Being Thankful

You’ve heard some of this before, but bear with me.

The last few months have been a little stressful. I’ve been so busy working on quilts for the expo and was already stressed out about that and then I got that diagnosis everyone dreads….Cancer. No one wants to hear that.

In many ways, the whole thing seems surreal. I was sleeping when I got the call so I was a bit fuzzy when I heard the news. It almost seemed like I was sleep-walking through the whole thing. After talking to my dear hubby and taking a few weeks to digest it I decided to share the news with Chris and then some family and a few friends. Then, I decided that since it wasn’t going away, I would just go public. Who wants to have to tell people “I have cancer”?

It’s like having a big letter “C’ pasted on your forehead. Forever more, people who know you will wonder if everything is ok…or has the cancer come back somewhere else. I’m so head-strong that the last thing I want is for someone to pity me. I hate the thought of that. I didn’t even let anyone but Don and Chris go with me for the surgery. It was ok if people came later in the day, but I only wanted them with me that morning.

After getting that call, I just kind of went from one thing to the next…one diagnostic test to the next….one Dr.’s appointment to the next…one scheduling meeting to the next….just one foot in front of the other until the date of surgery.
The surgery wasn’t a cake walk by any means. I only have 3 teeny incisions where the robot was used but I was surprised at how painful it was in the recovery period. Thank goodness, most of the pain was gone in less than a week.

After about a month of no appetite, no energy, and not being able to sleep, I make an executive decision to feel better. I was tired of being sick so I started quilting on the frame again. It took longer to get things done to start with but it got better. I’ve always said that quilting is great therapy and it’s true.

Are you wondering where all this is coming from today?

It’s my birthday. I could have not been here for this birthday. I look a things in a different light than I used to. Birthdays are a time of reflection for me and here’s what I’ve been thinking about today.

I am so thankful for my wonderful husband and our son.

I am so thankful for the love and prayers of family and friends.

I am so thankful that our dear Lord spared my life.

I still feel like I’m just going through the motions sometimes. I wonder how I was so lucky to have gotten off so easy. No chemo. No radiation. Nothing but the surgery and follow-ups on a regular basis. Dr. Lee says I have an excellent prognosis. How did I get so lucky to have found such a great surgeon? The only answer is that God has some kind of plan for me.

The point of all this is to let everyone know how glad I am to have this birthday even though it means I’m now 59 instead of 58.

Happy Birthday to me.

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  1. Evelyn Aviles

     /  September 29, 2011

    And we are also thankful….:)

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  2. Happy Birthday to you to!!! And a long and happy life!!!!

    Billie in TX

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  3. Congratulations on your birthday and for your recovery
    It was great for me to read your blog it inspires me to live and make me think that maybe my problems aren’t that bad

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  4. Peggy

     /  September 29, 2011

    A very Happy Birthday to you and I am so glad that you had quilting to help you heal.

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  5. Gail Brasser

     /  September 29, 2011

    Glad to see your giving God the glory.And I sure am glad you are feeling better.
    praise the Lord

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  6. Kate

     /  September 29, 2011

    Happy Birthday to you and God Bless You!~

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  7. Zelda

     /  September 29, 2011

    Glad that you came through with flying colors.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY and many more to come.

    Hugs Zelda

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  8. Linda Bott

     /  September 29, 2011

    a big happy birthday. sending you a hug and a big SMILE!!

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  9. Happy Birthday to YOU and yes, life throws us some curveballs and how we handle them makes us who we are…God Bless you and may you enjoy many , many more birthdays!

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  10. Hope you have many more……..Happy Birthday…….I love getting your posts.

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  11. Hi Sheryl !
    A very happy, happyt birthday to you!
    Like the commercials we see for the American Cancer Society, please enjoy every birthday, every month to your next birthday and every day the sun comes up!
    From a medical perspective, report every symptom, keep copies of results, mark on your calender the next due date for your next f/up, so you can make sure it is booked at least 1 mth prior!
    Carpe Diem!
    Take care, Leslie

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    • Quilting Tizzy

       /  October 18, 2011

      Thank you everyone for your kind comments. Leslie, I’m going to walk the survivor’s lap in the Relay for Life next month in Hammond, LA and plan to attend the birthday party after the walk.

      Last year, I walked for some dear friends and a precious sister in law who are all cancer survivors. This year I will walk for myself as well as for them.

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  12. Lynne McClure

     /  September 29, 2011

    Wow. Could not have been better said.

    Happy Birthday!

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  13. Lindy

     /  September 29, 2011

    I am very glad you ‘came out’ regarding the BIG C. Most all of us on this board could walk past each other on the street and not know it, but at the same time you have created a ‘family’ on this site. We care. God bless.

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  14. LK Smith

     /  September 29, 2011

    Hi Sheryl,

    Happy Birthday! I am thankful for you and your return to good health.
    I’m sending prayers and best wishes for a great year!

    Linda in Houston

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  15. Alberta

     /  September 29, 2011

    ♫♪ Happy Birthday to you! ♪♫
    Wishing you a beautiful day and a bright future!

