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An update from Barb:

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Here is the note I received in my email today:

Well, the doctor just called and said the cancer screening was negative
which I guess means that's it's "very" low risk that it's cancer so now
he's giving me 96% that it's benign. He wants the cancer doctor to do
the surgery as "just in case" there's a problem he doesn't want to have
to stop during the surgery and get someone there to look at things. He
also said the cancer doctor may be able to do robotic surgery (who knew
there was such a thing), which would be less cutting and could possibly
go home the next day. Can you believe that? He also said I wouldn't know
if the tumor is malignant until about 2 days after the surgery. So, I'm
really going to try to stop stressing and will call this doctor tomorrow
(as my doctor wants to fill him in on things) and set up the surgery as
soon as possible. I started crying and the doctor said "this is GOOD news!"

Thanks again for all your prayers. I love you all.


Barb

With tears in my eyes, I am again thanking everyone who took time out of their busy day to say a prayer for an unknown friend of mine.
To say she is overwhelmed is an understatement.

Bless you all!

Love you,
Linda
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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/2/2010 8:50PM

    Thanks for the update. I will continue to keep you & your friend in my prayers. Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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WALKINGANNIE 12/2/2010 3:41PM

    Thanks for sharing the positive update Linda.

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O2HAPPY 12/2/2010 7:38AM

    I am so happy to hear the good news, I will keep praying. Brenda emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 12/1/2010 9:55PM

    We care!And even those of us who are not Christians are putting in positive thoughts! emoticonThe news sounds promising!

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GRALLEN 12/1/2010 9:33PM

    Oh Linda, that is wonderful news. The power of prayer is true.

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MARTY19 12/1/2010 6:35PM

    Tell her that prayers are cotinuing. But she did get some good news.

Marty

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SHERRY257 12/1/2010 6:31PM

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MSLZZY 12/1/2010 5:57PM

    Wonderful news and I hope it all turns out well! HUGS!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/1/2010 5:32PM

    Great news!!! Prayer works!

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ROSY_TIAMO 12/1/2010 5:12PM

    Isn't it amazing what they can do today (robotic surgery)? I'm soooo happy for your friend. I'm sure everything will be just fine. I feel if the doctor thought it wasn't, he would have had her in right away.....God Bless!

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I was asked to pray - please pass this request on for me.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Here is the note I received in my email today:

Hi Guys,

Sorry I'm not writing you individually but just wanted to let you all know that I could use your prayers. Last Tuesday I went to the doctor as I was having some slight bleeding and bad stomach cramps. The doctor examined me and found a grapefruit sized cyst on my ovary and although the cyst has liquid in it, it also has a solid mass that he's concerned about. I asked him what he thinks it is and he said it may be ovarian cancer. That day I got a mammogram he requested and then Friday I had a 2 hour MRI on my pelvis and abdomen. He said the cyst is pressing on my bladder and back so I'm pretty uncomfortable. So I've been sitting here for days waiting for the call from the doctor whether it's cancer or not. Needless to say I'm scared to death. Either way I have to have a full hysterectomy, either by him (the GYN) or a oncologist (cancer surgeon). I haven't called you guys cause I'm sleeping a lot of the day and worrying the rest of the day. I'd appreciate it you guys could remember me in your prayers. I love you all and will let you know as soon as I hear something. Thanks.

Love,

Barb

I am asking you today, to please say a prayer and pass along this request - I am going to write to Barb and tell her that I have done this on her behalf. I don't remember how old Barb is, but I remember her to be about 50 so she is still quite young and as you can see, also very scared.

Thank you all in advance,
Love you,
Linda

  
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WALKINGANNIE 12/1/2010 3:22PM

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ROSY_TIAMO 12/1/2010 5:46AM

    I followed a friend here, and I will keep your friend Barb in my prayers. Not knowing and the waiting causes so much stress. I wish the medical profession could work a little faster!

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ANDI_3K 11/30/2010 11:51PM

    Prayers going out for Barb.

