Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Round 2... Week 1.. .DONE!

Mom has successfully finished round 2... week 1! Every three weeks she completes a round, so if you are counting weeks and not rounds it would be completion of week 4. Only 14 weeks to go! (or 4 rounds and 2 weeks... confused yet?)

The great thing about completing this week is that they have successfully put all the drugs they will be using on board. We had to wait until the start of Round 2 for them to add the final drug. Very excited to see how this all turns out, how she handles all the medicines being on board.

In other news, her blood levels were good this week, and she is still feeling pretty well. Thursdays are pretty much her rough days, but considering all she is going through, that is amazing!!

We are continually blessed by everyone's prayers, those bringing meals, and in general just helping my family out in any way possible. Words cannot describe how thankful we are. It's hard for me to be up here, and not be helping, but I am at peace by the amount of people who are willing to be there and help my family out. So thank you.

And since I was a slacker on updating this blog in the past two weeks... I will attach some photos of my trip to Houston to see Mom.

(Oh and for those of you wondering... she still has her hair!)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Still Going Strong...

Well Mom has completed round 2 of chemo and is doing well!!

She seems to be handling all the medications well, the biggest trouble being sleep. But even that seems to get much better after the first night.

We are so blessed to see her doing so well. Other than a lot of weight loss, she really seems like her old self again!

I am excited that I will be heading to Houston tomorrow night. Excited to hang out with Mom, Dad, the boys, Emmie, Andy, Grandma, Uncle Chris, Miah, Lindsay and Baby NOAH!

Hopefully having all of her kids under one roof will be great encouragement to her as she moves into round 3 of chemo.

2 down, 16 to go!

Thanks for your prayers.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

A Few Days In

Well Mom is a few days into this first round of chemo. She got the dose Monday, and didn't get home until very late Monday night/Tuesday morning.

From now on it looks like she will go in on Sundays to get her blood drawn so she won't have to wait around so long on Mondays for Chemo to start. That will be nice.

She seems to be handling this first dose pretty well. The only side effect she seems to be suffering from is not being able to see at night, and the day after she had some numbness in her limbs. Praise God that it all seems manageable at this point.

She was even able to go to her last CBS (community bible study) meeting of the year today! It is always good to be surrounded by a fellowship of people who love you, and Love the Lord.

The only other news to report is that she got the results of her genetic tests back this week... but no really good way to explain them yet. Her BRCA1 test came back positive... meaning that there is a flaw in the DNA on that gene. The weird part is... it is not one that have ever seen before. (You know us Frances... might as well Go Big or Go Home... is anyone really surprised that we would find a new deformity to this gene?)

We aren't sure exactly what it means yet, other than they have never dealt with it before. For sure it does mean that my siblings will all need to get tested to see if we also carry this gene. From there, well we will have to see what the doctors think.

It is so interesting to see how our bodies work... or don't work. To see that no matter how many doctors you meet, and no matter how many people are the best in their field of work... they still don't know everything. They still don't know everything about the human body, or why it does what it does. These perfect bodies that the Lord made are so riddled with the effects of this sinful world. Only He, God knows our bodies. Thank goodness for our faith in Him, our love for Him, and mostly, His love for us.

Once again I want to thank all of you who have been helping out with my family down in Houston, through meals, visits, prayers, all of it! Your generosity and love for them has been an amazing testament to the power of God's people, to loving people, to selfless people.

Prayers for chemo next week, that we will be able to continue to go through with minimal side effects.

Sorry for the long posts, thanks for your prayers!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Finally Cleared for Chemo

Well Mom finally got cleared for Chemo. She should start it in the next couple of hours. Please keep her in your prayers as she starts this stage of the Journey! We pray she won't feel too sick from it, and that it would not be painful.

I will update everyone when I know more.