Thursday, November 17, 2016

Plugging along

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.

God gave our family a beautiful, silly gift last week in a fun family memory at our 3rd Chick-fil-a First 100 Grand Opening event.  Were the weather not so amazingly, unseasonably warm, I wouldn't have even attempted it, my family, however, was all in.  It was an amazing night, I don't think it got much below 45 degrees, we were cozy warm, and we got to do something our family enjoys together.  It was nice to take a break from life, cancer, work, chores, working hard on school, etc.  Just plain old sillyness.  Field day style games, my son authored and performed a CFA rap, walking laps in the drive thru, hanging with 2 other great homeschool families and some new friends were made too.  It was across the street from a building I worked in during the early 1990's, so that was wild, my how many ways life has changed since that season.  Wow.   Thank you Lord!

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

 Psalm 107:1,8-9
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)

1 comment:

  1. Rosanna, thanks so much for the update. I think that I have been praying that God will kill every last cancer cell already and I will keep with the targeted prayer. No hideouts or holdouts, Lord! Praying for you and the fam and I love your thankful heart!