Monday, March 16, 2015

Hurt. Healing. Love Grows! Finally - a Routine! An Update.

Well Hello There!

It has been a while!  I absolutely enjoyed my sister-in-law and, quite honestly, got a bit spoiled!  But, here lately, we've been preparing the house for my Victoria to come live with us!  We are so excited to be a part of her transition from Okinawa to New Mexico!  The bedroom is about 90% ready and now we are simply waiting for her. 

My husband and I also had a tough time of it recently.  You know, however, all things work together for the good of those who  love Him and are called according to His purpose - including tough times with our spouses.  Within a day, the Lord brought deeply felt communication and immensely profound healing that went far beyond the disagreement.  After 34 years of marriage we are falling in love again!  We really are!  It's amazing!  Had I not been diagnosed with cancer, our episode might never have happened and we could have missed this great opportunity of healing and falling in love again!  God is so very good!

My chemotherapy schedule has now been finalized so I feel like I have a routine again.  This new normal is wonderful because at least now, I know what to expect for the next six weeks.  I'll be going every other Thursday, then again on Friday's for the Nuelasta shot.  The neat thing is that the FDA just approved a patch that the nurses can put on me after chemotherapy.  Then, instead of driving in on Friday, the computer is programmed to give me the medicine via the patch - without me having to even leave my house!  Isn't that cool?!

Last time, by Friday evening, I was a wreck.  It took about two or three days to come back around again.  Once the turn around happens, though, I'm really back!  We're praying for minimal side effects this time around.

I'm back on my housecleaning schedule, devotions, and such.  I plan to blog on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.   I'm even making plans on what to show you! 

My hair hasn't fallen out yet - thank God!  My husband prays for me every day - including for my hair to stay put!  I did cut it uber short and really like it!  It's so easy to take care of now!

Victoria taught me this cool way of studying Proverbs years ago.  There are 31 chapters in the book of Proverbs.  I prayerfully read that date's corresponding chapter listening for God to show me the scripture for that day.  He never fails - one scripture always stands out!  I write it in my monthly calendar and sometimes "smash" it in my journal.  At the end of the month, I again, prayerfully, ask for the scripture for that month.  What I plan to do is scrapbook that scripture in my Bible Study scrapbook. 

Here is the page I did this morning:

My original thought was that I want to live, to beat cancer.  But then my thought morphed into the type of lifestyle I want to live, hence Galatians 5:22.  It will DEFINITELY be harder to be gentle and self-controlled!  I do want to love more!  Definitely!  Cancer certainly changes one's perspective on life!  Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plan will succeed.  Proverbs 16:3. 
I've been thinking a lot about this little blog of mine.  I want to share updates about my health, but also about my walk with God through all of this.  He is working in all of our lives and it's so precious, I have to share.  Also, perhaps, one day, my grandchildren will read this and know a bit more about their Ama.  A big part of my life is also sewing, gardening, crocheting and scrapbooking.  I'll show you what's in the works.  But, mainly, I want to share my Friend with you and how He's working in my life.  He is amazing!
photo: Raye Wortel
 And, for today, this is my truth!

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