You may need to know where I am in the chemo process. So, it’s time for me to help you “catsup” (catch up).
Yesterday I began month four of chemo. I have three more months; that’s six more doses. Two more on this regimen and then in July I begin another combo every other week. Now I’m on three weeks and have the fourth off for good behavior. Ha! I’ll finish chemo after the boys go off to their respective universities for the fall. One will go for his last semester of undergraduate studies and the other will be going for his first. I’m working on the necessities list for the latter so I can secure those items on days I feel good (most days). Hallelujah for that, right?
God, through His power and His provision (of chemo and my doctor), is melting the tumor that first felt like a cell phone lodged in my upper chest. When I went for my monthly visit Tuesday, he said it felt like it had gone away. Stop reading right now and do a dance with your arms in the air, thanking God! Go for it! I’m doing it! Hallelujah for that!
As you may remember, I think I said it here on another post, my doctor increased my chemo doses amounts at the beginning of month three. My body responded in the way he had hoped with low blood counts. As a result of that, my side effects were more significant. I won’t go into the details but I will share with you the blessings and I hope you like them.
- I haven’t had to shave for three months.
- I have a new appreciation for having a shaved head, topped with a cold wet paper towel, standing under the ceiling fan while no one’s looking, during momentary flashes of heat.
- More time to sit and be still in my chair has been a good thing. Forced sitting while soaking my feet and reading is good.
“Lettuce” is a reminder of the need for prayer. I ask you to continue praying for me AND I also say to all of us, “Let us” be in prayer for all those who are going through their journey with cancer. Since I didn’t get permission to put their names out in cyberspace, I am going to put their initials below and ask you (and me) to pray for each one. Not all have the same cancer nor the same protocol of treatment. Here goes:
- another M
- Mrs. C
Those are letters that represent lives and families and friends all walking through it with them. Let us be diligent to pray for them all.
For comments today, leave the initials of those you know going through cancer. I’ll post them as I check in throughout the day. Just initials, please. Thanks!