John Takes An Enforced Break

Well, I guess I should put up some semblance of a post just to let my friends know what is going on. On Sept. 13, I was operated on to have a tumor removed from my carotid artery and to have a laryngectomy. It has been quite the ordeal.

For a while, now, I won’t be able to talk, but, Praise his Name, I can write.  The problem with that right now is a very sore shoulder that doesn’t like for me to type too much. I must be careful.

At any rate, I am expected to live now –unless a car runs over me or something like that–I’ll try to stay away from runaway cars. I am recuperating well and I have been able to ease back into my work mode.

Plant wise, I am spending time deciding what plants to use for the cut flower gardens that I am planning for Lynn, Diane, and Betty. I ordered 500 tulip bulbs yesterday. That’s a good start.

Keep looking for me–I’ll be back!!!


Published by John P.Schulz

I lost my vocal cords a while back due to throat cancer. The laryngectomy sent me on a quest to find and learn to use my new, altered voice. I am able to talk now with a really small and neat new prosthesis. My writing reflects what I have learned in my search for a voice. My site publishes a daily motivational quote and a personal comment. I write an article a week for my blog, which deals with a lot of the things that I do in the garden. I am also the author of Requiem for a Redneck and the new Redemption for a Redneck--novels portraying the lives and doings of folks around the north Georgia hills. I have an English Education degree from the University of Georgia and very happily married to the lovely Dekie Hicks. You may enjoy my daily Quotes and Notes at

11 thoughts on “John Takes An Enforced Break

  1. Great to know you’re on the mend, John. Baby steps…………you’ve got a book to finish. So pleased that you’ve got Dekie by your side to make you a sammich!

  2. Yes sir…..we’re looking….waiting for some good posts….just as soon as you’re up to it….take care….you are now and have been on our prayer chain !!

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  3. I’m glad to hear you are recuperating well, John. My family and I have been thinking of you often. My stepson Curtis is an avid gardener, so I always forward your blog to him. I know he really learns a lot from your advice. Hope to see you soon as you continue to improve. All the best, Ruth

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  4. God bless you, John and restore you to complete health with no lingering effects. I dearly appreciate your writing. Thank you for the time and thought you put into everything you do.

  5. Oh my goodness, John. I didn’t know the extent of your illness. Was the tumor on the external, internal or common carotid artery? It sounds as if your surgery was a success! 🙂 Was it a total or partial laryngectomy? I know……I’m asking a lot of questions. I’m just concerned about you and I’m wishing you only the best. Take care of yourself and do what the doctors and your Sweetie tell you. I hope you’re a good patient! Always make sure you look both ways before crossing the street!!! 🙂 *hugs* Nancy

  6. I’m glad you are doing so well, John. I noticed you were using French the other day and guessed your speech therapist was French. I hope your shoulder quits hurting very soon so you can type. ❤ Jimmye ~j~

  7. Sad to hear you have been unwell John. All the best to you and I wish you a speedy recovery.

  8. Well, Sir, I’ll just continue to include you in my prayers, as I have been praying for your family. I am just now learning about your health adventures. You sound strong and on the mend!

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