•  On Friday, 3/25/11, The Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, I was diagnosed with cancer of the thyroid.  Below are blog posts with updates on my health. Posts are listed with the most recent at the top.

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    THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011
    Back to "Normal"

    Dear Friends!

    On Monday I went to the surgeon and got my stitches and my drain out.  I am doing so well in my recovery - it's amazing.  It is truly thanks to all of your prayers and to God's great mercy that I have recovered so well and so quickly.

    The pathology reports from the surgeon said they got all of the cancer out.  He even took out a few other lymph nodes near where the other tumors were just to be safe.  Turns out that they were filled with little cancerous tumors too that they couldn't see before!  God is so good!  So, besides being a little hoarse and looking a little like Frankenstein, I am pretty much back to normal! 

    I am a little tired, but I'm chalking that up to 4 busy little ladies who have been loving on their momma non-stop since I've been home.  I would say the hardest thing through all of this was to be away from them for so long.  As I said in my last post, I have such an amazing new-found admiration for people - especially moms - who undergo the trial of cancer and all its horrendous treatments.  I am keeping these strong women in my prayers and hope you will too.  

    In closing, here is a beautiful quote from St. Philip Neri, whose feast day is today, 5/26.  He was an amazing saint who lived from 1515-1595 in Italy.  St. Philip was known for hs ability to be cheerful and to laugh from the depths of his burning love for Christ and to win other hearts for Christ by the quality of his joy.  I pray that we all can be like beautiful windows from which God's love can shine out from within us so that others can know the joy of loving Christ through our love for each other.

    "He who works purely for the love of God desires nothing but his honor, and this is ready in everything either to act or not to act, and that not in indifferent matters only, but even in good ones; and he is always resigned to the will of God.  The Lord grants in a moment what we may have been unable to obtain in dozens of years.  To obtain perfectly the gift of humilty, four things are required: to despise the world, to despise no person, to despise one's self, and to despise being despised.  Perfection consists in leading captive our own will, and in playing the king over it.  A man ought to mortify his undertsanding in little things, if he wishes to mortify it in great ones, and to advance in the way of virtue.  Without morification nothing can be done.  We ought to hope for and love the glory of God by means of a good life."     -- St. Philip Neri

    "The kingdom of God is not a matter of food and drink, but of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit; whoever serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by others.  Let us then pursue what leads to peace and to building up one another."   (Romans 14: 17-19)

    In Christ,

    Shauna

    May 26, 2011 @ 1:01 PM


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