Monday, August 31, 2009

Good NEWS!

Mom is clear of cancer (I can't say "cancer-free", b/c it's just too scary)! Mom is in GOOD health! Mom got her bile drainage bag out (thank heavens)! Mom's blood work and CT scan showed positive progress from her rather complicated surgery and normal levels of everything that must be normal! Mom's surgeon smiled from ear-to-ear (and he doesn't smile so easily)!

Mom herself was clearly smiling ear-to-ear herself when she told me, in the most relieved voice I've ever heard, "I'm walking out these revolving doors for the first time... happy!"

Obvs, we have to hold our breath again in six months, to be sure, but we'll take today's news and run for the hills. See ya!

Just kidding... all of you, each of you, is and has been so important to mom and our entire family during this seemingly never-ending travail through the cancer jungle. We can never thank everyone enough for being supportive and caring about mom, the most amazingly brave person I know. For, if she hadn't let those amazing surgeons argue over her treatment and do what they thought best, I fear we would not be sitting on today's pile of relief.

I regularly get "successful" patient video stories from the Mayo Clinic on Facebook. Because I'm a writer, I've been waiting for weeks to even hope that I might be able to help write mom's success story for America's finest healthcare system.

Stay posted. We still have the First Annual Du Good duathlon on October 3 in Ulysses to complete with success. Sign-up today if you haven't already. It's sure to be a day to remember for everyone involved.

16 comments:

  1. Been checking all day for this post!! We are celebrating with you. Thanks be to God

    Bill and Kathy McGillivray

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  2. Excellent news!! Congrats to the Fort family!!

    Angie Kooken

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  3. Sometimes we don't know God's plan for us, but I am celebrating His plan for you, Paulette! Woooohoooo!

    Loves & Hugs,
    Susie

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  4. Dear Paulette --

    What great news! So happy for you! What a relief to hear good news! Thanking God for His love and healing power.

    Continuing to pray for you,
    Joyce

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  5. What wonderful news! We truly serve an awesome God! So many people have been praying and prayers have been answered.

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  6. That is awesome news! We are so happy for your entire family. What a relief!! We pray that Greg and Paulette have a safe trip home!

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  7. Lots of happiness and showers of blessings to the Fort family and many thanks to the lord for his healing!!! Keep us posted and God bless!!! Kenny and I keep you in our thoughts and prayers!!!!

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  8. Paulette & Greg,

    One can barely imagine how different the drive back to KS than the drive to Mayo. With a lilt in your step, welcome back to OZ.

    Loves & Hugs,
    Susie

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  9. Hi, Paulette --

    Southwest Kansas is waiting for you with our cool, crisp mornnings and crop growing heat in the afternoons plus a few sprinkles of rain here, a drop or two there ... hey, but it all adds up -- we take what moisture we can! How exciting to head home with good news and without the drain equipment -- wahoo! Your body is just going to continue to get stronger and stronger and stronger. The path is no longer so much a jungle as a joyful journey -- there's light at the end of the tunnel. Our prayers will continue.

    With God's love,
    Joyce

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  10. Great news!!! (and just in time for football season!) What a blessing! We will continue to pray for your body to heal and remain free of cancer.
    Love,
    Tom & Marieta

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  11. Good Morning Ms P,

    Go Yellow Friday! I'm wearing the flower power pin today in honor of your wonderful progress. And also hoping to transfer some of your blessings to another who is having surgery at Mayo today. Remember MaryAnn Siebel?

    Loves & Hugs for a long celebratory weekend!

    Susie

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  12. whoooooooooohoooooooooo the FORT has been taken back!!!! God is awsome in His mercy...The Pak o' Burtons are thinking of you and your family and we'll continue to say prayers for continuing good health..Great News!!!

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  13. Yahooooooo! I am so thrilled to read this! Bless God! Heal well and enjoy the Fall weather at home, Paulette! You will stay in my prayers, but now I will be all smiles as I pray. Love, Lisa

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  14. This is the Best News Ever!!!! Now, just take it slow & keep getting stronger, every day!!!

    Love,

    Cheryl

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  15. Paulette,
    What wonderful news! Praise God! He heals and you are proof of that. We will continue to keep you in prayer for healing, strength building, weight gaining, and to remain cancer-free.
    Take it easy and enjoy each day.
    God Bless You,
    Tammi & Bryan Mitchell & family

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  16. Hi Paulette,

    Just thinking out loud about you... hope the cold is history by now. God Bless your day!

    Loves & Hugs,
    Susie

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