A patient wrote, “Chemotherapy can be a long, tough haul – for me, it went on for six months – and the best doctors and nurses become, if only for that period of time, as essential in your life as friends or spouses.”
Today I am grateful for wonderful medical care. The doctors and nurses are knowledgeable, kind, and so attentive. They demonstrate genuine concern and carefully listen. We are partners in this journey.
I just finished my first full year of chemotherapy. Two different rounds with maintenance after the first round!!
It was good to meet with Dr. Nibley! He found positive information in my latest CT scan. We have decided June 9, 2017, will be my last treatment with the Taxotere. This chemo treatment brings more intense side effects, hair loss, and an extreme lack of appetite. They usually don’t continue past the fourth treatment unless there is a compelling reason. Treatments five and six have more of a diminishing return and so there is no need at this point. I will continue with just the immunotherapy drug, Cyramza, for treatment five and six. Wow! I am thrilled to look at some time to let my body recover from chemo effects. There are no side effects with the immunotherapy. It is still administered through IV so I will make trips back to the infusion room. I will be looking at another surgical biopsy down the road. Most likely end of summer or early fall. Dr. Nibley wants to look for genetic markers with the cancer tumors and also investigate other autoimmune things happening in my lungs. I feel encouraged about our direction!! All is well! We continue to look for answers and become more targeted in our decisions. And, there is no new cancer in my body. I am grateful for both findings. A short season of rest.
And so the journey continues. There is gratitude in tender care. There is deep love found during a visit with a former fifth-grade student (now 20 years older with two beautiful babies), sweet sisters missionaries, cherished friends, trusted colleagues, loving family, amazing high school graduates, “Teri’s Team,” and steady caretakers. I am constantly reminded of the beautiful words, “Each life that touches ours for good, reflects thine own great mercy Lord.” I reflect on these words as I enjoy the moments of twilight each day.
There is great conversion found as I seek to understand things beyond this life, learn to create beauty around me, and pray for opportunities to unite in service. These acts keep me from shrinking. They create opportunities for me to live, love, and become. Thank you for your continued thoughts and prayers. They lift my soul heavenward! They bring me additional courage and faith. We have become anchored in hope!