There’s always a silver lining.

8 Dec

Hello, everyone. A very warm welcome to my blog.

Vashti Quiroz Vega-Vashti Q-author-cancer_survivor-writer

 

Maya Angelou is a poet I admire greatly. I love her quote:

 

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

 

That quote is one of my favorites because it’s so true. There are people I will always remember fondly. I may not remember every word uttered between us but I do remember the good feelings they brought out in me. Sometimes people underestimate the power of a kind word or gesture. But I know it could change someone’s life. I am so grateful for all the kindness shown to me during this difficult time.

I had a huge setback. I had a couple of days where I felt some improvement in my recovery after my hysterectomy surgery and then things began to go downhill. I’ve always recovered quickly from illnesses and past surgeries and I had no reason to believe that things would be different with this surgery. But around day 3 my pain level increased and I began getting fevers.

I couldn’t eat or sleep and became very lethargic. I called the surgeon’s office but they kept assuring me that everything I was going through was normal. I know my body and I knew I should have been seeing at least a little improvement everyday but instead, I was deteriorating quickly. Finally, after my husband placed a few more calls, because I was too weak to do it myself at this point, we were told to come to the office.

I went in to the office and when they saw the state I was in they sent me to the emergency room. After several tests in the ER a Cat-scan revealed that I had three abscesses growing in the area of the surgery and I was admitted to the hospital. The surgeon had found bowel adhesions attached to my pelvic cavity wall and repaired them, but in the process he accidentally introduced bacteria into my system. The abscesses were drained the following evening because my potassium was very low and they couldn’t sedate me until my potassium level was back to normal. The reason my potassium level was low in the first place was because I hadn’t been eating or drinking since the surgery. Between the pain, nausea and lethargy I couldn’t eat. After the abscesses were drained (a painful procedure) I felt some relief. I was discharged from the hospital yesterday and I feel that things are finally going in the right direction. I was discharged with the drain attached, so a nurse will come over to my house to help me with that.

Vashti Quiroz Vega-Vashti Q-author-cancer_survivor-writer

But it isn’t all gloom. The silver lining is that the surgeon told me that the pathology from the surgery showed that although the cancer was in the uterus the lymph nodes were not compromised, so by taking everything out I’m cleared of the cancer. Yay! I feel the worst is behind me and I’m looking forward to enjoying the holidays.

I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for all the prayers, good vibes, sweet comments and healing thoughts. This is the first day I’ve felt up to getting on the computer, I apologize for that, but my husband has been reading the comments to me and I couldn’t be more touched or more grateful. I appreciate each and every one of you. I will begin “Poetry Friday” again next Friday.

Vashti Quiroz Vega-Vashti Q-author-writer-uterine_cancer-survivor-twitter

77 Responses to “There’s always a silver lining.”

  1. yvettemcalleiro December 8, 2018 at 11:20 am #

    I’m sorry that you had to deal with that setback but YAY for GREAT results!!! Here’s to hoping to back to feeling amazing really soon! 🙂

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    • Vashti Q December 8, 2018 at 11:44 am #

      Hi Yvette. It was an awful experience but thank God it’s behind me. I’m feeling much better today and I’m beyond happy for the great news. Thank you, my friend! 😀 xo

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  2. Kester James Finley December 8, 2018 at 11:21 am #

    Wow, so glad you got checked out and they took care of the issue, scary times for sure. Glad to hear you are once again back on the mend and doing better. Keep fighting! Sending big hugs and lots of good energy your way, rest and recover. 😀

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    • Vashti Q December 8, 2018 at 11:52 am #

      Oh my God, it was so terrible, K. I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. I feel so much better today. I’m so grateful for your hugs and good energy. I feel that things are headed in the right direction, finally. Have a wonderful weekend, my friend. ❤

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  3. Paul Edward Wiersgalla (@wiergeezy) December 8, 2018 at 11:25 am #

    It does all work out for the best!! Stay upbeat and get better Vashti. We miss you on Twitter but focus on your recovery and DO NOT even think of answering all your notifications! Lol
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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    • Vashti Q December 9, 2018 at 10:53 am #

