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Still Waiting: A Life on Hold

Still Waiting: A Life on Hold

Happy Tuesday ladies. Several weeks, (or was it months ago?) ago I mentioned I was having some health challenges and awaiting a few test results. Several ladies have written to ask how they turned out so I thought I would give you an update.

Let me start at the beginning.

Last year…oh crap, this is going to be a long one…I had a CT to check the health of my lungs. I’d been a 2 1/2 pack a day smoker for many years when I was young and dumb. It seemed like everyone smoked back then, but I smoked a lot. Remember when tennis tournaments were sponsored by Virginia Slims? How crazy is that?

I have three friends who’ve had lung cancer and one who started a fantastic lung cancer foundation so I asked my doctor to schedule me for a CT. They discovered a tiny, and I mean tiny spot. Nothing worried the doctor so they decided to just watch it. This year, my doctor suggested I find an oncologist closer to where we live to monitor it because this was out of her field. I went to see the same top-notch oncologist at UC Davis who is monitoring my husband’s lung spot for any changes.

He ordered a follow-up CT to see if it had changed. One week later, he phoned me. Gulp, how often does that happen? He said the small spot on my lung had not changed so not to worry, they would just continue to watch it. Whew! But… they did find a small tumor in the center of my chest, between my lungs, in front of my heart. He was referring me to a thoracic surgeon because it had to come out.

WHAT?

After scraping myself off the ceiling I googled everything I could about this type of tumor. It’s on my thymus, called a thymoma and conventional wisdom says it needs to come out. OK, I’m on board with that. If we have to, we will and deal with the consequences.

I couldn’t get in to see the surgeon until we got back from our trip to Palm Springs. It was a long and stressful wait. I upped my daily walks, meditation and kept on keeping on because what else can you do? Every time I found myself going down the dark hole of worry I would shift my thinking to something positive.

The current health crisis was just ramping on the day of my appointment to see the surgeon but there was no way I would miss this meeting. So hand sanitizer at the ready, we went. The surgeon told us she thinks the radiologist may be mistaken and it might just be a cyst or lymph node. I sure hope she’s right. She’s ordered an MRI but of course, no one wants me to go near a hospital right now, so everything is on hold and I wait.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life in front of mammogram machine

A few weeks ago I also got a call back about my mammogram. Apparently the radiologist saw something they didn’t like the look of so they rushed me in for a diagnostic mammogram, followed by an ultrasound. The waiting was nerve-wracking, and I was not alone. The room was filled with nervous women, sitting quietly, lost in her own thoughts. I did notice that every other woman had put her purse on the floor. I never do. Do you?ladies handbags on floor in hospital waiting room

The radiologist finally came in to tell me they’re still not happy with what they see so they’ve requested a breast MRI. I’m currently waiting for my insurance to approve that one. Right about now, I’m sure my insurance company is regretting they ever heard my name:)

It feels like our lives are on hold while we wait for this nasty situation to go away. I know I do.

I’m not going to lie, this is tough. I’m trying not to obsess over these upcoming MRI’s because I’m a huge believer in the power of positive thinking. In fact, I’m on my third fourth viewing of this movie, and will likely watch it again just to bolster my mood.

In the scheme of life these days, I know I am blessed. I can’t control many things these days, but I can control how I dress, whether I put on lipstick and what things I allow to fill my thoughts. I know many of you are also dealing with things that had to be put on hold. The best we can do is support each other, encourage positive thinking and be kind to ourselves and those around us.

Please we well and remember to wear what makes you feel confident. Our wardrobe, cosmetics, and perfume may seem frivolous to some, but I believe they are powerful tools we can use to keep our spirits up when life gets tough.

xx

 

 

 

 

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179 Comments

  1. Penny L. Luckenbaugh
    April 10, 2020 / 3:42 pm

    All good thoughts and vibes sent to you. I know you are dealing with this with strength and grace.
    My favorite quote:
    “In the depths of winter, I found within myself an invincible summer.”
    Albert Camus, Nobel Prize winning writer and hero of the French Resistance.
    Your summer is there and blooming.
    Best wishes;
    Penny

  2. Rose Thron
    April 9, 2020 / 9:27 pm

    I enjoy your blog very much and appreciate the time it takes to share your good fashion sense and other helpful information with us!
    So sorry to hear of all you are dealing with; keep the faith and stay positive. You will be added to my prayer list.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 10, 2020 / 3:26 pm

      Thank you so much, Rose

  3. Lori
    April 9, 2020 / 7:31 pm

    You are in my prayers. I had a breast needle biopsy quite a few years ago and it turned out to be nothing. It is hard to wait. My husband just completed his 20 daily raditation treatments for Lymphoma and we are grateful he is finished with the treatment. I will continue to pray for you.

  4. Beverly
    April 9, 2020 / 5:51 pm

    So much to deal with all at once and the waiting is so hard. Sending warm wishes your way and hope for a speedy end to the “shelter at home” so you can get answers!

  5. kate
    April 9, 2020 / 10:48 am

    HI Jennifer,

    I’m so sorry you’re having to go through this, especially in this time where it’s hard to get appointments and scary to go out. I’m a 2 year lung cancer survivor and doing well, but had to miss my 6 mo CT because of Covid. It helps me to remember that I don’t know if the cancer has returned or not, so why not believe I’m doing great….it’s just as valid as the other way of thinking and I feel a lot better.

    Radical Remission by Kelly Turner, is a wonderful book for anyone to read, but especially those who are dealing with cancer/the possibility. It’s a compilation of the 10 most common practices for hundreds of people who had a radical remission from their cancer…no surprise they are all things that any human should probably be doing. The book is quite inspirational though and an easy read.

    One of my mantra’s when I’m trying to get through a tough patch…It’s a beautiful wonderful world ,I don’t want to miss one minute of it by worrying and looking ahead.

    And this one, sorry I don’t know who wrote it “Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength. Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength- carrying two days at once.

    Keep breathing and doing all the wonderful things you already are. You have a huge community here who love you and are rooting for you. Hopefully you can feel us all hugging you. XO

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 20, 2020 / 11:27 pm

      Thank you so much

  6. Carolyn
    April 9, 2020 / 9:26 am

    Jennifer, I am so sorry you are going through this waiting game. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your husband.

  7. Deborah Milne
    April 9, 2020 / 6:39 am

    To wait now when you don’t have easy distractions would be so much tougher. I understand the waiting & those stomach sinking conversations. I don’t wish that for anyone & you will be in my prayers. Life can change course in a split second & you’re right, attitude is everything. Sending you a big hug & all our best to Kevin too.

