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Posted 2018-06-12T01:13:48Z

Finally the sun is shining again!

Hi all,

Yes, the sun is shining again for me and the bumps in the road are in my rear view window.  Yeah!  After my 2 hospital stays, I am now feeling so much better (must have been those 2 blood transfusions) and can begin to feel like like my pre-diagnosis self again.  I can breath better, have much better stamina, and have my energy back.  I’m walking again (when it’s not pouring down rain) and I just feel really good.  I’m still going through lots of tests (more CT scans, echocardiogram, complete physical, blood work) and have to still go for IV Fluids twice a week ... but these are in anticipation of my surgery to reverse the ileostomy which has been scheduled for June 27th.  Oh that will be a happy day!  

I’ve begun to work 3 days a week which I will keep up with until my surgery and after my surgery recovery, I should begin to ramp back up to full time.  I’m thankful to the Hopkins team who has filled in for me.  I know it’s been a lot.  

I do cherish my time spent with friends which now has morphed from needing chemo buddies or meals delivered to just spending quality time with those I love!  I’m thankful for the time I now have to spend with them.

Transformation in the world happens when people are healed and start investing in other people.”  Michael W. Smith, musician.

This quote really rings true to me.  My desire now is to be there for others as others have been there for me.  As I look back on my level of support to other people going through cancer or serious illnesses, I realize how I failed miserably in how I supported them.  I may have sent a card or two ... maybe a gift ... maybe even made a meal, but didn’t really just sit with them and ask about their journeys and challenges and joys and triumphs or sorrows.  It seems lately that the cancer word has been used too many times and been diagnosed to too many people in my friend circles.  Is it my age that I’m just seeing it more?  Perhaps, but all I know is that some of my friends, those who supported me in my journey, are now just beginning their journey through cancer.  I only hope and pray that I can be half as helpful to them as they were to me.  

So to all my readers, I again thank you for the support and encouragement that you have given me.  I’m thrilled that I’m feeling so much better and I can’t emphasize enough how you all have contributed to holding me up through this.  It hasn’t been easy and there have been dark days but hope was always there to pull me through.  Life is beautiful!

Until the next update ...

..... Love, Julie 

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Comments (23)

  • Patricia Riley
    Patricia Riley

    Ok, now this sounds like a visit to the lake might be possible this summer. I would love for you and Mary Pat to come for a healing visit. Please think about it and let me know. Love and hugs coming your way, ~p

    one year ago · Reply
    • Julie Baird
      Julie Baird

      I would love it Pat. I’d have to shoot for August again if that works for you!

      one year ago · Reply
  • Mary Troutman
    Mary Troutman

    Julie, so glad you are feeling so much better. Careful....don't over due. Mary Troutman

    one year ago · Reply
    • Julie Baird
      Julie Baird

      Yes I’ll be careful! I have a wonderful boss who is very understanding!

      one year ago · Reply
  • Cynthia sokolow
    Cynthia sokolow

    So glad you are feeling much better and that you can work for a few days a week! Love, Candy

    one year ago · Reply
    • Julie Baird
      Julie Baird

      Thanks Candy!

      one year ago · Reply
  • Debbie Cardwell
    Debbie Cardwell

    What an outstanding cancer warrior you have been! You have gotten past the bumps and are now getting your life back. Cancer changes a person and gives one new insights. Love, Debbie

    one year ago · Reply
    • Julie Baird
      Julie Baird

      Thanks Debbie! Love our new friendship!

      one year ago · Reply
  • Gail Abel
    Gail Abel

    It must feel SO good to be getting back to *normal*! So happy for you!!!

    one year ago · Reply
    • Julie Baird
      Julie Baird

      Thanks Gail ... looking forward to Canada. I’ll have lifting restrictions while we are there but all things look like a “go”,

      one year ago · Reply
  • Susan Sacchetti
    Susan Sacchetti

    Yes, life is truly beautiful, and YOU my dear friend, are beautiful! Now, begin to embrace those "new normals"...there's a whole world waiting for you out there!! So happy to be a part of it! I love you, Susan

    one year ago · Reply
    • Julie Baird
      Julie Baird

      I’ve learned from you dear SUSAN!

      one year ago · Reply
  • Kathy Arches
    Kathy Arches

    So happy to hear you are feeling good. Keep it up! Hope, trust, and pray for success on the 27th.

    one year ago · Reply
    • Julie Baird
      Julie Baird

      Thanks Kathy!

      one year ago · Reply
  • Laurel Booth Suarez
    Laurel Booth Suarez

    Overjoyed to read your sunny update Julie! Wonderful to feel like yourself again! 😘😘😘

    one year ago · Reply
    • Julie Baird
      Julie Baird

      Thanks Laurie!

      one year ago · Reply
  • Sue Mazz
    Sue Mazz

    Julie, I’m glad this is really a vision in your rear view mirror! I love you and your strength!! You are a true role model for me!! Snooze

    one year ago · Reply
    • Julie Baird
      Julie Baird

      Thanks Sue! We’ll need to plan our beach getaway! With my surgery and recovery, it may need to be August or even the fall, but I’d love to make it happen!

      one year ago · Reply
  • Brad Prizer
    Brad Prizer

    Hi Julie - so glad to hear that you're feeling so much better. Please know that your family in Texas is praying for you daily!

    one year ago · Reply
    • Julie Baird
      Julie Baird

      Give my love to everyone ... I so appreciate the prayers and encouragement!

      one year ago · Reply
  • Bill Thomas
    Bill Thomas

    Glad you are feeling better Julie Keep fighting and keep leaning on your friends and family for support Confident you will continue to move forward in a positive direction I continue to pray for your full recovery from this horrible disease Best wishes for good things till your next update. Bill Thomas

    one year ago · Reply
    • Julie Baird
      Julie Baird

      Thanks Bill, I pray for you too!

      one year ago · Reply
  • Smither
    Smither

    Oh dear friend! How relieved I feel that this difficult journey is finally in the rear view mirror of life. It’s all downhill from here! Last night I couldn’t sleep and was sitting on the porch listening to the ocean. I thanked God that all is progressing to you. I am just so so happy you are ‘getting your life back’! Much love dear Julie. Smither

    one year ago · Reply