Transitions and Thankfulness

Twilight visit to the pond. The ducks are swimming over to greet us.

Twilight visit to the pond. The ducks are swimming over to greet us.

My oncologist’s office called earlier this week, asking me to restart my chemo meds, but at a reduced dose. We are hoping this will both fight the cancer well, and manage side effects.

So for the past few days I’ve been living in this strange in-between zone, feeling the effects both of withdrawing from the meds as well as starting them up again. (Some of the side effects seem to be much worse initially.) Thankfully, both sets of symptoms seem to be diminishing. I’m hoping that we will quickly find the best level of this chemo for my body.

I’m still breathing well, coughing rarely, and getting out for walks. I love the colours this time of year!

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Here’s an exciting bit of news (are you ready for it?): I can now lie on my left side occasionally for about an hour or so. I still don’t roll over in my sleep, but if I awake at 5:00 or 6:00 am I can roll myself over and go back to sleep for a while. Ordinary for many people, but I hadn’t been able to do this without coughing terribly since over a year ago. So I’m quite pleased and thankful!

Here’s another thing I’m thankful for: I called a church today and enjoyed a chat with a lovely woman there. She asked how I was doing, how my family is, etc., then she asked how our summer was. I told her it was fantastic! She reminded me that the church is praying for me, and when we spoke last she’d asked what I would like them to pray for, “a great summer for our family” was on my list. Prayers answered, and then some! Praise God! I am very grateful for all who pray. I don’t know everyone who prays, but I thank you!

We continue to do well, and seem to be settling into our Fall rhythms. The kids are fantastic gift-wrappers, and our Christmas presents for family overseas are almost ready to be mailed off. We have so much to be thankful for!

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