Anna Marie Maxwell’s Update on Her Journey

Today Anna Marie’s sharing the latest on her treatments. Thank you for praying! Sarah


As you can probably tell from the picture, my long hair is gone. I’ll be sharing more about that journey in a forthcoming post. Abigail blessed me by making these sweet matching hats for me and Simon Peter!

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!
Anna Marie

“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)

31 thoughts on “Anna Marie Maxwell’s Update on Her Journey”

  1. My hat is off (pun intended) to Abigail for her knitting skills! Praying for you during this time.

  2. Thank you, Anna! As an older woman, I was happy for your mother that she gets to have you home for a bit. And now I’m the one being blessed by your glorious testimony! I’m praying for you and your family.

  3. Oh Anna Marie, I weep with you for what you are enduring, but you are keeping faith and you are standing strong in the truth! How wonderful that Jesus is revealing Himself to you personally, showing you so many signs for good, and enabling you to rest in faith.

    PEACE BE UNTO YOU indeed, and sustaining more than we can ask or think.

    Keep looking for those mercies new every morning, the fresh anointing and the restored joy.

    Blessings,
    Sarah

  4. You are such an amazing, strong woman, Anna Marie. I wanted to say something to be of encouragement to you but your whole post, and especially the last paragraph, says it more beautifully than anything I could say! What a wonderful blessing to be at your family’s home where you will be lovingly cared for, and it sounds like such a lovely, peaceful setting. I’m so glad that you can have Simon Peter there with you and thanks to technology you can keep up with the others at home. Know that you are in the prayers of many. And I love those pretty hats…Abigail did a really nice job on those!

  5. Thank you for the update, Anna Marie. You’re a beautiful writer and have such a kind heart. And you look beautiful in your hat 🙂 Holding you in my heart!

  6. May the Lord Jesus continue to fellowship and minister to you during this time. What an honor and a privilege it is to know the Savior! We will certainly pray for your blood count. “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.” Leviticus 17:11
    If the Lord knows the number of hairs on our heads He certainly knows the number of our red blood cells. May the great Physician destroy any lingering cancer cells and heal you completely with no reoccurrence.

  7. Oh my goodness, Simon Peter’s smile is so cute! And how thoughtful of Abigail to make the hats. You are in our prayers!

  8. Anna Marie, I don’t comment often, but have always been amazed by how your faith radiates through in every picture of you. You are an inspiration. I wanted to share with you that I had a time when I needed to bring my iron levels up quickly or would have to get a blood transfusion. My midwife recommended using kale in smoothies. Kale is even higher in iron than spinach. I added it to bananas and cherries and water to make a smoothie. (I didn’t use milk as I am allergic – I don’t know if it would change the how the iron is absorbed.) After testing my iron again in a week and then again in two, my doctor said she had never seen someone bring their iron levels up so fast before. I found out afterwards that cherries are also high in iron and the combination of the cherries and kale was apparently highly absorbable. I would drink one of these smoothies each day. I hope they will help you also. I also wanted to share with you, if you look your inner lower eyelid you can approximate your iron levels. Gently pull your inner eyelid away from your eye and look at the color of it in the mirror. If your inner eye lid is pale or white, you are low on iron. If you are bright pink/red you are good on iron. We learned this from a country vet who taught us this about our sheep and goats. We then learned it applies to people as well. Our doctor confirmed that she had heard about it being used countries where medical testing is not as available as we have here. It is an easy, quick way to get a feel for how your iron is doing. I find it helpful especially during pregnancy to use this to monitor my iron levels.

  9. I continue praying daily for Anna Marie and all the Maxwell family. Anna Marie is amazing, and her love for Jesus must be evident to all the people she’s around. Such a wonderful testimony to the Lord’s goodness even during trials.

    The photo of Anna Marie and Simon Peter in their hats is precious! They both look so cute!

    Prayers will continue, and extra prayers for her blood counts to stay up. May our Lord keep His loving arms around this precious lady.
    Love, Mrs. Patti

  10. Oh, what precious words! Thank you for sharing them. I have been so encouraged by your thoughts and peaceful attitude through this. May the Lord continue to give you strength and comfort.

  11. Continuing to pray for healing and health. Despite all you’re going through you are still radiant, a real testament to the Lord and you’re faith in him.

