My Cancer Story: Afloat!



Thank you all for your lively and encouraging words. Your replies to this post about my endometrial cancer touched  me and sent happy healing energy through the Web.

As soon as I was diagnosed, Friend for the Ride helped keep me afloat!

I knew I could tell my story here.  My goal is to get the word out about endometrial cancer and to comfort others who face this form of the Big C.  Posts coming soon! Once a post goes up, the link will be added to the page at the top of the blog.

I knew too, that I’d have fun taking photos for the blog, and that Cliff, my wonderful assistant through all of this, would help.

Here’s one he snapped of my first meal, a liquid one, after surgery.


That’s a refreshing  mojito in the plastic glass. (They do, I must say, fail to add rum at UNC Hospital).

I got great news from the oncologist last week when the final pathology came in. No further treatments.

My body is mending, although I have a new understanding of what folks mean by post-surgery exhaustion.

My appetite came back yesterday. I’ve always thought it might be useful to have no appetite, but you only have to lose it to know the joy of its return.

But back to you all.

As a friend wrote to me two weeks ago:

So much love!


Top Photo: I gave out the orange floats during a children’s sermon at church a few months ago. I snapped the photo knowing I would use it for the blog in one post or another. Didn’t have a clue that post would be about a topic so serious and a relief so deep.

29 thoughts on “My Cancer Story: Afloat!”

  1. Dear Barbara, What a wonderful honest, encouraging, uplifting, and inspirational post. Thank you so much for sharing your journey with others. Happy healing energy to you! ~ June


  2. Barbara….so relieved that you don’t need further treatments; thanks for sharing…hope you’ll be feeling perkier soon.


  3. So cool, Barb…that you took the photo instinctively and beautiful the way it morphed into your story line 😀 SO glad to hear, no need for further surgery. You can just take. your .time. recouping 🙂


  4. Barbara, so very happy to hear that you got good news from the pathology report! I’m so glad, too, that you’re now enjoying much more nutritious (and exceedingly more delicious, I am sure!) food than was on that “liquids food” hospital tray!


  5. I’m really happy for you and glad there’s no need for further treatments.
    I must confess, I had no idea what those orange floats were – I thought they were hotdogs (which would have made sense, given you’re regaining your appetite)!
    Wishing you a speedy recovery, full of real mojitos,


    1. Thanks! I’m so glad I didn’t have to do this in the bitter cold. Not sure why that matters so much but you are right, just more relaxing to have it be summer.

      On Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 11:06 AM, Friend For The Ride wrote:



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