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Dear Readers,
My appendix ruptured a few days ago. I am now out of the hospital but I will be taking a week to recover and have saved any blogs written in advance for days that I need to take it slower. Thanks so much for your understanding. Therese

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Phil Holleman

posted July 17, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Get well soon, Therese! Don’t overdo it, though.

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posted July 17, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Oh, Therese, so sorry to hear that. Take good care of yourself in every way. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

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Kathy Trautwein

posted July 17, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Therese……sorry to hear about your illness. I hope you make a speedy recovery. I am reading your book ‘Beyond Blue’ and I bought one for my ex-husband. My anxiety issues are a big reason he divorced me. Your book is so me. I hope he comes to some kind of empathy for me instead of resenting the stuff my “illness” brought to the family.
Your book (Beyond Blue)is so much like me that if I didn’t know better I would think I wrote the book myself! I can totally relate to everything you wrote. I love your e-mails I get and I read them to my sister (who also has great anxiety). Get better soon! This is from someone who completly understands how depression and anxiety can all but ruin your life and your thought of as ‘someone who is just trying to get sympathy’. I wouldn’t wish the feelings that I have off on my biggest enime

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posted July 17, 2011 at 8:48 pm


I have just discovered your books and your blog. Your balance of wit, humor, science and wisdom has been a real joy to me. My sister suffered a ruptured appendix many years ago, and it was tough stuff. I wish you the best possible recovery. Know that many people you’ve never met are sending you prayers of peace right now. Take your time…

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posted July 17, 2011 at 9:55 pm

I know you’ve been through a lot, and this seems like too much on top of overload on top of everything else…
I guess like Gilda said: ‘It’s always something”
Know that I’m praying for you & I care what happens to you.
Give yourself time to heal, & don’t feel under obligation to keep up with expectations put on you by others or by yourself. You come first right now!

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Bev Y

posted July 17, 2011 at 11:24 pm

Dear Therese,
You have had medical problems that should only be granted to the elderly. I know all too well, I’m in my Golden Years. It’s way
too much fun, going from one knee replacement to the next old age
Medical people can keep us alive much longer than 30 years ago.
I question this position for myself. We never know when the really
bad illness will disable us.
But you are a young enough lady with a husband and children, you
don’t need these bad medical problems. I will be praying for your
I love you like a daughter, and I could certainly use some more
grand kids. Feel free to return my email. LOL

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posted July 17, 2011 at 11:54 pm


Do take care & know that our prayers are with you!

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posted July 18, 2011 at 3:57 am

Best wishes. I will pray for your quick recovery.

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Sam Gyura

posted July 18, 2011 at 4:40 am

Oh my goodness Therese! Get better soon. Sending you healing thoughts. Take care, Sam.

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posted July 18, 2011 at 5:53 am

What a wonderful testament to your compassion, Therese, that all of these good people care so much and are reaching out to you with love. LOVE, Mikey

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posted July 18, 2011 at 5:53 am

Therese, oh my, wishing and praying speedy recovery for you. I am so sorry to hear this. Love and light. Be strong.

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Jim Reidelbach

posted July 18, 2011 at 6:36 am

Take care-I first read your pieces sometime ago-they have been SO helpful!!

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Christina W

posted July 18, 2011 at 6:45 am

Take care of yourself!!

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posted July 18, 2011 at 7:08 am

Therese take the time you need to recuperate. I praying that the Holy family embrace you back into health. Marie

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posted July 18, 2011 at 7:10 am

I know you don’t know me, but I read Beyond Blue everyday. It has helped me so very, very much. I will be praying for you… I hope you feel better soon, Therese!

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Paul Moore

posted July 18, 2011 at 7:11 am

God Bless, Therese–Your “homies” are praying for you.

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posted July 18, 2011 at 7:34 am

Love your messages. Sending positive thoughts and prayers for a full recovery.

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Charlotte C

posted July 18, 2011 at 7:40 am

My goodness, aren’t you a lucky girl it was not worse! You should really do nothing for awhile, but I am sure your Doctors said that…

I have an idea>> why don’t you run your most popular blogs>> the best are worth seeing again and you won’t put your surgery at risk!!! You are endanger of much worst problems if you push this…

May you have a careful and speedy recovery and the Lord watch over you!

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Polly H.

posted July 18, 2011 at 7:47 am


I’m so sorry you’re having to go through this. Do take care of yourself. And don’t worry about the blog – none of your readers will dessert you if you don’t post for a little bit. I love to read what you have to say and if I have to wait a little, I certainly can do it – I’ll only be more eager when you start posting again.

