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Wednesday, February 24, 2010



One of my goodie baskets from a friend included teal nail polish (teal is the color representing ovarian cancer). So when my granddaughter spent the night tonight, we decided to paint our nails. I'm not normally a teal nail polish kind of gal, but things, they are a changing. :-)

So I had on my navy blue turban, which was so comfy and my sparkly glasses so I could see to paint our nails. After we were finished I walked by the mirror and caught a glimpse of myself. Blue turban. Teal nail polish. Sparkly glasses. All that was missing was a crystal ball and a wagon for the side show. It made me laugh.

I can't say that I want to walk this road. Believe me, if my GPS could take me another way, I'd do it in a heartbeat. But what I can say is there is STILL joy in the journey.

Every day is a gift. Every. Day.

In a few short weeks I've learned the power of friendship such as I have never known. The GWO team, and so many of you, have strengthened me through your prayers and support. Ruthie sent a gorgeous prayer shawl, Lenora sent a beautiful quilt, another sent a lapghan, we've had enough food brought in to feed an army. The list goes on.

In short, we are blessed. Please know that I do not take your prayers for granted. I know they have carried me this far and will continue to help me.

Please know, too, that once I get through this, I'll be stronger, more informed, and more ready to help get the word out on ovarian cancer than ever before.

Lastly, don't be surprised if you see me at conference sportin' teal nail polish. :-)

Love you all!


P. S. By the way, did I tell you the verse the Lord gave me at the beginning of this journey? Proverbs 31:25, "She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come." Appropriate, don't you think? :-)

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Diann Hunt  
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At 10:36 PM, Blogger AcresofHope said...

Praying for you, Di!

 
At 10:54 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Okay, teal. Very sophisticated color. I'll have to get some. I wish you'd send us a picture, Madame Hunt, of you in your turban and sparkly glasses. Of all people, you could carry it off and still look like a movie star.

 
At 12:32 AM, Blogger Ruthie said...

Teal? How cool is that?!?!! Hats off to your bravery on trying such a neat (but risky) color!

Still praying....

 
At 4:49 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

Great post! Love the picture of you and your husband! Also, the picture of you with a crystal ball and a gypsy wagon made me laugh outloud. :)

You are in my prayers daily.

 
At 7:12 AM, Blogger Michelle V said...

Praying for you!

Blessings
Michelle V

 
At 8:21 AM, Blogger Katy McKenna said...

Di, You can DO the gypsy thing!!! Got the big hoop earrings??? I played the gypsy in The Pirates of Penzance in the 8th grade, can you believe it? My grandma made me a TEAL bolero to go over my white blousy blouse and my CRAZY print skirt. Add a scarf and a store full of jewelry and BAM! Big fun.

YOU can laugh at the future, because you have always laughed at the present. You are a girl filled with joy. God has given you this gift, to last your whole life. Praying for you!!!!

 
At 8:38 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Oh, yes, Katy! I forgot to mention that I did have on the big hoop gold earrings! LOL

I would love to have seen you as a gypsy! Too fun!

Thanks for the prayers, girlfriend!

Cheryl, not sure I'm brave enough to share a picture of my gypsy self just yet. LOL I'd scare everyone off! ;-)

Thanks, Acres of Hope, Ruthie, Pam and Michelle! I so appreciate the prayers!!!

 
At 8:54 AM, Blogger Valerie said...

Don't you love how God chooses to minister and speak to you in tough times?

2-1/2 years ago, I was facing brain surgery for a benign tumor. I was terrified, frankly. Not of death - because I knew where I was going - but because I was afraid of the outcome or the quality of my life after surgery. (Possible stroke, hearing loss, paralysis...) The night before my surgery, my surgeon called - just to see if I was alright and if I had any questions. I can't tell you what that small gesture did! The true miracle, though, what what happened during the night. God spoke peace to my spirit such as I'd never known - before or since. I awakened with praise in my heart and a song of worship in my head and on on my lips. That's all I could do - praise the Lord! It was the most liberating and miraculous thing. The fear was completely gone and I truly had the "peace that passes all understanding."

