Catsup and Lettuce

Posted by on Jun 11, 2010 in Blog Posts | 8 comments


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:

  • JM
  • DS
  • CM
  • RU
  • MS
  • V
  • H
  • KW
  • M
  • another M
  • C
  • BW
  • JG
  • Mrs. C
  • S

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!


  1. TW.

  2. A BLESSED MORNING to you Amy and family, I am so thankful for Tuesday’s good news.
    Also, thank you for the “initial” list. If you don’t mind please add MIMI and JR. The “M” might be for Mimi but in case it wasn’t….
    Mother has had a good week after our scare last week so I am adding that to my PRAISE DANCE that I am doing for you!
    Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you.
    Love and prayers,

  3. AJ

    Love you!

  4. MC….I am her Godmother and very proud to hold that place in her life.

    I think and pray for you daily and yes I was dancing all around when I read about the tumor shrinking so much PTL…Each day I say, She is one day closer to being through with the chemo.

    Thank you for giving me the honor to pray for all that are walking through Chemo at this time. I know you are such a blessing to them.

    I would like to drop by one day to bring you a little something. I will be in touch when I think I may can get by. I am going in for a little female work on me to see if they can get me straighten out. I always knew I needed a little Roto Rooter work : )

    Love you,

  5. Happy Dancing with you!! April

  6. I am so happy to hear about your wonderful news on Tuesday! Please add MB and WF to your list…I will be praying for you all!!!

    Take care–Love You!

  7. May we shout for joy when we hear of your victory and raise a victory banner in the name of our God. May the LORD answer all your prayers. Psalm 20:25
    Please remember my friend CC in Auburn

  8. Please add my long time friend, DH, to your list. I am so thankful for your good news! “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.”

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