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8/13/2017 Latest post:
Hi There! For me this greeting seems more honest than "Welcome," because this is NOT a place I would have wanted to hang with anyone. Nonetheless, thank you for dropping by my CaringBridge site, and thank you for your willingness to share this journey with me and my family. WARNING: Unlike my public life, I do not promise to censor my words, language or sentiments. Still Game? Then, "Hi There! So grateful that you dropped in. I have no idea how long my body has been on the ovarian cancer journey, but my awareness that I was walking this path began on Thursday, August 10. Hospitalized for a collapsed lung caused by an abdominal cavity full of fluids ("pleural effusion"-oh the plethora of new medical terms I'm learning!). I suspected the fluids were a result of an infection subsequent to a recent hernia surgery. After four days of searching and miscellaneous antibiotics, the diagnosis was given: instead of bacteria, the cultures and scans revealed cancer cells and two masses/nodules definitively pointing to stage four ovarian cancer.
Those who know me are aware that my spatial intelligence is far below normal (I go to restaurants, and after using the restroom, I often cannot find my table). So, it shouldn't surprise me that I have no idea how I got here. I do know, however, that the Holy Spirit will guide me regardless of whether I understand where I'm going. The Lord is my shepherd.... who leads me in the right paths.... (Ps. 23)