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Sad Today

Thursday, August 28, 2014

I am on an emotional roller coaster today.

Last night Clyde found our cat curled up dead. He was our 4 legged son and we loved him dearly. He had been in great shape until 2 days ago when he started crying and acting listless. He was supposed to see the vet today.

Every time I think about him not being with us I start to cry. At other times I think about his cute antics over the years and I can't help but smile. Especially when he was a baby. And when we were going through the stress prior to my cancer surgery he would show love by rubbing up against my legs until I picked him up and petted him. He would also "touch noses" with me, his way of kissing, several times a day since he was a baby.

RIP Chachi.

  
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B-NANA 8/31/2014 8:52PM

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CLAIREINPARIS 8/31/2014 3:24PM

    I am so sorry for you... I remember how I felt when my dear dog died, so I understand a little how you are feeling. Lots of hugs to you!
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RUTHEY01 8/31/2014 2:54PM

    Thank you to everyone who responded. I still have moments when I want to cry but as so many of you have said, concentrating on the happy memories does help. In some ways he never lost the "kitten" in him and some of his antics were really comical.

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MT-MOONCHASER 8/31/2014 12:47PM

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KDGIRL 8/31/2014 8:10AM

    So sorry to hear about Chachi. May he rest in peace.

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JUDITH316 8/30/2014 7:01PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss of dear Chachi, praying those happy memories you shared here will help you through the tough days ahead, my dear "Sunshine" of 14 years passed in June, 10 days after his 14th birthday, it's hard, I too can feel and know how you are feeling, my prayers are with you Ruthey, again I'm so sorry for your loss!

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MANNYINFLORIDA 8/29/2014 2:25PM

    Sad to hear about your furry little friend, my condolences.

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CAKAROO 8/29/2014 5:36AM

    so sorry for the loss of your pet

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CBRINKLEY401 8/29/2014 12:27AM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. I know what you are going through, having lost my dog last year and my cat the year before after many years of companionship. Remembering all the wonderful things about them helps to ease the sadness eventually, but it is still hard and I still miss all the furbabies I have lost over the years.

I hope the memories of your precious Chachi give you comfort, just as he gave you comfort in your time of need.
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LUG911 8/28/2014 10:20PM

    So sorry for your loss. emoticon

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ROBBIEY 8/28/2014 2:20PM

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JENNY888 8/28/2014 2:14PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. It is so difficult to lose a loved pet. They are so important in our lives. You will always have the memory of your beloved cat though. As someone else said, I agree that heaven must take all types.

I hope you will be able to find it in your heart to give another cat the love and affection you gave this one. There are so many out there that need this.

Again, I ache for how you must be feeling.

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MOMMAPAM1 8/28/2014 2:10PM

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PROPMAN1 8/28/2014 1:46PM

  emoticon It is so hard to lose our 4 legged loved ones. You have my condolences. emoticon

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BABECAVE 8/28/2014 1:43PM

    Awws... Beautiful Story... that I came across with your post...

I hope that you can cherish all the memories with your cat...

and to know that Heaven takes in all kinds of angels...

I know that it's really super hard to lose a loving pet...

I hope that you can find a little bit of Happiness and Joy in the place that your cat held dear to your heart...

what I done when my cat passed on... was I took some photos and made a memory section in my home... to always see him close by...

you can always take paw prints of your pets... and make a special photo with a photo frame and paper...

Hope this helps a little...

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Cancer Free

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

I had my follow-up today. I am cancer free and will not need chemo or radiation therapy. I will have CT Scans and follow-up appointments every 6 months for at least 2 years to make sure that there isn't any new growths.

I did find out today that it was stage 1b cancer so we were extremely lucky (the doctor's words) to have caught it when we did. I call it the Lord's providence. Now I have 1 more reason to eat healthy and get a lot of fresh air and exercise.

Thank you all for standing with me in prayer. That is what made the difference.

Side-note: Clyde calls me his "Miracle Girl" now.

  
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GODSCHILD2_2011 8/24/2014 9:38PM

    This is awesome news. This is a testament that God does hear and answers prayers. God is so good and worthy to be praised.


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COOP9002 8/13/2014 11:15AM

    Awesome news!!!

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CAKAROO 8/13/2014 8:48AM

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CBRINKLEY401 8/12/2014 11:24PM

    Wonderful news!!

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JAMBABY0 8/12/2014 8:34PM

    good for you, so glad for you

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Home Again

Friday, August 08, 2014

This is the first chance I have had to update everyone on my surgery. The VA Hospital didn't have WiFi.

