Another day closer to coming home!
We had an OK day today. The chemo drugs kicked in a bit today making Anne somewhat nauseous and she had diarrhea most of the day. We decided not to visit Hope Lodge where we were invited to a pot luck dinner and tour as she wasn't doing so well. After dinner at a nearby restaurant, Anne threw it up. Too bad, she thought it was really delicious too. Sorry about the gory details--and I hope you've already eaten.
She will finish the chemo tomorrow. We have an appointment in the oncology department to have things disconnected. Anne's been sporting a very attractive fanny pack containing the chemo pump that delivers 2 1/2cc of the chemo (5-FU for those who care). We then have one more appointment before we can come home. After that appointment we plan on starting our journey back home. I don't think Anne is going to tolerate the drive straight through to the girls at Albion (about 9 hours) so I may break it up into two shorter stretches.
Anne has had her ups and downs mentally. She took a glance at the oncologist's report which mentioned the metastases and that didn't sit well with her. She's been a bit weepy because of that. I, on the other hand, have been incredibly comforted by the outpouring of your love and have totally given this whole thing over to God. It's entirely in His hands--the ability of the doctors to do their thing (He's given them great skills), the ability of the chemo to do it's thing (He's given investigators the skills to figure out what drugs work the best--and she's getting them), and the ability of God to do His thing--to cure even the worst diseases through complete faith in Him. I can do that a lot easier because I'm not the one with the cancer, but Anne is doing a great job of it under the circumstances.
We received some emails from a few of our friends who also have been going through some bad times. I feel especially blessed to hear from them because despite their own sorrows, they are able to reach out to comfort us. Wow. What a testiment to Christian love. We have added all of them to our own prayers as well. It is also heartwarming to have heard from friends who are not Christian as well--Muslims and Jews who also have love within them to share in our time of need.
God Bless you all.