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One Final Word

posted by aarnold

My dear friend Michele slipped into eternity on Wednesday, February 1.   She was a remarkable woman who left a legacy of faith, determination, and love. For three years she courageously battled the ovarian cancer that eventually robbed her of […]

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The peace that passes all understanding, pt. 1

posted by admin

I’m coming out of my normal hiding place to make a few comments. The internet is a strange place. It is often a wonderful place, a helpful place, a unifying place. But it is also alienating, cold, and is the […]

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I had a pretty rough week

posted by Susan Johnson

As you probably can tell from the lack of content this week, I had a pretty rough week. I was in a lot of pain over the weekend, my stomach was swollen which made it really hard to eat, sleep, […]

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I’m still alive!

posted by Susan Johnson

Sorry about my absence from the blog, I lost my lap so I couldn’t use my laptop Though, it’s a little more complicated than that. I didn’t have the energy to post. I still surfed the net but didn’t have […]

Waiting…

posted by Susan Johnson

As I wait for the results of my blood test, I find comfort from this Psalm: ESV Psalm 130:1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord!2 O Lord, hear my voice!Let your ears be attentiveto the voice […]

Some good news for a change…

posted by Susan Johnson

It’s a little good news but I’ll take it! My oncologist asked me the color of the fluid they drained from my abdomen (btw, there was no analysis of the fluid — this was purely therapeutic). I told him it […]

Happy New Year!

posted by Susan Johnson

Though it’s hard for me to see how my new year is going to be very happy, I do wish a happy new year for you. I hope you are enjoying the evening with your family and friends and are […]

Thank you

posted by Susan Johnson

I wanted to let you guys know that I appreciate your prayers and comments concerning the return of my cancer. It has been very difficult to deal with the knowledge that a deadly disease is trying to end my life. […]

Merry Christmas!

posted by Susan Johnson

I’m finally back online! It took my husband hours yesterday to fix the problem, I’m blessed to have such a knowledgeable and patient husband. I was able to back up my computer because VAIO has a data recovery program, so […]

So, my cancer may or may not be back

posted by Susan Johnson

I had a CT scan and here is the relevant passage: “Complex solid and cystic mass in the left pelvis either representing residual neoplasm ad/or postoperative change.” Obviously, I’m scared. I don’t want to go through anymore chemo cycles. I […]

Drinking Fat

posted by Susan Johnson

Did you guys see the new anti-soda ad from NYC?Yech! Good commercial to watch if you have to cut out soda. I recently had to give up all caffeine, so no more sodas. It’s been easy enough to give them […]

Pray request for my Grandma

posted by Susan Johnson

My grandma had a major stroke on Sunday and she isn’t expected to recover from it, the neurosurgeon says that she can go at any moment. Please pray that I can get my mother over there (PA) before she dies. […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

posted by Susan Johnson

I hope everyone is enjoying their day and looking forward to spending it with friends and family. Every year we have Thanksgiving meal at my sister’s so I never have to cook a turkey, for that I am thankful Here’s […]

Matt Chandler on his “personal walk”

posted by Susan Johnson

Here’s some words of wisdom for those of us who are struggling, I found it encouraging, maybe you will as well:I agree with Matt Chandler that getting up early is the best time to focus on the Lord and his […]

I’m still cancer free

posted by Susan Johnson

Good news from the oncologist, my CA 125 is 7.5. Three months after chemo and the number continues to go down (at least a tiny bit, the last number was 8 Thank you for your prayers and well-wishes. Praising God […]

Yes, even us rightwingers like Moleskine!

posted by Susan Johnson

And organic milk, Whole Foods and even Mini Coopers (yes, I’m thinking that it might be my next car — preferably the nightfire red). What’s this confession all about? Well, apparently, Glenn Beck freaked out the lefties by being spotted […]

Just found out Jeff Jarvis has prostrate cancer

posted by Susan Johnson

Thought I would note it in case I’m not the only one living in a bubble. Please join me in praying for him and his family during this time of struggle as they deal with it. Even though the cancer […]

Hey, I’m ahead of a trend!

