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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Asking for Your Prayers, Please

Hello everyone,
I'm not normally the type to talk much about personal matters here in blog land.  I would much rather chat about fun things like glitter, spray paint, and thrift stores.  I wasn't planning on sharing this at all, but after thinking about it, decided to ask for your prayers.  I just found out this past week that I have an ovarian cyst the size of a grapefruit.  I'm having surgery to remove it this Wednesday afternoon.
 I've been having lots of abdominal pain for the past two months, and have had lots of testing done.  Dr's told me it was everything from muscle pain from exercising, to my gall bladder. Well, neither was the case.
 I've never had surgery before, other than when I was a little girl and had my tonsils removed.  So, I am scared, shocked, nervous, and worried.  So I ask to you please keep me in your thoughts and prayers.  It would mean so much to me.  The dr. said that due to the size of the cyst, she didn't know if she could remove it thru the laporoscope.  If not, it would require more invasive surgery, which would mean an over night stay in the hospital, and 6 weeks of recovery vs 1 week for the less invasive.  I have a feeling that it'll have to be the more invasive surgery.
 I've not really had the heart to blog much lately, as I've been so upset by all of this.  Again, it's not easy for me to talk about personal things here.  But just knowing that you are thinking of me will really help to lift my spirits.  The dr. said it is rare for it to be cancerous in women under 50, so I am trying not to even think about that!!
By the way, I snapped all of these photos from our "backyard", the Puget Sound, the other night.  I do believe that it was the most gorgeous sunset I've ever seen! And believe it or not, I've not altered these pictures in any way, it really was that stunning!

Thanks so much for your prayers, I'll be sure to keep you posted!


deb said...

I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Fingers crossed that they will be able to do the laproscopy. Take care

Christine said...

Sending only good thoughts your way, Donna. Thank you for keeping us posted. *Hugs* to you...Christine

NanaDiana said...

Well, you KNOW I am praying for you. I will be doing a post about it Tuesday then, if that's okay? xo Love to you- Diana

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I just said a prayer for you Donna. I will be thinking of you. I pray that your nerves are calmed. May peace come to you, and may God guide the surgeons hand.

Desire Empire said...

I have had the same thing and had to have removed by invasive surgery. They cut my caesar scar open. Is your a dermoid cyst? It's basically when one of the eggs grows but has not been fertilsed. Mine had skin finger nails and hair in it. These are very common non cancerous cysts so hopefully it's that.

I was told exactly as you have been that they can't tell if it cancerous or not until the Pathology is done on it.

Praying hard for you and remember this is real common.

Carolyn xx

Myric said...

Thanks for letting us know about this so that we can pray for you. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Take care.


Desire Empire said...

PS i was about 38 at the time.

Japolina said...

You've got mine. Think positive thoughts

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Donna,
Hoping your surgery will go well and wishing you a speedy recovery.
Sending healing hugs your way,

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Of course we will, Donna. I'm glad you shared! Try to stay calm. I know it's really stressful right now. Breathe deeply and look out at your beautiful view. I'll be thinking of you and praying for a good outcome and a speedy recovery.
Big hugs for you,

Something Nice and Pretty said...

I'll be praying for you and thinking positive thoughts for you♥
Everything will be just fine!


Cheryl ~ ZanyMayd said...

You're in My Prayers....

Debbiedoos said...

You are in my thoughts and prayers for sure! Keep us posted. XO

ShabbyESP said...

Hello Donna,
I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers please keep us updated.
your sunset pictures are beautiful!!!

Suzann ~xoxo

Gracie's Cottage said...

Praying for a calm heart and a speedy recovery...


Sonya Badgley said...

Hi Donna,
I am glad that you shared this on your blog. I too, try to keep my blog light-hearted and fun but this was important for you to share. We all need to pray for you. There is power in prayer and believe God will answer your prayers.:) I had this same thing years ago and surprisingly, I was a little sore but recovery was quick and I'm sure it's so much better now then it was back then. I will also pray that God give you peace.

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation." Isaiah 12:2

Sending healing hugs to you,


I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers Donna. I'm sorry you are having to go through this but I have faith you will be just fine. Your photos are beautiful, BTW. Just keep the beauty and peace of those photos in your mind's eye. I truly believe in the power of positive thinking.

