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Dreaded Radiation!

Hello all, I am sorry that I haven't written a post sooner.  I just haven't felt like doing much.
Forgive me, if I haven't visited.

I started radiation yesterday. I am hating it and dreading 6 weeks of it. 5 days a week. So uncomfortable...... Everyday, they do a ct scan along with the radiation. I have to get up on the table, in a prayer position and then lie down and put my belly in the square hole. Doing this helps prevent less damage to my bladder and bowels.
Here is the table that I have to crawl up on.
You can see where my knees go.  I sit in a prayer position and then 
lower myself down, so that my belly falls into the square hole.
Before I get up on the table, I have to lower my underwear, so that it falls below the three tattoos they put on me.  One on each hip and one in the middle of my lower back. 
I always wear a sundress, so that I don't have to change into a gown.
The first day was awkward.  There was this man and an older woman...therapists, who told me to lower my underwear and then hop onto the table.  This guy is standing behind me with a very small sheet, while I get into position.
The picture below with the large sheet is not what I have.
Your butt is in the air, until you lower yourself down into the square hole.
I hope you don't mind me describing this process.
I told them the second day, I would like  a little more privacy and just lower my underwear below the tattoos.
They said however I was comfortable.
Once on the table, they tweak me.  I have to be in the same position everyday.  Everyday, they do a CT scan with the radiation.
I get a kink in my neck every time.
I'm thinking to myself, 6 weeks of this, everyday, except for the week-end....UGH!
I am feeling angry about this.

Just think when I am done with this, I get to see the oncologist/surgeon for my thyroid surgery.
Who would have thought cancer of the thyroid.

I will be glad when this year is over.

Now for some good news.....
Dante is growing..He is a little over a month now.
He is so darn cute and his hair is getting longer.
He has cute little whiskers. 
He is on his way to a half of a pound.

Some more good news, we are adding on to our kitchen.
Below is the existing kitchen. 

We are  only adding on 6 feet, however it will be beneficial.
The back wall with the window will be pushed out.
There is an electric range on the peninsula. We will replace that with a gas range top, but it will be installed on the new exterior  wall with a hood.
More storage will be nice.. Two remote controlled sky lights and a box pop-out with windows.
We are shopping for a gas range, kitchen sink and faucet.

I do like this copper sink.  What do you think?
We would get a bronze faucet to match.

I am looking at the Wolf gas range tops.
Anyone have any opinions on brands?

  I will do another post on the kitchen.
I can't wait to get back to tablescapes, parties and recipes.
That's all folks.
Have a great week-end and as always, thank you for visiting and your special prayers.  Love you!

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  1. Bless you Linda. You have so much to cope with at the moment but I'm sure all your friends and those that love you are praying for you. I'm also sending hugs and prayers your way too.

  2. Praying for you Linda. So much going on all at once. That does looks very uncomfortable. Dante is just precious. I am sure a bright spot for you. Your kitchen choices are beautiful!

  3. Hello dear Linda,
    I can only imagine all these treatments feel like more than a full time job and a really sucky one at that. I appreciate your honesty and it makes perfect sense that you are feeling angry about it all right now. You share and then you move on to cute photos of Dante (a little angel dog). You are looking to new and beautiful kitchen projects to come. That's what it's all about-being real and being resilient which you are dear Linda. You are in my thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort during this challenging time. xx, Heather

  4. My dear Linda,

    My heart truly goes out to you! You have been on my mind and heart a lot lately - praying for you, sweet lady.

    Dante is precious and I am very thankful he is doing well :) He must bring you lots of joy.

    I hope you received your tag from Marcia and that it brought you some encouragement.

    Much love to you!

  5. My heart hurts thinking of you going through this.
    I'm so weird with these things that I started crying when I read the process description... hope you'll have a belly laugh over it (we can even probably joke of when you had three tramp tatoos GO LINDA! ;)) when it's over. Soon, please, soon.
    Now we pray, they we'll dance around your future-even-more-amazing kitchen.
    Love to read the projects keep flowing and Dante's pic - who was born when you started all this and is growing, getting strong - reminds me another Dante:
    “In that book which is my memory,
    On the first page of the chapter that is the day when I first met you,
    Appear the words, ‘Here begins a new life’.”
    ― Dante Alighieri, Italian Poet
    It will be great to see you healthy, partying and he tagging along his beautiful and healthy "Mom".

