Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Gourd vines and an update

If you remember, a few weeks ago I planted some gourd seeds.  I never planted gourds before.  Galen made a nice wire grid for the gourds hoping they would somehow find a way to climb up and hang down over.  The leaves got huge and then the vines started coming up.  
And much to our surprise the gourd vines did exactly what they were supposed to do, grow right up through the grid.  They look like they are reaching to the sky.  Isn't it amazing how mother nature works.  
Now I'm hoping for some beautiful gourds.  

And and update:  

Some of you may be wondering how I am doing.  I feel great.  My body has had time to heal and my energy is coming along.  Still dealing with some neuropathy but it's not that bad.  My hair is growing back and feels like peach fuzz.  I wish it would grow faster...did I mention, I'm learning patience.  
Surgery is scheduled in a few weeks and I have been thinking about it quite a bit.  I am having a bi-lateral which I've wanted from the start.  Since being diagnosed with stage 3 cancer, my concern is whether they will get it all at the time of surgery.  The tumor and 15 lymph nodes under my arm will be removed.  Will they get it all?  Will it come back again somewhere else in my body?  I try not to think of these things but I do.  It's probably because surgery is right around the corner.  

Well, until then, I have plenty to do.  
As long as I keep busy and stay positive, I'm pretty sure everything will work out fine.  


Balisha said...

Hi Donna... I hope that you do some fun things now before surgery.Things that will take your mind off the surgery and keep you busy. I had 10 days before my brain surgery...it was filled with phone calls to friends who I hadn't talked to in years....and time gathering things that I wanted to do while recuperating.Meals to put in the freezer...walks around the neighborhood, dinners and lunches out with friends, and trying to calm myself through meditation. The last didn't work, however. Whatever you love to do...do it now....Just remember that God led you safely through the first phase of this disease and he'll be with you through your surgery.


The vines are beautiful? The support is super too. Don't know how you're doing it so smoothly and gracefully. Carry on.

Anonymous said...

Donna...I have just read your health update...being new to your blog....I must say that you have a positive attitude and they say that goes a very long way to recovery. Keep up your positivity!

your gardens are gorgeous...I miss planting zucchini...this year we decided not to garden, but next year is going to be great. You just can't beat growing your own food.

thanks for sharing. stop by sometime.
ciao bella
Creative Carmelina

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

I have never tried to grow gourds before. They are amazing!

I can't even begin to pretend to know what you are going through leading up to your surgery. The vines finding support can be a sort of simile. They grow in the perfect direction they need to thrive and you are doing the same. I am sending you support from afar....

La Vie Quotidienne said...

The gourd vines are coming along so well...it will be fun to harvest them. I am praying that your surgery will go well and you will be getting stronger every day. Blessing.

Patsi said...

Sounds like you're going through hell. Wishing you the best.
Cool cage for the gourds.

Sherri said...

Donna, I have been thinking of you lately! Glad everything is going well and good luck on your surgery! Those gourds are amazing!! HUGS to you my friend!!

*Sheila* said...

Hi Donna, I haven't commented lately but I check your posts as they appear. I'm inspired by your strength and dignity, and I just know this will carry you through a successful surgery.
Thinking of you often and wishing you a long and happy 'ever after'

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Donna, I love what Penny wrote to you. You DO have a positive attitude and that makes a world of difference in healing your body. Your garden is beautiful, as I'm sure, are you. Keeping you in prayer, Donna, and will check back to see how you are after surgery. I hope you are surrounded by lots of people who love you and care for you, family and friends. xoxo Lidy

Donna said...

Just remember the Butterflies!! You're going to do Great! I just...know...

Rhondi said...

Hi Donna
I'm glad to hear you are getting stronger. You are in my prayers every day. I have lots of friends who had breast cancer and are cancer free today. You are another one I will be able to add to my list.
Hugs, Rhondi

Zuzana said...

Thank you for this update Donna, think about you a lot and can only imagine how you must feel. But your undying optimism and wonderful love for life and nature will get you through this.;)
Have a nice weekend,

Babs said...

Donna, your gourd vine looks great. We grew some two years ago and they nearly took over the yard, even though we had them on a tutor.
Thank you for your update. It's good that you're staying busy and enjoying your garden and looking forward to when your surgery is over. Hugs and prayers are still coming your way.

Mimi Sue said...

So glad you're feeling well! They say having a good attitude certainly helps beat cancer. If it does then you'll be cancer free before you know it! Love those gourd platforms. It's amazing how things work out. Mimi

Catherine Holman said...

You're in my prayers Donna. Stay positive and enjoy that garden. It's amazing what gardening can do for the body and soul. Hugs!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I am thinking of you, Donna, and keeping you in my prayers for a quick recovery and a full healing. {{{ hugs}}}