Monthly Archives: July 2010

Mama’s Girl

I got a surprise visit from my mama this past weekend.  It was a sweet time and much needed.  Upon arriving from the airport we went to “Happy Hour”, I know how to show visitors a good time.  Then home for a good ‘ol mama dinner.  It’s always fun to be able to ‘order up’ your favorite dinner.  Our weekend included a trip to the boutique for a new ‘do.  So I now have a new look.  It’s amazing what a new hairstyle can do for your attitude.  It’s so much lighter and more comfortable than the other.  I’ve gotten lots of compliments on it so it must be good.  Wrapped up the weekend with a complimentary facial from mom.  She knows just what a girl needs.  It was a much needed mother/daughter time.

As for my health, continuing chemotherapy and the clinical drug.  So far I have not been as sick as I was over the 4th of July.  The doctor put me back on a very low dosage of the steroid that helped with the nausea and my appetite.  It was such a relief to not be as sick the last two rounds.

The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.  I will advise you and watch over you.”  —  Psalm 32:8

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I’m Still Here

I know it’s been forever since my last post.  I’m not sure where the time has gone.  Lots to catch up….my parents were in town over the 4th of July holiday and we went to visit John and his family.  I unfortunately was sick the entire time and required lots of rest.  For the first time also, I had a hard time with smells and food.  In all the time I’ve been in treatment I had not felt that bad or been that nauseous.  Hope I never have to do that again.  It lasted about a week, so bad I skipped a treatment because I just wasn’t up to it.  Sometimes you just have to listen to your body.  Meanwhile, I feel as though I lost a week of time.

Then there are wedding plans….good thing mom came when she did, details….details.  Even a small wedding requires decisions and I’m not very good at making them right now.  We got a lot done though.  Let me just say too, I have a great fiance who takes care of lots of details too.

As I reflect on the past couple weeks that have been highs and lows, I’m reminded of God’s faithfulness in the good and the bad.  He continues to walk me through this.  Some days I lose sight of Him and it’s not Him who moved but me who moved my eyes.  I will confess there are times I’ve begged it to be taken away, I just feel like I can’t do it anymore and He gently reminds me that I can’t do it on my own and He has me covered.  I’m reminded of all the prayer warriors that are out there.  I continue to fight and trust Him completely for my healing.

We celebrate the latest brain scan last week, it shows improvement of the brain mets and they weren’t visible in latest scan.  There are marks from the radiation but overall, Dr. Kerr was very pleased with the results.  In addition, I have been selected for the trial drug and will begin that with my chemo treatment this Friday (July 16th).  The regimen is complicated so I won’t bore you with details, just know that I have my work cut out for me with trips to the chemo infusion room.  Cancer is a full time job, between infusions and resting to build my strength back up for the next time.  But as I prayed today, I will persevere…

“You have made known to me the path of life; you fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”  — Psalm 16:11

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