  12. I love this so much!! I am so glad you are well cared for, and you are able to keep in contact with your family at home. While I know they are in capable hands, I also know that a mama’s heart is with her family making this time hard. I had to do an iron infusion several years ago, and they helped so much. But, I will tell you that it will make your legs cramp pretty badly, so be prepared for that. Ice packs and stretches helped a lot. OTC Slow FE is a good iron supplement that is easy on the digestive system if you need it. We are praying for you and for a successful outcome of this chemotherapy as well as all the little details that go into making that possible.

    In Christ,

  13. Thank you for encouraging ME through your post!
    I keep you in my prayers from the other side of the Altlantic Ocean…
    Anne-Laure

  14. Your faith and devotion to our Lord has filled my soul. My prayers are with you and your sweet family.

  15. Anna Marie,

    After reading your post, I am reminded of David and how when he suffered adversity he had to encourage himself in the Lord (1st Samuel 30:6). I am also reminded of the verse where it says,”Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord” (Exodus 14:13-14). You are in our thoughts and prayers daily, along with your precious family. Please know that your faith and testimony is encouraging and challenging me!

  16. Dear Anna-Marie,
    My first time commenting here. You came across as a gentle, loving, wonderful person always on the blog, now you come across as the same in your writing even through your cancer journey.

    You look beautiful even without the hair. Your blond hair while beautiful was just a crown on your head.

    My prayers are with you and your family. I pray that the good Lord restores you to good health and you go back to being the wonderful mother you are.

    With Love,
    Sylvia

  17. Another good source to bring up iron levels is the Geritol liquid iron- not the greatest tasting but twice a day and I brought my iron levels to normal after 3 weeks after hemorrhaging with a miscarriage

  18. Dear Anna Marie,
    Thank you so much for your update.
    We have been thinking and praying for you.
    Simon Peters smile is so cute, he is such a blessing to see.
    Love the hats too, Abigail did an amazing job!
    I am sorry your hair has gone but your lovely smile is more beautiful.
    Sending our love and God bless.
    Xxxxxx

  19. Thank you for the update, the precious picture (so sweet of Abby, and so cute on you and Simon Peter!), and the even more precious words of faith. I am so glad your family is there to care for you, what a blessing that your treatments are fairly close. Keep the faith and know that you have many prayer warriors interceding for you! Much love!

  20. What a powerful testimony of the Lord’s grace in trials! Thanking the Lord for you, Anna Marie. Praying for you, Sister! Psalm 16:11 “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

  21. Liquid chlorophyll is a fantastic blood builder! Yet another thing to drink, but oh so helpful. It has kept many from having to have a blood transfusion! We are truly fearfully and wonderfully made! So thankful you are able to be with your parents. You continue to be in our prayers. I marvel at how God puts his missionaries everywhere. You shine for him!

  22. I have been blessed by this Titus2 blog in the past year or so.
    And, Anna Marie, I pray God is near you during this time. I can tell your faith is strong in Him, so what is there to fear when that’s the case?
    I also thought I’d share with you a tip that maybe could help keep your blood counts up during this time. I have a Pregnancy Tea recipe that I drink during pregnancy and breastfeeding. It is known to be high in iron. My Hemoglobin has always been higher than the expected norm during the last trimester of pregnancy, and I can’t help but wonder if it is in part due to drinking the tea. I especially like to drink it cold. Here’s the recipe:

    Pregnancy Tea
    3 parts red raspberry leaf
    1 part nettles
    1 part alfalfa
    Mix together and store in a dry place. Use 1/2c. of tea mix to 2 qt. boiling water. Steep 30 minutes or more. Strain & sweeten (I like a little honey in mine). Add ice to make 1 gal. Store in refrigerator & drink a quart a day or whatever suits you! This is recommended during the last half of a pregnancy in preparation for labor. High in iron.

    The herbs can be purchased from any place you get bulk herbs. I have ordered online.
    You might already know about this and maybe you even use it during your pregnancies. But if not, maybe it could help you out during this time of chemo treatments too!
    Blessings of peace to you!

    “Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.” Romans 14:19

  23. Sweet Anna Marie! I’ve been praying for you as God faithfully brings you to mind. I’m sorry that you’ve lost your hair. It will grow back and be more beautiful than ever! Your sweet, willing spirit has touched my heart since you became Christopher’s girlfriend. Your trust in God will be rewarded. I’m praying for your journey back to health. Congrats on the birth of Simon Peter! What a happy and blessed baby!

    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

    “Thou will keep Him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee because he trusts in Thee.” Isaiah 26:3
    (my late Mom’s favorite verse)

    Love, Lisa from NJ

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