Quick Update

Quick Update

Happy Tuesday ladies. I received a call from my thoracic surgeon yesterday and want to share it with you. It’s always unnerving to answer your phone and hear your doctor’s voice on the other end. The last time that happened I got some very frightening news.

Last week, I masked and gloved up to go to the hospital for a contrast MRI of my chest, so I was expecting the call. There were signs out front announcing that no visitors were allowed in the hospital. It makes me so sad to think of sick patients who can’t see their loved ones!no visitor sign in front of a hospital

Orange cones blocked the entrance and funneled me to a podium near the door. A masked and gloved guard asked my name and why I was there. After he checked his list, I was approved to walk 10 feet further into the building where three masked nurses rechecked that I was scheduled for an appointment. This was seriously spooky.jennifer connolly of a well styled life wearing face mask

Long story short, I do not have a tumor between my lungs! The surgeon called it a fatty cyst. I have never felt so lucky to have something fatty and wept on the phone. I don’t need a followup and she doesn’t want to see me again. How lovely!!

I’m beyond appreciative of your thoughts and prayers which I know are helpful. I’m not totally out of the woods because my insurance company has denied approval for the breast MRI the doctors need me to have. My doctor is referring me to a breast specialist to see if a request from them will help. I will be so glad when this is all over.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You’ll never know how much your support, love, and prayers mean to me.





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  1. Deanna
    April 21, 2020 / 8:01 am

    God is good all the time! All the time God is good!

  2. Bab
    April 21, 2020 / 7:55 am

    Best day ever, Jennifer. What a relief for you. Be persistent with your insurance company. I think we all have pet names for them 😉

    • Jennifer
      April 21, 2020 / 7:52 pm

      I sure do. Thanks Bab xx

  3. Anne
    April 21, 2020 / 7:45 am

    THAT IS WONDERFUL NEWS! Never have a been so happy to see the word fatty…lol Have a fantastic week:)

    • Jennifer
      April 21, 2020 / 7:52 pm

      Me too:)). Thank you xx

  4. Donna
    April 21, 2020 / 7:43 am

    You are one of those people, like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. You already have everything you need to get you through any circumstance, no matter how frightful. You have heart, courage, brains and have built the support system that will carry you home.

    • Jennifer
      April 21, 2020 / 7:51 pm

      Thank you for the kind words. I feel so blessed xx

  5. Susan Blakey
    April 21, 2020 / 7:40 am

    Oh, that’s wonderful news Jennifer! I’m so relieved to hear it.

    • Jennifer
      April 21, 2020 / 7:50 pm

      Thanks Susan. It’s been a pretty scary time xx

  6. Maxine
    April 21, 2020 / 7:32 am

    WAHOOOOOOO!….darn I am so happy for you…my birthday is coming up and you just gave me an early birthday gift…..my sister was just pronounced in remission….after 4 long years of fighting and after losing our brother to the ugly stuff….I am sitting her with tears in my eyes for you!….YOU GO GIRL!

    • Jennifer
      April 21, 2020 / 7:49 pm

      Thank you. I’m so happy to hear your sister is in remission! Sending hugs xx

  7. Colleen
    April 21, 2020 / 7:30 am

    So glad that you are over one hurdle! I truly don’t understand your insurance company especially if you have a family history of breast cancer! I am blessed to live in Canada and not have to worry about being denied a test our systems not perfect but I wouldn’t be going through the worry that you are! Take care, stay safe!

    • Jennifer
      April 21, 2020 / 7:48 pm

      Oh believe me, I know. Thanks so much

  8. Barb
    April 21, 2020 / 7:30 am

    Yes! That’s what we wanted to hear! Now we’ll pray that you get the MRI approved and that it comes back negative. It’s time for you to move on with your life without the gray cloud hanging over you!

    • Jennifer
      April 21, 2020 / 7:46 pm

      I agree. Thanks so much Barb.

  9. Debbie Bell
    April 21, 2020 / 7:29 am

    How do you spell r-e-l-i-e-f ?!?
    Know God and ‘your people’ are with you as you move forward and continue to inspire and, in this case, help shake up the insurance industry to take their responsibility, regardless of whether you could pay for it out of pocket.
    So, now- any desire to advise the medical garment industry for more useful and cheerful outfits for our front line workers? LOL
    From a beach in Canada

    • Jennifer
      April 21, 2020 / 7:45 pm

      Lol. Thanks Debbie. Enjoy the beach

  10. Katie
    April 21, 2020 / 7:26 am

    So happy to hear your good news – the testing and waiting is often the most stressful time since we are geared toward having a plan and moving ahead. That all is on steroids right now with so many things on hold. I literally just finished giving a zoom presentation to graduating nursing students at a university I taught at and am very anxious about them going into their first job during this time but they are eager to move forward and care for us all. Thanks for your blog and wishing you continued good news!

