03AM

    You will be in my prayers emoticon and I sincerely hope that everything turns out well.
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BEFIT014 2/18/2014 5:14AM

    You're in my thoughts & prayers! emoticon

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CATHYGETSFIT 2/18/2014 3:34AM

    Debbie, I am glad you got the biopsy done. I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers! Please let us know what the results are. I know you will be relieved to finally know for sure one way or the other. Take care of yourself! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BARBIE176 2/17/2014 11:38PM

    Debbie I continue to hold you up in prayer. It will be such a relief when all of the waiting is over. emoticon emoticon

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BARBIEE52 2/17/2014 7:30PM

    Deb...I truly pray that the results are good. You are very much in my thoughts and prayers...take care of yourself. emoticon emoticon
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SHORTSTORY2 2/17/2014 7:22PM

  Do hope the results will be good. Just the thought of Cancer is scary. Don't go there! Will say a prayer for you that all will be well. Take care and get some rest. Eileen

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