Surgery is Scheduled

by on June 7, 2004

Because I am having a hysterectomy on Tuesday, I am taking a few weeks off. I’ve been pursuing alternatives for a year, and now, for me, this is the best decision.

I also debated endlessly (with myself) about how much I wanted to share and when I wanted to share it. Should I just say I am taking time off for personal reasons? Or what about calling it a surgery, and leaving it at that? But there it is. I blurted it out. Sorry if this is “too much information.” I certainly did not want to make anyone feel uncomfortable. Sigh.

Because I am working ahead, I expect that you will continue to receive regular newsletters from me … and that in two or three weeks I’ll be back in my computer chair, and feeling much better.

boivin July 1, 2004 at 12:48 pm

I know what you must have been through .
Thank you for your precious information and support.
Take care of yourself.
Best wishes

Phil June 30, 2004 at 6:51 am

Do what the doctor says! I know someone who got lots of help and support from

Barbara June 14, 2004 at 11:51 am

Friends do let their friends know what’s happening in their lives – so it seems very appropriate to tell your web friends of your hysterectomy. I wish you a speedy recovery. Relax, read a lot and enjoy some needed attention! I enjoy your site and will be happy to have you return in good health with lots of new energy!

andrea June 11, 2004 at 2:01 pm

I hope you are recovering quickly and managing to use your recovery time to treat yourself.
It is good when ever anyone is open about medical issues that in the past people have felt wern’t ‘nice’ to talk about – there would be no issue if it were, for example, knee surgery. Yet the old embaressments have led to people delaying or even not getting help which could have eased suffering or even saved lives. So – good on you for being open. Just think it might help someone to get help they have previously felt too awkward to mention.

Daphne June 11, 2004 at 1:43 pm

Dear Barbara
Hope all went well and that you are feeling better every day.
Three weeks seems a very short time you are allowing yourself … should be more like six or seven.
All the best

pat June 11, 2004 at 1:36 pm

Thanks for sharing with us, both “business” and personal! Your site is great.
Take care, think positively and heal quickly!

Laurel June 10, 2004 at 9:52 pm

Good Luck and rest up!

Karen Buker June 10, 2004 at 4:17 pm

Thank you for all you do and thank you for letting us know what is happening. We will pray for you and will see you back on-line soon!

NINA HEYLIGER June 10, 2004 at 4:15 pm


Elaine June 10, 2004 at 8:57 am

Good luck with your surgery and get well soon! We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Des June 10, 2004 at 8:35 am

I will keep you in my prayers. Good luck!!!!

Maria June 10, 2004 at 6:13 am

Wishing you a speedy recovery!

Nancy June 10, 2004 at 2:55 am

Having my hysterectomy turned out to be one of the happiest days of my life. I have never looked back and I am away from the stress and discomfort. I know you will do just fine, but you will be in the prayers of many of us just the same. Best wishes for a speedy recovery…take your time getting well!

Roy June 9, 2004 at 10:56 pm

Good luck and my families prayes are with you

Carol June 9, 2004 at 10:44 pm

Good luck with your post-hysterectomy healing! Following doctor’s orders works best. Please don’t hurry back to the computer too soon. I’ve had a successful surgery and wish you the best. Thank you for your work!

anne June 9, 2004 at 10:40 pm

Hope everything goes well,
God Bless
Anne J
ps I think your effort on this site is great. i just wish I had known it when my kids were younger.

Gabrielan423 June 9, 2004 at 9:53 pm

I will be praying for you that the operation is a success. Never forget to say your prayers for what ever comes your way in life, good or bad. Remember before your surgery say a prayer or have someone say one with you before you have your operation and God will hear your prayers. Remember God gave us free will. God Bless.

Mimi June 9, 2004 at 5:57 pm

Whoa…What a coincidence…I am having a hysterectomy on Tuesday as well!
I hope that everything goes well for you!
Blessings to you and yours!

Klarita June 9, 2004 at 5:06 pm

Good luck on your sugery!

Sheryl June 9, 2004 at 4:59 pm

Take care and get better!

Monette June 9, 2004 at 4:14 pm

Good luck on your hysterectomy. Today happens to be my Cenacle day (I get together with a small group made up of my two sisters and a real good friend) and we pray for everyone’s intentions. We’ll be praying for you as well!
Remember to take your time afterwards, getting lots of rest.

May June 9, 2004 at 2:21 pm

Best wishes. And get well soon. I enjoy your newsletter, even tho I am a retired teacher (from Oz) I still subscribe to your newsletter as I enjoy it so much and it has wonderful resources that I can help my grandchildren with. Good luck. May

Shari Garland June 9, 2004 at 12:09 pm

I had a hysterectomy almost 2 yrs ago. It was the best decision I made. Do get alot of rest. my prayers are with you for a speedy recovery and with no complications. As a mother of five I really do enjoy your news letters. Best of luck to you.
God Bless
Shari Garland

Mary Phillips June 9, 2004 at 11:33 am

I think that telling us about your surgery personalizes your situation. Like the others above who wrote comments, my thoughts and prayers are with you. May you feel much better once this is over. Thank you for a great website.