  6. I'm so sorry you have to go through all this. Not only is it an unpleasant experience, but you have to lose some of your dignity too. I hope you can get through this and emerge even healthier than ever. I think your little Dante is adorable and what a source of comfort to you. My hubby said to tell you little Dante is too small to be a lap dog, he's a palm dog! Love your kitchen choices too! Diane

  7. BLESS YOU! Gosh no one should have to do this or go thru cancer. I am so very very sorry.

    Your little puppy is ADORABLE!


  8. There are some bright spots here, and I am happy that Dante is growing and you will have fun designing the new kitchen extension. I hope these six weeks fly by for you. xoxoxoxo

  9. Thinking and praying for you Linda. I hope you are treating yourself through this. I am just so sorry. Be brave you family and little Dante need you! Love the sink!

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  10. AnonymousJuly 19, 2013

    Oh, Linda, bless your heart! I'm so sorry you're having to go through this but praying it will do the trick for you. You are in my prayers.
    Now your little puppy is adorable and I know will bring you a lot of joy. Yay about your kitchen. It's gorgeous as it is!
    Shelia ;)

  11. Dear Linda, Sending prayers up for you right now-how terrible, but I'm thankful that there is a treatment for you. I loved your kitchen before but I know it will be so incredible after the remodel. I love Dante-he is so cute; can't remember his breed though. Hang in there dear one.
    With love and prayers, Noreen

  12. I am so sorry.....I am having probs too....have not felt we'll. that sweet puppy has to help some

  13. Dear Linda my lovely strong friend my prayers always with you and my sister, she finish her radiation today for 6 weeks everyday thank God she is doing so good. Dante is getting so big and cute, I love your kitchen I can't wait to see after all the changes.
    Wolf gas the best brands! my opinion
    God bless you

  14. Im sending prayers and big Hugs!

  15. You know I love you, Linda. I'll call on Monday. As always you inspire me with your courage and positive outlook. Hugs. Talk soon.


  16. Oh Linda, since my hubby has been through two separate rounds of radiation, I do know what you are going through. Thankfully, you have your darling Dante to brighten your days and the excitement of planning and buying wonderful things for your kitchen. I do love the sink and the gas cooktop will be fabulous. I am sending big hugs to you and pray for you each and everyday. Enjoy your radiation-free weekends. xo
    p.s. Thank you for your continued updates as they are much appreciated.

  17. Praying for strength and comfort over these next weeks....and peace that passes all understanding....praying you can do all things through Christ that strengthens you....and you are healed of the Lord! Blessings~~~Roxie

  18. Linda- I am so glad to see a post from you. I wondered how you were doing but hesitated to bother you. When I have to go through something uncomfortable like that I always set a time in my mind that it will be over with..like 3pm. When I get up I think okay by 3pm I will be back here and this thing (whatever it is) will be all over with. Somehow it does help.
    God bless you, Linda. I wish I could help you more but, as you are finding out, these are lonely journeys. It does help to share it and get it out there...but that fear and pain is one that only the person experiencing it can understand. You are in my heart tonight- xo Diana

  19. Linda, I am so sorry to hear you have to endure this treatment. It's only natural to feel angry and tested. Still praying for the Lord to strengthen, comfort and heal you. On the days your faith is shaken, I will stand in the gap for you, friend. Just hang in there.


    P.S. Your kitchen looks fabulous!

  20. No need to apologize for not being around to post. You have much more important things to worry about right now! I'm so sorry you have to go through all of this. I can't even begin to imagine it.

    I love your kitchen! Wanna trade? lol Mine is no where near as nice as yours, unfortunately.

    Dante is just the cutest!!!

  21. Good morning sweet Linda! I have been thinking of you and wanting to write, and maybe I should have, but I didn't want to inundate you because you probably get enough emails. But next time my instinct tells me, I WILL! I am so happy to see your new post! First of all, that little Dante is a sweet baby! Now this is a wire haired fox terrier? MY FAVORITES, next to any color lab. Secondly, your kitchen is super gorgeous! White is perfect for a kitchen, and with the extension and that sink (OH DEAR!) and your new stove top, you will be cooking up in style. I love the Wolfe stoves and any version would suit me well!

