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The Original About (April 2007)

Tim and LizA Message from Liz:

Welcome to our first blog! We are starting this blog (with a lot of help) as a way to give everybody who wants to know what is going on, a way to do so.

I was told in April that I have breast cancer. An intimidating diagnosis. Realizing that I will need to have help, and not be able to make as many phone calls as would be needed to keep everybody informed as would want to be, starting a blog seemed like a great idea.

I want this site to do many things, First of all, to keep you informed about how surgery, treatment, and that sort of stuff are going. Secondly, and in many ways more important to me, is as a way for you to share with me things like what your favorite funny movies are and other encouraging (funny) things.

I think that it is important to keep an upbeat and thankful perspective. I don’t mean pretentiously cheerful, just not all the doom and gloom. I am, after all, alive!

I have three major interests right now. Singing, knitting, and anything funny. Movies, jokes, cartoons—you know what to do! Send them in! Tell me about the best funny movies (I’ve always wanted to join Netflix and now is my chance). Send me jokes and funny stories and cartoons.

On June 2nd, I will sing the Bach Mass in B Minor. It’s a beautiful, and complex work (and an excellent reason for a field trip to Washington DC), so come see the concert at beautiful Strathmore Music Center.

And, I am learning to knit. I’m doing a lot better than I remember doing as a child!

I think this will also have a more practical side. I’m not sure what kind of help I may need. I am not in the habit of asking for much help. I guess I may have to get over that! I’m not sure, at this point, where I may need help doing things like laundry, (I do mine at a local Laundromat), cooking, cleaning, driving to doctor and treatment appointments, and rides to rehearsals. I will know more after April 30th.

I love and need you all. I need and appreciate your prayers for healing—indeed for a miracle. Please put me on as many prayer lists in churches etc as you wish. You don’t have to ask my permission and I would like to know because I will find it encouraging.

46 Comments leave one →
  1. Meg Stephens permalink
    April 26, 2007 10:41 am

    Liz – many blessings! Cool blog. I feel cool just having a friend with a blog. Not many of my 50-something friends have blogs.
    Where to start with the funny stuff? My head is spinning! My favorite funny movies of ALL time are “Legally Blonde” and “Office Space.” Also, Netflix has the TV series “The Office” on DVD, and it too is hilarious. For a daily dose of the funnies, by all means check out Bill Maher’s “Real Time” on HBO (?) and Jon Stewart’s Daily Show on Comedy Central.
    I have put you on the prayer list at St. Thomas’ Parish (Episcopal), Washington – and on the prayer list in my heart as well. Looking fwd to hearing good things here next week and adding a few more myself.

  2. MOM permalink
    April 26, 2007 11:39 am

    Absolutely wonderful site!! Sent a message earlier but forgot to submit it!! got some technology deficit going on!!

  3. Mark Filiatreau permalink
    April 26, 2007 4:16 pm

    Liz, I was heartbroken to read about your diagnosis. You are in my family’s prayers. The blog is a great idea. BTW, I agree with Meg Stephens’ list of funny movies too. The original British series called “The Office” was fantastic.

  4. Liz permalink*
    April 26, 2007 8:38 pm

    Meg and mom and mark,

    I may be cool and will be even more cool when I figure out how to use this blog! I’ve got the same technology deficit as my mom.
    You are very sweet.

    I’m making a list of movies….next stop, netflix

  5. John Brouwer permalink
    April 29, 2007 4:07 pm

    Liz and Tim,

    Much love to you both. Will pray for Jesus to guide the surgeons and for complete success. Also for much grace and peace as you go through this difficult time.

    John Brouwer

  6. Carol Jackson permalink
    April 29, 2007 6:11 pm

    Dear Liz and Tim,

    I usually avoid blogs since I appreciate real human connections, but in this important case I’m making an exception. You are already on the prayer list read in worship today at The Falls Church. I will send your email along to Jack Grubbs at Potomac Falls, but assume you’ve been in touch with him. Also to Debbie Apoldo to bring in a KY contingent. Hello to Meg, the sister of my friend, Barb. Liz, God has you in His grip and it’s a very small world to be a praying community out here for the Mehoks. I can be on call for errands and laundry and anything else I can do to help you.