Hope Sims June 9, 2004 at 10:09 am

I just wanted to let you know that I will be thinking of you and that you will be in my prayers. It is with great sincerity that I believe that all will go well with your surgery.
God Bless You
Until the next email
Hope (I’ll be sending you some)

Deb June 9, 2004 at 9:52 am

Like so many others I think your emails are wonderful and I look forward to receiving them. I just had a TAH/BSO (2/24/04) so I’ll be thinking of you. I don’t regret a moment of getting mine done and I hope you will feel the same. Best of luck to you and be sure to follow the doctors instructions – DO NOT overdo it. How you take care of yourself now will determine how you feel for years! Check out – great website for Ladies in Waiting and Punctured Princesses! :-)

Connie June 9, 2004 at 9:47 am

Barbara, I enjoy the Surfnetkids Newsletters. I look forward to each and everyone. At this time, however, be selfish and take care of yourself. Do not rush it. We will be waiting patiently for your complete recovery. My prayers are with you.

Janet Roberts June 9, 2004 at 9:45 am

I hope the surgery went well and your recovery is smooth and free of complications. Best of luck! Evan (age 9) and I love the newsletter and look forward to it every week, even when it *doesn’t* have something to do with ancient Egypt! (Ancient Rome is close enough.)

Deb MacInnis June 9, 2004 at 8:53 am

If you find sitting tiring find a chair, like an adjustable lawn chair, that does not keep your middle at a right angle. A pillow under your knees makes sleeping easier. Good Luck!

Faye June 9, 2004 at 8:49 am

My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of “Passage” (great book, and I recommend it if you haven’t already read it). Your site has proved to be very useful to me as a teacher and grandmother. I guess I took it (and you) for granted, and will miss it while you recover.
God bless!

Patti June 9, 2004 at 8:38 am

Barbara: My surgery was a few years back. Can I suggest a helpful community on-line? HysterSisters at is upbeat and helpful, has great information, and an on-line community. I loved their book and their Princess Pak for pampering you like a Princess.
Good thoughts for you!

Bonnie June 9, 2004 at 8:20 am

Good luck with your surgery!! Been there and done that, so I know how it goes. My prayers are with you!

Vikki June 9, 2004 at 7:53 am

Good luck with your surgery, Barbara. We’ll all be thinking of you.

nancy June 9, 2004 at 7:28 am

Best wishes for a healthy recovery. Do rest and relax it makes a world of difference.
I watch 10 kids and everyone enjoys the variety and usefullness of your website.
We all wish you well.

Mildred Williams June 9, 2004 at 7:21 am

Barbara, thank you for such a wonderful letter. My daughter and I always look forward to it. We enjoy the stories very much. Don’t feel bad about telling about your surgery. I belief that it is good to talk about things that hurt us or bottle us. I personally find relief when I talk about it. Be brave and take care of yourself. Our prayers are with you. Looking forward to have you back well and ready to keep us going, Mildred

Caroline Shaw June 9, 2004 at 7:20 am

I hope by now you are feeling much better.
Thanks for a great newsletter!

Jackie June 9, 2004 at 7:17 am

Good luck with the surgery. I had this same surgery 10 years ago, after putting it off for a long time. My only regret was that I hadn’t done it sooner. Take care, you will be in my thoughts.

Karen June 9, 2004 at 6:59 am

Best wishes from me and my family here in France, Barbara. I’ll be thinking of you. I am ssure you won’t look back afterwards.

Maria June 9, 2004 at 6:57 am

Our family will be praying for you!

Barry Galef June 9, 2004 at 6:29 am

Consider this a get well card! I’ll be thinking of you.

trudi June 9, 2004 at 6:27 am

There is absolutely nothing wrong with being honest and real!!!!!! You go girl, and heal well.
Thanks for all you do to improve the lives of others.
Trudi Sabaj, Advanced Practice Nurse
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Oncology and Palliative Care

Mary Conyers June 9, 2004 at 6:20 am

Barbara, my thoughts and prayers will be with you for a speedy recovery! Thank you for all you do to make the Internet a better place for children!

Barbara Mckee June 9, 2004 at 6:18 am

Your newsletter is like a phone call from a friend. I look forward to it each week and am so grateful my principal shared your site with me. As far as the ‘surgery’ goes, best of luck. You will not be sorry (the voice of experience speaking). Do exactly as the medical team tells you during recovery and all will go well. As a school nurse I could not resist putting that last comment in.
Keep up the good work. Thank you!

Kerri June 9, 2004 at 6:17 am

Good luck on your surgery. Take care and rest and don’t overdo it. Thanks for the wonderful newsletter you produce. It has been invaluable to us in teaching our child things we probably wouldn’t have otherwise pursued.

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