Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Update on my dad

I just spoke with my dad and my stepmother. The doctor's appointment went well. Dad received a shot that, over the next 4 months, is supposed to shrink the prostate. After that time, they will decide whether to go with implanting radioactive "seeds" to kill the cancer or do surgery. Dad seems very upbeat, although a little fuzzy on the details. That part is actually pretty normal for him. Wendy (my stepmom) said she's got more information (a DVD, pamphlets, etc.) from the doctor that she will give me when I see her on Sunday.
Thank you for your positive thoughts, warm wishes and prayers. I've made a personal decision to work as hard as possible to be positive in the face of adversity and your support helps me do that. I came to this decision after having realized just how poorly I handle adversity. I figure if handling adversity with despair and depression isn't working for me (duh!), then I need to try handling it with a positive point of view and an eye for optimism. Not always easy for me, but better than the other way. Anything is better than the other way.
Speaking of positive thinking, please take note of the POSITIVE DAY button on my side bar. Click on the picture to learn what that's all about. I hope you'll join in on the positive thinking, especially on July 31st!


  1. I am happy for the POSITIVE news about your dad and I am especially happy about the new POSITIVE attitude you will be implementing. I am proud of you!

  2. Keeping your Dad in my thoughts - and the rest of the family too!

    I just posted the Positive Day button - sounds like a great idea. I'll be there.

  3. Positive thoughts going out to you all, Kari.

    Now I'm going to click on the Positive Day button and see what that's all about.

  4. My natural frame of mind in the wake of trouble is hand-wringing. Like you, I've decided that nothing has ever been solved with that attitude. I know that I gravitate to those who are cheery and positive so that's what I want to be like. I do this best by remembering all that the Lord has done for me and expressing gratitude. Your dad is so going to appreciate your being upbeat. (I do confess that sometimes I slap a smile on just for practice. ;D)

  5. That sounds like wonderful news! I am so glad to hear it Sissy...just keep a positive thought for him in your heart! It will all come together.
    Aunt Sandi

  6. That is positive news. Your dad looks like a very happy man with his pup in the picture you posted. Hoping for all the best.

  7. Oh wow Kari. The fact that you posted about Positive Day on such an important post... I am truly humbled.

    I will pray for your Dad and believe that God will meet his every need. We will be positive!

  8. Hi Kari, Keeping a positive attitude does help. I wil pray for your dad today and keep you in my thoughts.
    Now I'm off to check out Positive day.

  9. Kari,

    That is a very positive outlook in the face of adversary. You go girl. In the meantime I'll be praying for your Dad.


  10. This is a very curable cancer! I'll be praying for him.

  11. I'll be sending my + vibes!!!


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