Well the surgery to reverse my ileostomy went well yesterday! This was one surgery that I was looking forward to. Now on to healing and allowing my system to settle (may take a little while). I am so thrilled to have this behind me. I should be heading home from the hospital tomorrow. It’s all good from here on out! Whew, what a ride into unknown territory with twists and turns around every bend. I hope and pray that this will all be a “one and done” illness never to reoccur. My oncologist is starting the process of applying to my insurance to put me on a long term maintenance medication called a PARP inhibitor. Those with the BRCA gene mutation do especially well on these. I’m all for it!
Changing the subject ... I happen to have started reading “The Book of Joy” by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. I’m loving it! While I’m not very far into it, there were a few lines that made me think of all that everyone has done to support me in this journey.
”Wherever you have friends that’s your country, and wherever you receive love, that’s your home.”
“One of the good things is realizing that you are not a solitary cell. You are part of a wonderful community. .... You open, you blossom, really because of other people.”
So my deepest gratitude goes out to all of you who are “my country” and “my home”! You have supported me and loved me through this and words can’t begin to express my gratitude! I thank you all.
Now, let life begin again!