posted by Susan Johnson

Pretty cool! The look that was once sported by both Mona Lisa and Elizabeth I is now being sold as the last word in modernity. The thinking seems to be that if you’ve exhausted every other manner of facial alteration […]

Not much blogging today

posted by Susan Johnson

I’m going to be hanging out with my family today, so no blogging (or even tweeting or facebook). Real conversation, not electronic I’ll leave you with this. The real reason famous people die in threes

Dr. Jerri Nielsen died today from breast cancer

posted by Susan Johnson

She is the doctor who discovered she had breast cancer in Antarctica and operated on herself to biopsy the tumor. The cancer metastasized five years later to her liver, bones and brain: Nearly a decade after she was rescued from […]

I have guests…

posted by Susan Johnson

So, I wasn’t able to blog. I wanted to blog about the prop. 8 decision but I didn’t get the chance (my mother-in-law and I talked too much this morning) and now I have to go to the rehearsal for […]

Happy Memorial Day!

posted by Susan Johnson

I hope everyone is enjoying their day off and at least pausing long enough to remember those who gave their life so that we can live in freedom. We thank them for their sacrifice and appreciate their love for this […]

Andrew Breitbart: “I, Jerk”

posted by Susan Johnson

If you haven’t read his article go read it. It will be amusing to both the left and the right. It’s about his reaction to protesters who passed by a fancy restaurant that overlooked the beach they were marching on […]

Good news from my oncologist yesterday

posted by Susan Johnson

He suggested I have the port removed from my chest as soon as we are done with the treatment and I will only need to see him every three months. I think he suggested I take out the port because […]

I’m free!!!!

posted by Susan Johnson

I completed my final final this morning. I’m done and I’m so thankful I never have to study for another Hebrew quiz or an OT final ever again. Yes! I was going crazy this week studying for this final, I […]

I received good news on Monday before my chemo…

posted by Susan Johnson

It seems that my CA-125 number dropped from 148 to 20!!! My oncologist thinks that once my surgeon finds out the number is that low, he would probably be OK with me only having 6 chemo treatments instead of the […]

I got bad news from my surgeon today…

posted by Susan Johnson

He’s going to recommend that my oncologist give me 9 chemo treatments instead of 6. He wants me to have a negative CA-125 for a couple chemo treatments before they stop giving me chemo. Bummer! This means that I’m not […]

“A Shelter in the Time of Storm: Meditations on God and Trouble”

posted by Susan Johnson

That’s the title of Paul David Tripp’s new book, it’s 52 meditations on Psalm 27. Here’s a video promoting the book which is one of the best book promotion videos I’ve seen. It convinced my to buy it. I should […]

It’s not an iPhone…

posted by Susan Johnson

But it’s close! Long time readers of this blog know that I’ve wanted an iPhone since it was first announced. I loved its looks, portability, and ease of use. Recently we bought our 13-year-old an iTouch for her birthday and […]

I just took my last Hebrew quiz!!!

posted by Susan Johnson

I will never have to take a Hebrew quiz again! I am sooooo happy! Let’s celebrate: (via)I think I did OK, it was my desire to finish off on a high note, I hope I did. Professor Green is pretty […]

Hallmark’s Cancer Cards

posted by Susan Johnson

So, I’m watching one of the morning talk shows and they have a segment on Hallmark’s cancer cards which were introduced in February. This was the first time I heard about them and I’m glad no one has sent me […]

I finished my exegesis paper!!!!!!

posted by Susan Johnson

Woohoo! Thanks for your prayers, the Lord certainly answered them but it was really hard with a lot of road blocks thrown in my way. I have thrush (from the steroids) and had to spend valuable time today looking for […]

I have a exegesis paper due on Thursday…

posted by Susan Johnson

And I’m just starting it! EEP! I’m freaking out!!! (You can tell by all the exclamation points I’m going to have to work really hard from now until Thursday to make my deadline. Maybe I’ll post some of my research […]

This is my future

posted by Susan Johnson

Isn’t it wonderful? I realized that I would have to live in four month intervals after I visited the oncologist the first time and it made me realize that my life as I knew it was over and I had […]

