Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Such a whirlwind

Hey everyone- if there's anyone still left out there in my blogging world.  I have truly missed blogging. I know I have said that before but yet weeks go by in between my posts.  Lets see, where to begin?  SO do you remember when I mentioned that a really dear friend of mine was diagnosed with Prostrate Cancer? Truth be told, it was my husband Todd.  I needed to get it out because I was swirling with emotions but its a very personal thing and he had asked me to not tell anyone.  He elected to have his prostrate removed after speaking to 2 different surgeons and that was their suggestion. Last Monday ( June 5), he had his surgery and they kept him overnight and was released a week ago today.  He's been healing OK - he's black and blue from all the incisions and we're looking forward for tomorrow because he gets his catheter removed.  Last week leading up to the surgery, I asked Todd to tell our pastor so that he could be praying for us and then I was proud of him because he actually posted to our friends and family on facebook.  Here is the post:


So I'm going to share a PSA on getting a PSA test. If you're a guy or care about one - Get a PSA test. It's an easy blood test that can be performed with your regular annual physical as an early detection for Prostate Cancer. Years ago they recommended men start checking at 50. In recent years men have been diagnosed earlier and avoided prostate cancer (a typically slow growing cancer) from spreading through early detection. In November of 2008 I had a higher than normal... PSA. I had a biopsy in early 2009 and no cancer was detected. The PSA number remained the same until last November when it had spiked 3 full points. In March of this year I was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. Early detection is helpful in that it has offered me a few treatment options. Based on my cancer rating I have elected to have it removed surgically. Homey don't play! I will have that done tomorrow. I have faith in God and my surgeon and expect to have a successful complete removal. I expect that it has not spread. So do two things for me please. 1) don't be scared to get your Test. If you're a guy you will eventually develop Prostate Cancer - maybe not until you're 88 years old but it's one of those parts that wears out and goes bad. (If you get it out before it spreads you have virtually a 100% cure). 2). Join me in prayer tomorrow as we affirm God as the ultimate physician. I'll be home Tuesday night counting down the 21 day wait time before I can ride my bike again. Lol. Thank you.


He's had a handful of men call him to talk about it and it got them thinking to get checked.  We're glad to get people aware to get checked because he had zero symptoms of prostrate cancer.
As for me, I am working from home so I can take care of him. He basically only has one hand because he has the catheter bag to deal with. The small one that can strap on the leg has not worked for him every time he's tried.  He cant lift anything over 10 pounds and he needs to take it easy.  I've cooked more than I have in ages. 
We  left the house last night which was the first time he's stepped out since I brought him home from hospital last week. We had to run some errands and we grabbed a bite to eat.
Needless to say, the last few months were kinda hard. Dealing with the fact that my husband had cancer puts things into perspective every day.  The weekend before the surgery though we went to see U2 in concert.  It was AMAZING and we had such a great time! We went with some good friends and it felt great to laugh and sing and dance and forget about cancer for a few hours.  I'll post pics from the concert later.  Oh did you know that the Blogger phone app was discontinued? Seriously, that alone is one of the main reasons I haven't blogged in a while.  I blogged from my phone mostly and I must have been the only one that did  ( LOL) because it was discontinued due to lack of usage.
In meantime, I found another App called Blogo.  It takes some getting used to but its helpful. You can post or go back to a saved post and add photos, etc.  That's why I liked using my phone to blog because all my photos are from my phone and I don't want to upload them to my computer every time to post a pic.
Anyway- I have missed yall and been thinking of so many of you but life has just been crazy!!!
Talk to ya soon!! xoxo

12 comments:

  1. Praying for Todd - God is good!

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    1. Thank you for the prayers Pamela!! God is SO good!

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  2. Hi, Holli!

    I have missed you too, dear friend, and I too have been absent from active blogging for a few weeks as I recover from the death of Margaret Schneider, a loss that hit me much harder than I ever expected. I am temporarily returning to blogging today specifically to comment on your post because you have been an extremely loyal friend over the years.

    I am sorry to learn about Todd's health scare and the period of anxiety and discomfort that came in the wake of his surgery. At the same time I applaud Todd for his courage in discussing the diagnosis and procedure openly on Facebook. Surely his post will encourage other men to overcome their fears and get themselves examined and tested. Todd might have saved some lives by going public with his story. I hope Todd continues on the road to recovery and that your lives get back to normal (biking etc.) as soon as possible. I offer my thoughts and prayers, dear friend Holli. Take care!

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    1. I feel those thoughts and prayers sweet Shady!! I truly believe we're over the hump and heading up now.
      I am so so sorry for your loss of Margaret. I know she was a special friend and an extraordinary woman.

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  3. Holli, that was a powerful post. Were I not such a powerful idiot, I'd run out and get that test, but hey, they're still waiting on me to schedule that colonoscopy. Frankly, I'm hoping for lightning to strike.

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    1. CHRIS!!!!!! Please go get checked out. You owe it to your kids and Peanut. You're killing me!

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  4. Prayers for Todd. And for you. I know what taking care of a sick husband is like. LOL! I've always said that if a man were going to get cancer then prostate is the one to get as the cure is easier and faster than most treatments. Hoping you are taking life easy!! I miss reading your blog!!

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    1. Thank you Paula- I do appreciate those prayers. He of course was VERY needy the first week but now he's starting to be more "human" again and doing some stuff on his own.
      He just got the catheter removed an hour ago so he's much happier. :)

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  5. Oh hon, I'm so glad you and Todd are on the other side of that intense scare. A very common one, too. May only healthy days be in store for both of you. Love and prayers.

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    1. Thanks Dear- we are happy that hopefully cancer for Todd is behind us!! xoxoxo

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  6. Sorry to hear about your husband. Hope things will continue to go well.

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  7. Oh my Holli, I can imagine all that you have been going through since he was diagnosed. ((HUGS))I'm glad he got it taken care of and I will be keeping you and him in my prayers. God Bless....

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