Awaiting the Next Round

I had a good visit at the oncologist’s office today. They did my bloodwork and all my counts are in the normal range, so I’m good to go for chemo on Thursday. We talked about how my last round went, I was eager to hear her opinion on whether my reaction to chemo was likely to change. She said that some of the fatigue may increase throughout the process, but the fact that I didn’t have any nausea and little bone pain was encouraging. She said it looks like I may not struggle with those side effects.

I feel so fortunate that my body is handling this so well. I’m also very thankful that I have the opportunity to take a good nap every day, I’ve no doubt that is making a big difference in how I feel. I realize how I feel could change any day, but somehow, every day that I feel well is such a pleasant surprise, a true gift.

I continue to pray that my body will be strong. But do you every pray for something that you know is kind of silly– not really important in the big picture, but it matters to you? This week, I’m praying extra hard that I’ll be able to run this Sunday in the Girls on the Run 5K with Emma Clare. (I should be able to– I’ve been running since starting chemo, so I’m ready!) We have been talking about it for a long time, and she understands that I might have to go slow or walk. She’s been dealing with my cancer diagnosis much better lately, but last week one night, she came downstairs after she’d headed up to bed, crying. She was worried about me. It broke my heart. We talked for a while, and I did my best to reassure her. After she was all calmed down and I was about to send her back to bed, she said, “I’m so glad you’re going to be able to run with me.” It’s kind of a big deal to me, but that’s mostly because I know it’s a big deal to her. So if you’re looking for something to pray for this week, I’m praying that I’ll be in great shape to run with her on Sunday.

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