Looking Forward…And Gratitude

A little different kind of post today. Again, it’s just “here’s what I did this week.” 

I was diagnosed with uterine cancer (not really a soft way to say something like that). There are some little (figurative) side bumps but overall I am told that if you have to have cancer, uterine is a good one to have. Theoretically, this afternoon’s total hysterectomy will remove all the cancer and I’ll be good as new – better even cuz No More Bleeding. But…they’ll have a better picture of everything once they open me up. 

I’ve spent 11 days in the hospital now between my two visits…and I have to tell you, your world can get Very Small Very Fast. In here you lose so much control. There’s no privacy, you live eat sleep (and shower!) on THEIR schedule. So I’m so so grateful for family friends and coworkers who reach out to me daily, who visit and bring distracting gifts and snacks and stories from “the outside.” I’m grateful to my ex and his family for taking care of Caleb all this time. I’m grateful to my daughter who is flying home to take care of me when I get out of the hospital. I’m grateful to my work for being so adamant that I take care of myself even though this was the worst possible time for me to not be there.

I’m grateful for kind nurses who dig thru linens to find me a soft gown, or who apologize when sticking me for blood One More Time. I’m grateful to have a window beside me. 

I’m grateful to have the “good” cancer and to have a dr with all kinds of fancy titles and experience and recommendations.

I’m grateful to have people who love me. 

And I am looking forward to going HOME soon…and feeling the air and sleeping in my own bed with the lights out…and to leaving this bizarro winter behind me and moving into the rebirth of spring and new life. 

I’m feeling a little adventurous…like I want to sew flowers all over a dress…or just wear something a little crazy! You’ll just have to keep reading to see what I’m going to do next.

Thanks for hanging around in my absence, friends. 

xoxo Bettye


29 thoughts on “Looking Forward…And Gratitude

    1. Normally 2-3 nights after a hysterectomy but I may be an extra day to keep an eye on the blood clots. I’m hoping (HOPING) to go home no later than Saturday. Thanks for the good thoughts, that means a lot. xoxo


  1. Sorry to hear your news! Sending love and prayers for a speedy recovery. Totally get that being in the hospital can make you feel out of control for every aspect of your life. Soon you will be putting flowers all over your dress and this will be but a bump in the road.

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  2. Ok, good, now they know what the problem is, onto fixing it and moving on! See ‘ya medical system! I’m home free! Dumb cancer! You are not welcome here!
    Ok, so now onto planning fun and exciting stuff! Like a vacation somewhere or a new hobby or trying something on your bucket list. You do have a bucket list right? I mean, you’ve been laying around in the hospital for 11 days you gotta have a bucket list by now!
    So, get through this dumb spell and dumb winter and blame Trump. It feels good to blame him for cancer!
    Anyway, can’t wait to see you back in the fashion world!
    Julia xx

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  3. Thank goodness you were proactive! Thinking of you and knowing you will be back to fun dresses in no time 👍 Be well Bettye – you are loved!

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  4. Oh Miss B…wish I had known sooner so I could send even more good, healing thoughts your way. So glad you have some lovely supportive people around you and wishing you a speedy recovery! Hugs and love, Jayne x

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  5. Well Bettye, been there, done that. At age 36 I was diagnosed with uterine cancer. Yes, it is the “best” cancer to have if it’s still contained within the uterus. Mine was. No chemo or radiation was necessary because of that. That did find that I had major endometriosis going on and were surprised I had never been treated. But, that was 20 years ago next month. I feel for you. My prayer is it’s contained and you will heal quickly with no lingering effects. You will enjoy not dealing with the bleeding. If you need to talk, you have my email and Facebook.


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