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The Wait is Over!

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Two weeks ago I went for my annual mammogram. For what ever the reason, I just had a feeling that something wasn’t right.  I hadn’t felt a lump or anything, just a feeling.  I left the radiology group glad the testing was over, but I had a nagging feeling that I was going to be called back.

Sure enough, last week my doctor called and told me that the mammogram I had was inconclusive and I would have to go back and have it repeated.  The appointment was scheduled for today.  I had a whole week to wait and wonder what the results might be.  Of course you always think the worst.

Having had a very good friend of mine diagnosed last year with breast cancer and seeing all she had gone through to get to where she is today (which is an extremely good outcome!) I couldn’t help but worry.

I have been diabetic now for over forty years and dealing with that is a full time job.  I have been very fortunate with my health thus far, with no complications. However, adding something like cancer to the mix might be a little tricky.

I say my prayers every night, I usually pray for my family and other people who I know need some help, but I had to ask for God’s help with this one.  I just needed him to get me through the week leading up to my test today.  I prayed that the test would prove to be negative so that I would be able to still do the things I do today with my grandkids. I wanted to make sure I would be able to travel to see my grandkids whom live out-of-state and I wanted to be healthy when our new grandson is born in June. You know, all the crazy things that run through your mind.

When I walked in and the technician told me that they needed to get a better picture, so she was using a smaller paddle for this test. She took a few pictures then said I could have a seat in the waiting area while she brought the pictures to the radiologist for review.  A short while later she came back and said I didn’t need any further mammogram pictures, but I needed an ultrasound.  The nerves really kicked up a notch.  My husband was out in the main waiting room and of course had no idea what was going on.

The ultrasound technician came and got me.  She took more pictures and said she would take them to show the radiologist and she would come in to talk to me.  I prayed really hard at that point.

The technician came back with the radiologist as promised.  She was very sweet and told me that the reason they brought me back was because they thought they saw a nodule.  She said what she saw is a small cyst and I had nothing to worry about.  Be sure to come back for your exam next year!  I was so happy at that moment and grateful for her explanation.  I thanked her and God for answering my prayers!

My husband could see my smile when I walked into the waiting area where he sat.  He knew I was okay and was relieved when I told him what the radiologist had said.  I let my Mom and my kids all know so they didn’t have to worry any longer.

I know that these tests are scary, but I know how important they are.  I guess I am sharing this so if there is anyone out there who is putting off going for their mammography…don’t put it off.  It’s better to know then not knowing.

Next appointment…scheduling my colonoscopy! Yippee!

 

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It’s A Boy!

We finally heard the news this week, after 20 weeks of anticipation, our family tree will be adding another grandson.

We are thrilled with the news. This will give us our sixth grandchild. Three boys and three girls.

Having had two sons, I was ecstatic when I learned we were having our granddaughters. I finally was able to shop for little girls; however, I love our two grandsons with all my heart and enjoy shopping for them too. I look forward to welcoming this new little guy into the family.

I want to thank our two sons for bringing us our two beautiful daughter-in-laws and for giving us six beautiful grandchildren. They all bring us so much joy, love and happiness.

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Happy New Year!

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I’ve always thought of New Years Eve as more of a sad time rather than a happy time.

If we had a special event during the year such as a wedding, moving into a new home or the birth of a child, I hated to see that year come to a close.

Becoming a grandparent has changed those feelings for me. Each year brings a new adventure. Watching our children and grandchildren experience new things is a joy to watch.

This new year will bring us a our sixth grandchild. Our oldest granddaughter will be turning ten years old and is becoming such a beautiful young lady and big sister. Our oldest grandson will be turning four and gets smarter everyday! The three youngest will be turning two. I look forward to hearing the funny conversations we will be having with them once they learn to “Use their words.”

The new year reminds us that nothing stays the same. We need to enjoy each day we are given and make the most of them. We need to cherish the memories we are making today.

I wish you all a very Happy New Year and may all your memories be happy ones!

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Our Greatest Gifts

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Shortly after our youngest son got married ten years ago, he called one day. He lives out-of-state and since he is a police officer, when he calls it makes me a little nervous.

This particular day when he called we chatted about the usual things, such as the weather and what he had been doing. At the end of the conversation he said, “Mom, I think you better sit down.” I was panicked, I thought for sure something bad had happened to him. I sat on the side of my bed with my heart in my throat. Then he said, “Jen and I are expecting a baby!” I started jumping around like a crazy person and tears were rolling down my eyes. I yelled to my husband the good news. Then my son said, “You’re not upset?” Why on earth would I be upset I asked. He said, “We’ve only been married a few months.” I said, “What difference does that make?” He said, “We don’t have a lot of money, we just got married.” I said, “If you wait until you have enough money, you may wait your whole life. It will all work out.”

It did work out of course. They have a beautiful daughter and have since added twins to the mix a year and a half ago.

We just learned several weeks ago that our oldest son and his wife are now expecting their third child. It just never gets old. Knowing that you are going to be welcoming another baby into the family is one of God’s greatest blessings.

Overall this is the fifth time we’ve been given the news of a new baby joining our family and it is as exciting this time as it was the first.

My husband and I have been so blessed. We may not be rich in fortune, but we are rich in having a loving family.

This Christmas our greatest gifts won’t be the boxes under the tree, but the family that sits around the tree. That is truly our greatest gift.

Merry Christmas!

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“I Love You”

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Three simple words that can melt your heart, “I love you.”

This time of year we get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays that we often forget why we do all this in the first place. Of course we do it to celebrate the birth of Jesus and our love for him, but also to show our family and friends how much we love and care about them.

The other night I talked to my oldest granddaughter on the phone. We laughed and shared stories. Before we hung up she said, “Nana, I love you.” I didn’t have to buy her anything.

Last night I had dinner at my son and daughter-in-laws home. My little grandson asked me to sit beside him at the table. While sitting there he leaned his head on my shoulder and said, “I love you Nana!” Again, I didn’t have to buy him anything.

I think the greatest gift we can give anyone is our time. Especially children and our elderly parents. It means more than any gift we can buy, and the memories it creates last forever.

So, don’t wear yourself out this holiday season. Spend more time with your family and friends than you do at the mall. The gift you get back will be heartwarming.