You Never Know

What you’ll wake up to each day.

The date Mardi Gras falls on changes from year to year but the holiday itself will never be quite the same for me.  I get up every morning at 5:30 to get Chris on the Options bus for work and then I go back to bed for a nap.  I’ve always been a late sleeper and I love my nap time.

I was taking my nap as usual on Mardi Gras morning when my phone rang.  I had an MRI done the week before to check some back problems and it was my neurologist’s office calling me with the results.  First, I was told me about things that are wrong in my back and then the nurse said I have a mass in my right kidney. And then she gave me that canned stuff they teach students in nursing school….”I know this is a lot for you to process”….to which I thought….”you don’t have a clue”.  Nor did I have an inkling how hollow those words sound until you’ve heard them applied to yourself.

Maybe I’m just too plain old fashioned but I think that’s the kind of news the doctor should tell a patient.  I have nothing against nurses.  I’m an RN myself even though I don’t work any longer.  I just can’t imagine myself taking the responsibility for giving a patient that kind of news.

So, several weeks later and after being referred to a urologist here who sent me for a CT scan and then referred me to a urologist in New Orleans, I’m waiting for my surgery date to arrive.

I’ve had my pre-op labs/tests done for the anesthesia department at Tulane.  I’ve completed my online “Passport” and the docs there have downloaded it.  In about 2 weeks, I’ll have a couple labs repeated and get my clearance for surgery.

Tulane has housing for patients and their families with a walk-way connecting to the hospital.  We’ve already got our reservation so we can drive into the city the day before and spend the night there.

I’ve had my suitcase packed for almost as long as I’ve known about the mass….even before I saw the first urologist.  It’s got new housecoats, gowns (no designer hospital attire for me if I can help it), and Purr-Purrs (one of my sisters couldn’t say slippers when she was young so she called them Purr-Purrs) in it.  I’ve still got to put something comfy to wear home in the suitcase.  I’ve got my Bible ready to put in the suitcase and I bought a beautiful journal to write in.

I’ve decided to surround myself with only positive thoughts, scripture, our Lord, my family and good friends.  No horror stories about surgery or cancer  please.  🙂

A few details:

Robotic Laparoscopic Partial Nephrectomy.  That’s the planned procedure.  If you’ve heard of the DaVinci robot, that’s what my doctor will be using for my surgery. Dr. Benjamin Lee is my urologist.  You can Google him if you just like to look up stuff.  🙂  He thinks I’ve had this for a long time and that it’s slow-growing.  He also thinks it has not spread beyond the kidney.

Chemo and/or radiation aren’t generally used to treat kidney cancers.

May 3rd at Tulane Hospital in New Orleans.  That’s where I’ll be.

For anyone who might be concerned about Garden Party.  I have most of the blocks uploaded and ready to be announced as scheduled so hopefully we won’t miss a single beat.  🙂

I believe God guided me to the right doctor to do this surgery.  Please keep me, my family, and my medical team in your positive thoughts and prayers and please feel free to add my name to prayer lists at your church.

Until later….

 

 

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50 Comments

  1. Mary Busch

     /  April 12, 2011

    My thoughts and Prayers will be with you during this ordeal, a positive attitude is a must. Do not let others make you feel otherwise. Bless you and yours always. Good Luck Mary

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  2. Sheryl, I don’t think anyone will be concerned about the Garden Party blocks,but they will be concerned about you. Just concentrate on having your surgery and getting better. Hugs Linda x

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  3. piedad

     /  April 13, 2011

    animo y mucha suerte! tienes toda mi mi energia positiva un besazo y gracias por el sal

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  4. marjolein

     /  April 13, 2011

    It’s true you never know what the day will bring you. I’ll definitely burn a candle for you on May 3rd. Keep your good spirits up, I believe positive thoughts can do wonders. Wishing you all thee best. Marjolein

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  5. Susan Hummell

     /  April 13, 2011

    You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
    Susan

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  6. Maureen

     /  April 13, 2011

    Sheryl
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Maureen

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  7. I wish you all the best and send all positive thoughts your way!

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  8. Isabel

     /  April 13, 2011

    everything will go well, my prayers go from Portugal

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  9. sandra parsons

     /  April 13, 2011

    Hi Sheryl, sending you prayers and very positive thoughts from Australia.:)
    My DH was diagnosed with lung cancer early last year, he hadn’t even felt sick, just a bit of a cough, but he didn’t feel right and he had worked with asbestsos most of his working life. Won’t go into all of the details but there were so many tests, before he was found to be suitable for surgery. He had half of his left lung removed and they are 99% sure that he is cured!!!! He is doing really well, gets a bit puffed if he exerts himself too much, but apart from that everything is just great and I am sure that you will have the same outcome! I don’t think God wants to meet you for a long time yet!! Love and hugs to you from Sandy,
    p.s. I hope someone can post on here how you are doing while you are in hospital! 🙂

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  10. Cheryl

     /  April 13, 2011

    Keeping you in my prayers

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  11. me35

     /  April 13, 2011

    2 things, Sheryl – praying for you right now and…

    “For anyone who might be concerned about Garden Party…” – you’re kidding, right ??! You just look after yourself, sweetie. Gardens grow all year, every year. It’s not a priority !! xx

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  12. My prayers, positive thoughts, and well wishes are “flying your way from Maine!” Your garden party friends are surrounding you and may God bless!

