Monday, August 29, 2011

Life is good!

We left home at 8 this morning and returned 10 hours, 250 miles and 2 doctors appointments later.  After meeting with the chief medical oncologist at the Victoria General Hospital in Halifax this afternoon, here’s my latest news.

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The results of the PET scan that I had a couple of weeks ago discovered a cancerous ‘mass’ that has deposited itself in one of my lymph nodes and has to be removed.  That’s the bad news.  The good news is that because the scan could still not determine the primary source of the cancer, I will not have to undergo either radiation or chemotherapy at this time. 

The way it was explained to me is that cancer does not develop in the lymph nodes but ‘travels’ and settles there from a primary source located somewhere else in the body.   Consequently, they cannot treat my cancer in the traditional way because they don’t know the origin.  Because my case is so ‘unusual’, I will be monitored very closely by a team of oncologists and after the surgery will have to undergo additional PET scans every two months to start and then every three months after that to see if the cancer reappears.

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I know that I will be traveling a road filled with uncertainty each time that I must have another PET scan, but I feel extremely confident with the decision made by the oncology team to go this route.  I also know that this gift would never have been given to me had it not been for all your positive thoughts and prayers.  You have no idea how grateful I am to each and every one of you.  Thank you all from the very bottom of my heart.

Life is good!

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My ‘baby’ brother  and his Jack Russell terrier arrived last Monday and left yesterday.  I had not seen them since last November, just before we moved to Nova Scotia.  We spent a wonderful week together showing him the sights, eating lots of seafood which is plentiful and delicious in our neck of the woods and taking lessons from him on how to use my Blackberry.  I now know how to text!

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Here’s Newman enjoying the view from the rocky shoreline on Brier Island, Nova Scotia. 

Newman

Both Mr. Painted Quilt and I hated to see them go…and so did Frankie and Mac who got along with Newman famously.

sunflower

Have you noticed all the sunflowers?

Do you know what this Friday is? 

It’s the First Friday of the month.  I know it’s been a while but please come back on Friday for another FFF (First Friday Freebie). 

And if you guessed that it might be about sunflowers, you guessed right!

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142 comments:

Hands Sew Full said...

I am happy to hear that you finally have news! It is so much easier to face what is coming when you know what that is! I will continue to hold you in prayer and trust that your doctors will handle the rest! Hugs!

Bunny said...

Oh Kaaren I do think of you often hope the surgery goes well and nothing more pop up. I know you have been up and down emotionally and that is so very normal. The not knowing is the worst. You are in my prayers. Please think of me this Friday I am having rotator cuff repair surgery. Not going to be fun but it has to be done. Hugs Bunny

Mad about Craft said...

So glad you ae feeling positive. I hope the surgery isn't too bed and you will back up to full speed.

God Bless you & Mr PQ

Diane said...

God is good and He answers prayer and is able to heal.......I will continue to pray for you.......Thank you for your beautiful posts......I love sunflowers......the deer ate all mine this year so I do appreciate your photos. Enjoy life-it is a gift and blessing!

gracie said...

I am so sorry about the test results. I know that we are friends because of the blog, but I do feel a friendship with you. Keep your spirits positive and know that you have many of us who will share your concerns and keep you in our thoughts. We are a sisterhood of sittiches and our threads will keep us together.

Doniene said...

So thankful for your good report. My prayer is that God has removed the "source" of the cancer and that all your PET scans will be clear!!

Blessings

Darlene said...

Finally some news you can grasp. My thoughts and prayers will continue to be with you always, Kaaren.

Ana Paula R. Portela said...

Hi!
I love all your works and today I stopped to read your history.
I'm a cancer surviver, and if I could tell you something, in a bad english, but from the bottom of my heart:
"If we woke up this morning is because our LORD have something special for us".
Don't forget to trust Him.
Warm hugs.

Gra said...

I am so glad to read this post and the good news, Kaaren. You will be just fine in the surgery and we will continue sending positive thoughts for you. Life is certainly good and you will have a long one!

GerryART said...

Well, ALRIGHT ! ! ! !
So, Kaaren, let's get this show on the road. Will definitely keep those Good Thought and Positive Energies flowing in your direction.
One step at a time.
Love 'n Hugs
♥♥♥
Gerry

Susannah said...

