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Lu Smashes Leukemia

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 2020-03-21T00:18:35Z


"Whenever I hold back the rain or send locusts to eat up the crops or send an epidemic on my people, if they pray to me and repent and turn away from the evil they have been doing, then I will hear them in heaven, forgive their sins, and make their land prosperous again." 2 Chronicles 7:13-14

WOW!! What a month! The coronavirus has sure put a damper on all of our plans and routine! We are grateful that restrictions have been put into play, especially for my moms sake.  But as we all know being stuck at home isn't for the faint of heart. Anyway we thought it would be good to give an update on mom.

Here is a message from Lu sent on Monday to family so I decided to post it for sake of ease and to let everyone know what the restrictions are:

Hey friends and family,

Here is what is going on with my last chemo.  I went down today to the cancer center.  They took our temp and asked us questions before I could go in.  My blood results came back that my platelets were at 71,000 so I could have the chemo.  Both Doug and I are on quarantine for at least 2 weeks but it will probably be 3 to 4 weeks.  This way they know that my driver has not been exposed.  When I go out, which is just to the cancer center, I have to wear a mask at all times.  Doug put a wooden beer box that we have had for years, outside so his clerk can put paperwork in it for his review.  I will be using clicklist to get my food and one of the girls will pick it up.  Once it gets here we will use gloves to sanitize it (Tricia's request).  This is such a crazy time.  Jean wanted to come down to take me to my chemo this week but sadly we had to turn her down because of the risk of exposure.  I was really bummed because we always have a nice visit.  I made Sigma Kappa aware that!

  I will be working from home for a least the next 8 weeks. They were fine with that.  The concern is delaying any further or no doing the last chemo could result in a relapse.  The cancer I have is in the favorable category and following the guidelines for this cancer will increase the cure.

Love Lu

So we wanted to give an update as far as what happens from here. As you all know she finished chemo today!!!! HALLELUJAH!!!! We are all so proud of her and can't believe that we have reached the end of this time with chemo! Back in October it felt so far away but we are so blessed that we made it this far and she made it through with few side effects! 

Next step...She will go next week to keep track of her numbers.  Just like the previous 3 chemos, She is very vulnerable to infection at this moment so we ask people to stay away and give her body time to recover.  We decided as a family to spend Easter apart becuase of the coronavirus and mom being neutropenic.  

Prayer requests: Prayers for wisdom and guidance for our doctors and nurses as they navigate the coronavirus and try to save lives.  Prayers for mom to stay healthy during this global pandemic.  Prayer for all of you to stay healthy.  Prayers that moms doctors make the right decisions going forward as she goes into remission.  Also prayers that mom stays in remission and that we say goodbye to Leukemia forever.  Prayers that while most of us spend this time celebrating our Risen Lord that even though we will spend time apart from family we remember the reason for this season. 

Thank you to all of you that have been there for us.  We appreciate your love, prayers, and help! Stay safe and enjoy this time with your immediate family.

By: Kim

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