Sunday, May 31, 2015

Going to Get Fixed


As I prepare for hysterectomy surgery tomorrow afternoon, I suddenly realized that Millie is up in doggie heaven today laughing herself silly.  It's payback time-- finally my turn to go to the vet to "get fixed"!


Well surprisingly, I've actually been quite calm leading up to this day.  Ignorance is sweet bliss when you've never been a hospital patient before.  No doubt, the next trip will find me kicking and screaming all the way into the O.R!

Time will soon tell if delaying this surgery 3 weeks (to switch insurance plans to Blue Cross) was the right call or not, but I sure have enjoyed the extra prep time immensely.

The first week, I headed down to Starved Rock State Park to let nature do some healing on me.  I'll post more pics of this amazing week as soon as I'm able, but here's one that I shared with WinnieViews Facebook readers recently (along with a favorite John Muir quote):


Last week, I returned to Chicago for jam-packed reunions with friends.  All those calories I'd burned hiking the week before were now lost as I headed to eat a different yummy restaurant meal every day.  But what a great time each meet-up was!  One of those friends was someone I'd not seen in over 30 years, and yet, we seemed to pick right up where we left off.  I am so blessed to have such dear, old friends to surround and support me as I head into this cancer battle. 

My family have been super heros as well-- reaching out on nearly a daily basis this past month to check in on me and show their love.  My sister Holley and her husband Mike have prepared their comfy, cozy guest room for me (the RV is now parked in storage for a month or two), cooked me delicious meals, and given me far more than I feel worthy to accept.  All I can do is give my thanks and hope to return this monumental favor down the line someday in their day of need.

Friends of this blog have been reaching out to me as well.  I've been deeply touched by other women sharing their hysterectomy and cancer stories with me to give me strength and encouragement.   So many times in years past, I had wondered if this little blog was connecting with anyone and whether it was worthwhile to continue.   I now have my answer.  You're there, and it's worth it!

I'm not sure how soon I'll be able to do a blog post after surgery, but I'll try to get a quick update posted in a few days as soon as I can.  In the meantime, I'll leave you with one more Starved Rock photo, and a well-worn quote that has sure proven to be timely and true, be they friends or family--


My bag is now packed, body is prepped, and iPod is loaded up with an inspired, kick-butt playlist.  Thank you all for getting me ready for this day.  

I'm ready to roll!





32 comments:

  1. Millie's gotcha covered, Lynn. And I'm sure I'm not alone when I say I'll be praying for a successful surgery and a speedy and complete recovery. Lacy

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  2. Hope the surgery goes well and wishing you a speedy recovery.

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  3. I would like to add my wishes for a smooth surgery and fast recovery!

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  4. I hope all goes well and you are out of the hospital quickly and back with family and friends. Take care of yourself.

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  5. Sending you good healing energy and wishing for you good meds ! Take good care!

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  6. Love the blog & sending lots of good thoughts and healing energy :)

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  7. Sending you lots of positive energy for a smooth and uneventful procedure tomorrow. And may you be 'fixed' up in no time.

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  8. Lynne, this is "kayak" Kathy from Iowa wishing you an successful surgery, speeding recovery and only good news for the future. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers today.

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  9. Thoughts and positive energy being sent to you!

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  10. Looking forward to that post opt post and all is well!!

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  11. Wish you a speedy recovery. I had my hysterectomy many years ago and let me tell you - I am really really glad I did.

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  12. Thinking of you and sending good vibes!
    Lynn in GA

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  13. My thoughts are with you, Lynne and I'm wishing you a full and speedy recovery.

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  14. Once you're 'fixed' you can play around all you want to! ;) I'll be thinking of you and sending good vibes.

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  15. Lynne, just think....you have hundreds, if not thousands of people thinking about you and wishing you all the best! Please count me as one of them.
    BTW, enjoy the post surgery sleep....best sleep ever.........and be good to yourself.
    Looking for an update as soon as you can write.
    Jane

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  16. Thinking positive strong thoughts for you and a very quick recovery.

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  17. Good thoughts and wishes are coming your way. I hope the surgery and recovery go so well it will all soon be a distant memory.

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  18. Lynne, I pray you fell better and are in good sprits. Try to keep a positive mind set.
    The pain will go away and you will feel 100 percent better !!! Looking forward to read all about your plans !!!
    Blessings, Colleen

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  19. Thinking of you today and holding you in prayer. All will be well I just know it. That's the key - you have to KNOW it. Not think, believe, hope, pray, or have faith that it will be, you must KNOW. Don't doubt it for a second. This is no match for you. I look forward to hearing further escapades when you are on the other side of this. Meantime rest, let other's do for you, and dream of new adventures.

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  20. Thinking of you today and holding you in prayer. All will be well I just know it. That's the key - you have to KNOW it. Not think, believe, hope, pray, or have faith that it will be, you must KNOW. Don't doubt it for a second. This is no match for you. I look forward to hearing further escapades when you are on the other side of this. Meantime rest, let other's do for you, and dream of new adventures.

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  21. Hope all goes well for you, Lynne.

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  22. Praying for smooth sailing and a quick recovery! I'll miss hearing from you via blog!

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    1. Best of luck and success on your surgery. I have had several tests and multiple doctor visits, myself, plus trip up north for a wedding and have gotten way behind on reading your posts. I was really sorry to read of Millie's passing but she had a wonderful life. The tribute pictures were awesome. Ironically, I had to have my kitty put down on April 3rd (Good Friday) due to complete kidney failure. I had adopted him from animal control in Jan, 2006. Alledgedly he was 5 years old, but the vet thought he was older. I still miss him too.
      Again Lynn, Best of luck on your surgery.

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  23. Best of luck to you Lynne and wishing you a speedy recovery.

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  24. Lynne, as I write this, it's day 1 after your surgery and I pray that things went well and the results were good. Sleep, rest, take good care of yourself. I remember the first few days after my hysterectomy I wasn't feeling great, but then each day was better. Let your family take care of you so you can heal. I hope you'll never need to return the favor, but if so, you'll do the same for them. You are still in my prayers. :)

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  25. Well, for goodness sake, I've been traveling and just returned last week to San Miguel! I have just now started catching up on blogs and nearly fell off the stool when I just read this post. I then went back to the post on the 1st of May. Holy moly. You have had quite a month.

    I know all will go well. I've had a hysterectomy when I was 29 and never had any effects after that. Plus you're in great shape and have a purpose for getting back out there. Sorry I didn't know sooner and could have sent you all kinds of encouragement, but you have enough people who care and I'm just one more voice.

    Thinking of you. Kick ASS.

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  26. Best of luck, that positive attitude should carry you a long way!

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  27. I had that same cancer back in 78 and am still cancer free. Sending you strength and quick healing

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