What Happened Last Week:
Last week, Emily faced her roughest week of chemo yet. There are a lot of reasons for that. One of the primary reasons is because there was no room in the pediatric cancer center (where she always has been), so they put her on an adult floor. Not having her regular nurses that know her and having different procedures and routines helped make it a more difficult round. Also, the amount of fluids they pour into her causes her to need to use the bathroom very regularly – about every 2 hours. But now, it isn’t easy to get to the bathroom with her new knee/bone.
She lost ten pounds during this past chemo week. It isn’t the most she’s lost in a week, but it is one of the larger weeks.
The good news is, although the chemo round was more difficult, the recovery has been quicker. Last time, she felt sick for a week and hardly did anything. But four days into her recovery week and she feels pretty good and has been active and willing to eat.
Emily has about two weeks at home for recovery until her next round of chemo starts on April 24. Until then, she goes to the hospital 3 to 4 times a week for therapy, appointments, and blood draws. This week, she has gone Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Next week will be similar.
What you could pray for:
Our recent praises:
- We are thankful that she has recovered from this last chemo round more quickly.
- We are thankful that she didn’t throw up during the chemo round (although she’s thrown up twice since coming home). But it is nice for her not to throw up while in the hospital.
- We are thankful that physical therapy is going well. They are pleased with her progress.
- Emily has been wanting to help children going through cancer. This week her Occupational Therapist asked her to talk to a 9 or 10-year-old boy from Greece who had gone through the same surgery as Emily. He wouldn’t do any work in therapy. So Emily talked to him about working hard even when it hurts and gave him some encouragement. A couple days later, the OT told Emily he did work for the first time after her talk with him. And a couple of days later, they saw each other and he was so happy to see Emily.
- Ali and her boyfriend, Justin, were able to come for a brief visit. They arrived on Wednesday and will leave tomorrow. It is a huge encouragement to Emily (and all of us) to see Ali. Ali hasn’t seen Emily since early January.
Our long-term requests are the same:
- That God would be glorified in and through Emily and her Osteosarcoma, and that we all would submit to His glory being our priority – whether in life or death and whether the news is good or bad.
- That Emily and our entire family would grow through this (we believe God is always out for our good – which ultimately is to become more like Jesus).
- That God would heal Emily and she would live a full, long life serving and pleasing Him.
- That Emily (and all of us) would have peace and joy. This did not take God by surprise and He is for us.
- That we would be sensitive to how God wants to use this in all of our lives.
- That the cancer has not spread at all.
Our short-term requests are the same:
- Pray that Emily would stay “on schedule” for her chemo treatments so she can return to college in the fall. That’s going to be hard because with 11 treatments coming, her body and immune system are going to be wearing down. If she was never delayed because of sickness or low counts, she’d be done August 6. Our oncologist said that everyone gets delayed through this – so we are realistic, but we’d love for her to still start college again in the fall.
- Pray that Emily would be able to walk without a limp within six months from surgery (mid-September). It will require hard work and good enough health to be able to work hard.
- Pray for a relaxing time off and a return to full strength before April 24. She will be starting three weeks in a row of chemo. Starting strong will help her more likely get through the three weeks without a delay.
Each week of chemo, we give Emily a verse or saying to help her focus on her week ahead. This was the one we gave her this week.
Logan is a year younger than Emily but about nine months ahead of her with the exact same diagnosis. She lives nearby us in the Houston area. Logan has been a great encouragement to Emily.
The initial goal in therapy is to do a dead leg lift (like this one). The goal was to do it by six weeks after surgery, but three weeks to the day after surgery, Emily was able to do this.
Emily decided to make an old school paper chain. There are now 11 pieces of the chain – each representing a week of chemo that is still coming.
Ali is enjoying some sun time with Daisy. It is great to have Ali home for the first time since Christmas.