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New Lease on Life

Lovely bouquet from our kids. Thanks, Jason and Carrie. They are my favorite colors. 🙂

In my last post three months ago I shared that I had a successful lumpectomy to remove a stage one cancer in my left breast. Before the words had left the doctor saying that they got it all, she called back to say that the margins were not clear.

Not to worry, I was still stage two minus the lymph involvement and all I needed was a total mastectomy, but no chemo and radiation. I felt calm. Besides, I didn’t have much to lose.

I did not want to have the second surgery right away since it seemed like such a low risk and I had so much going on this fall. Friends advised me otherwise, and I’m glad they did. The cancer had riddled the breast, so waiting probably wouldn’t have been too wise.

Today I report that I have survived for over 48 hours of that procedure. My husband told the staff at the hospital that the main thing they could do for me in the hospital was to “feed me.” I want to thank the wonderful nurses at St. Agnes Hospital in Fresno. I remember Elsa and Melba, Caesar and Jen. Vince is trying to do the work of about 4 people! Pray for him.

An accidental shot of my lovely hospital gown.

I think my husband has survived but maybe not as well as I have. I want to thank the many friends who have brought food and sent well wishes. They mean more than you know unless you’ve been in this position. Or as Carol would say, “posi.”

I can do limited things. Eat, sleep, walk, play on the computer, watch tv, take the pain and antibiotic meds, repeat.

My main worries are: falling on my owie, (I did that the first time!) eating too much great food, and wearing out the welcome of my generous friends and hubby.

I still don’t know whether the stage or grade has changed, but either way, I have clear margins this time. At least so far.

Everyone asks me if I’m nervous. Honestly, I have not really worried about the surgery or outcomes thanks to my faith in God and the many, many prayers that have gone out for me. I trust that the outcome will be what He wants for me.

It has been a blessing to be in His care.

Wishing you all the best in your lives, and don’t panic if something like this or worse happens to you. God is able to comfort and care for you, too.

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  1. I’m sorry I’ve taken so long in commenting. I’m not blogging nowadays and I have asked Natascha to type this for me.

    I was really shocked to read about what you have been going through my friend. I hope all the treatments and surgery are the end of it and that you and V will not have to worry anymore and be able to get on with your lives, without having that hanging around.

    Love from all of us in Graz xxx


    • Hi Ralph and Natasha, thanks for your kind words. I’m not blogging much either. Once in s while to assure people that I’m still alive. I’m doing well, no chemo or radiation needed. They caught it early. I’m about halfway through the last process of reconstruction, then I’m done except for a tiny pill every day to keep additional cancer cells at bay. I’m so sorry your hand isn’t better but what a blessing Natasha has been in your life. What a doll. Give her my love and keep a little for yourself. RVBFM ❤️❤️❤️😍😍😘😘😘

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  2. Beautiful flowers for a beautiful lady. So pleased it is a thumbs-up for now, Marsha. I hope it stays that way all the way through. I wish you a speedy recovery. Hugs and wellness wishes.

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  3. Ardent hugs to you, dear Marsha (and to Vince). So glad you swiftly went ahead with the surgery and sending thoughts your way in your recovery. This is such a beautiful post. Love the images and your resplendent spirit shining through. Thinking of you. Much love,


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  4. Oh, Marsh, I just saw this on the newsfeed. I’m sorry to learn of this scary journey, but happy to hear there are happy flowers at the end of this story. Sending you healing light across the airwaves. ❤

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  5. Wow – glad u did not wait!
    And praise God for the surgery to be a success – prayers for Vince and sending you good healing thoughts right now!

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  6. I was unaware of all you have been dealing with, friend. I’m so sorry. Your attitude is contagious and I’m so happy for your outcomes and strong support. (And what a gem your hubby is♡) Prayers, hugs, & love as you continue to heal!

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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