Monday, June 15, 2009

Update On Marly dear Marly made it through surgery just fine. It turned out to be an enormous ovarian cyst. She was in surgery for over 3 hours...and do you know they sent her home that very night? After the care she received in the hospital...I think she was probably more than happy to go home. But that is a story for another time. It was just another one of those many 'female things' we ladies go if 30+ years of menstruating, cramping, bloating, and giving birth is not enough! But I guess that is just part of getting older. Marly and I often joke about how it seems like once you hit 40...its like your parts start to wear out....and there is no guarantee or warranty. Just a few months ago I was teasing my husband about having to hold the news paper so far from his face...and it wasn't that long ago that Marly and I giggled as we watched her husband using his computer with his glasses down at the end of his nose. Now Marly has glasses... and do you know I caught myself squinting to read a recipe this weekend?! I'm certain that this is only the beginning of the many changes to come....but the journey is so much better with Marly by my side.

"When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares." ~Henri Nouwen

There is no medicine stronger than prayer...and I would like to thank everyone who prayed for Marlaina during this frightening ordeal. You are greatly appreciated!



  1. Hi Monica,
    Rejoicing with you over Marlys, good news, God is so good!
    I so enjoyed your thoughts on what a real friend is, You and Marly are so blessed to have each other.

    My husband has always said that if you go through life and find one true friend, then you are so blessed and it sounds like you and Marly have found that! Great Post.
    Have a great week.

  2. Well, sweet Monica, to have a great friend, you must first be one! I for one so appreciate your friendship and I'm so thankful that you have someone who loves you for you! I do too, and it is a huge blessing!! Plus hubby is my bestest friend except for my Savior!! It just can't get better than that!!

    I'm delighted that Marly is doing well, and it was a privilege to pray for her.

    Have a wonderful week!
    Love ya,

  3. Marly was sent home after having an enormous ovarian cyst removed? Yikes, that's drive-by surgery. But I'm glad all is well. Sending love and prayers from Los Angeles,

  4. I'm so glad to hear your friend is recovering and doing well.

    All those physical changes associated with aging, we're experiencing them too. Trying to do it gracefully, but not always successful.