Thursday, April 19, 2012

Bad News, Good News, Best News

April 19, 2012      
Things have gone relatively smooth for the past five weeks. Except for the 36 hours Keith spent in the hospital due to a 0.2 white blood cell count, which was accompanied by a 101.4 temperature, his health has been quite good. Over all Keith has made this journey through chemotherapy well and with his sense of humor very much intact. I have noticed that each day he seems more and more like he did before all of his health issues surfaced.   

For those who have been following this Blog I hope you found it interesting and were able to laugh along with Keith and me. It's funny how laughter finds its way into even the darkest places we travel. Laughter really is the best medicine, it can turn a cloudy day sunny and turn a serious moment funny. We've had lots of serious moments during Keith's chemo but the ability to find humor in the midst of our journey made it easier to bear.       

Friday, the twentieth of April, is the day he has the PET/CT scan. This test will show if there is any cancer left in his body. We will be meeting with his oncologist  on Tuesday for the results and hopefully he will be in remission. That is our prayer but in the event it is still in his body he will have to face the possibility of a bone marrow transplant. So, if the test results are not what we hope we still have options and will not be giving up the fight. If he is in remission I will be able to breathe deeply for the first time in many months. There are still some hurdles to jump over unrelated to Keith's cancer but I am hopeful we will be able to get over them and keep on going. One day in the not too distant future our lives may feel normal once again (if there is such a thing as normal) but that doesn't mean our trials will be over. Life is full of trials and we have to deal with them as they present themselves. If trials build character all I can say is I think I've had enough character building for a while God, if that's okay with      

We have walked in some pretty deep valleys and struggled to climb some even steeper mountains but God has been with us and because of Him the road we have walked this past six/seven months has been easier to travel.       

After I post Keith's results I will probably be shifting the focus of my Blog to my Mom and her struggle with Alzheimer's. I will, of course, be giving updates where Keith is concerned but as long as he is in remission (if he is in remission) there won't be as much to write about. This is a good thing!      Along with the present trials there are two more, which I cannot discuss for now, but I intend to address them when I am able. Thank you all for helping us through this with your prayers and support. God put you in our lives for this purpose and we are grateful, so grateful. 

My friends you are a blessing  
sent from up above 
to help us through this trial 
a witness to God's love 
When we feel like giving up 
when every dawn is gray 
when everything seems pointless 
you help us find our way 
God shows his tender mercy 
in the midst of sorrows woe 
by sending friends to aid us 
when heartache brings us low 
God's realm abounds with angels 
His word says this is true 
but now and then one comes to earth 
The proof is here in you         

1 comment:

  1. Yes, One day at a time is our motto and our new slogan is: Yesterday is gone! Tomorrow is uncertain! Today is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice (LOL) and be glad in it!

    ref: Proverbs 17:22(NASB)

    A (A)joyful heart [a]is good medicine,
    But a broken spirit (B)dries up the bones.

    a. Proverbs 17:22 Lit causes good healing

    Cross references:
    A. Proverbs 17:22 : Prov 15:13
    B. Proverbs 17:22 : Ps 22:15