Well, Kaaren, NOW YOU KNOW! That waiting around stuff is terrible. You can handle this. It won't be fun but you know what you have to do! Okay...now go and do some fun things that you enjoy.

Blessings and Prayers.....
Susannah

Tudy said...

I am so glad you got news you can live with even if it will be scarry. I can't wait for you FFF I have missed your designs and have really not stitch any since your last one. Hope surgery goes well for you and my prayers are being sent your way.

tink's mom said...

Congrats on your news. Another
positive step forward in life.

Wonderful news that you are back to FFF. It is great news too. I look forward to the treat.

Will continue to keep you in my prayers. Selina

Mary said...

Glad you have news. Still keeping a lot of positive thoughts.Keep your chin up and you keep the positive thoughts as well. That is what helped me. There are still a lot of fun things to do.

lynneUSA said...

Yeay after all the mayhem of Irene, some good news. I am so pleased. We will all continue to send positive thoughts for every pet scan and scare those things away.

Looking forward to Friday

Terry said...

How wonderful it must be to finally have some kind of an answer! And now you can move forward in dealing with all this. I'm looking forward to your FFF! I was just stitching on one of your other designs earlier today! :0)

Colleen said...

micI want to offer my support to you as you go through your PET scans. I had cancer 6 years ago and so many CT scans I cant even count. You have such a positive attitude and that is what will see you through this. It did me. When chemo had me too sick to sew I picked up beading. My prayers are with you. BTW my parents are on their way to your neck of the woods with their 5th wheel if they can navigate the flooding. They already got stopped trying to make it through Vermont and ended up back in New York. LOL!

Carol said...

Oh Kaaren, it's good news. Even though they haven't found the source, it does sound positive. How nice to have your brother and his cute little dog come for a visit. I love Sunflowers, I'll be back on Friday and thanks for doing the First Friday Freebie when you have so much on your mind.

sunny said...

Lots more positive thoughts and prayers headed your way! Stay strong, girlfriend. Oh, and I love sunnyflowers!!

Sheila said...

Hello Kaaren, So glad to hear that they have finally made a decision on your treatment. You have such a positive attitude and it's obviously working.

Sounds like you had a wonderful week with your brother. It's always fun to show family all of your favorite places.

Can't wait to see what you have for us on Friday, I always love your FFF.

Kathleen said...

I am so glad to hear your good news...I hope your surgery goes well and you are up and around not long after that...I am so glad to hear your confidence...thank God for your good news and I will continue to pray for you....

Patty said...

Will be praying for you and keeping you in my thoughts.Hope the surgery goes well and the consequent pet scans turns up nothing.

Betty said...

Kaaren, it is good to know that you finally can proceed with taking care of your issue. My prayers are still with you. Also good to know that you are feeling well enough to share a FFF with us.

Denise in PA said...

Kaaren, thanks for the update. I will continue to pray for an easy and successful surgery and more good news! Newman is very adorable! Hugs!

Amy R said...

kaaren, so glad to hear you have some answers and a course of action. Also so glad to hear your brother was able to visit for awhile. Yes, Life is Good! Your friend, and fellow sunflower lover - Amy R

julieQ said...

I am glad you at last have a few answers....many hugs and prayers are yours from all of us always!!

OneOldGoat said...

I'm so glad that you have received some answers and you are right, life IS good! I will continue to keep you in my prayers. Newman is a sweetie!!

Beth oneoldgoat

Kim said...

How nice to have a week with your brother and his sidekick, Newman. I hope your upcoming surgery goes smoothly for you. Sounds like you are one for the text books - my hubby would say that I am as well, lol, as no medical concern is without some level of "trickiness". It's good to read about your busy summer, new pets, the girls laying eggs, gardening and exploring your new community. Hope you are comfortably settled in your new home now that the painting and construction is behind you. Keeping all good thoughts for you, Kaaren. :-)

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Barb said...

I am sending my warm thoughts and best wishes for everything to continue going in a positive direction! I think of you often and will continue you in my prayers! I will be back on Friday--sunflowers are my absolute favorite! Hugs and love...

Fiona said...