      Ha, ha. You’re the best, Paul. I’m feeling better, like I’m finally beginning to recuperate. Thank God. You and your family have a wonderful Christmas too. ❤ xo

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  4. Annette Rochelle Aben December 8, 2018 at 11:31 am #

    You go girl! I am cheering you on. Before you know it, you’ll sleeping well, enjoying food again AND having one of the best holidays EVER! ❤

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    • Vashti Q December 8, 2018 at 11:55 am #

      Aw, I believe that, Annette. I’m already feeling so much better. Thank you for the positivity and encouragement. Hugs and kisses! ❤

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  5. Writing to Freedom December 8, 2018 at 11:46 am #

    I’m glad you’re on the mend and have the support of friends and family. Kudos on your attitude and healing. Blessings, Brad

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    • Vashti Q December 8, 2018 at 12:04 pm #

      Hello Brad. Thank you for the kind words. Have a wonderful weekend. 😀

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  6. balroop2013 December 8, 2018 at 12:05 pm #

    Sending you healing hugs and prayers dear Vashti. I love your positive attitude despite all the complications and I am glad you have such a loving husband.

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    • Vashti Q December 8, 2018 at 3:37 pm #

      Thank you for the healing hugs and prayers, Balroop. I appreciate it. Yes, JC has been my rock through all of this. I don’t know how I would have managed without him. 😊💕

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  7. Gwen Plano December 8, 2018 at 12:36 pm #

    I’m so sorry you’ve suffered as you have, Vashti. My prayers are with you—for full recovery and holidays filled with joy. 😘💕

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    • Vashti Q December 8, 2018 at 3:39 pm #

      Thank you very much, Gwen. I’m feeling so much better. Thank you for your wonderful prayers. 😊💕

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  8. John W. Howell December 8, 2018 at 12:41 pm #

    I’m so glad you are feeling better, Vashti. Wishing you a speedy recovery and a joyous Holiday.

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  9. Priscilla Bettis December 8, 2018 at 1:00 pm #

    Oh goodness, that was quite the setback! I’m so glad you got it taken care of, though draining abcesses doesn’t sound fun. Good news about the lymph nodes indeed, yay! Take care, and I hope you recover quickly!

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    • Vashti Q December 8, 2018 at 3:54 pm #

      Hello Priscilla. Draining abscesses are definitely not fun but already I’m feeling so much better. I’m glad I insisted on seeing the doctor because had I waited any longer I might have gotten a blood infection. I’m happy the worst is behind me. Thank you for the well wishes and have a wonderful holiday.💞

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  10. Jacquie Biggar December 8, 2018 at 1:23 pm #

    This is fantastic news, Vashti, but I’m very angry the doctors held you off for so long! How frustrating and scary {{hugs}}

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    • Vashti Q December 8, 2018 at 4:04 pm #

      Hi Jacquie. It is a bit frustrating when doctors don’t listen to their patients. That’s why I tell people to pay attention to what their bodies are telling them and to be assertive with their medical care. In the hospital I was told that had I waited longer I could have gotten a blood infection. I’m glad it didn’t come to that and the news of being cancer free is the best Christmas gift I can get. Thank you and have a wonderful holiday season! 😚💕

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  11. olganm December 8, 2018 at 1:44 pm #

    So sorry for the complications. Thank goodness they listened eventually but how scary. Good to know you are on the mend now. Take it very easy and give your body time to recover from the ordeal. We’ll be here. Big hugs.

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    • Vashti Q December 8, 2018 at 4:11 pm #

      Hi Olga. Thank you, my friend. Had I not gone to the hospital when I did I don’t know what would have become of me. I was very close to having a blood infection. But the worst is over and I’m feeling much better. Have a wonderful holiday season!💗💗💗

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  12. trentpmcd December 8, 2018 at 1:57 pm #

    I’m very sorry about the setback. i hope things are back on track with your recovery. Also, a great silver lining! Now relax, don’t worry about blogging, and heal 🙂

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    • Vashti Q December 8, 2018 at 4:35 pm #

      Thank you, Trent. It was a bad setback but I m happy it’s behind me. And I did receive great news, so I’m going to focus on getting better and enjoying the holidays. 😊

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  13. Jill Weatherholt December 8, 2018 at 2:26 pm #

