Sunday, October 5, 2008

Homebound and Happy!

Dorothy was right. There truly is "no place like home." There is some magical feeling that overcomes a person when they step into their place of residence - at least there should be. I love my home. It's small, tiny even. It's nothing fancy, but it's mine. When I go into the bathroom and open the cabinet, my toothbrush is lying there, waiting to greet me. When I muster the strength to venture into the kitchen and open the cabinet, the cheery red dishes that I chose are there to brighten my day. There is just something relaxing, renewing, and restoring about the places that we hang our hats.

Thank you so much for your prayers for me on Tuesday and thereafter. Let me tell you, Brian and I were so covered in prayer that we felt joy in our hearts as I went into the operating room. We felt peace and rest in the midst of a very serious surgery. And then, the next morning when my doctor came in to see me and he said, "Brian, take your wife home to rest. She looks great!" we knew that people around our city, nation, and world were lifting up our names to our precious Lord. There is something so reassuring about knowing that the Great Physician is holding you in His care.

My surgery was great - my lymph system was cancer free. This is huge! That lowers my recurrence rate in a very significant way and it meant that hopefully I won't suffer from all of the strange complications that come with lymph node removal.

And, the doctors were able to do a skin-sparing mastectomy on both sides, so I'll have a more natural and less scarred result. Again, that's awesome for a 25-year-old newlyweds mental state!

God saw us through this first leg of the journey.

So, now what? I've had strict instructions to sit around for two full weeks. This will be very tough for me because I'm not much of a sitter. But, I've watched more movies than I can even count, and I've clocked more time in PJs than I have since I was an infant. Fortunately, I have a sweet husband who insisted that I have designer sleepwear to make my recovery a little brighter. So, these are the Vera Wang PJs that I've been sporting:

It's hard to find button up jammies that don't look like my grandma, but I can't lift my arms, so they have to be. Again, this is only temporary.

I also have this Nautica Pink Collection Robe to keep me cozy throughout this journey. It's the little things, you know? They seem to make this a little easier. And, Nautica's Pink Collection benefits the Susan G. Komen foundation which funds breast cancer research.

Again, thanks for checking in on me. And, I hope to be highlighting some non-cancer events in my life in no time!


Michele said...

Hi Lindsey ~ welcome home!!! So glad everything went so well with the surgery. I've been praying daily...hoping God was watching over you and Brian.

Glad you got some good designer PJ's...its the only way to lounge around...and REST!!!

Take care

Weeksie50 said...

Welcome Home! I am glad to hear that all is well. I am also glad to hear that you are resting in style.

Julie Adams Gray said...

Ummm I wish I was as rich as you getting all these designer outfits! Can you buy me some clothing?!

Haha... I see you smiling. I read Hebrews today and it truly explained the joy we must find in obstacles... in a weird way... You are really following God's word...

I'm going to stop being so nice though and start being sarcastic again to keep you laughing. You and I aren't "nice" people hahaha. I love you so much!!! I'm praying every night!!!

Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord! Enjoy the jammies and the downtime!

Crystal said...

So glad to hear that you're home and doing well! Your PJs and robe are really cute. Take it easy and get lots of rest and don't try to do too much.

podso said...

So thankful to hear this good news!

G. said...

So glad your surgery went well! And by the way...I love the pj's. :)

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad that you are doing well. I have and will continue to pray that God would continue to heal your body.
My husbands cousin Caroline had breast cancer last year this time and when I told her about you she asked if she could contact you. Whiteny gave me your e-mail. I hope you both can help each other.
Again I am glad you are doing well.
lots of prayers
dani j

Bee said...

Praise the Lord!! I am so glad to hear that the surgery went well and that you are home already.

Just rest, let everyone love on you, and God will continue to bless you.

Amy said...

I'm so glad you are home, and that you got great results. I have been praying for you and your sweet husband all week.

I am so thankful that the power of so many people praying for you gave you both the peace that only comes from knowing Jesus.

God Bless you, bloggy friend!
In Christ,

Whitney said...

Lindsey's home, Lindsey's home, hiiiip, hiiiip, hooooraaaay. :) Glad you are over the surgery part, friend. Praying you through chemo!

Lindsey said...

Welcome home!!!! What an answer to prayers! And I love the PJs and robe!

Live.Love.Eat said...

Awesome to hear about your good news!!!!!! Stay well!!!!

Sweet Simplicity said...

Yay! You're home!! Don't worry about us getting bored with you...we want to hear how you are doing! I'm glad you have some cute pj's to lounge around in! I'm still praying for you all.

Tam said...

Just sat and read everything! Will send up prayers and enjoy the PJs and Robe. Do not rush and take this time to relax and rest!

AngiDe said...

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Leslie said...

My heart melted to read of your sweet hubby buying you those fabulous pjs. What a jewel of a guy you have! You've been in my prayers all week...thanks for the update.

Anonymous said...

I am SOOO glad to hear you are home and doing well. I have been thinking about you and praying for you.

Get your much needed rest - enjoy the time you have to do nothing!

You are such an inspiration I am cannot wait until you are back on the blog scene again. I enjoy reading what you have to say this this struggle and everything else you post about.

Take care and God Bless you! I pray you would heal quick and be back at life again soon!

Anonymous said...

Oh and I love the PJs and the robe - how sweet of your hubby!

the undomesticated wife said...

Hi, I just found your blog. Holy cow, have you had a lot on your plate! Thanks goodness all is looking good. I'm glad your surgery went well.

I've had two last year (at age 33) and one when I was about 25/26. Being a woman can be hard.

Your husband did good getting your some new jammies! That was sweet!

Continued best wishes and blessings for you!