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Monday Musings- A Surprising Diagnosis

Monday Musings- A Surprising Diagnosis

Happy Monday ladies. I hope you had a relaxing weekend. I spent mine chillin’ to avoid the 100+ degrees temps we’ve been having and wondering how to word this post. My sincere hope is that you find my blog informational, helpful, entertaining and that it inspires you to dress with confidence so you can live your best life. I never intended it to be a diary of my life but these musing posts seem to have turned into what’s up with me and a peek into my life. Most of the time it’s quirky things that cross my mind and often just new things I am loving.

Many of you have been reading and commenting for years, so you feel like friends I’d like to meet for coffee. We’ve created a community of smart, wise, and kind women here so I’ll just come out with it.

Lung Cancer

The doctors have been monitoring a small spot on my husband’s lung for the last two years. It looked weird (not their word:) so he’s been getting regular CT scans. Well, sure enough, the results in January showed it had grown and they thought it was lung cancer. Meanwhile, I had my health scares which blessedly turned out to be fine but they paled in comparison to his. This is his journey and he asked me not to share until we knew.

They would not risk bringing him in for the biopsy because they weren’t scheduling non-essential procedures during the height of COVID and he is in the highly vulnerable category.

So we waited and prayed. Last Thursday we got the go-ahead and he was admitted to U.C Davis.

He had a wedge biopsy that confirmed their suspicions and so they removed his lower left lobe along with 20 lymph nodes. A biopsy of the nodes will show if and how far cancer has spread and what followup he needs. We have peeked at the results online and think that it is a stage one cancer that has not spread! He was released 48 hours later and is home on the mend.

We’re cautiously optimistic but are waiting to talk to the oncologist next week. We do know that stage one and stage two lung cancer recurs with great frequency so this will never be over. Luckily, we are more than blessed to have a very dear friend Bonnie, who knows everything there is to know about Lung Cancer.

“The patient-founded, patient-first Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation was born in 2006 to advance innovative research, provide free education/support resources, and champion advocacy to erase stigma and advance early detection. One of ALCF’s first initiatives was an awareness program on buses and billboards across the country. Working globally and collaboratively, ALCF empowered patients, giving them a voice in conversations where leaders in medicine, industry and policy could make decisions that affect their lives.”

“In 2008 ALCF founded a second nonprofit organization, the Addario Lung Cancer Medical Institute (ALCMI), an international research consortium to advance innovative studies, including the first-ever study of lung cancer in adolescents/young adults under age 40.”

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women, making up almost 25% of all cancer deaths. More people die of lung cancer each year than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined.

Now another statistic…Bonnie and her husband are part of our dinner group of 5 couples who have been meeting for over 30 years. In that group of 5 families, lung cancer has struck 4 of them. One is a 38-year-old daughter who is fighting for her life against lung cancer and she has never smoked!

Trigger Finger

I am typing this with two fingers, which takes forever because they’re both on my left hand. My daughter came down to be here for her Dad’s surgery and I’m putting her to serious work! Last week I had hand surgery to release a trigger finger and remove some Dupytrons lumps from the palm of my hand. Unfortunately, it’s on my right hand which makes doing most things almost impossible. My son and daughter have been a priceless blessing throughout this whole ordeal. At times like this, I feel more than blessed to have the love and support of family.

Pickling

I need some recipes ladies. Our veggie garden has gone crazy and besides being overrun with zucchini, we have a ton of mini cucumbers that I have no idea how to pickle. The label on the seed packet said pickles so I assume that’s what they are. Do you have a recipe to share? It’s likely that my daughter will be making these because we are all pickle hounds in our house. In fact, she introduced me to my first fried pickle on our family trip to Montana.

Be well, stay safe and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.

 

 

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215 Comments

  1. Beverly
    July 4, 2020 / 8:53 am

    Prayers for wisdom for your family and your doctors as you face this health challenge. Also prayers for strength to deal with each new situation as your husband recuperates and heals from surgery. I am a 7 year breast cancer survivor and I am hear to tell you there can be joy again after a cancer diagnosis and treatment. I pray your husband reaches that point of joy soon.

  2. Margaret
    July 3, 2020 / 3:26 am

    Wishing you and your family good results from treatment. Glad your children can be there.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      July 3, 2020 / 1:10 pm

      I’m so grateful they’re here

  3. Robin
    July 2, 2020 / 7:55 am

    Dear Jennifer,
    I’m so sorry! It can be scary, stressful and somewhat lonely on this journey.
    My husband had cancer surgery a couple years ago and my children’s support helped us out so much. They are our blessings.
    Wishing you all good health.
    Take care all! 🙏
    Robin (glidingthrusixty)

  4. Kathleen O'Brien
    July 1, 2020 / 4:41 pm

    Oh dear! What a thing to hear! May God bless you all and hold you in the palm of His mighty Hand!
    Prayers for quick and total recovery and God’s comfort to your family.

  5. Michelle
    July 1, 2020 / 11:49 am

    I wish your husband all the best in his recovery! My mother had lung cancer 3 years ago at age 75 (& a smoker for 50 years!) Hers was also stage 1, but she had pneumonia as well which kept her in the hospital for 6 weeks over Christmas. They weren’t able to take the tumour out surgically as it was fibrous & wound around some organs, but she had some radiation & chemo, and is now in remission, and also hasn’t smoked since then (Yay!).

    Sending good vibes & prayers your way.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      July 1, 2020 / 7:25 pm

      Wow, sending prayers for her continued good health. Thank you so much.

  6. Lori
    July 1, 2020 / 7:56 am

    I am sorry to read this. I am praying for you, your husband and your kids. My husband had radiation for stage one Lymphoma and his follow up endoscopy and PET Scan show no Lymphoma. He will have an endoscopy and CT scan every six months. We had many praying for us and I had coworkers who had gone through cancer themselves or with their spouse and am grateful for all of the prayers and support. We are praising the Lord!!! Praying for you all!!!

  7. Janet
    June 30, 2020 / 5:52 pm

    Sorry to hear this. It sounds like you have good doctors so that must give you some relief from the anxiety. I hope your husband has a full recovery and you both stay well in this crazy year!

  8. Ann
    June 30, 2020 / 2:51 pm

    Sending prayers to you and your family! What a scary time for all of you…but it sounds like you have good doctors and a good attitude – which makes a HUGE difference. My dear husband had prostate cancer and surgery 11 years ago…then this February a heart attack out of the blue at 66. When we chat about things he always says “nothing bad ever happens to us” and I say “hey, you had this, this, you need eye surgery, ” and he always says” and look how good everything turned out!” So keep smiling and know that many prayers are with you!

  9. Nancy H Carder
    June 30, 2020 / 2:25 pm

    Wishing strength to you and your husband in this new health concern.