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MSLZZY 11/30/2010 11:31PM

    Prayers going out for your friend!

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GRALLEN 11/30/2010 10:29PM

    Oh Linda, I'm so sorry for your friend. I will definitely add her to my prayer list.

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PLSMOM 11/30/2010 8:03PM

    I'll be praying.

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ESPERANZA80 11/30/2010 7:57PM

    I will pray for her. Thanks for sharing.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 11/30/2010 7:56PM

    Done! You & your friend Barb are in my prayers. Love, Dawn emoticon

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SUNSHINE634 11/30/2010 6:40PM

    Lifting her up!

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MARTY19 11/30/2010 6:38PM

    I will add Barb to my prayers. She must be scared to death. I know I would be.

Marty

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 11/30/2010 6:09PM

    There really is a lot of power in prayer! I have seen miracles with my own eyes.

Thank you everyone!

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NEED2LOSEN2010 11/30/2010 6:06PM

    Sending my prayers as well. There is POWER in prayer.

God Bless

Sunny

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SHERRY257 11/30/2010 5:09PM

    I am praying for Barb and for you as you comfort your friend. emoticon

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O2HAPPY 11/30/2010 5:01PM

    I also will keep your friend in my prayers. Brenda emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 11/30/2010 2:10PM

    Just said a prayer for your friend. Hope it all turns out well!!

emoticonshe is so scared, but I totally understand. I'd be pertrified!

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CINDBABE 11/30/2010 1:38PM

    Even though I don't know your friend Barb I said a prayer for her and will continue.

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LIBBYFITZ 11/30/2010 1:34PM

    emoticonBarb will be in my thoughts. Hope it is good news!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 11/30/2010 1:23PM

    Thanks Linda...I'm sending prayers her way right now.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 11/30/2010 12:09PM

    Thank you everyone - Barb thanked me for asking for more prayers.

All are welcome.

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4_MY_LIFE 11/30/2010 11:41AM

    I will keep her in my thoughts and prayers!

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SMB19191405 11/30/2010 11:25AM

    She is in my prayers! Please let her know.
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2 down - 2 to go!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Bring on Christmas - I am going to be soooo ready!

2 lbs down already and 2 more to go!

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JERSEYGIRL24 11/30/2010 7:08AM

    emoticon Great job!!!

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MARTY19 11/30/2010 6:49AM

    Of course you will. You are a success.

Love you
Marty

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JUDYK17 11/29/2010 8:48PM

    Good for you! Keep up the good work

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MEADSBAY 11/29/2010 8:42PM

    WOW!
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JMCADE 11/29/2010 8:39PM

    Wow look at you. You go girl!

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TEENY_BIKINI 11/29/2010 8:01PM

    Go gorgeous go!

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    You rock!
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PMFISH 11/29/2010 7:56PM

    Way to Go!!! What a great job!!!

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SYDNEY_DE 11/29/2010 7:51PM

    Congrats! That's totally awesome!

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Another day with oops...

Saturday, November 27, 2010

**Sat, 11/27, was NOT a good day, lol.

But the leftovers are gone now! I hate throwing away food and it gave me a day of 'tapering off' so it too is good.

I finished up the slivers of pies (just like drugs, you can't stop cold-turkey, sorry for the pun) and the homemade sweet-potato casserole.

Today the desserts are gone or frozen and the fruits and veggies are back on my plate! The only pies left are Ray's - I do not put him on my foodplan, that choice has to be his.

Bring out the scales!! Time to weigh and measure portions again!!

Up another .2 but this too is ok! I am actually still within my Maintenance Range of 5 lbs - with .8 to spare!!

OMG, I felt a small belly this morning!

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**Sunday, 11/28, the scale was kinder to me! 117.7 today! WooHoo!!
(11/25-117, 11/26-118.9, 11/27-119.1)

  
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MERRY40 11/29/2010 7:12PM

    You have such a great attitude, Linda. Congratulations on looking at all of this with the correct perspective. We might be up in weight, but we're not going to let it shake us all up. We'll just continue to trudge on-doing what we need to do to establish a healthy eating style. God bless you and wishing you continued success!
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ASTORRES1 11/28/2010 2:48PM

    I know that feeling.......



