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Archive for May, 2007

Moving right along

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

Got some time with Natalie this evening. She is to be moved from the surgery floor to the oncology wing, probably tonight, and chemotherapy could start as early as tomorrow. It is good to hear from doctors with positive plans.
She is still very weak and uncomfortable. Of course,that is to be expected just three days after major surgery, but we who are demanding miracles would like to see one soon!
Nattie wants to see her children, and they need to see her…well and strong again!
Still, she has not lost her resolve to fight with whatever strength she–with your help and God’s–can muster.
We also need to thank everyone who has been such a help to all of us lately. Some of those I can remember are cousins Allen, Jill and Joy; aunts Anne and Marty; Wes and his family, Karla and Elaine; Pastor Mark and Tammy Deimer and their entire praying congregation, and especially her mom who flew out from California the day after she got the news, and is staying as long as she is needed, even though her vacation days are long gone.
And all of you who continue to stop in here and leave your words of encouragement, and pray for Natalie’s strength and miraculous healing. Don’t stop now!
Thank you so very much!–Nattie and her Daddy

Mea Culpa!

Monday, May 28th, 2007

Yesterday, Natalie was under the influence of drugs, and could not be reached for comment, leaving her helpless Daddy no choice but to listen to her doctors and update you accordingly…silly me!
When they returned this morning and repeated their verdict for the patient, she chased everyone out of the room for a few minutes. Then she laid down the law.
“There will be no crying in my room. I want no one’s pity. I am not going to die. I will fight this thing until I beat it.”
Just returned from a nice long visit. She is very tired and weak. Regardless of the outcome, she did have major surgery with appropriate painkillers. But she is already promising to shave her head rather than let the hair fall out in clumps, and find some scarves that Jonathan and Anna can’t use to pick up dead animals.
This is where the real praying work begins! Thank you! –Nattie’s Daddy

Just the facts…

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

The surgeons report that Natalie


Sunday, May 27th, 2007

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An Update from Nattie’s Daddy

Friday, May 25th, 2007

Just thought you’d want to know that Natalie spent Thursday night in the local hospital for observation and hydration. Although her blood pressure was elevated at the time of her admission, it had retreated to proper levels by Friday afternoon. She had lost another six pounds in the last couple of days, so she also benefitted from intravenous fluids overnight.
This evening she is being transferred to a hospital in Indianapolis. It is hoped that they are better equipped to obtain the scans that the surgeon wants before beginning his work
Please continue to pray for my little girl’s healing, and that you will soon be reading her words, here, again.
Thank you, from Natalie, her family and friends!

thankful thursday

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

I know people think I’m crazy. I have cancer, but I have oodles of things to be thankful for.
1. My mom is here doing all my laundry. lol
We joke that I got cancer so I wouldn’t have to do housework. It is all part of my evil plan. bwahahahaha
2. I’ve got great friends and family. Really. I can’t describe the outpouring of love and help I’ve gotten from them.
3. I have cute new fuzzy flip flops to wear around the house.
4. I have new pjs to wear post op.
5. I can move my laptop and sit in my comfy chair so I can be online a little longer.
6. My ipod. Last night I couldn’t sleep so I listened to an audio book.
7. Even though I can’t handle any “hardy” reading right now…I have oodles of “friends” (i.e. old books) that I can reread.
8. I am allowed to eat as much ice cream as I want. Never mind that I can only eat half a cup. I can eat ice cream whenever I want. The only time I was allowed to do that before was when I had my tonsils out.
9. When people come visit and ask what I want I can say, “Ice cream” and not feel guilty.
10. The most important thing of all is that God is by my side through this all. I don’t know how people handle tragedy without their Heavenly Father. I know I couldn’t and for this I am very thankful.

Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

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what i know part deux

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

I saw the oncologist today. He was very kind. It turns out he was my mother in laws oncologist when she had breast cancer 8 years ago. I already knew that my kind of cancer is rare or uncommon as he said in a woman this young. He also seconded that the way to treat this is remove it if possible.
So I am to see a surgeon asap for a consult. There is some good news…my blood work is showing that it has not spread to my liver as of yet. More news as soon as I get some.
Thank you for all the prayers and well wishes. I know I wouldn’t be so calm right now if it were not for those prayers.

what i know

Monday, May 21st, 2007

I don’t know a whole lot more yet about my cancer. But it is cancer. And it is not lymphoma like previously mentioned. It has a name. And I won’t put it up here because you’ll google it and get all the horrible statistics.
I’ve never liked statistics. I’ve never been a conformist (apparently this cancer is commoner in non-american black men over the age of 65). I’ve always walked to the beat of my own drum. And I will continue to do that now. I know who holds tomorrow. And He holds me in His hand.

May reading

Saturday, May 19th, 2007

My list is pitifully small right now, but I haven’t felt like reading much lately and what I am reading is rather light fare.
1. Spring Cleaning Murders by Dorothy Cannell
2. For Everything a Season by Philip Gulley
3. The Hanging in the Hotel by Simon Brett
4. Coming Home by Rosamunde Pilcher (reread)
5. Rainbow Valley by L.M. Montgomery (reread)