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Posted 2017-06-17T02:46:16Z

Back to Work!

Hello all! Sarah is recovering nicely from the surgery. She spent a couple of long weeks with her leg elevated to reduce swelling. If you know Sarah, you can imagine how hard that was for her. She doesn't do well staying still. She is a worker and being stuck in a chair is not her idea of relaxing, but those days are behind her now.

While she was recovering from the surgery, the brachytherapy treatments took place. She had 9 catheters placed in her calf during surgery and they used those catheters to deliver 6 treatments of radiation. The whole process was very interesting. Other than fatigue, Sarah didn't notice any side effects. Compared to the chemotherapy, it was a walk in the park! After her last brachytherapy treatment, they removed the catheters and she was given a couple of weeks to heal while they developed her beam radiation plan. She was able to start walking with crutches and now she has abandoned those and is getting around unaided quite nicely!

Last week, she returned to work half days!  She's mentally and physically ready to resume working full time, but she knew that her beam radiation treatments were going to start this week, so we decided half days would be a great start for her. Monday of this week she started her beam radiation treatment in the afternoons at Alton Memorial Hospital. They are part of the Washington University system that governs Siteman Cancer Center and since it's 30 minutes closer for us, they suggested Sarah use that facility for her treatments. Her radiation oncologist at Siteman still designed the radiation plan and is in charge of her treatment, but it is administered at the Alton facility.

So, she works from 8 to noon (again, if you know Sarah, noon turns into 1 most days) and has her radiation appointments in Alton at 2:30ish each day. This will be the schedule Monday through Friday for the next 5 weeks. After that, as long as the fatigue and side effects from radiation are manageable, Sarah plans to return to work full time. I mentioned this earlier, but she is noticing a fatigue from the radiation treatments and this may increase as the treatments continue. Right now it's not too bad, but by 8:30 or 9 pm she has a hard time keeping her eyes open. That's normal for some people, but Sarah is usually an 11 or 11:30 person.

I've got to say that things are going really well right now! It's still hard to believe how well things have developed. Two months ago we were preparing for an amputation and now she is wearing flip-flops and walking around normally again! We can’t thank you all enough for your support and prayers!

Through this whole process, we have met a lot of people going through similar situations and almost everyone's story has ups and downs. While Sarah was going through chemo, we were contacted by a woman named Julia. Her daughter, Elizabeth, had had just been diagnosed with synovial sarcoma and she had just given birth to a child. I know how tough this has been on Sarah and I can't even imagine going through this while having a newborn. Well, right Elizabeth's story is in the midst of one of the downs. Her body did not tolerate the chemo and they have had to stop treatment while they developed a new plan. Please send Elizabeth your warm wishes and good vibes and most importantly, lift her up in your prayers. They need our help very much right now!

Thank you all again and may the grace and peace of our Lord, Jesus Christ be with you.

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Comments (13)

  • Kim Barber
    Kim Barber

    Wonderful news for Sarah. So glad to hear things are going well. God is good. Will keep Elizabeth in our prayers! & will continue to pray for all of you!

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Angela Madison
    Angela Madison

    Thanks for the update, Jeff. I have been wondering each morning when I pray for Sarah and your family how she is doing. I am so happy to hear such a positive report. God is so good!!! I will continue praying for you all and will start praying for Elizabeth as well.

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Deb Trautmann
    Deb Trautmann

    Great news, so happy she is doing great! We serve an awesome God! Prayers for strength and blessings

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Beth A Cruz
    Beth A Cruz

    Praise God for the good report. You guys are in our prayers.

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Sara Stivers
    Sara Stivers

    Amazing news!! Have a fun summer with your boys!

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Mommie Jane
    Mommie Jane

    Thanks for the update. I have needing details to understand what's going on. Working, that is awesome. Love you both to pieces. ❤️ Mommie Jane

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Niki McDaniels
    Niki McDaniels

    Sarah & family - so happy to hear that your plan is going well. Continued prayers for you all and a great recovery!

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Lori Quarton
    Lori Quarton

    I am so happy and praising Jesus for your wonderful news. Can't wait to see you at all your loves again, especially room mom:) will continue prayers and it's ok to rest but I know that is hard to do :)

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Susan Emery
    Susan Emery

    This is awsome news! We will continue praying! Go Sarah!

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Dawn McFarland
    Dawn McFarland

    I am so excited and happy that things are going so well for Sarah! We'll keep the prayers coming for your family and for Elizabeth's.

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Tanya Kessinger
    Tanya Kessinger

    While the long journey for you guys has likely felt less than blessed and comfortable, your perseverance through the valleys and peaks have been a testimony for all of us... we are so elated that days of improved health and emotions are increasing. Your story has impacted so many people... you'll likely never know how many. Love to you both!!!

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Chance Newingham
    Chance Newingham

    What wonderful news! We're SO GLAD that things are going well!

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Amy Kaufmann
    Amy Kaufmann

    Praise God for such a wonderful response to all her treatment so far! I'm sure it's been a hard road of recovery, so we will keep praying for strength and complete healing for Sarah and for Elizabeth! May God continue to bless each of you!

    3 years ago · Reply