Monday, September 21, 2009
I would love for everyone to pray for a friend of my older daughter's. Her nickname is Jas. She is in St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis. She has a rare type of brain cancer called Germinoma. She was having trouble with her sight, and then they found the tumor. She had surgery at LeBonheur's Children's Hospital on August 31, just before her 9th birthday. Jas is currently undergoing radiation treatments.
We knew that there was something wrong, but the school only recently told the other students exactly what was going on with their friend. In fact, the letter which told everyone the exact type of cancer she has only came home today.
This is a really sweet child. She and my daughter were in the same 3rd grade class last year, and they became the best of friends. We really want to see her be able to come home very soon. Her classmates miss her very much, and she misses them, too.
We'd all appreciate your prayers for her quick recovery.
Sunday, September 06, 2009
Here's my story:
It was Labor Day weekend, but it was a Sunday like any other. I was with my family and nephews sitting on the "almost" front pew when I saw our "pew mates" come in. It's a man in his 50's with his mom. But following him was someone I recognized. Or did I? My brain sometimes plays tricks with me. I decided on the "wait and see" strategy.
The man, his wife, and three daughters followed Mr. P and his mother to "our" pew. Hum? Why do I know this man? From where do I know this man? Wait! The preacher is coming over to introduce himself. Mr. J. S. was his name. I know that name. Hum? Where do I know that name?
The song leader gets up and starts to lead the congregation in a few songs. I'm still thinking. Where do I know this man from? I know that face. I know that name. Why can I not place where from? Time comes, as it does most Sundays, to greet someone you haven't had a chance to welcome. Okay this is my chance. I slide down the pew and say hello. His eyes twinkle. I do know him! So, I say, "I know you, but I cannot think from where. My name is L. K." Boom! He remembers! LSU! Yes, he was an undergrad at LSU when I was there for my grad work. We went to the same church and participated in the college group together.
I was glad to meet up with him again. We haven't seen each other since 1996 when he and I both graduated, and he went back to his hometown to marry his high school sweetheart. They have three beautiful girls. One in the 2nd grade, one is in Kindergarten, and the other is 2. So happens, Mrs. P and Mr. S's wife are cousins. It truly is a Small, small World!
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
I guess it is one of those "good news, bad news" kind of things....
I had a large polyp that was removed during my colonoscopy. It was tested for cancer. It had 3 of the 4 "qualities" that they look for to call it "cancer." So, the doctor says it was a "pre-cancerous" tumor and that I must come back in one year for another colonscopy to see if any more polyps are growing. So, that's the good news... no cancer. The bad news... I still don't know what this burning pain in my back is.
The doctor suggested the pain may be diabetic neuropathy, except I'm not a diabetic. Though, that does run in my family. I am keeping an eye on my blood sugar testing my fasting every two weeks and my after meal sugar level every once in a while. He said that I may have to just live with the pain.
The Upper GI that was done at the same visit came back fine. There were no ulcers, tears, or "bad" bacteria.
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