Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Ice Ice Baby~ Day 1

I started my new chemo yesterday. The beloved ICE! It is a three-day treatment, so I go back today and tomorrow for more! I can't promise that I will post everyday, but I thought I'd at least give a mini-update.

I was at the doctor for a total of 7.5 hours yesterday. I had  doctor's appointment, bloodwork done, and then a whole lot of pre-meds and chemo!

One of the drugs in my new regimen is hard on your kidneys so I was given a total of two hours of just fluids. I have never been more hydrated/bloated in all my life! Thankfully, I still feel pretty mornal so far. I can tell my body is a bit weaker and I have a funny taste in my mouth, but no nausea yet. (They give you the good nausea stuff before treatment and it lasts a few days).

Today's treatment will be a bit shorter thankfully. I'm hoping to be there from 9:00 to about 12:30.

I want to take a moment to thank everyone for your prayers, support and gifts! I don's have enough time to share everything, but I wanted to make a short thankful list. (P.S. I wish I had more pictures!)

I'm thankful for...

~A church staff as fun and supportive and flexible as Northstar! From holding a prayer service, to providing us with time away, to putting on an 80's party for volunteers, to allowing us job flexibility during treatments, to everything else! I couldn't ask for more!

~Friends that drive from Johnson City to spend time with me and give me a goody basket!

~Friends that take me to lunch and to get my nails done!

~Sweet people that leave me presents on my doorstep!

~A company that is extremely understanding and supportive as I work from home!

~A life group that is as thoughtful, supportive, prays as much, and laughs as much as ours!

~A church family that showers me with love and gifts and prayers. 

~For my former coworkers who still think of me and pray for me even though I've been gone almost three years!

~For great neighbors and best friends who surprise me with porch makeovers!

~For great nurses and staff at Thompson Cancer Survival Center! Phillip, Mike, Amy, Dr. Ibach, Melissa and many more!

~For my amazing families who drive long distances to be with me and pray with me and have girls weekends and love me from near and far away!

~For my partner in crime, Sarah Coleman, who always makes me laugh and teaches me more about the Lord everyday.

~For the many, many people who lift me up in prayer each and every day! Some I know and some I don't! Thank you so much!

~And most of all to my amazing husband without whom I would have given up by now. David Vogel, you are my rock and I love you more than I can confess. God has doen such a beautiful work in our marraige and I know he will be faithful to us.

As I go into day 2, I ask one thing from anyone that would read this little blog. Please stand in agreement with me. Please believe with me that God will use this drug to kill my tumors once and for all. It is my fervant prayer that God would defeat this cancer and heal me in this life so that I may serve Him longer! No matter what happens, He is still is faithful.

Now is not a time for sadness, but a time for believing and rejoicing in the work God is doing! Please continue to stand with me in faith. Faith heals, and for a monster like this cancer, I need more faith than just my own!

Thank you in advance for your thoughts and prayers!


  1. Standing with you, Leslie and agreeing in prayer that God is bigger than this and the plans He has for you are bigger too. A song from childhood keeps playing in my mind this morning and it makes me think of you:

    "Our God is so big, so strong and so mighty, there's nothing our God cannot do! (clap clap)
    Our God is so big, so strong and so mighty, there's nothing our God cannot do! (clap clap)
    The mountains are His, the rivers are His, the stars are His handiwork too.
    Our God is so big, so strong and so mighty, there's nothing our God cannot do! (clap clap)" :)

    Our God is so big, so strong and so mighty, Leslie, that there is nothing our God cannot do. Looking forward to rejoicing with you as you stand in victory over this cancer.

  2. Standing in agreeing prayer, dear heart. Jehovah Raffa will heal you.

  3. Standing with you in prayer and belief for your complete healing, Sweet Girl.

    "Let all that I am praise the Lord;
    with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.
    2 Let all that I am praise the Lord;
    may I never forget the good things he does for me.
    3 He forgives all my sins
    and heals all my diseases.
    4 He redeems me from death
    and crowns me with love and tender mercies.
    5 He fills my life with good things.
    My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!"
    ~ Psalm 103:1-5

  4. Leslie,
    I am Doing just as you have asked us,
    I am standing in agreement with you. Believeing with you that God will use this drug to kill your tumors once and for all. It is my fervant prayer that God would defeat this cancer and heal you in this life so that you may serve Him longer! I believe you are completely in Gods hands and He has only GOOD for your life.
    Sending love and prayers.

  5. Hi Leslie,

    Josh and I are praying for you everyday.

    Elizabeth Farnsworth

  6. Standing in agreement with you! Knowing God is our healer! He is with you!