Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sunday Thoughts

Wow, what a whirlwind couple of weeks.
A new job with intense hours. (40 hours in three and a half days.)
My dear friend and Uncle stricken with end stage pancreatic cancer even after having gone to doctor after doctor only to be diagnosed too damn late because they weren't listening to him.
My friend's daughter in law, age 32, diagnosed with bladder cancer after having been given three rounds of antibiotics and NO urinalysis tests. She had surgery to have the tumor removed, but here we are three weeks later and now she has a tumor on one of her kidneys. 
And now another friend facing her own challenges and waiting to confirm a cancer diagnosis after months of being ill. Let's hope it's a false alarm and her battle can be won.

What's happening here? Aren't we in a time where diagnoses are easier to form?
I'm exhausted and sad today.
All I can do is send out prayers and stay true to myself by being authentic.

I miss you all and love you. Once I get adjusted to all of these changes and life challenges I will be better at visiting.

Life is good still, but overwhelming at times, no?



  1. That's so hard and I'm sorry about both the people struggling with cancer diagnoses. I think there is still much left to be discovered so that it isn't nearly as clear-cut as we'd like it to be. ♥

  2. Hey Lo! I'm feeling a little overwhelmed myself. I'm sending you a big hug, and keeping everyone in my prayers. xox Pam

  3. What a tragedy, my heart goes out to them and you. One would think that diagnosis could be swifter this day and time. Hang in there, keep praying. I will pray for you and those dear to you.
    Wow, that's a tough 40 hours and would certainly take some adjustment! I thought of you today and almost looked you up to ask advice about Dudley, finally got a ER vet though. Take care.

  4. I absolutely understand. Please take care of yourself, as you care for others. Sending you prayers and hugs.

  5. aw, lo, too much to handle in such a short time, it can seem so unfair and discouraging. i am so sorry to hear about your uncle, i know how much he means to you.

    cancer is such a horrible horrible thing. i pray for a day when it takes its last victim, when we win that battle and know those cells will never again prevail.

    what a schedule you have! that takes some servious getting use to. i know you will do a wonderful job in every way. and i'm glad you are back in the field of animal care.

    AND: i'm glad we are friends. i know if ever one of us needs to be held up or comforted, there will be no question....


  6. My those hours..............I can imagine it will take time to get used to that and to find a whole new rhythm. Just now it is all about surviving those long days and to digest all the new information.
    But when in your very little free time you have to deal with loved ones facing the battle of cancer it can be overwhelming :(
    I am so sorry about your dear uncle and friends. Of course I will keep them in my thoughts and hope for the best.
    But you are in my thoughts all the time as well dear.
    Giving you a virtual big big hug!!!
    We all understand that you can't be at 2 places at the same time so take your time to adjust and in your time off please do some things that make you feel good.

  7. I'm very sorry to hear about your uncle and friends - what a world! whew. not much else to say except of course, prayers and hope.

    40 hours in 3 days? what does 5 days hold? is this going to be common? That's alot of work dear....lot's to get used to. I hope you are liking it, and finding yourself at home with the people and the animals.
    Stay well, OK? Don't worry about us - we know you are busy busy busy

  8. I hope you get some rest. You are under some terrible stress. My Mother died of pancreatic cancer. One of the most difficult cancers to diagnose and then treatment isn't always affective. It is a sad thing. I hope you feel better today. Have a great week. Always be authentic, especially with yourself.

  9. hug hug hug lo, sometimes it's all too much. sending prayers and light.
    be gentle with yourself,
    xox lori

  10. Many wise words here - from those who love you.

    Listen to Marianne - when you do have those now-precious *free* something you LOVE to it painting, walking Em down by the water (where we went), lose yourself in the myriad of changing leaves.... try to let go the stress of the job... it will take time, but you already are doing a fabulous job there and are endearing yourself to all.

    I miss you...

    Love to you, Bri, *SH* and *Princess*....oh, and Short-t too when you see him!


    ♥ LS ♥

    (And you KNOW I am saying daily prayers for your Uncle, your friend's DIL and of course, our beloved friend.)

  11. Sometimes life just gives us too much, too fast. Praying for you and yours.

  12. Wow.. thats a lot of work in a short period of time. I hope this isnt going to be normal. Doesnt seem legal some how. So sorry about all the illnesses. We just lost a dear friend of ours a week or so ago. It was a shock to all. We are still kind of reeling from it so I understand. Best wishes to all.

  13. Laurel you seem to have so much on your plate right now - it never rains but it pours :( Sending positive thoughts for your uncle and friends your way. Do take care of yourself too.xx

  14. I suppose many doctors are rewarded by HMOs for giving fewer tests rather than more tests. Otherwise, it just sounds like incompetence.

  15. sounds like a hard time for you and for your friends and your uncle. i am so sorry. it is upsetting. modern medicine is an odd duck as are we humans. big hug to you, love suki

  16. That is hard news to take in. In my small world we've dealt with two cancers and sudden heart attack death in just a few weeks. It does bring to light what's important and the reminder to make the most of every day. I'll be adding you and your uncle and friends to my prayer list.

  17. Oh how sad. Yes, despite all the research and treatments this old cancer bug seems determined, doesn't it. I'm sending some positive thoughts to you and your friends, for their comfort and wellness.