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.

Thank you

4 thoughts on “Thank you

  • October 5, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Aw, I’m so happy she’s doing well! Your restaurant is important to people because you two are such a special couple. Thanks for taking care of Lincoln and good job taking care of each other. <3

  • October 5, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Praising God with you! May the news you get continue to be of remission and healing!

  • October 10, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    I am very grateful to God that Karen is doing better. I will be praying that continues.

  • October 13, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Karen and you are two very special foodies in my life! And I thoroughly appreciate and adore any opportunity I have share our lives together whenever our paths cross. A tweet last week about Karen’s progress caught me off-guard and brought me to my knees before the Lord of Hosts requesting His healing touch. This update makes me uber-happy! And I raise praises to Jesus for hearing my (and all the others’) prayers.

    Also, Karen, I didn’t die on the glacier last weekend during my second attempt … obviously! 😉


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