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Good news about Betsy August 14, 2011

Posted by Jenny in memoir.

This is one of my favorite pictures of Betsy. Taken by Janet Germane, an old family friend.

I wanted to let my readers know that my sister’s surgery went well and that she recovered remarkably quickly. I was truly impressed by her resilience in this situation—her second mastectomy. The lymph node biopsy indicated that the cancer had not progressed beyond the chest wall—really good news.

After visiting Betsy, I had a really wonderful road trip. I will be posting about this in installments. Here are the highlights:


Three state high points in a day

Dolly Sods Wilderness

Fort Donelson


Another state high point!

Just for laughs, I am including a photo of myself taken by Janet at the same time. I had a stranglehold on our Siamese cat, whose name was Pudding, as well as my stuffed animal, Llama Bean.

I was already interested in geography (note map in the background)



1. Roon - August 15, 2011

I’m very relieved for you that Betsy’s operation went well. Let’sd hope it stays that way. Looking forward to your travel descriptions!


2. AdamB - August 15, 2011

So glad to hear about your sister! Wow you haven’t changed a bit love the pic with Pudding lol.

3. Beth Holley - August 16, 2011

Poor Pudding! haha. So glad that all went well for your sister, and that cancer was contained. Best wishes for her continued recovery. I’ve enjoyed reading your posts, Jenny. What fun! Maybe we can grab lunch or something one day, and you can tell me all about your travels in person. I miss the history discussions. Beth

Jenny - August 17, 2011

Thanks for your comment, Beth! As for Pudding, every time I look at the photo, I feel sorry that I had such a grip on her—but you’ll be happy to know she lived on to a ripe old age—I think she was 18 or 19 when she finally passed away. Yes, I’d like to get together. I’ll be in touch.

4. Gary - August 17, 2011

Glad to hear that Betsy is doing well (and you too) and good
to see pictures of you both from once upon a time.

We also stopped at Gettysburg on the way to Boston. Quite
peaceful now. I lived in Vicksburg a few years ago, chose
my apartment so I could jog around the battlefield (which
almost surrounds the old part of town .. much of the town
is built among memorials to the various slaughtered).

We’re all off to England and then I’ll be a visiting scientist
in Paris.

Jenny - August 17, 2011

Have a great trip, Gary.

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