Monday, July 02, 2007

Happy Anniversary?

I was diagnosed one year ago today. To still be here, having never acheived remission, is in itself a miracle. I have learned to marvel at the little things along the way...and I am quite grateful to be able to update today.

Though I admit there's not much to say. I finished chemo yesterday and today has been uneventful, but uneventful is good. I haven't heard anything regarding my breathing episode last week or the results of the CMV test. For now we're just holding on until Wednesday, praying that the mylotarg acheives remission without killing me.

Brandon is able to be with me for the rest of the week, and Gary is spending a few days with family. He has a hard time sleeping at the hospital (don't we all?) so shorter visits seem to work best for him.

Enjoying today and praying for so many others who are battling right now along with us. Livi...Joe...know you're especially in our prayers.

24 comments:

April said...

Happy Anniversary...of LIFE!

I pray for you continually and will petition God for your remission. Celebrating a year of living with this probably is difficult to celebrate. But we celebrate your life and your health today, Amy...And the way God has blessed so many of us through you!

Pam said...

1 year ago today...So much can happen in a year. I would say this is indeed a day for celebration:) Praying for remission and for patience as you await your test results.

Kim said...

I am celebrating with you today! Not celebrating the disease, but the way you have endured this terrible disease and how beautiful your life is. A godly life is not measured by the length of it, but by how a person lives. Obeying God and His commands, living with peace and joy in the midst of turmoil...trusting God through the most devastating news. You may not have done this every day...of course we do not see you when you are struggling with having joy, but I have a strong inkling(from what I have observed) that your life is characterized by faith, strength, loving others,true joy, and knowing God. I am celebrating God and His goodness even in the midst of heartbreak and extreme physical and emotional distress.

I am glad to call you a friend and will continue to pray for you.

Your life is precious! You are a blessing!

Kim

Katie said...
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Katie said...

Amy,

I am not sure how I stumbled across your blog, but feel blessed that I did. Your faith is an inspiration to me. I am listing you on my blog so that I am reminded daily to pray for you and your beautiful family.

Love always--

Katie from Arkansas

Dunn Family said...

I too say Happy Anniversary to LIFE! I am also glad to hear that you had an uneventful day! We are continually praying for you!
Love,
Gina

Anonymous said...

Tonight I ask God for REMISSION!

Barb said...

Of course you're still here, Amy. You have literally legions of us praying for you. xoxo

Heather said...

What a special anniversary. God is so good. Next year will, Lord-willing, will be a celebration of a year of remission!

Amy K said...

So glad you've shared your journey this past year...even with strangers. Happy Anniversary to you...may God continue to sustain you, and your men (big and little). I pray for you!

Don and Lisa Osborn said...

I know God is pleased with how you have endured and continued to bring glory to Him during the past year.

May you find peace knowing many are lifting you up in prayer and hoping for complete recovery.

God bless,
Lisa

Scratchin' the Surface said...

Continuing to pray for you and your family Amy. Blessings to all of you today.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mommy,
I love you! Get well. . . ggdngdwgfjlk;mnfeg gthfv n nc hhji tjwffjz
Love, Gary

Rachel D. said...

Shoot...one year, huh? It's been a crazy one.

So, here's a song for you....

***wishin' and hopin' and thinkin' and prayin'.....***

oh, whoops---wrong subject matter in that song.

Oh well. You get the point. :) Love ya and praying for ya.

laura said...

Hi Amy,
I found your blog through Katie, and I am so glad she shared it with us. I will be praying for you, for healing, strength and peace during this journey. You are a talented writer with faith in God that I am truly inspired by...thanks for sharing it with us.

Judy said...

Amy I don't know you but I am a friend of Nancy Hudson's. I know what you are going through is horrific--for you & your family. I can empathize. I had ovarian cancer (stage 3c,diagnosed 4/1/98).
I pray the treatments are killing the cancer & you will be healed to tell of God's amazing provision & grace through this awful time.
Hang in there!!
Praying,
Judy Wilson
djwilson@mchsi.com

Jessica said...

I am glad that you have made it through this year and I am praying hard that you will make it through your next treatment this week without any side effects or reactions! Also praying for remission from this awful disease! You are in my thoughts and prayers often and are such an inspiration to me! May God Bless You and your family today!

Julie's Jewels said...

Praise God you are able to have an anniversary of this sort. So many didn't get this chance. I rejoice with you Sis. Amy!! What a blessing!! God isn't finished with you yet and we are praising His name for it. We continue to pray for you and your family.

Anonymous said...

I will pray for you and your family. Praise the Lord he blessed you with another year!

Moriah Freeman

*Friend of Emily,James, and livi

Anonymous said...

Hi, Amy. I heard about you and your blog through a friend at work.

The LORD Brought you to my mind when my pastor shared a story in the Sunday morning sermon, and He Wants me to share it with you. I hope (& pray) that it will be an encouragement to you :)

My pastor said that Francis Collins, who has been involved in the genome project, credits a conversation with a lady in the hospital in turning the tide in his thinking and his search to know Truth. In her hurt and illness, she had Joy from The LORD. She told him what she believed and asked him what he believed.....he is now a Christian!

I thought of you and your grateful spirit and the Joy and faith you exude! Over and over as I've heard my friend tell me your story, I've thought, wow. You have faith; you know GOD's Character! That's the ONLY way you could have the attitude and perspective you have. Thank you for your example!! Thank you for trusting our LORD!! Thank you for sharing your story!! and KNOW that GOD IS being glorified through you!!! Just like that lady in the hospital, GOD is using you to affect people and to encourage people in the faith and to impact people for eternity. People who don't know GOD are surely changed by your story and driven to at least wonder about Truth and to search for It/HIM!

Thank you, sister :) It is a privilege to call you that :) I thank The LORD for you!

Mindy said...

I am still praying.
I hope you know what an inpiration you are!
Your post from last week about God's grace being sufficient -- I NEEDED that! THANK you so much for being willing to share your life with us!

In HIM -
Mindy

Linds said...

A year... That is reason to celebrate. I had not actually realised that your were diagnosed the same week as my husband died, Amy. Loads of prayers still continuing to wing their way for you and your family. Hang in there!

Anonymous said...

Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. 2 Corinthians 4 v16 & 17

I don't know you personally but I have been touched by your blog & your faithfulness to God throughout your ordeal. My heart just goes out to you - If I could change your situation I would but God who loves you is in control & his ways are perfect. We see now through a glass darkly but then face to face. Don't give up hope -we are all still praying.

Dorothy - N. Ireland

sistertomany said...

Like many others, I do not know you personally, but I know others who do; we have prayed for your quite a few times during our prayer time at church.

Happy Anniversary, indeed!!! Praise the Lord that you are alive; still fighting.
I will be praying for you as you receive the mylotarg(sp?) tomorrow. I will pray that it puts you into remission.

I love Gary's comment... too sweet. Thanks to whoever helped him do that ;-)