Friday, June 27, 2014

Another Year, Another Birthday Bash!

So this morning I will wake up to find another year has passed, as years are wont to do, and I am once more older than I ever wanted to be. So break out the party hats, right? Because the alternative to getting older is being dead, and I’m not dead yet. I’m assuming if you’re reading this, you’re happy about that.

As anniversaries go, this birthday is especially meaningful. At the beginning of the year I learned I had uterine cancer. Talk about being knocked for a loop. Within two weeks I was on the operating table. The good news was the hysterectomy cured my cancer. Yay! The bad news…

That was just the beginning. 

I haven’t written about it much but I had a series of complications with names like seroma, suture granulomas, and an infection that necessitated a second surgery. And weeks, indeed months, of post-surgical wound therapy. After a while, it becomes terribly tiring and even a little absurd.

For example, meet Mr. Sucky.

I’ve been attached by plastic tubing to Mr. Sucky for almost two months. He’s become something of a confidant and friend, so he’s celebrating my birthday with me. Happy Birthday, Mr. Sucky!

Anyway, I’m nearly healed and feeling well again and Mr. Sucky’s about to get the boot. So I feel like celebrating with my friends.

Today and today only, if you leave an answer to the Birthday Question in a comment, you will be entered into a drawing for your choice of a $10 gift card from Amazon, AllRomance, or Dreamspinner. Deadline to enter is 6 a.m. tomorrow morning, because soon after that is when my poodle and I will pick the winner. 

Remember to include your email address so I have a way to contact you.

The Birthday Question

If you could give yourself a birthday present, what would it be?


  1. Happy Birthday!!! And congrats on Mr. Sucky soon flying the coop :)

    If anything is possible for a birthday present, I would wish for never needing a surgery I had that I don't want to go into details about.

    Congrats again! :)


    1. Yes, it would be nice to NOT have had certain procedures. *hugs* But we do what we have to do sometimes. Thanks for stopping by! Loved your LL story. It was hilarious! :D

  2. I would give myself some peace and quiet and a nice break. Happy Birthday!
    debby236 at gmail dot com

    1. And that is the perfect gift. It really is. :D Thanks for stopping in, Debby!

  3. Wow, Tali. I can definitely understand your frustration and can sympathize with what you've been through.

    3 years ago, I had my first ever kidney stone. No biggie right (other than the fact that you feel like it's ripping your body to shreds). SO I'm lying on the ER bed waiting for someone to come in and give me SOMETHING to help with the intense pain. Finally, the ER doc barges in and is incredibly monotone and rude. He tells me I did in fact have a kidney stone and how big it was and how long it should take to pass. Then, as if it was nothing at all to him, he says... "oh, and did you know you have 2 large cysts on your ovaries?" UUUUMMMMM... say what?!?! Don't you think if I had known that I would've listed it on medical conditions or in the 'pertinent shit' column. He was such an ass about how he told me. But I couldn't really react because I was in such terrible pain from the kidney stones. So-- long story short-- I had 2 cysts. One the size of a golf ball and one the size of a baseball. I ended up having to see an Gynecologic Oncologist in Nashville (we were living in TN at the time). I was lucky in that they weren't cancerous, but it took several weeks to find that out. I had surgery to remove them just before Christmas 2011. The recovery was not fun. I couldn't do anything for months. I couldn't bend over, lift anything weighing more than 5 lbs, wear regular pants... nothing. I didn't have any complications, like you did. But it was still rough... and I can completely sympathize with you.

    So, with all of that said, on to the birthday wish part! If I could give myself one present, it would be a baby. My husband and I have been trying to have a baby for about 12 years. I'm getting up into my 30's now, so every year the hope I secretly carry dwindles just a little more. I'm incredibly happy with my life, I just wish we could have a child to share it all with :)

    Happy Birthday, Tali!!! Hope you have an amazing day. And I'm so happy you're on the road to recovery!!!


    1. Sounds like we're kidney stone survivors together and, gosh, is there any pain worse? Nothing I've ever experienced. That one wins the prize. I hope you get your birthday wish! People who want children make the best parents of all. *hugs* I know you'd rock being a mom.

  4. Happy birthday, Tali! Wishing you a happy, healthy (well, healthier than you had been earlier this year with your emergency!) new year of life!

    I'm going to bow out of the contest since I the random number generator and your poodle and you granted me a prize less than a year ago, and want other people to have a chance... but I will still answer your question.

    If it were possible, I would give myself a new year full of health and happiness. That's what I wish everyone for their birthday, and I would wish myself no different!

    1. May your birthday wishes come true, for yourself as well as the rest of us! Thanks for stopping by, Sara. :) And feel free to enter any contest if you think you might like the prize. I hold a lot of giveaways so there's a good chance everyone will eventually win something. :D

  5. Let's see if this works! I would wish for me what I wish for you and everyone - health and peace. A long time ago I figured out I was pretty lucky in the life stakes...I have not gotten everything I hoped for but I have more than my share and can be thankful for that!

  6. Well, I posted this to your facebook page, cause when I clicked on the line, in facebook, that's where it took me. So I'll say it again here. And anyone can think I'm silly and I promise not to take it personally.

    If I could have anything for my birthday I'd want a magic library. One where all I'd have to do is say what type of book I want to read and EVERY book of that type magically appears.

    It may seem trivial, but what book lover wouldn't want that?

    Happy Birthday, Tali, and here's to many, many more.

    Kathy C.

  7. Happy Birthday, Tali!! The gift I would give myself would be good health so I could stop taking all of the medications I'm currently on. If I were choosing something more material - I'd give myself a trip around the world. There are so many places I'd love to see.

  8. Happy Birthday, Tali! *giant b-day hug* For many more years of a healthy, wonderful you!

    There are so many things I'd ask for my birthday...hum... but without health I wouldn't be able to enjoy any of them, so I guess that my bday wish would be to be healthy both physically and mentally.

    Another giant bday hug! Glad you`re still with us! Make sure to keep that way. ;-)

  9. Happy Birthday!!!!! And congrats on soon getting rid of Mr. Sucky.

    If I could have any birthday wish it would be a REAL vacation.I just realized ( and If my baby sister hadn't pointed it out I never would have) that every vacation I take wasn't one its always when something happened with the family or business never a relaxing time. So wish me luck next year when the vacation time rolls around.
    Tasha M

  10. Happy Birthday!! So sorry to read about the cancer, but it's wonderful to read that Mr. Sucky and you will soon be parted. Although I'm not part of the contest, I'll answer the question anyway. I guess like many of us - better health would be my wish.