Anna Marie Update: Countdown: Ten Done, Two More To Go!

Good afternoon, everyone! We have another update from Anna Marie. Love, Sarah

The countdown is on! I completed Chemo #10 yesterday, which means I only have two more to go! Lord willing, Simon Peter and I will be flying home July 17th. I am so grateful for everyone enabling this to happen.

While the side effects from the chemo haven’t been debilitating (well, other than that week in the hospital 🙂 ), my energy and stamina are much lower than usual and the first few days after chemo I generally don’t feel especially well. Despite that, this has truly been a time of rest and spiritual refreshing, and I have cherished having such special time with Simon Peter. 

I am looking forward to transitioning back into life as a mommy surrounded by my husband and children! I’ll have some treatments that will continue for another 40 weeks, but those don’t have the same side effects that the current chemotherapy regime has. We are working through how to go about that, whether getting it intravenously with a local oncologist or with a newly FDA-approved subcutaneous injection I could do myself. We are praying that the Lord will bring together all the details for that.

Currently, I have what appears to be a small infection developing in an old IV site near my left wrist. Hopefully the antibiotics I’m beginning today will resolve it. I’ll also be getting a baseline MRI of my brain soon. While my type of cancer, caught at this stage, has a somewhat low recurrence rate, it does have a higher likelihood of metastasizing to the brain than other cancers—and our oncologist thought an MRI would be prudent.

The scenery in this corner of the country is so beautiful and I’m grateful to be surrounded by this demonstration of God’s power and love. My parents, sister, Simon Peter, and I have recently enjoyed a couple of day trips. Looking at the waterfall, mountains, and the Puget Sound brought to mind a long-time family-favorite hymn:

I sing the mighty power of God, that made the mountains rise,
That spread the flowing seas abroad, and built the lofty skies.
I sing the wisdom that ordained the sun to rule the day;
The moon shines full at his command, and all the stars obey.

I sing the goodness of the Lord, that filled the earth with food,
He formed the creatures with His Word, and then pronounced them good.
Lord, how Thy wonders are displayed, where’er I turn my eye,
If I survey the ground I tread, or gaze upon the sky.

There’s not a plant or flower below, but makes Thy glories known,
And clouds arise, and tempests blow, by order from Thy throne;
While all that borrows life from Thee is ever in Thy care;
And everywhere that man can be, Thou, God art present there.
    Isaac Watts, 1715

The last line of this hymn has been so meaningful through this season: No matter where we are or what is happening, we are surrounded by God’s presence. “And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.” (Exodus 33:14) What security we have in Him!

Love,
Anna Marie

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).

23 thoughts on “Anna Marie Update: Countdown: Ten Done, Two More To Go!”

  1. Praise the Lord for the good report! Your life is encouraging in every way. Love the hymns!! Thank you for sharing with us. Continued prayers for you and your family.

  2. Anna Marie, I do not always comment on the blog, but just wanted you to know that you remain on my prayer list, and I pray for you daily.

  3. Anna Marie,

    May God bless and heal you, May he keep you and your family in His love and care. We are praying you have a joyful reunion with your family in Kansas! Your steadfast faith and confidence in Christ are such an inspiration.

  4. So exciting to be going home soon! Praise God!
    (That picture of the mountains looks like a different country altogether! How beautiful!)

  5. So nice to have an update from Anna Marie! And yes, that corner of the country is just beautiful.
    Glad to hear treatment is coming to a close! I know everyone is anxious to have these precious two back home.
    Blessings from Texas.

  6. The first picture looks like the Alpes in Germany. Very beautiful. It is soooooo good to see you, Anna Marie doing better ! I wish you all the best. Greetings from Germany from Anke

  7. Thank you for your update, Anna Marie. You are such an incredible inspiration and have such a sweet spirit. I will continue to pray for you in the days and weeks ahead.

  8. God bless you, Anna Marie as you chronicle your cancer journey and share it with us. I have been blessed by your example of always giving thanks to the Lord no matter what and for sharing His love with those whom you come into contact with. Your faith is an example to me of always putting God first. I haven’t stopped praying for you and your family both in Washington and in Kansas as you walk out your healing journey. Peace be with you.
    Margaret, Vancouver Island, BC

  9. You look beautiful, happy and healthy. I’m so glad you are seeing beautiful sights with your family and adorable baby!

    1. And thank you for mentioning your Bible study in your last post. Reading that led me to re-read “God is more than enough” by Jim Berg, which I had forgotten about. And this is EXACTLY what I need right now.
      Bleesings from Austria,
      Anne-Laure

  10. It is so good to see Anna Marie’s smiling face. She has been so faithful in broadcasting God’s goodness through this trial. Continued prayers are being lifted for the countdown to go as planned and for safe, healthy travel for Anna Marie and Simon Peter.

  11. That is mostly good to hear! Been thinking about you and praying for you and your family and will continue to. The mountain picture is beautiful!

  12. Anna Marie: I am praying that you make it home safely very soon to be with your family. Please take care of yourself.

  13. I enjoy reading the updates from Anna Marie. My two year old son is also on week 10 of his chemotherapy for bladder cancer (rhabdomyosarcoma). He has 42 weeks total. If the Lord brings him to your mind as you pray please include him in your prayers. His name is Aaron. Thank you! And I look forward to reading about the sweet homecoming!

      1. Thank you! He is tolerating it very well. It’s amazing, actually, to see him run and play and live life like there is nothing wrong.

        1. That’s a great blessing, I am sure, in the midst of a dark time. Very sweet to picture him running, even though I don’t really know what he looks like.

    1. Praying for you, Mary, and Aaron and the rest of your family! I’ve often thought it would be harder to help one of our children through cancer than it is to have it myself. I know God always will give the grace we need in every trial though, and pray that it is abounding to you all and that you are kept by His peace that passes understanding!

      1. Thank you! I’ve often thought it would be harder to help one of my older children through cancer than it is to help my 2 year old. God does give plenty of grace.

  14. What a journey this has been for your entire family. May God’s grace be felt by all. I will continue to pray for a full recovery. Simon Peter seems to always have that little smile of his, even when he is quite obviously asleep. TOO CUTE

    Mary, your little Aaron has been added to my prayer wall. May the 42 weeks pass quickly. Please keep us posted on his recovery.

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