  8. Sandy
    April 9, 2020 / 5:48 am

    Jennifer, at my last mammogram, I was called back for a diagnostic mammogram because they saw something. Honestly, I couldn’t eat for 5 days. I lost 4 pounds during the waiting time. All this Covid-19 stuff was just starting, but my husband offered to come with me and just sit in the waiting room. (Now they’ve changed the rules and he wouldn’t be allowed to come at all.) When the nurse came back to tell me it was calcium deposits, I cried! I cried! I went into the small dressing room and got down on my knees to thank God. I understand completely what you’re going through!!! Stay strong! Pray and let God handle it all for you. It goes without saying that you are now on my prayer list.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 20, 2020 / 11:28 pm

      Thank you so much Sandy

  9. Beth Allgood-Justice
    April 8, 2020 / 9:24 pm

    Oh my goodness. Many good wishes to you. You’re doing great stuff. Don’t forget the power of laughter. Watch some hilarious movies. One each day or at least the funniest parts of them. Laugh a lot. And focus on, like you said the things you can control and what good you can do. HUGS and BEST of VIRTUAL WISHES!!
    Beth
    Counselor

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 8, 2020 / 10:18 pm

      Thanks so much Beth. That’s great advice

  10. Janet
    April 8, 2020 / 6:28 pm

    How worrying for you! I hope these are false alarms.
    Best wishes to you for good health and good news soon!

  11. Penelope
    April 8, 2020 / 2:44 pm

    What a wonderful outpouring of support you have received!! A truly lovely fan/friend base.

    I just want to add that my hope for you is that whatever is found, has a solution and a treatment plan… a cure.
    Perhaps the only thing worse than finding something amiss is not having a solution or support team to help you through. No cure. Both my daughter ( age 43) and I ( much older!) are in this situation and it’s a perpetual state of uncertainty and limbo that never goes away. So prayers and blessings to you and your medical team to find solutions to whatever ails you and life can be full and free of fears.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 8, 2020 / 10:20 pm

      Oh no! I’m sending prayers and best wishes to you and your daughter. Hang in there.

  12. Francesca
    April 8, 2020 / 10:43 am

    Dear Jennifer,
    Thinking of you and sending love and support to you and yours during this awful time of not knowing. I went through breast cancer 10 years ago and had to do the lympectomy/more surgery/ chemo/radiation/ medication route, which I am still on, but I am cancer free and I am so incredibly thankful. You can get through this…
    Huge gift from cancer was how amazingly close my marriage is, even more so going through that, so that is something really nice. Though he went through hell too trying to “protect” me; so in hindsight I wish I had made sure he had a wall around him of very good, old friends who could have turned all their energy and love on him in the beginning. Our partners desperatly need support too. And he is a typical southern guy who won’t focus on himself….
    Best thing I did was choose my close girlfriends wisely and “put down the hatches” on others who I did not know so well, the trolls, who, once they knew or overheard socially would give you those “dramatic sympathic eyes ” as if you were already gone-keep away from anybody who wants to befriend you on false pretenses.
    Keep away from the internet. I listened to Jonathan Kabat Zin on meditation and upped my yoga/walking/pilates and that really helped mentally. Surround yourself with positivity and light and love. And when things go dark you have your close best buddies to talk too. I kept a journal and vomited all fears into it and once thank God the journey was done I just burnt it and moved on. That was that time now for something else. Went to Hawaii and had a second honeymoon.
    A wise nutritionist can make up a plan for you so you are in fighting shape food wise.
    Thinking of you and sending a huge hug dear lady.
    You are a shining light of inspiration and happiness and joy to many of us and we are all here for you:)

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 8, 2020 / 10:22 pm

      I can’t tell you how much this means to me Francesca. You are so very sweet. Thank you!

    • Sue
      April 9, 2020 / 7:42 pm

      My husband finished six months of chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer this week after a major surgery at Mayo last summer. I have this impulse to get rid of all the lovely cards, the comfort quilt, any remnants and reminders of these months. Moving on. Unfortunately we had to cancel a celebratory trip to Palm Springs because of COVID but we are ready to turn the page. Best to you, Jennifer. Yes, waiting is excruciating.

  13. Marian
    April 8, 2020 / 9:04 am

    Thanks for trusting us and sharing your burden. We are here to give you as much confidence and comfort as you give us….as much as a group of blog readers can while you wait this out.

    You’ve got an army of us readers that care deeply about you.

    Before I left Kaiser for a PPO on Dec 31, I went for all my routine things: mammogram, Pap smear, colonoscopy. Every one of them resulted in “we found something” and required biopsies, MRIs and such. I felt like I was at Kaiser every day for 3 months. All results were OK. Longest 3 months of my life.

    Being on hold is unimaginably hard.

    I wish you fortitude and sound mental health to endure the waiting. And of course, that you will get uplifting results and be able to enjoy a healthy life again without worry as soon as possible.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 8, 2020 / 10:25 pm

      I’m so glad your tests all came back clear. That’s terrifying. I really appreciate your kindness, thank you

  14. Ann
    April 8, 2020 / 7:09 am

    Jennifer – Holding you and your husband up in prayer at this scary time. So inspired by your positive attitude! I hate when people say “I know how you feel”….but it’s true. My wonderful husband of 43 years had a severe heart attack late in February. Never smoked, ate healthy most of the time ( oatmeal every day, an apple each day…), exercised, think, cholesterol numbers a little high but at check ups told the good levels were so good it ramped the number up, just keep doing what you are doing. So bam, one morning he has chest pain, clammy, etc. – rushed to hospital and three stents in the “widowmaker” and heart damage. Was supposed to come home in two days….stayed four due to blood pressure issues. Two weeks later, on my 65th birthday, when we were supposed to be in NYC with tix to great shows ( which we cancelled after the attack) he ended back up in the hospital because they thought he was having a stroke. Since then, 6 med changes, and last week when he reported his bp they said, oh, that is not good…go to the ER! The ER in this crisis. But you can’t mess with this…we went, it was bizarre, but once again a med problem and sent home. Like you, we are not waiting for tests but waiting for cardiac rehab to open so he can get back on the road to recovery. So, I pray for you and the gift of staying positive. That is what I am praying for me. I keep thinking of what our pastor kept saying when he came to the hospital to sit with me when the attack happened – ” All will be well, All will be well, All manner of things will be well.” St. Julian of Norwich. Blessings to you!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 8, 2020 / 10:29 pm

      Oh Ann, how terrifying. You’ve both been through the ringer. I’m praying he will stabilized and things can calm down. Thanks for your kind words.

