My long time friend Patti posted on her Caring Bridge page yesterday. I posted it here for those of you who are aware of her recent bout with breast cancer and double mastectomy. She has told me over and over how much she appreciates my "little blogging community's" prayers and thoughts!
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2007 02:54 PM, CDT
Dear Friends and Family,
First, for the good news: I had my last chemotherapy this past Thursday, the 27th! yippee!! I actually got a graduation diploma with a purple heart on it, signed by all the nurses and my doctor. How cool is that!
The bad news is that somehow I've gotten a flare up of my diverticulitis, and yesterday had to call the doctor, my fever was 102.5. He said it was too early for it to be related to the treatment, and with the cramping, it was just another flare up of the previous problem. He prescribed me 2 strong antibiotics and said hopefully by Monday I'll be feeling better.
Next Wednesday, the 3rd, I'll be having a cat scan of the abdomen in preparation for the upcoming colon surgery, which will probably be at least in 5-6 weeks. I met with one surgeon last week, but he doesn't do the laproscopy, and if I qualify, that's what I'd prefer to have done. He recommended a colleague that does the laproscopy, and my appointment with her is Monday, 10/8. I'll get more information about when she can do the surgery then.
My big concern is that we don't want to do the surgery as an emergency surgery with infection or inflammation....they said the ideal way is to go in as preventative surgery so it lessens the recuperative stage.
This past treatment, #3, was by far the worst of them all. The side effects lasted all through out the whole 3 weeks, and were pretty severe. So, I don't really know what the next 3 weeks will hold. I'm just glad that it is the last treatment. How thankful I am!
When I got into the car to come home from my treatment, I had a CD of the Booth Brothers in my CD player, and this is what came on:
I've lived through days filled with heartache and pain;
And prayed to the Father to take them away;
Then I heard Him whisper, "I'm always with you,
I hold tomorrow, I'll bring you through."
Yesterday's trials give me strength for today,
And they serve to remind me that He'll make a way.
The nighttime is over, and now I can see
That yesterday's battles are today's victory.
Isn't that amazing that is the first song that I would hear? My God is so good to give me His peace that passes all understanding. I trust Him with my life.
p.s. Thank you for praying for me!