Saturday, July 12, 2008

Hi people!! I hope everyone is doing well out there!! It's another agonizing hot day in Texas.... I wish it would rain today! I LOVE rain and storms. Presently I'm at my grandmother's house visiting and have been here most of this week. She lives just north of Houston so no relief from the heat here. My brother lives with her now so I've enjoyed spending time with him. But I need to get back to Houston tomorrow because my husband's mom and her husband flew in from Pennsylvania. Monday I have jury duty and will do all I can to not get picked. Since I was a probation officer for 17 years I'm not always first to be chosen luckily. Tuesday I am suppose to spend a few days with my best friend Kelly W. in Galveston at the beach at her family's condo. Busy week next week. I think my mother-in-law will be in town for about three weeks. Today I went to Bath and Body Works and got her some goodies to make up for me not being there.

I finally had my follow-up visit with my oncologist to find out the results of my last bone marrow biopsy. The really good news is that the cancer is NOT in my bone marrow yet or in my spine. I will do six more treatments of three different kinds of chemo. To make it less agonizing (less side effects) for me, the oncologist will have me do one treatment session every three weeks. So it'll take a total of 18 weeks to do all the treatment. The IV chemo medicines will be Vincristine (Oncovin/Vincasar PFS), Cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan) and Rituximab (Rituxan) again. I will have an IV port in my chest put in surgically this time since I had such a difficult time with my veins/IV's last time. I'll start the treatment after I get that put in. The treatment takes 5 to 6 hours each time (for the IV drugs to go in) and it's at MD Anderson Hospital. Anyone want to volunteer to take me???? David and my stepmom took turns taking me last time and they didn't die from boredom so it must not have been too bad. I'll keep everyone posted as soon as I get the port put in.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer so far! Keep in touch!!

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my beautiful Harriet

my beautiful Harriet
This is Harriet, my sponsor child through Compassion International. She is 9 and lives in Uganda, Africa. I've been sponsoring her for about 2 years now. She just sent me this photo and said she bought the shoes and stockings in the photo with money I sent her. Please pray for her and her family.