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Posted 2017-11-18T19:29:57Z

No News is Good News

Lately, this common phrase has proven true with Kelly. Her PET scan will happen sometime near the New Year, allowing the radiation to take full effect and her body to heal.  Around our Thanksgiving table, these are a few things for which we are grateful … 

Hair:  Kelly’s eyebrows were the first to fill in and her hairless head went from peach fuzz to about 1/8”.  Many of you have asked:  “Is her hair coming in a different color or texture?”  It’s too early to tell.  Ask us in about 6 months.

Strength: Like the hair, progress is slow.  The week after her treatments, a short errand was followed by exhaustion and a three hour nap.  But being outside the house was an improvement.  Now, three weeks later, longer errands or outings are possible.  She still needs naps (occasionally 3 hours worth) and rest, but knowing this progression won’t be interrupted with more treatments is encouraging.   It is expected to take 6-12 months for her energy level to return to its prior level.  It’s SO good to see her feeling better and able to do more!

Good food:  Her appetite went through many phases!  After days of no appetite, overly hungry from steroids, an altered taste of food, only able to eat bland food, only able to taste very spicy food, painful swallowing, an upset stomach and more, food that actually TASTES good is a reason to be thankful!! 

Sense of Touch:  Loss of feeling in hands and feet are common during chemo.  Most of the time the feeling returns, but frequently it takes a long time and occasionally not at all. Kelly is one of the fortunate ones and hers has returned. 

Eyesight:  Kelly has worn glasses since first grade, and contacts since 5th, but her eyesight changed several degrees during this illness.  Also, her eyes burned during chemo and she was unable to wear contacts.  It took a couple of weeks before she had the energy to go to the eye doctor, but she now has a new prescription and new contacts. 

Thinking and processing:  Chemo brain is a real thing.  At it’s worse, sleeping and watching TV programs she’d already seen (new shows took too much processing) were the only things Kelly’s brain could handle.  She continued the online class she had begun before the diagnosis, but thinking and processing were difficult.  She utilized the times her brain felt clearer to keep up the class.  While not fully returned, Kelly reports it has came back more quickly than her hair or energy, and we can tell the difference as well. 

Friends and Family:  Each of you have meant the world to us!  There is no way to repay or even thank you.  Perhaps the best way to express our gratefulness is to pass it on to others.  Please know that your thoughts, prayers and actions have been the hands and feet of God, and health, family and friends will be the central theme of our family Thanksgiving.

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!!

Lydia, Steve and Kelly

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Comments (6)

  • Leslie Brede
    Leslie Brede

    Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! Kelly, you are a wonder and I’m so happy that you are feeling better and improving on so many levels. Love you. 💕

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Sally switzer
    Sally switzer

    Happy Thanksgiving!! So very grateful for this good news!!!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Jill Fortenbaugh
    Jill Fortenbaugh

    Im glad hair is growing back, feeling is coming back in her hands and feet.... Im sorry all these things have happend... did not know that chemo is hard on brain and eyes too.... Glad some of her strenghth is coming back and errand running is getting her to find strength to get out of the house.... have a wonderful Thanksgiving!! Jill

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Jackie Bumgarner
    Jackie Bumgarner

    So good to hear that slowly, but surely, normalcy is returning to Kelly's and your lives. It's hard to imagine all the things you all have gone through. But, God is good, all the time. And He has been with you and is with you and always will be with you. Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Lesli Lyon
    Lesli Lyon

    Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! Kelly, I hope every bite of your Thanksgiving meal tastes delicious, precious girl! We love you! 💕

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Dana McMahan
    Dana McMahan

    We are so grateful to hear that Kelly is resting, recovering, and returning to doing the things she loves and wants to do. Kelly, the grace and strength you have shown on this tough journey has been an inspiration to me. Prayers for continued healing. Love you!

    2 years ago · Reply