About this blog …

“Through the Valley” is from Psalm 23, and especially meaningful to me in my current journey through a recent lung cancer diagnosis and chemotherapy. My name is Jill. I am a 48 year old child of God, follower of Jesus, wife of a song writer/musician/music teacher, mother to three children (12, 10, 7).

I am new to blogging. I planned to never start a blog without focus, purpose and commitment … but circumstances change. I imagine this may become an eclectic mix of brief and/or rambling updates, prayer requests, and reflections … My hope is that it will help communicate with the loads of lovely, supportive people who care so much and gently ask for updates. We are so grateful for the amazing people who are surrounding us, helping us, praying for us, cheering us on and walking with us – whether from near or far.

Chemo 101

We received my diagnosis on Thursday December 12, 2013, and in what felt like a crazy whirlwind, started chemo on Tuesday December 17th.  We anticipate four to six cycles. Each cycle is three weeks long, and the chemo takes place on Tuesdays (so far):

Week ONE: Long chemo. I spend about three and a half hours at the hospital receiving two chemo drugs by IV. The longer of the drugs is really tough on the kidneys, so I drink lots of fluids to help protect my body. I take loads of anti-nausea meds, and so far they are working really well! For this I am very grateful!

Week TWO: Short chemo.  I get the quicker of the two chemo meds, which takes only about an hour or an hour and a half.

Week THREE: No chemo.  Which is good, because at this point in the cycle I tend to be really tired and my bone marrow is wiped out of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets, which renders me rather vulnerable.

Cycle ONE:

  • Dec. 17: Long
  • Dec. 24: Short
  • Dec. 31: Off

Cycle TWO:

  • Jan. 7: Long
  • Jan. 14: Short
  • Jan. 21: Off

Cycle THREE:

  • Jan. 28 (scheduled): Long
  • Feb. 4 (scheduled): Short
  • Feb. 11 (scheduled): Off