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  13. Allie

     /  April 13, 2011

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. You are showing so much courage and positive attitude you will get through this.

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  14. Lynne McClure

     /  April 13, 2011

    Sheryl, it is amazing that you would think of Garden Party during such a critical time for you. You and yours are added to my prayer list and I am believing with you for God’s Favor.

    Lynne

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  15. Judy

     /  April 13, 2011

    Sheryl,
    How can you think of Garden Party if you are going to have surgery?!?!?! I pray for you and your family and wish you ALL THE BEST for the surgery to come!!!
    May the Lord be with you and take care of yourself!
    Warm greetings from Switzerland
    Judy

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  16. Zelda

     /  April 13, 2011

    I will keep you in my thoughts and wish you all the luck in the world. Quilters hugs to you.

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  17. Shirley

     /  April 13, 2011

    {{{{Hugs}}}} and prayers are coming your way Sheryl. God will bring you through.

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  18. Prayers for you and your family, may our Lord Jesus Christ be with you, give you comfort and strength, guide the Doctors as he seems to be doing already and get you back to complete health very quickly.

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  19. Peggy

     /  April 13, 2011

    Oh Sheryl, my thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and medical team. I guess having back problems in you case was a blessing. Take care.

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  20. biloxibird

     /  April 13, 2011

    Dearest Miss Sheryl, We are praying for you, your family, your doctors and their staff, for wisdom, peace, and strength to heal and comfort you. What a blessing that you can have this done laparscopically. Blessings, Robin

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  21. Joyce

     /  April 13, 2011

    You are in my prayers.
    From Psalm 28:
    6 ¶ Blessed be the LORD!
    for he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy.
    7 The LORD is my strength and my shield;
    in him my heart trusts, and I am helped;
    my heart exults,
    and with my song I give thanks to him.
    8 The LORD is the strength of his people;
    he is the saving refuge of his anointed.
    9 Oh, save your people and bless your heritage!
    Be their shepherd and carry them forever.

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  22. Betty

     /  April 13, 2011

    Sheryl,
    I’m sure the last thing we need you worrying about right now is “Garden Party”. Best wishes on your surgery & we’ll all send you positive thoughts for good results. Look after “you” first & formost as your health is the most important thing.
    Betty from Langley, British Columbia

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  23. Niki Fields

     /  April 13, 2011

    Sheryl, you have been such an inspiration to me through your blogs. When you aren’t mobile like I am people tend to forget about you after many months of not being active, or seen, in church or the community so your cheerful outlook and your fun blogs keep me going. Now it is my turn to let you know that you will have my total support through daily prayers and continuous thoughts about you while you face what has to be a very scary time. I know God will be with you because He promises He doesn’t bring us to a place where He isn’t beside us to see us through it. Ricky and I will be keeping up with you and we just want you to know you are very special and you are loved. Niki

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  24. Barb in MI/FL

     /  April 13, 2011

    Prayers and well wishes, Sheryl. My DH has lived with one kidney for almost 20 years.

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  25. Maria

     /  April 13, 2011

    What an amazing woman to think of us at this time…..I am praying that God will hold you in his hands through all of this. I am am praying that he works through your surgeon and doctors. God Bless you and you are so right – surround yourself with positve people and uplifting thoughts.
    Maria

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  26. Doris Read

     /  April 13, 2011

    Very much a shock to read your email this morning. I have been checking your blog and was wondering why they were slow to be posted lately. I figured you were busy with gardening and getting your new quilting barn ready. You are a strong Christian woman and will be supported by your faith. Please know that all of your many friends that you have made through your quilting will be there is mind and in spirit to support you in this time of worry.

    Love, Doris

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  27. Bettie Farish

     /  April 13, 2011

    I’ll add you to our church prayer list tonight

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  28. It sounds like you are in a good place emotional and spiritually, and boy are you organized.

    Good thought, good prayers, and I’ve already put you on the prayer list. Father God Bless Sheryl with Your Peace and Healing as she goes through this journey.

    In Jesus Holy Name,

    BillieBee

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  29. Cynthia J. Nash

     /  April 13, 2011

    Keep up the positive attitude and know many are praying for you. Please have someone keep us posted during your recovery and may Gods blessing fall on you and your loved ones be they family or friends( who are also just extended family). May your recovery be quick and i will keep you in my prayers, Good Luck Sweetie. Hugs and good thoughts to you.

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  30. I am sending positive thoughts your way. My Grandmother in England survived Kidney cancer with flying colors way back in the day without all this modern medicine. Wishing you good luck with your surgery!!

