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MOHS Surgery on World Cancer Day

 

I just found out that tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 4th, 2015, is World Cancer Day. I’m scheduled for MOHS surgery on my nose.  Yes, my nose.  The third time.  How apropos!

My nose isn't going to be so happy after tomorrow!

My nose isn’t going to be so happy after tomorrow!

It was four and a half years ago that I had the first two – a month apart.  It was an upsetting time, for sure.  If I had known, many years ago, that my exposure to the sun would have caused basal cell cancer on my nose, or on any part of my face (I had cancer removed from my upper lip prior to the MOHS surgeries), I wouldn’t have exposed my precious skin to that killer of healthy cells.  The sun can be and is a murderer.

Tomorrow, at 9:00am, I’ll be there in Palm Beach Gardens FL for my surgery.  It will take approximately an hour (allowing for rush hour traffic on the Turnpike) to get to the surgeon’s office.  So, leaving early has made it necessary for me to change my usual Wednesday morning “ritual” to today to give a “special grooming” to my cats – Patches, Romeo and Rusty.  It’s “ear cleaning” time, added to their grooming.  Yes, they are very pampered pussycats3.  But, if nothing else, they do have clean ears!  🙂

My sister (thank you, Merry), will be accompanying me.  Moral support is not only important; it is necessary.  I was told the surgery will take about 3 hours this time.  It’s really not the surgery that is upsetting me (but I’ve been having nightmares at night about it lately).  It’s the anesthesia that is horrible.  PAIN!

After the surgery, my next step in the process is to the plastic surgeon, who will close the wound.  This is an added precaution, because the cancer has appeared right on the scar line of one of the past surgeries.

So, I’ve been preparing for tomorrow.  In my (organizing) way.  I’ve compartmentalized the day – tomorrow – in my mind.  I want it to be completely free of any other concerns.  I do have a bit of OCD – I firmly believe it’s a family trait:  affecting some more; and some a little less.

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It’s as if I’m going on a vacation, and I have to make sure the house is in tip-top shape.  Laundry, fresh linens on the bed, etc.  Dishwasher will be run this evening.  It all gives me a free mind to prepare myself for tomorrow’s ordeal, and for the recovery days afterward.

One more thing:  Lunch.  Must eat, right?  Sandwich for Merry is ready, and I will fix my usual salad for myself.  If I have to keep the plastic surgeon waiting until lunch is consumed, so be it!

sandwich

 

[Images from bing dot com]

 

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AMAZING Nurse Agrees to Raise the Son of a Terminally ill Cancer Patient She is Caring for

One of the most moving, sad and at the same time, uplifting stories I’ve ever heard. This video tells it all.

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Tricia Somers enjoys watching her 8-year-old son play with Legos. She knows moments like this could soon be gone, not because her son is growing up, but because she is dying.

AMAZING Nurse Agrees to Raise the Son of a Terminally ill Cancer Patient She is Caring for

Somers, 45, was diagnosed with liver cancer last year. In March, she found out it was terminal. The single mother’s biggest concern was her son and who would take care of him when she died.

“He is the only thing I got and I have to leave him,” she said. “It is really hard and I feel bad that I am doing that to him and he says, ‘Mommy it is not your fault.’ “

Somers’ options were limited. Her parents passed away from cancer years ago, her brother told her he did not see a child in his life, and her ex-husband has not been a constant in Wesley’s life.

She was devastated until a nurse, with the…

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“A Flash Mob for Amy!”

I love flash mobs. They bring surprise, joy and happiness to the recipients, but also bring a sense of giving to the participants. Here is one of the best I’ve seen in quite a while. It was a celebration of life in honor of this terminally ill woman.

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In October of 2012, a mother named Amy was diagnosed with stage 3C metastatic ovarian cancer. The diagnosis was a terrible one, but after surgery, 4 months of chemo and lots of struggling, it looked like things were beginning to look up.

Her cancer was in remission for only a year before she and her family received awful news. It was back, only this time it was resistant to traditional treatment. That means her cancer will ultimately be terminal.

No one knows how much time they will have left with their darling mother, wife, sister, daughter and friend… but they’re going to make the most of it.

To celebrate their love for Amy…

"A Flash Mob for Amy!"

More than a few people decided to put together an amazing surprise.

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To see the amazing surprise they had in store for Amy, watch the video below!

Life can be cruel and unfair, but at least the…

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