Today marked number 5 of 10 radiation treatments, and everything is going very well. My pain is under control and my energy levels are good. What a blessing!
I am told to expect a terrible sore throat and quite a bit of hoarseness at some point during or after treatment. I have speaking engagements on Oct. 24, Nov. 9 and Nov. 13, but I’m trusting that God will give me a voice to speak when I need it.
It’s funny. When asked what I needed for my Oct. 24 engagement, I said “A good microphone and a bar stool or other tall seat so I can sit down while I speak.” I even reiterated the importance of a good sound system. My voice has been strong the last couple of months, so it was out of the ordinary for me to be thinking so much about the microphone. I believe it’s just another example of the Holy Spirit guiding me along the way and providing what I need before I even know I need it.
Some people have asked about the switch from one radiation treatment to 10. The doctor suggested doing it in one treatment to accommodate our vacation. He said they typically would do it in two treatments, but he felt comfortable doing it in one, assuming he liked what he saw on the MRI. After seeing the MRI, he said it would be an injustice if he did the treatment in fewer than 10. Nothing dramatic; it’s just safer doing 10.
I’ll have another scan at the end of the month so the doctors can see how the tumors responded to radiation. Assuming it works as well as they hope, that may be the end of it. There may be a procedure to add cement to my vertebrae or possibly some other surgery. Right now, we’re crossing the hurdle of radiation.
After trying and trying to make a reschedule work, we finally admitted defeat on our family vacation. There’s just no way to line up our busy schedules. I’ve made my peace with it. I believe there will be plenty of other opportunities for family vacations. As I’ve said to several people already, I just don’t feel like it’s time for me to go yet. God still has much for me to do, so I’ll be about that business and let the rest take care of itself.
As I close tonight, I’m thankful:
- For pain relief and better sleep. (I have newfound empathy for those suffering from chronic pain or dealing with insomnia.)
- For David, who loves me unconditionally in sickness and in health.
- For a family that supports me every step of the way.
- For so many prayers going up for me every day.
- For the cards, kind words and support.
- For a hope that is the anchor of my soul.
Holding on to hope,