    I praying for you, for the strength to endure this treatment. YOU ARE LOVED! Anita

  22. Was thinking of you the other day and wondering how you were doing. Keeping you in prayer, and hoping this uncomfortable time will pass quickly for you. Sometimes medical people can be so insensitive........hold fast Linda, you can do this!!!

    Dante is such a cutie!! Glad he is doing so well and he must be such a comfort to you. Love your kitchen and the new one will be so exciting!!! Wolfe stoves are the best and will you lose the window or have another one?? The best to you......

  23. Oh Linda :( It's so sad to hear all this. What a god-awful dreadful experience and I don't blame you for being a little irritated with it all.

    Your pup is just the cutest and must help you cope with everything. Dogs are wonderful and create a relaxed vibe around the house. Your kitchen is coming along nicely. I've head so many great things about the Wolf range .. I'm sure you'd be pleased. Mine is a Viking and I love it:)

  24. I have been thinking about you and was glad to see your post as it was on the sidebar of Sweet Tea's blog. I don't know how I missed it in my feed.
    You know, Linda, you can do ANYTHING you NEED to do TODAY!!! Take it one day at a time. Please know you are being lifted in prayer and this time WILL 'come to pass!'
    I think it's wonderful you have such sweet diversions going on - your puppy and kitchen redo. Think on these things.
    And I am happy you are are sharing your journey with us. We all have ups and down times but the blog world is where we share BOTH!!
    Bravo!! Linda, you are an OVERCOMER!!!!

  25. Hi, Linda. As absolutely horrible as all of the radiation stuff may sound to a lot of people, I appreciate it that you are putting it out there exactly as it is. I think it really helps us to understand what you're going through a little better. We all hate and dread that "C" word, but you are at least giving us a bird's eye view into your battle. I really hope the next few weeks with all of the discomfort and indignity involved pass by really fast for you.

    I'm glad to see the puppy making such wonderful progress! He's gonna be a fighter just like his Mama! :-)

    Your kitchen is already really pretty, and the addition will make it phenomenal! Best wishes as you guys work through that whole process! How great it will be to have a gas range!!!!!! I wish!!! I can't really cook like I want to on this stupid electric thing. :-( You will have so much fun doing so many new things on your new range!!!

    I hope you can enjoy your weekend, and good luck in the upcoming week. My shoulder surgery is on Friday, so I'll be AWOL for a bit after. I'll try to check in to see how you're doing. Take care.

  26. Oh sweet Linda, I am so sorry for what your going thru. I am not even going to pretend that I know how your feeling, because I don't. I can, however, tell you that I say a little prayer for you everytime that I think of you.
    Now, on to that little half a pound of joy, I can still send you my address if you have changed your mind about mailing him to me???

  27. Oh Linda, I am so sorry you have to go through all that. I would be angry too. You hang in there and may God give you the strength to get through it all.
    Glad your puppy is doing well. Your kitchen is beautiful, how exciting to be adding more!
    Remembering you in my prayers,

  28. Oh...Linda! I am so sorry that you have to go through this again! I am glad that you able show and tell us about the ordeal that you are enduring, so we can send our hugs and prayers!

    Dante melts my heart!

    Your new kitchen sink is exquisite. I would want to retire and do dishes all day!

    Let the anger fly! I heard the "C" word four years ago and felt like my heart and soul hit a wall going a hundred miles an hour!

    So many prayers are said for a cure of this dreaded disease in our lifetime...


  29. Good morning most gorgeous woman!

    Thank you for coming to visit me. Give little Donté a gentle squeeze! That photo of him with his little eye cocked to the side...oh dear, he makes me want to cry! So dependent on us are these gentle creatures, no?

    Have a wonderful day, Anita

  30. Hi Linda! You are so very blessed with all these wonderful people and their sweet comments! We all feel for you and what you must be enduring at this time! So many tests and trials; but they will make you stronger! It does seem like forever, but keep on moving and dreaming. One day it will be over and you will be well! Thanks for sharing this post! Dante, is adorable! And your kitchen will be even better after the addition! I'm sure the Wolf range can't be beat! Blessings from Bama!

