12/15/15

On Winning and Losing

Some days I have such good luck. Like the day I won a Thermapen in a giveaway at nwafoodie. This is a first class food blog, and I have followed Lyndi for several years. When I saw she was giving away a Thermapen, my reaction was "wow, where do I sign up?". I've bought Thermapens as gifts, and I have heard all about what a great products they are.




I wanted one.

And then the Thermapen arrived in the mail. MY THERMAPEN. I was beyond excited. This thermometer gives an accurate 3 second reading. I have other thermometers in my kitchen drawer, but none of this caliber. I couldn't wait to try it out. A roast? Grilled chicken? Steak? It's perfect for all those things and more. Friends who know me well, though, would not be surprised to learn that the very first thing I used my Thermapen to measure was the temperature of water to proof my yeast for baking bread. I loved getting an immediate reading that I could trust.




Thanks so much to Lyndi and to Grassroots Farmers' Cooperative! We're going to be very happy together.

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As happy as I am when a fun surprise like the good luck of winning comes, we all know there will be days when bad luck shows up, too. If you are a regular reader of Sugar Spice and Spilled Milk, you may have noticed I haven't posted with much regularity of late. That's because of the bad luck that parked on my doorstep. 

In October, I got the news that I have breast cancer. It is in an early stage, so it's very treatable. Nevertheless, it required surgery, and radiation is looming in the near future. One reason I refer to this as "bad luck" is that no other members of my family have ever been diagnosed with breast cancer. The doctor said I fall into the category of "1 in 8" women who develop breast cancer, seemingly out of nowhere. My number was drawn. 

Since October, much of my time has been filled with medical appointments. For a person like me who prefers to do what I want to do, this has been, shall I say, inconvenient. I suspect radiation treatments will be even more inconvenient.




Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.


12 comments:

  1. So sorry to hear the bad news, I wish you a very speedy full recovery!
    As for the thermapen, I asked Santa to bring one this year, glad to hear yours has been working well!
    Please take care:@)

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    1. Thank you for your encouragement, Lynn. I hope Santa delivers!

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  2. Good Morning Anita,
    I have just placed you on my prayer list and that is where you will stay until you let us know that your treatment is complete. You hang in there girl it gets a little rough at times but it will be behind you before you know it. In 1998 I was diagnosed with stage 3 Breast Cancer, had the surgery and all the treatment. I am grateful to say I have been Cancer Free ever since. It is awesome to be a survivor and you will be too!!
    Hugs!
    Miz Helen

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    1. I'm so glad to hear that you made it through all your treatment, Miz Helen. It's encouraging to hear from others who have done well! Thank you for adding me to your prayer list!

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  3. Oh Anita, I'm so sorry, but am thankful that your breast cancer is treatable. I will be praying for you and I appreciate you letting us know and updating us. Take care, my friend. Love and hugs are sent to you!

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    1. Love and hugs are just what I need, Kitty! Thank you for your positive words. I am looking forward to getting radiation finished. The dr said to expect 7 weeks, 5 days a week. That's going to cut into my play time!

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  4. I haven't been around much but so sad to hear this news of you Anita. I will be thinking of you and hope you do well with treatment. I will send you a positive though everyday. A big hug to you. I hate that word cancer! Andi


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    1. Thank you so much for thinking of me, Andi! I need all the positive thoughts you can send. I dread the radiation, but I know it will pass quickly.

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  5. Oh Anita..I'm so sorry to read your news. I will certainly remember you in my prayers. I have been so busy I haven't been keeping up with the blogs that I love. Very thankful I didn't miss this one. Take care Dear Lady..one day at a time. Sending love and hugs to help you thru these tough days. Merry Christmas!!

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  6. Oh Anita..I'm so sorry to read your news. I will certainly remember you in my prayers. I have been so busy I haven't been keeping up with the blogs that I love. Very thankful I didn't miss this one. Take care Dear Lady..one day at a time. Sending love and hugs to help you thru these tough days. Merry Christmas!!

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    1. Hi Marsha, I know what you mean about getting behind in visiting around to all the blogs. There are so many I want to keep up with, but unfortunately I have to cook and do laundry sometimes. Thank you for your prayers, it means a lot to me. Merry Christmas to you and yours as well!

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  7. I will pray for you too, Anita! Glad you love the thermapen... I have the same one. xoxoxoxox

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