Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Story of Hope Continues...God keeps connecting the Dots...

My Betty - A fantastic, funny, wonderful woman from the Wellness House support group is having a send-off dinner for me before I leave Chicago and go to Sloan for liver resection. She calls me yesterday with a story:

Betty, attended a celebration at Wellness House, a non-profit center for cancer patients and family. She starts talking to the Director and tells her about all the women she met and that she's having us all over for dinner to celebrate my upcoming life-saving surgery. The Director starts questioning her about where my surgery is and who is performing it, she gets wide-eyed and starts looking for another attendee, Mike.  Mike wasn't there anymore but the Director tells Betty - "tell Peggy that Mike was ALSO Stage 4 Colon cancer and had surgery 13 years ago by Dr. Fong"!!!  Can you believe the thread that keeps connecting me to HOPE???   I'm crying all over again !!!

I can't wait for Mike to get in touch with me so I can hear his story.

It continues to amaze me...I am not scared, Ii am not worried, my mindset ever since I got into Sloan and Dr. Fong told me he'd operate is..Peace.  I think I feel peaceful about my's all gonna be OK.   I hope that's not Pollyanna on my part..I don't think it is.  So many of you feel the same way and have told me "Peg, I feel good about this, I'm not worried for you anymore"

The other way my mind is operating is " OK, I am D.O.N.E. with this cancer crap.  Let's wrap it up and move on.  I'm done with hospitals, ERs, needles, weekly chemo, etc...."

As always, THANK YOU my glorious, wonderful beautiful prayer warriors.....your work is paying off.  I so hope you are receiving blessings in your life, be they little or deserve it and MORE for all you have done for me and my family.



I was just crying at that seems like there have been a series of wonderful coincidences and connections that got me to where I am going...the glory continues and I feel sooo very Hopeful

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Let's Make A Joyful Noise...Last Chemo , Last Unhook of the 48-Hour Fusion

What a Joyful Day...40 degrees and SUNNY in Chicago puts everyone in a good mood.

I went to Loyola Cancer Hospital to get my 5FU chemo bag unhooked for the last time. Hugs from the nurses and promises of prayers and good vibes.

I feel so incredibly HOPEFUL.  I continue to feel the fullness of God's Abundant Blessings....those blessings are YOU and every single person who's prayed for me, with me, over me.

I am almost at the year anniversary when my life and my family's lives changed.  I'm very weepy and emotional right now.

Now I wait, get things in order for New York Trip.
I'm already composing a prayer I would like to say when I see Dr. Fong, before my surgery.  I hope he doesn't mind.

What a huge responsibility Dr. Fong has - offering hope via his surgical skill.  Must be a burden too, when people like me go to him, it's serious stuff. Hmm, something to ponder



Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Sending Love to Laura Jones

Shout Out To Laura - I know you keep up on me here at the blog.  Mom was so happy to talk to you today.
Sending Love, Peace, and Prayers that your pain abates.

Love You


Thursday, February 11, 2010

Calling All Anniversary Party Gift Givers....

There are 2 lovely gifts that got disconnected from a card or identity....if you are the lovely person who gave Lee & I:

Willow Tree Couple Embrace Statue
winter Warmth candle plate

please let us know so we can thank you properly!!!!


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Glory and the Power Continue.....

Had a CAT scan today. Wanted one done in Chicago before heading to New York next month, JUST to be sure no surprises.

Dr. Lo called me as soon as she got the prelim readings....NO new cancer and in fact some decreased tumor size.  The chemo continues to work.

The Miracle continues folks....I have one more round of chemo then 4 weeks until surgery.  I'm starting to get antsy, I was wanting more "up" time before surgery and being weak and non-mobile, but now I'm just ready to get under the knife, scoop all the cancer out and get on with it.   But that's OK, I will enjoy these next 4 weeks, see friends, get things in order and then be off to New York.

As always, THANK YOU for your continual, powerful, prayer-filled presence. IT's Working!!!!!!!


Thursday, February 4, 2010

Can I Ask You For Some Prayers?

Two Lauras in my life are diseased with cancer. Can you please send some of your powerful prayers that have so lifted me to these ladies?

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Quote of the Day

“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. - The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is in itself a marvelous victory.”   Howard Zinn

Monday, February 1, 2010

It's All Coming Together - New York

The details for accomodations in New York are falling in place.  Lee and I will travel to NYC the Saturday before surgery (tests etc Sunday, Monday Tuesday) and secured super priced shared apartment at the Miracle House for the first 10 days then Lee and I will move to the Hope Lodge for the last leg of the trip.

My dad, the STALKER, called the Miracle house 10 times until he got a live person today, to confirm a room for him and mom.  My sister will stay the 2nd leg.

So, it's all coming together Prayer Warriors - affordable housing for my loved ones spending time in NYC with me for what will be the most important surgery of my LIFE.  Again, I THANK YOU all for your never-ending support and prayers.