  15. Renee
    April 8, 2020 / 2:59 am

    Jennifer, I’m sending up lots of prayers for you and your family (I know the “waiting” is so hard on family members, too). Virtual hugs to all.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 9, 2020 / 4:37 am

      Thank you so much Renee

  16. Debra
    April 7, 2020 / 10:31 pm

    Jennifer, it seems your physicians are on top of this. Be positive, it will serve you well in so so many ways. Be blessed every day for all you can find joy in … move ahead with your lipstick on and your head held high.
    Warm thoughts.

  17. Elaine @ Following Augustine
    April 7, 2020 / 9:54 pm

    Jennifer, I’m so sorry that you’re going through all this. Waiting is hard at the best of times and now, with this pandemic and no end in sight, it’s even harder. I was supposed to have an ultrasound today to check on the cancer in my thyroid (third unrelated cancer in the past six years), but it’s on hold until the current situation comes to an end. As many have already said, a positive attitude really does help. I’ll be praying for you!

  18. Eileen
    April 7, 2020 / 8:41 pm

    Dear Jennifer, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Wishing you the very best.
    Eileen

  19. Juanita
    April 7, 2020 / 8:37 pm

    Prayers and positive thoughts!

  20. Lana I Peterson
    April 7, 2020 / 7:48 pm

    So sorry you are going thru this. As you can see from all of the comments, you are not alone. You’re in our thoughts & prayers. Hugs

  21. Barb
    April 7, 2020 / 7:19 pm

    Jennifer:

    Sending you positive thoughts and prayers. It is the waiting that is so difficult. In the absence of facts our mind fills with conjecture. I will keep you in my prayers.

    Barb

  22. Penny L. Luckenbaugh
    April 7, 2020 / 6:59 pm

    Dear Jennifer;
    Please know you are in my heart and thoughts.
    I am sending you every positive thought I can muster, and I know you are dealing with this with grace and strength.
    Even though most of us have never met, you have a whole sisterhood of people who are sending you love and our best wishes. I am just one of hundreds.
    One of my favorite quotes is from Albert Camus, the Nobel Prize winning writer and a French Resistance hero.
    ‘In the depths of winter, I found within myself an invincible summer”.
    Stay strong, dear long distance friend.
    Penny

    • Patti Cullen
      April 8, 2020 / 5:17 am

      Love that quote. Thank you for sharing it.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 20, 2020 / 11:30 pm

      Thank you so much Penny. That means that means the world to me.

  23. Jen
    April 7, 2020 / 6:01 pm

    And my purse never goes on the ground! lol

    • sue
      April 8, 2020 / 5:45 am

      The only floor my purse goes on it at my home. In public NOPE. My lap works and that’s why crossbodies were invented!

  24. Jen
    April 7, 2020 / 5:54 pm

    Oh my goodness, that is the last thing you need right now. I will send healing thoughts your way. I had a cyst/growth scare 18 months ago when the MRIs and ultrasounds could not rule out scary stuff. They did surgery and it turned out to be endometriosis/adenomyosis and the good thing was they were able to put me on a treatment program that’s been game changing. I love Heal and really believe it (mind you I believe in surgery and a good Rx too!) Take extra good care of yourself. Xx

  25. Anon
    April 7, 2020 / 5:26 pm

    Thymomas can be benign. Some women have their thymus gland removed during parathyroidectomy, due to enlargement. The good news is that once you’re an adult, the thymus has already done its job in the immune system, so you can live without it.

    You’ve got this.

  26. Lauren
    April 7, 2020 / 5:22 pm

    Just remember it is not positive thinking as much as it is positive FEELING……it is Love that creates and heals

  27. Pat D
    April 7, 2020 / 5:09 pm

    Sending positive vibes and prayers to you sweet lady. xxx

  28. brenda
    April 7, 2020 / 4:36 pm

    Good luck Jennifer and thank you for sharing. My husband is also having health challenges. Not easy circumnavigating the health system during Covid19. Lots of prays and good luck

  29. Laurel
    April 7, 2020 / 4:26 pm

    So sorry to hear you are going through this. Nothing worse than waiting for results, and this time is so anxious anyway. Sending you a virtual hug and wishing you the very best.

  30. Kay
    April 7, 2020 / 4:06 pm

    I HATE those medical delays. “We’ll get back to you.” Yes, to them it’s just another test, but to the patient… I had the “questionable” mammogram scare. They made me wait two weeks to tell me everything was hunky dory, just a false positive. I’m going to sit here and wish you all the good things. I have a track record getting good thing returns!i

  31. Adele
    April 7, 2020 / 3:49 pm

    As the saying goes: you cannot control what happens to you but you can control how you respond to it. I admire your positive attitude Jennifer. Remain positive in the knowledge of the support of your friends & loved ones, including we who draw so much inspiration from the thoughts & insights you share with us.

  32. Susan Blakey
    April 7, 2020 / 3:42 pm

    Jennifer, I’m holding a good thought that all will be well with you, and that you’ll be able to get definitive diagnoses as soon as possible. Sending you light & love…

  33. Roxanne Mesyk
    April 7, 2020 / 3:18 pm

    Thank you for sharing your health struggles Jennifer. Praying for peace, strength & health for you.

    In all your waiting around, you may find strength in the terrific book I just finished “Hope Heals–A True Story of Overwhelming Loss and An Overwhelming Love” by a Katherine & Jay Wolf.

    Your blog is much enjoyed by me & many others. May you find hope & healing soon.

  34. Carla Mahaney
    April 7, 2020 / 3:01 pm

    It takes alot of courage to share this type of news, especially when you may not personally know everyone in your audience. Many women wouldn’t share this with anyone outside of immediate family, if even that. I’m sure you are giving many women the strength they need to share difficult news. In so doing, the floodgates of support, encouragement and love are opened.
    Wishing you strength and good news very very soon!

  35. Rita
    April 7, 2020 / 2:38 pm

    Jennifer, praying for you and that you get some answers soon. It is such a stressful time now, let alone with the concerns you are having. I used to be a smoker and now freak out every time anything unusual comes up and feel horrible guilty about it. Big hugs to you!❤️

  36. Anne
    April 7, 2020 / 2:15 pm

    Absolutely praying for a positive outcome! May you receive a clean bill of health!
    On another note, for you being a past smoker your skin certainly looks fantastic. A smoker’s face is usually worn beyond years. I remember people smoking in restaurants and such, thinking to myself, who could do this because the smell was so bad. I did not realize smokers could not smell the stink. Anyhoo, hoping your week is pleasant:)

  37. Meg
    April 7, 2020 / 1:37 pm

    Praying for good results for you.

  38. Terry
    April 7, 2020 / 1:01 pm

    I’m so sorry you are going through this wait and see time, Jennifer. Whatever it is, it sounds like early stage or misdiagnosis. Keep thinking positive thoughts and know your blog family is lifting you up in prayer. And….I never put my purse on the floor. Retired elementary teacher germophobe!