    I’m so happy to hear you didn’t listen to the doctor “this is normal” comment, Vashti. We know our body better than anyone else, thankfully you listened to yours. Praying for your complete recovery. Take care! ❤

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    • Vashti Q December 8, 2018 at 4:20 pm #

      I tell my family and friends that they must be assertive with their healthcare. Had I waited any longer I could have gotten sepsis (an infection in the blood). That was the hospital doctor’s biggest concern. Thank you for the prayers, Jill. Have a great holiday season!
      ❤️♥️❤️

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  14. Hélène Vaillant December 8, 2018 at 2:29 pm #

    Vasthi, what a set back you went through. Glad it was taken care of. Be well.

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    • Vashti Q December 8, 2018 at 4:24 pm #

      Hello Hélène. Yes, I’m so happy that’s behind me and I’m feeling better already. Thanks for the well wishes. Enjoy the holiday season!
      😊💗

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  15. Gracie Bradford December 8, 2018 at 3:44 pm #

    Stay positive and get back soon.

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  16. Soooz December 8, 2018 at 4:23 pm #

    💗I’m delighted by the great results of your pathology, my friend, and so very thankful that you listened to what your body was telling you. Many Doctors, unfortunately, don’t listen to what their patients are saying. They underestimate our personal insights into our own physiology. Onward and upward now! An exciting new year is just over the horizon. xox

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    • Vashti Q December 8, 2018 at 4:30 pm #

      Yes! I received the best Christmas gift with that pathology report. I feel much better and moving onward. Thank you for the encouragement, my friend. Have a wonderful holiday season! 😚💕

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  17. D.L Finn, Author December 9, 2018 at 3:34 am #

    I’m so sorry you had to deal with that on top of the surgery, but glad you got the help needed. Still sending healing prayers and hugs to you– and very happy to hear they got all the cancer:)

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    • Vashti Q December 9, 2018 at 10:28 am #

      I’m just happy that all that’s behind me now. It was an experience I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. That news is the best Christmas gift ever! 😀 Your prayers and hugs are always appreciated, my friend. ❤ xo

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  18. Dorinda Duclos December 9, 2018 at 3:49 am #

    Take care of you first. We’re not going anywhere ❤️

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    • Vashti Q December 9, 2018 at 10:28 am #

      Thank you so much, Dorinda. I appreciated it. ❤ xo

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  19. watchingthedaisies December 9, 2018 at 8:11 am #

    I am sorry you had such a tough time Vashti but so glad to hear your positive news. Rest up and get well.

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    • Vashti Q December 9, 2018 at 10:33 am #

      Hi Brigid. Yes, it was rough, but I finally feel like I’m recuperating now. I’m looking forward to the holidays. Thank you.
      ❤ xo

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  20. rijanjks December 9, 2018 at 11:10 am #

    Oh, Vashti, what a harrowing experience! I am so happy that everything turned out okay and that you are on the uphill climb! Hugs!

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    • Vashti Q December 9, 2018 at 11:54 am #

      Hi Jan. It was bad for a while but I’m grateful to be finally on the mend. Thank you, my friend. Hugs & Kisses ❤

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  21. coldhandboyack December 9, 2018 at 2:34 pm #

    The setback sucks, but it sounds like the testing revealed the best possible outcome. Hang in there and relax.

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    • Vashti Q December 11, 2018 at 9:57 pm #

      Hi Craig. It was rough, I’m not going to lie but I think the worst is behind me. I’m feeling better and looking forward to the holidays. Thank you.😊

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  22. tracikenworth December 9, 2018 at 9:16 pm #

    Reblogged this on Loleta Abi.

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  23. tracikenworth December 9, 2018 at 9:19 pm #

    Hugs and wishes for a swift recover, Vashti! I will be facing sugery next month for my HS. I’m a bit worried but hopefully everything will go well.

