Thursday, August 8, 2013

Getting Better


I hope this finds you and yours all well. Sorry I haven’t posted for so very long. It’s been so difficult to post when all I could do was whine and complain about my health but I am doing a bit better now.

Most people go thru treatment and suffer all the side affects of the radiation and chemo at the same time. Of course I’m one of the odd balls who didn’t suffer much of anything until after it was all over with.

Until a few weeks ago I was really sick. My hair was falling out, I couldn’t walk without a walker, Jim had to help me with everything and I do mean everything. Two weeks ago I got a couple of units of blood for anemia and suddenly things started to turn around a tiny bit every day. Hair stopped falling out but I had lots to spare so it’s not really noticeable although I am sure only the dark hairs fell out because I‘m way more salt then pepper now :) . My legs got stronger and I am doing well without the walker. Jim and I do our best to care for one another. I’ve been doing all the cooking although Jim is still doing the clean up. I am doing the laundry but Jim still needs to carry the baskets for me. I still have a very LONG, long ways to go but at last I feel like I’m healing and I am getting a little stronger each day. I am positive the cancer is gone, I just need to survive the cure and praise the Lord I’m sure I finally am.

At the moment my biggest problem is a dreadful cough. I’m told the radiation caused a sore on my lung. As a result I am coughing up a lot of mucus as it tries to heal. Coughing and lack of sleep is exhausting. Also quite odd is I’ve developed a sweet tooth and have been eating like they are going to ban food (especially sweets and fruits) at any moment but I can’t seem to put on an ounce. I have five doctor appointments in the next three weeks so maybe someone will be able to explain what is going on.

Jim fell and hurt his back, broke a vertebrae, plus he has osteoporosis and arthritis. No cure, just pain meds and he just had to suffer until it improved on it‘s own. Poor guy it’s been such a slow recovery, still has a ways to go but he really is doing well now.

Thank you to anyone who has donated blood.  Over the years I tried to donate but have always been turned away because they said my BP was to low.  I've had four units in the last two months and believe me I feel as though they have brought me back from the brink each time.  My heart is full of gratitude and love to those who donated it. 

Thank you to those of you who have continued to send me cards. I love each and everyone and it seems they always arrive when I need a lift most.   Thank You also for the e-mails and comments I’ll never be about to tell you how much they are appreciated.

Take care, be well.

Love, Hugs & Blessings



  1. Oh,'s so good to hear from you. I've been checking and hoping you could give us an update. So sorry your husband had a fall. I know this has been hard on both of you. I'm so glad you're feeling better and I'm betting that 'salt' hair looks great.
    Both of you taake care and thanks for the update. Sending prayers and a big hug.

  2. So good to see you on line again. Am glad to hear that both you and Jim are recovering bit by bit daily. Continuing to keep you in my thoughts. Hugs Mrs A.

  3. Hi Bernie, So lovely to hear from you and many thanks for your updates sending lots of good wishes and prayers xx

  4. Great to see you posting again Bernie! It's a long haul but each day is another step along the road to recovery. Thinking of you and Jim loads, lots of love, Di xx

  5. So nice to see a post from you, Bernie! I'm glad you're on the upswing and will continue to keep you both in my prayers! Hopefully, each day will be better than the last.

  6. It's really good to see a post from you Bernie. Glad you felt well enough to write a post. Keep well. You are both in my prayers.

  7. So lovely to read an update Bernie. Glad things are on the up and I hope both you and Jim continue to improve daily. Carol x

  8. Made my heart sing to read this post, and know that you're well on this road to recovery. Even though it may be long & trying for you, you're making it, my friend. That is the most important thing. Each day that passes you seem like you're getting stronger. So keep on eating the sweets if you need them. I'm sure you can afford a weight gain at this point! You can always diet after this stuff is all done! Many prayers & cyber hugs going to you both. How wonderful you each have the other to pick up the slack for the other!

  9. Hi Bernie, so sorry to hear that you have been so unwell. I hope that you are well on your way to better health. I'm just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  10. This is what people don't realize Bernie, the recover from the treatment!! There are people who think once you are "cured" you are good to go, but that isn't the case. There is a lot of healing that has to go on as you are finding out. But heal you will!! You and your hubby have been through enough already and I pray that things continue to look up for you both. Keeping you both in my thoughts and prayers. (((hugs)))Brenda

  11. Bernie, You have been in my constant thoughts. Sending lots of love your way!

  12. I'm not sure if anyone coming here will still be unaware that Bernie lost her battle towards the end of 2013. It took us a while to find out that she was no longer with us and our hearts go out to Jim, her husband, and the rest of Bernie's family.

    There are a lot of us bloggers all round the World who feel that we lost a true diamond with the passing of Bernie. She was kindness personified, funny, extremely brave and basically someone you felt privileged to have as a friend. She won't be forgotten - and maybe, when it snows, the very first flakes that flutter down will be our Bernie quietly sitting up there crafting and punching little white snippets of paper just to tease us.

    Sleep well our little friend, we love and miss you - always.



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