So Very Thankful

Today is my appointment day with the doctor here at Mayo Clinic.  Hubby and I came in yesterday for some tests…Everything was simple so far.  Blood work and then a neck ultrasound.

We stayed overnight.  Rochester is just under 2 hours away and it made more sense to us to stay overnight as we had an afternoon appointment yesterday and an 8 am appointment today.  It was either spend the money on gas or spend the money on a hotel.

I want to give a big shout out to all of you.  I’ve had wonderful things come in the mail to me…cards and thinking of you gifts.

This one came from one of the people I admire the most, our former Pastor’s wife.  She’s one of kind and oh so special.  She was the perfect model of a pastor’s wife.  As Hubby would say, if she doesn’t go to heaven, we’re all going to hell.

Thanks so much for the card Cecil.  Thanks also to others who have sent cards.  The “cheering me on notes” are great!

My niece Jody, who also had a cancer repeat, sent me this along with a note.  While she was going through life this book has been inspirational to her.  She thought I should have a copy too.


…and of course, there’s Ila….Ila sent me my favorite…Harry and David pears.  I’m the only pear lover in the family so this is WONDERFUL!!  All the pears to myself!!


Thanks everyone.  The email and messenger notes have been so appreciate as have the comments in the comment section on the blog.  You guys are the best cheerleaders.  Words can’t say how supported I feel.

We’re going with a positive attitude.  I believe things get put before us in life so that we can learn lessons.  I’m going with my eyes wide open in hopes that I can find the lessons I need to learn as we go through this.

So often when things come up in life, I fall back on all the things I learned while doing childcare.  Remember the book, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt?


The line that gets repeated and repeated throughout the book as the family faces obstacles is this…”We can’t go over it.  We can’t go under it.  We can’t go around it.  We have to go through it”.

This is where I am.  “We have to through it”.   If we’re going to get past this cancer scare, we have to go through it.

When I last spoke with my doctor in Lacrosse she said she was 80% sure that this lesion was the trouble.  Fingers are crossed that it is.

I’ll let you know more when I can….Hopefully tonight but if you don’t hear anything- no worries on your part.  If I’m not worrying, you can’t either!!

27 thoughts on “So Very Thankful

  1. Kim LeMere

    Prayers for you and your family as you travel this path. So glad that Hubby could go with you on this appointment.

  2. Lorna

    Jo, praying for answers and healing!
    Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

    P. S. When you are at Mayo, take the free Art Tour. It’s awesome. I love the Choolie (so?) glass and the Rodan sculpture and Andy Worhal. Just ask at the desk

  3. Connie

    Thoughts and prayers to all involved. We are blessed to have Mayo in our back yard, the Doctors and Nurses are some of the best! I love your spirit and I love you too.

  4. Carla

    Let’s all remember Carol today as well. She has/had her surgery today. You have a wonderful outlook on this ordeal that I’m sure many of us can learn from. I know I am inspired by you.

  5. Mary

    You are Wonder Woman is God’s army. Your attitude and gracious acceptance of God’s will is awe-inspiring. We all look forward to hearing the outcome of your doctor visit. I’m praying that all will be well

  6. Linda White

    Holding you close in my heart as you go THROUGH this next episode of life’s lessons. I had forgotten that book about the bear hunt since my grandchildren are now having children. lol, but that is such a perfect saying for all of us who face challenges on a regular basis.
    I am going to use it to remind myself that one can get through things by taking them one at a time and not borrowing from the future.
    I live with chronic pain from a neck injury and fibromyalgia. I know I can get through each flare up and those bad days as I have so often before. So it’s going to be heads up and march on for me from now on! I can’t get over it, under it or around it, so through it it is. Hugs

  7. Gloria

    Continuing prayers for you, Jo, & all in loved with your exams, tests, possible procedures & your family. You arm a positive inspiration to everyone. God Bless YOU!!

  8. Pat

    Prayers for you and your family Jo. I am sending positive thoughts and hugs for you. Keep up the good attitude.

  9. Susan the Farm Quilter

    Praying for you, your family and your medical team!! Be blessed as you have blessed others, pressed down and over flowing.

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