February 26, 2009

A month has gone by already since my last post. I feel like I am in a season of my life where I am doing more listening than speaking. Ecclesiastes 5:2 says:

 Do not be quick with your mouth,
       do not be hasty in your heart
       to utter anything before God.
       God is in heaven
       and you are on earth,
       so let your words be few.

Sometimes, I feel this way with the things I write as well. However, I wanted to make sure I gave an update on how things are going. I had an appointment with my doctor on February 9th. My mom made the trip with me again and our drive was pretty uneventful. Since I was told at my last visit to CTCA not to worry about that CEA level in my blood, I have had a lot less stress surrounding having my blood work done. All of my blood work was good, so I am thankful for that. God has really been protecting my body from all of these years of chemotherapy. A new medication was added to my IV regimen, called Avastin. It is a biotherapy drug used to prevent the growth of new blood vessels that cancer can allow to grow in order to supply tumors with all of the nutrients that your blood carries. I was told that even when it is determined that I can come off of chemo, this Avastin will be an IV that I will continue to have once a month long term. I have scans scheduled for March 9th and 10th. On the 9th, I will have a CT scan and a bone scan, then on the 10th I will have a MUGA scan, which tests the function of the heart. I see my doctor following that scan and chemo is scheduled after that. I feel good, and I have no pain so I am going into these scans feeling good about everything. I trust God and His plans for my life. I am continuing to meet people ay CTCA that I would never had the opportunity to meet otherwise, and I feel like God has me there for these people.

Anyone who has read my entries over all of these years knows how much music means to me. I heard a song the other day that I really felt like it speaks to how I am feeling these days. The things of this life have broken my heart. Thankfully, God is close to the broken hearted and He can mend it. I have realized, though, that this life is temporary and there will come a day that I can be thankful that this road, this journey I am on, will lead me straight into my Father's arms.

Click here to listen to and see the lyrics to There Will be a Day by Jeremy Camp

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