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.