Last Wednesday I got my first chemotherapy infusion. Life has been very up and down since then. I'm getting two drugs on day 1, then only one drug on day 8, then no drugs day 14, then start over on day 21. Day 1 of the cycle is the worst. The drug on day 7 is supposed to be much more mild. The side effects are supposed to be strong for nausea and vomiting. However After day 1 I have not been nauseous. I have battled irritabilitly, restlessness, lack of appetite, and difficulty focusing or concentrating. Throw in some insomnia and a little over all weirdness and chemo is one wild ride. I'm so blessed not to battle the nausea. It is my least favorite feeling. I'd rather be in pain than nauseous. I have a litany of supplements and drugs to help the side effects.
I'm also trying to stay very active and keep my muscle mass up. Kendra is a great drill sergeant and regiments my diet and exercise. She is a life saver. I couldn't do it without her. The only reason I can write this is my side effects seem to have lessened and I can focus long enough to write this out. I am staying positive.
Please pray for diminished side effects. Please, please, please pray that the chemo would be working. We will get more tests done after 6 weeks or 2 cycles to tell if it is working. If so then we'll keep going at it, if not there may be a few more options.
We're still being overwhelmed by the prayer and support from our friends and family. We have been anointed with oil twice, our home church is taking Wednesday to pray and fast for us, I know of various others who have been fasting and lifting us up at all hours of the night. We feel humbled and not worthy of all the attention. But we are grateful, so grateful.
Also please pray that Kendra and I could get gack to a work routine the next couple of weeks. We would like to find our new normal as quickly as possible. God is opening so many doors, please pray we would be obedient and respond when called upon.
Thanks for all your support. We are doing well.
(I apologize if this is scattered, I'm still trying to gather my thoughts).