Today Anna Marie’s sharing the latest on her treatments. Thank you for praying! Sarah
Hello everyone! I’m so overwhelmed by God’s goodness as I sit here at my parents’ home, listening to singing birds and looking out at plants and trees decked in their spring finery of abundant blooms, with towering evergreens and beautiful blue sky as a backdrop. The weather has been perfect for walks and time outside on the patio, too. I am so very thankful to have the opportunity to receive this treatment and be here at my family’s home while doing so. They are taking such good care of me and Simon Peter! And I’m so thankful for modern technology that allows communication to span the miles via FaceTime, text, and photo streams
The children are doing great and are enjoying their time with Daddy, as well as Grandma, Aunt Anna, and Aunt Mary who are a tremendous blessing!
I flew here a week ago Monday and received my first chemo that Tuesday. It went well, and I haven’t had much in the way of side effects yet. There has been a little nausea and tiredness (though hard to tell if tiredness is a result of chemo or the whirlwind of the previous week!) but not even to the level of morning sickness yet. 🙂 I got my port placed Monday and had my second round of chemo yesterday. The plan right now is to get chemo each Tuesday. Because of receiving multiple IV medications, some of which have to be administered very slowly, I’ve been at the clinic for 7-8 hours each chemo day.
There are many opportunities to visit with other chemo patients and nurses during that time. I have been encouraged by the faith and hope of many, but there are definitely some hurting people who need the Lord Jesus.
A prayer request going forward is that my blood counts will stay up. I was already on the low end of normal (they said probably because I had a baby not long ago!) and chemo can lower blood counts fairly quickly.
If it gets too low, I might have to delay chemo treatments until it comes back up (which would extend my time out here), or would possibly need blood infusions at the hospital (which we would like to avoid). I’m doing my best to eat lots of foods that help to boost blood cell production, am taking an iron supplement, and will probably be getting some iron infusions to help with that as well.
While cancer isn’t a journey I would have chosen myself, I can honestly say God is so very good and He is showing Himself faithful every step. I woke early last Tuesday morning and as I meditated on Luke 24, which I recently memorized for Resurrection Sunday, it was as if the Lord “stood with me and strengthened me” (2 Timothy 4:17) and “girded me with strength unto the battle” (Psalm 18:39), while I thought of “Jesus Himself” drawing near and going with me, desiring to open my understanding that I might truly KNOW Him, just like He did for those disciples on the road to Emmaus. It was as if I could hear Him tell me, “Peace be unto you… Why are you troubled? And why do thoughts arise in your heart? Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself…” And because He lives, I can face tomorrow and every day with the certainty that He has already conquered sin and death itself! Praise the Lord, He is risen indeed, and is come that we might have life more abundantly!
Thank you for praying!
“And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us,
while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened
to us the scriptures?” (Luke 24:32)