Karen finished up her regimen of chemotherapy this week, completing five cycles instead of the normal six originally scheduled. The oncologist recommended withholding the sixth treatment since her red blood cell count was below normal and with the progress of the regimen having the desirable effect, the doctor felt like there would not be a significant decrease or change from the fifth and sixth treatments. Over the course of time, the mass has shrunk in size, the cancer marker in her blood tests shows normal levels. This is all very good news. We will consult with a gynecological oncologist later this month to determine what the next step will be
Karen continues to carry on a normal quality of life. To look at her you would never know she is battling cancer. Compared this round with the original treatment two years ago, it’s like night and day. For some reason she did not experience hairloss this time. Those who are walking through this know from personal experience that when the hair goes, there is a daily visible reminder that something is wrong. We receive this as a gift, as it has allowed Karen to blend into the woodwork and carry on day to day without attracting attention to herself.
We are both overwhelmed by the outpouring of support initiated by our dear friends, Sunny and Dan Parsons, as they revealed to us their desire to provide a benefit for the expenses we’ve occurred along this journey. Service and hospitality are our natural reflex, and to turn around and find ourselves on the receiving end is beyond amazing.
Thank you to all who have offered prayers, cards, notes of encouragement, text messages, phone calls and pats on the back. I keep a file of them and refer to them occasionally when I need a boost.