September 26, 2011
It’s been a few weeks since I’ve updated you about Cheryl’s health. Thank you for asking about her and praying for her. Here’s the latest information we have.
As of today, Cheryl will have completed 5 sessions of chemotherapy and 18 rounds of radiation. The chemo is given every Monday to soften the cancer cells and make them vulnerable to radiation. That leaves 1 chemo treatment and 7 rounds of radiation to go. Next week, her oncologist will exam her to see how much the tumor has shrunken. One hopeful sign is that there is much less bleeding coming from the cancer than before her treatments began.
As for discomfort, Cheryl is suffering more nausea as the chemotherapy goes on. They also removed 15 lymph nodes during her biopsy last month. This is causing constant drainage (2 liters per day) which was predicted to stop a week or two after surgery. But 40 days later, she’s still wearing a drainage bag which is causing her a great deal of pain. We’re told that this problem won’t be corrected until her surgery and hysterectomy at the end of November. Pray about this problem with us because it’s causing lymphedema in her left leg and foot.
Despite its toll on her body, Cheryl remains hopeful and thankful to God for all your kindness to her—cards, meals cooked, rides to the hospital, housekeeping, home repairs, gifts towards our medical expenses, and prayer. When she isn’t traveling to doctor appointments, she wants you to know she spends most of her time praying for you. I too thank you for loving my wife and for the help you’ve given us. We couldn’t do this without your support. Cheryl would love to thank you personally, but the chemo has suppressed her immune system making it necessary for her to avoid groups of people. Thank you for understanding! To hear this update in her own words, listen to Cheryl’s video testimony below.
After completing external radiation in Lacey next week, Cheryl will undergo 5 rounds of internal radiation at UW Medical Center. This will be more painful than the external radiation. We’re hoping she won’t have to undergo chemo at the same time. Pray for her doctors to have wisdom and for us to have strength in this time of need. Following internal radiation, she will rest 6 weeks before surgery to remove the remaining cancer and any other suspicious areas.
Our love and thanks in Christ,
Gary and Cheryl