Time is running out for my hair

posted by Susan Johnson

I started chemo on Friday. Everything went well during the treatment. The oncologists prepare your body with drugs to ensure that they’re aren’t major incidents. I had to take 5 Dexamethason the night before and the day of chemo, its […]

I hope you guys enjoyed your Valentine’s Day celebration yesterday…

posted by Susan Johnson

I did not! I had a Mediport inserted Friday and it was causing me much discomfort yesterday and today. It hurts when I swallow and I feel the Mediport in my chest and the site is tender to the touch […]

Happy Birthday, Mom!

posted by Susan Johnson

Here’s a shout out to my mom who turns 70 today (sorry, mom but it’s true). Have a fun day looking at your pictures on your new HP digital picture frame and make dad get you Chinese food or a […]

While I was away from the blog

posted by Susan Johnson

I’m finally getting around to reading all the comments that you guys were posting when Sarah took over the blog. Sarah told me about this comment: Sarah, you absolutely must not lock your mother in the basement, no matter how […]

So, the consensus seems to be…

posted by Susan Johnson

That you guys don’t want to see the scar. I don’t blame you, it’s not very pretty I’m glad that I don’t have to prove my veracity. And thanks to everyone for the recommendations on the port. I’m going to […]

So, do you want to see my scar?

posted by Susan Johnson

One of the commenters thinks that I may be lying about the cancer: My mother had ovarian cancer and she most certainly wasn’t returned home from hospital as quickly as Michelle. And there’s no way that my mother would have […]

Thank you for the prayers!

posted by Susan Johnson

So, I have papillary serous carcinoma, it’s stage 3 C ovarian cancer — it’s an aggressive cancer. The tumor was removed as was some cancer cells from my intestines and fat. They also removed my uterus and ovaries. I have […]

Sorry, I haven’t blogged for awhile

posted by Susan Johnson

But it’s been really hard to blog about the cancer but I promise to post something tomorrow. I’m an emotional wreck right now (between coming to grips with having cancer and having a hysterectomy) and it’s been hard to bring […]

Sorry to say…

posted by Susan Johnson

This is Sarah again. Michele hasn’t had the strength to blog yet, but she’s home and walking. Otherwise she’s ok. Hopefully she’ll be blogging again soon and back to her old self, which we all love.

Update #4

posted by Susan Johnson

Sarah here, for the last time. Yes, you shall all be rid of me because my mom is coming home!!!!!! Yea!!! So she was feeling better, obviously, she was eating solid foods, getting up and walking around by herself, and […]

Update #3

posted by Susan Johnson

Well today we went to the hospital- obviously- and she was doing much better. The oxygen tubes were taken out. She even got out of the bed a couple times to go to the bathroom. She was doing well, took […]

Update #2

posted by Susan Johnson

Sarah here again. Thank you all for the uplifting comments and all the encouragement. It’s great how at times of crisis people rally together. Everyone has been so helpful while we are going through this and it’s greatly appreciated! Well […]

Update on Surgery #1

posted by Susan Johnson

Hello, this is Sarah, Michele’s daughter. I’ll be blogging for her while she is in the hospital. The surgery went well, the tumor was 99% removed. The other 1% will be treated with chemotherapy. The tumor was cancerous. I saw […]

Our cancer scare

posted by Susan Johnson

Around the Christmas holiday my abdomen bloated up so much it looked like I was pregnant. I figured maybe I wasn’t getting enough fiber in my diet so I increased my fiber intake as well as drank more glasses of […]

Samantha’s favorite video

posted by Susan Johnson

So, I spent the morning cleaning out the junk from email account. I had over 4,000 unread emails, now I’m down to just over 1,000. I have unread emails going back years! Very embarrassing. So, while I continue on with […]

Happy New Year!!!

posted by Susan Johnson

Hope you’re enjoying the first day of the new year I’ve been thinking about my new year’s resolutions and realized how similar they are to last year’s which is pretty depressing. Why can’t I keep them? Why can’t I ever […]

