Friday, January 20, 2012

Whispers, and a favor...

I'm saying this in a whisper...

I think my mastectomy wound is healing... 

The nurses and I have smiled and cheered a little before, thinking we'd sufficiently had it closed, only for it to burst open after a chemo session.

So this past week, after chemo, I held my breath, and paid it no attention.

Monday I went to the wound care clinic.

It was very anti-climatic.

The nurse simply said, to keep an eye on it, but I didn't need to come back.  I just couldn't go cold turkey however.  We put a wound pack on just to be safe.  But I peeked at it today and its still scabby, no holes, no fluid leaking out.

And just like that, I've graduated from the wound care clinic.  

Small victories.  They get overlooked sometimes when larger hurdles are on the horizon.

Your life is something opaque, not transparent, as long as you look at it in an ordinary human way.  But if you hold it up against the light of God's goodness, it shines and turns transparent, radiant and bright.  And then you ask yourself in amazement:  Is this really my own life I see before me?  ~Albert Schweitzer

Its gotten cold finally.  The ache in my back forewarned me the weather was changing.  There still isn't a lot of snow.  But the sun shone brightly in the sky today.  As I sat waiting for the school bus to come, I noticed how the light streamed through the window, showcasing the flowers mom bought for me.  It was fleeting, but it served to remind me that the larger things on the horizon, are still surrounded by light.  I'm choosing to abide by that thought today.

Can I ask you all a favor?  I've always said, the only thing I can imagine, more difficult than what I am going through, would be to watch one of my children go through cancer.

That is exactly what this family is going through.  The Schoenecker family have a 6th grade daughter just recently diagnosed with liver cancer.  Its a rare cancer, and the prognosis is not very good.  However, their faith is strong, and they are resting in His hands, His love.  If you are so inclined, would you say a prayer for Kennedy and her family?  This is her caring bridge site, Kennedy Schoenecker, if you'd like to read about this spunky and competitive girl yourself.  I know the family covets your prayers!  Thank you! 


  1. I'm so pleased for you, sending much love and prayers your way xxx

    (Off to visit the site)

  2. happy to hear your news. continued prayers for you and for kennedy!

  3. What great news. I am continuously inspired by your strength, Vicky. I just love "the larger things on the horizon, are still surrounded by light".

    Praying for you and Kennedy.

  4. Knowing what you have been going thru and all the chem,etc. I am so amazed at your strength. Yet want to continue to pray for you and your healing.
    Will pray for you and for Kennedy!

  5. I would say that graduating from wound care clinic is huge!! Praying that all continues to go well. I know the tenuous "should I say this out loud" kind of feeling. And I was coming over here from my google reader to comment on the beautiful 'light' on your flowers before I even scrolled down to see that you in fact were writing about that yourself. Praying for you and for the family that you mentioned...I can't imagine.

  6. Love hearing the good news. Healing. Off to visit the site...

  7. Praising Him for your healing and graduation from Wound Care! Will pray for this young girl and her family.

    For each new morning with its light,
    For rest and shelter of the night,
    For health and food, for love and friends,
    For everything Thy goodness sends.
    ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

  8. This is great news. Your body's ability to heal is on the uprise.

  9. I'm so happy that your wound is healing well. I will pray for the little girl and her family. Sending you hugs always, my friend :)

  10. Dear Vicky, how wonderful that your wound is healing, that is great news for you. I loved seeing your flowers here too, your comment touched my heart today, I am so glad your Mom is right there for you. My older sister had a lumpectomy earlier this week, so we are hoping for good results. I will definately visit the site and prayers to their family. It is astounding to find out how many families cancer has touched or maybe I am more aware of it now because of blogs like yours and others I have met in blogland...I pray one day there will be a cure for all. sending a big hug your way, and of course prayers and love.

  11. Such lovely light on those flowers! :-)

    Thankful for the healing that is occurring.

    Prayers for the little girl and her family.

  12. Vicky, the title font you are using is gorgeous, just like you, your words and your photos. Ahh...I always love visiting here, even when there are struggles. I love your light and the way you look at life and share it with us. Thanks for the flowers, too. You know how much I love them as well! XXOO P.S. Prayers for that dear family!

  13. Awesome news Vicky :-)

    I am praying for you daily, dearest friend even if I was a bit absent last week. Now going to Kennedy's caring bridge. Warm hugs are sent your way

  14. What wonderful news.....yippee. Even the little things turn into big moments. I'm so happy for you Vicky.

    Thanks for sharing the information about the Schoenecker family. That's got to be tough....blessing their family.

  15. It took a while but when the day comes .....EUREKA!!!!!
    I am so happy for you.

    Now for kids to get sick is so sad .
    Vicky you need to look and see how many people are getting sick in your area .

    MY prayers certainly go to Kennedy.
    I wish a miracle for her and you know I believe in them.

  16. Thank you, God, for healing Vicky's wound. I love you, Lord, and I thank you for watching over a friend that I love, also.

  17. I'm quitely jumping up and down for you!!!

    Two thumbs up... ;)

  18. i'm so happy to hear, even in a whisper, that things are finally healing.

    and now we gather more prayers...for kennedy, without forgetting to send you some more, too.....xoxo

  19. Oh, Vicky.....I know that what I've gone through in my life and health doesn't BEGIN to compare with the challenges you face daily but, I have OFTEN said just what you said, "Thank you, Lord, that it's me and not my children." Wouldn't any mom wish that if she could take away her child's pain? This just stopped my heart. I will be praying for healing and, apart from that, a transplant for this child. What a heartache.

    Beautiful flowers and beautifully shot. Love the light and shadow. I continue to be eternally grateful for those who are caring for you and loving you in such tangible ways. Big hugs and gentle hugs for you, sweet friend.

  20. such gorgeous flower photos and i couldn't help but notice the LIGHT.

    in all of your posts, there is light. your spirit has so much light, my friend.

    so, so happy to hear that you have graduated from the wound care center.

    much love to you.


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