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4 Lymph Nodes

UPDATED PRAYER REQUESTS

  • That this UGLY tumor is completely gone when we go in for surgery next week and there is no other cancer anywhere in my body!
  • That I stay healthy over the next week so that surgery goes as scheduled!
  • That ALL pathology after surgery shows I am cancer free!!
  • That I do not have any side effects from the anesthesia after my surgery!

This is the face of a mama that received good news yesterday!

 

Wednesday, when I went in for my lymph node biopsy they removed four lymph nodes.  Yesterday, six months from the day I was diagnosed, I received a call from Dr. G., my surgical oncologist.  I thought she was calling to see how I was doing from the surgery to remove those four lymph nodes the day before to have them biopsied.  Guess what, she was actually calling to tell me that those four lymph nodes all came back CLEAR!!!  No sign of cancer in the lymph nodes.

Thank you so much for all the prayers!!  The prayers are working so please do not stop praying!

I felt well enough yesterday to work and as you can tell from the picture above I am sitting in my office again this morning.  I just wanted to take a few minutes to update those that read my blog.  I am thankful that I can work from home. Today I am trying to finish closing the month and then Monday I can finish up all the little things that have to be done before a doctors appointment  and surgery next week.

Next week is my double mastectomy.  Please pray that all the pathology comes back with good results and that there is no sign of cancer left in my body!

Ladies, here is your reminder, if you need to schedule a mammogram, stop what you are doing and call now and get it on your calendar!  Don’t wait!!

Hope you all have an awesome Friday and a terrific weekend!

Thank you for walking this journey with us!
Amanda

Psalm 66

Shout for joy to God, all the earth!
    Sing the glory of his name;
    make his praise glorious.
Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!
    So great is your power
    that your enemies cringe before you.
All the earth bows down to you;
    they sing praise to you,
    they sing the praises of your name.”

Come and see what God has done,
    his awesome deeds for mankind!
He turned the sea into dry land,
    they passed through the waters on foot—
    come, let us rejoice in him.
He rules forever by his power,
    his eyes watch the nations—
    let not the rebellious rise up against him.

Praise our God, all peoples,
    let the sound of his praise be heard;
he has preserved our lives
    and kept our feet from slipping.
10 For you, God, tested us;
    you refined us like silver.
11 You brought us into prison
    and laid burdens on our backs.
12 You let people ride over our heads;
    we went through fire and water,
    but you brought us to a place of abundance.

13 I will come to your temple with burnt offerings
    and fulfill my vows to you—
14 vows my lips promised and my mouth spoke
    when I was in trouble.
15 I will sacrifice fat animals to you
    and an offering of rams;
    I will offer bulls and goats.

16 Come and hear, all you who fear God;
    let me tell you what he has done for me.
17 I cried out to him with my mouth;
    his praise was on my tongue.
18 If I had cherished sin in my heart,
    the Lord would not have listened;
19 but God has surely listened
    and has heard my prayer.
20 Praise be to God,
    who has not rejected my prayer
    or withheld his love from me!

 

 

 

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It has been 6 months…

UPDATED PRAYER REQUESTS

  • That the results from the lymph node biopsy come back showing no signs of cancer anywhere!
  • That this UGLY tumor is completely gone when we go in for surgery next week and there is no other cancer anywhere in my body!
  • That I stay healthy over the next week so that surgery goes as scheduled!
  • That ALL pathology from the lymph nodes and the next surgery come back showing I am cancer free!!
  • That I do not have any side effects from the anesthesia after my surgery!

Today, October 5, 2017, marks 6 months since my cancer diagnosis! 

So much has happened in those 6 months.

April 3rd – Mammogram
April 5th – Received the phone call that I did have breast cancer
April 5th – Met with my surgical oncologist
April 6th – Met with my medical oncologist and had genetic testing done
April 7th – Went in for my scans
April 12th – Picked out my wig
April 13th – Went for my Chemo Tour
April 17th – Had my Port put in
April 18th – My first chemo treatment
April 24th – Fluids – I received these after the A/C chemo treatments and oh did they help me feel better.
April 25th – A trip to the ER – everything ended up being OK though!  Thank the Lord!!
May 2nd – A/C chemo treatment #2 and after chemo Amy P and I went and had my head shaved and I left the boutique with my wig and my first scarf.
May 5th  – Fluids
May 16th – A/C chemo treatment #3
May 19th – Fluids
May 26th ( I think it was) Sonogram appointment and we found out the tumor was shrinking!!