My prayers for your uneventful recovery and for you and your family’s well-being.

Thanks for all you do.

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posted July 18, 2011 at 7:56 am

Sorry to hear. Hope you have a speedy recovery. Get well soon.

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posted July 18, 2011 at 8:06 am

You are in my thoughts and prayers, Therese. I pray your recovery is fast, that you are able to exercise soon and if you are not able to do so for a while, that you feel fine without it for this recovery period. Thank you for sharing in your entries – what encouragement, support and hope you give. I look forward to opening your blog each weekday. Thank you so much!

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posted July 18, 2011 at 8:12 am

Therese, sorry you have had to go through this and am sending you warm thoughts for a speedy recovery. Take care of yourself.

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posted July 18, 2011 at 8:18 am

Oh I am so sorry, Therese! You are in my thoughts and prayers.

I hope you make a speedy recovery.

Big Hugs,

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posted July 18, 2011 at 8:27 am


Praying for a quick recovery for you and provision for your family.


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posted July 18, 2011 at 8:32 am

Theresa…My dear, take time to repair and recover. Went through this myself afew years back and all will be well in time…I know it will be difficult at first not to be able to do your full routine…but know He walks by your side at every moment..and to Him turn your attention…we have all your older blogs to read and review. I just purchased the Pocket Therapist and for all you fans of T. get it if you haven’t got it…great!reading!! Just keep us posted of your
progress now and then T. Your body will heal in God’s time. So sorry you have this burden but look on it as just another opportunity to learn what God is telling you. You survived what could have been
fatal…so He has more for you in mind.

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Glen B.

posted July 18, 2011 at 8:34 am

Get well soon….
You need to take care of yourself…..
So you can help save other people who need help.

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posted July 18, 2011 at 8:42 am

Be well and God bless! You will be missed but we will be waiting when you are well enough to return!

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posted July 18, 2011 at 8:43 am

Oh no, Terese! That sounds incredibly painful, but it sounds like you’re on the road to recovery. Please be kind and gentle to yourself so you will heal fully. I hope that you don’t come back too soon. Please take the time that you need and know that we’ll be waiting for you when you’re able to return! Now, let your family give to you – you give so much and sometimes you have to take a break and let others do for you.

I’m eager to hear that you’re all healed!

With many blessings.

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posted July 18, 2011 at 8:49 am

Take it easy, and feel better soon.

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posted July 18, 2011 at 8:52 am

Get well Therese! Take care of yourself. You have taken such good care of us, that we will be good for ahwile.

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posted July 18, 2011 at 8:59 am

Prayers for your speedy recovery! Take Care!

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posted July 18, 2011 at 9:04 am

Get well soon!

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posted July 18, 2011 at 9:10 am

Therese! So sorry to hear about your appendix! I’ve devoured your book Beyond Blue – so insightful and informative. Thank you so much! Take care of yourself as you recover! PLEASE! xoxo Marisa

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posted July 18, 2011 at 9:18 am

Rest and get well. Let them wait on you while you’re there. And take it easy when you go home. You have many prayers surrounding you.

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posted July 18, 2011 at 9:29 am

Well, that stinks! I know that illness can send me spiraling (I don’t have time for this! How is everything going to get done? Why now on top of everything else? etc. etc.) I hope you can have peaceful rest and allow others to take care of you – guilt-free! You will re-bound!

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posted July 18, 2011 at 9:30 am

Sorry to hear that you’ve been feeling badly! It sounds like you are through the tunnel and out the other side, though… I wish you a very speedy recovery, Therese! We’ll be thinking of you…

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posted July 18, 2011 at 9:40 am


I will be praying for your speedy recovery. My mother found your blog for me and I have been reading it everyday.

It is a blessing to know that others have the same struggles as me.

Get well soon.


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posted July 18, 2011 at 9:48 am

Praying for your complete recovery. Love you!

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posted July 18, 2011 at 9:58 am

Prayers for a speedy recovery! God Bless!

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posted July 18, 2011 at 9:59 am


Feel better soon, take care.


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posted July 18, 2011 at 10:00 am

All those you’ve helped are sending it back your way. Blessed be.

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posted July 18, 2011 at 10:15 am

Your appendix did WHAT? Were there any warning signs? Was it “warm” and suddenly went “hot”? I take that it ruptured before they got it out and that is down right scary! Oh my stars and garters, are you related to Job?

