Hiya precious friends and family. As we approach the holiday of gratitude, can I just say again how grateful Tom, the kids and I for you? We are muddling thru this season, with grace due in LARGE part to your love, prayers, care and hugs of all of you. So grateful.
VERY excited to get chemo treatment #5 over with this upcoming Tues and then the last one on Tues. 12/13. This comes with a prayer request, which is that the scans they will do just after the final chemo would show NED (no evidence of disease). We want to see NOTHING remaining of the cancer in my lymph nodes, breast or in the lung nodules. I'm asking for this very specific prayer b/c the word tells us to pray specifically. I'm really asking for ALL cancer cells anywhere in my body to be totally eradicated FOREVER, because I want to be very thorough in my prayers and I'm asking for a great, BIG, GIANT miracle here. And if this doesn't happen, that He'll help me and my family and really all of us to accept His plan no matter. Please join us in this specific prayer.
I've purchased a few books that have really ministered to me during this season, I think I've talked about them here before, The Hardest Peace by Kara Tippetts, and Praying Thru Cancer a devotional book with multiple contributers. My prayer would be that at these last 2 chemos the Lord would show me whom to share these books with that would really benefit from them.
I will try another IV fluids infusion after chemo as the last one did seem to make a difference. I get to do that the day before Turkey Day, so prayerfully I'll be in a somewhat good way to celebrate with family. Unfortunately, the essential oils didn't do as much for me, one of them really repulsed me. I'll try the other one, peppermint again. Acupuncture continues to keep me off one med, so that's a victory. Less meds make me a happy lady.
Been able to keep my exercise up, walking many days, elliptical machine others, took a bike ride to a coffee shop to meet up with the girls the other day, so awesome. Even got to help a friend move, many of you know my love of exercise with a purpose, my fave. Thankful I still am really quite "healthy" despite this little hobby I have.
At my coffee fellowship the other day we all shared something for which we were grateful. I'm prone to tears at the drop of a hat, more so since cancer, so I knew I wouldn't be able to hold it together, but I kept it brief. I simply wept, "all of it". And I am. So grateful for each minute I have, even the hard ones, because if I just hang in there, the easy, happy ones are typically around the corner.
Happy Thanksgiving! Be blessed because you are! xoxox
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love
endures forever. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing
love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty
and fills the hungry with good things. (NIV)