Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Nitty Gritty

Good Afternoon, Wonderful Ones!

I am at my parent's house, cozied up in the recliner, whiling away the time between 2 medical appointments today. It's been a full day of medical stuff, and I'm just so thankful for my stepmom who has so graciously agreed to tote me around today. She's been a lifesaver for this old girl!

I realized as I was putting on my eyeliner this morning that I haven't given you guys a proper update of the nuts and bolts of this situation. I've received a few emails asking, "So, how are you? What's going on with your treatment? What's the next step?" And, I thought, "Hey, I need to tell everyone what's going on!"


I have 3 whole brain radiation treatments left. I've completed 7 of 10, and my 8th one is this afternoon. I go every single afternoon, and my last treatment will be on Monday. Hip! Hip! Hooray! I will be SO glad to put that one in the books!

The side effects from that haven't been too bad. And, we are continuing to claim God's Word in Luke 21:18-19, "But not a hair of your head will perish. Stand firm, and you will win life!" I believe that God is far more powerful than any ill effects of whole brain radiation. I believe in faith that He will spare my hair and my brain and my mind, and that I don't have to be concerned with anything, other than His power in this situation. He's that compassionate and merciful to His children.

The main things that I have noticed at this point in time are slight headaches, insomnia, and fatigue. But, you know what? Those things are minor and fleeting, and God Almighty has sustained me.

In other news, I have an appointment scheduled with MD Anderson in Houston on January 5th. As far as any further chemo/drugs go, we are waiting until after this appointment to make that decision.

I had an appointment with my oncologist this morning, and there are lots of options. We are just trying to make sure we choose the best one. So, we'll know more about that after January 5th. As far as cancer goes, I'm thought to have "no evidence of disease". Praise the Lord! Now, the oncologists are just trying to figure out how to keep it that way. I know that God is healing me, so I don't have to worry about that stuff.

Many people have asked the big question, "So, are you still doing the diet? It didn't work, huh?" People, YES! I'm still doing the diet. In fact, I've become even more strict with the diet. I'm juicing like a crazy woman, eating massive amounts of veggies, and keeping myself strong with whey protein smoothies and a daily detox. I think we all know that eating a healthy diet is just good sense, and while it may not keep me cancer-free, it keeps me healthy.

The other thing that keeps rolling off of people's tongues is, "So, why did this happen? What do the doctors say?" Here's my best answer for that - God is sovereign. His plan is perfect. His way is perfect. And, He's brought out a lot of redemption in me that could've never happened in ANY other way. I mean that. So, at this point, I am able to say, "God, thank you for your grace in this. I can clearly see that this IS part of your grace for me. (1 Peter 5:12b)"

Today, I trust Him. I trust Him with me. I trust Him with Brian. I trust Him with you. We don't have to fear, worry, become anxious, or just freak straight out, because His plans for us are good. Always. Every single time. He has a wonderful plan for your life. Rest in that.


Whitney said...

Amen and Amen! You are an encouragement when you don't even realize it. Love you! So glad you're about to complete 8 of 10!

Snickerman said...

I am so glad that the radiation will be over for you very soon. God has found a special place for you in my heart and I continue to pray for you throughout the day. God is using you to reach so many others and this is an inspiration to all of us.

Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits- who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion. Psalm 103:3-4


Camille said...

Here on earth we may never know of the many many ways God has and is using you and your testimony to His power and grace. You are such an inspiration to me and I share your journey with many people because it lifts me so I don't see how it can't but lift them. My constant prayers are with you.

Alabamamom said...

Whitney, Snickerman, and Camille expressed what has been on my heart. Amen!

Julie-CA said...

Hi Lindsey, Linds! I am so thankful your side effects have been tolerable. Keep up that positive perspective of yours - it's beautiful, powerful and it DEMANDS that glory be given to our Lord!
*I'll email ya tonight or tomorrow* :)

Stephanie Wilkerson said...

You are an amazing woman with a tremendous faith. I pray for you often and check your blog daily. Our God is incredible and He is able. I admire your strength and unwavering faith in the Lord. He is working in and through you to do many things and speak to countless people.

one of nettie's girls said...

Claiming His promises with you. Love you.

The Shabby Princess said...

Yay for radiation being almost over!

Thinking of you and your sweet family as always.

Anonymous said...

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