"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase"

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Stomach Cancer Awareness

November is Stomach Cancer Awareness Month

Chemo Starts

On Wednesday Mom began her chemo treatment. She was in the clinic for about 7 hours getting the desensitization protocol. This means that her body was previously rejecting one of the chemo drugs so they infuse it through her port very slow over a long period of time to trick the body. We were very worried about this working but the oncologists had success with other patients and seemed to suggest that it was a common occurrence. Thank goodness it worked but it was a very long day! She was sent home with a 48 hour pump for the final chemo drug called 5-FU. I don't mind calling that drug by its abbreviated name. ((This process will repeat every-other Wednesday)).

Yesterday she was out of bed and finishing a quilting project for a client; but today is pretty rough and nausea has set in. She's at the clinic now getting the pump removed. We're anxiously holding our breath over these next few days as the post-chemo symptoms begin to show. It's nothing she hasn't been through before but you're never ready for it.

She's so brave and the strongest little fighter! This doesn't mean it's easy but sometimes she has a way of making it look easy! The family also needs your support, encouragement and love. As life must go on we all have to help each other through these difficult days. Please continue to keep us in your heart, thoughts and prayers. We appreciate you all so much. Just knowing you are here and care helps more than you can imagine! Love and Sunshine to you all today, Thank you for following our journey!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

November Begins

It's another November as we remember when Mom was first diagnosed 6 years ago this month. We've been so thankful for each day of  life together and making memories to treasure forever. I've always appreciated her strength and faith during such a difficult journey of the unknown future, scary prognosis and aggressive cancer to face. She's inspired and encouraged our family and so many others. It can't help but move your heart and emotions when you hear her story and all she's been through. I feel so proud and encouraged by her always. Looking back, one of the most courageous statements she made was during a family meeting where she firmly begged us, "No matter what happens to me, please never blame God my cancer or the challenges we face. " It reminds me of one of my favorite verses that is so helpful to share with anyone going through difficult times in their lives.

When under trial, let no one say: “I am being tried by God.” For with evil things God cannot be tried, nor does he himself try anyone. -James 1:13

Her chemo beings today with a 48-hour pump of the 5-Fu chemo drug followed by the chemo cocktail to be repeated every 2 weeks.  We're taking one day at a time and keeping positive each step of the way.  It's going to be hard and Mom will need your love and support in her fight for life.  She's beautiful, young and active with a strong desire to continue her happy life to live. May we continue this fight with all of your continued love, prayers, support and positive thoughts of encouragement. 

Love Always!