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