    • Jennifer
      April 21, 2020 / 7:44 pm

      Thanks so much Katie

  11. Deb
    April 21, 2020 / 7:25 am

    Thank you for sharing your health issues with us. We are like a family and all care deeply about you! Now give that insurance company hell!

    • Jennifer
      April 21, 2020 / 7:43 pm

      Lol, I am a burr under their bottom. Thank you Deb

  12. Ellie Bonner
    April 21, 2020 / 7:21 am

    So glad to get this news. Have been thinking of you. Hope all goes well with your breast MRI and that your insurance covers it, as it should.

  13. Kate
    April 21, 2020 / 7:19 am

    Yay Yay Yay!! Major 1st hurdle done. That’s great Jennifer! Praying you will get the second test you need to put your mind fully to rest. In the meantime…. everything is unfolding exactly as it should… not my words but I love them.

    • Jennifer
      April 21, 2020 / 7:42 pm

      Thank you Kate. I love those words too

  14. Bea
    April 21, 2020 / 7:19 am

    Fabulous news! Good luck with the next test – we will be waiting to hear the results. By the way, you looked wonderful in that blue and white striped dress/top you were wearing when you went to the hospital!

    • Jennifer
      April 21, 2020 / 7:41 pm

      Thanks Bea. It’s that Talbots dress worn as a duster over white jeans.

  15. Joanna
    April 21, 2020 / 7:17 am

    Good news! What a relief, Jennifer! 😀

  16. Sharon
    April 21, 2020 / 7:17 am

    Congratulations! Having a great attitude and sense of humor is key. Stay safe.

  17. Margaret
    April 21, 2020 / 7:14 am

    I am very glad to read your good news, although I know the MRI approval still looms. Wishing you and your family peace of mind!

  18. jmp
    April 21, 2020 / 7:13 am

    What wonderful news! Continued prayers for you through this strange, strange time. Stay strong!

    • Jennifer
      April 21, 2020 / 7:16 am

      Thank you so much

  19. Melinda
    April 21, 2020 / 7:13 am

    I am so happy for you and your family!

  20. Jo
    April 21, 2020 / 7:07 am

    Hooray, Jennifer!! Will join with others in celebrating your great report from the doctor.

    Sorry to hear about your claim; it’s just not right that insurance companies love us to bits when we are paying the premiums, but don’t want anything to do with us when we actually need the insurance. Don’t cave, keep fighting. 💪🏻

  21. MollIe M.
    April 21, 2020 / 7:04 am

    Wonderful news Jennifer! Waiting is very stressful. Such a relief for you and your family.
    I am so happy for you.

    • Jennifer
      April 21, 2020 / 7:11 am

      Thank you Mollie xx

  22. Rita
    April 21, 2020 / 7:00 am

    So very happy for you! Such a scary thing to go through! Hoping you get the insurance worked out next and can have a big sigh of relief!❤️🙏

    • Jennifer
      April 21, 2020 / 7:10 am

      Thank you! It’s quite a harrowing time. Be well xx

  23. Mary
    April 21, 2020 / 6:58 am

    I’m so relieved about your good news, Jennifer. Prayers answered! Now your insurance needs to approve the MRI. I’ll continue to send good vibes for that to happen! Thank you so much for the update, and stay strong!

    • Jennifer
      April 21, 2020 / 7:07 am

      Thank you so much Mary! Xx

  24. Linda
    April 21, 2020 / 6:56 am

    Oh, yay! I am so happy and relieved for you.

  25. Julie Anne
    April 21, 2020 / 6:55 am

    Fantastic. You would have felt the weight coming off your shoulders.

    • Jennifer
      April 21, 2020 / 7:06 am

      I sure did. Such a relief. Stay well

  26. Debbie Davis
    April 21, 2020 / 6:52 am

    That is awesome news – never has the word “fatty” sound as good as then! Continued prayers for the insurance company to think “human” instead of “dollar sign”.

  27. Linda
    April 21, 2020 / 6:50 am

    Good news indeed! So happy for you!

    Don’t let the insurance company do that to you. Fight and they will cover that mammogram!

    • Jennifer
      April 21, 2020 / 7:05 am

      I am fighting them. It boggles the mind that they could deny (twice) what the medical team says they need for a proper diagnosis. Unreal! Stay well xx

      • Brenda Starcher
        April 21, 2020 / 10:00 am

        When I went through this with my insurance company, I was told to get an ultrasound of my breasts and then they would probably approve the MRI. Your doctor needs to be very specific and write all the reasons you need it. I changed doctors because my GYN wouldn’t do any of it. I’m so happy to hear that you are ok. I was so happy to hear the great news. I love your blog and hope that soon all this is over for you. ❤️

        • Jennifer
          April 21, 2020 / 7:56 pm

          I’ve had the ultrasound so hopefully a specialist can get it approved.

