Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Scan Time

Wow! It's been a year since I finished chemo and had a CT scan that showed "excellent results." There are days it seems like forever ago - and there are days it seems like yesterday. This journey is definitely more emotional than physical.

So, today was my one year follow up CT scan (six months since the last scan). It all kind of seems routine now... drive 73 miles to Tulsa, drink the barium stuff, get the IV dye that causes the weirdest sensation (those who have had it know exactly what I mean), take a breath and hold, breathe, repeat a few times, drive 73 miles home. Mostly the scan is relaxing, and I just close my eyes and spend some time praying.

Of course I'm praying for a clear scan! But I also pray that God will be glorified. I'm aware that my follicular lymphoma is not curable and may flare up again. I also know that God is God, God is good, and God is faithful.

Now we wait until next week to get the results from my oncologist, do blood work, and have my port flushed. Until then, I'm relying on God's promises and putting my trust in Him.

My daughter Jordyn took the photo, I added the verse.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Ahhh... the Weekend...

I love Saturdays. I love to sleep in and just be at home after working all week. It seems like forever since I've had a weekend like that. Today was my kind of Saturday. And I was very productive - I fed the animals (see A Puppy, Bunny, and Chickens... Oh My!), mowed our yard while my husband and son took care of our neighbors' yard, got caught up on laundry, did some baking, organized my craft area, and finally got to stamp some cards. It was a perfect kind of busy!

It's not that today was anything so special, but it had the feel of a weekend before cancer. IT FELT GOOD!!!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Another Milestone!

Yesterday, daughter #2 graduated from high school. I am a blessed mom - not just because Jenifer graduated, but because I was there to watch her! During her junior year when I was diagnosed with cancer, we didn't know what life would look like. There were times we weren't sure if her own stress level and anxiety would cooperate with the schedule and homework load of a highschooler - not to mention my own chemo, scans, and appointments. We are praising God that we all made it to witness her graduation! What a special day!!!

Jenifer - Class of 2014

I know God has great things planned for my daughter. I'm so thankful to be alive to watch her journey. Hug your family, invest in your kids, relax, and enjoy the ride. You never know when the next detour will shake up your life. Live each day to the fullest and be filled with the joy of the Lord!!!

My Precious Family

You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
~ Psalm 16:11