Paula’s Story

Site created on January 12, 2019

Welcome friends. Thank you for visiting this site to support Paula, Bob and their family. As they prepare to fight Paula's ovarian cancer we can support them most importantly through our prayers.  Paula has chosen Philippians 4: 4-7 as her anthem during this journey. It is her hope that as we pray for her each day we will join together in reciting these words and find peace in their meaning. "Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Jesus Christ." (NIV)  

It is with great love and respect that I will be sharing Paula's news here, on Caring Bridge. Paula is blessed with so many family and friends so we thought this would be the easiest way to share information, taking the burden off of them.  Please feel free to write comments on this site which will be shared with Paula and Bob.

Thank you for your love and support of our dear friend at this very difficult time. 
Sarah Tellefson

Newest Update

Journal entry by Paula Fuessle

The post op appointment in Springfield yesterday went very well. I had 33 staples removed from my midsection...big ouchie! Other than that, it was smooth sailing. My doctor gave me the pathology report which is very good. I'll be starting the 4th round of chemo in two weeks, the week after Memorial Day.

This was my first big outing since surgery and quite frankly, it took a lot out of me. After the appointment, Gayle, Steve, Bob and I went to lunch at Charlie Parker's, a 50's style diner in Springfield. I ate a lot! I slept in the car on the way home and then took a 2 hour nap when we got home. I still went to bed early too. I've been tired all day today (morning and afternoon naps) but I'm hoping that I'll have more energy tomorrow. I feel well most of the time and tend to forget that I had major surgery 2 and a half weeks ago! Gayle keeps reminding me of that and it makes me feel better. She always makes me feel better.

Thank you so much for your continued prayers and well wishes. I have to admit that there have been a few times when I have not been exactly joyful and have to vent (to Bob) about how much I hate having cancer. It's not all smiles around here, but it is mostly joyful, especially when my family is here,  and for that I am thankful.

We recited our theme verses yesterday while those pesky staples were being removed! "Rejoice in the Lord always! I will say it again, Rejoice!" 


  • Gayle and I enjoying a bit of time on the deck before heading to Springfield the following day.
    Gayle and I enjoying a bit of time on the deck before heading to ...
  • Bob took this photo before surgery. I was scrambling to get his sweater done beforehand and I did it! We only had a day or two when it was nice enough to sit outside to knit.
    Bob took this photo before surgery. I was scrambling to get his ...
  • He loves his new sweater! It is a perfect fit, too!
    He loves his new sweater! It is a perfect fit, too!
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