20 August 2013

Smelling the roses


My garden is once again filled with roses!  Wish you could smell these in the pitcher on my window ... a combination of David Austin's Winchester Cathedral and Abraham Darby.  Heavenly!

And that is what I'm doing ... taking time to smell the roses.  I met with my new oncologist yesterday and all my fears of not liking him, or what he has to say, have vanished.  He's very nice and I think we'll get along just fine.  Basically, we're going to watch and wait.  I'll be monitored monthly but won't need to resume treatment until something changes.  He's unable to determine whether this is part of the original disease or a recurrence because there were no scans/CA125 done until after first line treatment ended.  So he's going to treat this as a recurrence.  As long as the cancer remains stable, I won't need to go back for more chemo.  It could be 1 month, 1 year ... or who knows???? ... as long as I'm feeling well (which I am!) and there's no progression of the disease, I'm good.

I'm taking a blogging break for a couple of weeks as we have relatives coming to visit at the end of the week.  I can't wait and am really looking forward to our time together!

Something else that has me excited this week ... this course popped up in my email today!  I'm signing up!  I love the holidays and decorating and can't wait for this one to start!

Enjoy these last days of August!  I'm not quite ready to say good-bye to Summer but I have to confess that I find my thoughts turning to Fall every so often.  See you soon!



  1. My dear friend, this is wonderful news!
    You have a wonderful time with your family, and I will "see" you when you return.

    Keeping you in my prayers. xo.

  2. I'm so glad that you like the new doctor -- and I like his approach to this. It sounds like you are in good hands (and God's hands too).

    Enjoy the time with family...and I signed up for that course too! :)

    I wish my roses looked like yours...we've had Japanese beetles and they've made a major mess!

  3. It does my heart good to hear positive news. And I'm very happy to hear you like your new oncologist!

    Yes, I too am not ready to let go of August. It appears I have no choice though. Autumn is always a glorious season! One to be relished for sure! I'll have to look into the course. Enjoy your time away, Lynda!


  4. Oh, and I only wish my roses looked like yours! Gorgeous!

  5. Beautiful roses and I like your philosophy of taking time to enjoy them.

    Well, then, that's a load from your mind. Your oncologist sounds like a good, practical sort who will give good advice and care.

    Enjoy your company! (Though I am embracing every moment of summer, I admit to feeling a guilty pang of anticipation at the very thought of autumn. Shhhh...do not tell a soul!)

  6. What absolutely wonderful news. I bet you breathed a big sigh of relief after that appointment. Enjoy your company to the fullest, you have much to celebrate.

  7. Hi Linda!
    Good to hear your feeling well! Your roses are beautiful! Enjoy your visit from your family.
    xo, Lara

  8. lovely post & wonderful news!!
    enjoy your company & beautiful roses ♥
    spotted mums while out shopping today ~ thoughts turning to Fall :-)
    have a wonderful weekend xo

  9. Lynda, I've been thinking of you so much this past little while.. wondering how you are doing. And I am so happy to come here and see that all is going well.. that you are thriving and doing well! May you have a lovely time with your family.
    I'm going to putter around here for a little bit...

  10. Hello Lynda - I am a newcomer to your blog and all I can say is I am so touched by your story, your thoughts, your photography, and your positive outlook. I plan to follow along moving forward and send baskets of best wishes your way. You are amazing....take care


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