Anna Marie’s Update: Round 5 Done

Thank you for your prayers! I just received my fifth round of chemo out of twelve—good progress! I’m one-third of the way through my time out here now, unless there are slowdowns.

My blood counts are continuing to drop. I received iron infusions the last two weeks, and last week had injections for boosting white blood cells. I’ll have more injections this week and doing more natural supportive supplements to try to boost platelets and red blood cells as well. I was already on the low end of normal when I started (which they said was to be expected three months postpartum), so having them steadily drop got me close to having to delay chemo. I’m very thankful I didn’t have that setback and am praying that these therapies will help boost all those blood counts so it’s not a question next week!

I’ve been feeling amazingly well the last couple of weeks, other than some minor digestive disturbances! And the weather has been beautiful so we have been enjoying walks—and a sweet friend loaned me a bicycle so Dad and I enjoyed a ride around the neighborhood Monday.

Simon Peter is doing great, too, and it’s so fun to see him getting more interactive and interested in FaceTime with his siblings and daddy, learning how to put toys in his mouth to chew on, etc. It was really cute when he got the giggles the other day! We’ve been so blessed by some mommies out here in Washington who have given milk for him, and he’s showing his appreciation by gaining some adorable healthy double chins and rolls. 

There are definitely some neat people here at the cancer center that I’ve enjoyed visiting with while we receive our IV meds. The couple I was next to this week have quite the salvation testimonies, have homeschooled, and been involved in mission work in Uganda. Needless to say, we’ve had some delightful conversation … it’s special to discover fellow believers and be able to rejoice in the Lord’s goodness and guidance on this cancer journey!

I’ve been thinking about this hymn by William Cowper lately and thought I’d share it here.

God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea
And rides upon the storm.

Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never failing skill
He treasures up His bright designs
And works His sovereign will.

Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take;
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy and shall break
In blessings on your head.

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust Him for His grace;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.

His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flower.

Blind unbelief is sure to err
And scan His work in vain;
God is His own interpreter,
And He will make it plain.

Thank you all for praying!

Love,
Anna Marie

“Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and
hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto
you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
1 Peter 1:13

14 thoughts on “Anna Marie’s Update: Round 5 Done”

  1. So good to “see” you Anna Marie!!! Good to hear that you are doing good!! I will continue to pray for your blood counts to be higher. I love the last line of that hymn-
    “God is His own interpreter, and He will make it plain.” Thanks for sharing that!

  2. Hi Anna Marie,
    You are in my thoughts and prayers so often. Sending hugs and positive vibes your way. Hi from Leavenworth and looking forward to when you are home with your family here in Kansas.

  3. God bless you, dear Anna Marie. Jesus Christ is with you every step of the way. I will continue to pray for you, dear sister in the Lord. And, may God heal you, give you abundant strength, and surround you with His love and peace.

  4. Anna Marie, God is giving you such a blessed testimony through this trial you are going through. You can see His joy radiating in your smile. Thank you for the encouragement you are giving to others. That song is one of our family’s favorites and there are a couple verses we had not heard of before. Thanks for sharing!

  5. So nice to see Anna Marie’s smiling face and read her encouraging news. I will continue to pray for those blood counts to stay up so there is no disruption in the treatment schedule. It was enjoyable to read the lyrics of the hymn she included. Very valuable insights for all we face in this life.

  6. God bless you through this time of treatment. Thank you for sharing these thoughts, they are a blessing to us. We pray that you will be healed and strengthened. You are a bright light for Jesus.

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