Dear Faithful Praying Family & Friends,
09.09.09, exactly one week from today, is the date for minor surgery by Dr. Crooms. He will implant the Infusa-Port, [beneath my collar bone] which allows for the administration of the chemotherapy drugs. Please pray that the surgery goes smoothly and that the surgery site heals properly.
I have a tentative date, 09.14.09, Monday, to begin chemotherapy. Stephen will drive me down to Gainesville for each of my chemo sessions. Each chemo session will last 4-5 hours. Then, we return home to Tallahassee, where I rest for three weeks before returning for my next chemo session.
If I qualify for the Clinical Trial, I will have 6 chemo sessions. If I do not qualify for the Clinical Trial, I will have only 4 chemo sessions. We are waiting for the results of two lab tests that are being conducted on my tumor tissue. These lab results will determine if I my tumor is positive or negative [receptivity] to HER2/neu, an oncogene. If I the test is positive, I will qualify for the Clinical Trial.
So, I am preparing for the next race! I have thought about the Hebrew Scripture: “If you have run with footmen, and they have worn you out, how will you compete with horses?”
I need your prayers now, more than ever! The bilateral mastectomy surgery was Race One, “running with footmen,” and it was your prayers that sustained me! Please surround me with your prayers now because, from what I have read, Race Two, chemotherapy, with be like “competing with horses!”
Benedictus es, Domine.