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  31. Belinda Barham

     /  April 13, 2011

    You have chosen a good hospital. Sounds like your doctor is good also….so now turn it over to God. We will pray for God to work thru the doctors to do their job superbly!!! Belinda

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  32. Mildred Andrlik

     /  April 13, 2011

    Good luck on your surgery. Hope all goes well and that it is not cancer. They won’t know until they have done a biopsy.
    May God watch over you.

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  33. cheryl

     /  April 13, 2011

    My God be your Co-Pilot, cheryl

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  34. pam duxbury

     /  April 13, 2011

    My brother in law had masses removed from both kidneys and he is well and kicking. You will beat this thing and I will keep you in my prayers.

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  35. quilting cat

     /  April 13, 2011

    You are in my prayers. But I have a good feeling about the outcome.

    Cathy

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  36. Hola, acabo de ver mi coreo y me he enterado de lo que le esta pasando, se que es molesto y hasta asusta, pero te lo estas viendo a tiempo, y se,que vas a salir de eso, tengo una amiga muy querida a la que le paso lo mismo que a ti,….ahora tiene muchos años de vivir con un solo riñón, …no te preocupes por el bom, la mayor alegría será saber que te encuentras bien de salud,…ya abra tiempo para seguir cosiendo.
    Ahora entra muy positiva, porque Dios guiara las manos del cirujano,…pronto este momento será parte de un mal recuerdo,..apoyate en las oraciones que te envian,.Dios te Bendiga

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  37. Charlene Wright

     /  April 13, 2011

    Thoughts and prayers with you and your family in the coming weeks – you’ve got the right idea for a purpose-driven recovery.

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  38. Lisa

     /  April 13, 2011

    Well girl, sounds like you’ve got it covered (your positive thoughts, prayers, Lord, family & friends). Seems like when something like this happens, most people have this ‘oh, I know how you feel’, or some such. I can’t imagine how you feel, but I can feel for you. I would like to share something that I was told by my GYN Oncologist, “We never say cancer till we SEE it.” (key word is SEE). This was told me when they found a tumor on my ovary the size of a football (my daughter named it Steve).
    You, and your family, will be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love and Prayers,
    Lisa in Alabama

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  39. Lynnk50

     /  April 13, 2011

    May God give you comfort and peace through this upcoming time. Keep your positive attitude!! You and your family will be in our prayers. God Bless you!

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  40. Carmen D'Amico

     /  April 13, 2011

    I’ll keep you in my prayers that God will guide the surgeon’s hands and mind, that you will stay well and rested through your surgery date, that there are no delays, that you and your family can be comforted by your choices of medical facilities and doctors and doing the best you can. I wish I could be there to just hold your hand. Know that you are not alone as you are part of a big community of admirers and friends.

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  41. Linda F

     /  April 13, 2011

    Good Luck with the surgery, you will be in my thoughts and prays, keep the positive attitude

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  42. Jackie

     /  April 14, 2011

    You hang in there, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  43. Anita

     /  April 14, 2011

    Saying a prayer as I type, and am adding you to my daily list. We both know God has you in the palm of his hand. Psalms 121:7 “The Lord will keep you from all harm, he will look after your life.”

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  44. My prayers are with you. You have a wonderful attitude and walking with our Lord sure makes life a whole lot easier 🙂 Take time to recover and we’ll be here for you when you’re ready.

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  45. I’ve hardly stopped thinking about you since you told me. I’m so hoping for the best results possible and am praying for you, especially now as you wait and wait and wait! I’ll be in TX on May 3 but will wait for Vanessa to call me and if she doesn’t call, I’ll call her! Good luck Sheryl. I’m praying for you, your family and your doctors.

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  46. RobynK

     /  April 18, 2011

    To be mentioning Garden Party shows you are full of positive thoughts and I’ve always thought that positive people come through not so good times in a better mental and physical state than those that dwell on ‘maybe’s’ and ‘what ifs’. Adding my positive thoughts to yours and wishing you a successful surgery and a quick and easy recovery from it afterwards. The right doctor is always a blessing too.

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  47. Betty G

     /  April 18, 2011

    Sending you best wishes for the surgery and a speedy recovery – good thing they have caught it early… take care and get lots of rest.

    Betty in Sunny Alberta, CA

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  48. I have read the private message about your disease and you just want to hug once inside and you say: God loves you and will accompany you. You have not alone, even if, it seems. God bless you and your family.

    many hugs and greetings
    Guilitta from Germany

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  49. Kay Shuskey

     /  April 24, 2011

    I am not sure if you remember me, but I had a brain surgery and also a right paratid glad removal in 2005 due to tumors and have come a long way since then. I want you to know that I think you have a wonderful fighting spirit, and the love of family and friends to help you heal. And God says “when two or more are gathered in my name I will listen.” I, and many others will be praying for you Sheryl. Sending lots of Hugs your way.

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