I Can Do All Things Through Christ which Strengtheneth Me. Philippians 4:13

March 27, 2013 Annette Daily Inspiration

As much as I was eager to hear what the oncologist had to say today, I dreaded it also.  So much that I only slept 2 hours last night.  The drive through the pretty snow to town felt eerie.  Walking into the Cancer Center was surreal.  I felt even more discouraged when the receptionist barely looked at me, and didn’t even greet me with a warm smile or a ‘hello’.  Just business, business.  The carpet had been pulled out from under me when I got the phone call from my doctor with the diagnosis.  I had hoped that once in the Cancer Center that the friendly staff would calm me as I tried to pick myself up and clear my head from the fog.  My nerves were such a jumble as I waited.  Once the doctor came in to talk to Steve and I he put me at ease so quickly.  He explained everything so clearly.  Best of all he had some good news. This sounds a little odd, I know, but the good news is that the  lymphoma is B-cell and aggressive.  The good news about it being aggressive, is that that type is curable.  From stage 1 clear through stage 4, curable.  If the cancer is stage 1 or 2 I will have 3 months of chemo and some radiation.  If it is stage 3 or 4 I will have 6 months of chemo.  I will have a Pet Scan and a Bone Scan and when the results of those are complete they will stage it. Now, the 3 months of chemo consist of chemo every 21 days. So, that’s only taking chemo 3 times.  And, of course, if it’s needed to have 6 months of chemo, it’s still just every 21 days.I now feel so fortunate.  I am trying to keep those thoughts forefront. I am not going to dwell on the fact that my hair is ‘going to fall out in clumps’ {the doctors words}, and the other possible side effects.  He explained some of the medicines he would give me for anti nausea.  Thankfully it is nothing the the medicine I dreamed about the other night.  In my dream the doctor brought out 3 big trays of beakers and test tubes {which I haven’t touched since high school chemistry} and all kinds of small glass bottles of pills and some syringes all lined up full of stuff. I my dream I am thinking “I sure hope Steve is remembering all of this because I don’t understand at all.”  And then  Steve says “I don’t see how all of that stuff is going to lower my blood sugar”  And I say “this is the stuff I have to take”.   I praise God for His comfort and peace. I am sooo grateful for all of my family, and dear friends.

Tomorrow we go for the second opinion at the Lemieux Center.

I am a little nervous about the side effects of the chemo, but ready to battle this disease with the Lord by my side, and the help of family and friends.  You are all such a blessing to me. I want each and every one to know that your card, phone call, e-mail and text messages and visits giving me the confidence that while i am alone for part of the journey, you all are there there waiting to once again be by my side.

3 Responses to “I Can Do All Things Through Christ which Strengtheneth Me. Philippians 4:13”

  • Lori Hartman says:

    Annette,
    You are all in my prayers. When I was waiting to go into surgery to have my cancerous thyroid removed in 1999, the doctor asked who I had with me. When I explained that my entire family was there, she replied “Good. The more Indians in your tribe, the better the recovery” I have been clear since then. With all the people you have praying for you and your family, you don’t just have a tribe, you have an entire nation. I am confident that you will beat this. Please let me know if there is anything that you need done. You are an amazing women.

    • Annette says:

      You inspire me so much!!! My family loved your “Indian” story. And I have to say, thanks for always being there for my kids.

  • Jordan says:

    I may not be there physically, but I am along side you spiritually. Count on me to be a prayer warrior on your behalf.


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