Monday, August 4, 2008

Daybook Entry for August 4, 2008


FOR TODAY (August 4, 2008)...

Outside My Window Last week I mentioned the wasps on my window. The same 8 wasps are still there, working "as busy as bees!" Their little nest thingy is now about the size of a dime. It's been amazing to watch the routine, how they communicate with each other, how they surround this nest and protect it, and how they stick to the job day after day after day. . . . . after day!!!!! A great lesson for me on sticking to a project, no matter how monumental the task or how long it seems it will have to take.

I am thinking. . . About how long this journey through Breast Cancer treatment is going to take. It sounds like it will go well into next year!.

I am thankful for... The news I got today from my oncologist telling me that this cancer has NOT spread anywhere else in my body, just the lymph nodes under the arm. Nothing showed up on the bone scan and the CT scans. Still an advanced cancer with some lymph node involvement, but no spread. I'm so thankful to God for this. .. . You just don't know! And sooooo thankful for ALL OF YOU who have prayed during the past weeks. I feel so undeserving after letting this go for so, so long!

From the kitchen... Left over ham in potatoes and cheese sauce, veggies, and a nice fresh banana pineapple bread.

I am wearing... Sandles, black slacks, tee shirt and a plaid button down shirt over top. (Hides the "no bra" thing).

I am creating... More angels. Miriads of angels!

I am going... Post Office first, then on to a Dr. appointment with my sister, then on to Walmart to fill a prescription.

I am reading... Nothing! If blogs count, then that's what I've been reading. I have found some of the most wonderful, encouraging, God-centered blogs that have just lifted me up and I can't begin to thank all of you who share your hearts like this. I would have never believed that blogs could be used of God the way they are.

I am hoping... I'm not a whimp when it comes to the chemo treatment on Wednesday. After last week's experience, I'm almost terrified of that needle going into this port. I would hate to make a fool of myself there!

I am hearing... Buster crunching down his dinner. I'm sure I'll be nudged in a few minutes with a big sigh, and he'll have to go out again!

Around the house...I think the next few days will be trying to get some things done in advance if it's true that I will be tired with the chemo.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week. . . Not knowing how I will feel, I'm leaving my options very open. No set schedule or plans.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...

If we could see beyond today
As God can see,
If all the clouds should roll away
And shadows flee.
Our present griefs we would not fret
Each sorrow we would soon forget,
For many joys are waiting yet
Waiting for you and me.

If we could know beyond today
As God does know.
Why dearest loved ones pass away
And tears must flow.
And why the darkness leads to light,
Why dreary days will soon grow bright.
Some day life's wrong will be made right
Because faith tells us so.

If we could see, if we could know,
We often say.
But God in love, a veil does throw
Across our way.
We cannot see what lies before
And so we cling to Him more.
He leads us til our lives are o'er -
Trust and Obey!


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Juri said...

Cor, today was a great day, an answer to prayer! And a relief to know that we are going to start the battle now, we got a plan!!! Love you and know this is a battle we will win!


Thia said...

Huzzah for the good news!
I am having a similar dinner tonight, leftovers even.

Anonymous said...

Hi Cora,
What great news! I love that song, Just give Me Jesus! I cried and cried...My girls left today for a youth group road trip and I will miss them terribly! I am so happy for you that you got the best possible senerio. Continuing to pray for you as you walk this road. Do It Afraid! If anyone wonders what that means, I explain it in an earlier comment on your blog.
Ruthie fro California

Julie said...

Wahoo--no spread. That's great!! Hang in there, you can do it!! Julie

Toni said...

Oh Cora,praise God!!!!What an answer to prayer that the cancer has not spread!!I will be praying for you as you start your chemo treatments.Take care my friend!!

Wendy said...

YES!!! Thank you Jesus for no spreading!!! We pray you will respond very well to the chemo this week!! God bless!~Wendy

Dawn @ My Home Sweet Home said...

Thanks for visiting me. It sounds like you are going through an awful lot and showing abundant grace in the process. May God watch over you and guide the physicians who treat you. Saying a prayer for you.

Deb said...

Hi Cora, the wasps that you mention, busy as bee's, how they stick to the job,no matter how long it takes. This reminds me when I was a child about 8 or 9, there was a wasp nest outside of my bedroom window right there in the corner close to the pane. My bed was right in front of the window, so one day I stood up on my headboard to get a close look at them. The amazing part about their working so diligently, is that they also have a smile on their faces. Silly huh, but not. Their faces actually look as if they're smiling. If by chance the nest is close enough to see them, take a look, they are working and smiling. Deb

Deb said...

I got so caught up in the wasp story and past memories that I neglected to say that I am so happy for you. I know things will be alright now. Joy cometh in the morning and it's morning. The Lord is good. Deb

Shanda said...

Hi Cora, just stopping in to say hello and to let your know that there isn't a day goes by that I don't think of you and say a prayer for you. I'll be here every step of the way with you too, along with God. We'll see this battle through, one prayer at at time. Love and hugs,

Eve said...

You are going to be fine. But you do need to set priorities so you can use your energy to the best advantage for you. This is a time to think about yourself first. It is not selfish, it is the right thing to do.
You are in my prayers.

Joyfulsister said...

Hi Cora,
I am rejoicing with you and Juri on this news!!!
You have so many prayer warriors surrounding you through this journey. I like what Yuri said about a battle plan. I remember reading In the bible when it talked about the praises being the first to go out before the battles began. And so we we will shout the praises as well and allow the Lord to fight this battle for you as we stand in the gap of prayer believing that he does all things well in his time. Believing in faith for his hands of healing to be upon you.

Please keep me prayer as I go for two very important tests to make sure there is no cancer in my liver and no further damage. I have to check every three to six months. Thanks My sister.. Hugz Lorie

papel1 said...

Take care Cora and thanks for the nice comments you have left on my blog.

Linda said...

OH Cora I am sooooooo happy to read there is no spread to your bones. And I know it's easy for me to say, but don't beat yourself up about not getting checked sooner. Just think of what you can do now. And I am no expert here, but I do think you are wise to leave your options open about the rest of the week. Your job now is to take care of you and your body will tell what it needs. I hope the post access is easier this time and the cheom side effects aren't as bad as they could be! hugs, Linda

Pam said...

Cora- I've been away with my family, and then came home to find my mother is in the hospital, very serious and another dear friend is critical- I've not had any time to blog, but I was eager to check in on you and find out how you so happy to hear you have had some good news.
You remain in my prayers, as I know so many others are holding you up in prayer daily.

willzmom said...

I am so thankful that the cancer hasn't spread-God is good!

If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)

Have a blessed day.

Debra said...

Hi Cora,
I'm so happy for you too. It's wonderful. I love seeing God answer prayers.
I loved hearing about the wasps too. I think it's neat that they have smiles. I need to look.
Love to you. Debra

Lea of Farmhouse Blessings said...

I am just Praising the Lord with you, Cora! Awesome! Know I'll be praying for you on Wednesday.

I'm so glad that you're keeping your options open and going to allow yourself all the rest that you need.


Kay said...

Praise God - what an answer to prayer!! We will all continue to pray for you as you go through your chemo.