So...it's been a while.
Things have been a bit crazy the past few weeks and I'm sorry I didn't take the time to update.
day 24 I think...two Tuesdays ago. They told me my counts looked good
and I was allowed to go home for a week! I can't tell you how happy this
made me! They said to come back the next Tuesday and I would probably
We went ahead and moved out of the apartment so we wouldn't be paying for 7 days that I wouldn't be there and I got to go home!
I went back last Tuesday and was told I could go home! My White Blood Count had gone all the way up to 6.1! hooray!
As thankful as I was, we knew we weren't done yet....sigh.
I went back to Nashville this past Tuesday planning on starting
radiation on Wednesday. However, I had been experiencing shortness of
breath and a weird feeling in my lungs. They ran some tests and it turns
out that I have lung toxicity. It is a rare side effect from one of the
chemo drugs that was used during transplant. It is very treatable with
steroids but will postpone radiation for at least a month. But we are thankful that this was caught before we began radiation. If
not, I could have seriously damaged my lungs. God is good and present
even in these bumps in the road.
This was very
frustrating news. We are just so ready to be done with this part of our
lives. We are just so ready to focus on something else besides cancer
and not have treatments looming over us. It feels like this road is
For so much of this journey I've just
been aching and dreaming to get past all of this. To move on, to move
forward. To put cancer behind us. To not burden my husband or my family
anymore with all of my health problems. Like the only way I could be
happy and rejoice was if cancer was gone and I could have my life back
and get on with my plans.
But God has been showing
me that I have to focus on the present. I have an extrememly full life
that is filled with blessings. I am so grateful for my husband, my
family, my friends, my church, my dogs, my house, my jobs, my life! The
list could go on and on. And even though this is not the plan I had for
my life, it is the road God brought me down and I need to trust Him and
not resent the plan.
I have struggled to rejoice
recently. It was hard for me to fully celebrate my healing knowing that I
was about to go through something awful and my cancer could possibly
come back. And now it's hard too because I'm not back to normal yet and I
still have another whole leg of the journey.
standing in worship two weeks ago and I was praying about this. I had a
thought of, "when can I celebrate? When will this get better? When will
I feel healed? Well after we make it two years then I'll know
it's not coming back. Then I can truly celebrate and feel relieved." In
that moment I distinctly heard God say to me, "you don't have to wait."
was completely overwhelmed and in that moment I knew my dreams had to
change. I had to stop dreaming about life after cancer treatments and
making that the source of my happiness. God HEALED me! That is enough!
My desire to be closer to God should outweigh any desire I have for
children or normalcy.
I will not wait to speak of
what God has done. I will shout from the rooftops that God healed me.
God provided for me in the hardest of times. God chose me to share in
His suffering so I could be more like Jesus. God is good. He is
faithful. He will finish what He began.
today what God has done in your life. You don't have to wait. You don't
need to fear the future or wait to see how things play out. He is
present even in the darkest of times and we can always find a reason to
"I will exalt you, my God the King;
I will praise your name for ever and ever.
Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever.
Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
his greatness no one can fathom.
One generation commends your works to another;
they tell of your mighty acts.
They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty-
and I will meditate on your wonderful works."
Psalm 145: 1-5