Only 10 Left to Go

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So Valentines Day was really fun! Will and I went to Curly’s (this burger and fries place) for lunch and it was really good! I then got my haircut that afternoon by Will’s sister-in-law, Jodi’s, beautician named Janet Smith. She’s awesome! We were going to do a cut just above my shoulders but then decided to donate it and I had to have 8 inches in order to do that! I thought “why not?” I am going to lose all of it soon anyway so why not donate it to someone who can use it! So now I have a cute bob that I am getting used to! It’s as short as I have ever had it but I think it’s growing on me! You can see pics in my photo gallery. Jan also painted my fingernails, toenails, and gave me a foot massage. Did I mention she’s awesome? 🙂

That evening we had some delicious chicken and noodles that Terry Wagner (a lady who works with my dad) made! They were really good!! I got a dress, sweater, and coffee mug plus some really nice cards from mom, dad, and sister! Will and I then finished off the day watching “Wedding Crashers!” That has always been one of my favorite movies. Oh, and I didn’t mention that he got me a cute shirt and some hand lotion for V-day too…he’s the best! I am a lucky girl to be blessed with such wonderful family and an awesome boyfriend too!

Yesterday was a day that I have been dreading for the past two weeks. I had my second round of chemotherapy. 😦 Nanny, Mom, and Dad took me and my roommate Caitlin dropped by during the end of my treatment. I had blood drawn first, then saw the PA, and then headed up to the 4th floor for chemo. However, we had a bit of a hold-up in the doctor’s office because my neutrophil count was only 100 when the normal range is 1000-1500.Basically, this means that I am very susceptible to infectious diseases. There is a shot you can get called Neulasta which increases your white blood cell count before chemotherapy. However, my white blood cell count wasn’t too concerning and there have been studies done that show the Neulasta shot can cause a 20% chance of getting pneumonitis (lung damage) later on. The study showed that progessing on with chemo and not giving the Neulasta shot regardless of the person’s blood count only gave the person a 3% chance of getting pneumonitis. Therefore, my doctor is very aggressive and wants to continue on with treatment and without a Neulasta shot for the time being. I am just going to have to live in a bubble for awhile.

Last night was pretty rough. I took some nausea medication on the way home from the hospital but still felt a little nauseous last night. I ate another awesome meal which was provided by a family friend and then could hardly wait to take my nausea medication and go to bed. I was in bed by 8:30 which is unheard of for me but I decided I would rather be alseep than uncomfortable all night.

I woke up this morning not feeling too bad. I ate some breakfast and then decided to sit and write some thank-you notes. I don’t mean to toot my own horn but I got about 12 thank-you notes written today. I also watched “The Blind Side” with Nanny, took a shower for the first time in 2 weeks, and fixed my hair. Don’t worry, I have been washing my hair in the sink and bathing daily but it just felt so good to be able to shower on my own, even if it did take every ounce of energy I had.

Although I felt alright today, I am not going to get my hopes up too much. This is about how I felt last time on the day after chemo. It usually hits me pretty hard the third and fourth day. I am going to keep praying that it stays like this though. I ask that you pray for my strength and energy as well. I believe so strongly in the power of prayer. I am one lucky girl to have so many people out there praying for me also!

When I woke up today and read my “Jesus Calling” book, the first few lines read “Thank Me for the conditions that are requiring you to be still. Do not spoil these quiet hours by wishing them away, waiting impatiently to be active again. Some of the greatest works in My kingdom have been done from sick beds and prison cells.” So often do I wish away the hours when I don’t feel good, while God is longing for me to spend that time with Him. I have tried to make it a goal to spend more time with Him daily. He really does desire this from each one of us. Who knew that he would use something such as this to draw me closer to Him? I still believe that He has big plans for my life. The countdown is on…only 10 more chemotherapy sessions to go!

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