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    • Vashti Q December 11, 2018 at 10:04 pm #

      Oh my, Traci. I’m sorry you have to have surgery too. But remember that I had complications with bowel adhesions which led to an infection. I’ll pray the surgery will go smoothly with no complications. Thanks for the hugs and well wishes. 💗

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      • tracikenworth December 13, 2018 at 7:01 pm #

        Thanks, Vashti! It’s kind of a worrisome surgery for me and I’ll be unable to drive or do much of anything for a while afterwards. I’m hoping I can at least sit at my desk and do my writing and blogs or I’ll be bored to death. I was supposed to have it this week but a changed apt. puts me figuring it’ll be next month sometime. I’m the driver in my family and it’s going to be tough for a while but it has to be done.

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    • Vashti Q December 14, 2018 at 11:43 am #

      Your health comes first, Traci. The driving and everything else will have to wait. Any surgery is worrisome but what happened to me isn’t usual, so the odds are in your favor. God willing all will turn out perfectly for you. I have you in my prayers and I’m sending happy, positive vibes your way. ❤ xo

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      • tracikenworth December 14, 2018 at 6:57 pm #

        Thanks, Vashti! That means a lot! I kind of feel a bit selfish doing the surgery with so much going on in my life but then I hit myself in one of the areas of my pain yesterday and it felt like someone stabbed me. I literally couldn’t MOVE for a long time afterward. I figure if I can face the four shots I have to take each month in these areas, I can do the surgery!

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  24. Natalie Ducey December 10, 2018 at 10:10 am #

    Oh my goodness, Vashti… you’ve been through so much. Sending healing ((((hugs)))) across the miles. Your strength is inspiring. Always cheering you on. XO

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    • Vashti Q December 11, 2018 at 10:08 pm #

      Thank you for the healing hugs and for always cheering me on, my friend. You’re wonderful.
      ❤️♥️❤️

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  25. Cleopatra Trevilcock December 10, 2018 at 1:38 pm #

    I’m so glad you are feeling better and that you are cancer FREE. Praise the Lord!

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  26. Hugh's Views and News December 11, 2018 at 5:32 am #

    I’m so sorry you’ve had to go through what has happened, but am so relieved to hear you are now on the road to recovery, Vashti. Please continue your return to good health. And never feel you have to apologise for not having been on the computer. You and your health are far more important.
    Take care,
    Hugs to you.
    Hugh
    xx

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    • Vashti Q December 11, 2018 at 10:12 pm #

      You’re so genuinely sweet, Hugh. I finally feel like I’m recuperating. Everyday I feel a little better. Thank you for the your kind words and hugs. 😊💕

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  27. Adele Marie December 11, 2018 at 12:55 pm #

    Oh thank Goodness, Vashti. I’m so happy to hear this. So sorry that you went through so much pain, I wish they would listen to their patients sooner. Again, so happy that you will be cancer free, so happy. What a wonderful Christmas present, have a great one my friend. ❤

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    • Vashti Q December 11, 2018 at 10:15 pm #

      Hi Adele. It’s the best Christmas gift. I’m feeling better everyday and am looking forward to the holidays. Thank you so much, my friend. 😀💗

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  28. dgkaye December 11, 2018 at 8:46 pm #

    Oh Vashti, I felt something was off. Last I read from you was the day after your surgery when you were having a tough time trying to walk and I told you to get back into bed. I mean who the heck feels like walking 24 hours after having half your stomach removed? How awful what you went through after going through such a difficult surgery. You are a trooper my friend and I’m still sending you light. I’m thrilled to see you pop by and let us know how you’re doing. Rock on warrior woman! ❤ xx

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    • Vashti Q December 11, 2018 at 10:27 pm #

      Ha, ha. I didn’t have half my stomach taken out! You’re too cute. I had a Total Abdominal hysterectomy and bowel adhesions repair. What complicated everything was that the surgeon accidentally introduced bacteria from the intestines into the surgery site when he was repairing the adhesions which gave me a major infection. It was rough for a while but I finally feel like I’m on the mend. My stomach is intact though.😘
      Thanks for the healing light, my friend.💗

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      • dgkaye December 12, 2018 at 9:30 am #

        Lol, of course I was exaggerating! But still, I can only imagine what you endured. And I’m so glad to hear you are now on the healing journey. ❤ xx

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    • Vashti Q December 12, 2018 at 2:51 pm #

      ❤ xo

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  29. Miriam Hurdle December 12, 2018 at 6:15 pm #

    Hi Vashti, Sorry to hear what you had gone through. Yes, you know your own body and could sense what is normal and what is not. When the doctor found bowel adhesion attached to my pelvic cavity wall, did he have to cut you open to repair it? Ouch!

