Monday, July 27, 2009

Your Comments

Kellie - please thank Philip. I can't imagine what the surprise is, but it must be mighty special, so I can't wait to see it! You have one awesome husband - enjoy every moment of life with him. I thought you might give me a hint!!! HA!

Hey corner man - I think you've put into words what I have been feeling: There is NO amount of money, power, or fame, that could possibly measure the blessings I have in my life. I didn't even realize it until I learned of the cancer. As much as I hate what I am going through, I'm grateful for this journey and am learning just how special people really are. The true kindness of others continues to soften my heart. OH and don't laugh - I'm taking YOU to the beach w/me!

The book I'm thinking of writing - it will be written to honor all of you who have stood by me during this challenge. Your support continues to give me the strength I need to get through each day, one day at a time. Sher and Ferell - you two are saints. I have not for one minute longed for anything without you saying "I'll be right back!" From the dogs, to the house, to the yard - you are absolute angels. I can never thank you enough.

I'm even hoping to be up to visitors by this weekend and even put the ever required mascara and lip gloss on this morning to make myself feel a little better.

As for my exercises, I got my fingers to crawl all the way up the wall yesterday. Funny how I was so proud of myself when I did it. Doc says its the best way to keep my shoulders from locking up. Believe it or not, my back is what is really hurting. Good grief, I feel like someone has beaten me with a baseball bat across my back. I'm sure its more to do with not being able to lie down properly, or stand straight up just yet, but I'm working on it!

Donna, please thank everyone for the card I received. I was stunned to find that big whale of a card in my mailbox. It made my day. I even took it to the hospital with me.

I'm trying to take pictures of everything now. Pictures of flowers, of cards, of people. I don't want to forget one moment of this, of you.


  1. Arla, I am tearing up in relief to hear you 'sounding' so good and hopeful. I have been praying every day that you will survive and be a success story that will give others hope as well.

    Love ya

    ps I have been following since you started this blog.....and check it daily for updates!

  2. Thanks Maddie - This is probably the hardest thing I've ever done, but God willing, I'll be just fine and I hope to help others. I'm taking notes on everything these days! The surgeon's hands were definitely divinely guided. The scars are minimal (although the pain is not) and it is already beginning to look the reconstruction is going well. No infections, no fevers. I feel so very, very lucky.... I look for you out here, so its good to know you are still there cheering me on....I miss you and I'm so glad you are my friend. Take good care.