  10. Penny L. Luckenbaugh
    June 30, 2020 / 12:14 pm

    Sending all my positive thoughts to your husband and family, but most of all to you. I know from reading your blog what a strong, vital woman you are. Please remember,you are surrounded by a circle of love, long-distance, never met, but keeping all of you in our hearts. There is strength in numbers.
    Best wishes;
    Penny

  11. Didi
    June 30, 2020 / 7:02 am

    Thoughts and prayers to your family. You are such a kind and genuine voice and have created a wonderful haven here. Wishing you and your husband healing and recovery.

  12. MRSBEN2
    June 30, 2020 / 6:00 am

    So sorry to hear this news. Sending wishes to you both for a full and speedy recovery.

  13. Donna
    June 29, 2020 / 11:34 pm

    Jennifer,That is a lot on one plate! While your hand recovers,look into the “talk to text” feature on your phone. You dictate…your phone types. It is heaven sent that your buddy just happens to be a great medical resource. The pandemic means you can both take time to recover fully without missing anything. Medicine today offers so many hopeful treatments,and these scary journeys have the silver lining of instantly narrowing your focus to what is really important…the rest falls away. Have faith, feel love,accept support. You have everything you need Within you already.

  14. Shirley Davey
    June 29, 2020 / 11:12 pm

    Thank you Jennifer for sharing this it is not an easy thing to do. I don’t usually comment much to your blog even though I really enjoy it. But I want you to know that you and your husband are in my prayers, our God is great and nothing is impossible in his eyes. I pray that he will embrace you both and keep you under the shadow of his wings and heal this cancer in Jesus name.
    Greetings from Vancouver BC

  15. Marian
    June 29, 2020 / 9:19 pm

    You’ve had no shortage of trials and tribulations. I’m glad you have a wonderful family and friends – and this community of reader-friends to provide support. Kindness, laughter and treasuring moments together is what gets us through such times.

    Sending healing thoughts your way for your husband’s recovery and for you to keep strong. It’s a lot to handle.

  16. Catherine Grace
    June 29, 2020 / 8:24 pm

    Oh my goodness, my friend. I am so sorry to hear this although I also see some wonderful news. It sounds like you caught it early enough. Fingers crossed as I do know you’ll always have to be mindful after treatment. Your children are beautiful. Such a blessing to have them with you. It’s so odd how many cases of lung cancer there are in your group. My Dad was a serious smoker. He died of emphysema but never had lung cancer. He smoked packs and packs every day. I’m amazed that he didn’t get it and non smokers do. Sending you good thoughts. Looks like you have a beautiful army on here to support you. I’m here if I can do anything. Big XO ❤️

    • Jennifer
      Author
      June 29, 2020 / 8:32 pm

      Thank you Catherine! I am very blessed. Lung Cancer strikes without rhyme or reason. Xx

  17. Janet
    June 29, 2020 / 8:09 pm

    Sending loving, healing thoughts to you and your husband. I’ve heard of a lot of success stories about lung cancer treated early. Stay strong, we are here for you! 💜

  18. Diana
    June 29, 2020 / 7:28 pm

    Prayers ascending for you and your husband.

  19. Kate
    June 29, 2020 / 7:15 pm

    Jennifer, I’m so sorry you and your husband are having to go through this. It’s great you have such a close family, what a help that will be. I’m a lung cancer thriver. Just three years after having my lower right lobe out and chemo. Stage 2B. That’s great they caught your husbands so early. Radical Remission by Kelly Turner, is a book I found uplifting and helpful.

    Thanks also for sharing this. It’s been really hopeful for me to read the lung cancer survivor stories from your readers in the comments.

    I send prayers and healing thoughts to you and your husband. And remember that those dire statistics are just statistics. Your husbands case and how he takes care of himself and a zillion other factors make his prognosis his own… not subject to the statistics forecast…I tell myself that all the time😀

    • Jennifer
      Author
      June 29, 2020 / 8:38 pm

      Thank you so much Kate! I’ll look for that book. The treatments for cancer have progressed so far! I’m happy to read all these wonderful stories too. Sending prayers for your continued good health!!

  20. Vicky
    June 29, 2020 / 7:14 pm

    Oh gosh, my friend’s husband just had the same lower lobe removal just as the Covid quarantine was happening. His recovery was not the quick easy journey the doctors lead him to believe. He did heal, but it took him a while to gain his strength and he’s an otherwise healthy guy (65). So be gentle with yourselves. Scary stuff, but it sounds like you’re in good hands. Prayers for you both.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      June 29, 2020 / 8:40 pm

      Thanks so much Vicky. This is harder on him that he expected because he’s used to pushing himself.

  21. Jan Stout
    June 29, 2020 / 7:05 pm

    So many of my friends and acquaintances have or had cancer in some form in the last year…My own brother was just diagnosed with esophageal cancer…
    So I will add your dear husband to my prayer list and sending lots of hugs your way too.

  22. Star
    June 29, 2020 / 6:36 pm

    Sending prayers to you and your husband. I would like to hear more about your Dupytrons. My mother’s hands are crippled from it. It seems like Dupytrons was very rare about 35 years ago when my mom was having surgeries to keep movement in her hands. I have lumps in my hands but they are not needing surgery yet. Did you try any injections to dissolve the dupytrons?

    • Katie
      June 29, 2020 / 8:20 pm

      My dad had this in both his hands quite badly and he had to have surgery on them…one at a time. He recovered completely and it restored his normal hands. He’s about 10 years past the first surgery and he has full movement still! It was horrible to see his hands all crippled up before we found out what was going on.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      June 29, 2020 / 8:42 pm

      I did not try any injections. The hand surgeon didn’t think they would help because I’d had my lumps for so long.

  23. Elaine @ Following Augustine
    June 29, 2020 / 5:13 pm

    Oh, Jennifer, I’m so sorry to hear this! I will be praying for you and your husband. I’m so glad that your daughter is able to be there with you right now.

    • Sue
      June 30, 2020 / 11:57 am

      Thinking of you both. Nothing else to do during the pandemic, might as well recover from surgery. My husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a year ago, had major surgery and then chemo and is now trying to regain strength. I’ve looked forward to your interesting posts through It all. Be well and carry on!

  24. Barbara Lembo
    June 29, 2020 / 5:12 pm

    Jennifer – like all the other commenters – I am so sorry to hear about this. It will be a journey and a battle but you have wonderful friends and family to help support you both. And of course it is a battle that you both will be fighting (and your family, of course). Don’t worry about oversharing with your blog readers – we are not youngsters for whom this is something brand new – we have all dealt with losing parents, friends, spouses and other loved ones and we can help, even if only on the periphery. Take the help and support from whatever source it comes. Know we are all holding you and your husband and family in our prayers and offering our best thoughts to you all.

