Friday, October 28, 2011

The Truth and Nothing But the Truth

Me in my Navy uniform - a LOOOONG time ago!!

In the Navy, we used the term "scuttlebut" for rumor or gossip.  Now I do NOT think anyone is gossipping about me, but it has come to my attention that there is some confusion as to what is happening with this shell the Lord has given me to care for.  I write this post in hopes that people will READ it.  If you know me, you know that I LOVE being the center of attention.  However, I would rather that the attention I receive be something fun and not due to false information flying around the cyber system on my behalf!

Here is the gauge (another Navy term) from the beginning:
December 2009 - Mastectomy for large invasive ductal carcinoma - ER/PR positive and HER2+++
January 2010- Began Adriamycin/Cytoxin chemo (all my hair fell out)
April 2010 - Finished AC chemo/ Began Taxotere/Herceptin treatments
July 2010 - Finished Taxotere (hair begins to grow!!!:)
September 2010 - Medical Furlough Began - Transferred care to Cleveland Clinic with Dr. Ueda's encouragement.
May 2011 - Finished Herceptin treatments
August 2011 - Dr. said that all tests show NO CANCER AT THIS TIME.  By November all the Herceptin will be out of my system and the 6 months from December-May, will be the crucial time for recurrence.  They will monitor me verly closely.
October 2011 - Chemo has caused bone and disc degeneration.  I am being treated for spine pain due to arthritic changes from all the drugs.  I also had spine surgery to cut off a bone spur and take out a disc that were pinching my spinal chord and causing pain, numbness, and balance problems.

Presently I have 2 appointments in November, tests in January, and 1 appointment in February. 

About how I am really doing!  If you see me you will say, "Wow!  You are looking great!"  Some days I am doing great and some days not so great.  Before the chemo I could push through anything, handle anything!  I just made myself do it.  I don't know if I've just turned into a wimp, but I have to take things much slower and plan my days and my energy wisely.  Please be patient with me.  If you are one of our supporting pastors or church members and you are reading this, please be patient with me.  It seems like everyone wants a quick answer and nobody more than me!  I am learning to wait on the Lord.  He is wise.  He wants my best.  He knows what is best.  I must wait.

When we first came back last year, my husband bought this beautiful wall hanging.  It says, "Be Still and Know That I Am God".  I have the "know" part down pretty good, but I must admit that the "be still" part is a much harder place to be in.  I ask that you would pray for me.  Pray for my strength and endurance to return.  If you have ANY questions about me, PLEASE feel free to contact me!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Closer to Jesus

Go to the bottom of this page and push the pause button on the music player.  Then push the play button on the video.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Prayers Answered

Abigail came through the surgery like a champ.  She was in the hospital for 3 days and was pretty sick, but I think she is on the mend.  Lord willing we will be having dinner with them tonight.  I was so sick while she was in the hospital that I only got to see her once.  Then we had a missions conference in Sandusky on Saturday afternoon and Sunday.  God's timing is perfect even when I don't understand it.  Thank you to all who prayed for Abigail.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Please pray for my friend, Abigail Miller

This last February one of my very dear friends arranged for Abigail Miller to sing for our 30th wedding anniversary.  I have always been truly blessed by her music (it's playing on this page now) and never dreamed of meeting her.  After our anniversary, we made our way back to Ohio and found that the very next weekend the Miller Family was going to be at a church only 8 miles from where we are basing out of on furlough!  We spent much of March being Miller Groupies and had a wonderful time!

Monday of this week, the Miller Family arrived for a week visit!  Fun you say, not when the hostess gets sick the same day they arrive and by Thursday Abigail has found herself in the local hospital!  Looks like gallbladder surgery is required, but her pancreas counts have been through the roof.  They won't do the surgery until the counts are lower.  The Millers have a meeting in Michigan that they are hoping to make.  Please pray for Abigail's counts to go down, rapid recovery once the surgery is complete, and no travelling problems.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

October 1

Where has the time gone??!!  It was two years ago this month that I started this whole cancer process!  At the time, I didn't know that October was Breast Cancer Awareness month in the States!  I do want to encourage any of you that should, to get your mammogram.  I know countless people that have been helped with this one little test!  There are resources for free or discount mammograms during the month of October all over the United States.  PLEASE, PLEASE, get your mammogram!!

Ok, I'm done.  Now about my surgery, I am doing GREAT!  The surgery appears to have been a success, although I still have pain from the surgery.  I am increasing my walking, but am not allowed to sit very much!  I can recline and that feels wonderful!  My swallowing is getting better everyday and I did NOT lose my voice!  I think the jury is still out on whether that is good thing!  Thank you to my wonderful family for taking care of me.  Also, thank you to Christa's church - Anchor Baptist Church in Vermilion for the wonderful meals, cards, and kind calls made to encourage us! 

The Miller Family stopped by on Tuesday afternoon.  After a special guided tour of the new bus the Lord blessed them with, they put the older kids to work mowing the lawn for my husband.  Abigail and I got to spend wonderful time visiting while I rested.  Brother Paul bought pizza for dinner!  YUM!!  They are such a blessing! 

Well, off to rest again!  Have a blessed day and may your journey take you across the path of someone who could use encouragement.