Last day with a full set

By this time tomorrow, I will be lying on a table and a surgeon will be brandishing his scalpel. I imagine that it comes in a neat little robin’s egg blue box like the one I had in college. I hope that his, in contrast to mine, is properly disinfected.

By this time tomorrow I will know what it’s like to have an IV in my neck (Right??!? Apparently they can’t use my chest port since they need a way to get high volumes of blood in fast, in case they need to.) and possibly try to astral-project myself into the kids’ classrooms while I’m under anesthesia, just to say hi and pay attention because I’m watching you.

But today, I’m getting ready. I’m going to do the last run I’ll do for a while, eat a giant breakfast, and then embark on a bowel cleanse. I’m setting expectations with the organs that are staying that something unusual is about to happen, but that they need to get a grip and step up. Also, I need to figure out how to get Post-It notes inside with friendly reminders like “Don’t forget to put the intestines back!” and “Bowels are like vowels — they’re important!”

So just a few things I wanted to pass along. First, thank you for all your pre-surgical messages of encouragement and prayers. I’m sorry if I don’t get to respond to all of you in advance, but know that I receive and treasure your messages. I can’t imagine that anyone could go into this in a better situation than I.

Secondly, thanks for your concern and requests to be notified of updates. Sacha is going to update the blog tomorrow when I come out of surgery. I would expect an update maybe around early to mid-evening Pacific time, since we’re told to that the surgery will run all day.

Finally, I’m going to borrow a phrase from a friend and say that I send you all oceans of love.

40 thoughts on “Last day with a full set”

  1. I have been thinking of you daily, always sending positive and healing vibes. You continue to be an inspiration to me. Sending a big hug, lots of love and wishes for many many more sunshine filled days for you.

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  2. Sandi everything will come thru for you tomorrow, I know that you have the best surgeons to care of you, and you have all of us praying for you. And most important you have God with you, remember we can do anything with him. I send you my absolute love and prayers for a full recovery. Love Jane

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  3. On the bright side, with a little more room in there, it should be easier to keep things organ-ized.

    Heal up quick, don’t keep your readers waiting! ❤️

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  4. Sending tons of prayers and love Sandi! My thoughts will be with you tomorrow and as you recover. You are an amazing inspiration, tackling this challenge head on with such a wonderful attitude and sense of humor. 💕

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  5. Sandi as I awake this morning and read this, my whole heart, mind and soul align in prayer and meditation for you. Kick Cancers ass!
    Much love ❤️

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  6. Thank you so much for keeping us posted. I am praying with Isaiah 41:10 that our good God will hold your hands and strengthen you, and fill the OR with his presence and love. Love,

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  7. I had a couple surgeries before. It actually did not hurt when the doctor sliced me open, and I’m not aware or even sure what actually happened. It’s the healing process that deserves more writing about. Looking forward to reading your recovery stories.

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  8. I know it’s scary. But you are strong, and you’ve got a whole army of loved ones who have your back, and will do everything possible to help get you through it. (Thanks again for sharing this with us)

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  9. I’m susceptible to silly jokes lately, and I love the organ-ized one, gotta say. The best/worst I can come up with is, let’s Marie Kondo on the inside! Can’t wait for you to continue to spread joy. Thinking of you, with hope and love. ❤️

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  10. Sandi,
    I’ve been thinking about you all weekend and trying to send some “Borg Love” in anticipation of tomorrow. It is somewhat scary, but I am also calm, as I know you are a fighter and your sense of humor is a big defense you have. You will get to the other side of this disease and we will be there to hug you and kiss you and say welcome to the rest of your life. This will be like a nightmare from which you wake up one day. I have a niece who is going through some issues with her newborn baby, and my sister said something that I think applies here as well. As hard as this moment is, it is just like a grain of sand when taking into consideration your whole life. Hang in there and rest assured that we will always be here for you.
    Love you!