May 30th – A/C chemo treatment #4 – last A/C chemo treatment – I had never been so excited about not having to eat ice again!
June 2nd – Fluids and appointment with the surgical oncologist
June 13th – Taxol treatment #1 – Chemo treatment #5
June 20 – Taxol treatment #2 – Chemo treatment #6
June 27 – Taxol treatment #3 – Chemo treatment #7
July 3rd – Taxol Treatment #4 – Chemo treatment #8
July 11th – Taxol treatment #5 – Chemo treatment #9
July 18th – Taxol treatment #6 – Chemo treatment #10
July 25th – Taxol treatment #7 – Chemo treatment #11
August 1 – Taxol treatment #8 – Chemo treatment #12
August 8th – Taxol treatment #9 – Chemo treatment #13
August 10th – Echocardiagram
August 15th – I skipped this week because we were on vacation
August 22nd – Taxol treatment # 10 – Chemo treatment #14
August 29th –  Taxol treatment number #11 – Chemo treatment #15
September 5th – Taxol treatment #12 – Chemo treatment #16 – My Last Chemo Treatment!
September 11th – Doctor Appointment
September 19th – Appointment with my PA
October 1 – Breast Cancer Awareness Month begins and my friends through me a party –
Chemo is over and surgeries were about to begin!!
October 3rd – Appointment for a shot for the Lymph node biopsy on the 4th
October 4th – Lymph node biopsy (removed 4 lymph nodes)
October 5th – 6 months since diagnosis

There were also three appointments with plastic surgeons during this time and visits with the nutritionist during this time too.   I also would meet with the medical oncologist or PA during some of the chemo treatments and would see the medical oncologist when I would go in for fluids.  With my chemo brain I may have missed something too!  As you can see the past 6 months has been a little busy!!

When I was diagnosed, one of my main goals as far as at home, was to keep life as normal as possible, especially for E.  I think we have done “OK” at that.  I would not say perfect but we have tried to keep it normal for E.  I am so thankful for all our friends that helped with that too and the play dates she has when I am at appointments.

On October 3rd, I went in for a shot that I was so nervous about getting. Those of you on FB probably saw my prayer request that day for that shot not to be too painful!   I do not like shots and I do not like needles.  I have to say it did not hurt nearly as bad as I was thinking it would. Thank you for all the prayers!!

Earlier that day, my friend Stephanie had ask if she and her girls could drop by later that evening – they came over, in the rain I might add and came in and sat down and she told me they had come to pray for me!  I love it when my friends drop by just to pray for me! Thank you Stephanie!   I am so thankful for everyone’s prayers!  They mean so much to me!

Yesterday, October 4th,  I went in for my lymph node biopsy where they removed four lymph nodes for testing.  I will receive those results probably early next week before my big surgery.  Please pray that those come back showing no cancer in my lymph nodes and that the cancer never even entered the lymph nodes.  I did have a little pain after the procedure but it seems like the pain medicine they gave me kicked in and after I had been home for a while it eased up!

I was a little nervous about getting the IV.  Chemo does a work on your veins.  Each chemo treatment I would have to get my blood drawn and at the lab at the cancer center they would use a butterfly needle.  I asked the nurse today and she said she was using a small needle and would numb it first.  Y’all I did not feel hardly anything!  I did not really even feel the lidocaine going in to numb it!  I had a great nurse today!  This picture is before they put the IV in.

After my surgery yesterday – I can not do housework, raise my hand above my head, lift over 10 pounds, and I need to look at my list to see what else, remember, I have chemo brain…anyway leading up to this for about the past month, I have been in “nesting mode”.  I was even cleaning the morning of my appointment.  Anyway, with my upcoming surgery next week that means I will have restrictions for the next month or so I am guessing or as long as it takes to get the movement I need back in my arms.

I was awake most of the night.  I do not know why.  I have no idea if there were steroids included in anything yesterday but it did remind me of the nights when the steroids from chemo would kick in and I could not sleep.

Gretchen and Delores drove me down to the biopsy and Keith met up with us there before they wheeled me back for the surgery. So thankful for all my friends that drive me to and from appointments when I can’t drive.

 

Amy Jane came over last night visit while Keith took E and her little boy, H to church.  We were talking about how we can’t believe that it has been 6 months.  April 5th was on a Wednesday and she and I sat on a couch that evening at our church while the kids were in class and talked about all that had happened that day.  Sometimes that seems just like yesterday.  September and October seemed so far away on that April evening. Now here we are and surgeries have started.  Amy Jane and I didn’t get a picture while she was here but I will post one of her when she comes to hang out at the hospital after my big surgery:). Amy Jane, please help me remember to take that picture at the hospital:).