  39. Elaine
    April 7, 2020 / 12:47 pm

    Praying for good results from all your tests. I had an extremely serious illness when I was in my 30s and I was ill for a long time. The Bible verse that gave me the most hope was Isaiah 41:10: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

    • KC
      April 7, 2020 / 1:26 pm

      Elaine, this verse has often been a comfort to me as well. Thank you for sharing. Jennifer, I will pray for peace during this time of waiting and the best outcomes possible for you!

  40. Connie Haines
    April 7, 2020 / 12:43 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of your worries. We are selling our dream retirement home in the country in order to get back into town and live close to the hospital and services again because my husband’s health has declined significantly this past year. The thing about everyone being on pause during this global crisis, it doesn’t change the fact we are all having to continue with our own journeys simultaneous to this. Double stress. Double financial burdens. So on and so forth. We’ll get through it though, all of it. I will be adding you to my prayers and hoping the ultimate news is better than you fear.

  41. Jennifer
    April 7, 2020 / 12:37 pm

    So sorry to hear this, but how wonderful that you have so many readers who genuinely care for you! The waiting is so hard. Prayers go out to you during this stressful time. Thanks for sharing as there are so many others who may be going through something similar who you’re helping!

  42. annie vanderven
    April 7, 2020 / 12:33 pm

    Prayers and positive thoughts are sent your way.

  43. Pam Sledge
    April 7, 2020 / 12:33 pm

    You will be in my prayers.

  44. Kathy Turpin
    April 7, 2020 / 12:14 pm

    Prayers Jennifer, waiting is just awful. Thanks for sharing

  45. Fran
    April 7, 2020 / 11:59 am

    Dear Jennifer although I don’t know you, I feel like you’re a friend who lets me into her life and gives great advice as well. By the number of heart felt responses to you, others feel that way too. You’ve made a difference in our lives with your work in styling and also telling us to be confident in who we are. I am grateful. I’ll be praying for you and your family as you go through this most difficult challenge.
    I too burst out laughing about your aside on purses on the floor! I imagine that’s a habit some folks haven’t really thought about. And see you’ve brought something new to the forefront. You’re always on 🙂

    • Elena
      April 7, 2020 / 4:06 pm

      Fran said it perfectly. Thank you for sharing your news. We are praying for you and lifting you up. This too shall pass.

  46. Su
    April 7, 2020 / 11:30 am

    Wishing you good results, hug x

  47. Rhonda Williams
    April 7, 2020 / 11:29 am

    Thanks for sharing your journey with us Jennifer. I hope that you ultimately find there is nothing serious going on. A positive attitude is one of the big factors in a recovery. You always project a positive attitude which I feel sure will help you through this added level of uncertainty in these anxious times.

    Other movies that I love to watch in these times:

    The Party – 60s movie with Peter Sellers – soooo funny!
    The Martian – with Matt Damon (talk about isolation! but with the best can-do spirit)
    Shirley Valentine – 1989 with Pauline Collins – about completely transforming life and love
    The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – 1 and 2 – Love these movies!!! Friendship, love, transformation

  48. Vickie
    April 7, 2020 / 11:06 am

    Praying in Oregon . . . for peace and answers soon!

  49. Josie Rojas
    April 7, 2020 / 10:51 am

    Jennifer, praying for you! Thank you for sharing such a personal moment in your life! I am also a positive thinker and believe in the power of prayer! God is good! Stay safe. 🤗

  50. Josie
    April 7, 2020 / 10:49 am

    Jennifer, praying for you! Thank you for sharing such a personal moment in your life! I am also a positive thinker and believe in the power of prayer! God is good! Stay safe. 🤗

  51. Norma
    April 7, 2020 / 10:38 am

    Praying for you,yes the waiting period can weigh you down if we let it. I’m kinda going through something like you. After ultra sounds,ct scan,now waiting till June for ENT dr. Stay safe!

  52. Bab
    April 7, 2020 / 10:35 am

    So sorry to read about your health troubles. Looking at the photos you share of yourself you’d never know about your worries or situation. Seems we all have something going on in our lives, large or small. When my dad’s health was failing, l met several ladies at stores buying the same supplies – looking at them you wouldn’t know they were so troubled either.

    Not that this reduces your worry and by the number of responses you have received here, you have quite an extended family of friends that care about you and your wellbeing.

    Thinking of you and many prayers, Jennifer.

  53. Eve
    April 7, 2020 / 10:20 am

    i have a chronic health problem that can sidetrack me for months at a time. A friend ask me how I could bear it. I go into survival mode and try to live just one day at a time when it happens. The bible says don’t borrow troubles from tomorrow for today. Today has its own set of problems. That is so true right now for a lot of us.
    My husband avoided a massive heart attack because they found the problem in time and put in stents. You may be blessed that they found these problems in time to fix them the way he was. I’ll be thinking of you and sending up prayers for strength and courage because this can test both.

    • Carolyn M
      April 7, 2020 / 11:24 am

      I’ve been through a fairly lengthy health disease process (cancer). What I had is not important but what I learned from It may be. It is how to approach and live uncertainty until you arrive at certainty. It is a process and it is slow, thoughtful, and may be considered a sacred or cherished time. The process taught me that it IS a process. It is not wise to “jump” ahead in supposing what may or may not be next (which is a natural thing to do) as you won’t know until the next step appears. You only know – for sure – about right now, this very moment. Because of that it has the potential to become a cherished moment in your life. Blessings during this special time and it sounds like you have already discovered this step at a time “secret”.

      Thank you for your blog and site. Both are contributing to me!

  54. Claudette
    April 7, 2020 / 10:07 am

    Jennifer you are such a bright spot in so many women’s lives and we are here for you. Hugs and prayers for good results and peace to you as you have to wait.

  55. Judy
    April 7, 2020 / 9:56 am

    You are in my prayers 🙏🙏🙏

  56. Rosemarie
    April 7, 2020 / 9:42 am

    Hi there

    The waiting for insurance approval would be nerve wracking for me.

    The main thing is that you have a great medical team who will be able to deal with whatever the results are. They will be able to give you if necessary the care you would need.

  57. Susan B
    April 7, 2020 / 9:36 am

    Jennifer, I’m so sorry to hear of your troubles. And during this time in the world is just awful! I know you’ll do your best to keep a positive attitude, but it’s natural to have a little, “why me?” voice nagging in the background. Just tell Miss Why Me to have a seat in the back. She’s not driving this Mercedes while you’re in charge! Many blessings and warm hugs from afar.

