Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Fight Continues

 Today, I started  a new chemo drug.  I'll be honest, I was a little frightened
 because I was comfortable with the routine and knew what side effects
 I was having and what to expect.
Now we're switching to a drug that many have a reaction to.
  I am starting  weekly infusions of  Taxol.
 It slows or stops the growth of cancer cells in your body.
 Prior to treatment I have to take Benadryl, Tagamet, and Decadron.    .

 Paclitaxel (Taxol)
So,  after the bloodwork  lab results , which turned out really great, the doctor examined me said my tumor has shrunken more, and then I was sent to the infusion room. My wonderful nurses started my IV drip.   I didn't have an allergic reaction.  I tolerated the drug infusion  well and my oncologist says that this drug will be easier on me, without the bad side effects the other drug had.

Music to my ears!
    It was a good day, and my oncologist is very pleased with the progress of my treatments!
Many friends are following my progress and perhaps someone reading this will be interested in my experiences in fighting breast cancer, and the protocol of treatments used.

      I am receiving lots of messages that people are praying for me. I am so grateful for this.  Thank you for your thoughts and well wishes.   Thank God for giving me strength and healing my body!
  So many blessings coming my way!  More gifts are coming, someone sweet and generous sent us a turkey. I received a "care and comfort basket"   and  many beautiful cards and mass cards.

Care & Comfort Basket Bundle #13 was delivered today.
A wonderful Care and Comfort Basket from Hearts United Against Cancer,
a South Jersey non-profit organization that shows love and compassion
 to  patients going through  cancer treatment.
 I've been able to stay with my grandbabies on days
 I don't have treatments and it's been so good for me!
Miss Emilie is getting sweeter every day!
Grandchildren are the  best reward for getting old!  
Abby Abate's photo.
We are proud as peacocks of our lovely, dear Abby
 being a National Honor Society member too!
Vintage Treasures by Grandmalay's photo.
 A nice comforting  little tea break, with my vintage dishes and silverware.
I'm finding out how much I am loved. Here you see some special Hibiscus
tea from a dear woman I love,  and a beautiful pop-up card from another friend
 to tell me I am being thought of and prayed for.  I feel loved and blessed.   
       Now  I want to start helping prepare for our families Thanksgiving celebrations.
 Yes, Ted and I will be having 3 different occasions to be enjoying dinners
             and giving thanks with our blended families. There is so much to be thankful for.  

I wish our world could be at peace, that we would learn to love
one another and love God and our country the way we should.
 The TV news is heartbreaking!  I can't watch too much of it right now.
Be anxious for nothing, but by prayer and supplication,
with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
                                                                       -Philippians 4:6
I'm trying to focus on my hopes, my dreams and all good things.
I am craving pumpkin pie!
I'll be baking some next week.

 Here's my simple wish for each of you!

 I hope you have a wonderful old-fashioned time with family and friends,
 and remember to say thanks  to God for all He has given us.
Our freedoms, our families to love, our friends so dear, all our blessings big and small.

Love, Linda


Little Birdie Blessings said...

Hello dear Linda, prayers continue dear one. I'm so glad you see the blessings around you in the midst of your cancer treatments. Your grandchildren are beautiful, and I can speak from experience, they can turn any day into a better one just by their presence. I have your hat about 1/2 done, shouldn't take long and will get it in the mail to you. Love Abby

Miss Kathy said...

Blessings, Linda! Catching up with your journey this Thanksgiving week and so glad to hear of God's goodness as you take your steps to recovery. Praying you are drawn deeper into your intimacy with Him and experience - not only physical healing - but multiplied spiritual blessings as well. You are a brave and precious lady to share your journey with us.
Take Joy!