Monday, June 8, 2009

1 month anniversary

Hmmm. I’ve “had cancer” for a month. Seems like a very long month. On the other hand, it doesn’t seem like a big deal. God is doing a new thing in my life and I trust Him. I have had tremendous support and that overrides the “cancer catastrophe.” Thank you to all who have prayed, called, written, visited, brought gifts and food. The outpouring of care is overwhelming.

My doctor visit today was good. Hemoglobin was up to 12.8! Normal range. My body is producing more good blood. One of my chemo drugs gives me insomnia on chemo days. Another chemo drug makes me especially sleepy on the 4th day following treatment. I guess I’ll just go with it. My back pain is much better and my coughing is subsiding. Things are looking good. (Jessie gave me a Demerol shot so life is looking good all around!)

I have an appointment at UCSF with Dr. Wolfe, a specialist in Myeloma, on July 14. He will review my treatment to date and run more tests. He will meet with George and me and make a recommendation for further treatment. I am sure we will discuss prognoses. He has been and will continue to communicate with Dr. Garley here in Fresno.

I don’t really know what is in store for me until we meet with Dr. Wolfe. It’s hard to make plans regarding teaching. Right now I’m counting on starting up in August, fifth grade, just like usual.

Interesting things always happen during treatment. I got to meet my ”myeloma twin” today. We are both 50ish white females who don’t fit the usual profile. We were diagnosed within one or two weeks of each other. Talking with her makes having myeloma more real. I also had a surprise visit from our school nurse and two special students. That was cool. The nurse helped my students make a ceramic tray filled with thumbprint hearts and the students’ names. They also brought get well cards. The best was talking with the students. I miss my kids (eyes well up here). I feel bad that I ditched them these last 6 weeks. I hope they and their parents understand. Shelley was my “escort” today. I enjoyed catching up with her – Sundays at church just aren’t enough.

It’s late, I’m not sleepy yet….


Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
I'm glad to hear that church and faith are such a help. In times like this, you need all the help you can get. It's great that all those years of church and prayer and helping others bears a different kind of fruit when you find yourself in need of the intangible blessings and grace that accrue with time in God's presence. I have been amazed at the ways that faith can deepen and grow through such trials. I've seen it with a few others in similar crises when faith flowers. It doesn't happen with everyone - which I guess makes it all the more powerful and graceful when it does. Thanks for sharing your faith journey. It's an inspiration and encouragement for my faith. The fullness and abundance of God overflow my heart & eyes for you.

I'm so glad things are improving so far. I think of you often, and when I do, I say, "Here, God. Take care of her & George and the girls."

Love and prayers for you (every week at our church, too).

Cousin Bruce

Janice Porter said...

July 14th is now on my prayer calendar! Love and prayers, Janice

Neola said...

My eyes welled up! Thumbprint hearts! are loved and prayed for all the time!