  58. Sue L. Petersen
    April 7, 2020 / 9:31 am

    Part of the problem is that scans are so detailed now that sometimes they show things that are not really serious but the doctors must pursue them to prove that they are not. I can relate to the mammogram issue. I went for my mammogram in February and they said we have a new machine and it shows more details. I thought, oh no…here I go again. I was right and got called back for a diagnostic mammogram. I ended up having a biopsy which was negative. The waiting between each appointment was terrible. I know what you are dealing with. More than likely it is nothing but they have to make sure. There are a lot of people going through the same things. I was one of the lucky ones. My thoughts are with you as you go through this.

    • Brenda Starcher
      April 7, 2020 / 10:47 am

      Dear Jennifer, I have been waiting to hear what your test results were. So glad you shared with us. You have continued with your blog and encouraged us all this time, while under so much stress yourself. You are really an amazing woman. I have waited for test results before and it’s no fun. I am praying that all your tests will turn ok. Don’t worry because it might be nothing serious. I have done this before and everything turned out ok and I kicked myself in the rear for worrying so much. I’m praying for you and sending lots of love and positive vibes. You got this. 👍🙏🙏🙏🙏

  59. Susan
    April 7, 2020 / 9:30 am

    Prayers for you, Jennifer 🙏🏻🙏🏻 Waiting is so difficult. But modern medicine can do amazing things these days. Stay strong!

  60. Nicole
    April 7, 2020 / 9:29 am

    Hey Jennifer,

    My prayers and thoughts are with you. That’s great you are thinking positive its hard not to think about all this and going to that place, but pray and be positive. Keep doing what you’re doing, otherwise, we wouldn’t get your wonderful blog. We count on you thank you so much.

    I wipe the bottom of purse off one I put it in the cart then I wipe it when I get home. It’s getting exhausting thinking of what you touched or didn’t touch, but all of us need to keep sanitizing our hands and what we touch at home. God Bless you Jennifer and all the women here on your blog.

  61. Dawn
    April 7, 2020 / 9:23 am

    So very sorry, Jennifer that you have to go through this. Please know so many of us care about you, and you are in our prayers. I’m sending positive thoughts and virtual hugs your way. 🌷🌹🌼🌻

  62. Ann
    April 7, 2020 / 9:22 am

    Prayers for peace and healing. Waiting is so hard but your positive outlook will bring you through this time.

  63. Kathleen OBrien
    April 7, 2020 / 9:18 am

    Oh my Goodness – I’m so sorry this is happening to you. However, I’m glad you have doctors and nurses that aren’t taking any of this lightly and are looking out for you. May God continue to hold you in his mighty hands and bless you with better health. Thinking of you with healing thoughts and hope this will be in the past for you very soon.

  64. Nancy
    April 7, 2020 / 9:11 am

    Wham Bam! Sounds like you’ve been slapped around a bit! 15 years ago the doctors found a spot on my lung. I too had been a pack a day smoker but hadn’t smoked for 15 years by then. They removed the spot, Stage 1a cancer thus removed the upper right lung. The oncologist told me I could have lived with the lesion for another 20 years before it would have given me trouble but by then it would have been stage 4 and too late. Since dying wasn’t an option for me, 😎, I am thankful for attentive and quick thinking doctors. I no longer even think about having had cancer. I am 69 and enjoying retirement. Keep up that positive thinking, it one of the few things that helps.

  65. Dianne
    April 7, 2020 / 9:09 am

    I am sending you all the positive thoughts I have available!
    I sure do enjoy your message each day.
    There is just too much to worry about some days.
    Keep well❤️
    Dianne🇨🇦

  66. Sandra Matthews
    April 7, 2020 / 8:57 am

    This is a heavy load for one woman to carry, Jennifer. I wish you the best and send you many positive thoughts!

  67. Norma
    April 7, 2020 / 8:44 am

    Praying that all goes well for you. I find comfort in Matt 11:28.❤️

  68. Diane
    April 7, 2020 / 8:42 am

    Sorry to hear about your health issues….and thank you for sharing. I enjoy your blog first thing every morning with my cup of coffee. These are tough times and especially for you, having to wait this out, staying positive is so healing for all of us. You have changed the way I dress, as I work on finding my style.

  69. Kim Dinardosmith
    April 7, 2020 / 8:37 am

    All will be fine❤️
    Big hugs & positive vibes💐🌷

  70. Norma
    April 7, 2020 / 8:33 am

    Praying that all will turn out well. Meanwhile Matt 11:28 comforts me.

  71. Leslie
    April 7, 2020 / 8:30 am

    Hope all turns out well for you. It’s such a stressful time for all of us but even more so for you. Thank you for sharing. I totally agree that getting up each morning and fixing your hair, makeup and dressing in a way that makes you feel good are very important, it keeps positive and positivity helps. Again, my best to you. ❤️

  72. Cheryl
    April 7, 2020 / 8:29 am

    I had breast cancer 5 yrs ago. The worst part was between that initial ‘we found a lump, we need to do a biopsy’ through a lumpectomy well are confident we got it all’ not knowing what I was up against was the hard part. Dealing with it wasn’t great, but at least I knew what I was up against. I will keep sending you positive thoughts.

  73. Ellen
    April 7, 2020 / 8:25 am

    I, too, am sorry to hear about this. I was diagnosed with medullary thyroid cancer back in 2015. It is NOT curable. My thyroid was removed along with most of the lymph nodes in my front and right neck areas. It had made it to the nodes. Amazingly, and by the grace of G-d, this stuff has NOT reared it’s ugly head yet! Stay calm. Stay at peace. I get through by telling myself that nothing is guaranteed. I have to say, I’ve enjoyed my life more in these last five years that I ever have.
    I will continue to pray for you; you bring me much joy. Keep strong. Love you.

  74. Sue Daugherty
    April 7, 2020 / 8:24 am

    Waiting and not knowing is the worst. Praying for you to have as much peace as possible in this time between. The serenity prayer helps me a lot with stress.

  75. Veronica
    April 7, 2020 / 8:23 am

    Prayers and good mojo coming your way. I also believe that sharing your status helps to bring in healing vibes from around the world. The diagnosis process is challenging and I know these days it must be particularly frustrating. I hope that the next imaging gives you a proper diagnosis so your doctor can create a treatment plan for you. I’m in treatment now (Mets after initial diagnosis in 2008). And it helped me to know what the diagnosis was and how it would be treated. My motto, Onward!

  76. Susan
    April 7, 2020 / 8:17 am

    Praying for you Jennifer……🙏🙏🙏. Thank you for sharing…..although I’m usually only listening, you are a dear friend,,,,I connect with you daily so please know I will be praying for the best results possible. Please keep us informed and keep the faith. Praying for your husband too.
    ❤️ Susan

  77. beth byrd
    April 7, 2020 / 8:07 am

    Sending positive vibes your way! You are an inspiration for all of us!