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  16. Deanne

     /  September 29, 2011

    A vry happy birthday to you. I have never experienced the big C so I can only imagine what you and your family have been through. Good luck to you and keep your positive outlook and attitude!

    Deanne Ellen

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  17. Ria van Ingen

     /  September 30, 2011

    Van harte gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag en nog heel veel jaren.

    Inderdaad ga je het leven heel anders bekijken en meer genieten van het leven. Zelf ben ik gaan quilten toen ik ziek geworden was. Ook ik ben 59 jaar en na 3 operaties gehoord dat ik voorlopig schoon ben van kanker. Gisteren is de drain eruit gehaald. We gaan weer vrolijk door met het leven wat ons nog gegund is.

    Een dikke knuffel, Ria

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  18. Muy feliz cumpleaños. Espero tu pronta recuperación. Todas te tenemos en nuestras oraciones. Gracias a Dios todo ha salido de la mejor manera.

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  19. Cathom

     /  September 30, 2011

    I wish you a very happy birthday and a long en healty life with many happy
    moments. Cathom

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  20. Hi Sheryl,

    Happy Birthday! I am thankful for you and your return to good health.
    I’m sending prayers and best wishes for a great year!

    Angela Garcia from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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  21. Jeanne

     /  September 30, 2011

    Congratulation on your birthday and overcoming Cancer! Everyday is a great day from here on!

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  22. Caroline Rader

     /  September 30, 2011

    Happy Birthday! My husband was diagnosed with prostate CA this spring, underwent robotic surgery, and–like you–was lucky enough to avoid chemo and radiation. As he says, any day you can wake up and get out of bed to greet the sun is a good day!

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  23. Jackie

     /  September 30, 2011

    Happy Birthday and how well written. Congratulations all around.

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  24. Ruth Knee

     /  September 30, 2011

    Happy Birthday! And I’m not going to say God bless you, because you already know that you are blessed in so many ways. Have a memorable one.

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  25. pam Duxbury

     /  September 30, 2011

    May this be the first of many birthdays to follow. Happy Birthday.

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  26. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU ! ! ! sing…sing… There’s a special thing about quilters Huh? ? so glad to hear you are at the machine I just put my frame back to Queen so I could move it into spare bedroom Painted the room pink to match the hot pink leaders Making new curtains will send photos when done My house is a wreck But I have time later Bye Barbara Stack

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  27. Sheryl — Thank God you’re here and Happy Birthday! Mine is tomorrow… I had a scare a few years ago with a huge tumor in the back of my throat (not cancerous). I had to have surgery, 11 days in the hospital and radiation. I feel lucky to be alive. I know that God has great things planned for me … some days are a struggle though, no matter. But I am trying to change the way I think! Thank you for sharing such a personal story … have a great weekend!
    Hugs, Colleen

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    • Quilting Tizzy

       /  October 18, 2011

      Colleen, thank you so much for sharing. I’m so glad it was only a scare for you. Just stay vigilant about follow-ups.

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  28. Ruthie Peterburg

     /  October 1, 2011

    Hi Sheryl,
    I so know where you’re at. I’ve been going with hubby to all his various doctor appointments. You’ve always been cheerful and you still are, just remember we’re all here with you even if it’s from afar.
    Warm hugs,
    Ruthie

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  29. Congratulations on your birthday – I too, am a cancer survivor (8 years). One comes out of this “journey” with a new perspective on life. I have a new “normal” now as chemo and radiation takes their toll, but quilting and knitting have helped me through this stage in my life, along with a huge following of family and friends or angels as I call them. Keep the faith and stay strong. Glad that you have joined the survivor list.

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    • Quilting Tizzy

       /  October 18, 2011

      Thank you so much, Joan. I’m glad you’re on that survivor list too.

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  30. Happy Birthday!! You will be amazed at how many will respond to you who are survivors. I remember celebrating my 50th birthday receiving chemo. I was bald and 50. I cried the entire time i was in chemo. the nurses were kind gentle and tried to make me laugh–i did laugh a few times. Prayer and faith are powerful healers and consolers. My prayer for you today is to dance, smile and eat cake–lots of cake!!

    Beth

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  31. Lynnk50

     /  October 2, 2011

    Happy Birthday, Sheryl!! God always has a plan for our lives and everything works to the good for those that love the Lord. I know we often wonder how this could work for our good, but with Him, all things are possible!! So glad you’re back to good health and quilting again!! May God continue to bless you and give you many more wonderful birthdays!!
    Lynn K.

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  32. jolie

     /  October 3, 2011

    Happy birthday to you!!!

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  33. Betty G

     /  October 3, 2011

    Hope your recovery is speedy and that you are able to take up life as you did before. You are indeed one of the lucky ones. All the best!

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  34. nancy in IN

     /  October 3, 2011

    PTL. God is good, all the time.
    Nancy

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  35. Belated birthday wishes and wishing you see many more birthdays in the future. I haven’t yet come across someone whose family or friends haven’t been impacted in some way by cancer.
    Cheers,
    Robyn

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  36. Quilting Tizzy

     /  October 18, 2011

    I want to say thank you to everyone who took time time to post a comment. I appreciate all of you. It was a special birthday.

    Reply

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