Dear Faithful Family & Friends,
I have enjoyed researching and writing the entries for the series, “The Heroes Among Us.” I know that you, my readers, enjoyed them, also, so I plan to highlight a hero from time to time.
Last month, I had the pleasure of spending several hours writing snail-mail thank-you notes to family & friends. I have kept a careful record of all the benefactors, listing each expression of care and compassion. The list is a reminder of God’s good gift to us: in the midst of our affliction, we give thanks for each one of you who has prayed for us, read this blog, communicated encouragement to us, or sent/delivered a gift [food, bread, book, DVD, etc.]. I keep a box of your communiques [cards, notes, letters, photos] and I eagerly read and re-read each one! Over the past six months, each of you has ministered to us and we are deeply thankful for each of you. You are the “unsung heroes” who give us strength, courage, and resolve!
Speaking of “unsung heroes,” my husband, Stephen, has certainly been one of these! During the past six months, on top of his other responsibilities, he has been entirely devoted to my care. He has encouraged, advised, cheerfully served me and, when necessary, tenderly nursed me back to health, especially during those scary chemotherapy illnesses. I’ll never forget how, during the virus/high fever of last month, he never left my side. So often, he would come into my room, just to kiss my little bald head. Looking back on it, I think he might have been also checking my forehead temperature, but no matter — it was very comforting!
As you continue to pray for me, please remember that I am not yet “out of the woods!” After my surgery, the OncoType diagnostic tool indicated that I had a HIGH [41%] risk of recurrence for breast cancer. Phase One, four rounds of “the big guns” of chemotherapy plus Phase Two, one year of infused Herceptin plus Phase Three, five years of [the oral pill] Tamoxifen are all designed to decrease that unacceptably high risk. Even though the phase of “the big guns” is over, we need to pray together that the combined effect of all three phases will accomplish the work of reducing the risk of a recurrence.
My next infusion of Herceptin will be 01.25.10. The previous infusion [01.04.10] of Herceptin alone [without the two chemotherapy drugs] was exactly as Dr. Carroll predicted: “You won’t even know you are on it.” I am very glad to report that he was correct! I never skipped a beat, so to speak. Every three weeks, until 10.01.10, I will travel to Gainesville for Herceptin and I plan to drive by myself; it is an easy 2 & 1/2 hour trip [one-way].
I am fully recovered from my virus of last month. I am sleeping well, eating well, and I look forward to returning to swimming, ballet, and Pilates!
Coming soon on this blog: Family photographs and family newsletter!