Friday, February 13, 2009


There was a gentleman in the hospital room right next door to mine who kept forgetting to breathe. Why did I just tell you this? Because the hospital was kind enough to blast some sort of foghorn sounding device as a gentle reminder to him to breathe whenever he forgot. He forgot to breathe a lot. A LOT! My doctor told me I could go home as soon as I felt up to it. Thanks to breathless dude, I'm home sooner than I probably wanted to be. Tom and the kids can be my nurses until my mom gets here tomorrow.
I'm sleepy, tired, in pain, queasy, whiny, kinda hungry, covered in hives and extremely boobless. But I'm home. And as far as I can tell, no one in my house seems to be having any problems breathing - so I think I'll finally get some sleep.
I'm proud to say I walked through that part of my journey without many tears since waking up in the recovery room. I can feel God's hand with me - guiding me to my next step (a scary one.) Monday I go in to have the bandages removed.


  1. read both of tom's posts yesterday, bless him. then put you on call for support, so all would know.
    so happy this part is over, & seems to have gone well. one step at a time. with an angel watching over you all the way.
    keep your hand in God's, He won't let go, don't you either.
    hoping for the good results at the next port of the storm.
    many prayers being said for you, my dear, stay strong...keep that light burning in your soul, even on days when it feels like it's about to go out!
    God bless...

  2. rest.. and yes God's hand is guiding you through... you are in my prayers.. God bless you and your family.. stay strong..

  3. Thank God (literally)(and I mean "literally" literally) this part is over. And so far the medical news is really good. And you have escaped from the man who so inconsiderately kept forgetting to breathe. So there are lots of praises here. You know we've been thinking about you and praying for you; you are an inspiration. Many thanks to Tom for the updates.

  4. God be with you my dear...and of course us!!

  5. My dear Sheri...Sorry I had to giggle a bit because you still had a sense of humour in the midst of such pain and anguish. I have almost been there but not to the extent of your surgery.
    It is a tough valley...but the Lord will take you each step of the way....Lean on Him with every ounce of being you have and know that although we have never personally met, I will be praying for you and yours.

    ALBERTA Lori

  6. God bless you my friend. I am lucky I kept my breast, I still have a long way to go and hope to get my second year all clear in May. I can imagine what you have been through. I will hold you in prayer, keep the faith.

  7. Your story is an inspiration and will be for so many woman dealing with cancer and the loss of their breasts. My prayer for you is strength and peace for healing. May you feel God's arms wrap around you and hold you when you feel weak. You are blessed to have such a Godly husband and family to provide care and love. God bless!

  8. I'm coming by way of Kelly....

    So nice to meet you..I will be following along on your Breast Cancer journey...hope you don't mind...

    Will keep you in my prayers as well...


  9. Sheri, it sounds like despite everything you're keeping up that Strickland humor. I've been meaning to log on but tonight I set aside some time to catch up with family and friends. I've been thinking about you, Tom and the kids. I saw on your other posting that your Mom's here I'll be that's a big relief. If you all need anything please have Tom give me a shout. I'm in Kansas City a lot on the weekends and if you need any errands or anything I'll be more that happy to pitch in.