I do appologize. I didn't realize it has been so long since I last made an entry. A lot has been going on over the past month, despite my lack of posting. Again, I am sorry.
Unfortunately, Dawn's condition is declining. Over the course of the past year in a half, Dawn has put up one hell of a fight, and her doctor has done a great job at trying to keep the cancer at bay, but, alas, the cancer finally has the upper hand and is doing its thing. Dawn's energy levels are waning. Depending on the rigorousness of the activity, Dawn has about 2 hours of good energy on any given day. She is also in a constant state of pain. And not just one source of pain. The different chemo treatments that Dawn has been on have done a number on her insides. She has gastritis and colitis. One affects the lower esophogus region, the other her intestinal tract. I believe it is the gastritis that she has equated with a cramping sensation (super uncomfortable) that she has likened to that of menstral cramps. On top of that she has been dealing with an enlarged liver, and more recently, due to the liver functions being compromised and the spleen trying to compensate, a pain in the spleen region. In talking with the doctor yesterday, she let us know that she will be putting in an order for pallative care through a local hospice (actually, where Dawn used to work) to help with pain management. She initially mentioned to Dawn that she wanted to put her on hospice to which Dawn let her know that she wasn't ready for that yet, but was ok with pallative care. Dawn is also having to constantly monitor her body temp. She is frequently running a fever (which the doc says is due to the tumor activity) and we are needing to keep an eye on that to make sure that it doesn't get too high (over 101.0).
We continue to pray for healing for Dawn, but it is becoming appartent that that may not be the path that God has Dawn on. The truth of the matter is that we are not meant to be on this earth forever. Our days are numbered and, as crass as this may sound, we have an expiration date. Unfortuanatly, I believe Dawn's is coming up a lot faster than we would have liked for it to come. We do still covet your prayers and thank each and every one of you for the encouraging words and your continued prayers through this.
Much love to all!!!