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MSLZZY 11/27/2010 11:26PM

    emoticonNot really a belly-just a little speed bump that will be gone in no time!

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WALKINGANNIE 11/27/2010 4:24PM

    Life is for living Linda! Occasional treats are OK and your attitude is sensible.

Progress and not perfection!!

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DAWNDMOORE40 11/27/2010 12:44PM

    I haven't weighed myself since I have been at my sister's. I have decided I am not going to do that since I know that I haven't been eating the right way. I am going to give it a couple days, and then weigh and see how I did. I haven't done too bad, but I do realize that with it being the holidays, there are going to be good days and some bad days. Hang in there! It sounds like you are staying positive and trying to get yourself back on track! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 11/27/2010 12:34PM

    Eeeek! I'm scared of my scales! emoticon

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SWEETYKINS012 11/27/2010 11:11AM

    i was bad yesterday too. but today i am back on track!!!! i will have some of my homemade chili for dinner.... have a great weekend!!!!!

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MARTY19 11/27/2010 10:18AM

    I did quite well over Thanksgiving. I was so busy talking I didn't eat much. First time ever. LOL! A belly? Where?

Love you
Marty

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 11/27/2010 9:16AM

    As you so often tell me... don't look back with regret... just look forward and move ahead. It's a let it go thing. You always amaze me. You're going to reach any & every goal you ever set for yourself. Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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DESERTDREAMERS 11/27/2010 9:08AM

    I had the big dinner at work where most of us brought in food - the advantage of that is I don't have left-overs. The disadvantage is that, while at work, we graze all night.

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Do NOT crash diet! Just go back to normal eating.

Friday, November 26, 2010

I started yesterday at 117 - this morning I was 118.9 - you know what? I think that is awesome and I thanked My Lord for my bounty yesterday!

What is 2 lbs in the grand scheme of things? I saw, I conquered, I ate, lol, about 3500 calories near as I can tell.

Today I return to my normal eating habits again. That 2 lbs is temporary!

I will NOT crash diet!! Neither should you! I will eat my normal daily foods and try to incorporate more freggies and fish - they are natural calorie burners.

We cannot undo what was done yesterday - nor would you really want to, I am hoping you had fun the same as I did - we just "pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and start all over again!"

P.S. After consuming 3500+ calories yesterday, mostly sweets - my life is going to go on - I sure hope yours will too!

Catch you on the "flip-flop"

**Sat, 11/27, was NOT a good day, lol. But the leftovers are gone now! I hate throwing away food and it gave me a day of 'tapering off' so it too is good. I finished up the slivers of pies (just like drugs, you can't stop cold-turkey, sorry for the pun) and the homemade sweet-potato casserole. Today the desserts are gone or frozen and the fruits and veggies are back on my plate! Bring out the scales!! Time to weigh and measure portions again!!

  
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MONKEYSNUFFER 11/27/2010 10:10AM

    Thank you. That's what I'm gonna do too!

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LESLIES537 11/27/2010 9:30AM

    Wonderful advice! Thanks for putting things back into perspective for me! This blog was helpful and so were the comments...thank you for that! emoticon

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SHERRY257 11/26/2010 10:32PM

    Thanks for the great blog, I really needed it! emoticon

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ESPERANZA80 11/26/2010 9:20PM

    Great reminder! Thanks! It wasn't Turkey day for me, but today with the fridge full of leftovers my family sent home with me and a cozy day to putter around the house. I ended up going over today but not yesterday! Go figure. This is a life change, though, you're right. Not just a number change. Thanks for the blog :)

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SLENDERELLA61 11/26/2010 8:22PM

    Very wise! Crash dieting does not accomplish anything. Glad you enjoyed your Thanksgiving.

