Friday, December 21, 2012

Merry Christmas

Only a few more days left until Christmas is here.  This year, unlike any other,  I wish we could host a large party to celebrate Christmas with each of you.  So many people we have never met, old friends that have found us, and friends from all over the world and in our neighborhoods that have connected with us this year.  It would be quite the global gathering with lots of great food, great music and great appreciation.  Merry Christmas to each of you and to your families. 

As you gather with your families and your friends, and as we do the same, please know that we truly appreciate you.  Every kind word, kind gesture and prayer has been felt. 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 

Our organization, Cru, which Athletes in Action is a part of, put together a 3 minute video to express their thanks to our partners as well.  Thanks for standing with us, whether personally or as a partner with Cru and Athletes in Action.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The verdict on round 2

I'm so thankful for all the prayers over the past week. That first round of chemo that ended with me in the hospital thinking I had a stroke sure was freaky.

Well, round 2 is over. And it went great. I felt great 90% of the time, really, really wretched 5% of the time, and less-than-awesome-but-not-terrible 5% of the time. And I'm able to add 90+5+5, which I was not able to do after my fake stroke.

So, just a reminder cuz I know it's confusing. My chemo is oral. I pop a pill every night for 5-7 nights. I don't have to go anywhere for treatment. Also, if you know someone else who is being treated for a different type of cancer, they are probably a lot more miserable than I am. Bring them dinner. Or not. Send them a text, just don't expect a response.

My doc is making another slight adjustment on the dosing for round 3 and we'll keep playing this game through at least most of 2013.

Oh and my hair is starting to grow back all weird-like. I'll post pics someday.


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Chemo - Round 2

Thank you all so much for your prayers, encouragement and support.  Susie and I truly appreciate it.  The last 10 days to two weeks have been great.  Susie has regained a lot of her strength and energy.  The kids and I have thoroughly enjoyed her.  It's been sweet.

Tonight, Susie started her next round of chemo.  This will last for a week.  Our doctors have lowered the dosage, hoping that her body won't have the same reaction as last time, although they don't think it had to do with the chemo.

We don't know what this next week or two or more might hold, but we continue to trust the Lord for whatever may come.  We've also enjoyed the last week to the fullest.  Our Christmas tree is up.  Annie has her stocking.  Oversized Christmas cards have been ordered.  Christmas lights are up.

As you think of us over this week, thanks for praying for us.  Please pray for Susie as she goes through this next round.  Pray for peace, strength and grace for her each day.