  25. Bella1910
    June 29, 2020 / 4:49 pm

    Sending my best wishes and prayers to you, your husband and family for a speedy recovery

  26. Sandra Sallin
    June 29, 2020 / 4:40 pm

    My thoughts are with you and your husband. It sounds like you have it under control and you have great resources. Sending you lots of love, healing and pickle recipes. Really thinking about you both. Wishing you all the best.

  27. Deborah
    June 29, 2020 / 4:17 pm

    God bless you and your family – hoping the second half of 2020 is better for you all! Sending hugs and prayers from NC

  28. Pamela
    June 29, 2020 / 3:59 pm

    Praying for you, your husband and your family.

  29. Karen on Bainbridge Is
    June 29, 2020 / 3:57 pm

    Well of course we all suspected something. And let me say that cancer sucks. However, your husband and a outcome sounds promising. I’m very sorry he had to go through this… the diagnosis, the fear of the unknown, surgery. But you will get through this. I just know this will be conquered. UC Davis is a great place. My husband had cancer surgery 15 years ago at Stanford. Always go with the big school/med centers for the best care. My husband is well as yours will be. Hang in there.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      June 29, 2020 / 8:46 pm

      Thank you so much Karen. I totally agree about being treated at the big hospitals. They just know more because they’re training young doctors. Glad to hear your husband is well.

  30. Pat in NC
    June 29, 2020 / 3:56 pm

    Sending hugs and prayers for you and your entire family!

  31. Juliet
    June 29, 2020 / 3:47 pm

    Jennifer, I’m so sorry to hear this and will pray for your husband … and your family. What an eye opener that lung cancer is so prevalent … I had no idea. Thank goodness, his was caught in an early stage and I know you both will be hyper vigilant going forward. It’s been an interesting year for the two of you … your positive outlook and good humor always inspires. What a blessing that your children can be there for you and provide much needed support. I hope you and I can arrange a lunch soon. I may be heading to Sparks to check on my dad in the next couple of weeks and perhaps I can stop on the way. Best wishes. xo

  32. Kimberly
    June 29, 2020 / 3:32 pm

    Sending prayers and lots of good vibes for you both. XOXO

    • Jennifer
      Author
      June 29, 2020 / 8:47 pm

      Thank you so much Kim xx

  33. Beth Byrd
    June 29, 2020 / 3:21 pm

    Hi Jennifer, nothing much to say or add here except lots of good vibes for you and your husband!
    Long time follower!! Love you!!

  34. Susan B
    June 29, 2020 / 3:06 pm

    Jennifer, I think of you as a distant friend and we “have coffee” together every morning as I read your blog. I just had a feeling you were dealing with something the last few weeks. I am so sorry to hear of your and your husband’s health issues. What a scary time for you and yet, you must feel gratitude for the many blessings of health care specialists and your wonderful circles of family, friends and your loyal blog buddies and fans. I’m sure you are and will continue to face the road ahead with knowledge and grace. Sending you all my best.

  35. Christine
    June 29, 2020 / 3:05 pm

    Stay positive and in the moment, take tomorrow when it comes.
    The Danes do a simple pickled cucumber that’s served with everything, even as a topping on open face roast beef sandwiches. The recipe calls for regular size cucumbers, but I don’t see why your mini cucumbers wouldn’t work. You could slice them at an angle or stay with the traditional straight across. You could add thinly sliced onion, dill springs, parsley – it’s easy to play a little with the recipe. I recall my aunt put the vinegar and sugar in a saucepan, as one individual shares, but think the reply about crispness is a good point. Enjoy!
    https://sweetsoursavory.com/blog/2013/10/23/danish-cucumber-salad

  36. Elizabeth
    June 29, 2020 / 2:53 pm

    Thank you for sharing…hoping for the best!

  37. Vicky
    June 29, 2020 / 2:04 pm

    Cancer is no respecter of anyone! My dad had a lobe removed some years ago – regular, invasive, break a rib surgery. A friend recently had the same surgery done laparoscopically. Praying for you both as he recovers. Praying he will be the exception and experience no recurrence anywhere in his body. Praying for successful healing for you. Thankful for daughters!

  38. Jackie
    June 29, 2020 / 1:17 pm

    Thanks for trusting us with this news… All hope and prayers.

  39. Beverly
    June 29, 2020 / 12:08 pm

    Healing wishes to you and your husband. Hope he will soon receive a plan of attack to begin the process of fighting this cancer. So glad your children are there giving their love and support to both of you! Take care….

  40. Lee Dorner
    June 29, 2020 / 11:52 am

    You & your husband are in my prayers. Our lives can turn on a dime. My husband was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma over a year ago, has had a bone marrow transplant, and is now on maintenance chemo. We feel fortunate that so much can be done now to help people with cancer and that will certainly be true for your husband. I have a very good friend who has survived many years with only one lung and various other surgeries. What a blessing to be supported by your children as we were. In these very uncertain times we must take advantage of each day with our loves.

  41. Eve
    June 29, 2020 / 11:35 am

    Our lives can change in the twinkling of an eye sometimes. My husband and I have been blessed because the Doctors have caught things in time. Sometimes I think God sends us a warning like he did me. I had a pain in my side that sent me to ER. While there they found my BP to be in stroke range. I didn’t even know I had high BP.
    Thank God for catching things in time. Our prayers are added to others that he will restore you both to health.

    • Pamela Swingle
      June 29, 2020 / 11:45 am

      Prayers fir your family.

  42. Lori
    June 29, 2020 / 11:22 am

    I am hoping for the best possible news for your husband. Know that there are many folks praying for the both of you.

  43. Dawn
    June 29, 2020 / 11:15 am

    You and your beautiful family are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending lots of hugs your way.🤗

  44. Pat
    June 29, 2020 / 10:58 am

    Jennifer, such sad news. I pray God speed for a good diagnosis and complete healing. Stay safe.

  45. Connie
    June 29, 2020 / 10:48 am

    My breath actually hitched when I read your intro. I was worried before you revealed your news. You are blessed to have so many friends with you from your blog who send prayers and encouragement for you and your husband. Plan a celebration for every good news, enjoy those pickles, wear bright colors and watch only hilarious movies. We all will be praying for your family…

  46. Rosemarie
    June 29, 2020 / 10:46 am

    Dear Jennifer

    So much you are dealing with. Glad you/husband have your family with you for support.

    My husband too had lung cancer approx 10 years ago – it was only a fluke that it was diagnosed because he was having another health issue and the dr at the hospital felt something wasn’t quite right and ordered a scan. Thank goodness for that dr.! We were in shock. Things moved so FAST after that. He had 1/3 of his lung removed and recovered well.

    Take care. He is under good medical care.

    • Cindy Casani
      June 29, 2020 / 5:21 pm

      So sorry about your husband Jennifer, but it is good that they caught it early. Lung cancer is often not found until stage 4. Happy your son and daughter are there for you. Family is everything! Will be praying for a complete recovery for your husband.

