I received chemo on Tuesday, August 15th. It is Sunday and I’ve spent most of everyday since in bed. My pain levels are low. I’m not coughing very much. And, the scary “fog” of chemo hasn’t been as bad this time. I’ve just been really tired and fatigued. Thank you for your prayers.
My chemo regimen is two weeks on, one week off (yay, freedom!) My next break is the week of August 28th.
My oncologist cancelled chemo on the week of August 7th because my platelets and white blood cells were too low.
Will and I will fly to Houston this Thursday (Aug 24). This is a big trip for us because I will have a chest X-ray. This will tell us if the chemotherapy is working.
A few friends asked me how many more rounds of I have left. As of now, the plan is to keep me on chemo indefinitely. (Can you hear me crying in frustration?) Basically, we are just trying to keep me alive until there is a medical breakthrough or miracle. Personally, I believe in both.
My hair is falling out at rapid rate. I will probably shave my head next week. Should I do a Mohawk or go strait for Mr. Clean?
Our girls are doing well. They know that mommy is sick and spends lots of time in bed. But, school has been a great distraction. Both girls have incredible teachers. Also, we are so blessed and fortunate to have family support. Our girls have four generous grandparents who spend their days helping our family feel safe and secure.
What can you do? Pray that the chemo is working. Pray that my body is healing and that the cancer is decreasing. Visualize me with clear healthy lungs. Visualize me living a life without cancer. It can’t hurt.
One more thing–my goal is to have at least one beautiful quality moment with my children everyday. I’m going for quality over quantity these days. Hug your people. Look them in the eyes and tell them you love them. That’s quality. And, love is so powerful.
If you are reading this, I love you. If you pray for me (or not)–I love you. We all need more love these days. Peace and blessings, V