Well……it’s been a whirlwind week and then some! Can’t believe it’s been almost 10 days since I’ve posted on my blog……but in this instance – it’s a GOOD thing! It appears the Abraxene is agreeing with my body. I’ve had two doses of it and so far – no side effects other than fatigue. I can handle that! I’m pretty good at “resting”! 🙂
The inhalers appear to be helping with my breathing and that nasty cough is still hanging around, but not nearly as bad as it was. All in all – it’s been a great week. I got my 4th treatment out of 8 in this round, so I’m happy to report that I’m HALF WAY DONE! Gosh – that sure does sound good! The Chemo finish line is really in sight now! Dawn continues to be amazed at my blood work each week – my levels have all been right where they needed to be – no low white counts, platelet issues, etc and I can only say “Thank you Jesus” for that. I’ve done so well, in fact, that she told me on Wednesday that for the rest of my treatments, I don’t have to come and see her…..I can simply go for my blood work, and if all is well, proceed to the infusion room for chemo. She did, however, say that I needed to schedule an appointment on my last chemo day because we would have to have a dance party. Dawn loves music – and is quick to whip out her phone and blast a tune or two during my visits. One day – there was a commotion in the hallway – I heard music playing (“Celebration” by Kool and the Gang). There was lots of cheers and laughter and I had no idea what was going on. When she came in my room, she asked if I heard the music and I said yes. She told me there was a 70 y/o lady in the room next to me who had just completed her chemo treatments like a BOSS – so they had an impromptu dance party/celebration in the hallway! Now that’s a doc after my own heart! You’ve gotta love her!
This has been a crazy busy week. I went back to work for the first time since my first surgery. This is my busy season (Medicare Open Enrollment) and I had prayed that I would be well enough to be able to take care of my customers when the season started. I’m taking it slowly…..I’m only working 3-4 hours a day…..and that’s definitely enough right now. I’ve came home several days and took a nap. It’s exhausting but good. I enjoy seeing my customers (many of which I only see during this time of year) and it feels good to be out and about somewhere other than Duke Cancer Center! 🙂 I love my customers…..and seeing them and catching up with them has been good for my soul too. God is good……He continues to see me though!
Remember a few weeks ago, I posted about the volleyball team at my son’s school (Roxboro Community School) hosting a “Dig Pink” night to raise money and awareness for breast cancer? Well, turns out the event raised $3,204.00 and the girls donated the proceeds to the Belk Boutique at Duke Cancer Center to support their self-image program! These girls continue to amaze me. I am so proud of them and honored to know them! They are kick-ass on the court……but they are some of the most wonderful human beings off the court. I love their sense of community and I love that they have a heart for things bigger than volleyball! They are wonderful young women! I’m also extremely thankful for their coaches (volunteer coaches, I might add)….who have not only taught them the fundamentals of the game……but have been great role models and mentors for these girls. They may NEVER know how much they have affected the lives of these young ladies. Kudos to all of you! Thank you Lord for all of these girls and how they have touched my heart!
I had a late night dinner “date” with my awesome son. I do enjoy spending one on one time with him. Thank you Lord for these treasured times! He just completed his driver’s education bookwork training today. How can this be? Difficult to think my kid will get his learner’s permit in March! Time sure is flying! And before I can even wrap my head around this learner’s permit – he is already talking about colleges!!! That will be here before we know it too! Just knowing that these next years will probably fly by faster than the first fourteen years makes me want to (a) put him in a bubble and (b) soak up every single minute that I can with him. Time, please slow down!
Well, this girl is about done for this week. It’s time to hit the sack and watch some mindless TV! Here’s hoping you have a great weekend! Make the most of it – and most importantly, make some memories!
Psalm 92:1-3 The Message (MSG)
A Sabbath Song
92 1-3 What a beautiful thing, God, to give thanks,
to sing an anthem to you, the High God!
To announce your love each daybreak,
sing your faithful presence all through the night,
Accompanied by dulcimer and harp,
the full-bodied music of strings.