  47. Francesca B.
    June 29, 2020 / 10:21 am

    Dear Jennifer,
    I am so very sorry to hear the news and I will be thinking of you all and sending out love and light daily and wishing that the” right people ” are with you all during this challenging time. Your children are just absolutely beautiful and a wondeful testament to you and husband’s love; what geneous and full hearts they have. When I went through cancer, one of the things that really helped me and mine on a daily level was watching films, series, that were optimistic and light hearted and finding ways to add postivity to the days. Little silly things to share. Laughter does wonderful things to the mind and body:) Sending love and hugs friend,
    Francesca B.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      June 29, 2020 / 10:37 am

      Thank you so much. Laughter is in short supply too often and it really is the best medicine

  48. Glenda Gordon
    June 29, 2020 / 10:20 am

    Sending prayers for healing and comfort for all…😔

  49. Anon
    June 29, 2020 / 10:16 am

    I am glad that you have good medical care, and family to take care of you. Hoping for the best for all of you!

    If you’re looking for an easy beginner pickling recipe, look no further than a prepackaged dill pickle mix from the hardware store. The big brand name sold here is Bernardin. Pickling salt and spices are all in the mix. You supply cucumbers, pickling vinegar (stronger than regular), jars and lids. There is a recipe for refrigerator pickles on the container. It’s easy, and a fun way to try pickling for the first time. Bread and butter pickle mix is available, too. This can be done in small batches.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      June 29, 2020 / 10:36 am

      Wow, I didn’t know they made a mix!! Thanks

      • Anon
        June 30, 2020 / 11:04 am

        I see Amazon has a number of different options, including Bernardin. I buy the one in the 13.4 oz. flex batch size, and make pickles as I have time.

  50. Kay
    June 29, 2020 / 9:53 am

    What is the saying? Getting old is not for wimps (or something.) I admire your strength and your whole family’s.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      June 29, 2020 / 10:35 am

      That’s it! I think Bette Davis said, “getting old isn’t for sissies:)” I say, strap on your helmet and roll with the punches.

  51. Susan
    June 29, 2020 / 9:48 am

    Prayers for all of you during this journey. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  52. Sharon
    June 29, 2020 / 9:47 am

    I’m so sorry to read that you are experiencing another health scare in your family; however, it seems that both you and your husband are actively aware of your wellness and take care of yourselves. My prayers are with you.

  53. Linda
    June 29, 2020 / 9:46 am

    Prayers that both you and your husband may heal quickly and live happy and productive lives! 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

    I am sorry to read that you both are facing some challenges but that seems to be a part of everyone’s lives right now. 2020 has been a rough year on nearly everyone that I know, including my husband and I. Keep calm and continue seeking resolutions!

    NEVER GIVE UP!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      June 29, 2020 / 10:34 am

      I’d like to just skip right over 202o! Sending healing thoughts for you and your husband

  54. Rosd
    June 29, 2020 / 9:44 am

    Thinking of you and your Husband. So great to have your family with you. Hope all goes well in the future.

  55. Stefanie
    June 29, 2020 / 9:19 am

    After reading all of these comments, know that your family is surrounded by prayer warriors! Add me to the list…

    • Jennifer
      Author
      June 29, 2020 / 10:31 am

      Thank you so much!!

  56. Cyndi
    June 29, 2020 / 9:18 am

    ((Hugs)) and prayers for you and hubby

  57. Carole
    June 29, 2020 / 9:08 am

    Your stress level must be over the charts. You are a strong person Jennifer with a strong support group which will help you and your loved ones during the coming months. Take good care and take some time each day for yourself. Thought and prayers coming your way in abundance.
    I try and make my mother in laws wonderful onion and cucumber relish each year. Very simple to do but oh so good.
    Carole from the Island

    • Cindy
      June 29, 2020 / 9:16 am

      Carol, tasty and simple?! Would you be willing to share the recipe?

    • Jennifer
      Author
      June 29, 2020 / 10:31 am

      It is pretty high but I find my blog and this community a saving grace. Thanks for being here.

    • Elizabeth
      June 29, 2020 / 2:52 pm

      Yes, please share!

  58. Barb Davis
    June 29, 2020 / 8:48 am

    Sending prayers for you and your family.

  59. Ann
    June 29, 2020 / 8:36 am

    Prayers for you and your husband that God will lay His hand of healing upon you both and give you strength and encouragement during these most difficult of times.

  60. Nancy
    June 29, 2020 / 8:30 am

    I had my upper right lobe removed in 2005 due to stage 1a lung cancer when I was 54. No chemo or radiation. I was told that I had a 98% chance of never being “bothered” by that pesky thing again. Let’s hope so! Thinking positive thoughts for you and your husband! And I have had trigger finger releases done on both hands. What a pain in the butt that is!🤗. Aren’t we lucky to have our children?

    • Jennifer
      Author
      June 29, 2020 / 10:29 am

      I pray for your continued good health Nancy! This finger has been bugging me for a while so I am glad to have it done.

    • Kate
      June 29, 2020 / 6:59 pm

      Nancy that is wonderful to read! I’ma stage IIB survivor, 3 years now. I love reading how well you’ve done!

  61. Dianne🇨🇦
    June 29, 2020 / 8:27 am

    It is so awesome that you trust us ,your blog friends, I am thinking positive thoughts for your husband.
    It sounds like you are “on it” & that you have a good team.
    So pleased that your daughter could come to help.
    Love following your blog.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      June 29, 2020 / 10:28 am

      Thanks for being here Dianne

  62. Diane Ruebel
    June 29, 2020 / 8:23 am

    Dear Jennifer,
    May your family’s spirits be uplifted as you await diagnosis and treatment news.

    Praying for God’s healing presence,
    Diney on Camano Island

  63. Katie
    June 29, 2020 / 8:23 am

    Sending healing thoughts your way – hope your husband recovers well and stay safe at home!

  64. annie vanderven
    June 29, 2020 / 8:17 am

    Keeping both of you in my prayers

  65. Kathy
    June 29, 2020 / 8:14 am

    I am keeping you, your husband and your family in my prayers.

    We lost both my mother in law and father in law to lung cancer!! Both might have smoked in their 20’s but hadn’t smoked since. My mother in law also had the trigger finger bu never had surgery.

    Praying for your family!

  66. Miriam Blane
    June 29, 2020 / 8:13 am

    Jennifer, Thank you for reaching out and sharing. I’ll be praying for your husband’s diagnosis, and for you. I always look forward to your posts, whether they’re about fashion or life in general. You give so many inspiration!

  67. Gladys Feliciano
    June 29, 2020 / 8:13 am

    Thoughts and prayers for you and your husband.

  68. Colleen
    June 29, 2020 / 8:07 am

    Thoughts and prayers for your husband! My husband had Dupytrons and recovered nicely! I love your blog!