    Interesting observation about purses on the floor. I usually place it on the table or seat next to me. I don’t like to hold my purse on my lap because there are times when I’ve had no choice but to place it on the floor and I don’t want the germs on me.

  78. mary
    April 7, 2020 / 8:07 am

    Prayers for peaceful patience and negative test results !

  79. Carolyn
    April 7, 2020 / 8:05 am

    Sending prayers, love and virtual hugs.

  80. Penelope
    April 7, 2020 / 8:05 am

    Oh, so sorry to hear of these potential health issues and waiting is the worst especially at this challenging time. Please know you brighten our days and that we, your readers, stand behind you with an an army of good wishes. We have your back. Your positive attitude will serve you well too and never purses on the floor ladies!

  81. Julie Anne
    April 7, 2020 / 8:04 am

    Sending you positive thoughts and virtual hugs.

    Any idea why women are putting their purses on the floor. Perhaps it was requested so that chairs are kept clean. Something I will have to think about and perhaps another little routine to add to my virus avoiding arsenal.

  82. Martha Houchins
    April 7, 2020 / 8:02 am

    Prayers for you – and peace of mind. Waiting is the worst.

  83. Karen
    April 7, 2020 / 8:02 am

    Like you, my mother had many health issues, but no matter how poorly she felt, she always got up and got dressed and put on her makeup. She said that always made her feel better. I follow your blog and I find it timely, interesting, and the perfect information for those of us that are aging wonderfully well. Wishing you good health.

  84. Kim
    April 7, 2020 / 7:57 am

    It is funny how none of us know each other but yet we all care. It’s not just words either, you can sense a deep sincere caring. Also I find at this age we all are trying to do better in caring for ourselves but life keeps slapping us in the face. Wishing you all the best Jennifer and can’t imagine what all is going through your head, Keep the faith.

  85. Jo
    April 7, 2020 / 7:47 am

    Dear Jennifer,
    I am so sorry you are going through this; waiting is agony. Rest assured you are receiving many positive thoughts and prayers while you wait.
    If you tire of the Heal movie, try the wonderful Louise Hay for uplifting, healing thoughts.
    Stay well; everybody’s rooting for you!

  86. Eileen
    April 7, 2020 / 7:43 am

    Sending positive energy your way. Thanks for all you do.

  87. Joanna
    April 7, 2020 / 7:39 am

    I’m so, so sorry to hear you are going through this. Let’s flatten the curve and get back to diagnosing you and doing something about it. Sometimes the worry about the unknown is worse than the cure. I’ll keep you in my prayers, Jennifer.
    A big virtual hug from moi! 🤗

  88. Lee Brown
    April 7, 2020 / 7:33 am

    Dear Jennifer,

    My thoughts are with you as you face these health challenges. I am with you, on positive thoughts, meditation, self care, affirmations that carry us through the day as we choose Faith over Fear. My prayers are with you dear friend. Sending you love, strength, encouragement, and calm as you walk this path. ox

  89. Julia
    April 7, 2020 / 7:28 am

    So sorry to hear this. Best wishes from across the pond. I do hope you get the answers you want SOON.

  90. Rose
    April 7, 2020 / 7:27 am

    Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time 🙏 sometimes waiting can be the worst part of it all. Hope for the best! Even with your worries your always look awesome! Thanks for keeping us informed.

  91. Bea
    April 7, 2020 / 7:01 am

    Wow! So sorry, Jennifer. May you find the strength to endure while waiting. Wishing you the very best.

    By the way, I laughed out loud when you mentioned noticing all the purses on the floor! What a funny thing to think of at that stressful time. Your fashion/blog
    gene is in good shape! Keep it up.

  92. Susan
    April 7, 2020 / 6:52 am

    Jennifer, that is a lot to deal with, especially during this time. You have such an upbeat positive attitude that will serve you well while you wait. I wish you the very best outcome. Stay well!

  93. Mary
    April 7, 2020 / 6:45 am

    Thank you for this update Jennifer. You and your husband have been added to my prayer list and I bet that of many of your faithful followers. Hope you feel the love and caring of all of us. You are a strong woman whose is blessed with your faith in God. I appreciate that with all you are going through you continue to inspire your readers in every post.

  94. Lin
    April 7, 2020 / 6:36 am

    Jennifer, I pray you will find out soon. Waiting is the worst but you are a formidable woman. The Serenity prayer always helps me in these situations. Thanks to you I do wear lipstick everyday! I will wear it in your honor in the coming days..
    No purses on the floor. Cross body bag for me. Best regards.

  95. Barbara
    April 7, 2020 / 6:36 am

    There is nothing like the power of the mind. Thanks for the update. You have become rather important to me. Soooo, am offering my support, my prayers and my positive vibes. Rock on.🙏🎼👌

  96. Marlene
    April 7, 2020 / 6:33 am

    Hugs to you and your family! Health issues can be one of life’s biggest stressors for sure. Thanks for sharing your health journey and hoping you will have positive outcomes as further testing is done.

  97. Peggy
    April 7, 2020 / 6:29 am

    Hugs, prayers. and God’s blessings to you and your husband.

  98. MJ
    April 7, 2020 / 6:28 am

    Everything is going to be all right.

  99. Teresa Landers
    April 7, 2020 / 6:26 am

    You are offering tremendous inspiration to us all. The good old serenity prayer (control what you can, accept what you can’t, and be wise enough to know the difference). Worrying is truly useless. Years ago, an ultrasound showed a tumor on my uterus. Turned out to be a “water balloon” – Much ado about nothing. Your situation may very well turn out the same. I hope so.

  100. Nancy
    April 7, 2020 / 6:24 am

    If positive thoughts, prayers and encouragement make a difference and I too believe they do, you will continue to be well! You have helped many others, we will help you.

  101. PatB
    April 7, 2020 / 6:17 am

    Thank you for the posts you send to encourage us thru this containment and fear of the virus. Now to learn you have done this while coping with your own personal health scare, what an absolute Trooper you are. I wish You and Yours all the best during this difficult time.

  102. Wendy
    April 7, 2020 / 6:15 am

    Keep up your positive attitude! That & continuing with healthy self care are the best things you can do for yourself. Worry about the future outcomes will rob you of the joy of today. Sending prayers & positive thoughts your way.

  103. Violet L O'Brien
    April 7, 2020 / 6:14 am

    Sending you love and prayers. I had a similar mammogram last year and had a lumpectomy in June followed by radiation. All good for now, but who knows when it isn’t safe to go for check up appointments. I’m glad you updated us on your tests. Think positive, keep that wonderful smile….we are all rooting for you. Look forward to reading your blog each day.

  104. Deb
    April 7, 2020 / 6:11 am

    My thoughts are with you. Have a positive attitude often ends with positive results.