    I love to laugh, but don’t retain jokes or movie titles–so you’ll have to rely on the skills of others for that. Meg’s brother in law is a movie buff, so I’ll ask him to advise me. You can order series like Seinfeld, etc. Never fails to make me laugh at ourselves. My husband, Charlie, likes all the Pink Panther movies–we just saw the newer one with Steve Martin and it’s pretty good–older ones are better, but that’s cuz we’re older too. Love for your day tomorrow and beyond. Carol Jackson

  7. Bill Eller permalink
    April 30, 2007 7:17 pm

    Tim and Liz,

    We have four churches in our area praying for you and one in Conneaut, Ohio. You know our number anytime you wish to talk. After all, I am up at very odd hours.

    As far as humor is concerned, I am a total clod at humor. Helen and I are the headlining entertainment for the Mother Daughter banquet in two weeks. Now, that is funny. ( they will probably serve fewer deserts.)

    More about that later. We pray for strength for the both of you and for your rapid healing.

    All things are possible through Christ who strengthens us.

    Love In Him, Bill Eller

  8. Kemal permalink
    May 2, 2007 1:17 pm

    Tim and Liz , Even though we haven’t met the both of you are in my prayers and thoughts always. Remember this through God all things are possible.

  9. Connie Sancetta permalink
    May 2, 2007 6:36 pm

    Liz and Tim,
    I just learned about this after an email from Tim alerted me. Wanted to say something at once, and “funny” is not the first thing that comes to mind — I’ve have to think a bit on that. We signed up for Netflix ourselves just recently, and urge you to go for it! Meanwhile, know that I’ll think of you every day, and try to send some little encouraging message. For now, all I can think of is that two of my cousins have had lumpectomies and small lynph complications (one of them 80 years old). Both completed radiation and chemo and are just fine now, two years later. You can do it too!!!
    Love, Connie

  10. John Brouwer permalink
    May 3, 2007 1:27 am

    Dear Liz,

    Continuing to pray for you. God is with you and, though physically many miles away, please think of me there in VA with you as well.

    I hope to visiit N. VA later this summer and look forward to seeing you then. You will recover from this.


  11. Jack Grubbs permalink
    May 3, 2007 9:22 am

    Hey Tim & Liz,

    I was sorry to hear the news about your surgery but the initial post-op reports sound encouraging. I’ve been praying for you and know God is close at hand. Seems like forever since I’ve talked to you. You’ll be happy to know the Alpha legacy lives on and we’re in the middle of a course now. Larry Lilly does most of the work, the organizing, cooking, leading singing, emcee, small group leader. I give the talk. Not a bad deal! God keeps on touching people’s hearts and we are blessed to be part of it. I’ll check in on your blog to get progress reports. Liz, if you get REALLY bored, you can always give me a call at 703 404-0900. Tim, that goes for you too. Blessings friends…

    In Christ,


  12. MOM permalink
    May 3, 2007 9:31 am

    Liz and Tim–
    Reading all the wonderful messages, I feel that you are being lifted up on a wave of love and blessings. You have been blessed with the gift of extraordinary friends–you are not alone–
    We will be with both of you as you work through this challenge–You will come through it as stronger and even more beautiful people–
    Walk hand in hand with God.

  13. Frances permalink
    May 3, 2007 10:53 am

    Liz and Tim,
    When you see only one foot print in the sand, then you will know that God is carrying you. Peace and God’s blessings be with you both.

  14. Bill Eller permalink
    May 3, 2007 7:18 pm


    I can suggest a movie NOT to see! Our Tim told us that Taladega Nights was good–another proof of beauty being in the eye of the beholder! Then again, He loves Office Space that has been suggested to you. As Bill said before, we are not great on sources of humor. It’s nowhere near funny, but we really liked Amazing Grace.

    About the funniest things I have heard are the time lines and estimates that doctors give to recovering patients. I’m still not sure what they mean when they say, “You’ll be fine in four to six weeks.” Every time I go the them at eight weeks and say, “I’m finally feeling a little better, ” they say, “That’s about what is expected!” Then why did they tell me the little numbers in the first place? They sure don’t use the same definition of fine as I do!

    I found that books on tape or cd were a good alternative to reading. They demand less energy yet still entertain. Most of the time I was recovering, I just wanted to be alone and some noise in the room, a calm voice, was nice.


  15. Sue & Jessie Thackrey permalink
    May 3, 2007 8:31 pm

    Hi there! Just wanted to let you know that mom and I are holding you steadfast in our prayers and wanted to send you our big get well wishes. As for funny things to watch my biggest love is the British comedies. They make mom actually laugh out loud. We love you very much and will be in touch soon. Big hug to Tim.