Buckle recipe

posted by Susan Johnson

As promised here’s my buckle recipe. Don’t forget to whip some heavy cream and sugar to go with it! Add 1 Tbsp lemon juice, 1/2 cup sugar and 1 Tbsp cornstarch to peeled and quartered fruit. Mix until sugar dissolves. […]

Dieting during the Christmas season

posted by Susan Johnson

So, I got back on my diet just in time for the traditional Christmas eating binge We already started the sugar binge yesterday with sugar cookies and pastries. We were celebrating the snow day and I thought it might be […]

I’m Done!

posted by Susan Johnson

I took my last exam yesterday and don’t have to go back until February! It was a lot of work and I’m glad I’m done. I liked the subjects and would have enjoyed the readings more if I wasn’t under […]

Sorry for the lack of posting today…

posted by Susan Johnson

And for the light posting this weekend. I was studying for my Prophets final which was today. I think I did OK. It was a lot of work but I read everything I was supposed to read, listened to all […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

posted by Susan Johnson

Hope you all enjoy your day. I’m going to be studying for finals most of mine! But at least I don’t have to cook, my sister is hosting Thanksgiving as she does each year. She makes an excellent turkey (my […]

Prayer request for my Hebrew exam

posted by Susan Johnson

To all my brothers and sisters in Christ, I ask that you pray for my Hebrew exam today. It’s on the book of Amos. I think I’m ready and it’s an open lexicon test but I’m still very nervous since […]

7th grader called a racist for wearing a Palin t-shirt

posted by Susan Johnson

I expect this is happening at a number of schools this year. My 7th grader was called a racist by four of her classmates for supporting McCain. She’s nice and didn’t call them out on their racism for assuming that […]

The Biggest Loser Preview

posted by Susan Johnson

I’m looking forward to The Biggest Loser which premiers tonight. It’s annoying that it’s up against Fringe but since Samantha loves to watch it, my husband and I will have to watch it on Hulu.Here’s a preview episode I found […]

A Beautiful, Horrific Day

posted by admin

I originally posted this two years ago. I am posting it again because it still sums up my feelings about this day in history. Hug your babies, tell people you love them, tell them again. Look intently into the eyes […]

On a personal note…what great timing for the surge in the dollar :-)

posted by Susan Johnson

Ahhh…it’s music to the ears of an American traveler to hear that the dollar is surging while you are on foreign soil especially when you haven’t exchanged your money yet! When we went to Montreal I exchanged a hundred US […]

I’m back….

posted by Susan Johnson

I just got back last night from Montreal and was too exhausted to blog and now I’m getting ready for church but I saw something from Friday that I plan to comment on. Full blogging will resume later today

So, this seems like a good time to take a break from blogging

posted by Susan Johnson

Everyone will be focused on the Olympics, Obama is taking a vacation and who really cares what McCain is doing (unless it’s a snarky ad about Obama and I’m not interested in the love life of a potential VP or […]

“As my mum always says about my 93-year-old grandfather, you just have to humour the elderly”

posted by Susan Johnson

Ouch! Oh how deeply the words of our daughters wound us to our very soul! That’s a quote from a mother-teenage daughter review of a new British movie by the director of “Bend it Like Beckham” called “Angus, Thongs And […]

Light blogging….

posted by Susan Johnson

Because I had surgery again! This time I can post a picture of the part of my body that went under the knife: Isn’t it gross? It’s a ganglion cyst. Usually it’s on the wrist but of course I have […]

Another I told you so post

posted by Susan Johnson

See? Yet more silly attacks on my view of Christianity just because the commenter doesn’t agree with me on the subject I posted. I guess if you can’t argue the issue, attack the deeply held conviction of the one who […]

So, my grades came in the mail yesterday…

posted by Susan Johnson

And I was shocked to learn that I had received an A- in both classes! Though, I’m not surprised that I received the A- in Doctrine of God since I got an A- on each of the digests and they […]

A response to my Reformed theology post

posted by Susan Johnson

When I was harassed into proving that my Reformed theology is the source for my worldview and not the Republican party, I provided you guys with a nice little primer that explains Reformed theology so that I can then provide […]