  105. Connie
    April 7, 2020 / 6:10 am

    Prayers for you Jennifer. What ever it might or might not be, you were wise to follow your intuition and sought it out early.

  106. Alison
    April 7, 2020 / 6:06 am

    Sending you love and prayers. Your courage and strength shine through in your writing. By sharing this we all know we are not alone. Please keep us updated as this goes. Peace

  107. Diane B
    April 7, 2020 / 6:06 am

    Positive thoughts and hugs to you. The waiting is the worst, and when you are distracting yourself, all of a sudden the negative thoughts rush in for a visit. Having friend and family for a distraction helps a lot and for me gardening. I waited months for a specialized surgery and finally, the day before shut down, had it and yes, she got it all. Did find another problem and have to wait for results of biopsy, but I am not going to my appointment next week. Just too afraid right now. Luckily some doctors do great virtual appointments. Do continue to find the things that lift you up and know that we are all here for you. It was brave of you to lay your feelings out for us and I (we) are here in spirit for you. Keep up with the lipstick and jewels. Also, I do not put my purse on the floor either. Thanks for being there every day to help us all stay sane.

  108. Alison
    April 7, 2020 / 6:03 am

    Oh Jennifer, I’m thinking of you, sending you love and strength. Thank you for keeping us posted, we care about you and will send prayers and positive vibes out into the universe. <3

  109. Shar
    April 7, 2020 / 6:02 am

    My thoughts are with you during this difficult time. And no, I never put my purse on the floor, yuck!

  110. Doris Harding
    April 7, 2020 / 6:02 am

    So sorry to hear of your health problems! The tension of “not knowing “ is such a terrible weight. Please know that the sisterhood of those of us who daily come together when we read your blog are caring, praying, hoping for all the best for you!

  111. Susan Gravelle
    April 7, 2020 / 6:01 am

    Sorry to hear that you are waiting for these tests! This is a very stressful time! Will pray for you to stay well. Take care, Jennifer! Hugs!

  112. Becky
    April 7, 2020 / 6:01 am

    I’m sorry to hear about these health issues. This would be unsettling at any time; I would think even more so right now. Best wishes for a good resolution to all of this.

  113. Mary
    April 7, 2020 / 6:01 am

    Jennifer, sending prayers and good thoughts your way. I get the call back scare every few years too. I went to a diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound 2 weeks ago. First I had to get past all the locked doors, caution taped areas, masked employees, acrylic window shields and temp screenings for all on the way in.
    I read recently that you should schedule “worry time” into your day. When the 10 mins is up, so is your worry time. Sounds easier than it is but it may be helpful?

  114. Barb
    April 7, 2020 / 5:56 am

    Sending many positive thoughts and prayers your way. I fully agree positive attitude has a big impact in the way we deal with EVERYTHING in life! 🌸🌼🌺

  115. Melissa
    April 7, 2020 / 5:55 am

    What disturbing news and especially during this dreadful time. I am thinking of you and feeling so for you that you have to wait for your insurance to approve an MRI that you need for proper diagnosis. I have recently had an MRI in Australia. The cost was AUD$530.85 and our Medicare paid $380.85 of that leaving me with a $150 gap to pay. That would be equivalent to USD$93.00 out of pocket. I am not sure if my insurance will kick in anything but at that small gap, I wouldn’t need to rely on their cover anyway to get peace of mind. I hope that they come up with an answer soon for you and I pray that the results are good as mine were.

  116. Deborah
    April 7, 2020 / 5:53 am

    Jennifer
    Sending love and prayers to you and your family!
    Thank you for sharing.
    Deborah

  117. Carole
    April 7, 2020 / 5:47 am

    The waiting is the worst. I agree with you that a positive attitude is everything. You will be in my thoughts and prayers Jennifer. ❤️

  118. Marie
    April 7, 2020 / 5:44 am

    Staying positive today for you!

    Positivity coming your way!👋❤

  119. Jan
    April 7, 2020 / 5:40 am

    I am constantly reminded how fortunate we are to live at a time when the medical fields have made such tremendous advances. I have a lengthy list of things to be grateful for and this is certainly close to the top.
    Waiting for test results and now trying to schedule appointments can be frustrating! Stay strong Jennifer!
    Sending you bunches of best wishes, jan

  120. Cathy Cunningham
    April 7, 2020 / 5:38 am

    Dear Jennifer. You will be in my prayers. Thank you for sharing this post. Please keep us posted. Blessings to you and family. ❤️🙏❤️

  121. Debbie
    April 7, 2020 / 5:35 am

    Praying for you.

  122. Penny
    April 7, 2020 / 5:34 am

    I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Lots of women look forward to hearing from you each day so stay positive and remember that there are many of us who will be with you in our prayers.

  123. Sondra
    April 7, 2020 / 5:28 am

    Thank you for the update. I have been worried and wondering what was going on. I’ll continue to put you in my prayers and please keep us posted. We all love you!

  124. Susan
    April 7, 2020 / 5:28 am

    Prayers for you! A friend went thru something similar recently (with her mammo) and I know how extremely stressful this can be. Please keep us updated so we may provide continued support.

  125. Barbara
    April 7, 2020 / 5:27 am

    Keeping you in my prayers and stay positive.

  126. Rosemary McLaughlin
    April 7, 2020 / 5:22 am

    Thinking of you Jennifer, and sending Love and Prayers ……From Scotland! X

  127. Rebecca
    April 7, 2020 / 5:11 am

    Positive thoughts & energy being sent your way!

  128. Mumbai
    April 7, 2020 / 5:11 am

    Don’t worry as long you don’t have a final result. I was in a similar situation and after many tests they find out a histoid adhesion. It could be removed just with a local anaesthesia. Anyway fingers crossed and all my best wishes. …and yes, you do right how you behave in these times…..positive!!..
    and yes, putting your handbag on a floor is a bad Fengh Shui

    • Barbara Daley
      April 7, 2020 / 5:33 am

      I’m so sorry you’re going through all of this. It is a lot , especially with virus worries thrown in. I’m in awe, actually, of the way you are handling this. And you will be in my prayers. Sending positive thoughts💗

  129. Joyce Reardon
    April 7, 2020 / 5:11 am

    Jennifer,
    Waiting is excruciating! Sending hugs and prayers. Keep up your positive attitude!❤️

  130. brendagordon
    April 7, 2020 / 5:08 am

    You and the doctors are proactive in this.
    Early screenings are so important. You are perfect
    to remind us.

  131. Anne Marie Kirby
    April 7, 2020 / 5:05 am

    Wishing you peace Jennifer. The grace you exhibit as you deal with this is inspirational.

