Wednesday, March 09, 2011

I have cancer

so, now that the whole world knows, it may officially go away and stop bothering me.

Update:

Hey everybody. I thought I'd put up a note to say that I'm OK. Had the exploratory surgery last night and it was very brief. I'm going to be staying in the hospital one more night to rest and recover and will be having more tests throughout the week on an outpatient basis. But I'm doing ok and am still maintaining the black sense of humour; the irony shielding is also holding up well. I'll give more news later and really, (yes, really) thank you all for your thoughts and messages and prayers. I can't tell you how much it has meant to me to know that y'all are out there.

Probably not a whole lot of internet things for the next little while.

More news as it comes.

41 comments:

BillyHW said...

Oh boo hiss.

Anagnostis said...

I don't know...some people will do anything to lose a bit of weight.

Lots of prayers. xx

pennyante said...

Now that you've got that out of the way, you can go back to normal programming...

"Lord, I accept all you give to me... I give all you take from me." (Mother Teresa)

Ttony said...

Prayers, of course. And at least the weather's better over there.

Paulinus said...

Prayers.

Anonymous said...

I will remember you tonight at the Altar of God.

Christine said...

Prayers here too.

John said...

I always thought you were a Pisces.

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I am a long-time reader of your blog and articles. I left a comment last night at your "Things I Know" post. I just want to repeat those sentiments again. Prayers for a fill recovery.
Fern

Louise said...

What Billy said.

Anonymous said...

I read your words often, think of you frequently and will pray for you daily.

Linda

Anonymous said...

I add my prayers too, Hilary.

I have been reading your blog for some months now, keeping your web-page open on my laptop all the time, and just hitting the 'refresh' button daily. I thought of writing to you many times, but somehow I was too shy.

Thank you for your beautiful posts and your beautiful life, which God-willing, will continue for many years to come. I will pray for that.

Affectionately,
Marta

Jon said...

Hilary,

Hooray! Now I get to write that empathetic drivel I was talking about!

On second thought, never mind. I wrote it, but then deleted it. I'm still afraid of being smitten.

Instead, I'll confine myself to saying that your news makes my empathy complete, if you get my drift. It's now my turn to "pay it forward," and I will do unto another as it was done unto me.

This Lent - my Lent - is for you.

Anonymous said...

I don't want the hats that bad. - Karen

Wendy in VA said...

My 17-year-old daughter and I are daily readers of your blog and also enjoy your LSN articles and, more recently, your Remnant articles. We will be praying for you.

Anonymous said...

Dear Hilary,

If I had been diagnosed with cancer, I would really, really hope that - if I didn't already know it that - that someone would take me aside and tell me that there have been intense debates among Nobel Laureates one of whom got his prize for his work with cancer, and others of whom devoted years of their life to cancer research, about whether the standard therapies are really the best. Ralph Moss, a Stanford PhD, who formed his own opinions, and worked with them, wrote a book called "The Cancer Industry." These scientists, Lins Pauling, Otto Warburg, and Albert von Szent-Györgyi, were adamant that there were much better ways to go about treating cancer. I would strongly urge you to look into them.

Steve

Tom Ryan said...

Szent-Györgyi was a reductionist. "We are all leaves on the same treat of life; there's no difference between a king and a head of cabbage."

Why not make cole slaw out of a king?


Get well soon.

Anonymous said...

You'll be in my prayers, Hilary

- Mark

Simon Platt said...

Oh.

I'm very sorry to hear it. I shall pray for you, too.

Anonymous said...

I think you'd like the Church of the Holy Innocents here in NYC where the "Extraordinary Form" Mass in Latin is celebrated every evening at 6pm. That's where I'll be in a couple of hours from now, and I'll be praying for you as I know many people are. Wish I could do more.

Tom

Martial Artist said...

Miss White,

I will be praying for you and for your healing.

Keith Töpfer

Anonymous said...

Tom,

What a stupid comment! S-G and his friends often got results. 3rd and 4th stages cancers clearing up without surgery, sometimes.

Steve

JPSonnen said...

Hilary, you are in my prayers. Hope you get better.

Robert said...

Prayers.

Anonymous said...

I am serving Mass this morning (Extraordinary Form). I will remember you in my prayers. I wish I could do more.

God bless you.

Anthony

Gary said...

Prayers and good thoughts for your recovery.

O God, in St. Peregrine you gave us an outstanding example of faith and patience. We humbly ask you that, by imitating him and by the help of his prayers, we may believe more fully in your healing help, bear the suffering of this life without wavering, and come with joy to the peace of heaven. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Amen.

Brian Crane said...

I offer my prayers as well.

Mark said...

You're in my prayers.

Mark

Gregory the Eremite said...

Prayers from here too...

Sean M. Brooks said...

Hi, Hilary!

As per your instructions re minimal use of saccharine, I'll simply express regret over the diagnosis you got amd my hope that you recover. Plus, I will say a prayer for you.

Sincerely, Sean

Anonymous said...

Hilary, I have been reading your writings for a long time although not commenting often. I will be praying for you and hope that your Catholic writing and good spirit continue in full strength, although it is probably a good idea to rest. And make certain to get the right nutrition and vitamins (I have heard of some stories of cures through nutrition but also miraculous cures, however sometimes there is just the need to suffer as you know.) The soup recipe sounds good that you posted. Please do let us know how you are or if you need anything.
(Hopefully this passes your criteria...)
Julianna

Barbara said...

Hi Hilary,

I've been praying constantly for you and checking this blog daily for news. May God continue to give you the strength you need to get through this (and all associated misery).

I thank God especially for your black sense of humor and that irony shielding. Life long adversity has taught me that black humor (the blacker the better) is a crucial survival tool...so glad you have it in spades!

Blazing Cat Fur said...

Hi Hilary, FiveFeet & I will keep you in our prayers. Get well.

Mickey said...

Will definitely pray for you.

Carlos Perera said...

Dear Ms. White,

I have read your work in the _Remnant_ with much interest and enjoyment. I was very sorry to hear about the cancer diagnosis. I hope and pray that, with God's help, you shall come through this trial.

Respectfully yours in Christ,
Carlos Perera

Kathy Shaidle said...

Hilary -- take care of yourself and know that we're all thinking about you. Please keep us informed about what's happening!!

thedailyrasp said...

A thought and a prayer for you from us on the Western slopes of the snowy Rocky Mountains of British Columbia.

Revnant Dream said...

Get well, & God speed your recovery.

j said...

So, other than the cancer, how are you?

I shall keep you in my Lenten prayers and pray that this is over by the end of Lent.

Cancer is a disease like all the others. We know a lot about it. Be aggressive, be tough, and, most of all, beat the beast.

Anonymous said...

Dear Hilary,
Our mutual friend, blazing cat fur, has asked for prayers for you in the midst of this most challenging news concerning your health.

Please be assured of my prayers.

I am a fellow soldier in TRUTH.

Jovan-Marya Weismiller, T.O.Carm. said...

Hilary,

Sorry to hear the news. Be assured of my prayers.