Dear Faithful Praying Family & Friends,
Stephen, my husband, is the Guest Blogger for this update. This is from an email which he recently sent to a friend:
“We have had a challenging and, in some ways, wonderful six months. Margo was diagnosed with breast cancer in June. She had a double mastectomy, without reconstruction, in June and is now one-third through the ugly chemotherapy stuff.
It has been a stretch for both of us; however, our friends, family, and church have been a wonderful support. We have seen God’s love through all of these. The odd thing is that it was, in some ways, wonderful. It has caused us to both pull together in ways that we have not needed to in the past. We have faced challenges before; however, our lives, compared to many that we know, have been easy. This has tested “who we say we are” and “what we say we believe.” Margo is a model to me and others, as she walks through the humiliation of a flat, scarred chest; loss of hair; and the sickness associated with chemo. She continues to swim. When she feels up to it, we head to the pool and she swims over a mile, without stopping [flip turns at each end.] Ten days after her surgery, she was in the pool. I have never been a swimmer; however, how could I sit by the pool and watch her, without getting in myself? I am becoming a decent swimmer myself. I still cannot keep up with her.”
[And now, from Margo:]
It is Day 8 after Chemo Round Three and, to my amazement, I am feeling tolerable. No ER visit, no visit to the Walk-In-Clinic, not even a phone call to Dr. Carroll, for which he must be very thankful! This past weekend, we enjoyed an impromptu causal alfresco supper on our deck with friends and enjoyed lunch and a delightful afternoon with out of town friends. It is these normal moments of life for which I am thankful. Of course, I am always thankful for each one of you who reads this blog and continuously prays for me.