Ruth's musings

I have been dealing with breast cancer for a while, and have been sharing my journey with friends, family, and prayer partners. This blog brings all my updates together in one place, and leaves me free to muse on other parts of my life. Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Ruth Update #4

March 12, 2006

Dear Friends, relatives, and prayer partners,

Thank you for your notes and e-mails about my last update. I got everything, from Bible verses, pretty pictures, jokes, and, you will pardon me, hell from a lot of people who were concerned about my issues of guilt and depression. The hell came from professionals in the field, too. Basically, I was assured that there is no reason to feel guilty. There are a lot of women who do their self-exams on a regular basis, get clinical exams, and mammograms, and still end up with metastatic breast cancer. I still think I could have caught mine earlier, but I am trying to feel less guilty about it. Please continue to pray for me. Also, there were only maybe two really bad days that week. By the time I told you all about it, I was feeling much better. I feel that I must be honest with you. I would not want you to think that I don't have any bad days. I may be a comedian, but I gotta take a break now and then! Also, Timmy was sick all week.

This week has been much better. I listened to my favorite oldies radio station on the way to and from radiation. I now and then yelled at Billy Joel for "Only the Good Die Young." It is such a musically great song with such morally reprehensible lyrics! I called in a request from the parking garage at the hospital and got to hear my voice and my request before I got home! I saw a car with a Nebraska license plate! On Friday, I woke up, and my hip didn't hurt! I still get twinges now and then, but the constant ache is gone, gone, gone! Yay for radiation!

The bad news was that Matthew got sick. He missed one day of school, and his fever went over 103 degrees F. He was well enough to go to rehearsal today, though. We didn't make him go to church, feeling he needed all the rest he could get. There are several other members of the cast and crew of Nathan the Wise who are also ill, including the director. And it opens Thursday. For more information, please see: http://www.lbtheatre.com/news.html If you want tickets, let me know ASAP. Since the Black Box theater only seats 80, those will probably go fast. They will be in the Little Theater next week, where seats are much more plentiful, and tickets are only available at the door.

With all the talk about self-exams, I went looking for a site that had information about them, preferably for men (remember Lance Armstrong) and women. The Army came through: http://chppm-www.apgea.army.mil/cancerselfexams/ We may be able to find more sites, but I thought this one was pretty good.

Since I am tired, and have had tummy trouble all day and feel kind of "drained," I will close for now. Thank you for your continued prayers.

Get your mammograms. Do your self-exams (everybody!)

Love,

Ruth

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