After a very peaceful night's sleep, my chemo day began at 8:00am at Highlands Oncology. My blood work was done on Tuesday and everything was back up and ready for chemo to begin. My nurse asked where I wanted to sit and my comment was, "As close to you as I can get." I wanted to make sure she could get to me right away if I had any allergic reactions. Very pleased to say, there were no set backs and the chemo went in like a charm. :) My CA125 number is back up to 202.8 and Dr. Ivy had told us that would probably happen due to the surgery and him "stirring things up." I originally started at 288 in February and the day of my surgery I was told it was down to 46. The doctor wants it down in the teens, so it looks like I have a few more rounds of chemo. It's just a number and I know Who is in control and will trust Him to take care of the details. Psalms 139:13-14 "For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well."
Me with the nurse right on the other side of the counter
My view while taking chemo. A little nicer than a room with no windows.
Jordan went with me today and we had a good time together. She went and picked up Panera Bread Mac-n-cheese and 1/2 sandwich. I asked the young man next to us that was there with his grandma if he would take a picture of me and Jordo together. I had no idea that he was capturing a lady in the background that was totally out. This is very typical while taking chemo. I think they give everybody Benadryl and it gets in your system very quickly. I'm too afraid to give in and go to sleep because I don't want to miss anything or have random people taking pictures of me. :)
Me and Jordan and home-girl chilling in the back ground (these are Jordan's words)
I know I have said it before and feel I need to say it again. God continues to show me His love every day through the lives of others. Cards, gifts, flowers, food, emails, Facebook messages, etc.
Each day, people continue to give me encouragement through all these things. Since February 2nd I don't think a day has gone by that God has not been "knocking" on my heart saying "See how much I love you." A song just came to me that is sung by Kristian Stanfill called "One Thing Remains" Below are the basic lyrics of the song:
Your love never fails
It never gives up
It never runs out on me
Never gives up on me
You can highlight the link below and copy and paste it in a new window to listen to the song;
Below is a cross that a friend, Tim Sorey, whittled for me. I'm not sure how long it took him to make this, but I was so thankful he made it just for me.
Whittled Cross by Tim Sorey
"Faithful" 4-30-12 was the date of my surgery when Dr. Ivy said "Remarkable" three times!
This figurine called "Blessings" was sent to me yesterday by Julie Gabardi. Thank you for blessing me with your friendship Julie!
These flowers were sent today from one of my other "moms" and "sisters" growing up in Abilene. Thank you Maxwell Mom and daughters!
As you can see, I have been so blessed, and God's faithfulness and grace continues to overwhelm me. I am sorry if you have sent me something or sent cards or brought food and I didn't mention your name on the blog. Trust me, nothing has gone unnoticed, especially by our Savior who knows the heart of man. My family and I both know it is God using His people to bless us and we appreciate the faithfulness of so many of you encouraging us and lifting us up in prayers. We wouldn't be on this journey with total peace without Jesus or our family, friends and complete strangers we have never met. Thank you, thank you, thank you is no where good enough or what I truly want to say to everyone....but I mean it with all my heart. Colossians 3:15-17 "And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."
"Today is the day the Lord has made and I will rejoice and be glad in it".