Post-Chemo Update/What Faith Can Do

Things were uneventful and smooth today.  Mom and I arrived at 7 am and my cocktail was flowing by 7:45.  They don’t mix up the chemo drugs until I check in, so there’s always a little bit of a wait.  As usual, I was a little drowsy thanks to the Benadryl that is part of my pre-meds so we chatted a little, I snoozed a little, and watched morning talk shows a little.  Home before 11.  Easy peasy.  By this time next week, I will be 1/2 way done!!!

I felt good enough tonight to go to Parent Night at school.  Super Grandma Bonnie to the rescue once again – she took all the kids to their last ice skating class, as the times overlapped.  Chris and I were talking on our way home about how having the Adryamicin/Cytoxin in the summer was a blessing (if experiencing chemo can be a blessing.)  We can’t even imagine going through that set of drugs now with the kids in school.  I was really down and out – to the point of pawning off our children so I could sleep all day.  This round of Herceptin/Taxol leaves me only tired, but besides that functioning mostly well.  While I can’t do everything like I used to, at least I can handle most of my mom duties.  Thank God for timing.

Today, like most days, I was feeling grateful for the uncomplicated road I have travelled.  When I sit in the lab or the chemo waiting room, I am always reminded that there are people who are feeling all the crappy side effects and struggling.  Then I also think about non-cancer struggles that people experience every day.  And I say a little prayer for healing to come to all people who are in need.

Tonight, I want to share a song.  If you need a little inspiration, if you are going through a tough time, if you are questioning something in your life, if you are just clinging to faith with everything you’ve got, check out this song – click on the title below.  I LOVE it!  It’s gotten me through some cancer-sucky moments in the last few months.  Maybe it will be comforting or inspirational for you today or in one of your tomorrows.  Song:  What Faith Can Do.  Comment on this post with your prayer requests so we can pray for your intentions too!

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17 Responses to Post-Chemo Update/What Faith Can Do

  1. Anonymous says:

    I am so grateful for your uncomplicated road and thank God everyday for you as I walk or run by your house and look out my window at your house–so in case you were wondering, that IS everyday and sometimes multiple times a day. We also prayed for you at our Moms in Prayer meeting. Your faith is an inspiration and your attitude is blessing many!

    Keep going and hold on–God has something BIG planned for you!


  2. Anonymous says:

    Sending prayers your way! Love your perspective! Faith is what gets us through, indeed! 🙂

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thinking of you often Jamie. Love that song!! Keeping you and your family in my prayers. Thanks for sharing your challenges and blessings. We could all learn a thing or two from you and your family. 🙂

  4. Liz Fenlon says:

    What a great message through a beautiful song. Thanks for sharing it Jamie. Bob and I are so happy that things are going well. We continue to think about you and keep you in our prayer.s

  5. Anonymous says:

    Finally got around to subscribing to your blog. Thank you for posting it again. My daily prayers always include you and your beautiful family. Thank you for sharing your journey. This song is so close to my heart from my days of surgery and complications. I wish continued blessings to you on this journey!!

  6. Susie says:

    You are an incredible and inspirational woman. You are always in my thoughts and prayers. I ask that we pray for those consumed by subtance abuse and mental health issues. That they are able to get the help they need to find peace in their life and for their families that are hurt and sometimes destroyed because of this.

  7. Holly says:

    Prayers are so powerful and really DO work!! 🙂 And that is why I decided to comment on your post. So awesome when fellow believers can pray for and with others and storm the gates of Heaven!!!! 🙂 Thanks Jamie!! Btw when you go to the hospital for treatment and Chris has to work and your mom goes with you,,, if you are ever looking for someone to help with your kiddos, I’d be happy to play! 🙂 Sleep tight my friend!

  8. Jamie says:

    Amen to that!

  9. Jamie says:

    Thanks “Mama” Penny! And that’s just the point…so many people struggle and so often we don’t even know. Have faith, pray for healing, pray for peace, let God carry us through. To have gone through some very, very hard times in your life and be the positive, fun-loving person you are today says so much about your own relationship with God and your human character. So blessed to have you in our lives.

    So, let’s pray for mothers and fathers who have to make difficult decisions for their children, which in some cases, remove them from their home…allowing their child to be cared for daily by nurses and doctors. May these moms and dads who did this in the past find some peace, healing, and comfort, knowing they did what was right. May parents facing this today have strength, courage, faith, and support as they step into the unknown.

  10. Penny Clay says:

    Prayer warriors UNITE! Thinking of you, Jamie. Sending positive thoughts and prayers to you, Chris, and the kids. And, praying for all those in need. Keep fighting and praying! All things are possible with love and God…

  11. Jamie says:

    Yes, absolutely! My hope is that all our prayer warriors will read these posts and storm the heavens with these intentions! Nothing is impossible with God.

  12. Jamie says:

    Thank you! I appreciate your kind words. God’s Blessings to you and yours.

  13. Jamie says:

    Thanks, Amy. And to your prayer requests, I say Amen!

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  15. Holly says:

    You have such a great great attitude!! Reading your posts is such a blessing to me and puts things into such great perspective!! Continued prayers of healing for you Jamie, and could you add Andrew, a freshman in high school from our church to your prayer list. He had brain cancer, surgery, and chemo & radiation 2 or 3 years ago. And unfortunately it was just found on a scan that the tumor is back 🙁 and will need to start the process all over again. this young guy could really use your prayers! Not to bog you down, but could you also pray for marriages…..everyone’s really…. It’s hard isn’t it?!? 😉 My good good friend is struggling big time right now as she found out her husband was having an affair. Thanks for thinking of and praying for others as you are going through some “cancer sucky moments”. Know you are in our prayers every night! God is good, all the time. All the time, God is good! Hugs & prayers to you!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Always thinking of you Jamie, you are an inspiration to many! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  17. Amy Ferguson says:

    That is one of my favorite songs, too! I can see how it could push you along on this tough journey. My prayer requests are for a truly peaceful, nonviolent solution to the issues in Syria and of course, for your continued healing and strength. You are such an inspiration to me, Jamie.

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