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posted July 18, 2011 at 10:27 am

Boy, that really stinks. Take good care and best wishes for an easy and fast recovery. Will be sending thoughts and prayers your way…

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Christine W

posted July 18, 2011 at 10:40 am

Heal well Therese – be well, be safe, be calm


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posted July 18, 2011 at 10:42 am


Be good to you.

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posted July 18, 2011 at 11:07 am

Take care of yourself and make sure you rest. Let the others in the house take care of chores for a while. Don’t forget to drink enough fluids so you don’t dehydrate!

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posted July 18, 2011 at 11:21 am

Therese, take all the time you need to heal. You know this isn’t just a physical issue for you. The lovely people who follow your blog will be happy to give you the break you would give them. I loved the suggestion that you repost favorite blogs until you are ready to join us again. Thank you for all you do for suffering souls. I recommend your newsletter to psychotherapy clients.

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posted July 18, 2011 at 11:28 am

I had that happen and that’s not fun. Take it easy and enjoy the free time.

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Vilda Brannen, M.S., LPC

posted July 18, 2011 at 11:33 am

Take good care of yourself and allow time for your own health and healing. I try to remind myself “Slow times are a gift.” Maybe you can find this to be true in this situation. You will be in my prayers.

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Marylou D.

posted July 18, 2011 at 11:55 am

I hope you feel better soon.

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posted July 18, 2011 at 12:13 pm

I prayed that God will heal you and get you back on your feet. But take advantage of the time to REST your mind and body. You need some down time.

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mary lewis

posted July 18, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Praying for a quite recovery for you. Take good care of yourself, your health comes first.

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posted July 18, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Praying for a quick recovery for you. Please just take it easy for awhile until you feel better to even think about trying to write again.
I do look forward to reading your blogs daily, I would much rather have you up and healthy for your family first!

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posted July 18, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Hope your starting to feel better Therese. Please give yourself the time you need to heal. You are in the thoughts and prayers of so many that you deeply touch on a regular basis. Please know we’ll be thinking of you. Blessings and healing Thereses!

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posted July 18, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Dearest Therese,
Take things slowly and heal completely from this unexpected health problem. You have a wonderful husband and your children can certainly help in small ways. Thoughts and prayers,

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posted July 18, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Thankful you have the Perfect Physician to Heal you.

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posted July 18, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Be well, Therese. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

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John McManamy

posted July 18, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Hey, Therese. I hope your appendix transplant goes well. Take care, and we’ll see you back in action soon. :)

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posted July 18, 2011 at 1:46 pm

God Bless, Don’t worry about the blog, just take care of yourself. We’ll still be here when you get back to it!

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Penny Perrin

posted July 18, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Hello Therese: I hope that you are feeling better. Taking the time needed for yourself is important to recovery and the continued enjoyment of life. Thanks so much for your blogs & words of encouragement and wisdom! You’ve been wonderful at giving of yourself to others but for right now its time for you to take some time fro yourself:) Wishing you well…Penny

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posted July 18, 2011 at 3:55 pm

dear therese, please take it easy!! prayers for a speedy recovery, take care, barb

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posted July 18, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Get well soon…really hope you are feeling better as soon as possible.

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Suzanne Hinterlong

posted July 18, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Therese – I am so glad that you are going to be okay! You have so many people who love and care about you! Sending healing prayers to you!

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Paul Pfaff

posted July 18, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Prayers for a speedy recovery! Take it easy …

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Nicole W.

posted July 18, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Je vous souhaite santé et bonheur (wishing you health & happiness).

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steve durham

posted July 18, 2011 at 6:05 pm

An Orthodox prayer (somewhat revised!): O Heavenly Power, Comforter and Spirit of Truth, You who are in all places and who fill all things — save and have mercy on Your child Therese, restoring her to fullness of health, blessing this return to family and friends and work with us who have been in that Valley of the Shadow so much, and according to Your will even enriching her life and work through these events. Glory to the Father, the son, and the all-good, holy and life-creating Spirit, now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen!

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Your NameElaine

posted July 18, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Dearest Therese, Please focus on the recurring sentiment in these notes. We care about you as a person, we will be here when you are fully recovered; don’t rush–everything in God’s perfect time. Also, Therese, please be careful to keep your wound site clean, MRSA is so easy to wreak havoc. Not meant to scare you, but please be careful. Prayers and Peace to you.

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Dennis D

posted July 18, 2011 at 7:30 pm

God Bless You and Hope that you are better soon, Take Care of Yourself

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posted July 18, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Please know that we will miss you and we truly appreciate all of the work you do to those who suffer mental illness of any kind. God bless you and may you have a speedy recovery.

