Health updates on the Mrs. Messinas

Michelle hurt her knee doing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu a few weeks ago. She was in a knee brace for the services and found out the morning of Joe’s visitation that she would need surgery to repair it. That surgery was yesterday. She is home and doing well, surrounded by caring friends. Thank you, prayer warriors, for lifting her in prayer while she was in surgery. Now comes the hard part…recovery. Please continue to keep her in your prayers as she has the lovely task of being on crutches for the next 4-6 weeks (anyone who has ever been on crutches is inwardly groaning, I know). A special shout out to Joe’s best friend, Zac Oslica, who when with her to the hospital, stayed with her there and got her situated at home and stayed with her all day. I still say I can totally see Joe looking down at Zac with his hand over his heart, the other one outstretched to him, a smile on his face but tears in his eyes and a look of love for all Zac is doing for Michelle when he can’t be with her himself. Zac, you are a rockstar. Thank you.

Whilst Michelle was in surgery in Kansas City yesterday morning, I was at the cancer center at Bergan Mercy all morning. I had blood work done, another one of those 2 inch needles stuck in my hip (that is every 28 days), and a zometa infusion to seal my bones to prevent any more cancer getting into my bones. I already have a spot on my L2 on my spine, but that has remained stable and it has not spread to other bones yet. The Zometa is every 3 months. I then left there and walked around the corner in the building to the radiology department and had my 3 months scans on my chest, pelvis, and abdomen with and without contrast. Always a good time. (not). It was a long morning. I kept telling Michelle that at least she got to sleep through most of her trip to the hospital! This was a pretty hard trip for me. Usually Joe calls me or texts me when I am at the hospital for these longer treatments. He was by far my biggest “kick cancer’s butt” cheerleader. I was really missing him. The oncology nurses there are stellar. They knew I was off…no smiling…even under the mask. They were all so kind when I told them what had happened. Which made the tears flow even more freely. We are still unable to have a support person with us in the infusion room due to COVID. It is a lonely place where you are looking at all those others around you…many very sick…wondering how long it will be until you reach that point. The infusion center also looks out over two cemeteries. Yeah, that is great for cancer patient morale as well. The weather turned a bit crazy yesterday and it started snowing like crazy for about 20 minutes. My only comic relief of the morning was that I was sitting their watching this poor man on a riding lawnmower mowing the grass around the hospital grounds in the driving snow. Only in Nebraska. Didn’t stop him. He just kept mowing. We were all just watching him from the window….if he had only looked up.

For the first time ever, I had the results from my CT scans given to me by my local oncologist and within a day of the scans. So Rich and I had a zoom meeting with my doctor and he said he only had 3 words to tell me: STABLE ONCOLOGICAL STATUS. These were good words. I have been on this new treatment plan for a year as of this month and I am stable. He seemed a little surprised by that. He seems to be the kind of oncologist to throw the kitchen sink at cancer, no matter what it does to the patient. I brought up this treatment to him about 16 months ago and he dismissed it. I finally brought in research studies backing up my idea. He is still surprised that it is working better than traditional chemo. That’s okay. Let him be surprised. My quality of life is so much better. I will be meeting via zoom with my sarcoma specialist at the Mayo Clinic on April 14th. I should be hearing the same message….keep on doing what you are doing. Here’s my traditional post from treatment day:

8 thoughts on “Health updates on the Mrs. Messinas

  1. Keep fighting the warrior’s fight Cyndi! You are loved and are a beacon of light and love! You are loved! Even from afar! ❤️ Let Gods’s love surround and enfold you, and your family, and continue give you love and continued grace! I Love you my friend! You are never far from my thoughts, prayers and heart.

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  2. My thoughts and prayers are with both of the Mrs. Messinas. God bless you both. It is so hard to deal with emotional pain while also trying to recover from physical illness and pain. You are both so brave. Know that Joe is right there with you by your sides. ❤❤❤❤

    Love to you both, Angie Araya

    On Fri, Mar 25, 2022 at 11:03 PM Messina Musings wrote:

    > cyndiloumess posted: ” Michelle hurt her knee doing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu a > few weeks ago. She was in a knee brace for the services and found out the > morning of Joe’s visitation that she would need surgery to repair it. That > surgery was yesterday. She is home and doing well, ” >

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  3. The Mrs. Messinas. Of course, of course. Perfect title, my friend. (But, of course. I’ve come to expect less!)

    She’s healing. You’re stable. Terrific news. Thank you for sharing it. And yep. Let the doc be surprised. Even old docs can learn new tricks.

    Lotsa hugs. 💚

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    1. Augh! I need an edit button!! I can usually deal with a typo (or ten – haha!) but this … I gotta fix THIS!:

      I’ve come to expect NO less … (not expect “less.”)

      Augh. So much for effective communication… and comedic timing. 😂

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    2. Augh! I need an edit button!! I can usually deal with a typo (or ten – haha!) but this … I gotta fix THIS!:
      I’ve come to expect NO less … (not expect “less.”)
      Augh. So much for effective communication… and comedic timing. 😂

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  4. Well Cindy so glad to hear you’re getting really good results with things staying stable. What a bleak morning/day of it though. Tough times and you are such a trooper. You must be very dear to the Lord’s heart as he smiles upon you. Sure are an inspiration to me!

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  5. Cyndi- I was looking through my Bible and stumbled upon a card I have kept from when my sister died. It was given to me by one of my favorite nuns that taught CCD that year, Sister Rose James. The message she wrote to me that day, though tough to swallow for my mortal mind, is that “…God certainly asks much of those whom He loves dearly. Look at how much He asked from His Son.” Cyndi, I knew you were a special woman even before your cancer diagnosis and now Joe’s death. God truly has given you a mission here on earth, though it may not make sense now. Your life has touched so many people. May you continue to find strength in the Lord. Prayers and love being sent your way every day. Erika

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