Writings of a teachermom, choosing to stay home with her kids, while loathing all domestic responsibilities! In late Aug. 2008, I was diagnosed with Triple Negative breast cancer. After surgery, chemo and radiation, I was given theall clear. However, in the late summer of 2008, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor, which metasticized to other areas.

Friday, August 22, 2008


One of the first comments from Cari shortly after surgery was...................Mom, have you posted my blog yet? Cari may have lost a tumor from her brain but has not lost her spirit and sense of humor.

It was an early rise this morning and off to the hospital at 5AM (and without coffee!!!). Surgery was scheduled for 7:30AM, however, the incision was not made until 9:30AM. Cari jokingly said that it took so long to get her all hooked up with wires and tubing because she had so many brain cells to be attached to. I guess she felt she had some bragging rights. On a more serious note Melvin was being updated throughout the surgery and they finally finished at 4:00PM. They removed the tumor and preliminary results are that it is the breast cancer kind. The final pathology report should be completed by mid week. Course of treatment will be decided by an oncologist, but most likely radiation.

We were all just so relieved and most of all thankful for the successful surgery. And an added bonus was to see her "smile "and fiesty spirit.

I'm sure as soon as Cari's head stops hurting, she will be back on the computer posting her blog. I expect that to be very soon.

As a mother, I would just like to express my sincere gratitude for everyone's prayers, comments and support. She is truly blessed with the true Body of Christ!


At 7:50 PM, Anonymous funkyhammer said...

Hip Hip Hooray and Halleluia!!!!

To Cari's Mom: Thanks for the update!!!

To Cari: Nice job! You did it! Praise the Lord for his provision! I know that there is no place like home....but rest up and enjoy the hospital as much as is possible. Looking forward to talking with you in person soon!

At 7:54 PM, Blogger Angela's Kitchen said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for the update. I think I have driven my family over the edge today with all my pacing around and computer checking!!

Make sure they take good care of you, Cari. I am so glad everything went so well. I can't wait to give you a great big hug. We will keep praying for rest and healing and peace.

Love you!!

At 7:57 PM, Blogger IrishMommy said...

Thanks so much for the update on Cari. I am so thankful the surgery went well and Cari is up to her usual humorous self right away! Can't wait to give her a big hug and see her smile. Prayers will continue for healing and for peace at home!

At 8:04 PM, Blogger momo said...

thank you so much for posting and letting us know - i've been thinking about cari all day.

sending good healing, recovery prayers your way, girl.

At 8:05 PM, Blogger LH said...

Thanks, Cari's mom!
Tell the girl that her Bloomington pal is having a glass of wine for her tonight!
Sending love up to you all,

At 8:10 PM, Blogger Shannon said...

Thanks so much for update on Cari! I've also been checking all day.

Cari, I'm praying for rest and complete healing. Looking forward to seeing you soon.

At 8:15 PM, Blogger C said...

Thank you Cari's mom for posting an update. Thankfully this long and worry filled day is over at last.
We are so relieved to know that the surgery is complete and that Cari made it through with flying colors. We will continue to keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers.
Carina & Ryan

At 8:22 PM, Blogger Andrea said...

I'm so happy to hear the surgery went well. I've been thinking about it and praying about it all day. Thank you for updating us.

Maybe we should all have a celebratory glass of wine for Cari tonight.

Praying for continued healing.

At 8:24 PM, Blogger jkhenson said...

Thank you for the update, Cari's mom! She's been in my prayers. Still is. Glad she's smiling. :)

At 9:33 PM, Blogger Kimberly said...

I was watching the various Olympic running events tonight and couldn't help but think of our dear Cari!! God's got you right where He wants you, my dear...in the palm of His hand. The very capable, loving, and providing palm of His hand. Rest there. Rest deeply. You did it girl. :)

At 9:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So So Sooooo happy that the surgery went well. Thank God!! How wonderful that Cari is smiling. That must mean a ton to all of you!

Good job on the update Mary Beth! My whole family prayed for Cari and family over the ocean today.

We will keep praying hard for continued blessings.

Bernice and Matt Adair

At 9:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for the update! I've been wondering and praying all day. Peace to you now...Love, Connie Bonnie and crew

At 10:27 PM, Blogger Jaye said...

Praise God for His goodness and lovingkindness to His children! I, too am so very thankful that things went well.

Thanks, Mrs. Spitz, for the update - give our love to Cari, Melvin and the kids!

Jaye & family (Lanette's sister)

At 10:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the update! We were anxious here all day waiting for the news. Please give Cari, Melvin, and the kiddos our love.
Lauren, Bernie, Zev and Zoƫ

At 11:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aunt Mary Beth, I know how difficult a time this is for you, now. However, you, like Cari, find amazing strength-no doubt from God-to update everyone on Cari's condition. I was thrilled to get word of the, what we can now say, successful operation. Amen for that!! Please let Cari and Melvin know that prayers will continue here in Jersey!!!! We are hoping and praying for an uncomplicated recovery and our thoughts are with ALL of you. God Bless. Love, Michelle

At 7:31 AM, Blogger Marsha said...

Praising God for a successful surgery and prayers for a speedy recovery for Cari!

At 9:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a relief that the surgery is over! And that your first words showed that your senses of humor and obligation (to us!) are intact.
Mary Beth,
Thanks for learning how to post! You did a great job!

Now it's time to move on to the prayers for your recovery and treatment. I'll go get started on that now...

Love, Cousin Debbie

At 9:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marybeth and Tommy,

Thank you for the update. My family has been praying since we heard the news.

Please give our best to Cari and Melvin.

We will continue to pray for her speedy recovery.

All our Love,

Kathy,Pat, Kathleen and John

At 9:47 AM, Blogger KC said...

I'm so glad to have this update! I'm happy to hear the surgery was successful and that Cari is resting.

At 12:32 PM, Blogger Caro said...

Thank you so much for the update.

Tell Cari we will be eagerly waiting her return to blogging.

At 12:33 PM, Anonymous amy kelly said...

Cari---We too are very excited for your success in surgery, and thanks to your mom for the update.

We are praying for the continued progress, way to go, you STRONG girl!

The Breien's


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