Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Hanging in there

Recovering from radiation was a much longer process than I expected. I continued to struggle for several weeks with nausea and vomiting and my head feeling hot all the time. It is now a month later and I'm back to wearing a wig (yeah!) and the nausea is 99% gone. Praise the Lord! That part was hard.

After throwing up my oral chemo pills, I decided to stop taking them. The doctor is talking about starting a new (to me) chemo IV regimen but can't really do it until we return from our trip to the Philippines in a month. There are times when I just want to stop taking ANYTHING. I'm not really giving up as much as just tired of the constant barrage of treatments. It wearies me at times to be in a daily battle for my life.

The radiation oncologist told us that statistically speaking my prognosis is about a year. He hurriedly went on to say that people don't always follow the statistics and there are many other factors to consider. Still, it's a sobering thought.

On a more positive note, I'm learning so much about praying - especially for healing. Several dear friends in our town have been giving their time to pray with me in person on an almost daily basis. This has encouraged me a lot. There are many times when I feel like Moses during a crucial battle where he was instructed to keep his hands lifted in the air in order to win. When he could no longer keep them lifted by himself, others came along and held them up for him. That's what these friends (and many others) do for me.

6 comments:

Cheri said...

Thanks for sharing, Yvonne. You are always in my heart and prayers. I'll be taking our concerns for wellness to Atlanta this week-end for the Renovare conference. Much love, Cheri

kathy said...

I saw you and your mom walk by my office window today (or yesterday, I can't remember-it's been a hectic week). I noticed your nice red hair and said a prayer for healing. You are loved.

jan hardeman said...

We both know that God can change the prognosis!

Tine and I pray that you will experience His strength and comfort each day.

Looking forward to seeing you at graduation. Tine has been asked to be the commencement speaker.

We love you! Give our love to your mom.

Jan H

denise said...

I'm excited about your trip to the Philippines! Not only will it mean alot to your girl, but I know it will mean so much to you to be back "home." What a wonderful thing...a tender kiss from God! I remember times in my life when YOU were the one holding me up...so I guess what goes around comes around, eh? You are loved...

NaNcY said...

love you

NaNcY said...

God's Spirit is with you.