Don’t forget that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Please, get a mammogram if you are due for one or past due for one.  I know I may sound like a broken record, but my cancer was found through a mammogram.  I recently read that 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer.  I was always a little nervous going to my yearly mammogram thinking what if they find something.  It is better for it to be detected early rather than later.  So ladies, get that mammogram on the calendar!

Thank you so much for walking this journey with us!
Amanda

 

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

 

 

 

 

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Vacation….

Back in August we went to the beach with friends.  There are several families that we go with often and then others that join us as well.  We always have a great time and it is a very relaxing week.

This year, I knew that it would be a little different for me.  When I was first diagnosed and  we met with my medical oncologist on April 6th, Keith asked her if we needed to cancel our trip  She said no, for us to go, that I could miss one chemo, we just did not want to miss multiple chemos.  Hence the reason, for those of you who we are friends on FB, there was my weekly prayer request once I started the Taxol that my counts be good when I found out they were hanging out in the low range.

The doctor had told me that I would need to stay out of the sun, and by August I knew how the sun just zapped me.  It was also easier for me to get sun burned.  We knew that I might be tired and need to rest.  Also, because when you go on vacation, part of that is eating all the yummy stuff and I could not do that this year.

I was excited that I did get to hang out on the beach with everyone some.  I was covered and sat under an umbrella with a large hat, alot of times I also had my cover up on and I remember it being very hot at times too.  I do not think I once took a nap during the day.  One day I was extremely tired and Keith mentioned to me that it was Tuesday, that would have normally been my chemo day.

Eating…I love yummy food.  I love to cook and bake.  My eating has changed ALOT since my cancer diagnosis.  I eat very clean these days.  So, one of my friends on the trip had been eating cleaner leading up to the trip.  One day I texted her and ask if she was going to eat clean on the trip and here is our text about that.  And ignore the grilled corn comment..that was something to do with her plan…I eat grilled corn:).

 

Needless to say I was excited she was.  She was always roasting broccoli or sweet potatoes…we always were cooking something it seemed like that was also something I could eat.  I so appreciate her cutting up so much broccoli and sweet potatoes.  To me that is sometimes the hardest part.  A lot of times I would wash the food and she would cut the food…then in the oven it would go and we all would eat the food:).

I had told Alesha that I want to do some picture at the beach without my wig.  Sherry and I had looked and looked online trying to find some ideas one evening but we didn’t have much luck.  One morning we got up early and were out on the beach by 6:30 or so and took pictures. Sherry, likes to do her family pictures early in the morning.  So she was out there with her husband that morning too and we all made my little photo shoot fun. You know, you have to be able to laugh sometimes so things like this do not totally overwhelm you.  We didn’t take a picture of the three of us that morning but we did one evening.

Here are a few pictures from that morning.  I want to document this whole journey and this is part of it.  I was looking at a picture recently and noticed how I still had my eyebrows and eyelashes in these pictures.  The last chemo treatment has just about taken all those away but that is ok.  They will grow back and this is just another side effect of the chemo and getting rid of this cancer.

 

Here is a picture we took that I told Alesha we have to take again next year.  It will be fun to see how long my hair will be, what color my hair will be (right now my guess is grayish/white) and will it be curly or straight.

And here is one just for fun!

 

Thank you again for walking this journey with us and your continued prayers.
Amanda

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  1 Thessalonians 5:16

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September 5th, 2017 – 5 MONTHS and Chemo Round 16! The Final Round of Chemo!

I know I say this often but I really want to blog about my journey more.  Y’all, blogging takes a lot of time!  I have so much I want to share though.  So please just hang with me and I will eventually get it all on here.  After my surgery I will hopefully have some time to blog more.

One thing I want to point out that I thought was amazing is that my final round of chemo was exactly five months to the date of the day I was diagnosed.  I was diagnosed on April 5, 2017 and took my last scheduled round of chemo on September 5, 2017.

The week after my 15th round of chemo, leading up to round 16  I experienced a gamut of emotions. They ranged anywhere from excited to scared and everything in between.  Since April 18, 2017, I have been going for chemo treatments.  I was doing something that was getting rid of the cancer in my body.  Let me stop here for a second, I totally believe that God has had His hand in this from day one.  I believe He knew the treatments I needed.  I just do not want anyone to think that I do not believe God is healing me.  I believe God is using the chemo as part of that healing. I believe He knew the perfect medical team for me and He orchestrated all of that long before I even knew of my diagnosis.

