Hello everyone. Please accept my deepest apologies for not updating in almost 2 months! I’ve had a rough go of it, i’ll explain. But I have gotten all of your thoughts and prayers sent through family members and friends, and I cherish every single one!
Hello! My second treatment of four was this past Tuesday, the 18th. I will tell you, I had a rough week, but not as a result of the treatment that went well. Let me explain…
Hello. Well… things didn’t go as planned… ha ha. However, I met with my local oncologist last Wednesday and had my first treatment on Tuesday of this week. There are many possible side effects from the drug, but at this point I have been blessed with not one of them. The first treatment took a little over 2 and a half hours. Future treatments should be about 1 and a half to 2 hours. I received treatment at my local doctor’s office and was home by lunch. My next treatment is in 3 weeks. I continue to pray for no side effects each day.
Well the news from Pittsburgh on Friday was not what we had hoped for. My liver tumor is growing and as we know because of my leg, the cancer is also spreading. Not what we wanted to hear, but we move forward. I have an appointment with my local oncologist this Friday to schedule my next round of treatment. We will nip this in the bud.
As I received results, Friday, in Pittsburgh the following thoughts are what comforted me, made me cry and made me feel cherished. I will warn you, some of the following is a little graphic. You’ll understand… read on.
Good morning! It may be cold, but the sun is shining and what a wonderful day it is! Well as the post title explains, my radiation treatments are now complete. What a blessing to have them shortened and I know they have been working. I took 1 pain pill after my first treatment and then no more! Praise God! I was thankful for the medication, but for someone who needs a nap after taking tylenol, I couldn’t function much on it. I am now trying to regain my strength after being completely idle for a month. What is cool is I have been working out with my son and my husband depending on time of day. So a little extra family time is awesome!
So last week I met with the doctor to discuss treatment for the lesions in my leg bone marrow. It was decided that I would only need a minimum of 10 treatments (2 weeks) of radiation and then I would be done. I should notice pain relief after the first treatment or two. Excellent! I made phone calls and lined up drivers to the many friends and family who have offered. I was set to go, first treatment to start on Tuesday.
I know I wrote that I was to go to Pittsburgh for more testing in December, however that was pushed back to January. They originally scheduled it for 2 months because that was the time frame when I was getting treatments. Now that that round of treatments is completed, I only need tests every 3 months, therefore, tests will be in mid to late January. When I know, you will know!
How wonderful! We are truly blessed as a family! The Christmas season was extra special this year as we had two extra little blondes to enjoy it with. It was so exciting to include them in all of our family traditions from decorating, to family gatherings, to birthday cake on Christmas day! It was also extra special as Brian, Mike, and I celebrated with more extended family as well. Christmas was truly magical for the Shradley family, I pray yours was as well!
I can honestly look back on 2013
and say it was a good year. Don’t get me
wrong, there were some valleys, but there were so many more high points. I went back to the work world, after 10 years
and was blessed to find a job where a majority of my coworkers were
Christians. The job was exactly what I
was looking for, it allowed me to work hard at my job, but when the day was
over, I left it all behind and could be a mom.
Both sets of our parents willingly got up early to get Brian to school. Mike was able to change his hours to match
mine and we could commute together which allowed for some extra couple time for
us. We were able to be home when Brian got off the bus, do homework and have
more family time in the evenings.
In February, we were honored and
blessed to welcome 2 beautiful girls into our home. Our dream of foster/adoption did not happen
in our planned time 3 years ago, but in God’s time. We were so thankful! We couldn’t even imagine the joy and love
these two would bring into our home. Brian
has turned out to be a terrific big brother, continually asking if they were
here forever. The girls are safe and
loved, our hearts are overflowing. We
have gained an extended family of grandmas, pop-pops, aunts and uncles. Our parents were willing to take care of, now
three children, in the mornings. Our
church family supported us through prayers, small gifts for the girls, and bags
and bags of clothes. The next few months
rushed by with all of the added blessings in our lives. Things were going great
and it looked as though things were going to be permanent.
The third week in May brought news
that rocked our picturesque little family in more ways than one. I was diagnosed with cancer, I would lose my
job as a result, and the girls’ biological dad wanted to come back into their
lives. The valley was deep. The only way we knew we could get through it,
was with God’s strength, our family and church family. The blessings we have received and continue
to receive are so numerous I don’t have time to list them all, but I will
gladly share a few.
The girls… continue to grow and
just be the little girls they were meant to be.
They now have a biological parent that wants to spend time with them,
whom they have reconnected with and loves them.
We are not sure what will happen down the road, but we are cherishing
each and every day we have with them.
Our family… continued to watch the
kids for us as we had numerous appointments in
to determine course of treatment. They
spent the night at the house with the kids so Mike could be with me my first
week of treatment and the kids could sleep in their own beds. They cleaned, cooked and did laundry. Our parents did lots of cool, fun stuff with
the kids to keep them busy. When I was
home, but not able to do much with the kids, the parents continued to be
available for them. The love and support
of our family has truly been a God-send. During the Summer weeks that I was not getting
treatment and feeling good, I got to spend time with the kids. Now that treatment is over and the kids are
in school again, I get to reconnect with my parents. We go to breakfast or lunch, or sometimes
just hang out and talk. These blessings
would not have occurred if I was still working.
Our church family and friends… I
think happily overwhelmed best explains it.
From the moment you knew, you prayed.
And you still do. Thank you. Countless offers of food, rides, kid-sitters,
shoulders to lean on and it hasn’t ended.
From the moment I got home from my first week of treatment to the week
after my last treatment, I didn’t need to cook one meal. I did here and there, but the fact is, I
didn’t need to. Your generosity didn’t
stop there. Personal contributions and
fundraisers paid our EZ-Pass and gas for our many trips to
expenses, some we were aware of, some not.
Two very special people took time out of their busy schedules and
traveled with me to
multiple weeks. Their families helped by
taking care of pets and the house, and sacrificing their loved one to me for a
week. What a blessing for me to get to
know these ladies even better. I knew
how giving and just plain terrific this church family was, but to experience it
from the receiving side, I’m speechless.
Thank you for being like Jesus.
God blesses our family daily. He is walking with me in good times and
carrying me in trying times. What has
brought me to tears the most over the past year is the love that God has for
me. He shows me daily, I just need to
look for it.