Monday, September 22, 2008

stents replaced

Hello- I hope you all had a great weekend. It is amazing that the weather has stayed so warm, it has been great. We are still able to keep our windows open especially at night with the fans on, ahhhh. I had a good weekend. Saturday was the Jennifer Ireland Golf tournament. Doug played with my father, his father and his brother in law. I went to help out, but didn't feel like I helped much. They had it well organized and running smoothly. I got to see Jan, Jenn's mom, who I just love to see. So that was great! She seems to be doing well, she looks fantastic. She has a lot on her plate though, her husband is now in an assisted facility because of a stroke from a few years ago, her dad is battling cancer as well and unfortunately, she does not get to spend much time with her grandgirls which tears her up! So, keep her in your prayers! She is such an amazing woman!
Ella started church school this Sunday, she loved it! she is getting so big, she already seems like a young lady. This will help us get to church regularly, since we haven't been to good about that lately. I was glad to, we had a great sermon that really spoke to me, which is exactly what I asked of God before we went to church. The basic theme was that God's way isn't always our way and that things happen, some appear bad, some appear good but there may be other outcomes that we don't expect. For example, my cancer seems like a bad thing to have happen, but I have gotten some good out of it, I have definitely gained a relationship with God because of this. So as the Priest repeated with every situation or example he gave, "we'll see", you have cancer, or poor you.... we'll see. Does that make sense?
Anyway, I was doing fairly well until last night. I started getting worse pain in the night and into today. I slept all day until about 5pm. Also my feet are getting sore and it is harder to walk on them, this is one of the side effects of the Xeloda chemo I am on. Tomorrow I go in for my stent replacement procedure under anesthesia. I have to be there around 9am and the procedure is about 11am. I am going to ask the doctor if it is possible not to put the stents back in since they seem to cause a lot of my pain and problems. I don't know what he will say, but I will try. Usually after this procedure, I am a bit uncomfortable for a few days with the new stents, I can usually feel them a bit, it just makes me feel like I need to go to the bathroom a lot, so very annoying. I hope that there won't be much pain afterwards,... we'll see. I will let you know how things go in a few days. Take care all of you, don't forget that God is in charge and has a plan, we just have to trust him and know that everything will happen for a reason, even though many times we don't understand or see what the reason could possibly be! I believe I was given this opportunity to believe in God and find him, since before I wasn't sure what I believed. I also pray that his plan is to keep me here on this earth so that I can help others in their belief in God, spread his word and show that only through him miracles are possible! That may not be the case, he may take me earlier than I would hope from this earth, but I believe that next life in heaven will be amazing, I will be up there eating all the powdered donuts and sweets I want and be as happy as can be. Again, we'll see! Good night everyone. Shawndra

12 comments:

Paulette said...

Hey Shawndra,
I came by to say hello and pray for you before going to bed. I will be in prayer for you tomorrow as you have your stents replaced. I can relate on stents as I have had 4 stents put in one of my arteries near my heart. I am thankful it is a semi easy procedure and minimal pain. I hope everything goes well for you and there is NO pain afterwards.
Hope to hear good news later on in the day.
Have a blessed day tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

CONTINUED PRAYER FOR U DEAR SHAWNDRA....SO GLAD TO HEAR U GOT TO SEE JAN(JENNIFER IRELAND'S MOM)...I STILL KEEP ALL OF THEM IN MY PRAYERS AS WELL...WONDERING WHY IS IT SHE DOES NOT GET TO SHARE MUCH TIME WITH HER PRECIOUS GRANDDAUGHTERS....THANKS FOR THAT UPDATE....HOPE ALL GOES WELL FOR U TODAY....LEAN ON THE LORD...HE IS ALWAYS THERE FOR U....WITH CHRISTIAN FRIENDSHIP, YOUR ANGEL OF PRAYER IN KC, MO...JEN MILLER

Crystal said...

Hi Shawndra!
I've been following your journey and I just wanted to tell you that Monday's post really spoke to me. Life is hard and it's hard to trust God like he wants us to, but without Him we have no hope. Stay strong! You are amazing!
Can you give us an update on Chris Ireland and the girls?

Anonymous said...

Hi Shawndra,

I am praying if you do need the stents that you will have minimal discomfort during and after the procedure.

Shawndra, your strength and positive attitutde always inspires me. You have touched so many people's lives by sharing your journey with us. I thank you for that.

All the Best,

Nancy in NJ

Jill said...

Hey Shawndra! It was good to see you guys at church on Sunday. Emma also had fun in her Sunday School class. Too bad the girls are in different classrooms :(
I hope all went well today for you!

kelley said...

Well, your post came at the right time...that's a gift. Saying that things happen for a reason isn't always the easiest to understand right away, and for some I suppose the answer never comes to them. But with a little prayer on their behalf, maybe we can at least offer some comfort. With that I would like to ask that we say a little prayer for the 5 month old baby daughter of my daughters friend that passed away last week, as well as the 24 year old daughter of my childhood friend that was killed this weekend in westport. Both very different cases, yet both left their families to lean on their faith to see the "good".

Anonymous said...

Shawndra-

Hope your procedure went well today. I truly believe God has a plan for us all! Keep Believing!!! Our thoughts and prayers are with you always! We would love together with and Ella!

The Mudge Family

Anonymous said...

Can you give us an update on Chris Ireland and the girls?

Anonymous said...

Can you give us an update on Chris Ireland and the girls?

bahama mama said...

Thinking of you...

love, d

Anonymous said...

I wish I would have known you were at the golf tournament on Saturday. I was there also volunteering. I was on Hole 17 (the hole in one) It would have been nice to meet you in person. It was such a nice day to be out there. I have followed your blog for a long time, just never posted. Keeping you in my thoughts.

-Heather

Anonymous said...

Thinking and praying for you!

Hope all is well~
Deb