Tuesday, March 13, 2012

A sigh of relief

Hello all my dear friends and family.  Last Thursday and Friday were big days for me at the cancer center but I made it through.  I had a cardial ultrasound, a port placement, a bone scan and a cat scan all in two days.  At the end of the day on Friday we met with the doctor and I was given good results from all the tests.  And, the cancer is confined to the mass in the breast and two nodes only.  Yea!  

Chemotherapy starts Thursday.  Ugh...the dreaded chemo.  
I'm not sure I'm ready for this.  Chemo will be scheduled every 2 weeks for 16 weeks.  All of the side effects are weighing heavy on my mind right now, so I'm trying really hard to focus on other things, good things. 
After the chemo is finished, then will come surgery, and after surgery  I will have 6 weeks of radiation.  
A bit overwhelming.  It's like a whole year of my life is being taken away from me.  


......I am focusing on the beautiful sunshine today and letting the warmth feed my heart and soul.  It's amazing how the sunshine is like medicine for me.....lifting my spirits and healing my body.  Makes me forget about everything bad!  Just spending time in the garden helps a lot.  The bumblebees are buzzing and the flowers are starting to bloom,  and Otis and Riley are always by my side.  

I am having good days and bad days, happy days sad days and that's just the way it will be for awhile.  

In about 3 weeks I will lose my hair.  Not too happy about that.  I already cut my hair short and was fitted for a wig.  It's funny, the first wig I tried on I looked like Dolly Parton.  Ha!  I finally found one more suitable and maybe I'll even show you later.  

Thank you for all of your prayers and kind words.  Think of me as I take this a day at a time.    


Barb~Bella Vista said...

Donna, keeping you in prayer. I think of you so often.

God bless you,
Barb ♥

Happy@Home said...

Hi Donna,
You can be sure I will be thinking of you. As a matter of fact I have thought of you often since you shared your news with us.
It is good to hear from you and so glad you were able to breathe a sigh of relief after your tests.
I will say a prayer for you as you begin your treatments on Thursday. You are dealing with a lot right now, but I think you are smart to focus on the beauty of nature and the love of your family and doggies.
As a side note I recently stumbled upon a blog of a very inspiring young woman going through cancer treatment. The blog is lilblueboo.com. I think you might find it inspiring too.
Sending healing thoughts and love your way.


You seem quite normal to me. I wonder if you would feel better posting more about your turn in the road of life or prefer keeping most things to yourself. Please consider sharing as you will not be the last to venture down this well travelled road.

The sun is shining here too. I'll splash some rays your way since you seem to like it so much more than me.

Education, Faith, and Courage are yours.

Ruth Welter said...

Donna, I'm happy for your good news. That is really the most important thing because now you know exactly what you are dealing with.

You will get through the rest of it just fine. My hair stylist had breast cancer years ago, she survived it all and her hair let me tell you, grew back beautifully. I don't think you will have any problems.



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

That is good news....I have been thinking about you every day Donna.... I am going to email you.

camp and cottage living said...

You are in my prayers every day.
I'm so releived that your report was a good one.
It will be a tough road ahead, but
I know the Lord will be with you every step of the way.
I would have loved to see the Dolly wig!!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Oh Donna, I hadn't heard your news...I am so glad the scans have shown it confined. It sounds like you have a good medical team and plan of action! I will keep you in my prayers and am sending positive thoughts your way! A BIG XO!

Mimi Sue said...

Some good news! So glad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you everyday! They say that trying to stay positive is the key to success. Hugs to you and your family. Mimi

Catherine Holman said...

That sounds like very good news. I know the chemo is scary and difficult to face and I'll keep you in my prayers.
My cousin's hair was brown sprinkled with lots of gray before the chemo and after her hair came back in, she no longer had any gray hair.
God Bless,

*Sheila* said...