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  11. And even at this time, you’ve made me laugh! “Bowels are like vowels”! Ha, ha!! You’ve got this Sandi!! Sending you love, strength and prayers 💗💗

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  12. You got this Sandi!!! We are all cheering for you. You are in great hands with some of the best surgeons/doctors out there. Thinking of you and sending lots of love.
    Xox

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  13. Sandi, you are surrounded by oceans of love. We are all rooting for you and are sending prayers for your physical and mental strength and healing. Hugs, Elizabeth

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  14. You are a thousand times wonderful!! We love you, are with you in prayer and our hearts/minds. You are a champion mom, wife, friend & community member! Wishing so much peace and love!

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  15. Best wishes for complete success on Tuesday and a speedy recovery thereafter. I know the journey will continue to be hard, but you’re ready and you can do it! I look forward to reading good news as soon as possible. In the meantime, your large following of supporters will continue the chorus of thoughts, wishes, and prayers. Onward, courageous girl!

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  16. Love you Sandi! And praying for a successful surgery and for your comfort and peace knowing you are going to be OK. Cheering for you with lots of love ! 🙂

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  17. Thinking of you and sending hugs and prayers for healing, sanity, and hopefully something better than jello to eat after surgery! Anytime you need any cute kitten pictures, you just let me know. I’ll set you up. Looking forward to seeing your bada$$ scars at next year’s reunion.

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  18. You already know all the love and conern of your friends; we await the best possible outcome for you. You’ve been such a courageous woman, I stand in awe of you, Sandi. All my love to you and your family.

    oh, and Sacha, you better not leave me off your list to notify at the end of today…I would hate to have to call you at midnight 😉

    kisses and hugs to all Marjie

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  19. Thank you for this update. I will be praying you through using Psalm 46:10 and Psalm 34:4. You have an army of prayer warriors surrounding you and your family. WE LOVE YOU, SANDI!!!

    It’s OK to give yourself a big cry to grieve all your soon-to-missing body parts. I did that right before my surgery. Sending you SO much love! XOXO

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  20. You’re a tough one, Sandi. You’ll nail this one and move on to the next. There’s a ton of love coming your way. I’ll be thinking of you every minute tomorrow and look forward to Sacha’s update. Here’s to a smooth, rapid recovery.

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  21. I’ve been thinking of you all day!!! Sending you tons and tons of love! Our gall bladders will be frolicking in gall bladder heaven together, although mine will be slower as its demise had something to do with donuts & pregnancy.

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  22. Lisa, the boys and I all send our best. In the grand plan of the Universe, it’s just your turn to get better. So, go do that. See you later this week, one LMS lighter.

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  23. Some additional thoughts:

    1. Make sure your surgeon and their team understand that we (the collective we) will be holding them to a high standard – 100%. None of this six sigma stuff … no Junior Mints, nothing that calls for “oops”, no inadvertent sneezes. We expect – no, demand – perfection. Absolute top of their game. Period. (In fact, if they can figure out how to give 110%, well then they had better do it). Or they will be facing large mob wielding torches and pitchforks.

    2. Don’t bother with Post-Its (when you really want them to stay up, you find them on the floor). This case calls for a sharpie – with arrows, circles, annotations, and warnings. Maybe even a couple, in different colors.

    3. Instead of thinking that this is your last day with a ‘full set,’ think of this as an exercise in efficiency. Getting rid of excess capacity. Sandi 2.0 is gonna come out of this more powerful, more efficient, and more motivated to experience everything than Sandi 1.0. (And who knows, in 5-10 years you may be the perfect candidate for becoming Sandi 3.0, with advanced robotic components. And this is just creating some extra room for them).

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  24. Sandi – given the size of the army praying for you (an army of people more holy than me) a successful outcome is certain. I celebrate on the eve of God’s triumph and your healing. I praise Him and thank Him for this miracle!!

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  25. Sandi. Our wonderful god and those top of the line surgeons will have u better than new and all this will be a blip in ur long life hereafter. Speaking from experience as you already know. Kay , Mike and all the Mons love u so much !!!!

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