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This is Tera Springman. I’m sitting with Melissa at the hospital, and she asked me to dictate for her on the blog to update everyone on the events of the past night and day. The following words are from her:

“Today is Wednesday; it’s 8 p.m. I’m sitting here in the comfort, or uncomfort, of my hospital bed with Kathy (my sister), Wes and Tera, and for the first time I feel somewhat okay. Starting yesterday afternoon I had decided that if my temperature had not gone down from 102, I would check myself into the hospital after my 4:15 p.m. radiation appointment at St. Joseph’s Hospital. When I finally got myself motivated and got in the shower, I realized this task was going to be much more complicated than I originally thought. First thing was to get shampoos/conditioners off the shower floor, so I wouldn’t have to bend over. Secondly, we brought a wooden desk chair in the shower (that was the only option), then when I was out of the shower we brought another chair in that had wheels on it so that I could comfortably slide around the bathroom, while getting ready for my doctor's appointments, without injuring my spine. Welcome to my life. We ended up having to cancel my radiation because the shower episode took much, much longer than anticipated and I couldn’t bare the thought of having to walk to and from radiation at this time.

Fast forward, we arrived at St. Joe's ER today at 5 p.m., and within 20 minutes, were admitted. We went through the same routine we’ve gone through since January with the doc/nurses, explaining pain medication routines, begging for ER pain medication via IV Dilaudid, and anxiously awaited a hospital bed on the sixth floor. Surprisingly, within six hours of arriving at St. Joe's, we got a room in the oncology unit on the sixth floor. This is good news because most of the nurses are familiar with me; my caregivers and friends seem more knowledgeable in cancer-related information.

So, last night I went to bed with mild, but tolerable pain, and was ready to wake up and see the doctors the next morning.

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Sorry to hear about your complications. I hope you feel better soon, we're all pulling for you!

May 28, 2009 - 6:16pm

Melissa, YOU are the MOST courageous person I know...What courage and to continue to write even when you must dicate. I only HOPE that YOU realize what YOU are doing for the rest of us!!!!!! You are the poster girl for WE CAN OVERCOME, WE WILL SURVIVE and WE WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE....Please know that so many of us have you in OUR HEART and PRAYERS....May I share couple of my favorite Bible verses with you,
Rom 8:38-39
I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor prinscipalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor nay other created thing shall be able to separate us from the LOVE OF GOD, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord....
I take this to mean that we have LOVE with us at all times through all things.

Ps 30:5 ....His favor is for life, weeping may endure for a night, but JOY comes in the morning.
This means to me that IT WILL GET BETTER, as you have heard so many times, "it is darkest before the light".

I look forward to meeting you when you can have company, or we can talk via SKYPE...in the meantime, I have you here.

Sharing Love/Hugs, Princeline

May 28, 2009 - 4:59pm

Sending you very gentle virtual hugs and a day without pain.

May 28, 2009 - 4:09pm
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Stay strong! I give you a lot of credit for continuing to write as you go through this.

May 28, 2009 - 2:59pm


I just started to read your story and can't believe how incredibly brave and strong you are! Before coming to EmpowHer, I was the National Online Sales Manager at azcentral so although I never met you I know who you are. It sounds like you had a very tough night. Hang in there and I will reach back to you later.


Kelley Howard

May 28, 2009 - 10:38am
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