Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Home again, home again, jiggity jig

This is a HUGE THANK YOU to this rockin' group! I really appreciate EVERYTHING you did and I wanted to tell you that those positive vibes really carried me through, in ways both specific and non-specific.

For you scientists, here are some specifics:

- I got a GREAT team at the hospital. Every single person was fantastic. Given the number of people who worked on me on Friday and throughout the weekend, this beats random odds.
- The IV person understood that I am a hard stick and was great about only sticking me twice.
- I didn't cry before they put me under. I didn't even feel like I needed to! This is normally a hugely emotional moment for a control freak like myself, but I felt like I was being safely held. Thank you!
- The operation went smoothly and was a success.
- I was told to expect to be in the hospital between 4 and 7 days; I got out in three (and, two, if you don't count my surgery day).
- I am at home, up and walking around, and not depressed (I was pretty depressed after my last surgery).

In addition to all that, this time around was so much easier in so many ways that I can't list.

I do believe that this group can change the world. Try it in your little piece, anywhere you want to just impact and have a little fun. I know that those good vibes are pushing good things forward every day. Thank you for sharing them with me.

Much love,

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Tapping into the well

Hi everyone,

I have a surgery coming up on Friday, Nov 20 at 11:30 a.m. (assuming all goes according to schedule).

Last time through, I tried to do it without the power of this group, and, frankly, I didn't do it so well on my own. I'm finally getting the message that life is a team sport!

If you are getting this e-mail, you have been helpful or interested in the past, or faked it really well. So if you have a chance, please say a prayer or send some positive vibes this way on Friday, or anytime over the weekend (as I will be in the hospital for a few days).

The short story: I had a recurrence in August, and a huge surgery to remove the tumor and all the surrounding area. That area was rebuilt, and I have a temporary ostomy bag. My surgery tomorrow, to remove the ostomy bag and re-attach my intestine, is relatively minor compared to my last surgery. But, as the joke goes, minor surgery is someone else's!

So, I'm taking nothing for granted and would love your support.

Thanks so much!

Love, Marie