Surgery is Scheduled

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.


  1. boivin says

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

  2. says

    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!

  3. andrea says

    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.

  4. Daphne says

    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

  5. pat says

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

  6. Karen Buker says

    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!



  8. Elaine says

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

  9. Nancy says

    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!

  10. Carol says

    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!

  11. anne says

    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.

  12. Gabrielan423 says

    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.

  13. Mimi says

    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!

  14. Monette says

    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.

  15. May says

    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

  16. Shari Garland says

    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

  17. Mary Phillips says

    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.

  18. Hope Sims says

    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)

  19. Deb says

    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! :-)

  20. Connie says

    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.

  21. Janet Roberts says

    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.)

  22. Deb MacInnis says

    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!

  23. Faye says

    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!

  24. Patti says

    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!

  25. Bonnie says

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

  26. nancy says

    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.

  27. Mildred Williams says

    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

  28. Jackie says

    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.

  29. Karen says

    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.

  30. trudi says

    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

  31. says

    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!

  32. Barbara Mckee says

    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!

  33. Kerri says

    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.