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Valley of the Sun Quilters   Off-Topic Chat

Started 8/20/15 by KS Carolyn (KSCarolyn); 2720892 views.

From: LindaPutt


Sounds like you're have a blast.  Waving at you since you're just up the hill - sorta.

Kidney Update: I saw the surgeon on Thursday and it turned out the doctor had to remove one of my kidneys because the tumor was very small but was definitely renal cancer cells and was at Stage 3 because it was starting to invade the fat surrounding the kidney.  By taking the kidney we are sure it is totally gone.  I will be doing Keytuda therapy for a year to keep from any future occurrence.  I’m sure you have seen the advertising for Keytuda on TV.  It’s immunotherapy, not chemotherapy.  I start by having an infusion every 3 weeks for 3-4 sessions and if I tolerate it well, I then go every 6 weeks. I don’t expect to be sick, maybe just fatigued (I hope).  Cathy went home last Friday and I’m doing good.  I’m able to drive and went to the final graduation event for the granddaughters yesterday.  One got her Nursing Degree and the other her Teaching Degree.  It was an open house type of event so everyone could just come and go.  I had a good time.  

I can’t sing Cathy’s praises high enough.  She was such a big help to me and helped me understand in detail what my diagnosis meant.  She spent two full days at the hospital with me and then every day after that was at my home and we never stopped talking.  Between the two of us, we have solved all the world’s problems.



From: judyinohio


KSCarolyn said:

Between the two of us, we have solved all the world’s problems.

Priceless, Carolyn, absolutely priceless!  That's what a good friend is for.  heart_eyes

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)


**GEEZ** that must have been scarey!  But prudent, I imagine.

It's wonderful that Cathy was there to guide through the entire process and make it more understandable.  And you guys were able to enjoy each other's company!  :-)


From: latterberry


I'm glad your surgery is now behind you and pray it will be smooth sailing now.  What a blessing to have such a good friend.

Sounds like you are healing really well. Cathy must have been amazing!!!


From: Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3)


isn't it amazing what a blessing our quilting friends are!  And Especially Cathy.

Cathy (cacnurse1)

From: Cathy (cacnurse1)


We wish we had solved all the world's problems!  Carolyn did whine a little about doing some of the things she needed to do like walking, using her incentive spirometer, eating, etc.  I told her she may be the princess but this time I was the boss.  She really did well.  i complained that she didn't have one of her pecan pies read for me.  She walked me through making one.  It was delish as usual.  I now have the recipe.  WE went out to lunch with her WSU lunch bunch to some place called New Ways, loose ground beef burgers and really good onion rings.  Patty, if you haven't been to the Donut Palace, make sure she takes you.  Yum!  We did talk and talk and talk.  Even though I brought kits, I never sewed a stitch. Too busy talking.  I'm glad I went and could be helpful.  I'm praying that the Keytruda keeps the nasty old Cancer cells away.

Now I hope this note will "post".


From: LindaPutt


I'm so glad to read about the success of your surgery.  Your recovery sounds like it is going well too.  I'll have to look for the Keytuda commercial - I never watch the commercials (pause & then fast forward through them).  What a blessing Cathy is to you.

We just got back from a relaxing week in South Lake Tahoe.  This is likely our last big trip.  Rick's back is getting so bad it's hard for him to sit long enough to get most places.  I guess stay-cations are in our future.

Keep healing.  You are in my prayers.

Cathy (cacnurse1)

From: Cathy (cacnurse1)


I just received a thank you from Marcia Hohn and Quilter's Cache for the "generous" donation that all the retreaters gave to her site.   We again used one of the blocks, the sawtooth star and it's variations, from Quilter's Cache for our lotto block this year.  We had great participation and 5 of us went home with enough blocks for a quilt.