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Posted 2018-06-29T01:36:26Z

Final Leg of the Journey

Hi all,

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! 

Love, Julie

 

 

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Comments (29)

  • Deb Ament
    Deb Ament

    Love this book and love the messages and love you!!!

    2 years ago · Reply
    • Julie Baird
      Julie Baird

      You mentioned the book when we were all together and it reminded me that I wanted to read it! Love you!

      2 years ago · Reply
  • Jill Mikros
    Jill Mikros

    So glad to hear you are in the home stretch!

    2 years ago · Reply
    • Julie Baird
      Julie Baird

      Woo hoo I’m so happy too!

      2 years ago · Reply
  • Debbie Cardwell
    Debbie Cardwell

    Hooray for you, Julie! Here's to living life to the fullest, and leaving that dreaded disease as past history! Hugs, Debbie

    2 years ago · Reply
    • Julie Baird
      Julie Baird

      Thanks Debbie ... you know this journey well! We need to celebrate our clean scans!

      2 years ago · Reply
  • Brad Prizer
    Brad Prizer

    So good to see the light at the end of the tunnel! God has been faithful through this process and we give Him the glory for the outcome. Keep us posted on your post-surgery recovery. Blessings!

    2 years ago · Reply
    • Julie Baird
      Julie Baird

      God has shown up in a big way for me! I’m so grateful! Thank you for your support and prayers!

      2 years ago · Reply
  • Mary Troutman
    Mary Troutman

    Congratulations, Julie! So happy to hear you have your reversal surgery behind you. Best wishes for a full recovery and onward and upward! You are amazing! Mary

    2 years ago · Reply
    • Julie Baird
      Julie Baird

      Thanks Mary. When I feel up to it, let’s get together again!

      2 years ago · Reply
  • Vicki Semanie
    Vicki Semanie

    Julie, I am so happy to hear that the surgery was successful. May God continue to bless you.

    2 years ago · Reply
    • Julie Baird
      Julie Baird

      Thanks Vicki! I’ll let you know when I’m back so we can have lunch!

      2 years ago · Reply
  • Diane Machen
    Diane Machen

    So thankful for how God has brought you through! Praying for quick healing from this last surgery 😊🙏.

    2 years ago · Reply
    • Julie Baird
      Julie Baird

      God has blessed me beyond measure! Thanks for your prayers and support!

      2 years ago · Reply
  • Gail Abel
    Gail Abel

    Healing thoughts and prayers flying your way! Love the quotes...going to think about those today. You ROCK, Julie Bradford!

    2 years ago · Reply
    • Julie Baird
      Julie Baird

      Thanks Gail! Still hoping Canada can work out. Need to get my system to settle down (but it’s still early).

      2 years ago · Reply
  • Patricia Riley
    Patricia Riley

    You have been such an inspiration to others, many that you don’t even know. You fought a good fight and now is time to reap the rewards.

    2 years ago · Reply
    • Julie Baird
      Julie Baird

      Thanks Pat. Can’t wait for a Deep Creek weekend!

      2 years ago · Reply
  • Dawn Rodriguez
    Dawn Rodriguez

    So happy to read this update. Thank you, Julie. I'm adding "The Book of Joy" to my summer reading list!

    2 years ago · Reply
    • Julie Baird
      Julie Baird

      Too bad I’m off for a bit. We could have read this book together as a book club.

      2 years ago · Reply
  • Bill Thomas
    Bill Thomas

    Best wishes for healing as you head home Glad to hear the surgery went well Continue to pray for your return to good health Take care until the next update Have a great day

    2 years ago · Reply
    • Julie Baird
      Julie Baird

      Thanks Bill ... you too!

      2 years ago · Reply
  • Jessica Havern
    Jessica Havern

    Continued prayers as you recover from this final step! What a journey you have walked, all the while with such grace and faith. Thanks for continually being an inspiration and keeping us all updated!

    2 years ago · Reply
    • Julie Baird
      Julie Baird

      Thanks Jessica. I’ll be off work for a few weeks as I heal. Hope to see you at a Werthman meeting later this summer.

      2 years ago · Reply
  • Smither
    Smither

    Julie...my heart is filled with so much gratitude and relief knowing this is finally behind you. Everywhere I go today...my smile will reflect my joy in knowing that there is no happier news than that you are fine once again. Light and Love....Smither

    2 years ago · Reply
    • Julie Baird
      Julie Baird

      Thanks my dear friend! Love you!

      2 years ago · Reply
  • Susan Sacchetti
    Susan Sacchetti

    Oh, Julie, such a beautiful book with beautiful life msgs. It was recommended reading when I went they yoga training. So happy to see this final chapter come to an end. You took every twist & turn of this unplanned, unpleasant, & unwelcome journey with amazing ygrace & courage. You have taken from it the beauty of life’s blessings...love, kindness, support, & compassion from those who love you. So well done, dearest friend! I love you!💕

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Sue Mazz
    Sue Mazz

    So happy! And so happy you are happy! Do you think maybe we can do the shore weekend in the fall this year???😉

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Regina chell
    Regina chell

    Saying prayers of thanks! You are a warrior a survivor, celebrating your recovery journey!

    2 years ago · Reply