Saturday, November 6, 2010

Cancer update


Three weeks ago I posted about my diagnosis of uterine cancer and my experience with the local doctor and the infamous PA. I just want to catch you up with what has happened since then.

The Big Guy and I trekked down to Tampa to the Moffitt Cancer Center and met with the oncologist/surgeon and we immediately liked him. He was the polar opposite of my local Dr. He was on time, knew everything about me and exuded confidence. We both felt I would be in good hands and get the best of care. We set the date for surgery and I was on my way.

The day of surgery went like clockwork; those people are the models of efficiency and caring. Every one who would be involved in the surgery in any way came in to introduce themselves and assured me they would take excellent care of me. And I felt that they did. The nurses were fantastic!

Upshot: the doctor said it went very well and I would need no additional treatment. Yay! Okay, so  I am not exactly the dancing penguin yet but I'm getting there slowly. I actually felt like I had been hit by a very big truck. The only kind of sucky thing is that cancer can recur and I need to go for followups every three months for the first two years and then every six months for the next two years. As my brother said, "that's a small price to pay", and I agree with him.

This past week I celebrated my birthday. One year ago I would never have envisioned saying this year that I am a cancer survivor. I guess we just never know what life has in store for us.  Hmmmmn . . .probably a good thing!

Once again, I want to thank all of you for your wonderful thoughts, prayers, hugs, virtual flowers and e mails. It helped me tremendously and I feel so blessed to be among such caring bloggers.

As for the blog, I am still tossed up as to what to do but I  hope to start catching up with your blogs. It may take a while but at least now I feel I can sit at the computer for a bit without so much discomfort.

See y'all at chez vous!

36 comments:

  1. Oh, what wonderful news! I'm glad to know things went so well, and totally agree with your brother. Take your time figuring out the future of your blog.

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  2. Such great news, I am so happy for you Kay. And I hope the goods news just keep on coming :D

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  3. Yay! How wonderful! I bet you had a lot to celebrate on this particular birthday!!!

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  4. I couldn't ask for a better way to start my day than reading your blog post. Yay! I agree with your brother, a small price.
    Take good care of yourself and take your time with the blog. It can wait!
    And, Happy (belated) Birthday :D

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  5. Oh WHat wonderful news for your birhtday. No worries about your blog. You first !!!

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  6. I knew you'd be okay, I'm so glad it worked out. Now you know why I've been battling it so long since it does tend to come back. Just try not to let too many bad stress factors in, and it will stay away longer. That's what I find triggers it. Also eat properly is important too.

    I'm excited for you!!

    *Doing the happy dance*

    (((HUGS)))

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  7. Crap! I forgot!!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY KAYE!!! *MWAH*

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  8. Kaye:
    What wonderful news!!! You have been on my mind so thank you very much for the update. Sounds to me that you made the right decision with the doctors and your brother is 100% right. As far as your blog...as you can see...we are still here so take your time, rest and recuperate. Fantastic news!!!
    BTW--Happy Belated Bday!!!

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  9. I'm so glad to hear it! I know you are so relieved. And happy belated birthday!

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  10. Kaye, I am so happy for you! You take your time, girlfriend, and enjoy your reading. Your blog decision can be made at any point and I know that we will all be glad to hear from you - be it about books, health, or any little thing - on your terms.

    Hugs and and blessings!

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  11. I was so glad to see your post as I was thinking of you and wondering how you were doing. That is the best news you could get for your birthday! Happy Birthday! Take care and don't worry about the blog. It can wait, your health is number 1!

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  12. I'm so glad to hear this good news. I love your positive attitude as you embrace the survivor part. Yes, you are a lucky woman but take it easy and heal completely.

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  13. Congratulations, Kay. I'm sure it's a huge relief to say "Cancer survivor" rather than "Cancer victim."

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  14. I'm so glad to hear that everything is going so well! You are in my thoughts and prayers for continued cancer-free diagnosis'!

