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Luann was diagnosed with Leukemia on October 22, 2019. This site is used to keep everyone up to date on her treatment and healing journey.

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Posted 2020-01-17T14:12:58Z

January Chemotherapy and Recovery Week

Hi Friends!  

We hope your new year has been off to a great start!  We thought we would fill you in on the happens with mom’s health.  We ended December with a lot of awesome family time.  Mom was able to spend time with the grandkids and see them open their presents.  She felt good and was healthy!  On Sunday, January 5, 2020, dad was not feeling well and ended up in the ER with a diagnosis of diverticulitis, gout, and back pain.  He was in no condition to take care of mom until he could get himself healthy.  Mom began her second (of four) rounds of chemotherapy on Monday, January 6, 2020.  After receiving her morning and afternoon doses we headed to the airport to pick up mom’s brother Mark, who arrived from California.  Mark had scheduled this week to spend with mom, taking her to all of her appointments and helping with any other necessary errands.  This was definitely a very visible sign from God that He is holding mom in the palm of his hand.  Who would have known that this was the week that we would have really needed extra help!  God had it orchestrated beautiful, just like He always does.  We are so thankful that Mark was here to step in and we are truly grateful!  Mom received two rounds of chemo on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and her lumbar puncture on Tuesday (to treat her blood in the spinal fluid and brain that is protected by the blood brain barrier).  During mom’s Friday evening dose of chemotherapy, we got a visit from one of my college friends who works for Franciscan Health in marketing.  She brought mom a bunch of Franciscan Health swag!  It was great to see Stephanie and spend extra time with her!  This week, mom had to be at St. Francis Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for blood work.  Today, her platelets are too low and mom has been getting out of breath easily.  We are currently waiting for her to receive a round of platelets for the weekend.  Otherwise she is doing great and her hair is coming back in (see the picture above).  😁. Thanks for all of your thoughts, prayers, and love!  

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

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