endometrial cancer ~ workforce reduction

12.16.17 ~ Katherine and Dima in Ireland ~ photo by Larisa

So, we’ve had a couple of nasty surprises in the past few weeks.

It turned out that my uterus was not only full of pre-cancerous cells, but also was harboring endometrial cancer that had spread more than 50% into the myometrium layer. So while I was still under anesthesia the surgeon took some lymph nodes to be examined to determine if the cancer had spread any farther. We had to wait two weeks for the lab results. Thankfully the lymph nodes were negative. Good news. Hopefully all the cancer has been safely removed but I will have to have two weeks of radiation in January out of an abundance of caution. Meanwhile I have three and a half more weeks to heal from the surgery. I’m not allowed to lift anything over 5 lbs. but have begun puttering around the house between long naps.

My sister-in-law came for the first two weeks and took very good care of me and cooked all of our meals. Tim’s brother came after the first week ~ it was fun having both of them around and helped the waiting-for-lab-results time to pass more quickly. Thank you, Dan & Fran!!!

They say when it rains, it pours. Well, Friday was Tim’s last day of work. “Workforce reduction” to use corporate-speak. What a “thoughtful” Christmas gift…

Time for another nap. I understand fatigue is par for the course, all energy going to healing. But I wanted to let my readers know how I am doing. Hope to be back visiting blogs soon. Steady as we go.

10 thoughts on “endometrial cancer ~ workforce reduction”

    1. Thank you, Rosie. It was a blessing having such a skilled and thorough surgeon. He is a gynecologic oncologist so I knew I was in experienced hands.

    1. Thank you, dear Sonali. Recovery seems to be coming along well and I’ve been enjoying the peace and quiet of winter, watching snow flurries and birds feeding. ♡

    1. Thank you, Robin. Gentle hugs and healing thoughts are so welcome these days ~ it’s wonderful having the support of family and friends.

  1. Oh man, Barbara, I missed this post. So sorry to hear of what you’ve experienced. Now I understand why you are needing radiation. Thank goodness the lymph nodes were OK. Thank goodness you can still travel. xoxoxo

    1. Thank you, Kathy. There are still so many things to be thankful for. Even Tim losing his job turned out to be a blessing in disguise. He’s been free to drive me to appointments and keep things running smoothly on the home front. ♡ *hugs*

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