 

Before E was off to school that morning we took a quick family picture!

Family picture on the last day of chemo!

Amy P took me to my last treatment. Amy has taken me to 12 of my 16 treatments.  She has given up 12 Tuesdays and let me tell y’all, she has not only been there for me at my treatments, going to buy ice at Sonic for me during the AC treatments so that I could eat the ice to try and prevent mouth sores while they injected the “Red Devil”, and then during the Taxol treatments she would make sure my hands and feet were iced down good to try and prevent neuropathy and nail loss but if she saw another chemo patient needing help she was up and helping.  The treatments that she had to miss, she left me in great hands with some other awesome friends, and even made a little list of what to do.  Thank you Amy.   I know I mentioned on my FB page and I will mention here, she has truly been the hands and feet of Jesus through this.  Here we are, getting ready to head in for my last treatment!

After we found out my counts were good so I would be getting my last round of chemo – and I am  probably getting premeds in this picture!

 

Keith and Dr. A came around the time the actual chemo was starting.  Dr. A was off that day but came to celebrate my last treatment with me.  She has been amazing in this journey too!  She would come over to chemo on the days that she could and hang out with me for a bit.  She is always only a phone call or text away.   She told me the day she called and broke the news to me that I had breast cancer that she would be right here with me through it and she is!

As I also mentioned in my last post, my chemo nurse that I really liked was supposed to be off that day but she had told me the week before that since it was my last treatment that she had told them she would come in.  She is such a sweet nurse!

Y’all, this was the last time I was going to have to ice my feet and hands down.  The last time they would have to access my port for these treatments.  So many lasts that had just become part of my life.  As excited as I was that we had made it to this point you can probably see the scary part as well.

Getting my premeds before chemo!

Now don’t get me wrong, I am so ready to hear the words from my doctor “YOU ARE CANCER FREE”.  I can not wait for that day.  I thank God that He carrying me through this journey like He is.  There is no way I could walk this journey alone.  I am so grateful for all the people He has placed in my life to walk this journey with me.  The ones of you that have prayed for me, brought meals to us, sat with me so Keith could go to work, driven me to appointments when I could not drive, the cards that have come in the mail, the gifts left at my front door, the text to tell me you are praying for me or the scriptures that you may text me, the sweet messages you send.  We appreciate everything thing more than you know.  I am so thankful for this army that has surrounded us since the day I got the phone call.

After I received the final drop of chemo we begin preparing for what I had waited 16 treatments to do.

      Last drops of chemo

 

I got to RING THE BELL.  Chemo was done.  Praise the Lord.  The next chapter of my cancer journey was beginning.

“The Bell”

 

I am not sure if everyone that rings the bell has a little “party’ in the infusion lab but that is what I kinda felt like.  We went live on FB, we took pictures, I cried, we celebrated.

I have pictures of the chemo nurses, the one who did my labs, my nutritionist, my PA all from that day as I saw each of them but I didn’t ask them if I could post all their pictures on my blog so here are just a couple of pictures.

Keith and I after ringing the bell!!!
Dr. A and I after ringing the bell!!!
Amy and I after ringing the bell!!!

 

And just like that, 140 days from my first chemo treatment, exactly 5 months from the day I was diagnosed, chemo was over!

 

Thank  you for walking this journey with us!
Amanda

Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.    Romans 5:3-8

 

 

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Round 15 (August 29, 2017)

  • PRAISE
  • Echocardiagram came back with good numbers
  • UPDATED PRAYER REQUESTS
  • That this UGLY tumor is shrinking away and will be gone by surgery and there is no other cancer in my body
  • Minimal side effects from chemo treatment
  • UPCOMING APPOINTMENTS
  • Appointment with my surgical oncologist next week

 

Sorry, I have not posted Round 15.  Round 15 – only one more week from that treatment until I would be done with chemo.

Amy P. took me to my appointments.  Before chemo we headed to the plastic surgeons office.  This was my second appointment with this surgeon.  Choosing the plastic surgeon has been a hard decision.

We left the plastic surgeons office and off to chemo we went. Chemo treatment 15!  Only one treatment after that treatment.

This ended up being a tough week!  I had gone to a scrapbook retreat the weekend before and stayed up late and maybe that was part of it, I just went into the treatment tired.  The fatigue really hit me hard on Thursday (which is when the AC treatments use to hit me hard) and lasted until Saturday.  I was very thankful to have energy again on Sunday and Monday!  In addition to the scrapbook retreat I was a little stressed wanting to make sure I chose the right plastic surgeon!

