Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Back Home!

We thank God we had a safe and good trip to Moffitt. We stopped and had a great meal at Bonefish in Gainesville on the way. When we arrived in Tampa we went to see the Sanders at their new home on Davis Island. We found out how easy it is to get lost in downtown Tampa when you GPS goes crazy.

Jana's surgery was as planned at 8:15 a.m. and went very well. The surgery was finished before 10 a.m. The surgeon was very pleased with how it all went. Jana was in recovery for about an hour, then we headed home. Her recovery is going well. She has pain and tires easily, but it is much better than the first surgery. We are truly blessed and have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Surgery Scheduled

We had a good visit with Dr. Smith, the plastic surgeon, on Wednesday, September 2nd. He was pleased with Jana's progress. We now have surgery scheduled November 23.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Jana & Doug North GA Mountains

We were blessed to be able to spend a few days at the Kuhn's cabin (a really nice house!) near Ellijay on Eagle Mountain. While Samuel and Lindsey were at StudentLife Camp, Jana and Doug were able to have a delayed 25th anniversay celebration.

Carter's Lake

Fort Mountain Overlook

Along Hwy 52

Amicolola Falls

We celebrated our 25th at a Japanese Steakhouse in East Ellijay

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The News We Prayed For

Had a great visit to Moffitt on July 27, 2009. We were able to bring Samuel and Lindsey for the first time and stayed at a hotel Sunday night before our visits on Monday. We knew it was going to be good when we saw an amazing double rainbow entering Tampa. Appreciated the knowledge of the Oncologist, Dr. Loftus. She was very knowledgeable and helpful in answering our questions. Although her cancer was estrogen positive and progesterone negative, the Oncologist said she will not need Tamoxifin, chemotherapy or radiation! She wants to see Jana again in six months. And although very painful (like right after surgery), the saline injections went well. Our next trip to Moffitt will be on August 10 for followup with the plastic surgeon.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Fast Trip to Moffitt

Leaving at 4:10 a.m. we headed down to Moffitt in Tampa. Except for a rolling roadblock just south of Ocala on Interstate 75 due to a bad pile up, we had an uneventful trip to Moffitt (prayerful for those in the accident, but thankful we were not there just an hour earlier!). Made it to Moffitt in time and was blessed with having the two doctors visits done right away. We made it out in an hour! The pathology report was good, but due to a few cancer cells found in a lymph node, Jana will have to see an Oncologist at her next visit on July 27. We are also waiting on a final pathology to see if Jana's cancer is estrogen receptive or not. If it is, then she will have to take Tamoxafin for five years. If it is not, then she will not have to take it.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Awesome prayer answers

Sorry for not updating sooner, but we have been celebrating since Thursday! The preliminary pathology report is this: although the cancer was extensive, it was all contained and all margins were clear. We will get the full pathology report on Wednesday, and know what the next steps are for us when we return to Moffitt for my follow up visit. We will leave Tallahassee around 4:00 am and hope to return around 5:00 pm.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

What a difference a week makes!

Well, it's been a week and a day since my surgery, and we have had a wonderful week of blessings in every way! We have enjoyed great food, good friends and spending time together with family. Lindsey seems to always win at Rummy, Go Fish, Clue and all the other games, but Samuel is the Stratego Champion. I can't convince them to let me win, even out of sympathy. I blame my losing streak on my pain meds, but I am taking less every day, so watch out family-get ready to lose! I'll post more soon on my preliminary pathology report, which I will receive today. This recliner chair in the picture (which I sleep in at night) is one of many answered prayers (we prayed for one, God provided two!). God answers prayers in awesome ways!!! I can't wait to post more.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Recovering Well at Home

Jana is glad to have family here to help. Doug's Mom, Dad and Sister are here helping with everyday stuff and enjoying meeting friends from church and the neighborhood. We enjoyed a great dinner from Katrina last night and had a sphagetti lunch from the youth fundraiser. Her recovery is going well as she slowly reintroduces everyday tasks and the new ones as part of her healing. God has blessed with the incision site healing well, the drains working well and her mobility is increasing more each day. Your prayers are making a great difference.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Home at Last!