  69. Kim
    June 29, 2020 / 7:53 am

    My heart is with you & your family.
    Sending big virtual hugs & healing.
    XO,Kim

  70. Katrina
    June 29, 2020 / 7:44 am

    Aaaaahhh – the old pickle dilemma! My kids would count the days until they could finally open the jaRs of newly canned pickles I had made!! Tip: put the freshly picked pickle cukes in the washing machine with a couple of old towels & run it on cold rinse. All the little pointy prickery things will rub off the cukes. Prayers here for you & family!!!!

  71. Jaye
    June 29, 2020 / 7:31 am

    Jennifer, I am a bit newer to your blog and even so, feel like you are a friend. I love your posts and advice, truly helpful. Your writing style is so great and genuine. I can’t imagine how hard this diagnosis and surgery has been. I love your positive attitude, we all need to cling to those right now. Please know you and your husband and family are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending love and hugs your way!

  72. Julia Starkey
    June 29, 2020 / 7:28 am

    Prayers for and your family 🙏

  73. Debbie
    June 29, 2020 / 7:28 am

    Your courage and attitude are inspiring. Everyone here is sending good vibes to you and your husband.

  74. Linda R Gaertner
    June 29, 2020 / 7:22 am

    You never know what life is going to bring you… Prayers to you and your husband!!!!

  75. Jeri Ray
    June 29, 2020 / 7:21 am

    Blessings to you and your family. It’s a difficult time for us all but adding serious health issues adds more stress. Please take care of yourself and ask for help when needed.

  76. Carolyn
    June 29, 2020 / 7:17 am

    I’m so glad you have each other as well as a good support group. You have such a positive attitude that it will help carry you through all of this. I believe that when a family member has cancer, we have it with them, if you know what I mean. Hugs

  77. Susan Blakey
    June 29, 2020 / 7:16 am

    Keeping you and your husband in my thoughts, Jennifer. It sounds like you are armed with knowledge and can make informed decisions regarding the best treatment options. Hope your hand heals up quickly!

  78. Karen
    June 29, 2020 / 7:13 am

    Jennifer, My prayers are with you and your beautiful family. You will get through this.

  79. Joanna
    June 29, 2020 / 7:05 am

    Jennifer, I can not imagine the stress both you and your husband must have felt during the past months of the pandemic waiting for a biopsy, surgery and results. Sending Prayers and Healing thoughts your way.

  80. Celia
    June 29, 2020 / 7:04 am

    Jennifer, when I read the words “ lung cancer”, my heart did a little jump because I’ve been where you are way back in 1995. I am a non-smoker, small boned, small bodied woman who never could stand the smell of smoke of any kind. My spot of cancer was discovered by a routine x-ray before having a hysterectomy. After recovering from the hysterectomy, I had the biopsy and my lower left lobe was also removed. The difficult part was, and still is the surgical scar because I was cut half in two so ribs weren’t cut. The exercising, 30 minutes 3 times a day, was initially difficult because of the breathing struggle, but eventually the upper lobe expands into the space and the thoracic cavity appears full. Now 25 years later, I am still cancer-free, and my reduced lung capacity is minimal. I certainly will pray for his quick recovery, and hope he does not encounter any complications. I did have a collapsed lung about two weeks out but quick trip to doctor and medicine relieved that.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      June 29, 2020 / 10:59 am

      Goodness, Celia, you have had a rough time of it. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  81. Julie
    June 29, 2020 / 7:00 am

    Praying for your family. So happy you two have a support team in place. I know the waiting and worrying is nerve wracking. Stay positive and know so many care.

  82. Sue
    June 29, 2020 / 6:59 am

    So sorry to hear this news. Will be thinking of your husband and you in the coming months. Hope everything goes as planned. Prayers sent.

  83. Jacie
    June 29, 2020 / 6:57 am

    What courage you have, Jennifer, in sharing the challenges you and your family are facing! Thank you for commitment to your readers as you endure the “waiting game”. Am sending my prayers and thoughts of peace and light to you and your family

  84. The Cancer Fashionista
    June 29, 2020 / 6:52 am

    Jennifer you are an amazing woman, who reached out to tell my story in the midst of your own battle. We are a tight community, us cancer folk, so we are all here for you and your family, you reach out anytime. Praying for your husband and for you as the caretaker, so important to us patients. Bless you friend🙏🏻

    • Jennifer
      Author
      June 29, 2020 / 11:02 am

      Thank you so much, Donna. You are an amazing inspiration. Thanks for letting me share your story.

  85. Linda
    June 29, 2020 / 6:43 am

    Prayers and love to you and your family.

  86. Laurie
    June 29, 2020 / 6:33 am

    Will keep your family in prayer.

  87. Pam Sledge
    June 29, 2020 / 6:30 am

    Thinking of you and your family and praying for the best.

  88. patricia valentic
    June 29, 2020 / 6:28 am

    Lately the song if it weren’t for bad luck, real bad luck I wouldn’t have any luck at all has been running through my head. Yikes, aren’t riots and pandemics enough? Add a personal challenge and it can get overwhelming. I pray your husbands doc was able to remove the cancer and all will be well with you and your lovely family. Hopefully this is the darkness before the dawn. I am sorry for your troubles. patval

  89. Lynn
    June 29, 2020 / 6:27 am

    Prayers for you and your husband. Blessed that you have kids you can count on ❤️

    • Jennifer
      Author
      June 29, 2020 / 11:01 am

      We are very blessed to have their help

  90. Heather Wynne
    June 29, 2020 / 6:26 am

    Praying helps but we all know what will eventually happen has l have recently lost my wife of 34yrs to stage 4 bone cancer you just don’t know how hard it’s been with out her and with the virus you couldn’t get in the hospital to be with her thur her final days may god be with y’all as this journey will be hard to allot you love and prayers Heather Wynne

    • Jennifer
      Author
      June 29, 2020 / 11:01 am

      I am so, so sorry. This nasty virus has made life so hard for everyone, but worse I think for those who can’t comfort their loved ones. Sending hugs your way.

  91. Diane
    June 29, 2020 / 6:24 am

    I was diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer in 2010 and told the only treatment would be chemo and radiation as it was deemed inoperable with 9-12 months to live. After much prayer and further testing, it was discovered that it was operable. My whole left lung was removed and I have a new normal. There are some surprising things that happen when you have only a right lung. I am thankful for the last extra ten years of my life and pray I have many more to come.
    It is true that once you have had cancer, you are more aware and cautious of things in your life. It is something you live with every day, but God is good and He takes care of us all. Praying for you and your husband!

    • Kate
      June 29, 2020 / 7:03 pm

      Diane that is wonderful to read! I’m a stage IIB survivor, 3 years now. I love reading how well you’ve done! Congratulations.