I just know that after this ordeal all will be well.A year of your life taken now will be repaid with many future years of health and happiness.
I'm glad your garden has become your haven, and now you will have the Spring and Summer to enjoy it while you heal.
I think of you often,
love and big hugs
Sheila ♥♥♥

Donna said...

We'll be Right here Sweet Friend, walking With you on this journey.
Sending TONS of prayer, laughter and joy your way!!!

Anonymous said...

Donna, that's great news! I am praying for you every day. Stay positive and keep us informed. XO

Jenny said...

Donna - I have been out of touch for some time now. I stopped by to catch up and my heart is aching for your troubles. We are lifting your vibrant and beautiful soul up in prayers, dear girl. Keep on keeping on and focus on that sunshine, because that is God smiling upon you. He'll keep you in His care.

Sherri said...

Donna, I have been thinking of you alot lately and I will keep you in my prayers and thoughts! I have a friend in Raleigh that went through what you are going through about 2 yrs. ago. She is doing great and I know you will do great too! Take care of yourself my friend and sit in the garden and just enjoy the day!! HUGS!!

The Star Gal said...

Hey Donna,

Someone somewhere said to think of Chemo as your friend. It's the lifesaving medicine that you need. Maybe that will make the nuisance more bearable.

Love ya.


Deb said...

Hello Donna
I have been thinking of you daily and so happy that your test results have returned and with good news ♥ Hugs to you, Otis & Riley xo

Beverly said...

Donna, I am holding you close in my heart and prayers.

I read a phrase about the cancer journey once. It is "tie a big knot in your rope, and hold on". I thought of it often during our family journey. It is so important to let your family and friends care for you and love you. God put them in your life for a reason. You have always been there for them, too.

I'll be loving you from here.♥

Rosie's Whimsy said...

Hugs and prayers for you . Donna! I just was checking after a long hiatus and found your series of posts about this turn of events. I wish you easy trails as you go on this journey and appreciate you sharing this since I have been "jus too busy" to schedule my mammogram for the past 2 years :-(

Love ~ rosie

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Donna ~ we are speachless! Know that we are both keeping you & your family in our prayers! we are pleased to hear that it was confined & that you know what your treatments will be like, we imagine you are breathing a sigh of relief!
Take care dear friend!
Karla & Karrie

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, Donna! I have been away and unable to blog, and I hate to hear that you have to go through chemo. I pray that all will be well with you and that this will be over quickly.

I'm so sorry I haven't been blogging. I've had computer issues and am on Mr. Magpie's work computer tonight. Don't know when I am going to have a chance to get a new one because I am up to my eyeballs in life stuff... Adelaide's husband had a triple bypass (unexpected), and another friend's husband is in the final days of pancreatic cancer. I have had no time to blog which I miss SO much.

I hope to be back by the end of spring. I miss you and all of my blogging buddies.

Take good care...


Sheila :-)

Balisha said...

Good morning, Donna,
So glad the news was good and it was confined. Now you can get busy and fight this disease. We'll be here with our healing prayers for you.

mississippi artist said...

Prayers for your healing are going up. Enjoy your time in the garden with your fur babies,I know it will help .

*Sheila* said...

Popping by again to say hello, and hope all is going well. Thinking of you
hugs ♥♥

La Vie Quotidienne said...

It sounds as if you have wonderful doctors and will be receiving excellent care. With so much love surrounding you I am sure that the outcome will be positive, but I know all of this is tremendously difficult. Hugs

Donna said...

Just thinking of you sweetie...

The Star Gal said...


I prayed for you last night that all this struggle will bring forth a happy outcome and that better days are ahead for you.


The Star Gal said...


I prayed for you last night that all this struggle will bring forth a happy outcome and that better days are ahead for you.


Pondside said...

Hi Donna - I've been away and have just been catching up. By now you'll have had your first chemo treatment. I'm thinking of you - you have a lot to deal with, but thank heavens you have a lot of beauty in your life and can focus on that as much as possible.