  132. Linda Gaertner
    April 7, 2020 / 5:05 am

    I’m sure this is an extremely stressful time for you. Sending you my positive vibes hoping it helps calm your day!

  133. Judith Pfaff
    April 7, 2020 / 5:00 am

    I will keep you in my prayers

  134. peggy geaney
    April 7, 2020 / 4:59 am

    praying you get good results.

  135. Kristine
    April 7, 2020 / 4:57 am

    Hugs and prayers……❤️

  136. Sharon
    April 7, 2020 / 4:54 am

    Thank you for sharing. You are right, not knowing and waiting is the worst! I went through this several years ago while waiting for my MS diagnosis. You are doing all the right things to keep your mind and body healthy and like you, I feel my best when I feel like I look my best. I read your blog every morning to get inspired for the day. Hugs and prayers!🤗

  137. BethW
    April 7, 2020 / 4:51 am

    Thinking of you and praying for good news!

  138. Melissa R
    April 7, 2020 / 4:45 am

    Oh Jennifer, I understand all too well how you feel. I had the call back for my mammogram just like I do almost every year. I was so fortunate to be able to go. The center had cancelled all mammograms and follow-ups beginning the next day. I have had a biopsy in the past. This time it was cysts. I was so thankful I knew the answer when I left that day. Positive thinking can be difficult at times but it sure does work. During these very challenging times for all of us, we must follow the “rules” and find happiness and little rainbows in each day. I will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Please keep us posted. 💕

  139. Memee
    April 7, 2020 / 4:41 am

    Thinking of you and sending big prayers.

  140. Linda
    April 7, 2020 / 4:40 am

    God’s got the whole world in his hands!
    Prayers for you to have strength to get through this! We will all persevere through these troubled times and come out the better for them!

    (((((Hugs)))))❤️❤️❤️

  141. Susan Kelley
    April 7, 2020 / 4:38 am

    You are NOT alone. Others have been there. in 2009, I WAS ToLD i HAD VERY EARlY DETECTION BREAsT CANCER! WHO, NOT ME! You are right in trying to be positive. Find a project. I had one,kept me very busy. Would go from radiation to work at the project.Got me through it.Do whatever you can to distract yourself from the issue.Mine looked like a dust bunny on the x-rays. But I got through it,knowing how blessed I was.Others had it so much worse than I did. Made me appreciate what I had. Thoughts and prayers are with you.You will survive this and be stronger for it.

  142. Jo
    April 7, 2020 / 4:37 am

    You will be in my prayers, Jennifer. Peace be with you!

  143. Beth Crawford
    April 7, 2020 / 4:33 am

    Jennifer I’m so sorry to hear that you are going through this, the waiting is the hardest part. I had breast cancer 25 years ago and I found the waiting harder than the decisions and the treatment. My friend is a doctor and she told me about a wonderful book written by a doctor from Loma Linda California. The book is called Doctor Susan Loves’s breast cancer book. Please check it out, I think you will find it very helpful. Knowledge is always powerful and this book will give you information you need to ask the right questions and help you with the decisions you may have to make. I’m sure you can get it on line.
    You are doing the right thing, continuing to have a positive attitude is going to be your best asset.
    I’m praying for you. I wish you all the very best.

    Beth Crawford

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 7, 2020 / 4:44 pm

      Thank you so much, Beth. It sounds like a great book, I’ll look into it. Knowledge is empowering. xx

      • Susan
        April 7, 2020 / 8:00 pm

        Hello Jennifer, I do hope all,of your test results are negative. But waiting for results is terribly stressful. Johns Hopkins as an online website all about breast lumps, cancers (benign and malignant) You can submit any question you may have concerning tests, symptoms etc. you will receive a very prompt reply by a Breast Cancer Nurse Specialist. I used this myself a couple of years for myself and was very impressed. As a retired Oncology trained nurse, I can empathize wit your predicament, but it isn’t always necessary to stay steong. You can get the ‘wobbles’ and be upset – it is perfectly healthy to do so.

  144. Joni
    April 7, 2020 / 4:30 am

    So sorry you are going through this! This was me last year! It is extremely stressful!! Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  145. Shari
    April 7, 2020 / 4:28 am

    Praying for you!
    Peaceful thoughts!

  146. Lynn
    April 7, 2020 / 4:26 am

    Prayers and positive thoughts. Health issues are so stressful. Enjoy what makes you happy. You bring joy to many folks thru your blog. Hopefully the universe is with you.

  147. jmp
    April 7, 2020 / 4:24 am

    Prayers are coming your way. Not knowing is the worst! Your positive attitude is such an asset, particularly now. Stay strong!

  148. Yvonne
    April 7, 2020 / 4:21 am

    Sending a big hug and prayers.

  149. Ramona Puckett
    April 7, 2020 / 4:07 am

    Praying for you ❤️

  150. Paulette Levy
    April 7, 2020 / 4:03 am

    Oh Jennifer. Prayers are going out to you today and onward. Waiting is tortuous, I know. But you are a vibrant, otherwise healthy woman. You exercise, you eat healthy foods…..in good shape to confront this.
    I believe it’s in Gods hands now.
    You’re doing the right things for now, thinking positively……
    I have feelings you will be okay.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 7, 2020 / 6:29 pm

      Thanks a Paulette. I sure hope you’re right.

  151. Val
    April 7, 2020 / 3:57 am

    Thinking of you. These things are scary at the best of times so it’s even tougher right now. You have a great attitude though.
    Keep putting on the lippy.
    X

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 7, 2020 / 6:28 pm

      Thanks Val, I will 🙂

  152. Janet
    April 7, 2020 / 3:46 am

    I always say the not knowing and waiting is the worst! Thank God for these tests to catch things. My experience is that most issues are caught early and treatable and quite often nothing shows up at all.

    A positive attitude is so critical to our health and joy of life! Every day I strive to stay focused on the positive and find some delight in the world around me. Tough at times, I know.

    Let’s keep focused on our wellbeing and do our best to get through these tough times together!

    All the best Jennifer and keep us posted! 💜

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 7, 2020 / 4:42 pm

      Thank you so much Janet.xx

  153. Connie
    April 7, 2020 / 3:27 am

    Sorry your going thru this, hang in there. Is all you can do . My year last year. Small cyst in breast, January, in May surgery, after all kinds of tests. Had to remove a lymph node also. Started radiation in August 33 rounds . Finished last part of sept. Felt bad but yes you keep going. Sometimes very scared. Found lots people doing same thing. Lovely ladies. Sad as it is. It helped. The estrogen pills for after cancer I just can’t take. About did my body in. So not taking. So now it’s 2020. That was 2019.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 7, 2020 / 6:28 pm

      I’m so glad you’re through with that. Hang in there

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