Being informed is always good Kaaren. I am sending good positive vibes your way but you don't really need them. Your bright bubbly outlook will se you through sweetie. Thinking of you :)

Hugs - Fee X

Paula said...

I am so happy you finally have some answers.I am sure it will be a scary event with each PET Scan. You keep your positive feelings along with the rest of us and we will all fight this with you...all the way.
Bright, sunny, happy sun flowers. Couldn't get any better than that. Looking forward to Friday!
Welcome back....Sunshine!
Paula

Me and My Stitches said...

So glad you finally have some answers. Do you know when your surgery will be? Just know that we are all praying for you, and that won't stop anytime soon! I'm excited about the sunflowers...I love them - they are just so happy!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wonderful news Kaaren. Praying this surgery will be the answer to your cancer and it will not reappear. Praising the Lord for the many prayers that have been sent up in your behalf.

Gretchen said...

So glad you had some good news and it sounds like you have excellent doctors with a good plan to keep you in good health. You are in my thoughts and have a whole wonderful online community to support you:)

paulette said...

Hi Kaaren!
Thanks for the up-date...glad to hear that the Drs. are on top of things and have a plan. I am so thankful that they have all these wonderful machines to detect cancer in the early stages so that they can zap it in its tracks! Your are so right..Life is VERY good!! Stay positive!
Paulettexo
PS I LOVE sunflowers!! Can't wait till Friday!

Laura said...

I will keep you in my prayers.

~Laurie~ said...

So glad to hear the update - sounds very positive and I think it will be a good thing to have those checks done. You can keep on top of this and know exactly where you stand. You are becoming braver and more courageous with each step of this journey - blessings to you!! AND a Freebie Friday - now I know you are feeling better :) Love ya!

Quilts And Pieces said...

Happy to hear at least your making a bit of progress on finding whats up. Sorry to hear the bad part, but happy about the good part. Still thinking of you!

WoolenSails said...

I like the sound of your treatment and hoping that you can have it removed and live cancer free after that. It seems like a less invasive treatment than having to go through chemotherapy, so my prayers that this is a fluke and nothing new will appear.

Debbie

Karen said...

You have a positive attitude and that is part of the battle. I am still wishing you the best outcome possible. I hope there is a quilt shop, antique store, or something to visit when you make the trips to your doctors. Something to cheer you up along the journey (and to add to your stash).

Diane said...

Thank you for letting us know how you're doing. Will keep praying that things will keep going well and the surgery does the job. love the sunflower pitures

Alberta Gal, Shauna said...

Wow what news... All I can say is at least you know now what the problem is, and that it can be somewhat treated. I have Cancer in my family too, Breast and Prostate but they are both still kickin around. Keep your head and spirits up, I will be praying for you.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

So amazing and so you to keep focused on the positive Kaaren! And bringing us sunflowers too? Wow.

Allie said...

I am so happy to hear this - and that your wait is over, that's a good thing! I will be praying with each PET scan. Well heck, I pray for you every day anyway, lol.

Newman is darling - so glad you got to spend time with your brother!!

ShirleyC said...

Praying for good results, and that this will be the end of your journey with cancer.
I've been so blessed not having to do chemo or radiation. Of course, with every checkup, there is always a fear, but I have learned so much about really trusting God to watch over me.
Please keep us posted.

Muddling Through said...

Well, I'm glad, glad, glad that you don't have to go through radiation or chemo, and we'll just believe that this is the end of it. That's enough, in Jesus' Name!

MoeWest said...

Well, the news is kind of mixed but it's a good start to get the lymph tumour removed. Your positive attitude will get you through the tough times. I hope all goes well for you. You have lots of family, friends and blog readers cheering for you!

Judy C said...

Atta Girl! keep the bright side shining thru! I know you can do it!
Happy thoughts and sunflowers Life is Great!

Barbara said...

Oh Kaaren....God is so good....finally you have a few answers instead of only questions. And a course of treatment. Continued prayers for your surgery, recovery and future scans.
Hugs,
Barbara♥♥

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Sorry to hear that you didn't find out where the cancer orginated from. I hope the surgery you have to have goes smoothly and gives you good results.
The sunflowers are beautiful!
I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Prim Blessings
Robin

Kim said...