Hugs across the miles,

Rachel Noelle Pallas said...

I had an ovarian tumor the size of a grapefruit when I was 3 months pregnant..the doctor did an ultrasound and it was invading right next to my baby.I had surgery to remove it while pregnant so they didnt put me all the way under. I have a csection cut on my lower abdomen but really the surgery was a success and my baby is now almost 15! Praise God. I know you must be scared but please know it is more common than you may think. I will keep you in my prayers and Im sure it will be fine! :) Blessings, Rachel

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I will keep you in my prayers, Donna...I know how painful cysts can be, and you will feel much better having it out. Sending good thoughts for a successful surgery and a quick recovery! A BIG XO

The Bear's Blog said...


You most certainly are in my prayers, and I will be thinking about you all day on Wednesday.

I am a very, very private person to but I have learned (still learning)to ask for prayers and that pray is so powerful. Please go out in your yard and watch the sunset and know that God is watching over you and will protect you. His love for us is unconditional.

Please post when you are back home and feeling better.

In prayer....


Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Oh Donna, I know you are scared and I understand and I'm sure many of our blogger friends understand as well. Believe me there will be plenty of prayers, including mine that will be said for you.
I'm praying for you right now.


Laura Everyday Edits said...

Thinking of you. Lots of prayers and now you know why you have had pain. sometimes I think the anxiety of the unknown is harder. It will go well.
Keep us posted. laura@imnotatrophywife.com

Musings from Kim K. said...

Prayers coming your way from West MI. I have had several "female" surgeries and understand your fear. Please know that I'm thinking of you. Please keep us posted as you can. HUGS!!

ArtfullyJune said...

Donna I'm sure this was tough to share but I and many others will be thinking of and praying for your and your family during this time.

mizdarlin said...

I'm thinking positive thoughts for you, Donna...always♥

Serendipity Refined said...

I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. xo, Kimberly

Unknown said...

Praying for you Donna. Please let us know how things turn out. Hope you have a speedy recovery.

Kathleen said...

Praying for your peace and the surgery. I had one that size that broke - surgery the week of my 17th birthday a very long time ago. They did it vaginally (pre-lapro) - not to fun to sit afterwards but no scar. My daughter and a friend who was living with us also had the surgery, too. It is amazingly painful to have the cyst - I had to crawl, couldn't stand to walk because of the pain. You will be fine - and I hope someone brings you some lovely flowers. Love the photos of the Sound!!! I grew up near Tacoma and nothing replaces the wonders of that dogfish, killer-whale, jellyfish nuclear-sub infested body of water!

Susan EvelynAndRose said...

You have my prayers, Donna! I am sure you are feeling anxious, so I will pray for a successful surgery and peace of mind for you. A girlfriend of mine had similar surgery a while ago (I think her cyst was the same size), and is doing fine.
I hope more of sunsets like these bring you much peace.
Although our blogs do share decorating & crafting fun, please know that we are so grateful for your friendship here in blogland and think the world of you Donna!
Sharing real stuff allows us to share our humanity, too.
You'll be in my prayers this week,

john said...

Hello...I will be thinking of you and sending you lots of love across the pond !!! Hope you get pampered afterwards!! Gail xxx

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Donna, So sorry you will have to go through surgery. I had this surgery many years ago. They were not terribly large but I was trying to get pregnant and pregnancy can make them grow so they came out. I'm sure it will all go well for you. Get better from your cold! I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers!

Leo said...

Oh boy Donna - I am just reading this now. I have been off the computer for three weeks...! I am so sorry to hear this news. I hope that everything went well. My girlfriend had this and she recovered just fine although I am sure this doesn't help when you are in the midst of it. I don't blame you...I would be scared too. Hang in there. Lots of love - Debbie

Privet and Holly said...

Popping over from
NanaDiana's. Sending
you prayers at this
scary time. May peace
settle over you as you
let the surgeon take it,
from there. I love your
photos. My parents live
in SW Washington and
I love that part of the
country. Take care of

xx Suzanne

Gina said...

Nana Diana sent me over.

Sending prayers & good thoughts your way....

Lynne said...

