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It Takes a Village

It’s been a long time since we’ve posted here, and thank you to everyone who has followed, donated, and posted to the website over the past two weeks while we’ve been managing our daily lives.

We’ve had a lot of lovely people come to visit including Nancy’s father Chuck and Kay, and Nancy’s friends have been by for numerous days as acting Mary Poppins! Friends and family have come from all over the country to help Nancy make her life so manageable and easy so that we all can be a normal family. These lovely women have done the wash, driven Nancy to appointments, and made daily life a breeze. It takes a village and everyone has been unbelievably kind, including the doctors, nurses, staff, and all the people in our lives who have prayed, loved, and dedicated something to Nancy’s fight. Every book, every phone call, every letter, they are all so unbelievably appreciated; thank you to everyone who has been there for us.

There have been a myriad of doctor’s appointments, from urologists to gynecologic oncologists to dieticians, essentially every doctor you can think of. Nancy has been going in to the oncologist’s once a week for fluid infusions and magnesium to keep her levels in a safe place. The most exciting result of all for Nancy’s daily life was the urologist’s decision to use an intermittent catheter. This allows Nancy to walk free of the catheter, something many of you may know she has been working towards for weeks.

One of the major events of the past few weeks was the insertion of Nancy’s chemotherapy port. The port was put in on August 24 with a very simple procedure lasting about an hour and a half. She was put under general anesthesia but the insertion was absolutely a success.

Today was the first day of chemo with the port and a new treatment plan has been established. Chemo will be administered every Wednesday, and Jax's schedule has been oriented so that she should be able to accompany Nancy to chemo each week. Taxol will be the main drug used to fight the cancer, with Carboplatin additionally every 3rd week. These doses will be adjusted according to Nancy’s comfort and the affect they have on the cancer. Nancy has decided to be warrior against cancer with chemo on her side, optimistic about the opportunity to save her life.

She is working on getting stronger so that her body can be ready for the onslaught of the chemotherapy medications. A really important part of this is returning as much as possible to her regular life. Despite the pain and difficulties she’s still experiencing, from All About Connecting to working out and gardening, she is determined to live as fully as possible. Thank you again to everyone who has been there for us and will continue to be. We have a role to play in this fight, and with the support, and dedication, and prayers of our loved ones nothing is impossible.

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Comments (4)

  • Julie Faude
    Julie Faude

    Omg so thankful for this news. You all are in my heart every minute of every day.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Deby Ross Harrison
    Deby Ross Harrison

    Nancy, you are so brave and an inspiration to so many:). Please know that you are in our hearts, minds, and especially our prayers. We know you won't forget to "Fight Like a Girl." Aleta, Deby, Jan and Bill

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Jeff Faude
    Jeff Faude

    Thinking of all of you. Fight on, Nancy!!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • livia klaus
    livia klaus

    WOW...what good news! I am thrilled that treatment is going smoothly and that positive results are coming your way:)!! I am also happy that you are surrounded by a loving family and tons of friends who are supportive during this difficult time. When I am back in the area I hope you will be receiving visitors for I am looking forward to seeing your lovely smile. You are in my thoughts and prayers and hope you are reading my messages on line. I care very much about your well being and am sending you lots of hugs and love. XO...Livia

    2 years ago · Reply

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