  92. Lila
    June 29, 2020 / 6:22 am

    Prayers to you and your family.

  93. Barb
    June 29, 2020 / 6:21 am

    Health issues are always very stressful. As we age they become more daunting. Luckily there are wonderful doctors and medical procedures to help get us through. A positive attitude also helps, which you and your family seem to have. My best to you as you navigate these trying times.

  94. Deb
    June 29, 2020 / 6:15 am

    Prayers for your husband and you and your family. You seem to have a good support system of family and friends, which will come to mean everything. Know that others are thinking of you and wishing you better days too.

  95. Sharon
    June 29, 2020 / 6:15 am

    So sorry to hear about your husband. My husband had the same thing 3 years. He had a lobe removed and numerous lymph nodes. A couple came back positive so he had chemo 8 rounds. He would get a scan every 3 months.
    Unfortunately this year they found some spots on his liver so the cancer has metastasized. He is now taking chemo again. Your life changes dramatically because of cancer but glad you have a support group. Prayers for you and your husband!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      June 29, 2020 / 10:52 am

      Oh no, I am so sorry Sharon. Lung cancer, any cancer is just awful!! I will keep you and your husband in my prayers. Hang in there! xx

  96. Shari
    June 29, 2020 / 6:08 am

    Prayers are said for you both!
    Blessing always accompany the tough times and I see your children are SUCH a blessing!
    Stay strong and positive!

  97. Diane B
    June 29, 2020 / 6:07 am

    Big virtual hugs to you and your husband. The anxiety of waiting for results is the worst, and you both have had too much of that lately. I am so glad to hear that your family is with you to help. This is when you need to take the help offered by others to ease your stress. Let someone else get your errands done for you and stay close and safe. My daughter in law is the pickle maker, so will check with her and see if she has an easy one to send. Best to all of you.

  98. Betsy
    June 29, 2020 / 6:06 am

    Prayers for all of you 🙏🙏🙏

  99. Connie Haines
    June 29, 2020 / 5:57 am

    First, let me send my heartfelt wishes for a full recovery to your husband as well as a speedy return of use to your poor hand. Next, let me say that my husband is currently in that “waiting” group, but in his case we are waiting on three fronts: waiting to see if his four lung spots develop beyond the shadows seen in January, waiting to see if his second aneurysm will behave and not dissect anytime soon, and waiting to see if his kidney function will remain at least moderately viable without dialysis. We are years into the aneurysm question, ten months into the lungs, and five months into the kidneys. Every few months he is fully reevaluated and June has seen a battery of tests again. Next month we meet with each specialist to update our battle plan. So I fully empathize with your worries, and will add your family to my prayers.

  100. Joann
    June 29, 2020 / 5:55 am

    This time last year I was diagnosed with stage 4 non Hodgkin’s lymphoma. We were in shock needless to say. I have had months of chemo and immunotherapy with good results so far. I am now in remission and hopeful for the future. Hang in there and stay positive, there are so many new cancer drugs.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      June 29, 2020 / 10:47 am

      Oh no, that is shocking. I will pray for your continued good health. We are so fortunate with the advances in treatment.

  101. Memee
    June 29, 2020 / 5:54 am

    Sending hopeful thoughts and prayers.

    • Dot
      June 29, 2020 / 8:06 am

      My mom had part of her lung removed too…she lived to be 92! Keep positive thoughts.

  102. Jayne
    June 29, 2020 / 5:53 am

    Thank you, Jennifer and your husband, for your willingness to share your vulnerability. Although it is a frightening time for your family, your wonderful support system of knowledgeable and caring friends and medical teams will help you through to wellness. Stay strong!
    Your children are beautiful, by the way. They definitely have you and your husband’s friendly eyes and smiles!

  103. Susan
    June 29, 2020 / 5:50 am

    I know exactly how you are feeling. In May my husband found he needed pelvic radiation eight years after a prostatectomy for prostate cancer when his PSA started to rise. During the workup they found a small spot on his lung that they felt was likely post inflammatory but decided to needle biopsy it. It came back as prostate metastasis. Everyone was shocked as this is NOT where prostate cancer likes to go. Luckily that will obliterate it was more radiation when he finishes this first course, but now we live under the specter of something else popping up. This will be our new normal but we are grateful that he has tolerated everything well so far and there is currently no other evidence of spread. Here’s to us both finding some balance in our lives…you remain in my thoughts.

  104. Jill from Canada
    June 29, 2020 / 5:50 am

    The treatments for lung cancer have come a long way, Jennifer – that’s the one good thing about being a common cancer – lots and lots of research – your faith, your family, your close friends will take you through whatever lies ahead, one day at a time – stay strong, stay safe and be comforted by the prayers of so many people, many of whom you have never even met! Your vulnerability on this blog is SO refreshing – I look forward to “Jennifer days”..

    • Jennifer
      Author
      June 29, 2020 / 10:46 am

      Thank you Jill. Mercifully, the research and targeted drugs for lung cancer is amazing.

  105. Beverly Siek
    June 29, 2020 / 5:48 am

    Thank you for sharing what you and your family have been going through. I understand your hesitation in sharing but appreciate that you wrote this post. I think there are an incredible number of supportive people who read your posts and hope you will feel surrounded, or even uplifted at times by all the prayers and wishes being sent to you. I send best wishes of hope, patience, and healing. Be well, all of you.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      June 29, 2020 / 10:44 am

      Thank you so much.

  106. Griselle
    June 29, 2020 / 5:48 am

    Praying for your family during this stressful time. Sending love and light.

  107. Sharon
    June 29, 2020 / 5:46 am

    Oh, dear, Jennifer. It helps so much to have support during times like these and it sounds like you have a good team there. One of my husband’s best high school friends recently has gone into remission from stage four cancer and is doing great. Men don’t often seek support and it was equally good for my husband to provide it, sending him subscriptions to fishing and hunting magazines to help him through chemo. Stuff, I never would have thought of. Tell your husband thank you for sharing his story. Hugs and prayers to you and your family from Montana!

  108. Julie
    June 29, 2020 / 5:41 am

    Sending prayers to you and your family 🙏🏻

  109. Eileen
    June 29, 2020 / 5:41 am

    My thoughts are with you both for healing and positive outcomes. I’m another person who doesn’t eat pickles, so I’m no help in that department.

  110. Jan
    June 29, 2020 / 5:33 am

    Thankyou for sharing this very personal struggle that you and your family are living. Life is complicated and there are no guarantees but we can choose how we react. Jennifer, you keep showing us that we are stronger than we think.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      June 29, 2020 / 10:26 am

      We are not the only people struggling with cancer and I want others to know they are not alone.

  111. Adele
    June 29, 2020 / 5:33 am

    Sending good wishes and healing thoughts to you, your husband, your family and circle of friends. Hoping for continued hopefule news!