Cute babies

posted by Susan Johnson

A reporter has a hard time finding someone to admit that he’s baby is average looking.And though everyone thinks their baby is cute, I know that mine were and still are Judge for yourself:

Australians are fatter than Americans!

posted by Susan Johnson

Well, if we can’t be number one in something, this would be it But we can’t crow too loudly because they only won by one percentage point The latest comprehensive obesity study has shown that 26 per cent of adult […]

Our day at the Met

posted by Susan Johnson

OK, so we had to take Sarah to the Met last Sunday for school and we couldn’t have picked a worse day to be in Manhattan (we didn’t have much choice, it was picked for us), not only was it […]

Exercise Program: Week 2

posted by Susan Johnson

So, the exercise program hit a snag last week. I was going too often and was too exhausted to lift weights. I would go in the morning and then in the afternoon with my daughters. I took a couple days […]

Canned Responses

posted by Susan Johnson

Since the commenters insist on repeatedly making the same charges against me I’ve decided to started saving my responses in Microsoft OneNote as a way to save me time and aggregation and to demonstrate the lack of imagination in the […]

Exercise Program: Week 1

posted by Susan Johnson

So, as I mentioned to you guys recently that I joined a gym with my daughters last week. I can’t believe it’s only been a week since I started working out, it seems like so much longer because I’ve been […]

I’m giving my lefties readers a present today…

posted by Susan Johnson

No Obama bashing all day. A 24 hour Obama free zone. I don’t care what he does or says today, I will not post anything with his name on it or even allude to the story. See Christian love in […]

Happy Mother’s Day!

posted by Susan Johnson

I hope all you Mom’s out there enjoy your day (especially you, Mom — sorry we couldn’t make it). It’s got to be better than mine, I’m reading Turrentin! Yech! OK, maybe he’s not exactly, “Yech!” but he’s pretty close. […]

Well, I took my OTHT2 test today…

posted by Susan Johnson

And I have no idea how I did, I never know, But I did fill one blue book and had to use a second, that could be a good sign (or not). I wrote for the whole 3 hours straight […]

So, my nose is broken

posted by Susan Johnson

I have a small break on the right side of my nose. It’s a clean break but since my doctor referred me to an ear, nose and throat doctor, I decided to go even though there’s probably not much that […]

So, I’m pretty sure I broke my nose

posted by Susan Johnson

The reason that I can’t say definitively is because I haven’t heard those words from my doctor yet but I got X-rays taken yesterday (of both my nose and cheeks) and today the doctor’s office left a message on my […]

I’m back! I finished my paper on time!

posted by Susan Johnson

Well, I was able to complete my digest and hand it in on time with only moments to spare. I had to leave school by 3:00 to be able to get my tween to a function she needed to be […]

Very busy, no time to blog!

posted by Susan Johnson

Just a short post to let you guys know that I won’t be blogging today (probably). I have a digest due tomorrow and I’m not even close to being done! I’m starting to panic. Prayer would be appreciated

“Out of tears, thoughts”

posted by Susan Johnson

I was just going through my moleskin looking for a quote I wrote down from the Westminster Confession the last time I took a class with my doctrine of God professor (he always puts the same section on the test) […]

This is what the competition is doing to prepare for college

posted by Susan Johnson

So, I’m posting this for my 10th grader to read. I want her to see her competition and the lengths they’ll go to so that they can get into Ivy League schools. We aren’t even trying for Ivy League schools […]

Happy Anniversary, Honey!

posted by Susan Johnson

Oh.My.Heck! We finally made the “Hottest Topics”

posted by Susan Johnson

But I’m bummed that it wasn’t for a more interesting post. Thanks to RJohnson and meh for the bulk of the comments

Happy Birthday, Baby!

posted by Susan Johnson

Prayer for Hebrew Quiz

posted by Susan Johnson

Hey! I know I haven’t been posting that much but I have a Hebrew quiz tomorrow. I hope that you will pray for me because the amount of material is overwhelming. I have to know Deuteronomy 4, Joshua 24, Judges […]

