Thursday, February 26, 2009

A Setback

I like to post happy, fun things on my blog, but lately I have been going through somethings that are anything but happy and fun!

Last month, in January, I suffered through a tubal pregnancy and surgery to remove one of my fallopian tubes. It was a long process that involved 3 ER visits and multiple doctor's visits, all of which were anything but pleasant. But that experience is behind me, and I was looking forward to what God had in store for me next.

Until, that is, I found out that what He has for me next will take a lot more out of me than the previous experience did.

I found a lump in my neck a few days ago, and after a lot of tests, scans, etc. the doctors believe it is lymphoma. I have several other enlarged lymph nodes as well in my chest and neck area, which may explain the pain I have been in lately. I thought I needed a new purse, because it was too heavy for me! Turns out I can keep my purse. But I may want a new neck before too long.

We visited with the surgeon today, and he will be doing a biopsy of "the big lump" -- the one that I can feel from outside -- and also a bone marrow biopsy on Tuesday, March 3rd. Happy Birthday, Babe! It's an outpatient procedure, but they will put me to sleep, and I don't have a good history with anesthesia. So we'll see. I hope I can walk away from it after a few hours with some good pain meds and a smile on my face, but I have a feeling Mike is in for a loooooong birthday.

That's all I know right now! I have started a CarePage, which you can find the link to on the side of my blog. I will update it every time I find out something new, or any time something happens related to this journey I am going through. Thank you all, my friends and family, for your love and support as we go through this trying, emotional journey!


angela | the painted house said...

Clayton did leave his bone marrow biopsy talking ad nauseum to the nurses about the TV show Lost. They knocked him out really well and he only had a little discomfort a couple days afterward. Hopefully your day will run smoothly so you can get the answers you need to start fighting. Praying for you!!!!!!

Becca~TimeWellSpent said...

Hi Carody, I'm a friend of Angela's and came over to tell you that I am praying for you!

Jen said...

hi carody- i'm a blog friend of angela's. i just wanted to stop by to say hellp and tell you that you're in my thoughts and prayers. i hope your biopsy goes well! i hope you don't mind if i check in on your blog.

Anonymous said...

Good morning :)
Yeah, I feel like Peter Rabbit's cousin, "breakfast time, lunch time, tea time, supper time, breakfast time, ahh where does the time go?"
Only I shall say "2am, 3am, 4am, ahh..." still on line!
...watching my broccoli grow, hahaha. I shan't send you a picture of that.
Hope you have a good day!


Anonymous said...

Also my mum has a prayer group started for you in England!


Anonymous said...

OK, my above above comment sounds heartless, brainless, inconsiderate, abstract, disoriented, self obsessed, and nonchalant.
Yeah, Carody's surgeon didn't get her humour either.
Of course I am praying and of course call me anytime for anything!!

Bonnie :)

Anonymous said...

When the time comes to shave my head, just let me know. I have the razor ready to go.

We are praying for you.

We love you guys and consider you true friends.


cheryl d said...

I am also a friend of Angela's and want to tell you my prayers are with you. Just remember to trust God no matter what He puts on your plate. God is good...

Victoria said...

Just came over from Angela's and wanted to let you know that I will be praying for you as well.

Donna said...


I'm Angela's aunt and remember how supportive you were during Clayton's ordeal. Just know that support is coming your way as well. Totally lean on Jesus.

jayhawkmomma said...

I am so sorry to hear about the news. You, Mike and the boys are in our thoughts and prayers. If you need anything, please don't hesitate to ask. - Travis and Sara

Cheryl said...

Hi, Carody,

I'm sitting here looking at all your adorable family pictures and tears are streaming down my face for you.

Please, Dear God, make Carody completely well, so she can continue being the wonderful mommy and wife she's been to these precious little ones and kind husband, Mike.

You'll be in my thoughts and prayers.

Caleb's mom...Cheryl

Peggy said...

Carody, I believe God will bless you like he did Clayton and his family. He's with you through every procedure and closer than ever. Believe it. My prayers are with you.

Sniffles and Smiles said...


You don't know me...I got here in a roundabout way...The Lettered Cottage lead me to The Painted Cottage...and I read the post about you there...and since I am a breast cancer survivor, and a Christian, I wanted to let you know that I have been praying for you. My aunt had lymphoma, and my mom died last year of ovarian I guess, I just have a great big heart for people walking this way. I hope you don't mind me stopping by ...Just wanted you to know that another sister is praying! God bless!

Sig said...

I am in remission from Hodgkins Lymphoma (stage 2) for 5 months now.
My blog is

yes it was hard, and yes, I did lose my hair, but I feel better than ever and I have 8 great kids to keep me busy. :)
If you need/want support from someone who has BTDT, Em me
SA3 at
I am part of some great online support groups.

Kelly said...

My dear cousin, i am so sorry to hear about you difficult times! I am needless to say praying for you on this trying time for you and your fam. Love ya, Kelly