Late Wednesday afternoon/early evening, I finally decided on a plastic surgeon.  My oncology surgeon works with three plastic surgeons, I only visited with two, I was worried if I met with the third one I might only be more confused.

I should hopefully get a surgery date soon, maybe tomorrow, if not tomorrow, later this week.  I THINK the surgery will be in October though.

Here are a few pictures from Round 15 (August 29, 2017)

During this time, Houston and surrounding areas were feeling the effects of Hurricane Harvey.  Amy P. had an awesome idea to include the Texas Flag in our picture for this week as we were all thinking of that area of Texas.

Dr. A came to visit between surgery and her appointments!  She is awesome!

 

This is my sweet chemo nurse!  I have had her a good bit since she started working in the infusion room as long as she was there on the day I went in! I will mention this again in my post about Round 16 – The Last Chemo Day, but this sweet nurse was suppose to be off when I came in for Round 16 ( September 5, 2017) – and she told me when I was getting round 15  that she had told them she would come in that day because it was my last chemo!  Can you imagine how great that made me feel!!!  She is so sweet!

 

God is at work!  I know He has a plan because there is no way I would be taking each day like I am without God!!

Thank you for the sweet cards and meals I have received the past few weeks!

THANK YOU FOR ALL THE PRAYERS!!!

Please continue praying for Texas and those in the area that the hurricane hit and/or experiencing flooding by Hurricane Harvey.

When you pass through the waters,  I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
Isaiah 43:2

 

 

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Round 14!

It is so amazing that I have completed 14 chemo treatments!  Two more to go and then we can start gearing up for surgery.   Please continue praying with us that this chemo is doing what it is suppose to be doing, that this UGLY tumor is continuing to shrink and that when I go into surgery there will be no cancer!!  I am believing that we are going to hear the words that I am cancer free!

I know I have been slow to update the blog, and I apologize for that.  The flip side of that is I have been feeling really good since starting the Taxol, so I am not laying on the couch or just sitting around as much.  I am working some, trying to do things with E while she is home for summer and just staying busy with life.  Yesterday, she taught me how to play chess!  Now I need to play with Keith to see if I really know how to play:).

By the time evening rolls around I am more fatigued than I am during the day.

One of the things the doctor and PA told me early on was to try and get out and walk.  I can tell such a HUGE difference on the days I am not able to get my walk in.  I am up to walking about 6 miles a day most days.  We were recently on vacation so I did not get my 6 mile walks in BUT I did get up and walk all but one morning and usually got between 4-5 miles in.    It was very hot most mornings on my walk.

The night we left we drove to our hometown and stayed with our friends, Terry & Joyce.  Joyce and I got up the next morning and started our walk probably about 5:15 am!  I was so glad to get that walk in that morning knowing I was about to me in the car most of the day traveling.  This picture was after our walk, I forgot to take one while we were out walking.

 

The second day of traveling,  I had to use the treadmill at the hotel we stayed at before we made it to the beach house,  I did not get as many miles in because it was boring…but I did get up and use the treadmill to get a short walk in anyway.

Speaking of treadmills, what do you do to make treadmill walking fun?  I know winter will be here in a few months and there will be days I do have to get my walk in that way.  I am thinking I need to find a show to watch that I really like but can only watch on treadmill days.  What are some of  your favorite shows?

It is raining here today so I will either have to hit the treadmill in a bit or miss my walk….I should probably get on the treadmill:).

Here are a few pictures of my last 6 chemo treatments!

Round 9 of chemo (Round 5 of Taxol)  was on July 11th and my friend Dena took me to chemo that day.

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Round 10 of chemo (Round 6 of Taxol) was on July 18th.  My friend Kathy E took me to chemo that day.

 

 

Round 11 of chemo (Round 7 of Taxol) was on July 25th and my friend Amy P. took me to chemo that day.

Round 12 of chemo (Round 8 of Taxol) was on August 1st and my friend Amy P. took me to chemo that day.

We even made a little video on this day.  I have got to figure out how to add the videos on here.

Round 13 of chemo (Round 9 of Taxol) was on August 8th and my friend Amy P. took me to chemo that day.  This was a crazy day at chemo.  I am always cold and freezing but I was freezing even more on this day.

Round 14 of chemo (Round 10 of Taxol) was on August 22nd.  My friend Amy P took me to chemo that day.

