Update #13 (December 23, 2019)

Chemo Round 4

It’s been a few weeks since the last update so we just wanted to send a short one out.  It’s a week and a half since round 4 of chemo and I’m finally starting to feel stronger.  It was a hard round, both physically and emotionally.  It seems like the body takes a bit longer to bounce back after each treatment.  The side effects were all a little worse this time and lasted longer (ie. nausea, fatigue, sharp feeling in throat, tingling in fingers, general achiness, headache).  I was hardly able to leave the couch or bed from the time I came home from the hospital on Friday until the following Wednesday.

My white blood cell (WBC) count was quite low this past round.  I have to do blood work the day before my chemo and they found out then about my low levels.  The chemo nurse had to get special approval from the oncologist to proceed with the chemo treatment the next day.  Usually they don’t proceed if a patient’s WBC count is below 1.5 and mine was 1.3.  They often push the treatment back a week to give the body time to build up the white blood cell count.

 

Winter Bible School

We had all planned to go to the Winter Bible School (church retreat) in Midland this week.  We have been going for the past couple of years.  Unfortunately, our family doctor strongly advised me not to go.  100 plus people + closed environment + cold and flu season = GERMS!  The doctor thought it was too much of a risk for me, especially with my compromised immunity right now.  It was hard to hear this because we had all been really looking forward to the week … but at the same time I don’t want to put myself at risk of infection.

Grandpa and Grandma Wilton took Josiah and Micah to the whole Bible School.  Dan and Ezra plan to travel down for a few days later in the week.  Hadassah and Karly are going to come and stay with me while Dan is away … so I’m not on my own!!  Such a blessing to have friends like this who are willing to make this sacrifice! ?  “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy” (Philippians 1v3-4).  Friends like this certainly make this journey more bearable.

 

Hair

I know a couple of people have asked me, “why haven’t you lost your hair yet?” … and no doubt others have wondered the same question!  Before starting this journey, I assumed that all chemo patients lost their hair.  But I have since found out that there are so many different kinds of chemo, for different types of cancer … and not all chemo treatments result in hair loss.  I was very thankful to hear the regime they have me on right now does not result in hair loss (maybe some thinning but not a straight hair loss).  I know it’s not the end of the world to lose your hair, but I feel like it would be quite traumatic (and not to mention how cold it would be in the winter over here to have no hair!!)  So I’m grateful I still have my own hair.

 

Family Photos

Tracey Cooper took some lovely family photos last month … during one of my “good” weeks!  We’ve never had winter photos taken before but were SO happy how they turned out!  We were all pretty freezing by the end of the photo shoot, but got some nice photos out of it.  Thanks Tracey!  Here are a few of our favourites…

As we continue to pray for strength and for healing, we ask you to pray as well.  Strength to press on each day and healing, not just for us, but for this world.

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes;
and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying,
neither shall there be any more pain:
for the former things are passed away.
Revelation 21v4