  112. Jan
    June 29, 2020 / 5:32 am

    I’m sending prayers from Connecticut for your husband’s medical team and peace for the two of you. Have a speedy recovery from the hand surgery and enjoy those pickles.

  113. Marlene
    June 29, 2020 / 5:29 am

    Love, hugs and prayers to your whole family and especially your husband in dealing with this news. Sounds like you have a great support system of family and friends which is great when life throws us these curveballs. Hoping your husband will have the best possible outcome!!

  114. Deb Foss
    June 29, 2020 / 5:26 am

    Praying for you and your family! I have been going thru 4 Ambulance runs and surgery In the last 2 weeks. The feeling of being out of control is very disconcerting ! Hope you get good results and a plan for recovery . I keep thinking I have a cruise in Paris next June. I find having something to focus on is very helpful for me!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      June 29, 2020 / 6:23 am

      Oh no, Deb. I’m so sorry, that is frightening. Praying things settle down for you very soon. Thanks for your prayers

  115. Violet L O'Brien
    June 29, 2020 / 5:24 am

    Thank you for sharing, you will be in my prayers daily. We never know what life will hand us, but with faith we can get through it. You are a friend I look forward to hearing from each day.
    Love and prayers to you and your family.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      June 29, 2020 / 6:22 am

      Thank you so much Violet

  116. Jo
    June 29, 2020 / 5:11 am

    Oh Jennifer, so sorry to read this morning’s post, but glad you felt you could share. I don’t think it is presumptuous to say that all of us who read your posts are sending support your way. Your family is in our prayers.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      June 29, 2020 / 6:22 am

      Thank you so much Jo.

  117. Joi
    June 29, 2020 / 5:11 am

    Prayers to your whole family during this time. My God heal and protect you.

  118. Cannon
    June 29, 2020 / 5:10 am

    Thank you for sharing. Stage one or two is the best you can hope for. It sounds as if you are in good hands with your doctors and close friends. What a special bonus blessing to have your daughter at home helping you plus your son nearby. Stay chilling and healing!

  119. Lauryn
    June 29, 2020 / 5:10 am

    Jennifer, sending you and your husband hugs and thoughts of healing, wellness and positivity. I am glad that you have family to surround you both with love and support.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      June 29, 2020 / 6:14 am

      I am soooo glad the kids are here to help and support us.

  120. Pat mccall
    June 29, 2020 / 5:06 am

    Dear Jennifer,
    As you and your family face these health issues, I pray for God to grant healing, peace, and
    happy thoughts during the days ahead.
    May you bask in His love and care always.
    Love,
    Pat♥️

  121. Paulette Levy
    June 29, 2020 / 5:04 am

    Oh Jennifer. I’m so sorry you are dealing with all of this. Prayers are being sent you way for both your husband and for you. Please stay strong for one another. Keeping A positive attitude helps, but when hit with something line this, it’s not easy.
    I’m so glad your kids are there helping out! Even with harvesting mini cucumbers. I’m no expert on pickling but thought I’ve seen some pickling packets with instructions. Don’t ask me where..(an online ad?). Maybe it was at William-Sonoma? Cannot recall. Sorry. Hopefully another FBI friend has some more home grown advice. Prayers and hugs….

  122. Terri
    June 29, 2020 / 5:03 am

    Jennifer, I’m so glad your husband’s health is being closely monitored and that it looks like the lung cancer has been caught at a very early stage. I’m sure both of you are dealing with a lot of stress right now, and I’m really sorry that you are going through this. It’s good that you have had the surgery on your hand. My husband has the same problem on his palm. As for the pickles, garlicandzest.com has a recipe called Quick Pickled Cucumbers that you might want to try out. I haven’t tried it myself, but it looks quick and easy.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      June 29, 2020 / 6:12 am

      My hand surgery is much worse than I expected but I am very glad it’s behind me.

  123. Nancy Hopkins
    June 29, 2020 / 4:58 am

    Prayers to your husband for timely and complete recovery. Look up lime pickle recipes (they use pickling lime, not the fruit – I didn’t know that years ago when I decided to make these!). The pickles are crisp, sweet, and delicious.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      June 29, 2020 / 6:11 am

      Awesome! I love the taste of limes. I will look them up.

  124. Doris Harding
    June 29, 2020 / 4:55 am

    Indeed sorry to read of you and your hubs’s health problems; troubles often seem to come in bunches! At times it seems to me that the whole world has gone crazy, (not to make light of your personal difficulties) but several families in our immediate circle are experiencing grave difficulties right now…

    Stay strong, and know that you are in my prayers!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      June 29, 2020 / 6:10 am

      I find health problems cluster in cycles too! I’m ready for the black cloud over our family to move on. Thanks for your prayers

  125. Cathy
    June 29, 2020 / 4:55 am

    Prayers for your husband and family. Hopefully you will have good news to share.

  126. Joyce Reardon
    June 29, 2020 / 4:54 am

    Prayers and hugs for your whole family. Thankfully you now know what’s goi g on and can make a plan. I’m one of a few people that doesn’t like pickles, so I have no idea!

    • Jane B.
      June 29, 2020 / 5:04 am

      Prayers for your husband and you, and a lot of love too.

  127. Lynda
    June 29, 2020 / 4:53 am

    Sending prayers for your husband’s and your recovery from the surgeries. My Aunt had a similar surgery to your husband’s with the removal of a lower lobe of the lung at Stage 1. She did not need Chemo or radiation (this was many years ago at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD). Afterwards, she stayed cancer free for almost 20 years. She was a heavy smoker until this diagnosis and quit cold turkey. Best wishes for healing.

  128. Leslie
    June 29, 2020 / 4:43 am

    So glad that your husband’s surgery went well. Now let’s all hope for a clean bill of health from now on. I know the feeling of shock a diagnosis of cancer can be. My husband passed in 2008 with brain cancer. It shook me to my core. It sounds like everything is under control and I am happy for you. Life has its ways of throwing you a curve ball now and then. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  129. Ann Truemper
    June 29, 2020 / 4:37 am

    I just found you yesterday so this post is my first to read of yours. You have one more person to pray for your husband, your children and you! I know cancer affects the whole family and puts you all on an emotional roller coaster. I will keep you in my daily thoughts!!!!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      June 29, 2020 / 10:44 am

      Welcome Ann, and that you so much for your prayers. You will see that this is not my usual type of post 🙂

  130. Rita
    June 29, 2020 / 4:36 am

    Glad the surgery is behind you and praying for all things good from here on. Glad you r blessed with a wonderful support group and loving children. Will be praying for u both.🙏🙏🙏

  131. Priscilla Shoulders
    June 29, 2020 / 4:33 am

    My goodness! My prayers are with you and your husband for complete healing. I enjoy your posts so much. God bless your family.

