Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Guess What...

Appendix cancer has a ribbon Color...Amber!
  The logo to the right is one of the designs that I found online for appendiceal cancer.  I even love the color.  It made my day.  Now, my lifelong battle with be to promote awareness, help other patients as an advocate, and earn money for research.  (maybe one day I can get the NFL to wear amber...the appendix is just as scary to have cancer in as breasts....)  THere are several new clinical trials that would help my cancer and I am working to put together a run in my area to fund research for this spring.  My degree is in Marketing communictions...so this is exactly what I enjoy.  It feels good to have a bit of energy to even think of tackling such a project. 

Also: The drain that was removing the bowel material from my abdomen had to be removed this morning because it lost suction.  It has been in since the surgery (over 5 weeks) but the stitches had come out twice and it had been inching out over the last week.  We are hoping the body will create its own pathway out for the "foreign matter," but there is a chance for complications.  That is the focus of my prayers now...I just hope it heals and that I can avoid more surgeries/doctors. 
I am ready to start living my life again! :)

8 comments:

Aly G said...

You are amazing! You sound so great! So do you still have that wound vac? I am so glad you are doing well!! We will still be thinking of you and praying for a full recovery with everything! xoxo

Lexie said...

Wow, it just keeps getting crazy. I'm sure it's nice not to have the wound vac in, I hope it all works out Ok by itself so you can be done with it!

Laurene said...

I love the color too. I have purchased some tops in the past couple of years and even a pair of shoes in the mustard-amber-maize range. We're with you on hoping and praying that the wound vac had done it's thing and this is your body's way of saying: "Thank you, but I'll take it from here.".

Jennica said...

Not only is the color cool...but "fights like a girl" slogan is awesome! I'm excited to see what you come up with.

Bella Blogger said...

Shanda,
You sound so good in this post. I do hope you continue to feel stronger. I think about you often and pray for you and your family. The girls look darling in their costumes. You are amazing!

Tracey said...

We will be sending our prayers your way that the proper healing can take place. I look forward to participating in your race when we move out that way and helping to raise awareness and funds as well!

Auds Beck said...

It is awesome to hear that you are on the mend. Keep it up. Thanks for letting us know where to direct our prayers in behalf of you to! It helps to have an idea. You are so awesome and will do so much good for so many just because of who you are and all you have to offer. Good luck with everything going on-we love you and think of you often

The Person Family said...

Shanda, I'm so glad you're feeling better! The girls are adorable in their costumes and I'm so happy that you've been able to get out some! We'll keep praying that you continue to heal! :)