    Much love,
    Sue and Jessie

  16. Connie Sancetta permalink
    May 4, 2007 8:12 am

    I’ve been trying to come up with some good movies, and realizing that people have very different concepts of what’s funny, or even amusing. Here are a few oldies that I love; if not actually ha-ha funny, they are fun, enjoyable, light-hearted.

    Yellow Submarine
    Play It Again, Sam (my favorite Woody Allen)
    Bedknob and Broomstick (my favorite Disney, not widely known)

  17. May 4, 2007 10:29 am

    My favorites are

    Max Brothers’ “A Night at the Opera”, the Anvil Chorus was never the same.

    George Cukor’s “The women”, Norma Shearer,Joan Crawford, Joan Fontaine, Rosalind Russell…, a movie that is all about a man with all woman cast.

    Doris Day, Rock Hudson “Pillow Talk”

    Mel Brooke’s “The Producer”, just genius! And “The young Frankenstein” which made me think of the violin from a whole different angle.

    John Cleese’ “A Fish called Wanda”

    If you are advanturous and don’t mind gross-out comedies. “American Pie” and its two sequels.

    Robert Luketic’s “Legally Blond”

    “The Wedding Crasher”

    “40 year Old Virgin”

    Thats all folks!

  18. May 4, 2007 10:35 am

    Sorry about the mistake made by my maid who told my butler who recited to my assistant who then told my secretary who posted the prious one under the wrong topic.

  19. Sue & Jessie Thackrey permalink
    May 5, 2007 12:59 pm

    What a wonderful idea this blog is. I am so uplifted to read your updates-Liz and to hear the cheerfulness in your “voice”. It must be the good friends, prayers, and humor that is surrounding you and ultimately your faith. Today I am going out to buy this humongous patio swing for mom for mothers day and for her birthday from all of us kids. This is something she saw a couple of weeks ago and said “Oh how wonderful that would be to sit on in the backyard.” If you want a laugh, think of me trying to haul this thing out to the backyard and try to set it up. Mom insists that she doen’t want any of her kids to get her anything for her special occasions but we both know she would be devasted if we didn’t.

    I love you both and continue to hold you in my prayers. When you want some recommendations on light funny books to read let me know. Mom sends a big kiss too!!!

  20. Liz permalink*
    May 5, 2007 4:46 pm

    Sue, the swing sounds great. I’ look forward to hearing if it the installation is worthy of a comedy routine. It will be the perfect place to sit in the shade in the yard. Tell your mom a special hello and kiss from me. I miss you both

  21. June Stanley permalink
    May 7, 2007 1:15 pm

    Hey Liz. Sent a comment under pictures, but think I should send one here as well. Cancer Treatment Center for post operative sugery. Google it.
    Just great to hear from you and will be praying for all kinds of things, one of them being brain lapse. 🙂

  22. Dean Gray permalink
    May 18, 2007 2:15 pm

    Hi Liz. In that Tim and I are both males, we’re missing the Communication Gene. So I just heard about your cancer. I’ll be praying for you. With your research background, I’m sure you’ve already hooked in to helpful resources. If you hit any walls, a friend of mine works at the Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve and may be able to help.

    Funny movies. I’ll add my support to both “Legally Blonds.” “Sweet Home Alabama” is good too. “Just Like Heaven.” Humm, for some reason I’m stuck on Reese Witherspoon movies.

    OK, the Shreks were funny — I liked 2 better than 1. Oh, and a series called Mystery Science Theater 3000, if you like brainy, sophomoric, geeky humor you’ll love some of these. They have fun at the expense of poorly made movies.

    Hang in there, Liz. Keep the info coming.

  23. Liz permalink*
    May 19, 2007 11:32 am

    Hi Dean! Great to hear from you. I’ll add your movies to the list! I like Mystery Science Theater.
    II would like to talk to talk with your friend at the Cancer Center at Case Western. Please help me get in touch with this person.