  31. HimLinda- sorry mi so late on commenting! If I was there I would make you laugh! That would be my therapy for you! 😀 I'm sorry the treatment is uncomfortable and a bit long. I've had a few years in my life that I wanted to get past too. Your kitchen is going to be wonderful,with your new ideas. That sink is fabulous! At least you will use your appliances and they won't be idle. So many of them are merely a statement piece! You must be thrilled about it all! Maybe you'll get that fancy Wolf fridge with the glass door you like too!
    Dante is precious and I'm sure a bright spot in your life every day!
    Hugs and love,

  32. Linda, I am glad to see you have positive things going on in your life. That sweet pup and beautiful kitchen! I'm sorry you have to go through the dreaded radiation. I'll be praying for you.

  33. I probably missed this post because I've been away too a few days, as my aunt died in another town and drove three hours to get there with my mother. Anyway, the radiation must be a drag, but you are so positive and a strong fighter it will be over soon. I admire you at how you put your mind on other things like your great kitchen and little Dante, so cute, I bet he puts many a smile in your face! I always keep you in my prayers, I have so much to pray and thank for. You'll see, you'll be back doing all you want in no time! God bless you sweet lady.

  34. AnonymousJuly 23, 2013

    Sweet Linda, you're still in my prayers. Hang in there and as others have said - you're a strong and positive lady. Hoping you will feel the love of the Lord holding you in His arms as you go through this.
    Thank you so much for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  35. I can relate..I had the radiation every day for 8 weeks but on my back and my legs were put into molds that they made for me so I would stay in place. I have the tattoos also but on the front. My daily radiation didn't take very long, I think it only lasted about 5 minutes, I hope yours isn't much longer than that.

    My prayers remain with you..it will pass faster than you think. xo

  36. Linda, you have been in my thoughts over the last few weeks, and today I took the time to catch up with your bog. I do hope the treatments will help you and that you will feel better very soon. That little puppy is adorable. All the best, and I will check back sooner this time.


  37. Haven't been by your blog in a long while and then I learn you are dealing with all of THIS. So sorry. I will say a prayer for you as it isn't so much fun to go through the process every day that is for sure. But it will be worth it when you know everything is working. Your little puppy is so cute. I do love your copper sink and a gas range but I'm afraid I have no idea about brands. I can't have a gas range myself so I haven't looked into them.

  38. Everything about cancer sucks. My Dad is a leukemia survivor, and is 3 years cancer free thanks to a bone marrow transplant. None of it was easy and it changes your life and everyone who loves you. HOWEVER, each day is a new day that we have with my Dad. He has been able to watch my children grow - especially my youngest, who was only 2 when he was diagnosed. So, my point is, as hard as it is right now, one day it will all be behind you and those that love you will be so grateful that you fought hard, and won! And that puppy is just crazy adorable! God Bless.

  39. I am so sorry what you are going though. my prayers are going out to you. Yes, It must be most upsetting to have to bare ones butt to strange people, and one a man.
    Your Dante is the cutest little thing. Puppies are just so wonderful and a balm to your soul.
    Your kitchen is so glorious as I see it now. All that space!!! its so beautiful. You have a wonderful taste.
    May God Bless you and get you better,
    Marie Antoinette

  40. Linda,
    I am so happy to have you as a follower and to now be following you!!!You are in my thoughts and prayers. I am having an awful day today and reading this post makes me ashamed of myself, thank you for making me realize I have a lot to be thankful for and should never take things for granted. xoxo

  41. I just want you to know that I am thinking of you and wishing you well!

    Your kitchen is lovely, looking forward to seeing the renovation!

  42. Oh, sweet Linda. I'm sorry that you are going through this, but I know that you will soon have this behind you. Hang in there and know that we are praying for you and are here for you!
    Big hugs,

  43. You've been in my thoughts, dear Linda. No need to apologize for not writing. You are one brave soul. No, I don't mind you sharing the details, and yes, I can only begin to imagine the anger and all the different emotions you must feel. I agree with Lynne, let the anger fly. I will continue to keep you in my prayers, brave friend.
    Dante is perfect...enjoy him.
    And your new sink is divine.
    Take a look at these comments. You are highly loved.

  44. I'm so honoured to have you as a blogging friend.
    I have been so absent in my blogging. Your honesty is the best thing a girl can ask for. Bless your heart.


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