I am sending thoughts and prayers for
for a successful surgery and a speedy recovery. You will be feeling so much better once that grapefruit invader is gone! I'm a Tacoma girl, a surgery coordinator and your newest follower!

art by wendy said...

That is so scary! I will be praying for you and hoping it's the non-evasive one! Thinking of you! :O)

Anonymous said...

You don't know me but I know your fear, take a couple of big breaths and stop thinking what might be, stay thinking about now, this is in Gods hands, God will give the doctors the knowledge and strength to fix this.You are healthy young and strong, you will be fine, you have all of blog land praying for you and you know bloggers stick to gether.Don't be afraid, you're not alone.Keeping you in my prayers,

Susie said...

Donna, I pray that God will be with thru your surgery and recovery. God is good and will keep watch over. Stay strong woman of God. Smiles to you,Susie(She Junks)

Marti said...

Hi Donna,
NanaDiana let us know that you are facing a scary situation in your life. I will say a prayer for you and your husband. You will do fine. In a couple of days you will be sitting on your couch watching old movies, and be able to laugh again. God will be with you through this surgery.

The Green Pea said...

Good thoughts and prayers coming your way. May God bless you and your family. sandi

Debby said...

Hi there. I am here by way of Nana Diana. She is so sweet to post that you need our bloggy prayers. I will say some sweet prayers for you to have a successful surgery, a quick recovery, and only good news. When you think of going under just think about the peaceful sleep you will have. I always do..... Hope and prayer all goes well.

Karen thisoldhouse2.com said...

Hi Donna - I have had many ovarian cysts over the years, none cancerous... I've even been in the emergency room thinking I had appendicitis when actually one of the cysts burst... I am now on birth control pills which stop the cysts from forming and life is much more comfortable. Never had one removed, perhaps there are different kinds. Mine come and go, but I do know the discomfort, and it's awful. Heating pads help.

Sending you prayers that your surgery will go well and you'll feel fine right away.

Ruth Kelly said...

May God grant you the peace and assurance that I have prayed for for you. I've had many surgeries and some are very scary.

camp and cottage living said...

I popped over from NannaDiana's to let you know I'm praying for you right now. And may God grant you peace through it all.

Dominique said...

Hi! New to your blog, and love it! France and crafting- we must have been seperated at birth! I am praying and will continue to pray for your peace and safe deliverance from this surgery. James 5:15 says, "And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up." Now that's a promise!

Cindy Adkins said...

You're in my prayers and thoughts. I've never had surgery of any kind either and I know I'd be scared, too. My very best wishes for all to go smoothly and for a speedy recovery! Hugs,

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Donna,

Sending positive thoughts and prayers your way. This is my first time visiting your blog. I plan to take a good snoop around.


Ann from On Sutton Place said...

I hope all is well. You are in my prayers.

Amy Kinser said...

I pray peace for you, Donna. I pray for God's hands to guide the surgeon as he operates and I pray for complete healing in the name of Jesus!

Pam Kessler said...

Diana sent me over this way. I am so sorry for this unexpected surgery. I will be praying for you.

Heaven's Walk said...

Our sweet angel, Diana, sent us all over here, Donna - with our hearts and minds full of prayers for you, sweetie. May you feel peace that surpasses all understanding flow through you as you undergo your surgery. Know that God is holding you in his hands and that ALL will be well. Hugs ~

xoxo laurie

wendy said...

bopped over here from NanaDiana's blog.
I am sorry you have to have this surgery, I am sure it IS frightening...as I would feel the same way.
But like that beautiful Sunset, I want you to wrap around yourself all the warmth and prayers that all of us will be offering on your behalf.
and then, life will continue to be beautiful.

Donna said...

Hi Donna,

My name is Donna, too, and I've popped over from Nana Diana's who is helping you spread the word for prayers.

I will be lifting you up, asking the Lord to guide the surgeon's hands, that you be calmed knowing the Holy Spirit is within you ~ healing you even before this surgery starts. That God, Our Father in Heaven, send a legion of Angels to stand guard around you and your loved ones, around all those who will be in charge of your treatment and healing process in the hospital, as we know he is the Ultimate healer! I also pray as you wake from your surgery slumber, you awaken to the best news and your smiling husband!

Bless you, Donna ~
Hugs ~ Donna