Update #14 (January 20, 2020)

We haven’t done an update for a while.  It seems like my life seems to follow a fairly consistent pattern right now … a down week after chemo, then a fairly good week, and then a week where I feel relatively normal!  With each round of chemo, I have found it harder to bounce back as quickly as I did after the first couple of rounds.  But I’m thankful that so far the good weeks have been greater than the bad weeks!  My 6th chemo is scheduled for this coming Friday, God willing (January 24).

My white blood cell count still continues to be low but apparently this is quite normal when you’re on chemo.  I’m thankful that I haven’t caught any winter bugs going around.  It’s important that I try and stay as healthy as possible because it’s hard to fight infection when your WBC count is so low.

 

CT Scan

I had another routine CT scan at the end of December.  Many of the enlarged lymph nodes had reduced slightly more (or stayed the same size).  I will be honest and say that I felt a bit disappointed when I found this out.  After such a large size reduction shown in my last CT scan in October (after just one round of chemo), I had assumed after 4 more rounds of chemo, the tumours would have reduced even more.  But I can be thankful that they haven’t increased in size.  The chemo is still doing its job and I’m not going through this for nothing!

The oncologist has also ordered a couple more tests and scans to check on a few things that were reported on in my CT scan.

 

A Wonderful Weekend

We have just had a lovely weekend and I’m thankful to have had the energy and health to enjoy it!  Doug and Carolyn Jackson came to visit from Toronto.  We also had an “Afternoon of Thanksgiving” at our ecclesia (church) on Sunday.  It was great to reflect on the many things we can be so thankful for in our lives … and lots of things we just take for granted each day.  Often it can be easy to be thankful when things are going well in life … but perhaps not so easy when the trials of life come upon us.

Dad and Mom Wilton have also been here for 2 weeks, helping to keep things going around the house, especially the week after my last round of chemo.  We’re so thankful for their help and support!  They have their own “nest” in our basement that they call home now!

Dan and Tim have been working on an ice rink in the backyard and the kids were able to have a skate on it for the first time this weekend!  They have had so much fun on it already … even skating on it in the middle of a snow storm!

A few photos from the weekend …

More Visitors from Australia

My older sister Jo and her husband Steve arrive from Australia on Wednesday, God willing.  They will be with us for about 2 weeks.  We’re really looking forward to seeing them!  Hopefully they survive the freezing weather.  It was -24 here on Friday morning and this morning as well!!  I think I would much rather piles of snow, then bush fires though.

Thank you again everyone for your continued prayers, love and support.  We certainly appreciate it!

 

“The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous,
and his ears are open unto their cry.”
Psalm 34:15