  24. Lu Meyer permalink
    May 28, 2007 6:53 pm

    Hi, Tim & Liz,

    I was glad to see that Liz was able to drive to church on Saturday. You may remember when I gave you a ride a couple of weeks ago that I was planning a trip to Montreal. I’m back now and had a great time. My attempts to use French didn’t go as well as I expected, though. I didn’t expect to have trouble in the supermarket– how hard could it be to just say ‘Bonjour’ and hand over whatever amount of money was shown on the cash register? Harder than it sounds– the cashier asked me a question that I couldn’t understand at all. Usually when that happens, Quebecers switch to English, but she asked me again and again, and then assumed the answer was “Non!” The next day when I went there, I saw that people were presenting “Miles” cards, which I figured out is a frequent shopper program that lets you accumulate points. This time I realized the cashier was asking if I had a “Miles” card, and I confidently, boldy, and with no hesitation replied, “NON!” Hope to see you next Saturday.

  25. Liz permalink*
    May 29, 2007 5:24 am

    Lu, nice to hear from you.. The concert is next saturday. See you after that

  26. June 1, 2007 8:12 am

    Dear Elizabeth,
    It was such a treat to hear your choir and orchestra. You have a very nice ly blended sound. I am so glad I got to hear the Kyrie last night. I liked how you phrased the music and the lightness of the orchestra.
    Have a good time tomorrow!

  27. Karen Cain permalink
    June 18, 2007 9:27 am

    Liz, what a lot of information. I’ve copied your notation to show Roy when I get home. He’ll be very impressed and thoughtful. We are “waiting” for the doctor’s report for Roy. Brian’s office is ready to set up the requested tests as soon as we get the necessary prescriptions to follow through. We are praying for you and Tim. Wish we could get together, but the blog idea is really wonderful.

  28. audrey & richard permalink
    June 25, 2007 9:26 am

    We are in Hong-Kong,

    I am not sure I am in the right place here. It is 25th June and at long last we have caught up with the blog.Thank you Tim! We were so glad to catch up and to find out we have been some hellp to you. We are praying here and will do especially tonight for your decisions. Itis a confusing time. Richard always sayss that we have to do an An Army (British) appreciation of the situation. This where you put down all the factors that affect and all the pros and cons for each. Then you can look at it on paper and it is much clearer.

    It is very hot here, rather like stepping in to a hot Sauna bath. We are having fun with our grandsons who are sharp little rogues. Mark and Mairead are working hard but we had a good week-end with them.

  29. Liz permalink*
    June 25, 2007 11:55 am

    Dear A & R
    Thank you for the prayers. I’m a bit stretched right now and making the pro and conlists sounds like a good idea.
    I’m going to spend some time at your house this afternoon doing laundry, keeping your couch warm 🙂 and trying to keep your plants alive. Thank you so much!
    Special congrats to Nicky Sue

  30. Jack Grubbs permalink
    June 27, 2007 2:12 pm

    Hi Tim & Liz,

    I hadn’t checked in for a while so was glad to get the latest news. I’ll be praying for you Liz with the big decisions ahead. Our family just got home from a week away at the beach and we enjoyed being with the two girls. Your blog mentioned Seattle, our younger daughter Claire is in college at Seattle Pacific University and loves it. God bless and may His grace fill your lives…


  31. Liz permalink*
    June 28, 2007 1:14 pm

    thanks for continuing to keep us in prayer. It is sustaining us.

  32. Lynn Criste permalink
    July 9, 2007 8:34 am

    Hi Liz,

    I wrote you a letter, enclosing a whole sheet of jokes by Jeff Foxworthy(!), only to have it returned. Both addresses – Thomas Street and 24th Road.

    Having never blogged, please forgive the errors. Hope to hear back from you soon.


  33. Liz permalink*
    July 9, 2007 11:12 am

    Lynn, Nice to hear from you! My phone number is the same. Hope to talk to you soon!

  34. Karen Cain permalink
    July 27, 2007 12:16 pm

    Liz, my heartfelt special prayers go out to you and TIm.
    My mind and heart are so heavy at thinking about all you are going through. The port is a good way to go for bloodwork and everything involved. However, for Roy, the insertion of the port was more to endure than we thought it would be. I’m hoping with all my being that it goes really well for you. Love, Karen

  35. Liz permalink*
    July 29, 2007 1:05 pm

    Karen and Roy,
    thanks for continuing to pray. Hope all is well with you.

  36. Michael Cote permalink
    August 1, 2007 12:31 am

    The chemotherapy drug you are uncertain about is adriamycin, which is an antibiotic developed from microbes (streptomyces) that has been proven to be very effective against solid tumors. It has a red color and is also called doxorubicin. Like all such drugs, there are undesired side effects. When given in overdose, adriamycin can cause cardiotoxicity.

