Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Truth in Blogging

My quilt blog is exactly that -- a quilt blog.

I have political opinions, and I don't write about them here.
I have religious beliefs, and I don't write about them here.
I have problems in my life, and I don't write about them here.

My blog is about Quilts!  and Hello Kitty!  and Chocolate Cake!  I have had conversations with folks who read my blog or my FaceBook page and they really think my life is all happy, all of the time.  I am a very happy person and share my happy thoughts with you, but there is more to my life that I usually choose to keep private.

Today I am lowering the barrier between my happy blog and my real life.

A month or so ago, I found a lump.  I had a mammogram and ultrasound and these tests confirmed what I already knew.  It has been a long month of waiting and additional tests and results and answers.  I wondered, "How can I keep my mind off of this and keep on living?"  I got that answer fairly quickly in the form of food poisoning that lasted 10 days, cost me 15 pounds and required medical intervention and heavy drugs.  (This is another one of those things that I did not blog about.)  Nothing consumes the mind more than violent food poisoning.  Those were two weeks of my life that I will never get back, but I didn't have the ability to worry about my lump for two solid weeks.

I have a few other medical issues (that I don't blog about) that would make surgery and treatment very difficult.  No cancer diagnosis would be easy, and mine would be even tougher than most.

This morning, I had another ultrasound.  When the technician did my first ultrasound a month ago, I could see on her face the moment she located my lump.  She became very serious and intent.  Today, she started serious and intent and there was very little conversation.  She did her job, told me to stay put, and left the room.  She came back about 10 minutes later with a doctor who repeated the ultrasound.  The doctor told me that there was no lump.  She also told me that I must never have felt the lump in the first place (trust me, I did, and their own tests confirmed it) and that I was absolutely fine.  That is the news I was hoping for.

I thought that I would be overjoyed and elated, but in truth -- I was just relieved and exhausted.

As I was driving home from the hospital, I realized that I needed to celebrate and as you know, I always choose to celebrate with chocolate cake.


I was just going to buy a chocolate cake, but the bakery had these really cute Hello Kitty cupcakes so they followed me home, too.  I have extra cake and Hello Kitty cupcakes to share.  Will you celebrate with me?

As you can see, my life is really all Happy!  Hello Kitty!  Chocolate Cake! so my regular blogging content will now resume.

30 comments:

Janice said...

Thanks for sharing your good news and your good luck at finding a litter of hello kitties! The power of positive thinking is...well, positive! Hello kitty!

Cindy Eldredge said...

Debby,
The power of prayer! Keep in it though! Love ya!

Cindy Eldredge said...

that was keep ON it!

Pepper Cory said...

Love you.

Janet said...

I am so happy for your good news! You deserve to celebrate!! I love Hello Kitty - too cute to eat. Enjoy your well deserved cake.

Elaine Gilmore said...

Indeed I will! It may be long distance, but I'm doing the happy dance for you!

hiyacinth said...

I wish you a long life of cupcake and quilting happiness!

Eileen said...

Debby, I am very happy for you! Thank goodness your exam turned out well.

Katie M. said...

So sorry to read about the food poisoning - so happy to read that your lump has disappeared! Enjoy the cake- you deserve it.

Mary said...

I am so relieved for you!

kaysee said...

So happy for you! Sending big hugs!
Kathy N

Diana Louie, The Village Fabric Shoppe said...

Congratulations, you deserve to celebrate, and yes I will have a cupcake in your honor tonight. Miracles do really happen, and today one happened to someone who truly deserves one. There's big power in thinking positively!!!

Bonnie said...

Here's to happiness that keeps us upbeat and doing what we want. UGH on the food poisoning. Yeah for a little weight loss. Yea for vanishing lumps. Will you have to be checked more frequently this year or so? And were you scheduled for Capitol Quilts? I get email from them and noted you were coming in for classes. Wish I were closer as I would come for a visit.

Deb said...

Congratulations on the good news!

hjnytoni said...

Glad it was good news, and chocolate cake with Hello Kitty to sweeten the deal.

Rhonda Braham said...

I just happened onto your blog and read this - how wonderful! Sorry about the food poisoning though. I had it once in college, and that was the worst 24 hours of my life. I can't imagine days of it. Best wishes! Rhonda in WV

Kim said...

Sigh.....what a relief!
And thank you I will have a cupcake and some chocolate cake too.

Stay well Dear Friend I'll never be able to replace you!

Hugs and Happy Sewing

Arnold Brame said...

Hey debby. I think I'm in love with your blog topics. You certainly not like other bloggers who keep yelling about their life issues. You have good to share with other. Keep up the good work. I appreciate your efforts.

Regards,
Arnold Brame
Health And Safety Consultant Peterborough

Barb said...

So glad to hear your good news! I am sure you must be relieved. Looking forward to seeing a beautiful quilt inspired by your good news!

Sally said...

THANK YOU for crossing the line, it's valuable for us to be reminded that not every scare results in The Big Battle. Hope is good - really, really good.

I'm with Barb, I'm thinking a chocolate cake quilt would make a terrific celebratory response!

Barbara Sindlinger said...

I believe you are a walking miracle. Love the happy story. I too try not to blog about my politics and other stuff and keep it strictly to my crafting (quilting mostly), but sometimes those things in our life effect our craft. Enjoy your cake! Enjoy your life.

Sharon said...

I'm so glad that you're okay.

Sharon said...

I'm so glad that you're okay.

Andrea said...

Oh, I can imagine the constant thoughts and worries. I am so glad you had good news. I would have eaten that whole cake myself after the relief set in!

Mimi said...

Lovely news....on with the quilting!

Donna said...

I'm so happy you had good news! Would have loved to share a cupcake with you to celebrate. They looked wonderful...it's all about the frosting.
Hope you stay clear in the future.

Dawn said...

Sweet relief! I've been there, and know that month of the excruciating wait. Take good care in Houston and don't overdo after being so sick, and most of all ~ enjoy :)

Ivete Tecedor said...

I'm so glad to hear that it was a false alarm and that you're going to be ok!

Arnold Brame said...

Nice blog. It reminded me when I was suffering from food poisoning last year. It was such a hellish feeling.

Regards,
Arnold Brame
Health And Safety Consultant Peterborough

BetsyE said...

Thanks for sharing! Your news is so exciting! Wish I could have shared those cupcakes with you... adorable! And thanks for your blog - I look forward to it!