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I am thankful for a cancer diagnosis.

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I am thankful for a cancer diagnosis. Good morning! Hope your Thanksgiving was a great time to connect with family and friends and recount why you are thankful. I am thankful that on March 9th, 2010 I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lymphoma. Does it sound strange that I am so thankful for receiving a stage 4 cancer diagnosis? It may, but it’s true. Right from the beginning God worked in my heart to see cancer as a blessing and not a curse. The months following that diagnosis were filled with fears, anxieties but HOPE always won out. His promised always proved true. Here are some of the biggest lessons I learned. 1. Perspective. With only God’s help I was able to see a cancer diagnosis as a way to grow in my faith, allow God to love on me and choose to not complain or say, “why me?” Instead…

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Final chemo treatment

Final chemo treatment Written Oct. 22, 2012 This past week went amazingly well. I had looked back in my online calendar that I “charted” during my treatments 6 months ago and noticed a supplement that I had taken during chemo that I left out this time. I started taking it Monday eve and I did so much better. No nausea at all, no leg aches and very little fatigue!  I am so thankful for a better week!  So tonight I am wide awake! I have laid in bed for an hour…trying to sleep…I should know better. This journal entry has been in my head most of the day and I have been putting it off…because sometimes I just don’t want to experience the emotions that will come with it. BUT I know how God speaks…and He won’t let me rest until I write. Last week at chemo the nurses mentioned…

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God Blows My Mind!

God Blows My Mind! I continue to be amazed at God’s faithfulness and timing!  I had a chemo treatment yesterday.  Before treatment I am always praying that God might bring someone into my treatment room that I can minister to.  He did it yesterday!  I was able to have a roommate who was struggling with physical symptoms from chemo.  As I was plastered to my recliner in my Benadryl stupor, the Lord kept saying…pray for her. So I asked if I could and she said yes. So I took a few minutes to share my story/testimony and prayed over her.  I was glad that I was able to help and felt like God answered my prayer. BUT then a visitor stopped in who knew the woman in the chair next to me to say hi to her. She also looked at me and said that she saw me before and…

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Reality Check!

Reality Check! Written Oct 5, 2012 11:37am It’s amazing what I can forget in just a few short 6 months!   I had my maintenance chemo treatment on Tuesday. That day usually leaves me feeling pretty mellow..the Benadryl I am given does that.  I shared  Wednesday on Facebook how having steroids in my system and 2 cups of coffee on an empty stomach jump started my day!  I went through Wednesday feeling pretty great.  Thursday not so bad either! In fact, I was starting to say to myself..man I feel really awesome..why was I dreading these chemo treatments again??  Then Thursday eve at my daughters volleyball game I started to remember…the steroid high…and the steroid low!  It was like a switch went off and all that energy I had just left my body in an instant.  Today I covered for the school nurse for an hour. It was then I was fully…

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Chemo Treatments Over…What’s Next?

Written Sep 27, 2010 9:24pm Hi everyone!  I just completed my last chemo treatment today!  A lot of mixed emotions.  I left with tears knowing there is a different kind of road ahead of me, yet also knowing that the Lord will go before me, walk beside me, go behind me and carry me safely as needed!  Oh how I am so grateful for His Faithfulness! I have been experiencing my hair thinning and heart palpitations.  An EKG was performed on Thursday and is normal.  With talking over symptoms with my oncology nurse we determined that these symptoms could mean that I am going into an early menopause.  This is very common with chemotherapy treatments.  I was explaining this to Mikayla tonight and asked her if she understood what menopause was and she said,”Ya that’s when you start throwing knives and stuff right?” lol  You gotta love her sense of humor!  What a…

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4th Anniversary

Written Jul 16, 2010 2:15pm Update on numbness…it has improved to “normal”  Just in the tips of my fingers now instead of almost the whole palm of my hand, so this is definitely a praise!  I had stated before this treatment really wore me out.  I am feeling back to my “normal” again.  It took about 10 days or so and I was wondering if I was going to start feeling better or not! Of course, the Lord is faithful in providing me just what I need in His perfect timing.  I will see the Dr on Wednesday the 21st but will not have chemo until Friday instead of Thursday.  Eric and my 4th Anniversary is Wednesday and he is taking me on an overnight trip to Chicago. I cannot say enough how thankful I am for everyones prayers and support.  Love you all! Kim

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3 Year Plan Of Action

Written Jun 11, 2010 12:20am Chemo went well today.  My white counts were low but higher than last time.  For example, last time my Actual Neutrophil count was 1295 the day prior to chemo, yesterday it was 1800.   I’m sleepy today but otherwise feeling good.  Citrus is causing a metallic taste in my mouth as well…just since treatment today.  I am going to try going to Nick’s ball game tonight!  Win for me Nick!!! Dr visit yesterday was very good.  He can no longer palpate any tumor in my abdomen.  This is great!  It shows how well I am responding to the regimen.  I will continue my 8 cycle treatment through October.  Then every 6 months for 3 years I will do an IV maintenance dose 4 Mondays out of the month.  So every 6 months, blood work, scans and IV therapy.  The thought is that the IV therapy will help stay ahead of the cancer and keep…