Tuesday, July 25, 2006


I finished the second round of chemo yesterday afternoon around 1 p.m. That was a great feeling. For now we are just waiting. My next biopsy will be Monday, July 31st. I'm not sure of the exact time yet. It will take a day or two to receive the results, and there's the same possible outcomes as last time. I'm praying for an answer one way or the other. Indecisive results that mean a repeat biopsy another week out aren't really what any of us want.

The doctor seemed really positive this morning. I asked a few questions about what various results could mean. They aren't able to tell me a whole lot yet. If I'm in remission, I'll be able to go home once my counts are up and begin consolidation treatments (outpatient). I don't know how long that will take, though, and they told me it varies by person. My counts are still looking o.k. today so no transfusions until Thursday or so. That's a huge praise. I'm still being told that I'm receiving way less transfusions than normal. They are going to continue my antibiotics for now. I am so thankful for the health I've had thus far. I've actually managed to put on 8 pounds over the past week -- while on chemo! God be praised. My nursing care has been excellent, too. Everyone is taking wonderful care of me.

Yesterday was eventful in that I took the plunge and had my head shaved. I was starting to look rather patchy with about a 1" part. It has taken some getting used to for sure. I still don't recognize my reflection and I am getting used to a very sensitive scalp, but overall God has been gracious and it hasn't been as difficult as I expected.

Thank you once again for all your cards and comments. I didn't sleep well last night and started in with some achiness last night, so when the mail arrived at 8:30 this morning (a very unusual occurence) I felt so loved and encouraged. God sure knows what I need and when.


Rachel Davis said...

I bet you're the cutest baldie that place has ever seen. :)

Anonymous said...

I am thanking the Lord that you have done so well with this round of chemo and had so few transfusions. I will be praying for the best possible outcome for the biopsy and that you will definitely have conclusive results.
I am having mt PET and CT scan next week to see if I can be finished with treatment for my Hodgkin's. If you have a chance pray for me too. I know that it has really helped me to pray for others during my illness.
Ps.91:16 With long life will I satisfy (her) and show her my salvation!
Gina Dunn

Brenda said...

Praying you'll get to go home soon!

Lauren said...

Praise God that another (and hopefully last!) round of chemo is done. I will be praying that your biopsy shows conclusivly that you are in remission. May the Lord bless you in this time.

Carrie said...

I'm glad that part is over. Praying that the God of peace will sanctify you entirely; and that your spirit and soul and body will be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Thes 5:23)

Anonymous said...

I'm still praying for you and your family. I have put you on our prayer list at church.
God bless you!!!
Paula Marti

Barb said...

Now we know -- chemo's fattening!

I'll say an extra prayer on the 31st. I know you dread the biopsy. And I'll bet you look kind of cute - you have a beautiful face.

Imagine how wonderful it's gonna feel to go HOME and be with your hubby and baby!

Anonymous said...

Yay for that round of chemo being DONE! Praying you'll rest well this week and the next biopsy will show good results.
~Rachel E

Lawauna said...

I bet you are still beautiful!
Glad to hear that this round of chemo is over. Continuing to pray for you...

Anonymous said...

Dear Amy, may you be at rest in our Father's arms, free from all fear and anxiety. May Christ's healing power and peace be with you. May the Holy Spirit bring comfort to you, your husband, son and family. In Jesus' name we pray. Lord hear our prayers. Tony and Janette Vrana, Hayden, MO (We live near your mom and dad and grandparents).

Paulette said...

Hey Amy still here still in prayer. We have an amazing God and I know you are in excellent hands. I am grateful that the Lord is sustaining you thus far. I pray you will sleep tonight.
God bless you.

Kili @ Live Each Moment said...

You are still in my prayers. I don't even know you other than your blog, and the fact that we are sisters in Christ. I don't know what else to say to you, so I won't say anything. Be courageous!
In Christ,

Diane said...

Thank God for answered prayer! I'm still praying, and looking forward to hearing more of what God is doing in your life. Peace, Amy.


Anonymous said...

Hi Amy and ALL family,

We are thankful for you. You are on our minds most all the time. We go to the Lord seeking His daily guidence and strength in your lifes. We too are learning more to depend on Him through your experience.

May the Lord strengthen you all today.
Don and Lilan

Anonymous said...

Dear Amy,

I just wanted to let you know that Dale and I have been praying for you & Brandon & Gary. Thank you so much for doing this blog . . . it helps so much to stay connected with your progress, and helps us to know how to better pray for you! Dale and I have defintely been encouraged by your commitment to praise HIM through this time of great trial. What a glory to our Savior!

With Love,
Megan Bischof

Gwen said...


I have come to your blog through Amanda (the one putting your name on her refrigerator, computer, etc.) I am so blessed to have found your blog. You are an encouragement to everyone. You show such strength in such scary times. Your faith is so inspirational. I want to follow your journey along with others and continue to lift you up in prayers. I'm praying right now for your healing.

Anonymous said...

Hope you've had a good day today and haven't had any discomfort. Big storms went through Phoenix last night and there was some damage close to where you used to live. Lots of trees down and power lines mostly. Great lightning show last night for about six hours. Even got some rain for a change.

Karen is out this evening meeting with the ladies of our church who participate in the Pprayer shawl ministry. She hopes the one she sent to you offers you comfort and reminds you that God is always close by for you. We hope the medications are doing their job and you are having quiet nights and easy days.

We'll keep praying for you. We know God will see you through this trial and that he has great things in store for you. Tell Brandon and Gary we said hello.Looking for to your next posting.
Keep smiling.
Uncle Cliff

Paulette said...

Hello Amy, just came by to let you know we prayed for you in Prayer meeting tonight. May you feel the Lord's peace as you wait for results. We are all rooting for you out here!!!!
Blessings and much prayer!!

Anonymous said...

Still praying for you. I was gone 2 days and one of the first things I did was check your site to see an update. I am glad to hear things are looking good right now. We will continue to pray for you, especially on the 31st.

iamchanelle said...

we will be praying for those biopsy results!!!!
much love to you guys -

clint and chanelle

Rachel Davis said...

Hi. Just thinkin about you and wanted to say...um...Hi, I guess. I was looking for something profound, but I've got nothing.

Christy said...

Amy, I am praying for you and your family. I know God is a God of healing and He is in the miracle working business. I am praying that for you! I am so glad I found your blog and I look forward to hearing what God will do.

Anonymous said...

Amy, bless your heart. God, will take care of you and your family. I have just recently received some shocking news myself and with God, my peace came today. God, is the only way. HE, has pulled me through several times before and I know HE, will do it again. God, is great and HE, is with you and your family. I pray you improve every single day and that you will live a long healthy life.

With love and understanding,

Barbara Lee

Ruth Ymker said...

Dear Amy,
You do not know me, but I am, Abby Ymker's grandma. I have heard all about you and I just wanted to let you know, that we are praying for you, each day. I hope this finds you having a good day. You and your family will continue to be in our prayers.
God Bless you, Amy
With prayerful concern
Ruth Ymker