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  15. I'm so glad you posted an update with your terrific news!! Hooray for Kaye! Everyone worries about you and as you can tell, is very supportive too. I hope you continue to blog in some form but it's nice to change things up and you have to do what works for you. I've been doing the same.

    And of course a VERY happy belated birthday to you my dear friend! I'm behind on everything and unfortunately that includes your special day. I'm so sorry!! I'm glad you had something wonderful to celebrate this year. Congrats on the fantastic news! Feel better!

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  16. I love the dancing penguin and soon you will feel that good again!! I just sent you an email...you know how I feel about you!!

    (((hugs)))

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  17. ok, I was on vacation, came back and cleared out my Google Reader...and missed this whole thing.

    If it is of any comfort, I was diagnosed with the Big C, same variety, more than 20 years ago. Surgery (ooooouch, that hurt), 3 month check ups, 6 month check ups, blah, blah...and all is well. All a bit upsetting but as they say, all's well that ends well.

    Now, as to your blog, yes, it is a decision you have to make, but I for one would miss your penguins. :-(

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  18. So glad that its good news and that you are feeling so upbeat. God Bless.

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  19. Congratulations on the good diagnosis. Before you know it those check ups will be behind you. :)

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  20. Such great news! Thankful that your surgery went so well and that you had such great care. What a great way to celebrate your birthday. May your recuperation be quick.

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  21. So happy to hear the good news... and I love the dancing penguin. I'm sure you'll be kicking up your heals before too long. Belated Happy Birthday!

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  22. HOw did I miss this? Im sorry to hear you have cancer but I am over joyed to hear your surgery went well and prognoises is good.

    As for catching up on blogs last year I took a big hiatas and the only way I could cope with the over wealming back log was just to mark every thing as read and start a fresh. That would be my recommendation.

    I still am more of a lurker at the moment and struggle a little to keep up with all the blogs I need to read. There just isnt enough time in the day any more.

    Also belated Happy Birthday!

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  23. Ok Kay, what wonderful news! I am so glad that the doctors were caring and put your fears at ease and I am especially grateful that the nursing staff was so compassionate.

    I know this made your birthday particularly special.

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  24. WONderful news! I can't imagine all of the worries that come with that diagnosis. I am so happy to hear that you are well!

    Julie @ Knitting and Sundries

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  25. This is fantastic news!!! Sounds like you sought out and got top-notch care. A good doctor can make all the difference I think!!! And it is true ... you never ever know what life has in store for you ... you just need to roll with the punches and do the best you can. Hugs to you and happy birthday!!! Here's to getting better and better every day!

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  26. Good to hear your belief in the specialist was correct and your procedure was so successful. I'm sure it put that birthday in a different perspective for you. And I hope you will celebrate soon.

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  27. Sorry I haven't been keeping more upto date, but this is great news. Take it easy, take good care of you, and the blogs will take care of themselves. You should treat yourself to a whole year of birthdays now just to celebrate your continued recovery. Big (but gentle) virtual hug.

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  28. How great to hear the wonderful news, I hope you are feeling stronger each day. Take your time to heal, we will all be here when you return.

    In the meantime, just enjoy your reading.

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  29. glad to hear the good news, take your time recovering . . . don't overdo.

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  30. I'm so happy to hear you're doing well! I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers :)

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  31. Great news! It is always great news when special people have great news to share. Continue on your way to complete recovery!!

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  32. I'm so glad you didn't need any additional treatments. I really hope the follow ups are all good!

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  33. I'm glad to hear the surgery was a success! Just continue taking care of yourself and we will be here no matter what you decide.

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  34. Kaye! I'm a bit behind on my blog reading -- apparently at least three weeks behind. Wow. Startling news, but great news! Delighted that it went so well for you.

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  35. I've not been blogging as much and missed your posts, I'm just catching up. I'm so glad to hear the great news that you are now in survivor mode and agree with your brothers comments. I hope that you are doing better now and your blog will always be here. Hoping that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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