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FORMYDARLINGS 11/26/2010 8:18PM

    Thanks Linda. You always manage to put things into perspective. Love your attitude.

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BARNABABY1 11/26/2010 5:23PM

    Such good advice!!! I almost panicked when I saw the 4 lbs I put on but I'm used to that by now and realize that at least half of that has to be water retention!! At least I've gained that much knowledge and awareness through this journey!

I'm glad you had a nice Thanksgiving.... now it's on to the Christmas Season!

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WALKINGANNIE 11/26/2010 4:18PM

    Glad you had a good day and practised moderation and good sense.

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LOPEYP 11/26/2010 2:46PM

    That's all we can do. Glad you had a nice day.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 11/26/2010 1:41PM

    Excellent advice my friend. I took it one step further & just didn't get on the scale this morning. I knew that I ate within my caloric range yesterday BUT I ate things that I do not normally eat... less than healthy....and my sodium level was probably high. I am just going back to "normal" today and letting it go. Bright blessings to you my friend. Love, Dawn emoticon

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LIVNFITNHAPPY 11/26/2010 1:20PM

    We had a blast at our family gathering! I am sure that I made it into the 3500 calorie neighborhood as well, but so what. I started off the day with veggies at home, I brought a low fat/low cal dish to the dinner (which everyone enjoyed) and I WII danced the night away with my niece and sisters. I even got in my 10,000 steps!

Today is back to healthy eating as usual! And I will see where I stand on my regular weigh in day, Tuesday! If I did gain it is only Temporary!!! How right you are! It is not the single splurge days that sink our efforts, it is the string of days, weeks, and even months of poor unconscious eating! emoticon

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GRALLEN 11/26/2010 12:40PM

    I plugged in my food for yesterday and low n behold I was till within my range. Woohoo! Of course, if we had gone to the family gathering as originally planned, I'm quite sure it would have been a lot higher.

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TEACHINMOM 11/26/2010 12:30PM

    emoticon blog!! Thanks.

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RIMAJO 11/26/2010 12:29PM

    emoticon This is not the season to start slacking, thats for sure. So glad you're right back on track today & enjoyed your holiday yesterday! Good job!

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PONYFARMER 11/26/2010 11:18AM

    Oh yeah

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 11/26/2010 10:57AM

    I totally agree with you! I sort of counted my calories yesterday, just to get an idea, and I was well over 2,000. It was, after all just ONE day in a slew of other days, and we will overcome it! Hurray for Thanksgiving with family without fretting about every single bite! emoticon

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JLWOF1 11/26/2010 10:05AM

    Wonderful advice for all! Glad you enjoyed yesterday! Now back to business! Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

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PURPLELVR7 11/26/2010 9:52AM

    emoticon attitude. You are so right, forget yesterday, and go back on you plan. No crash diet for me, even if it is temping.

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HDHAWK 11/26/2010 9:48AM

    That's what makes this a lifestyle. Most of that "gain" is sodium and water. It will come right back off.

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BESTSUSIEYET 11/26/2010 9:44AM

    I'm with ya! Ya know it all didn't even taste that great...I'm enjoying healthy foods more than the higher fat foods!

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ANDI571 11/26/2010 9:37AM

    I agree totally. The only thing a day like yesterday does, is slow down the process. It in no way hinders us from moving forward with healthy eating. Words of wisdom.

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MARTY19 11/26/2010 9:24AM

    I so admire your attitude. Nothing gets you down. I ate well yesterday but didn't go over my calorie range. So today starts anew with normal eating.

Love you
Marty

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CARRIE1948 11/26/2010 9:14AM

    Good thinking. One day can't undo all your hard work

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/26/2010 8:43AM

    I'm with you! And that's the best advice... back to "normal"... and "normal" is a healthy balance! No regrets or recriminations. emoticon

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TEENY_BIKINI 11/26/2010 8:15AM

    You go girl. I just love your can-do attitude. You are such an inspiration.

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MSLZZY 11/26/2010 8:12AM

    Super advice! Time to get back on track with NO regrets! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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