The flowers are nice and cheery! Even though u don't know me I want you to know that You have been in my thoughts. Thanks for the update and good luck with your surgery! Will continue to look forward to reading your blog! Take care!

Miss 376 said...

I agree, it does make things easier when you know what's happening, Wish you all the very best for the surgery

Christine said...

Keeping positive thoughts going your way! I hope you are able to rest, relax and enjoy the rest of summer!
christine

Sandi said...

Kaaren,

I'm sot glad that you now have a treatment plan in place. This will help so much in bring things into a better view.

I'm hopeful that they will get your surgery booked soon so you can pass over that bridge and enjoy the fall weather that will be coming soon to us.

Love all the sunflowers and I send one your way!

Teresa Felgueiras said...

Hi Karen,
At last you had some news. I hope your surgery goes well and that the following PET scans have nothing to show but an healthy strong and generous woman.You've been handling the matter so bravely that you deserve it.
Hugs,
Teresa

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Kaaren, that is such good news. Prayers are so powerful they just might of knocked that old cancer out. Your faith in the Doctor's will take care of the rest. We will keep you in our prayers.

marina said...

How wonderful that you are an unusual case, no good just being run of the mill I say!
It must be a relief to have firm info and a plan of attack.
Full steam ahead!

Iris-Julimond said...

Hello Kaaren

I hope, you have a good time and you can look hopeful into the future.

God bless you and your family.

Greets from Germany

Iris

Angie Burrett said...

Remember "Every day a blessing, every meal a feast". There are so many of us thinking positive for you. God Bless.

Sunnybec said...

At last some news and things can start to happen. Oh look at Newman I love him, but I do have a soft spot for JRTs!!

Christine said...

Wonderful...... stay positive

Anonymous said...

I was so thrilled at this news! PTL!!!! Now we will have to pray you through the surgery and the recovery time which will feel like forever. One of the cons of "getting older" LOL
Your brother and dog came to visit at the right time for you. Wish I could have been there to enjoy the seafood. :o)
Praying for you here in western WA, USA : ) Cris

Sheila said...

So pleased to hear the news...will keep praying for you. Hugs.

Darlene said...

I am glad that you have an answer from the tests and will continue to pray for you.

Blessings,
Darlene

Melody said...

Thank goodness for the positive news. I'm so glad you are going to be spared horrible treatments and that you feel so positive about it all. I hope the source has just gone away and i will continue to send positive thoughts your way.

polly said...

So glad that you have the test results. The waiting is the worst.Souns like the doctors have a plan. I will keep you in my prayers and hope that you can put your mind on fun and creative things from now on instead of worry!
Thanks for keeping us in the loop!

Merilyn said...

Wow! Kaaren, a mixed bag it seems!
At least you know 'something', and can plan for the next stage without being too overwhelmed! I pray your surgery goes well and that you recover quickly so you can get on with things. Continued prayers and positive thoughts you way Kaaren.
I'm glad to hear the visit with your brother and his little four-legged mate went well and that all the furry ones got on ok!

DebbieM said...

So glad you had a wonderful visit with your brother and that you have some positive news. I'll keep you in my prayers that the surgery goes well, which I'm sure it will, and that it doesn't rear it's ugly head again. Prayers can cure and heal all!! Hugs to you Kaaren!! God Bless

Vickie said...

I'm so happy for you! You will stay in my thoughts and prayers! Can't wait til Friday! I love the sunflowers! It surely does mean fall will be here soon! Newman is so cute!

SueB said...

Now let the healing begin. Not to have to go thru the chemo and radation is wonderful news for now. Best wishes for your surgery. Glad that you had a wonderful visit with your brother also.
Thinking of you.

miek 2 said...

i`m glad you know something,allthough you will be keeping in suspens all the time.
i think with all those fresh air and fresh food you`ll grow and eat, you have the time to make yourself stronger. (i hope)
take care, hugs

Siobhan said...

Yeay!! I'm glad that you have news, finally. Prayers continue!

Deb said...

Sounds like your in good hands and that your medical team have a plan, so that is a real comfort. You just have to keep your thoughts positive and I'll continue to pray for positive outcome. I was thinking of you all day yesterday and wondering if you had any news.

Cheryl said...

