Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A bump in the road...

Hello my dear friends.  You're probably wondering if I fell off the end of the earth, but no, I am still here.
I've just hit a bump in the road.

Two weeks ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Something you never want to hear.  Never, ever, ever.  But it's happened.  All my life I have been healthy, so to be given this kind of news was like a punch in the gut.  It seems so surreal and so very overwhelming.  Anxiety sets in.

But  now I have had time to digest it all and am able to talk about it.
I have a fabulous team of doctors and feel I am in good hands.  UNC Lineburger Breast Cancer Center in Raleigh is where my treatment will take place.  I've had quite a few appointments and evaluations already and tomorrow I will find out what treatment will be best for me.  I know this is going to be a long haul but I will get through it.  With the help of my family, Galen, faith and a positive attitude, I will make it.......good thoughts, smiles, Otis and Riley, my garden, sunshine, friends, thank yous, blessings, and deep breaths....

This is just a bump in the road.

If a bird can sing with a broken wing,
You'll learn to bend when the wind blows,
The leaves may fall, but the trees stay tall,
this is a bump in the road.


*Sheila* said...

Oh my goodness Donna, I didn't expect to read this. Of course I had missed you, but hoped you were enjoying a blog break.
It sounds like you are in good hands,
and you will be in my heart and prayers. Please, keep us posted....
big hugs

Angie said...

Ah shit, Donna---pardon my French!!! I have checked just about every day to see if you had posted, and I thought it was strange that it had been so long since your last post. I missed you dreadfully, and just thought life was just happening, like it does around here. I am truly so sad to hear this. Of course, you will sail through this mess with flying colors---how could you not with all of the angels that surround you. I was literally just talking about you today. I was with my friend that I had given your little chickens painting to, and she was just telling me again how much she loves it. I'm sending hugs full of love, healing thoughts and prayers, and magical fairies to sprinkle fairy dust all around you. If you need me I'm only a phone call away. Hugs my dear friend ---and extra cuddles for my sweet boys. :)

Anonymous said...

Donna, I am praying for you everyday. Your sweet spirit is a blessing to all of us and I know you will be fine. May I have your mailing address to send you a card? XO Lori

Cozy Little House said...

Oh Donna, I'm so sorry! Well, you're a strong and healthy woman; you'll be fine. We'll all hold you up. I love that saying at the end of your post.

camp and cottage living said...

You are going on my prayer list right this moment. I can see how this has knocked the wind out of your sails.
I am believing right along with you that it's only a bump in the road, dear lady.I know the Lord has you right in the palm of his hand. Please keep us posted.

Mimi Sue said...

So sorry to hear about your bump in the road Donna. They can do such amazing things now! Our prayers and happy thoughts are going out to you this very day! Hang in there and you're so right, a good attitude will do miracles! Love and hugs to you my friend. Mimi

Pondside said...

That's a hard bit of news Donna. Please know that I will be remembering you every day in prayer - so please let us know how things go as you move forward.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Oh my, Donna. I am so sorry to hear this news! It seems like you have come to grips with it and have a wonderful attitude and are in expert hands! With your courage, the love and support of your family and friends, and with all the skills of your medical team I know you will beat this and be fine! I will keep you in my daily prayers for strength and recovery. {{{Hugs}}}

La Vie Quotidienne said...

This is such a blow and I know how difficult this type of news is to receive...in an instant your whole world changes.

It sounds as if you are in very good hands and will be receiving excellent treament. I know that lots of people will be thinking about you and praying for your recovery.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

Oh Donna! I can't imagine knowing how you must feel right now. But I do know that you are a strong woman and will face this head on. I am sending healing thoughts your way.

It is strange, that today, I did a post earlier about a celebration of one of my friends who has just finished her last treatment for breast cancer. We will be celebrating your success in the future too.
Sending hugs,

Beverly said...

Donna, I am glad to hear from you again, but like everyone I was hoping for different news. I have been praying for you because it is unlike you to stay away without an explanation. You can count on my prayers.

You were so very right to take this time to learn and prepare. You should always be in charge of your team, and I am so very thankful that you have your husband to walk beside you. It is so important to have great support.

I'll be here along with everyone to cheer, love and then celebrate your cure with you.♥

Ruth Welter said...

Donna, hugs to you....I know you will do just fine with your treatments and come out of it all healthy again.


Donna said...

Oh Donna, I'm so sorry! I am adding you to my prayer list. With the help of your good attitude, your family, and God's healing hand, you will get through this "bump in the road."

Suzan said...

Dear Donna,
I thought about you off and on through the night. I wish that I had words to make it easier but I am pretty sure their are none. Just know that their are a lot ofus out here in blog land sending you prayers and positive thoughts. Being owned by doxies as you are I am sure that you know they are a huge comfort when you are sick. Let them snuggle up close and give you their love and devotion.
Ladybug Cottage

Donna said...

Well then my Dear Friend...Together, WE'LL take a stand! We all may be thousands of miles apart but prayer is a Powerful thing...
I stand With you in this fight Sweetheart!

Peonies & Magnolias said...

Donna, sending hugs your way as you deal with whats to come. You and Galen are in my thoughts and prayers every day. Please try to keep us posted.


Catherine Holman said...

I will keep you in my prayers Donna. So sorry you have to go through this.

CIELO said...

Dear Donna... when you feel you're drowning in life's situation, take courge by the thought that your "Lifeguard" walks on water... take courage in HIM!



Sherri said...

Donna, when I saw the title of your blog I was not expecting what you wrote! I'm sure you were not expecting the Dr. to tell you this either! I missed you but I thought you were painting away in your studio. You are in my very deepest prayers my friend and HUGS to you and your family as you travel through this journey. Thinking of you always!

Happy@Home said...

I am sorry to hear about your bump in the road. That had to be a real shock for you to hear and my thoughts are with you as you begin your treatment.

Zuzana said...

I am really sorry to hear thsi dear Donna but you seem to have a very strong mind and what a positive attitude, plus a great set of friends and family to look in for support - so you are half way there.
I was just operated myself yesterday for cell changes, hoverer still not benign, but it was caught in time, so I know - at least to a fraction - what you feel.
My thoughts and prayers are with you dear friend,

The Star Gal said...


I've been checking in every day (as usual) and I wondered what was going on in your world.

North Carolina is not that far away from Virginia (if you should ever need me). I'll definitely be adding you to my prayers.

Janet said...

Sending positive energy your way :)

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Donna, I am sending you my prayers right now.

May God bless you and heal you.

Barb ♥

Deb said...

I will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers ♥


nice post lovely blog


Wanted to wait for some time to pass to send best wishes your way. It's hell being human but these things seem to happen to healthy people just as much as those not so healthy people.

I encourage you to educate yourself and most importantly to have an attitude that works best for you to conquer this junk.

Even though this is only an electric friendship I would like to offer any help and support to you that I can.

I wish you courage but most of all - success.

Babs said...

Oh,Donna, I'm so sorry to hear of this.I will put you on my prayer list and please know that you are thought of every day.