It’s BENIGN!!!

God is good, and prayers really do work.  Really.

I went to see the surgeon this morning for the final pathology report and the news was so much better than I expected.  My baseball sized tumor turned out to be totally benign.  No need to do anything else. 

Before I got this diagnosis, I researched cancer, and what I could expect if the tumor was malignant.  Of course, the one thing that stood out was that diet plays a HUGE part in warding off cancer.

I’ve decided to be proactive and start healing my body from the inside out.  My diet will be the first to get overhauled.

Below is a list of cancer fighting foods, and POWER foods that keep your body running at it’s optimum:

  • Broccoli, cauliflour, carrots
  • Blueberries, strawberries
  • Salmon (wild caught)
  • Leafy greens – spinach, kale
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Tea, ginger
  • Chia seeds
  • Beans
  • Walnuts, Almonds
  • Tomatoes

as well as other fruits, veggies, turkey and chicken.

The following foods will take a back seat to my diet, and eventually will be removed.

  • white flours
  • sugar
  • processed foods

My husband, by default, will be doing the same.

This, of course, will not be easy, since I LIVE on sugar and carbs.  Initially I’m sure I’ll resist a bit, but knowing that I will be taking care of my health (not so much for weight, but for internal well-being), I will be able to make the changes necessary.

I am beyond grateful for this outcome, and will never take my health for granted again, nor the power of prayer.

Thank you to all those who prayed for me during the last 6 weeks of this health crisis.  It’s been a very humbling experience, and I will always remember what got me to this point.

And now, I can return to regular scheduled programming on MidlifeMomMusings….and I couldn’t be happier.

It’s a girl!! Arrival: March, 2015

Liam is already celebrating! :)

I’m home and alive. :)

And now I have quite a few scars…..

Surgery was successful!  Blood pressure stayed constant, no loss of blood and the tumor was successfully removed.  (I even got to see a picture of it….I know, I know fun stuff…)

Even though it was performed laparascopically, it was a bit more involved with 6 hole punctures and a 4 inch incision.  I won’t know for sure what this thing was until we hear back from pathology, but it all came out in one LARGE piece, so that was good. One last report is all I need to put this all behind me.  Keep praying for a BENIGN result.

It’s funny when you go through something like this.  You actually learn something about your friends, and who is there for you and who is not.  Of course, my husband has been by my side every step of the way.  I’ve never loved him more. My kids  and family have been there as well.  I have one friend who was there for me in the hospital and out, and checks on my incision daily. (She’s a nurse).  She has brought over FIVE meals, and that has helped out tremendously.  She certainly has gone beyond the call of ‘friendship’ duty!

But, there are still some of my close friends I have yet to hear from and I don’t quite understand why.

Anyway, I can’t say the same for all of YOU.  You helped me through this surgery.  You read my updates and responded with prayers, well wishes and kind words.  You lifted me up.  For that, I am extremely grateful.

Thank you all so much!!



P.S. I do have some exciting news for you all, but I’m going to save that for another post.




Fear no more.

I won’t lie.  I was scared.  Yep.  This whole surgery thing had me all wrapped up in fear.  Last night, while reading passages from the bible, I found Psalm 91. I believe it was a message to me, to remember to trust in Him.

I’m ready now.

Surgery is scheduled for tomorrow, at 2:30 p.m.

Hopefully, I’ll have good news in a couple of days to share with all of you. :)

Thank you, again, for your kindness, friendship and prayers.  It’s meant so much! 




One last hurdle.

operating room cartoon for colon surgeryThe test results are in.  My vena cava vein is free and clear of the tumor.  My doctor will try to do the surgery laparascopically, but will be ready to do an open surgery if necessary.  Since the tumor is large, he doesn’t want to take any chances.  It is still not known if the tumor is benign or malignant, which is why they are exercising caution.  The vascular surgeon will be there as well, just in case.

My surgeon seemed a bit excited about this surgery.  As did the vascular surgeon and endocrinologist.  Seems this type of tumor is rare, and everyone has taken a keen interest in it.  Hmmmmm, is that a good thing? 

Surgery has been scheduled for Tuesday, October 7th. The day my grandson turns ONE.

I can’t think of a better good luck charm.




An attitude change. Patience. Rest. Be.

Those that know me best, know that patience is not one of my virtues.  I like to be in control of things and feel compelled  to get things done sooner rather than later.  I found out on September 3rd that I’ve had this tumor, and it is now September 28th.  Tests, doctors appts. and more tests have been my schedule for the past three weeks.  Tomorrow is my venocavography, and on Tuesday I meet with the surgeon.  Almost one month after my initial CT scan.  I should finally have a good idea of what to expect.

The drugs I’m on have literally rendered me useless.  My blood pressure this afternoon was 102/58 with a resting heart rate of 68.  The drugs are working, if I’m supposed to feel half dead.   (Not to mention the added bonus of water retention, thanks to these drugs, which added another 9 lbs to my already fluffy body.)

My husband has been taking over all of my household duties (cleaning, cooking, laundry).  Of course, the household ‘flow’ has been a work in progress, as I’ve had to remind him to do things.   Makes me feel more like a drill sergeant, than a wife.  Poor guy.  He’s working full time AND doing all my stuff too.   He must really love me to put up with my insistence that things need to be done NOW.

What’s most frustrating for me, though,  is the fact that it’s absolutely BEAUTIFUL outside, and I can’t enjoy it.    Yesterday, I walked Ben around the block and nearly passed out.  Sigh.

Okay, pity party is now over.

I think it’s time for an attitude change, don’t ya think?

Time to refocus.

First, I’ll exercise a bit of patience. Doctors need to take their time to get it right.  I will respect that.

I’ll also try to rest and embrace these quiet moments and just ‘be’.

How bad could it be to take a few weeks off from laundry, cooking and cleaning?

Soon the wait will be over.

Patience. Rest. Be.





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