That is such great news, Kaaren! You have touched so many people's lifes and there have been so many people praying for you that I know you will conquer this!! You have been so brave and positive...you are an amazing woman.

Kathy H said...

Kaaren, glad that you finally have some results and can go forward a bit. My prayers are with you and I know that positive thoughts are so important. Good luck with your surgery and hopefully all your future tests will be good.

Susan said...

Our Heavenly Father has a way of keeping us off balance and not letting us get too comfortable doesn't He.......

I will continue to pray for you during this time and pray also for a resolution..........

Phyllis said...

I am so happy to hear your news. I know that you still have a lot to face but please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you and keep you.

Sydney said...

sydney120@aol.com

Glad you got news!
Prayers are still flying your way!
Bless you
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Great to hear they have found something to start on. I watch for your posts as I too feel like you are a friend, just from reading your blog. I have the flimsy done of the Raggedy quilt and have decided to send it off to the quilter and get it finished. I will put it on a chair that I see every day and pray for you every time I pass it. Beth from Alberta

Carol said...

I love your positive attitude. Good thoughts and prayers are going your way. Looking forward to Friday.

Elyte said...

Will definitely be back on Friday just to make sure that you are doing well.

Quilt Hollow said...

It is wonderful that your brother was able to come for a visit and it is always so hard to have to say goodbye. I have such mixed emotions about your health issue but trust in the judgement of the experts that this is the best since no source can be found. How odd is that....I knew you were one of a kind and very special. :-) I'll be back on Friday to see what all this talk of Sunflowers is...I just know it will be GOOD!!!

JCnNC said...

My heart is so full for you right now. The surgery will hopefully be soon, over with and out of the way. I know you will be on edge everytime the calendar shows a need for the PET scan, but now you can most likely take one month at a time, instead of one day at a time. Keep up your happy, positive thoughts and good spirits and we will also be pushing ours towards you. Sunflowers are fantastic.
Judy C in NC

pinsandneedles said...

Thankful that you now have the news and you know what you will be facing in the near future. Prayers for comfort for you and wisdom for the doctors.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Oh Kaaren, I'm so happy to hear your news. I've been sending positive thoughts your way. I love all the sunflowers. They are so happy!

Janet said...

I'm glad your consultation went well and that a treatment plan has been decided on. It's so much better to know what is ahead and to plan your strategies and your life for the next little while - good luck and good health!

Joanne Lavallee said...

Keep the faith, it can prove to be amazingly helpful in tough times like these.

Heartsdesire said...

So happy to hear that your "bad news" is really good. Sounds like you have a very experienced team of experts looking after you. Perhaps the surgery will give them some insight as to the cause. In any event, you will be in my thoughts and prayers this week. Hope your recovery is fast. I know your positive, upbeat attitude will help you beat this thing.

shawkl said...

Woot! Woot! Here's hoping that all of your future PET Scans are clear!
Kathy
www.shawkl.com

Needled Mom said...

It is so nice to finally have a course of action and one that does not involve the dreadful treatments. Answered prayers!

It is wonderful that you had some cherished time with your brother. I know he enjoyed it as much as you did.

See you Friday!

Donna said...

You are an inspiration and in my thoughts and prayers.......

karen said...

I'm so happy for you and that you have a plan in place and can move forward. I will continue you to keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Your attitude seems so good. I'm sure you have your down times but I bet there few and far apart.

Hugs - Karen

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Dear Kaaren,
I will keep you always in my thoughts and prayers. Thank goodness you now know what steps to take to get well. I'm sending you a really big hug!
Elizabeth

Sharon said...

The good news is they can treat what they found and will watch for other things. I told my Dr during one appt that this was quite the journey. He just looked at me and said "but you didn't buy this ticket" It's going to be tiring some days, but it sounds like you are in great hands and have such wonderful support and prayers from all over. Take care.

Taryn said...

Thanks for the update. I hope you stay as chipper as you sound right now. Did you get any of the effects from the nasty storm that rode up the east coast? I love those sunflowers! What a blessing of nature you have in your new location.

Dianne in the country said...

Hi Kaaren,

So good to hear from you with the positive news. Very glad to hear that you all enjoyed your brother's visit and enjoyed Nova Scotia.
Will look forward to Friday, sure have missed that monthly treat. Will be thinking of you as you start your journey's next phase.
Dianne

Cathi said...

