Saturday, June 4, 2016

The bump in the road has become a mountain to climb

After several weeks of doctoring and finding the lymphoma was wrecking havoc with my system, I spent time in Mercy Med Center in Sioux City getting relief from the incessant pain, a bone marrow test on both hips, and spinal tap that thankfully showed no invasion of cancer cells. That is exceptionally good news because now I can use my own stem cells for a transplant later in the summer.

I've been struggling to put down all the blessings Bruce and I have received from God, family, friends, garden club and people we don't even know are praying for us. I'd like to list each one but it's just too daunting right now.

From the box of Sherri's Berries to a sunny box of 'sunshine' from two dear nieces, from the wonderful nurses to the little Hispanic man who cleaned my room at the hospital the last day, asking if he could do anything else for me and that he would be praying for me.

For the food that really hits the spot and a chuckle from an iphone picture of a little girl's bare footprint in the dust from her Grandma's floor. 

I'm finding I can ask for help instead of waiting for someone to read my mind what I need and that it helps not only me but the giver. For the friend who planted flowers so I can have food for the soul to the neighbor father and daughter who mowed and trimmed the 'hay field' in our yard while Bruce was burning the candle at both ends in the field.

I'm so grateful for my oasis in the backyard that has lowered my blood pressure from the upper 180's when I came home to 118 at my dr. visit yesterday. And for my wonderful nurse, Monica, who never lets me cry alone. And I honestly don't know why I want to cry, we get upheld on Angel wings every day.

I hope you all see yourself in this heartfelt missive and I live for the day when I, too, can return a fraction of the blessings we are getting each and every day.


  1. God bless you. Tears are okay, too, they provide some relief. You and Bruce do so much for others, no wonder people are doing whatever they can for you. We will continue to keep you in our prayers, hoping you feel a little better every day. Do whatever brings you joy,I always picture you in the gazebo with a book, a cat, and coffee! Love you!

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  3. Continue to ask for help when you need it, that is so true that it makes the giver feel good for being able to do something for you and Bruce. You have done so much for others, including myself. Love to you!!

  4. John 16:33New International Version (NIV)

    33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
    Matthew 19:26
    Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
    You and Bruce will continue to be in our prayers.

  5. A little Sharri's Berries make everything better, I always say. :) Please know we are always thinking and praying for you! Much love!