    Too bad that the doctors are not serious about your concern and said it was normal. I also had to be my own advocate to a point that I sat in the doctor’s office until someone took me seriously and referred me to the supervisor of the case managers.

    A friend who is a retired nurse had back surgery and the surgeon nicked the bowl, she had infection and caused high fever for a long time. Her nurse friend saw the bruise on the side of her abdominal and was suspicious. The long story short – she was in extended care for months and almost died.

    When I was in cancer treatment, one cycle was postponed due to low potassium.

    Good to hear that you feel better and on the road to recovery.

    Colleen is taking a 3-week break from poetry challenge but the prompts are there. She just won’t do recaps during those three weeks. Please do post your poetry.

    I have been busy with the Christmas Messiah and other concert performances. I’ll spend one week in Portland, Oregon with my daughter’s family for Christmas. Then we’ll all travel, as I mentioned before that, to Hong Kong and Japan, leaving on January 10,2019.

    I’ll hop into the blogs and social medias every now and then but may not be active in blogging for several weeks.

    Pray that you’ll be on your normal way of recovery and good thing that your husband takes good care of you.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!! ❤ ❤ ❤

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    • Vashti Q December 14, 2018 at 12:21 pm #

      Wow! I’m glad you stood strong at the doctor’s office. I think less mistakes would happen in the medical field if more doctors just listened to their patients. Yes, the surgeon had to detach part of my colon from my uterus and then some of the intestines from my pelvic cavity. In the process he introduced bacteria into the surgery site. It was rough for a while.
      Thanks for letting me know about Colleen. I wasn’t aware of that. I know this time of year everyone is busy with holiday activities.
      Have a great time in Portland. It looks like you’re having a wonderful and exciting holiday season. I’m happy for you, my friend. Thank you for your prayers and good wishes. ❤ xo
      I too wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas! 😀 ❤

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      • Miriam Hurdle December 14, 2018 at 2:04 pm #

        Yes, Vashti. sorry to hear the complication. Even for medication, I do my research and tell my doctors about my preference. I’ll continue to pray for your recovery. Wishing you a Merry Christmas. ❤ 🙂 xox

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  30. Colleen Chesebro December 12, 2018 at 10:11 pm #

    Hugs, Love, and Healing LIGHT to you, Vashti. ❤

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    • Vashti Q December 14, 2018 at 12:22 pm #

      Thank you very much, Colleen. I appreciate the love, hugs and healing light. ❤ xo

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      • Colleen Chesebro December 14, 2018 at 2:07 pm #

        So happy to hear you are on the mend. What a time you’ve had. ❤

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  31. Patty December 13, 2018 at 8:44 pm #

    Dear Vashti, I wasn’t aware you were going thru so much. Well, What matters is that you are recovering and will soon be fully recovered and be your blissful self again. Much love, Patty

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    • Vashti Q December 14, 2018 at 12:31 pm #

      Hi Patty. I had it rough for a while but I’m feeling better now and hopefully everything will go smoothly from now on. I finally feel like I’m on the mend. Thank God. Thank you for checking in and for your kind words. Hugs and kisses. ❤ xo

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  32. D. Wallace Peach December 15, 2018 at 9:05 pm #

    I can’t believe they didn’t tell you to come in! Ack. Thank goodness your husband called them and pushed the issue. Well, enough of my rant. I’m so glad to hear that you are finally feeling better and that there is no sign of cancer! Yippee for that. Take care, Vashti. I wish you renewed strength, and much joy and peace during this holiday season.

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  33. Marje @ Kyrosmagica December 16, 2018 at 4:34 am #

    You’ve been through frightenly tough times but so glad to hear the good news about the cancer being gone. Hugs to you, rest, take care much love Marje xxx

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  34. Karen Ingalls December 16, 2018 at 8:15 am #

    Vashti, I apologize for not responding to your latest news. Life can sometimes be a rollercoaster, yet I know you have the strength and faith to rise above the challenging times. You are in my prayers. God bless you.

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