Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Treatment 10

I love the Lord, because He hath heard my voice and my supplications.  Psalm 166:1

All of this started last August and now has finished on August 31st.  What a year!  Without the Lord hearing my cries for help and the prayers and love of my family and friends, I never would have made this year.  Thank you again.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Treatment 9

Last night was so long!  I finally dropped off to sleep at 6 a.m. in my recliner.  I only nodded off for a few minutes; just long enough to get a sore neck.  I get a steroid with my infusion on Wednesday, and some weeks it really does a number on me.

I saw my oncologist yesterday and we agreed on a plan:  one more infusion next Wednesday and then a CT scan in November and visit with him.  I also have to have my port flushed in October (once a month).  He wrote orders so I can find an oncology office somewhere and have it done while we are in Colorado.

I am not feeling great, but was able to have a big sale shopping afternoon at Dillards with Dana yesterday.  Haven't been able to do that in a long time.

First day. First year. What a lonely road!!
Adrien Wolfgang

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Treatment 8

8 treatments down and so far this one is going well.  We arrived at 7:20 yesterday to give blood and then finished with the treatment at 10:45.  It seems to get slower every week.  I didn't have to see the nurse or doctor yesterday so I expected to finish earlier, but ...

Marianne, my 6 year old granddaughter, spent the night last night. We sewed animal blankets and did pedicures.  I now have the nicest purple toes in town.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Lousy Day

Well, I am feeling the full effects of treatment 7 today.  On these days I can only hope that tomorrow will be better.  Today was graduation day for our new daughter-in-law, Katherine (delayed from May because of the tornado).  I feel badly that I was not able to attend the graduation ceremony and luncheon party afterward.  Some days I do fine and some days I cannot leave home.  This has been one of those days!

I am hoping that this evening will be better and I will be able to go to church tomorrow.  I do hate to miss my wonderful Sunday School class.  As always Gary is faithfully patient whatever each day brings.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Treatment 7

Yesterday was treatment 7 after a 2 week rest/recuperation time.  My blood work was improved but still in pretty poor shape.  I don't know how I have any energy after looking at the results.  But I am feeling fairly well.  I'll let you know in a couple of days how things are going.  Gary is having some work done on the jeep in the hopes that we can go to Colorado in September.  In the mean time he and the grandchildren are keeping the pool busy.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


Today is our 42nd wedding anniversary!  Wow, that sounds like a long time.  Gary must be getting old.  But this last year has shown me that he still loves and cherishes me as much as 42 years ago.  No one could have taken better care of me than he has this last year (and a lot of it hasn't been pretty).  Gary, I love you very much.

Sorry, it has been so long since my last blog.  I have just been recuperating from the first round of treatments.  The last few days I have been feeling much better with more energy.  My enteric system still acts up at times, but I am managing.  Tomorrow starts my last round of chemo.  I dread starting up again but am anxious to get it finished.  We hope to take the motorhome on a trip when I finish. We love Colorado and Wyoming in the summer.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Treatment 6

This treatment was a bugger!  I had diarrhea twice during my treatment--just lovely. I spent half the time with my IV pole in the bathroom.  Then I had nausea in the evening to beat the band.  But I did manage to sleep it off and have felt better today.

Today was my big dentist appointment this morning.  It went well and I like my new dentist.  I did not like writing that big check though.
prepping for Disney World?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


My prayer each day is to draw closer to my Master and in so doing I have been thinking about all the blessings of the last ten months.  Since being diagnosed in September and October with  two stage 4 and stage 3 cancers, there have been unnumbered trials and tribulations.  I've had six surgeries and been hospitalized five times.  I have had 28 radiation treatments and am currently taking my second round of chemo.

A year ago I would have thought all this was an insurmountable mountain of pain and suffering, but my Lord has brought me through it all and I can still smile.  There have been so many blessings along the way:  too many to even write them all down.  My family has shown me how much they love and cherish me in so many ways; even the little children have drawn me pictures and brought flowers.  My Sunday School class has been wonderful, and I love each of them. Every card and call that I've received has lifted me up above the pain and blessed me.

I had the blessing of having my whole family at Christmas and feeling like enjoying them.  I even had the joy of being present at the birth of grandchild number 7 in May.

Melanoma is so insidious that there is no way of knowing when it may recur, but I know now that with all of you and my Lord I can face even a painful death without fear.  Thank you again for being my faithful family and friends.

J. H. - 50 days and growing

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Treatment 5

Well, I've had 3 dr appointments this week--way too many.  Monday I went to my "primary care physician" to refill my hypertension meds.  My blood pressure is all over the charts but generally in good shape.  Then we went on to my six-month followup with the radiation oncologist.  She was very pleased with the path report after my colon surgery and my progress in general.  I go back in another six months.  I love how all my doctors still converse with each other about my case.

Wednesday was treatment 5 and the medical oncologist.  My anemia is getting worse (seems like I give a pint of blood every Wednesday), and he insists that I need to take about 2 or 3 weeks off after my next treatment to let things "catch up".  I was hoping to go straight through with the 12 treatments and get them over with, but ...

The treatment went well.  I left off the steroid; so I slept better Wednesday night.  Still no nausea but the fatigue is definitely getting worse.

Any wet spot will do in Texas
Sebastian and Juliette

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Treatment 4

Still counting down the treatments!  Now only 8 more to go!  Things are still going well.  Wonder if I'll sleep tonight?  So far the first couple of nights after a treatment are pretty sleepless.  But I get a good bit of reading and quilting done.

Next Monday I see my radiation oncologist for a follow up; then an appointment to see the medical oncologist before my Wednesday treatment.  Hope my blood work will still be good.

Dana calls this their 'retro baby'
John Harvey Taylor
4 weeks