Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter

Hello Everyone- I am so sorry it has been so long since I posted. I left Omaha after much testing to try to figure out my fevers on Tuesday. Everything came back negative so we got the green light to go home. I have been settling back in at home. IT is good to be home, but I have been having problems with shortness of breathe because of a sharp pain in my right side/lung area. I went to the ER yesterday, said, again, everything is negative. Ugh. I am glad it is nothing, but I wish we could figure out why I have these symptoms, ya know. THey think it is pleurisy, basically where the lining of the lungs rubs together, something you just have to deal with and treat the pain. The pain is mostly when I lie down, so I was a bit scared to go to sleep last night. I stayed up watching basketball longer than I normally would have. I propped myself up last night with pillows and must of slept in that position all night. I tried to get up this morning when Ella cried out but the pain was so bad Doug had to go for me and then I spent the majority of the morning in the same position, not moving!! Even missing church. Frustrating, now that I am home I am glad for all the success but frustrated that the rest continues, it's not over, ya know. Even though I knew it wouldn't be over. My mind is tired of dealin with all this.
By the way, Naomi, I did get you flowers, I am sorry I made you wait this long to ease your mind about that. I even checked the front desk Tuesday before I left, they said if they would have received flowers after I was discharged, they would have got sent back to the flower shop. So, I thank you all for all the things, flowers, snacks, gifts for Ella, for me, etc. that you all have given us. We are appreciative but really it isn't necessary! We just appreciate your prayers and support, that is all we need!
Ella slept in her daybed for the first time last night. Her bed converts from a crib to a daybed to a double bed. So we made it into the daybed, so that maybe I could be more help since i can't lift her out of the crib right now. SHe was so tired it didn't matter last night but she did wake up crying this morning, I am not sure if she fell out of bed or what but she was a bit scared. She seems okay with it today though.
I hope you all have a wonderful Easter celebration! I will try to be better at blogging from here on out. I spent a lot of last week resting so hopefully I will be up and at em more. Gotta go Ella is not following the rules. I have to follow through with my discipline, she has to get off the trampoline (small inside one) since she didn't follow the rules. Mean mommy I am, hehe. Talk to you all soon. Shawndra


sue said...

Hi Shawndra, I get pleurisy a lot because I have lupus. I usually take a med pack (steroids) to get it under control--or an anti-inflammatory. Here is some info. on it for you. Sue

The major symptom of dry pleurisy is a sharp, stabbing pain towards the side and lower part of the chest. The pain may also be felt along the shoulders, neck and abdomen. Any movement involving the chest, such as breathing or coughing, will aggravate the pain, which may be accompanied by shortness of breath, a dry cough, and fever.

Anonymous said...

Great to hear from you and hang in there!
Happy Easter!

Anonymous said...

Hi Shawndra,

I am happy to hear from you, but sorry that you have been having pain and other symptoms since your discharge. You know you are in my prayers, and I'll continue to pray for a full recovery for you.

I hope you are able to enjoy Easter. You will be close to my heart.


Kelley said...

Happy Easter! The delay in posting was kind of nerve racking for those on this side.....but perfectly acceptable, you need that rest. I am glad you are at home, the aches and pains have got to be a bit more managable from the comfort of your own home. I hope that they subside quickly and that your recovery continues in a positive direction. Tell all they are in our prayers during the Easter celebration. You are all very special to us. Peace & Love

Anonymous said...

It was so good to hear from you! I am so sorry that you are still having pain. It must be extremely frustrating to still be dealing with so much. We have not stopped the prayers.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update. I think my husband thinks I'm weird for being so worried about someone I've never met. You are such an inspiration.

Hope you feel well soon!!


Anonymous said...

Glad to see you made it home! But sorry for the continued battles. Hopefully your pain will go away for good soon!
I have a friend that was just diagnosed with Stage IV rectal cancer that has spread to the liver. She lives here in KC and is 30 years old. I referred her to your site in hopes she could find some comfort in knowing she is not alone. Her name is Megan Franz and she has a website under caringbridge if you want to take a peek.

Take care and Happy Easter! He has risen indeed!

Lenexa, KS

Anonymous said...

So glad to hear that you are back home! We will continue to pray for all of you as you heal.

Happy Easter!

The Rayson Family

nsussmann said...

Hi Shawndra,

Happy Easter! I prayed for you and your family at church today. I am sorry you're dealing with pain. I'm sure you're sick of fighting so hard. Unfortunately it's not always a straight line upward. You are amazing. Hang in there and I'm sure your pain will get better before you know it. You are stronger than you think. Just think how worried you were about the surgery and it is now behind you! You came through it so well!!


Anonymous said...


Happy Easter to you and your family! Welcome Home!!! Please know we are here for you all! Keep Believeing!!!

The Mudge's

Anonymous said...

Welcome home sugar!!!!!!!!! I have been getting your sister's e-mails through Jan and I am so happy you are home and getting settled. I know you are tired sweetie but boy what a strong person you are. We continue to pray and love you here in Blue Springs wishing you a speedy recovery. You hang in there and know we are thinking of you. Melodie Chrisman

Anonymous said...

Here's the link to Megan Franz. Her story is very similiar to Shawndra's... even down to harvesting egss before radiation and chemo start.

Naomi,Doug & Adam in GA said...

Shawndra, good to hear you are on the mend, although still painful I know..its a long road after surgery, but so well worth the pain to know lots of that cancer is now out of your body!
Glad to know you recieved the flowers, sorry if I bugged ya about if you got them,since they were sent the day you were discharged, sorry.
Well our prayers will continue on that the cancer goes into remission and you get your miracle.

Anonymous said...

Seeing your post was a nice Easter treat! I hope every day gets better and finds you stronger!

Love, d

SoCalSunshine said...

Hi Shawndra,

I am so happy you and your family have so many small miracles to celebrate this spring. That you're out of the hospital and blogging so soon after major surgery is no small thing.

I remember you in my prayers. I'll pray that the doctors can find some kind of solution for the pain you're in and that your treatments contnue to kick the cancer's butt.

Enjoy spring and that sweet little girl's smile.


Anonymous said...

Hi there Shawndra,
So very glad to read your blogs again....I continue to pray for u and your family each and everyday...our God truly is an awesome God....and always remember that he is in control....keep the faith dear ones...with christian love and friendship, your angel of prayer in KC, MO....Jen Miller :)

Anonymous said...


Make the best effort in feeling happy to be home.
Try your outmost best to oversee or feel this new sympton.

May be reading a paragraph of an inspiration of positive thoughts every once in a while would give you an input of strength, relief and rest.

Always in my mind and prayers.

Keep up the good work. Look back, see how great you did, all you overcame, this must go away too.

Much love,


Leisa said...

Hi Shawndra. I just wanted to let you know that I'm thinking about you today and am hoping that you're feeling better by now. Take care and get lots of rest when you can. You'll be in my prayers. Leisa

P.S. Another poster, Julie had mentioned that she thought her husband thought she was weird for worrying about someone she hadn't met. Interestingly, I've been talking about you to my hubby going on a year now off and on. And of course, I had to tell him all about your surgery on March 6th. Well, he started checking in on you that day too and reading Doug's post. Now, he reads your blog too. I've never known him to read a blog in his life. Just goes to show how much your life touches others.