Finally some answers and a plan going forward. Your positive attitude is the magic ingredient doctors/medicine can't give and it can't help but make a huge difference. Hope the surgery is quick and the recuperation from it easy!

Anonymous said...

I know you are relieved to atleast have a course of action, and know what you are facing. Waiting is the worse part. I pray that you have no more recurrances and this is the beginning of your recovery. Linda L. in Texas

northernknitter said...

Waiting has to be the worst thing - so pleased to hear that you now have some idea for the future & have at least some idea of what might be done.

As much as folks complain about wait times I sure appreciate our universal medicare. All the best!

Susan said...

Well, know you know and hopefully you can get this surgery behind you and have it done with. I will continue to pray for the skill of the doctor's hands and that God removes the source. And sunflowers are so cheerful; I do believe they are my favorite Autumn flower.

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

So good to see you here again!!
You will certainly still be in our thoughts over the next while, getting through you surgery.
How are the chickens doing??
And I love sunflowers , by the way!
Take care

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Your outlook is so amazing. I admire you so much. I know you probably have times where you are mad and cry and want to scream (or maybe not)? I just admire your outlook because I know you have to work at it. I think prayer does help so much. You've helped me put my problems into perspective today.

Sandy said...

So glad that you have an answer. So many prayers have traveled with you as you have walked this road and we will continue to be with you. As always you are thinking of all of us by having a FFF. Thank you Kaaren and God be with you as you are waiting for this to be part of your past. Blessings to you and Mr. PQ.

barcord said...

I am so pleased that your news gave you a boost. Cancer is such a horrid disease. I will continue to keep you in my prayers as your progress is monitored. Love and best wishes as you go to have surgery. Looking forward to your sunny FFF.

Candace said...

Hi Kaaren! We just got back from a trip and I came over here first thing to see how it goes! I'm glad to find that there has been some intermediate resolution and a course of action - there is nothing worse than the not knowing! While they still aren't certain about everything, it really sounds like the latest news is much better than it could have been! Mr. Squash and I, too, feel really good about the outcome for you and continue to send positive "vibes" your way! We're both smiling big for you today!
Cheers!

Quiliting in Mequon said...

Hi Kaaren... I m so happy to hear that you got good news... I will still keep you in my prayers that nothing will show up and that the cancer is all gone... I am also happy you do not have to go through the treatments... Some can be bad... Hugs and Prayers :)

Sue said...

Kaaren... so so happy to hear your news... It will be a roller coaster but still.. can't help think that if it was a 'big' cancer they would have found it. When will you have surgery...
Sue

suz said...

I'm glad you have some idea of where you stand at this point. I'll continue to keep you in my prayers thru this surgery and the upcoming PET scans.

Angie said...

So so happy to hear that you are on a path with a destination. Sending healing hugs and thoughts.

Anonymous said...

It's so good to hear you have news and a path to follow now, nothing worse than waiting. Good luck xxBRenda

Karen said...

I know this is not the best news but this has some good news.
I am happy for you that no chemo or radiation.
How long before the surgery? Hope it is soon to get it over with.

My hubby has renal cell carcinoma. this diagnosis does not get clean bill of health but after surgery we have had 6 yrs of good life and many scans.

Wishing you many years of scans and clean results.

Anne said...

You're in my thoughts and prayers, Kaaren. My former boss, an attorney who is also a brigadier general in the U.S. Army Reserves, would often say in a cheery tone, "Life is good!" I loved hearing him say that. You are very right that life is good! I anticipate reading positive reports from you very soon. Take care.

--Anne

Melanie said...

Well I'm counting your latest update a blessing...Maybe this cancer thing will be removed and that will be all there is to it. Last time I checked-- God was still in the miracle business;)

Hugs to you from Quilters everywhere---

Nancy said...

Kaaren,
Sending prayers and good wishes your way. I think your positive attitude and wonderful medical care will bring you through this.

Neabear said...

Keeping up with the postive thoughts. I hope that things will eventually turn out very good for you. In the meantime stay as healthy as you can! Looking forward to seeing what you new Friday Freebie will be. You are so creative with those!

~Linnea

Jeanne said...

