Thank you all for your continued prayers, for the cards, flowers, meals, and heart felt concern. Thank you Father for joy in the midst of pain.
I was long winded last week, but plan to be brief this time. Theresa received her second 1/3 dose of Abraxane this Thursday. She tolerates the infusion fine, but the chemo starts giving her symptoms about 24 hours later and seem to hit there peak about 3-4 days later and then start improving a day or so before she gets the next dose. With the weekly treatment, she only has 1-2 good days (and good is relative). She will probably go in Monday to get IV fluids as she is getting dehydrated again. She finds the nausea and abdominal pain are the most difficult. The fatigue is constant and little things wipe her out. Getting the chemo every three weeks seemed to give Theresa more good days, but with the higher dose, her risk for more severe symptoms are there. Her breast mass has shrunk considerably and her axillary lymph nodes are not palpable now – all good signs that this is working. The Abraxane was finally approved by the insurance company, so Theresa will get the three cancer treatments for 18 weeks without stopping. Her blood count continues to stay up and all her labs come back normal each week.
“The Joy of the Lord is our strength”. God has given us hearts of gratitude. Looking at a glass partially filled with water, you can look at it three ways: a glass half empty, a glass half full, or a glass completely filled (half with air and half with water). A heart of gratitude is nurtured to see what is truly there (the invisible and the visible) for the glass completely filled is the true answer. God is good all the time and He deserves our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving.