Today’s news from the oncologist

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I had an appointment with my oncologist this afternoon, and he is pleased with the way my new chemo is going. I seem to be coughing a bit less, but enough that it’s noticeable! He said that the side effects tend to start strong, then settle down, so I am hoping for this. I continue to see bizarre light shows at night which is somewhat disorienting but I think I’m starting to get a bit more used to it. My oncologist also said that some of my “side effects” may actually be due to going off steroids after being on so long. (Headaches, nausea, pain in joints & muscles, etc.) So some of them may disappear completely in a week or so … praise God!!

I’ve been wearing my anti-nausea (acupressure) bracelets which were really helpful during all of my pregnancies, but they only help a little with this nausea. I even took (for the first time ever) some of my nausea breakthrough medication over the week-end, and it still didn’t solve the problem. I seem to be on the mend today and didn’t even nap. I’m so thankful to be feeling better than I had been, and eating increasingly normal meals.

Now let me tell you about these photo’s that I took in the past week or so … the theme is signs of hope and abundance. First the heron: there’s a little park near our house which is home to a variety of life: ducks, frogs, turtles, fishes … and every so often a heron pops by. Seeing a heron brings joy to me, and I always thank God whenever I get the gift of seeing one. On this particular day, a gorgeous double rainbow arched over our neighbourhood, and even though I’d been in bed most of the day I went racing (ok – ambling) down to the park with the children to get a better view. Two of us brought cameras, and I was thrilled to get a few pictures of both the heron and the rainbow, a symbol of hope and promise from God.

The others are from our garden: cucumbers, flowers, and our ridiculously abundant raspberry crop (of which this is just a small taste!). These are some of the things that are bringing our family much joy this summer!IMG_0851

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Thank you again for your care and prayers … we continue to grow in gratitude.

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