My time spent here has been very sparse this year. It was a year ago this week that we found out our unborn child (Little Lourdes) had a serious birth defect that would require surgery after birth. Three short months later, my wonderful friend and mother was diagnosed with cancer. The events of the early months this year played out with God guiding the ship during the storm and constantly spoke "PEACE. Be still and KNOW that I am God."
In April, a scan determined my mother to be cancer free. What a joyous and wonderful occasion for our family. She had not tolerated her 4th chemo treatment well. Her 5th treatment was delayed due to her reaction and her 6th and final treatment was not given because her counts never came up. To finish up her treatment plan, a scheduled CT/PET scan was performed to wrap everything and then she was to do rechecks every 6 months for two years and then she would be considered "cured."
At that final scan, it was discovered her cancer has already returned in full force. For the past few months, our family has been wrapped in all the many details this involves from deciding if and when treatments are option and which treatments to do since her cancer has already returned so shortly after being declared cancer-free.
I drove home last week to be with her and truly memorize her ways. I took pictures of her in her garden. I tried to really look at her hands and face.
She had surgery a couple weeks ago to remove the tumors found on her neck. The biopsy showed the cancer to be growing aggressively. The doctors are recommending a very aggressive treatment plan. She will undergo chemotheraphy again and a bone marrow transplant. This past Monday and Tuesday, she underwent a bone marrow harvest. On Thursday, she had a bone marrow biopsy and CT/PET scan today. I drove to Kansas City on Wednesday to be with her. We had such a wonderful time together. I took Lourdes with me and she was just perfect.
She had to be fasting until after her procedure. We went to Winstead's afterwards and stuffed our faces with a bacon cheeseburger and chocolate shake. IT was so wonderful to be with her.
She is scheduled to begin chemo on Wednesday. She will be hospitalized each treatment because of the nature of this chemo. After chemo, she will undergo a bone marrow transplant. The doctors have given her a 50/50 chance of survival. She is in a fight for her life.
I have been so overwhelmed at her diagnosis. I am sure this post isn't even coherent. I would be so very grateful for prayers for her. To be honest, I am so very afraid to see her suffer. She is a professional when it comes to suffering and is so willing. She has a VERY specific intention she is offering this round of cancer for. Any prayers offered on her behalf will be very much appreciated.
It seems odd most times to share such personal details. I know the POWER of prayer is magnificent so I humbly ask for prayers and the good Lord's intercession for my dearest of friends.