Next steps...

Today was a busy day that ended with lots of fun.  Really!  Other than finding out my chemo schedule and talking about side effects and more, it was a wonderful day.  
Walking up and seeing the statue of Jesus with his arms opened wide gave me such reassurance and the picture I took with J staring at it makes me count my blessings.  I love knowing that I have a husband who knows his Savior, standing beside me during this walk.  Talk about a lucky girl!! 

My appointment went well and Dr. Dyar, my oncologist, seems super nice and knowledgeable.  The road to recovery will begin on August 9 with my first chemo treatment on the 9th and 23rd of August and then the 6th and 20th of September.  I'll be going on Wednesdays for these four rounds and they said the actual infusion would start around 10 and last 5-6 hours.  Then they'll start and be every week for 12 weeks, lasting 1-2 hours each visit.  So with all of that said, we should be done with chemo around Christmas!  I'll be singing tons of Christmas carols really loudly to celebrate, I am sure!  After a few weeks, surgery will take place, then radiation, followed by reconstruction.  

Ok so enough about that!  While I'm feeling good, I believe it is important to make every moment count. Playing with Jett, going out to eat, roping with J, shopping, etc.  Anyone who knows me well knows that I love to go, go, go!  I know my days are numbered and I'm going to be home for awhile so why not go when I can.  After our doctor's visit today, we went to eat at one of my favs, Carolina Fine Foods and then got to go do a little shopping with Jane.  We went to high school and college together and just have stayed the best of friends, even living 5 hours apart.  We don't see each other much so when we do, it's so special.  We hit tons of shops, bought matching tennis shoes, got Starbucks, met some friends from dinner, and laughed and cried!  

That's what friends do right!!??  She even got to meet some of my teacher friends last night.  It's always fun to see different sets of friends combine and then sit back and thing...gosh how I am blessed with the most precious people ever.  I thank Jesus every night for giving me my tribe.  A tribe that loves unconditionally, prays fervently, and one that stands by me every step of the way.

Tomorrow I go for an echocardiogram because one of the drugs that I will take has a side effect that squeezes your heart and they want to make sure my heart is in good shape. ❤️❤️❤️  Pray for good results and then next week will be a PET scan, chemo education, and Friday they will put my port in to begin chemo the following week.  

I'm sure you've seen the FOOD TRAIN that my sweet sister-in-law has set up for us.  Wow!  Once again we stand amazed at the outpouring of love from our community.  What servant hearts our friends have.  

And as for Jett today, he's been happy as can be playing and visiting the library with his "Ninnie girl".  Grandparents make days grand, don't they?  

The weekend starts tomorrow and I am looking forward to soaking up more time with family and friends.  As I was driving home tonight I was listening to a song called "Find You Near".  Jane actually sent me the cd, and yes I still love a good ole cd!  These were the words from the song...

And I am glad.  I'm not glad I have cancer.  But I am glad that because of God's promise to us, joy can fill my heart, and I can overcome my fear.  He's with me.  I feel it.  And it's a wonderful feeling.  Love you all!  

The joy of the Lord is my strength.  Nehemiah 8:10



  1. Have I mentioned that I love that you're blogging your journey for all of us?! I love seeing and reading about your daily adventures. I'm not sure how I haven't seen the Food Train but I'm going to try to find it. Don't worry, I'll pick up - not cook. :) LOVE YOU!!!

  2. You are already ahead of this thing with your positive attitude and trust! Thanks so much for sharing your journey with us, we are with you every step of the way! Hugs & love always!

  3. I love your blog! So inspiring!!! ❤️ XOXO

  4. We sometimes do not understand why God allows things to happen but I do know that you have already touched the lives and hearts of so many people. Praying that all goes well today and also praying for a complete recovery.

  5. Love that we can follow your journey from across the miles! Praying for u friend! So blessed by your positivity!

  6. Do you have a link for the food train? Would love to sign up! Also, who can we get in touch with about joining your group for the Susan G. Komen race? Prayers and love!

  7. Thank you for sharing your journey so we can pray specifically for you. Such an inspiration to see your passion for Jesus. Praying for you all!


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