  132. Lezlie Davis
    June 29, 2020 / 4:31 am

    So glad you shared this news. I’m praying for both of you to heal quickly and completely. ❤️❤️❤️

  133. cindy
    June 29, 2020 / 4:30 am

    Jennifer you will get through this! Yikes I didn’t realize you had gone ahead with your hand surgery as well. You are a trooper! My best to both of you. I have a great recipe (super simple) called Mom’s Fridge Pickles from Sarah Foster’s cookbook. I have made them for years.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      June 29, 2020 / 10:42 am

      Wow, they look amazing! Thanks Cindy. My hand is a mangled mess right now but I am glad to have it behind me.

  134. Susan
    June 29, 2020 / 4:28 am

    Fingers crossed for your husband’s appointment next week. The waiting for results is very stressful. Lung cancer is very common, but not talked about as much, as some people are unfairly (and unkindly) judgmental towards those diagnosed with it. Often, when a person reveals they have it, the first question is, ‘did you smoke’ and if they did (or do), empathy can quickly evaporate. (I write this as an Oncology nurse for many years). Luckily, you have a great group of friends and wonderful children for love and support – and doctors you trust.

  135. Monique
    June 29, 2020 / 4:25 am

    Jennifer much good thoughts your way for you and your husband. 2020 really has been stinky.

    We get the flowers of our squash, pull out the pistol and “clean” (gets rid of any insects) the fill the flowers using a baggie Of goat cheese and herbs. Cut the tip of the baggie to squeeze in. Dip the stuffed flower in a bowl of flour and beer mixture and in a frying pan of hot oil, just lay them in the hot (must be hot) oil, brown, turn and voila, easy delicious stuffed squash flowers. You’ll fall in love!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      June 29, 2020 / 10:39 am

      Wowza that sounds amazing!! Thanks so much

  136. Susan Kelley
    June 29, 2020 / 4:24 am

    Glad he is over the surgery and home. Try to stay positive. YOu seem to have a good support team to help you. Do everything the drs. tell you to do and it will go well. Stay safe. Prayers. (Keep picking that zuchinni! MOre will grow!)

  137. Gloria
    June 29, 2020 / 4:19 am

    Sending positive vibes your way! I have just started following you not to long ago and I feel connected to your stories. Take care, you are more resilient then you think!

  138. Faith Mattison
    June 29, 2020 / 4:19 am

    I was touched by your sharing this morning. At this stage in life my husband and I feel blessed to be here, but are acutely aware of health challenges. Will hold you and your family close as you navigate these uncharted waters.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      June 29, 2020 / 10:38 am

      Thank you so much! What a beautiful name you have, Faith.

  139. Diane
    June 29, 2020 / 4:19 am

    Praying for both of you. One of the most difficult things is when you can’t share with people for the longest time. Bless you both and you’ve kept your blog going always so upbeat! An inspiration! God bless you and your family! 🙏

  140. Sandy
    June 29, 2020 / 4:17 am

    So very sorry to hear of your husband’s diagnosis! What a stressful few months you and your family have had! You will be in our thoughts and prayers. Do y’all like sweet pickles? I have a family favorite recipe but it takes some time, 7 days in fact. I’ll be happy to share if you think you would like them.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      June 29, 2020 / 6:08 am

      I would love to try them, We have a zillion cucumbers and we need to do something with them.

  141. Ann M
    June 29, 2020 / 4:14 am

    Oh gee, Jennifer, when it rains, it pours. Hoping for the very best news for your husband and wishing you and your hand a speedy recovery.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      June 29, 2020 / 6:07 am

      It sure feels like a monsoon from here:) Thank you

  142. Arna
    June 29, 2020 / 4:14 am

    So sorry to hear about your husband, and I am sending him healing thoughts (and you as well for your hand surgery.)
    Zucchini relish is great – I usually just google a recipe (zucchini, peppers, onions). I dice the zucchini. I also shred zucchini and freeze in ziplock bags (usually 2 cups in each) so I can pull out a bag to make zucchini breads (just be sure to drain the defrosted zucchini before using – I cut off a small corner of the bag as it defrosts.)
    With cucumbers, I can dill and bread and butter pickles. Here is another recipe I found, and these are so delicious. They say they stay in the refrigerator for two months, but we have some from last summer, and they are still crunchy and delicious. http://www.lesleycooks.com/canning/cathyscucumbersalad.htm
    Enjoy!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      June 29, 2020 / 6:06 am

      Relish sounds wonderful, Thanks!

  143. Leslie Hauk
    June 29, 2020 / 4:13 am

    Prayers for healing to both you and your husband. You are always a bright spot in my day and your positive outlook helps me focus on my blessings. My husband suffers from Pulmonary Fibrosis so I know well the impact of lung disease. May God bless.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      June 29, 2020 / 6:04 am

      Lung disease is horrific. Sending prayers for your husband and you!

    • Judy
      June 29, 2020 / 6:22 am

      …wishing for a speedy and full recovery for you both.

  144. Karin
    June 29, 2020 / 4:07 am

    Sending prayers and healing thoughts your way..

  145. Linda McCormick
    June 29, 2020 / 4:07 am

    Prayers for you all as you begin this long journey toward recovery.

  146. Angela Grafe
    June 29, 2020 / 4:06 am

    Dear Jennifer, “gute Besserung” really hope best for your husband and all of your family!
    Thinking of you!
    Yours Angela
    Reinbek, Germany.

  147. Judy
    June 29, 2020 / 4:04 am

    I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Best wishes

  148. Beth
    June 29, 2020 / 3:59 am

    You certainly have a full plate. Your positive attitude amazes me. Just keep on keeping on. Hugs and prayers.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      June 29, 2020 / 6:00 am

      That’s sort of all I can do. I do have down days, we all do. Thanks for your prayers

  149. Yvonne
    June 29, 2020 / 3:44 am

    Oh my goodness Jennifer, what a stressful few months you’ve had. Sending prayers and best wishes for you and your husband’s recovery.

  150. Rebecca Sharp
    June 29, 2020 / 3:17 am

    I used to make zucchini relish. It was a family favorite. Basically the recipe just uses a bread and butter brine recipe with grated zucchini and diced onions. I loved using it because we always had access zucchini and it always seemed to ripen at the same time.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      June 29, 2020 / 5:57 am

      Yum, that sounds amazing.

  151. Jeanette
    June 29, 2020 / 3:13 am

    I will pray for your husband. Just a note of encouragement. In 2001, at the age of 52, I was also diagnosed with lung cancer. They removed the two lower lobes of my right lung along with many lymph nodes. It was adenocarcinoma that had not spread beyond the lung. I had a lot of fear that the cancer would return, but it has not returned so far. There is hope of long term recovery if the lung cancer is caught early as mine was. I will pray this is the case for your husband as well.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      June 29, 2020 / 5:56 am

      Thank you, Jeanette. I pray for your continued good health.

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