Please excuse the lateness of this post. I started it the morning of Friday, May 19. Hopefully I can explain the delay…
Friday, May 19… As some of you know, the steroid given during chemo affects me where I have restless anxiety – I want to sleep but can not -- this usually lasts for about 24 hours. During the time I am up, I try to pray but sometimes I just “sits and thinks.” This morning I was up during the wee early hours. An old song came to mind, “the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. His mercies never come to an end, they are new every morning. Great is thy faithfulness oh Lord.” During my quiet time this morning I looked up the verse.
Lamentations 3:22-23: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (NIV)
Tuesday, May 30… Chemo went well. As with my previous round, the doctor gave me long-acting anti-nausea medications. They seem to be doing the trick. After the steroid wore off, I slept ALL day Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (around 20-21 hours per day). By the time I was out of my stupor – I totally forgot about finishing this post. I am going to chalk it up to “chemo brain.”
All-in-all the doctor was quite pleased with my overall progress. As far as my labs, there was improvement: hemoglobin 8.7 to 9.9 (low), magnesium remains 1.3 (low), albumin 3.2 to 3.5 (normal), and CA125 10 to 7 (normal). I also had a CAT scan which showed most of the lesions in my lymph system are smaller than the previous PET scan. Even though the CA125 indicates remission, the lesions speak that the cancer still present. I will, therefore, go through all six rounds of chemo. ONLY TWO MORE TO GO!
Outside of the Lord’s intervention, ovarian cancer has a high rate of recurrence, especially since mine progressed to Stage IV. The doctor recommends that once I finish this course of IV chemo, I start on an oral chemo drug to be taken once per day. The evidence has shown that the medication has good results to keep the cancer at bay for around two years. I will follow her recommendation.
o for the next two rounds of chemo to go smoothly
o labs will remain or fall within normal limits
o more stamina
Are you an oldie like me where you remember Paul Harvey’s “now the rest of the story” …
Lamentations 3:22-23 which speak about God’s character. As I reflected during my quiet time I was drawn to verses 24-26, which I realize is my response to His incredible character.
Lamentations 3:24-26 - “The Lord is my portion and my inheritance,” says my soul; “Therefore I have hope in Him and wait expectantly for Him.” The Lord is good to those who wait [confidently] for Him, to those who seek Him [on the authority of God’s word]. It is good that one waits quietly for the salvation of the Lord. (AMP)
Thank each of you for your encouragement and prayers.