A slight little update

Pepper fussed at me about putting a picture of him sleeping on Facebook. Two friends of ours mentioned it to him.

But isn’t he adorable in that photo? I think so!

Anyway, small update on the cancer business. At my last Dr. Hill visit, the tumors have not changed. The tumor markers indicate the tumors remained the same –they are the number 7. Now, as a reminder, 2.5 and under is in remission. Last October, my tumor markers were at the 160+ range. Seven is not bad and indicates small tumors. And my last ct indicated that I have two small tumors.

I was counting on the tumors to be GONE after three or four rounds of chemo. I was disappointed. But in four weeks, we will do another ct and see what we see. Dr. Hill said we may change up the chemo after looking at the new ct.

In the mean time, this round of chemo (despite being the exact same medicine as last time) is so different. Some things are the same — the feeling of stone bruises on the balls of my feet (can be excruciating), a little out of breath, funny feeling skin in my mouth, severe diarreha on the last few days of the two week cycle (usually starting on Tuesday or Wednesday) and unable to touch cold things. But add to all that, my hands feel like they have been burned with steam for a few days, drinking cold things only lasts a day or two instead of the whole time, and the severe diarreha can start day one and last most of the entire two week cycle. And today, for the first time, both knees had such bone pain it woke me up from my nap and I was in severe pain! The nurse practioner said to take my pain meds for it. After a while, the pain eased, but GOOD GRIEF!

And as always, all I want to do is sleep! My energy is completely zapped. I have small pockets of energy and I think I can get so much done, and then SPLAT! It is gone and I drag myself to the recliner. (If for any reason you have to live in a recliner due to illness or injury, get the recliners we bought at #ROOMTOROOM in #Tupelo. Message me and I will send a photo. We LOVE ours!)

So Dr. Hill basically said depending on the ct, we may have a new treatment plan. Otherwise, we will be sleeping all over the Cancer Center every two weeks until December or January.

#GODISGOOD in that the tumors have not grown and Pepper is now singing songs as “The Ghost of Buck Owens,” adding a spooky element (but I think it is a result of too much Hee Haw and Scooby Doo!!!) He is also learning to cook a little, and when he doesn’t feel inspired, he gets take out and tells the restaurants that he is “cooking” tonight and appreciates their help! The Mexican resturant in Eupora will ask, after I place our to-go order, “is Pepper cooking tonight?” –There is no way to win! He is so funny though!

Lighting up for Cancer

This has been a week of sweet surprises!

My friend, Betty Sparrow of West Point is the lead volunteer in our part of the world for The American Cancer Society’s Action Network.

Betty is selling luminaries and hand delivering them to Washington D.C. on Sept. 23 for the National Lights of Hope ceremony. The event will be held at the Lincoln Memorial on Sept. 25. Diane Raye of Eupora purchased a luminary in my name. So precious!

“I always handpaint a tribute to the honoree and since you are so dedicated to church and God, this seemed to fit,” Betty said. “I wanted you to see the luminary and know she honored you and your fight.”

All proceeds from bag sales go to cancer research.

Part of Betty’s duties as a volunteer for ACSCAN is to attend the ceremony each year. Betty will be doing a Facebook Live video from the event this year. We are not sure if it will be televised, but will let you know when we know.

Thank you Diane and Betty for “Lighting Up” a luminary for cancer research. HOW SWEET!

Hump day

Found my “Hump Day” photo! This was from a special visit our church made over 10 years ago to a private animal sancutary just outside of Slate Springs. These animals were used in the Biblical City event in Calhoun City many years ago. I think Pepper and the camel smile alike!

Philippians 4:13

I am part of a Facebok Bible Study group and last week we were to read Phillippians and share insights with the group. I wanted to share with y’all what I shared with the group about this Bible verse that has meant to much to me and Pepper.

“Philippians 4:13 –This is an incredibly special verse for Pepper and me. In 1992, (long before we started dating) Pepper was in a serious car accident and had a closed head injury. A doctor told him he didn’t understand why the accident didnt snap his neck and kill him instantly. Doctors said to his family, ‘he might not be here tomorrow and he might not be here in 10 minutes.’ He survived and kept surviving. A few days in, he had a stroke, but he kept on surviving. When he came to, he had to learn to walk and talk again. He had a long road to health. I made him a poster for his room featuring this verse. The message I left on the back referenced the characters we played in a play at Eupora High School. Needless to say, his family thought I needed to be in the hospital too! It took a little while for Pepper to figure it out and explain the message. The verse has also been incredibly powerful for all of the challenges we have faced throughout our marriage. I am very blessed to have married a man with strong faith, and this verse has been one we have prayed and quoted numerous times over the years. It is incredibly special to both of us. I hope it can be a special verse for y’all too.”