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Posted 2018-12-13T22:11:13Z

I hate cancer...

Well #8 treatment done, 12 more to go! This second week has been eye-opening and humbling.

Monday, while I was in treatment, Jim visited with an older woman recently diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer. She had elected to aggresively battle the cancer by compressing 28 radiation treatments into 5! She told Jim that her children and grandchildren were extremely upset but Jim noticed she was there by herself. Wow! What a woman and what a fighter! I pray we see her again and what would be even better would be her family with her!   I hate cancer.

Tuesday was even harder. As I waited for my treatment, a small child was wheeled out of a treatment room on a gurney surrounded by Children's Mercy Hospital ambulance staff. I could not tell if that child was a boy or a girl or how old he/she was. All I could see was the sad eyes between the knitted cap and white hospital mask. I know I was staring because reality had just smacked me right in the mouth. 

Wednesday KU cancer staff called asking if I could come for my treatment 30 minutes early so that child could take her (I did find out the child was a girl) treatment as soon as the ambulance could get  there. Of course! I received my treatment and was waiting to see my oncologist, Dr. Coster, when the little girl arrived. She was very upset. She kept asking her Grandma to hold her. And of course that Grandma would do anything she could  BUT we all knew Grandma could not hold her when she took the treatment. My heart was breaking for everyone involved. Dr. Coster explained during our office visit the small children have to be sedated so they don't move during radiation. And after a few visits the children know what will happen and become very agitated.  It is extremely hard on children but adults tend to suffer more. Oh my, how sad.  I hate cancee.

I have nothing to complain about! I get tired. I have an itchy rash around my neck  Dr. Coster thinks might be related to a product I was using on my incision. Or my autoimmune system is trying to figure out what is going on and is acting up! Either way I have NOTHING to complain about.

We pray all is well with you and yours during this holiday season.  Thank you for your continued prayers, calls, emails and texts. We appreciate and love you all.


From Jim-As of today 8 down and 12 to go!  we are targeted to be done on 1/2/2019.  She is doing well and we have had great support from back in Hays and in KC.  we pray that all have safe travels during this Christmas season.



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Comments (7)

  • Pamela Medford
    Pamela Medford

    This WILL be over ARE the STRONGEST!!!! love to you and Jim and as always you BOTH are in my prayers and thoughts

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Judy Blecha
    Judy Blecha

    Continued love & prayers😍🙏

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Linda Coats
    Linda Coats

    You are one strong lady and are always in our thoughts and prayers!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • De Blackwood Roth
    De Blackwood Roth

    Prayers and hugs to you, Sherry! Think of you daily and praying you get extra special blessiings during this holiday season.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Randy Clinkscales
    Randy Clinkscales

    It sure puts stuff in perspective. I'm not sure why we have to be constantly reminded of that, but apparently we do. Sherry you help us see the world through your eyes. yes, you have great friends back in Hays. Good thought of you, and prayers for you (and Jim).

    2 years ago · Reply
  • robert & kathy albers
    robert & kathy albers

    Dear, dear Sherry!! I am happy to join your Prayer Warrior staff!! We got your Christmas card today so I just read your log!!! Darn, darn, darn!!! Bob too!!! Know your are very dear to both of us, I don't know what I would have done when I needed you and found you there ready to hold me!! Lots of Love from both of us.....Kathy and Bob Albers

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Susie Billinger
    Susie Billinger

    Your story is so humbling, maybe something we all need during this season - a reminder to appreciate the precious things we do have in life. Hang in there Sherry. Think of you and pray for you daily................Susie Billinger

    2 years ago · Reply