Thank God! We are finally home after a four hour plus trip and and hour plus wait at Walgreens for much needed pain medicine. Thanks Joann for the great meal waiting us! Jana is asleep now but doing well. The home healthcare nurse is coming tomorrow.

This picture was made at Moffitt and shows off the beautiful flowers the Bohons sent Jana, the two heart pillows our nurse's 87 year old mother made and the Teddy Bear (support pillow) that our surgeon gave Jana. (We hated to have to leave the lovely hospital gown)

Good Morning to Go Home?

Had a good night's sleep (from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. undisturbed). Dr. Laronga just came by and gave us final instructions. Waiting now on the plastic surgeon's team and final discharge orders. Hope to get out of here sometime this morning.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Words from Jana

Thanks for your prayers! They're making a difference. I just got my IV out and should be going home tomorrow. Have sat up in the chair all day, except for a few excursions down the hallways. Enjoyed visits from Lisa Sanders and Carolyn Ward's sister, Dorothy.

Good Morning!

We had a good night's sleep except for the mandatory vital sign checks every few hours. Jana has been up several times and has walked the halways twice. She has been sitting up this morning and ate half her breakfast. Both of her surgeons have been by with glowing reports of how well she is doing. She still tires easily, but with some pain medicine has been doing well. We look forward to going home tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Jana is in Room 538

They brought her in about 5:30 to room 538. She is looking great (as always), though in and out of being awake. She had some nausea in recovery but nothing out of the ordinary. The nurse says she is doing great. Our nurse's mother made heart shaped pillows for Jana to use to prop her arms up. We have a corner room on the top floor with a good view.

She's out and in recovery

At about 2:45, the recovery room called and said she is out of surgery and starting to wake up. I'm still waiting to talk to Dr. Smith. They will call back with a room number soon.

She almost done with surgery

Dr. Loranga just came out to meet with me. She said the surgery went well and that Dr. Smith was over halfway through. So she should be out by 2:30 EST!

She is in surgery

Jana went in about 11:30 EST for surgery. She is scheduled to be finished about 3:45 EST. She was in good spirits and ready to go. Lisa Sanders is her waiting with me and she brought me some Starbucks coffee!

Still waiting

We are both in the pre-op holding area. And they let us get on their computer! Cell phones and lap top are off for the moment, but hopefully they will come and get Jana any moment now. I will call and update soon.


We checked in at 6:55 a.m. and went through the check in process. They just took her back in nuclear medicine for the radioactive tracer procedure that should take about 30 minutes. Then we go back to the surgery area and wait for them to take her back. Thank God they have free wireless, tea and coffee! I'll update this blog as information becomes available.

Monday, June 29, 2009

In Tampa and Ready to Go

We made it to Tampa about 5 p.m. after stopping to see the Manatees in Homasassa Springs (and many other wild animals). Going out tonight to celebrate Doug's birthday. And we want to make it good since is was going to be Jana's last meal for a while.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Miccosukee VBS & Family News

We had a great week in Miccosukee doing Adventure Week (VBS). We met in a small community center in this area just 13 miles north of our church. Lindsey shined in the Shine Squad (led worship), Doug led the week and did the Bible station, Jana helped get kids registered and with snacks and Samuel helped with recreation on the days he was able. We had four kids accept Christ and where able to give each child a backpack that children at our church had collected to give them.

Doug and Jana will be leaving Monday morning for Tampa. Samuel and Lindsey will be enjoying havin Grandpa and Grandma staying with them for the week! Jana's surgery will be Tuesday morning and last until the afternoon. She then be in for about two to three days. Thank you for your continued prayers. If internet access is available (should be able to connect), we will post updates on this blog.

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