Rest in His marvelous care, Diann. He is faithful and able to complete the work He's begun in you... and He will give you peace. :)

Oh, and I rocked the hats I had to wear after my head was shaved. :)

 
At 10:39 AM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Perfectly appropriate, Di! :) I can see you now, turban, nail polish and all. :D Somehow, you remind me of Auntie Mame. She sailed through life, full of laughter and "it." Am I saying you're full of it? ;)

 
At 10:42 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

That's something I love about this group. We share our experiences with others to encourage. How powerful is that?

 
At 3:31 PM, Blogger Katy McKenna said...

Valerie--May I ask what the name of your tumor was? I had an acoustic neuroma, a benign brain tumor on the hearing nerve on the right side. I had brain surgery ten years ago, and did become completely deaf in that ear, except for the constant ringing, oh joy! :) And YES, God gave me the PEACE to go through the surgery and face the future! I also trusted the word, "He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it."

God's writing some pretty fascinating stories of our lives here, isn't He? And He's SO NOT done yet!!! He's the author and perfecter of our faith, a master storyteller if there ever was one!

 
At 5:47 PM, Blogger jel said...

that verse is very App,4u ;)

huggs

 
At 9:23 PM, Blogger Valerie said...

Katy,

Yes, I had an "AN." Miraculously, I did not lose my hearing, but I do have facial paralysis on my left side. Movement has returned to about 65% of that side, but it's been a very long road. :) The surgeon told me the tumor was entwined within the facial nerve. Its removal was like trying to remove the yolk of a raw egg from the white of the egg ~ with both parts being white.


BUT, GOD HAS BEEN SO GOOD! :)

 
At 9:33 PM, Blogger Valerie said...

I don't want to be a board hog, but I should have said that the road God took me down in order to get a diagnosis and treatment was nothing short of miraculous. There was no doubt His hand was all over it.

"He leadeth me. O blessed thought..."

Blessings to all. :)

 
At 9:53 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

That's fascinating, Valerie, how God works throughout our lives when we don't even realize it. How He loves us, and how amazing is His power in our lives.

 
At 9:05 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Oh, Valerie, your comments just blessed my heart! Especially, when you quoted the song! He DOES lead us, doesn't He?! Praise Him!

People go through a lot in this life and one thing I've found--life is hard but God is always good!

 
At 9:06 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Oh, Valerie, your comments just blessed my heart! Especially, when you quoted the song! He DOES lead us, doesn't He?! Praise Him!

People go through a lot in this life and one thing I've found--life is hard but God is always good!

 
At 9:20 AM, Blogger Katy McKenna said...

Valerie--Thank you for sharing your acoustic neuroma story!! My tumor, instead of being bound up with my facial nerve like yours was, was TIGHTLY adhered to my hearing nerve. It took two surgeons to pry the fool thing off the nerve, but alas, the hearing was sacrificed. (It's OK, that was the ear I used to listen to my husband with, haha!!!)

It seems to me that Dave Barry would say that The Acoustic Neuromas would make an excellent name for a rock band, don't you think???? :)

 
At 11:42 AM, Blogger Valerie said...

Katy, isn't it funny how - now that we've had the "AN" diagnosis - we find more and more people who've had this condition? I'd never heard of it before I was diagnosed. Thank you so much for sharing!

Diann, I am glad my story was a small blessing. I love how our God uses the trials of our earthly lives to encourage and edify others. Doesn't it make the journey sweeter along the way? :)

I can't imagine what you are facing, but He has already done mighty miracles in and through you. I am thankful for your extraordinary faith, joy and the friends and family who've been there to carry you.

To everyone else, remember that Jesus is the "Name above all names." Things over our heads are under His feet and whatever you need, God is!

 
At 2:01 PM, Blogger Katy McKenna said...

Valerie and Di and all--Love these stories and testimonies of God's goodness and faithfulness. Sometimes I think we Christians shortchange God's witness in our lives when we only focus on His total physical healing of our mortal bodies. As if ALL God cares about are the great big physical miracles, when He's working the wonderful heart miracles in the background almost without us asking!!!

The heart miracles---the relationship miracles!---are the ones I need most. They're the ones I'll always be most grateful for, though I'll never turn down a good physical healing, Lord knows. :)

 
At 2:34 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

That is such a cute picture of you and Jim. How does the teal look? That's a great color, can't imagine it on the nails, but with the turban, I bet you're rocking both.

 

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