They surgery itself lasted a little over 7 hours. They removed the whole upper lobe of the right lung. The cancer was just a small spot but it had almost eaten through the lung wall. Thank God we caught it when we did. It could have spread throughout my chest cavity. Because the cancer was so aggressive, I am going to see an oncologist to make sure it didn't spread. We haven't ruled out chemo or radiation yet.

The first thing I remember seeing after I got out of the recovery room was Clyde standing next to my bed, holding my hand and telling me, "Welcome back. I love you." The stress in his face tore at my heart. I tried to tell him that I was going to be okay but he hushed me and said we could talk after I was stronger. He hardly left my side the first 2 days after surgery. Every time I woke up or moved in the bed he was at my side.

My recovery is going well. The hospital staff was surprised at how fast I recovered physically and how few narcotics I needed. I have only used ibuprofen and Tylenol for pain since the 2nd day after surgery. My Veg lifestyle and activity level before surgery seems to have worked in my favor. It took 9 days for my lung to be healed enough to be released from the hospital. The incisions, 3 small ones, are almost totally healed. They really itch and that is a good sign.

I am walking in 10 minute intervals now and working back up to my 2 hours from before surgery. I get winded easily and that slows me a little more than I like. But, I am taking it slow but sure to aid recovery and not hurt myself with overdoing. Clyde walks with me and "hovers" to make sure I don't overdo. It's sweet so I don't tell him to let me do it alone.

I want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers on my behalf. They were and are appreciated very much.

  
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MT-MOONCHASER 8/10/2014 4:48PM

    I am glad that you are doing so well. I hope that you get a good report from the oncologist.

It sounds like you are taking good care of yourself. Keep at it, but don't overdo it.

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FIT4MEIN2013 8/8/2014 1:23PM

    Great news!!!

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COOP9002 8/8/2014 12:16PM

    blessings upon you. praying that you heal quickly.

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GODZDESIGN95 8/8/2014 11:35AM

    sound like you are doing well. BIg good for you clyde got your back. Awesome. paying still

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CBRINKLEY401 8/8/2014 9:16AM

    So glad to hear you are doing well after the surgery. And Clyde sounds like a real gem.

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GOLFGMA 8/8/2014 7:13AM

    So happy for you that the surgery is over and you are healing. Congrats on having a healthy lifestyle and that it aided in your healing. emoticon

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PRAIRIECROCUS 8/8/2014 1:30AM

    You are in my thoughts and prayers .

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ZRIE014 8/8/2014 1:18AM

  my prayers are with you.

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Addendum

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I finally have a time to check-in for surgery. I have to be there at 5:30 am which means leaving home at 3:30. Or as my DH says, "Oh my God that's early!!". emoticon I guess I go to sleep by 8 pm tonight, neighbors permitting.

  
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JUDITH316 7/28/2014 4:00PM

    My Dear Friend, I'm so sorry I missed this post, I'm assuming you had surgery and am trusting it was successful and you are home recovering and doing well. My prayers are with you for a speedy recovery...

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GODZDESIGN95 7/22/2014 2:11PM

    May God be with you prayers.

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Big Day Wednesday

Monday, July 21, 2014

I have had all the preliminary appointments now and I'm just waiting for the surgery. The wait is the worst. At least until after surgery. I have had a very busy 2 weeks!

The surgery will be done on Wednesday. It will take between 2 and 4 hours to complete depending on the procedure. I do hope they give my DH and DD updates on how things are going during surgery. No need for them to be stressing all that time.

The anesthesiologist told me that for the first couple of days I will be getting an epidural in my upper back so that I can take deep breaths and cough without excruciating pain. They don't want pneumonia to set in. I will be able to use my arms, which is nice so I can feed myself.

I am trying to find some type of exercise I can do that doesn't involve moves that would rip stitches out or cause pain in the incision area. That should keep me occupied for a while.

The silver lining this week...
I found out that my surgeon is the head of Thoracic Surgery! It's nice to know I have the best they have to offer.

  
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CAKAROO 7/22/2014 5:19AM

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GODZDESIGN95 7/21/2014 6:45PM

    Praying for you and about the exercises that are safe for you ask the drs. Be safe.

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YVETTEB57 7/21/2014 3:20PM

    Praying for a speedy recovery. My best to you! emoticon

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WIFE48 7/21/2014 12:09PM

    Wishing you all the best as you have surgery and a speedy recovery. emoticon

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COOP9002 7/21/2014 11:36AM

    Praying for a smooth surgery and speedy recovery for you.

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