Friday, February 24, 2006

Its a Good News/ Bad News Kind of Thing



The "butterfly vine" we have in our yard is called Passiaflora and looks like this one. You can see more kinds of plants and great butterfly pictures here. See another good web site with advice and great links for building your butterfly friendly garden here. Even if you can't grow passiaflora in your climate, there are plenty of butterfly attracting plants that you probably CAN grow. We also have a nice hummingbird population living in our yard. They especially seem to like the birds of paradise and the lavender.

Thanks to everyone for all your comments on the last post. I really did have a wonderful time with the journal quilt.

OK, now for the bad news/ good news stuff. Since some of you have asked, I got the call from my doctor, the biopsy results are in and they were positive. That would be the bad news part. You could have knocked me over with a feather. For all that I just had surgery for a biopsy, I was absolutely shocked to discover that I have uterine cancer. The next step will be a hysterectomy. Thankfully, I am old enough not to need my uterus any more.

I am starting today on Megace, which is a drug to stop estrogen. Next week I will consult the cancer specialist and we will be scheduling surgery soon. If the cancer is small, the hysterectomy will be it. If it has started to spread to the uterine wall, radiation will also be part of the treatment. The good news is, if you have to have cancer, uterine cancer is often pretty well contained and doesn't spread. The other good news is that I probably won't have to do chemo.

I am staying positive and have plenty of support from friends and family. That's good news too.

23 comments:

mary m. said...

Jenny, I'm sending some prayers and white light your way.

Omega said...

I love the photo of your passion flowers. We have them here in the UK, but unfortunately no humming birds!
I hope that fixing your body goes well, and that it does not dent your spirit too much. Good luck.

Kim said...

I hope your treatment goes well. Staying positive is key!

ginger said...

Oh my goodness...I am so sorry...this is awful news...I hug you!!! Ginger

Deb R said...

I'm so sorry the news wasn't good all the way around, Jen. I'm sending lots and lots of good thoughts your way that the cancer is very small and contained and they can get every last cell out with the surgery. {{{{{Jenny}}}}}}

Barbara C said...

I'm sending you a hug. Keep your spirits up, you're going to get through this

Frances said...

love your February journal, purple punk caterpillars, sending positive best thoughts your way, love is a good thing to be surrounded with, (((()))))

Micki said...

Jenny, you have my prayers and love.

Granny Fran said...

Glad you can still enjoy the passion flowers while dealing with the bad news. You are loved and have lots of support out here in fabric arts blogland. Just feel the warm love surrounding you all the way.

jenclair said...

Oh, Jen! This is a lot to deal with. As already stated by so many others, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

JulieZS said...

I'm sorry to hear this news Jen. I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Rian said...

Jen, sorry to hear the news. We're all pulling for you and sending you positive thoughts and prayers. And hugs. Lots of hugs.

Deborah said...

I was so happy to see that wonderful picture of the green and the purple flowers. You know I adore the green and the purple. Then I was so sad to read your news. It sounds like you have a wonderful attitude. You, your family and your medical team are in my prayers.

Gerrie said...

Oh, damn! I am so sorry and I know that feeling of being knocked off your feet. I was sure I had a big red C on my chest. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. I am on a similar drug. There are some initial side effects, but they subside. Take time now to do some creative stuff. I really emjoyed the time and excuse that I had for that a year ago.

PaigeTurner said...

sending good thoughts and prayers your way!
Beth

Suze said...

Jenny..
Sorry to hear the news...what a shock to the system that has to be. Will be thinking good thoughts and hoping its contained..

quiltnbee said...

Oh, (((Jen))), I'm sending you good thoughts and keeping you in my prayers. You are blessed with love and a supportive family and friends and many friends here...take care,
DebbyMc

Dale Anne said...

Staying positive is truly the key!
I hope you will only have to have the surgery and not all the other cancer stuff.
You will be in prayers Jenny and I'm sending lots of cyber HUGS your way.

Terry said...

Oh gosh--too much of this going around! Hang onto that great smile and I will send positive thoughts and prayers your way.

Take care--

Julaine said...

Healing thoughts are being sent...

Lisa, Procrastinator Extraordinaire said...

Sending lots of postive thoughts and prayers your way. Let me know if I can do anything for you.

Debra Spincic said...

I've been so holed up in my own concerns with writing the about.com stuff that I haven't ventured out to many blogs. What a surprise to read about your unfortunate female problems. Ouch. I just hate news like yours --yuck.

Thinking about you and hoping you are right about the impact of your cancer. Hugs for you!

Lisa Call said...

Lots of positive thoughts headed your way from Colorado. I hope the treatment goes well and isn't too difficult.