Spreading Good News (Part 363 – My Breast Cancer Journey: Moving Right Along!)

The goal of Spreading Good News is for readers to:

GET INSPIRED and/or GET MOTIVATED and/or GET INFORMED and/or GET AWE-STRUCK and/or GET A BREAK FROM ALL THE NEGATIVE NEWS and to tell readers about our good, short books and our online store.



THIS WEEK’S REVIEW:  “Mother’s Dozen:  An Easy Recipe for Raising GREAT Kids!”

Kimberly Robinson of Pasadena, California, says, “Mother’s Dozen is a short fun-loving inspirational guide for parenting.  Filled with GREAT advice and reason for those who have questions, and feel there is no help or no one to show them “how to do it.”  Mother’s Dozen offers insight with personal experiences from a very established, well-round individual, a truly genuine author.

I am a believer that anyone who wants to raise respectable, intelligent, outgoing, independent children would find it in this book.  There is something for everyone to learn from, especially the parents.

Being born of the late 70’s era, I can relate to most of the upbringing mentioned.  We didn’t have a lot, but we always had enough, and always had a good time.

I would encourage everyone to get your copy and start yours and your child’s future on a brighter path to a long, enjoyable life.”

Read the preview and other reviews for “Mother’s Dozen:  An Easy Recipe for Raising GREAT Kids!” and order today at http://www.GoodShortBooks.com.


VIEW OUR CABLE TV AD HERE:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AXHTT8NGT8

Our Books Are Now Available in Apple’s iBookstore!!

In case you are into the speed and convenience of e-books, I want you to know that four of our books are now available in Apple’s iBookstore for immediate download to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod!  Here are the titles and the Apple iBook links:

My  15 Dogs:  A 55-Year Journey of Love



THE VISION:  Telling Kids That They Can Make the World a Better Place




MOTHER’S DOZEN:  An Easy Recipe for Raising GREAT Kids!




WORLD PEACE” shirts/hats/mugs, etc., “LIFE QUOTE” shirts, and “MEANINGFUL MESSAGES” (cards that address serious issues—incarceration, terminal illness, bullying/peer pressure, etc.) available at http://www.zazzle.com/emrosecreations! Something for everyone–dog shirt, too!  Browse and order today!!






My Breast Cancer Journey:  Moving Right Along!

Well, the last “My Breast Cancer Journey” post was on August 29, the day after we took my sister, Nita, to LAX for her return trip to Detroit.  It was sooooo good having her with me.  As well as being wonderful company for Mekkah and me (the three of us had a lot of fun!), she drove my car to take me to doctor visits, the grocery store—wherever I needed or wanted to go.  And she and Mekkah did all my cooking and housework.  (I was on doctor’s orders not to drive, cook, or do housework.)

Here’s some of what’s happened since August 29:

  • After Nita left, my son’s girlfriend, Kortnie, volunteered to be my driver and helper, along with Mekkah.  What an angel!  She would spend the night on the night before my doctor visits and also take me on any errands that I had to run.  And she would bring my 17-month-old, delightful granddaughter, Medina, with her!  So, Mekkah, Kortnie, Medina, and I had a really good time—cooking, eating, watching movies, playing cards.  I was thrilled to have both my son’s daughters AND his girlfriend with me!

My husband joined in the eating and playing cards, but he didn’t too much like our choices in movies, and there’s only so much estrogen he can take in one dose. LOL!  So, on some days, he would seek out testosterone, knowing that I was doing very well and in good hands.

  • At the end of my surgery on August 15, Dr. Hills inserted a drain in me to collect the lymph fluid that flowed as a result of having seven lymph nodes removed (only one contained cancer cells—a real good thing).

The drain did not cause any pain or discomfort, but had to be emptied, and the contents measured, three times each day.  This ingenious contraption had a tube that was about 10 inches long by 1/8 inch wide, connected to a small vacuum bulb that gently sucked out the lymph fluid.  It fit comfortably inside my bra.

My husband was very diligent about helping me to do this.  (This was not as gory as it may sound!  It was exciting to watch the fluid level go down and to watch the odorless fluid get clearer and clearer.)  The measurement started out at 40cc total for the day on August 16, went as high as 87cc total for the day on August 26.  The goal was to have less than a total of 30cc on two consecutive days!  That happened on September 2 (27cc) and September 3 (22cc)—yippeee!!!  It dwindled down to 7cc on September 5, but, unfortunately, it was a weekend, so I had to wait for my appointment on Tuesday, September 6.

On September 6, Dr. Hills removed the bandages and the drain.  It was a painless procedure—just a very slight pinch when she snipped the one stitch that held the drainage tube in place.  She applied a small bandage over the opening where the drainage tube had been and told me to come back on September 9.

I felt liberated!!!


NOTE FROM JOYCEIf you enjoyed this piece, send the link to others.  Thanks!!

If you’re interested in reading all about “My Breast Cancer Journey,” those posts start with post #334 (scroll down).


~ Joyce Fields




About Line of Serenity (Joyce Fields)

As a thought leader for today's generation, I choose to be part of the solution and am doing things that positively impact people's lives. In addition to being a happy, married (since 1967!) woman, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, I have over 40 years' experience in "Corporate America": Stenographer, Secretary, Supervisor, Analyst, Office Manager, Executive Assistant. I am also a professional proofreader and the author of 10 books (mostly non-fiction)--http://www.GoodShortBooks.com).
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