    Wishing you a successful course of therapy, but refuse any hard sell to extend the therapy several more weeks for “maintenance” purposes.

  37. Liz permalink*
    August 2, 2007 11:32 am

    Good to hear from you! I’m doing well and appreciate the additional info about adriamycin. let’s talk soon.

  38. Richard & Audrey Leonard permalink
    August 24, 2007 8:38 pm

    Dear Liz,

    I did not know you were losing your hair until I looked at your blog tonight! It is devastating when it starts to drop out but once it is gone, or partially gone, you will find you adapt to it even if you are not pleased about it. You were told it woudn’t happen too, which makes things worse perhaps. Let me know if you want any advice on this one. I know you know this, but it does grow back and will be as beautiful as before, I imagine.

    The main thing is that you are being treated well and I know you appreciate that!

  39. peggy Reaves permalink
    August 28, 2007 12:56 pm

    Liz: i am so sorry about the loss of you hair: I know this must be hard as you were not expecting this. We pray every day for you and TIm: for the Lord’s presence, blessing and love (through others) to be very evident. I am thankful you have a hairdresser who took good care of you. We will pray especailly for your trip tomorrow. Love, Peggy

  40. Connie Sancetta permalink
    September 12, 2007 8:38 am

    Dear Liz (and Tim), A recent message from Tim reminded me that I haven’t been staying in touch. I’ve asked Tim by email when would be a good time to call — I still haven’t developed fluency with email as a substitute for real voices. I’m really sorry to learn that you’re experiencing all the worst parts of the treatments. I don’t know if this is any help, either, but my cousin Laramie went through the same things when she had breast cancer — feeling sick and tired all the time, and she lost ALL of her hair — and once the treatments were over she started feeling a LOT better quickly, and her hair made a great come-back. So hold on to the knowledge that this too shall pass, and you’re getting closer to the end of the trial every day.

    I can’t remember which movies I suggested before, but some more of my fun favorites are: Outrageous Fortune, Romancing the Stone, Princess Caraboo, Sixteen Candles, and The Mouse That Roared.

  41. Jan Rooney permalink
    September 15, 2007 12:39 pm

    Liz, I love your baseball cap.It is so cool. You look pretty cute with that and your new hairdo! Do you know the book by Nora Ephron “I Feel Bad About My Neck” probably read it already..It’s the funniest thing in the world, hilarious…I recommend it..You have a great attitude and a great smile through all this..I know it is a very difficult time, but you seem to be doing well. I hold you in my thoughts and prayers, Liz. May God bless you mightily and heal you completely…He loves you, Liz, so much..

  42. Karen Cain permalink
    October 8, 2007 9:40 am

    Liz, One of the ideas that came my way is to keep hydrated to keep the flow of your blood vessels, etc. running smoothly. I wish I were closer and had the capability of helping out. However, I, too, have been having help with housework through a program called Self Support….a local firm who was recommended to me by my massage friend, Marianne. I still go for a massage once a month. I have tendonitis (tennis elbow) and am wearing a band and still able to function. Roy increased the antibiotic to 2 grams intravenously twice a day. He’s taking a boat load of acidophilus to keep his “flora” in tact as much as possible. This Saturday, Stacy will be visiting to celebrate our birthdays and anniversaries of October. Can you believe ours is at the 45 years mark!!! We’ll have open house for family and a few friends to visit periodically through the day. I talked to Eric yesterday and he and Janet and his kids are planning to come for the weekend. I’m quite excited about that. I wish you are feeling better, even if just a little bit each day. Love and prayers, Karen and Roy

  43. John Brouwer permalink
    December 9, 2007 10:40 am

    Liz and Tim,

    Though out of contact the past few months, due to health issues with my mother, know that you continue to be in my prayers. Glad concert went so well!

    Love, John

  44. Liz permalink*
    December 11, 2007 9:39 am

    Hi John! Great to hear form you. Hope your mother is ok. Call if you can.

  45. January 22, 2008 12:14 pm

    Hi Liz!
    thanks for visiting my humble blog…are you on crazysexycancer?
    If you need a laugh go to youtube and search for kittycat dance.
    It is very funny and cute and g rated!
    Good thoughts to you,

  46. Liz permalink*
    January 22, 2008 2:58 pm

    Hi Debbie,
    Yes, I’m a regular on CSC (and now I can post!) It’s been exciting to see you on MY humble blog too!

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