Monday, May 31, 2010

Blog Drawing and A NOSE IS A NOSE IS A NOSE!!!

The winner of this week’s drawing is Stacy at A Writer’s Post. Congrats!!!

She will receive a Love Inspired book. Remember all you have to do to become eligible for the drawing is become a follower of my blog and leave a comment.

Now for a little peek into my life.

A nose...

is a nose ...

is a nose.
And my nose will never be the same.

Here's the story...

Last Thursday I had to have a basal cell cancer taken off of my nose. Let me tell you, this was not fun. The doctor did what he called the “mohs” procedure, which meant he would cut off what he thought was all the cancer, then do tests on that to see if he got it all. Each test took from 30 to 40 minutes. My cancer was a bit stubborn. It took three tries to get it all. Then the doctor had to graphed skin from higher up on my nose to fill the hole where the cancer had been. I asked the doctor how many stitches he’d taken. His reply, “A lot!” He let me see his handy work, and I have to say he did a great job in repairing the damage. A word of caution for this summer: use mega doses of SPF.

After the doctor finished, the nurse put a pressure bandage on my nose. It was huge. The next day I awoke to find both of my eyes were swollen like puffed marshmallows. However, today the puffiness is gone. Yeah!!! But I have to sport a large bandage on my nose for two weeks.

At least my cancer was caught in the early stages. If I hadn’t asked my GP what the funny thing (that was hardly noticeable to anyone else) was on my nose, the cancer would still be growing.

So I’m counting my blessings.

This made me think of this wonderful song by Bing Crosby. You usually only hear it once a year at Christmastime, but hey, I'm celebrating...count your blessings.


  1. So glad to hear the doctor got it all. And that you caught it early!

    Loved the photos of animal noses. Very cute.

  2. Wow - I'm so glad you caught it quickly Kathi! That's pretty scary stuff.

    Love that song by Bing - White Christmas, right? Such a fun movie! :)

  3. So very glad you caught it early. You're right, we should count our blessings daily. Take care.

    Congratulations to Stacy.

    Thoughts in Progress

  4. I'm sorry. That is no fun. I had to deal with this last year, but mine was on my chest. I'm in my twenties, so the doctor and nurses kept accusing me of using the tanning bed, which I don't. My son still likes to press his little finger on my scar. I totally agree. Everyone should use a good sunscreen!

  5. Hi Kathi, Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment about the author royalties survey results. Just in case you don't get back to see my response about the dollar figure amounts, here it is:

    "I had the entire survey reviewed by a Cedar Fort rep (my publisher) as well as LDS Publisher. But I, too, think there is value in what Jeff says. Repeating the survey again next year would allow for some interesting tracking of data; plus I could add some higher dollar figures to the royalties category."

    Thanks, Rebecca Irvine

  6. Sweet! Thank you, Kathi! Much appreciated! YAY!

  7. I'm so glad you're OK. Take care of yourself.

  8. I'm glad everything is okay :) I've always been lax about sunscreen but you may have changed my mind.

  9. Oh no! I'm so sorry about your nose! But I'm glad you caught it early too. =)

  10. I love the movie White Christmas! My mom and I watch it together every year. :)

    I'm so glad you caught the cancer so quickly! That's a pretty scary thing. Take care of yourself, Kathi!

  11. Jemi, I glad, too. It would have been so easy to ignore and that's what was so scary. I dodged that bullet.

    The song is from White Christmas. It's one of my all-time favorite movies.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  12. Mason, catching cancer early is sooo important. I was extremely lucky.

    Thanks for stopping by. Some of the blessings in my life are the followers of my blog. :0)

  13. Cindy,
    I'm so grateful the doctor was able to get it all!

    I'm glad you liked the pictures. They made me smile.

    Thanks for stopping by. :0)

  14. Stacy,
    You're very welcome!!!
    Thanks for being a follower of my blog.

  15. Thanks, Carol!
    I'm trying to take care.

    You take care as well!!!

  16. Jaydee,
    I was lax about spf as well. Then last summer I got this really bad sunburn on my face. I think that was the last straw. If you could have seen what the doctor did to me you'd use spf even on cloudy days. I know I will from now on.

    So please use sunscreen!!!

  17. Thank you, Carolyn!

    And thanks for stopping by.

  18. Laura,
    I watch this movies with my family every Christmas, too! It's a classic.

    Thanks for your well-wishes. :0)



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