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.


40 responses to “New Lease on Life”

  1. Ralph Avatar

    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

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      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. the eternal traveller Avatar

    Sending you many virtual hugs, and looking forward to being able to give you a real one soon. So glad you went ahead and got it over with.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      So am I!!! Thanks for talking sense into me!!!

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  3. CarolCooks2 Avatar

    Such lovely flowers.. Stay strong and positive… Hugs xx

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you for the encouragement, Carol. ✍️

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  4. Norah Avatar

    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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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you so much, Norah. Have a wonderful week, my friend.

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      1. Norah Avatar

        You too, Marsha. Here’s looking forward to a healthier you. 🙂

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          That works for me!!! 🤗🤗🤗

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  5. Marje @ Kyrosmagica Avatar

    Wishing you a full recovery from the surgery. Take care, rest and recuperate. Hugs and love, Marje xxx

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks Marje. I’m being spoiled to death!!! Love to you. ❤️❤️❤️

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      1. Marje @ Kyrosmagica Avatar

        Ahh that’s so good to know. ❤

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          ❤️❤️❤️

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  6. smilingtoad Avatar

    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,

    AJ

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you my dear Autty. So great to hear from you. Keep in touch!!!! I’ll try to write more as well. 😍😍😍

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          ❤️❤️❤️

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  7. anotherday2paradise Avatar

    Such gorgeous flowers! I’m so sorry that you’ve been going through all this, Marsha. Sending you lots of love and hugs for a complete recovery. xx

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Sylvia. I’ve been so lucky, really. It’s great to hear from so many wonderful friends, too! 😍😍😍 Have a fabulous week. 😀

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  8. dgkaye Avatar

    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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    1. Marsha Avatar

      You, of all people, know what it is like to have health issues. My journey has been lightened by so many blessings. Keep inspiring people as you write. Lots of love, M ❤️❤️❤️

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      1. dgkaye Avatar

        Holding you in my thoughts Marsh. You warrior woman! ❤ xx

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Thank you my friend. You know Marsha mean warrior. I guess I am!!! 💪

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          1. dgkaye Avatar

            Then you are aptly named!!! 🙂 x

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            LOL Don’t mess with this gal!!!! ✍️😍😍😍

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          3. Marsha Avatar

            ❤️❤️❤️

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  9. Barbara Franken Avatar

    Sending you much love Marsha❤️ take care x

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks so much, Barbara. Blessings to you!

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  10. derrickjknight Avatar

    May you stay well. Welcome back

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you so much.

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  11. Prior... Avatar

    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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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Me too. It was tempting when the oncologist said they probably wouldn’t find anything. But they did, so it’s good to err on the side of caution. Hope you are doing well. I have time now to catch up with blogging friends- another blessing!

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      1. Prior... Avatar

        Well I am sure you know this but do take your time getting caught up – and I always tell people that if they are behind with blog connections just pick up on their latest posts or you might feel overwhelmed

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          So true. That’s what slowed me down in the beginning. Now I’m not writing as much so that helps. 😍😍😍

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  12. stuffitellmysister Avatar

    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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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you Paula. I am so blessed. ❤️❤️❤️

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