Dr. A came by  to see me at chemo.  You can tell the difference in my eyes between the two pictures.  The first one I had not yet received both of the meds that make me so sleepy during the treatment.  In the one below with Dr. A, they had already given me to the two meds that make me sleepy.

Amy P and I are going to try and go live on FB on the last day of chemo when I get to ring the bell.  We tested it out yesterday because neither of us had ever done that before. I wish I knew how to load my video on here. I will see if Keith can help me with that this evening maybe.  The plan is to go live so all of you who are walking this journey with us will be able to watch me ring the bell after my last chemo treatment.  I know the journey will not be over that day, but the first part will be coming to an end. I still can’t believe I have almost completed all 16 treatments.  When all this started on April 5th and Dr. J,  my medical oncologist told me on April 6th I would have 16 treatments it seemed like forever and now here we are, two more treatments, two more weeks and we ring the bell.

Thank you for all the prayers for us during this time.  It is an unplanned journey but I am thankful for each of my prayer warriors.  The peace that I have can only come from God.

Amanda

Psalm 20

1 May the Lord answer you when you are in distress;
    may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
May he send you help from the sanctuary
    and grant you support from Zion.
May he remember all your sacrifices
    and accept your burnt offerings.
May he give you the desire of your heart
    and make all your plans succeed.
May we shout for joy over your victory
    and lift up our banners in the name of our God.
May the Lord grant all your requests.
Now this I know:

    The Lord gives victory to his anointed.
He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary
    with the victorious power of his right hand.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
    but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
They are brought to their knees and fall,
    but we rise up and stand firm.
Lord, give victory to the king!
    Answer us when we call!

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Three Months! July 5, 2017

  • UPDATED PRAYER REQUESTS
  • That this UGLY tumor is shrinking away and will be gone by surgery and there is no other cancer in my body
  • That I stay healthy, that my counts stay where they need to be so that my chemo stays on schedule
  • That this new chemo works and continues killing the cancer cells
  • Some of the possible side effects from this new chemo include neuropathy.  Please pray that I do not experience any neuropathy.
  • Another one of the side effects is body pain.  Please pray that the body pain is at a minimal. 
  • Pray for no mouth sores – another chemo side effect – I think I now have a mouth sore so please pray it goes away quickly
  • UPCOMING APPOINTMENTS
  • Echocardiagram coming up in August – please pray all is good

Three months ago today I was diagnosed with breast cancer. So much has happened in the past three months.

Ladies, do not forget to have your yearly mammogram!!  Remember, my cancer was found through a mammogram!

Sorry for not posting any updates on here lately.  The last time I posted I was getting ready to head to round 2 of Taxol.  So far the Taxol has not been too bad, but I am comparing it to the AC.

With the AC it took me almost a week to feel like a person again but on the Taxol I am able to actually drive the day after treatment!  I have had some mild side effects but am able to get more things done than I was able to do during the AC treatments.

Round 2 of Taxol – Amy P took me to chemo that day.  We did my hands a little different.  We used mitts that had been in the freezer rather than a tub of ice.

Amy P and I – Round 2 of Taxol

Dr. A came to visit for a while too.

Dr. A and I

Weekly chemo comes so quickly.  Before I knew it, it was time for round 3 of Taxol.  Amy P took me to chemo again.

A picture of the mitts I wear to keep my fingers cold to help prevent neuropathy.

Hands in mitts and feet all iced down!

My friend Delores took me to round 4 of Taxol.  Amy P gave her and my friend Kathy (she will be taking me this month also) all the info they would need to help me at chemo since she is going  to miss a few weeks.

Week 3, my counts were down a little so I asked for prayer that my counts would be up and I would not have to miss treatment.  I was so excited to hear my counts were up from the prior week and I was able to get my treatment and stay on schedule.  Thank you to all who were praying for higher counts!  Prayers are working!!!

One of the prayer request I had in the past was for a rash on my arms.  The rash is much better!  Thank you for praying for that also!

I have 8 more treatments and then surgery.  I can’t believe that I have 8 treatments behind me already.

Thank you all for all the prayers!  I am walking this journey with a peace that only God can give to me.  I am believing that I am going to be healed!  God is in control.  We may not know why I am walking this journey but we do know God is walking this journey with me!  I am so thankful for the scriptures He gives me right when I need it, for the people he uses to walk beside me, and for all the many prayer warriors praying for me on a regular basis!

Thank you all for walking this journey with us,
Amanda

  I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.  Psalm 34:4