Thursday, July 21

Quote of the Day:  “Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.”  William Feather

Exercise Log:  Mauritia came over to walk this morning.  A bit chilly but felt great.  We went 3.09 on roads to the trail that goes above Wasatch Blvd. over to Pete’s Rock.  It was fun to catch up and visit with Mauritia.  

We did a family fast for Lynne today as she went into surgery this morning.  She woke up feeling stronger this morning and was really calm before surgery.  I hope she felt our love, prayers and concern.  So glad that my Mom is in Klamath Falls to be with Lynne.  Surgery went well and now she just needs to get strong so she can enjoy her son Matt’s wedding next week. 

Got my test results back on the CA125 test, 22, which is right in the range of normal!  Yay!  If you’ll remember from my blog last week, they reported to us what we thought were the results of this test but they had actually run a different test.  So grateful to get a good result.  Tomorrow drains come out which means showering can’t be too far behind, right?

I’m getting so anxious to have my hair back.  A few more weeks and then it should start growing. Right now this funny peach fuzz is all over my head.  Is that what happens to babies when their hair first starts to grow?  I tried to find information about this but was unable to.  At first, I was so self-conscious that I didn’t have hair that it was painful to go anywhere because I felt like everyone was watching me.  And really I get it, they’re just curious and wonder what my story is- probably hoping that whatever happened to me will never happen to themselves.  Now, when I go to stores or events, I’m amazed at how I forget that I don’t have hair, I guess that’s like a lot of things.  We become use to our situation knowing we can’t really change it, so we make the best of it.  I’m amazed that I never see anyone else who is bald.  Cancer, especially breast, seems so common and yet during this whole experience I have only seen one other person, except for Susie Eichers and Jennifer Merkley, who was wearing a hat sans hair underneath, and that was in San Antonio.  

By going through this hair loss experience, I’ve learned how to deal with situations that I’d rather not experience but I can do it with a smile on my face and that’s one of the great qualities of the human spirit.  We are adaptable.  I have especially learned a lot from watching children deal with hardships.  Sometimes, they are more pliable and adaptable than adults.  I can only imagine the pain some people go through their entire lives because they feel different from those around them.


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