It is finished!

posted by Susan Johnson

I was right, it took me another hour but I finally finished it and went out to my car to print it. Yeah, I had to schlep my printer from home and borrowed my husband’s AC adapter because of course […]

I can’t believe it has taken me this long!

posted by Susan Johnson

And I’m not even done! I have only one more page to go and I know it’s going to take at least another hour. I did mention that I don’t want to delete anything didn’t I? The material for this […]

So, that might not have been the best post to have up for the last 15 hours

posted by Susan Johnson

I probably should have attempted to post once more before I had to turn my full attention to writing a digest for my Doctrine of God class I’m still working on the digest so blogging won’t resume until I’m done. […]

Sorry for my absence…

posted by Susan Johnson

I was doing the mom thing and supervising a sleepover that took up most of my night and a large part of my morning. We went to the mall and the movies and then had ice cake and by the […]

I am really ticked off that I’m losing an hour tonight

posted by Susan Johnson

I now have to get up an hour later or I won’t get enough sleep tonight and I really can’t afford the time (it’s really bad when losing an hour messes you up this much, don’t you think?). Argh! Stupid […]

I finally finished my digest!

posted by Susan Johnson

Thank you, God! Oh.my.heck was it hard! Writing a digest is the absolutely most disciplined type of writing that you can do because you have to read the writings of theologians (which can be pretty difficult some times) and then […]

Al Mohler to have surgery

posted by Susan Johnson

They found a pre-cancerous tumor on his colon. Please pray for him and his seminary while he is undergoing treatment. And while you’re at it, could you pray for me as well? I will be having surgery this week to […]

Happy Birthday, Samantha!

posted by Susan Johnson

(What do you expect? She’s in middle school

My New Vaio Laptop and Vista

posted by Susan Johnson

So, long time readers of this blog may remember that I got a new Vaio laptop for Christmas but I haven’t gotten a chance to let you know what I think of it. I love it! Of course, what’s not […]

Privilege quiz

posted by Susan Johnson

Joel Hunter posted this privilege quiz at The Boars Head Tavern. The bold statements are true: 1. Father went to college. 2. Father finished college. 3. Mother went to college. 4. Mother finished college. 5. Have any relative who is […]

Cleaning out the Fridge and Bible Study

posted by aarnold

I have been invited to join a bible study at my new church. Well can you technically call it a “new” church if you’ve been there for a year? Anyway, I am looking forward to getting to know some of […]

One of the other chicks

posted by aarnold

It’s me, the other chick Susan saying hello to our new community! I know some of our readers think that there is only one blabbing chick over here named Michele, namely because she does the most posting, but there really […]

So, it was my dad’s birthday yesterday…

posted by Susan Johnson

And I completely forgot! I even called my mom on Tuesday to make sure what the day was. I though it was the 9th but it turned out to be the 10th. I know, I’m a terrible daughter. But they […]

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One Final Word
My dear friend Michele slipped into eternity on Wednesday, February 1.   She was a remarkable woman who left a legacy of faith, determination, and love. For three years she courageously battled the ovarian cancer that eventually robbed her of her life.  A few days before she died, one of her docto

posted 8:43:41pm Feb. 10, 2012 | read full post »

The rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated
My husband told me that there are rumors that I've died. I'm happy to report that I'm still very much alive. My cancer has gone to stage four but we are controlling it with chemo, the cancer numbers are currently in the normal range. I've stopped blogging to concentrate on my daughters and writing a

posted 7:07:55pm Aug. 23, 2010 | read full post »

An update and a prayer request
Several people have asked about Michele's condition, and have promised to pray for her. On her behalf, I thank you for that. I spoke with her a little while ago, and she asked that I come here and tell you what's going on, and to ask you to pray for her. She isn't able to post here herself right

posted 4:55:36pm Apr. 06, 2010 | read full post »

Rest in peace, Internet Monk.
A man known in the cyber world as The Internet Monk, has died. Michael Spencer lost his battle with cancer tonight. My prayers go out for his family and for all those who loved and will miss him. :(

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