Good news, Bad news… which do you want first?

We’ll start with the good news.

Yesterday the girls and I went for a fun day of well-funded shopping at Perimeter Mall, which included lunch at MAGGIANO’S and dessert at The Cheesecake Factory.

The day started with Sari Beri and I going to breakfast at Starbucks, then it was off to Perimeter. When we arrived at the mall we witnessed a flock of Canadian geese that had landed in the mall parking lot. What an odd thing, but I guess they had to stop somewhere on their way back to Canada. I’m sure thought, with how cold it was yesterday morning that they had started out way too soon. We actually saw snow flurries about lunchtime—it was THAT cold! This IS Spring Break, right? Not Winter Break.

Lunch at MAGGIANO’S was AMAZING to say the least! However, when I sat down at our table a weird thing happened. I went to check my Twitter on the iPhone and I had a message welcoming me to MAGGIANO’S! I TOTALLY FREAKED OUT!!! I thought, “How in the world do they know that I just entered the restaurant?!?” It was really, quite scary. I thought about it a while and in the mean time I realized that the post welcoming me to the restaurant was an hour old. Then I figured out that they really didn’t know I was actually IN the restaurant, they had just read my Twitter post from earlier in the a.m. saying that I was going to MAGGIANO’S for lunch and responded to it. I was relived. The day will come though, more than likely, when they’ll know. Scary stuff!

Lunch was much more impressive than dessert at The Cheesecake Factory and funny enough—about the same price.

I bought a cover for my iPhone—something I should have done a long time ago, and I bought a new scarf. That’s about all I bought.

It was a good day with the girls 🙂

Now, the bad news.

Last night my mother got a call from the surgeon and the cancer IS in her lymph nodes and there is still cancer in the breast as well. She will have to have more surgery and chemotherapy as well as radiation. This was a real shock to us. More of a shock I think than the original diagnosis.
My parents met with both the chemo doctor and the surgeon today. The surgeon sent my mom to a place that makes wigs and she got a wig. She will go Friday to Southern Regional for an echocardiogram to be sure her heart is strong enough for the chemo. Then the additional surgery will be a week from tomorrow, also at Southern Regional. Chemo will begin about 2 weeks later and last for 6-8 months. That will be followed by radiation.

The rest of this year is going to be consumed with all of this but all we can do is to take one day at a time and trust the Lord.

We are thankful for your prayers!


2 Responses to “4.8.09”

  1. 1 D. Beck April 9, 2009 at 1:25 am

    Please know that we’ll be praying for your entire family, Patsy! We love your mom and dad!

  2. 2 Meg April 9, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Patsy, Please give Pat a BIG hug for me. I have her on my mind and heart. Mother and I pray for each of you each day. It is almost more than I can comprehend at this time – Pat being sick! She has always been the one that is so strong. . .so capable. . .so talented. . .such a worker bee. Love you ALL so much.

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