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Posted 2017-10-23T02:41:07Z

Long Overdue

Well, I've really neglected my duty these past few months as the communicator for Sarah. For that, I am sorry. I just checked and my last update was in June.  A lot has happened since then, so I will try to summarize without getting too wordy.

Sarah received her radiation at Alton Memorial Hospital. She did great and the radiation team was wonderful. Her radiologist at Siteman was still in charge of the plan, but it was nice to have the shorter drive to Alton each day. Sarah received radiation therapy 5 days per week for 5 weeks.  She did great with minimal side effects other than a nasty burn that became very painful towards the end of her treatment.  They apparently thought she was a good patient because they interviewed her and featured her in their quarterly magazine! Autographed copies are available upon request. ;)

Once she finished radiation, she returned to work full time. It has been hectic as the team she is on is working on a big project that goes live Oct. 30th. Pray that it goes well and things can slow down a bit after that.

She met with her doctors in August and her scans showed no signs of cancer! I can still hardly believe that I get to type that. It's been a crazy journey and as all cancer patients know, the journey never ends. There will continue to be scans for the rest of her life since the cancer could return. We know that we aren't promised tomorrow so we try to make the most of everyday.

When she met with her doctors, she also learned that her lymphatic system in her lower left leg (the cancer leg) was severely damaged from the various forms of treatment and because of that, she needs to wear a compression socks for the rest of her life to prevent lymphedema (basically irreversible swelling).  We decided that was a fair trade off considering the alternative was amputation.

She meets again with her doctors on November 15th. She will get a new set of scans and follow up on some other symptoms she has acquired as a result of chemo and radiation. One of the issues that she is dealing with is carpal tunnel and trigger fingers on both hands.

She has been going to physical therapy to help her regain as much strength in her left leg as she can and her therapist is pretty fantastic!

Her hair is growing back and looks great short so she has decided to keep it that way for a while.  When her hair had just started coming back in, her Uncle Leroy commented one day, “Sarah, your hair looks great! If you told me you paid a fortune for that haircut, I'd believe it.” We thought about it for a second and I said, “Well, I guess she did.” We all had a good laugh. There has been a lot of laughter over the past few months. Things are getting back to normal and that is a welcome change.  We thank you all for your support and prayers! I will continue to post short updates after Sarah's checkups and anytime something noteworthy happens.

May God bless you and keep you.

Love and hugs to you all!

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Comments (20)

  • Randall-Donna McLeese
    Randall-Donna McLeese

    Words escape me; only deep gratitude to our Lord God of Heaven and continued prayers.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Darrin Daugherty
    Darrin Daugherty

    Awesome News! God is great, and you are blessed!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Amy Kaufmann
    Amy Kaufmann

    We are so happy for your family and thankful to read such amazing news!!!!!! We praise God with you for His mercy and protection!!!!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Natalie Singh
    Natalie Singh

    Such wonderful news! I'm so happy for you!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Lisa Kleeman
    Lisa Kleeman

    Fantastic! So grateful for the news😊

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Danielle Helms
    Danielle Helms

    This made my day! I am so happy for you guys! God works in amazing ways and I an truly glad that He was able to show His ways through you! Continuing to think and pray for you through the rest of your recovery!

    2 years ago · Reply

    Love seeing your smiles!!! And Sarah, yes, your hair looks pretty!!!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Paul Schuette
    Paul Schuette

    The world demands pics of said shot cut!! (Lots has changed since the last time I typed that!)

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Mommie Jane
    Mommie Jane

    PTL!!! Enough said!!! Love you two and am so happy for all of you!!! 😘🤗😊🙏🏼

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Deb Trautmann
    Deb Trautmann

    God is good I'm so proud she's doing so great she's amazing

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Betty Waldhauser
    Betty Waldhauser

    Such great news, Sarah and family. Thanks so much for the update. I’ve been wondering how you’ve been doing. Prayers will continue!🙏🙏

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Patty Rykhus
    Patty Rykhus

    Thank God. So glad for the update and for continued success.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • jennifer whitlock
    jennifer whitlock

    That is awesome news !! The entire Whitlock family sends their blessings and continuing prayers for good health.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Dee Neisler
    Dee Neisler

    Praise God!!! So fabulous to hear!!! Greg and Dee Neisler

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Amie Megginson Austin
    Amie Megginson Austin

    Yay Sarah!!!!! Cancer free is so fabulous!!!!!!! Your family and friends are behind you the whole way. May the cancer never return. Love to you all!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Angela Madison
    Angela Madison

    Such good news, Jeff!! I’ve been wondering and have been going to walk down and ask you but have never made it!! I pray for Sarah daily on my early morning walks and will continue. I will also be thank God for such great news!! 😊

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Larry Rodgers
    Larry Rodgers

    We are so glad to get great news about Sarah. if any family deserves good news it is yours. you all are special. Larry and shirl

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Ginger Newingham
    Ginger Newingham

    Love you guys!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Cindy Essex
    Cindy Essex

    So happy to read this update! What an amazing blessing for Sarah to be cancer-free! Congratulations!!! In case Sarah is interested, I had a lot of luck seeing a chiropractor for my carpal tunnel! : )

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Esther Mary Jarvis
    Esther Mary Jarvis

    Wonderful woderful news - keep healing♡

    2 years ago · Reply