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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

We interrupt this program....

NEWS FLASH!

The word of the day is.....BENIGN

Last night around 7 pm we received a call from the specialist with good news. Jaclyn's tumour was not cancerous. "What a relief" is an understatement to the nth degree. The tumour was called an ovarian mucinous cystadenoma, stage III which means it had spread into her abdominal cavity. It was the size of a newborn baby weighing in at 3.1 kg or almost 7 lbs. Jaclyn needs to follow up with the surgeon in a month and have annual (or more often) checkups with a specialist. We sure don't want this to happen again!

You should have seen her face light up when she got off the phone with the doctor. She was beaming and you could see her relief. She hadn't shown any concern before, but she admitted she'd been scared to death of the pathology report. But now she can relax and continue to heal physically and move on to live a full life. She gets her stitches out tomorrow (Thursday) and on Saturday we're going to drive into Richmond to "Rockabout," a gem store where I bought her a gift certificate for Christmas. She can cash it in and get lots of beads and gems to wile away the time making more jewelry. It will take her until the end of February (according to the doctors) to be ready to return to work.

I love the picture (above) of her at age 13. Jaclyn is a free spirit, creative, intelligent, and full of fun and wit. Her sister Jamie took the photo at Diefenbaker Park near where we lived then. Jamie was taking photography in high school and was doing black and whites, so asked Jaclyn to be her model. The photo captures Jaclyn perfectly. I pray that she will have a long life that will give her much happiness. Again, I thank you all for your prayers and good vibes. Let's go shopping!

20 comments:

Casdok said...

Yes what a relief it must be to you all.
A beautiful photo as you say captures so much.

david mcmahon said...

What a blessing. What a relief.

MedStudentWife said...

WOOHOOO!!!!! Such good news.

Janice Thomson said...

Excellent news - the best!

geewits said...

This is wonderful! Yay Jaclyn! I'm so happy for her, for you, and your whole family! YAY!

leslie said...

Thx everyone! She asked me tonight when I thought it'd be okay for her to go out for the night! That's a great sign that she's getting better and antsy to get moving on. Of course, I suggested that at least a couple more weeks cuz she still is on pain meds sometimes.

Susan said...

Leslie,
I am so happy for you and your family on recieving the good news. It must be such a relief. Prayers have been answered!

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Brilliant news...Our prayers were heard and answered.

kissa said...

So glad to hear your great news for all your family.

Liz said...

Oh yay, Leslie, that is the best news!!! Hallelujah, thank you, Lord.

I am sitting here clapping my hands - I am so pleased for you both. That's really made my day.

I am beaming! oh, go eat chocolate!

Trubes said...

Wonderful wonderful news Leslie. The power of prayer is truly a
mighty thing ! Judging by the comments on your site, the prayers for you all, have been Worldwide. Fantastic !
That is a lovely picture of Jaclyn, does Jamie still do photography ? Looks like she`s got quite a talent there.
Di.xx

Susie said...

What wonderful news!

Ruth W. said...

Wonderful, wonderful news!!! A new lease on life.

Josie said...

Told ya so.... Heh. I am so glad Jaclyn's "Hilda" is benign, but I was very sure it was in any case. Yay!

Shirl the Girl said...

Well, I am coming in as a new visitor right at the end of all the worry. But that does not lessen this good news for you. I am so pleased.

Nancy said...

Your prayer for Jaclyn is my prayer too- a nice long happy life! This is a blessing indeed and cause for celebration. Have a great weekend.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

A little late but ...thank heaven!

jmb said...

Leslie, what fantastic news. I am so pleased for Jaclyn and you too.

Sienna said...

Fantastic news, just the best...beautiful photo captured, the essence of her and picture by sis!

This is just great news Leslie.

Pam

Enigma4ever said...

of Watergate Summer here...
Leslie:

oh such wonderful news....many hugs to both of you....wow...

lovely photo...

prayers and light to both of you....


namaste...