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posted July 18, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Feel better soon, you are in my prayers. And once again thank you so much for your blogs.

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posted July 18, 2011 at 9:36 pm

I am sorry to hear that you went through that, but two things come to mind….I hope you were laughing when it burst, and it looks like you have come through it with flying colors!

Take time to heal, time for yourself, and know that we are all behind a speedy recovery for you! God Bless You Therese, and I’ll keep you in my prayers for fast healing, and uplifting times…Get Well Soon, we’ll be here!


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posted July 18, 2011 at 9:52 pm

Beloved Creator,

I call upon your Holy Spirit to surround and enfold Therese in an atmosphere of healing, comfort and wellbeing. Please help her recuperate at the optimum pace for her. Please fill her with hope, with peace, with patience as she copes with the aftermath of her surgery… Bless her please and please fill her life with ease and grace and she walks through this healing process… Lord, I give thanks for Therese and for all that I learn from her. She is a true blessing and a human angel–Your messenger of hope to the heavy hearted….Thank you, Dear Lord. In and through Your holy presence, through Christ, through the Holy Spirit, One God reigning forevermore, Amen….

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posted July 18, 2011 at 11:17 pm

Be well Therese! Sorry to hear that your appendix has thrown you off. Hope you have a quick but restful recovery. Take it easy and God bless!

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posted July 18, 2011 at 11:34 pm

Therese, relax, recover, get well. Be good to yourself.

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Kevin Keough

posted July 18, 2011 at 11:52 pm

Well, it is worth mentioning that having a ruptured appendix is a very serious medical emergency. It is exceedingly painful and takes way more than a few days to recover from. We almost lost my daughter when the physicians had trouble managing complications when he appendix ruptured. I spent many many nights awake with my (then) 15 yo daughter in the hospital and at home helping her manage the pain and fear.

Therese, many people have sent heartfelt and spot on prayers.

Child of God—please rest and recuperate properly. I believe the message from readers is more or less unanimous. Focus on healing rather than posting.

So—those are the readers, doctors, and God’s orders. Michael the Archangel told me to tell you he will lead readers to boycott Beyond Blue if you succumb to the kind of serious sin of posting when you are supposed to be healing. It could be a sin ! You can mess around with Michael the Archangel is you want. For the record, I am on his side which is saying something because I’m always on your side. Well, it isn’t saying that much because you’d go with Michael the Archangel if the situation was reversed.

Joking aside:

Truth is you have created a place where people have been helped so much they want to help you by asking that you follow their orders to chill. Quite a unique place in cyber-space. We think you rule. So repeat after Michael the Archangel: ” I will not post anything this WHOLE week.”

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posted July 19, 2011 at 12:04 am

I prayed for a full recovery of your physical body as well as renewed spiritual strength.

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posted July 19, 2011 at 12:21 am

Love everything you write sending good wishes and speedy recovery

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Raquel Fall

posted July 19, 2011 at 3:51 am


this is awful. My 18 year old son had the same thing a month ago. I thought he only had a stomach bug, I took him to the ER. They told me it was appendicitis and he had surgery right away and was in the hospital nine days. It was a horrendous week for all of us. I am so happy you and him are both doing better. Please continue to recover and I am also praying for you like all these other wonderful people here. We love you and can hardly wait for you to be back 100%.

God bless you and your family!

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posted July 19, 2011 at 9:00 am

Take Care of You! We’ll be here when you get back.

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Your NameTerry

posted July 19, 2011 at 11:41 pm

Dear Therese,
I am so sorry that you had to endure this. It must have been terribly scary! Don’t worry about your blog. Everyone will understand. You need to take care of yourself and get well.
God bless you!

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Gina Keesling

posted July 20, 2011 at 9:54 am

I had a ruptured appendix in 2006 – thought it was a stomach bug and let it go way too long before seeing a doctor. I spent 6 days in the hospital and have a truly impressive scar. If your recovery goes like mine, you will tire easily for a long time. Other than that, I took it easy and was able to (mostly) get up to speed in a month or so.
FWIW – as a new subscriber, I would LOVE reposts of the blog. It is totally NOT slacking. I publish a newsletter for my company and often do “reruns” – frequently longtime subscribers write and thank me for repeating a particular piece, as it was just what they needed to read on that particular day.
Keep up the good work. But rest first!

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posted July 22, 2011 at 4:10 pm

… lots of love coming YOUR way!

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posted July 29, 2011 at 9:38 am

I’m behind in reading my personal e-mails so I just read about your hospital stay. Many wishes for a speedy recovery.

Take Care,


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