A positive attitude is bursting out of you all over. Good to hear! Keep 'em puzzled, it's good for them. I love sunflowers and September both!

Sue-Anne said...

I am so pleased you have finally got some answers and have a plan to follow. Congratulations to you on your wonderful positive attitude and my love and thoughts will be with you when you have the surgery.

Glad you had a good time with your brother and pleased to hear all the children played well with each other.

Jenny's Craft Place said...

Hi Kaaren, I realise your journey isn't yet over, but fingers crossed it continues to improve with the continual checks, and more family get-togethers in the future. Best wishes and happy crafting, Jenny

Barbara in TN said...

Just wanted you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers and have been for quite some time. 'The Painted Quilt' is one of my favorite blogs that I read (honestly here - love the 'FFF's!) and your writings of your house hunting, your move, the renovations and your gifts of sewing and design are so special! Even tho your 'news' was bad/good, it could have been so much worse. Sending a hug because life is indeed good!
Barbara in TN

Barbara J said...

You are one amazing trooper Kaaren! I love your 'get over with it and move on' attitude. Hope the surgery goes super well and the recovery path super short!

Lizzie said...

Good news is always the best news Kaaren and I'm so glad for you...
Take care
Lizzie
xxx

Mama Bell said...

Your posts enrich my life!

Marie said...

Lynne, I am so happy that you finally have news - we all know that knowledge is power - I think of you often and keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Hugs, Marie from B.C.

Linda said...

Kaaren, you have been in my thoughts lately more so since a dear friend has also been diagnosed with cancer. I hope your surgery goes well and they are able to find the source.
I love sunflowers and was just looking at ours popping open in the veg garden this morning.
I will be checking in on Friday.

Jackie said...

It's easier to move forward when you get news like this! You have our prayers that the surgery goes well, and that you get good news from each scan! Hugs from Texas!

Sandy said...

So wonderful that you finally have your news and feel very confident with your Drs. Thoughts and prayers will continue for positive results with the removal of the mass and many negative PET scans. Life is good! See you back on Friday...September....geesh, where is the year going to?

Jeanne said...

I'm glad you finally have some news. You will remain in my prayers and my thoughts. Looking forward to FFF. You are so kind to offer that again.

Jean Brodie said...

I have been thinking about you and praying for you and Mr PQ every day-so thankful that Irene missed your neck of the woods and that you had a great time with your brother. it is great that you have doctors that you can trust- that is so important!! Will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers as you await surgery. Leave it to you to post sunflowers today - keep on shining!! Hugs

Sylvie BG said...

You're in my thoughts, Kaaren. Best wishes to you !
Of course I come back on Friday ! Looove the FFF ! :-)
Thanks a lot !
Hugs from France,
Sylvie

VL said...

God grant you health

Rhonda said...

I'm glad to hear the positive side of your situation, and pray any procedures go well for you and help you back to health. :)

Laine said...

I just wanted you to know that I am thinking and praying for you. Sending you a virtual hug.

Wendy B said...

oh gorgeous gal....so glad to hear the positive news....I have great faith that all will continue on this path in the future as the power of prayer IS a wonderful thing! I can 'hear' the smiles in your post!....great great great news!!!!!
love and blessings
XXX wendy :O)

Kate said...

Kaaren, you have amazing strength, which will get you through this ordeal. My thoughts and prayers are with you. K

Elzaan said...

Glad to have some good news! At least you have a starting point now.
Best of luck for the operation and up coming tests. I will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
Seems you all enjoyed your brother’s visit, especially Mac, Frankie and Newman ;)

Verna G said...

Love September Sond but can't download it! I didn't have any probles with the Raggedy series. Any ideas?

Jantine said...

Happy to hear you got some news and stay positive! I hope it will work for the best! HE knows what you need!

Stina said...

So good to read that Life is good to you.. lets keep it that way!! You just take care and enjoy your days..
Love and hugs to you!

averyclaire.org said...

My prayers go with you at this time and for future good news!
Thanks for the sunflower!

Lori said...

Thinking of you!!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Just catching up on your news. I think of you often and I'm so glad you are sounding so positive and that you have good doctors around you to advise and monitor you. Hope the surgery goes well and that your recovery is swift.