  28. Linda
    April 21, 2020 / 6:49 am

    I’m so happy for your good news!

  29. Leslie Lord
    April 21, 2020 / 6:48 am

    Oh what a relief! Great news Jennifer thank you for letting us know.

    • Jennifer
      April 21, 2020 / 7:04 am

      I am blessed. Stay well Leslie xx

  30. Rose
    April 21, 2020 / 6:46 am

    Oh wow the best news ever! Hang in there!

  31. Marie Anderson
    April 21, 2020 / 6:41 am


  32. Karen H.
    April 21, 2020 / 6:34 am

    Happy Tuesday! Your news is the best, Jennifer! Everyone is relieved to hear this news. Hoping your insurance gets their act together and pays for your MRI. Take care.

  33. Donna Nance
    April 21, 2020 / 6:26 am

    Woohoo! Our Elohim is faithful to answer prayers.

  34. Gloria. Randle
    April 21, 2020 / 6:17 am

    GREAT NEWS! GOD is good. Thank you for sharing .

  35. Ellie
    April 21, 2020 / 6:13 am

    An answer to prayer!

  36. Debra Einhorn
    April 21, 2020 / 6:12 am

    Thanks for sharing your journey and the great news! You’re awesome!

    • Jennifer
      April 21, 2020 / 7:14 am

      Thank you Debra. You’re awesome too. Stay well XX

  37. patricia valentic
    April 21, 2020 / 6:12 am

    I am happy to hear your good news. Covid19 is scary but having to deal with health issues on top of it must be challenging to say the least. Hang in there Jennifer. Thanks for posting during this difficult time. You bring a ray of sunshine to a dark time. patval

  38. Rae
    April 21, 2020 / 6:11 am

    That’s great! What a relief for you.

  39. Karen Sheehan
    April 21, 2020 / 6:10 am

    Jennifer, that’s wonderful news. I have tears in my eyes right now for you. The Power of Prayer🙏🏻.Blessing to you always. I Love your Blog. Thank you for all of your hard work that you put into this everyday..
    Faithful Reader,

    • Jennifer
      April 21, 2020 / 7:13 am

      Thank you so much Karen. I am so very grateful for your prayers. Stay well my friend XX

  40. Laurie
    April 21, 2020 / 6:06 am

    Good news! Thank you for sharing your journey. It is useful to see how being honest with difficult and scary things is OK. We can all lift each other up and learn from others.

  41. Kay
    April 21, 2020 / 6:00 am

    Such fantastic news to wake up to today! Hoping and praying about issue #2 for the same good results!

    • Jennifer
      April 21, 2020 / 7:12 am

      Thanks so much Kay. Me too 🙂 xx

  42. Karin
    April 21, 2020 / 5:57 am

    I’m so happy for your wonderful news!

  43. Nicole
    April 21, 2020 / 5:56 am

    Wonderful news! You are a trooper going through what you did. Scary enough just to get through the lines at the hospital. Prayers are answered.

    • Ellen
      April 21, 2020 / 6:15 am

      Yay! No one should have to be worrying about a thing like this at a time like this.
      Good news, too, that your hospital has a sound and appropriate and sane approach to dealing with necessary non-virus issues, such as yours.
      Thanks today and everyday for your kindness
      and willingness to share, not only your style and beauty, but your not so glam experiences.

  44. April
    April 21, 2020 / 5:50 am

    Wonderful news for you! I’m sure you’ll be able to relax!

  45. Violet L O'Brien
    April 21, 2020 / 5:50 am

    So happy for you! Prayers were answered. This type of worry is horrible anytime, but right now makes it so much worse. Take care, trust all will be well. Really enjoy your blog….it’s like having a friend visit. Thanks for being you!!

  46. Diane B
    April 21, 2020 / 5:46 am

    So very happy for you and your results. It can be almost as scary getting into the hospital with all the stop points as the tests themselves. Just want to get home and have a shower. Good luck with the insurance. That is always the pain in the ……. Stay well and thanks for lifting us up daily.

  47. Barbara Daley
    April 21, 2020 / 5:44 am

    I am so happy and relieved for you😁💗

  48. Dianne
    April 21, 2020 / 5:44 am

    Great news🙏🙏🙏

  49. Jane
    April 21, 2020 / 5:41 am

    I’m so happy for you! 🌸🌸🌸

  50. Dianne
    April 21, 2020 / 5:41 am

    Jennifer, that is wonderful news. Stay safe and know that prayers are still going forward.

    • Jennifer
      April 21, 2020 / 7:03 am

      Thank you Dianne xx

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