My Leanin’ Side

I received the following story from my friend, Irene, in an email. It caused me to reflect back on all the times the Lord has propped me up on my “leanin’ side” and on all the people who have propped me up over the years.

I hope you enjoy the story as much as I did!


When I’m asked to pray for people, I think of the old Deacon who always prayed,

“Lord, prop us up on our leanin’ side.”After hearing him pray that many times, someone finally asked him what he meant.

He answered, ‘Well, you see, it’s like this…

I got an old barn out back. It’s been there a long time, it’s withstood a lot of weather, it’s gone through a lot of storms, and it’s stood for many years.

It’s still standing. But one day I noticed it was leaning to one side a bit. So I went and got some pine poles and propped it up on its leaning side so it wouldn’t fall.

Then I got to thinking about that and how much I was like that old barn.

I’ve been around a long time. I’ve withstood a lot of life’s storms. I’ve withstood a lot of bad weather in life, I’ve withstood a lot of hard times, and I’m still standing too. But I find myself leaning to one side from time to time.

I figure a lot of us get to leaning at times so I like to ask the Lord to prop us up on our leaning side.

Sometime we get to leaning toward anger, leaning toward bitterness, leaning toward hatred, leaning toward cussing, leaning toward depression or judgment of others – leaning toward a lot of things that we shouldn’t.

So we need to pray, ‘Lord, prop us up on our leaning side. Then we will stand straight and tall again, to glorify the Lord in the way that’s best.

(If you stare at this barn for a second you will see the source of my help.)

“Props” and blessings to you!


After Thyroid Cancer – Still Not Quite Back To Normal

It has been 6 1/2 weeks since my total thyroidectomy. My incision is looking pretty good. The lump at the base of my throat is still there…I’m not liking it. I wish it would go away. I don’t like the way it looks. I don’t like the way it feels. It doesn’t hurt, it just feels…foreign. It shouldn’t be there. I’m going to ask my surgeon about it on Monday.

My voice, while I never totally lost it, is still slow in coming back to normal. I’m wondering if this is related to the lump. I can’t even stand the sound of my own singing along with the radio in my car!! I want it back…to normal. Heck, I want it back better than normal because I love to sing, but I’d be happy with normal.

My medication dosage was raised a bit last week when my blood work came back showing my TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) level was high at 7.66. The reference range this lab uses is 0.30 – 3.00, so I’ve got a ways to go. I still feel quite hypothyroid  with my worst symptoms being depression, constipation (like you really wanted to know that!), fatigue, and muscle cramps and weakness. My hair is not right either…it’s flat, dull and dry (anyone who knows me knows that my hair has never been dry a day in my life!).

I expected it to take me a while to get “normal” again, so I’m not bumming too badly. I do wish that I felt better and more energized, but I know that it will happen, eventually, and that this is just part of the whole thyroid cancer process. I’ve been so fortunate to not have to go through the RAI to kill the remaining thyroid tissue. I am grateful for that, believe me. Still, I wish there was some way to fast forward my recovery. If I could figure it out I could make BILLIONS!! I know there are many other THYCA patients that would want that benefit.

On a much better note – My daughter and son-in-love are coming for a visit in a couple of weeks! I’m really excited to see them! I got to spend a little time with them in November when I went to see my granddad, but it was WAY too short a visit with the kids. I’m planning on feeling much better by the time they get here!  I want to enjoy every moment with them!!



When a co-worker comes in a little too happy singing “good morning” to everyone and you think, “Somebody needs to slap the s#@! out of her”…You need to pray at work.

When someone comes in and announces, “office meeting in 5 minutes,” and you think, “what the f*&% do they want now?”….. You need to pray at work.

When your computer is mysteriously turned off and you want to say, “which one of you sons of b*&^%$# turned off my computer?”….. You need to pray at work.

When you and a co-worker are discussing something, and a third person comes in and says, “well at my last office…,” and you want to throw a stapler at him…… You need to pray at work.

When you hear a co-worker call your name and the first thing that crosses your mind is, “what the h*&^ does she want now?” and you try to hide underneath your desk……… You need to pray at work.

When you are asked to stay late and help do someone else’s work and the first thing that pops in your head is, “both of y’all can kiss my a@@!!”…. You need to pray at work.

When you’re in the elevator and it stops to pick up someone who stood for five minutes waiting for the darn thing only to go DOWN one floor, and you say “that lazy b*&%$#”…… You need to pray at work.

When you take some vacation time and come back to find a mountain of paperwork sitting on your desk because no one else would do it and you think, “sorry a## M#$^%F%&#s”……. You need to pray at work.

If you have ever thought about poisoning, choking, punching, slapping or flattening someone’s tires that you work with…… You need to pray at work.

If you avoid saying more than hello or how are you doing to someone because you know it’s going to lead to their life story ……..You need to pray at work. 

If you know all the words that have been bleeped out….You need to pray at work!


Another Crazy Prom Dress!

But this time it’s a very unique, creative dress made from 3000 gum wrappers! This young lady, Vanessa Randall, is an aspiring designer and artist. You can read her story here.

How cute is this? And to think that she designed and crafed this dress herself…WOW! I have just one question…What happens if the gum wrappers tear?

Nothing More Is Needed!

I went to my post surgery appointment with my endocrinologist this morning. It was brief, but very good. I absolutely do NOT need to undergo the radioactive iodine treatment!! HOORAY! That has been my greatest fear all along, and it was laid to rest this morning, once and for all. I will have to have ultrasounds done a couple of times a year to ensure that there are no undetected recurrences of the cancer, but those are completely painless. 

I’m blessed to have one of the best endocrinologists in the country as my doctor, thanks to a good family friend and his connections in the medical community. I do not take this for granted…not one bit. I am so grateful!

I am really, truly thankful for my family doctor, who detected that something was amiss with my thyroid during a routine examination and followed up by having me get an ultrasound way back in October 2007. She’s a wonderful doctor, and is becoming a trusted friend, too. God is so good to place the right people in our lives at just the right time and place.

The only hurdle left is to get my medication level right. I know this can sometimes be a long process, but I’m good with that. The worst is totally behind me and I have no phobia about needles or having blood drawn so all is well with my world! I can do this! With God’s help I have done this!!

Thank you, again, all those who have prayed, commented on my blog posts, emailed me and supported me. A finer “support group” could not be found.