One More Week
As of today, Dennis has one week left of radiation treatments. We will be so glad when these are done. From the beginning, these have been difficult for Dennis. They have produced a lot of fatigue. This should subside over the weeks following radiation although fatigue is also a side effect of the chemo he is on but at least one of the causes will be removed. He also has said that the treatments themselves are “freaky”. On Monday they changed the radiation treatments to focus on a smaller area but with more intensity.
On Thursday he will complete the first cycle of the trial drug program. He has four weeks off then. Actually, as of next week Tuesday, he will have four weeks off of all treatments before starting the next round in mid-September. All he will have to do during this time is weekly blood tests. It will be a nice break.
****When Dennis ends treatments next week, he is stuck at home all day since he is unable to drive. Although at this point he struggles with fatigue and can’t do anything for long periods of time, he certainly loves to get out of the house. If you are home during the day and would like to stop by, go out for a meal or run an errand, he would love to go with you. If he isn’t feeling up to going, he’ll tell you but try another time.
When Your World Gets Turned Upside Down
We’ve had enough time now to have some of the dust settle from our world being turned upside down by Dennis diagnosis. By no means does that mean that we are coasting through all of the changes in our lives but the shock of it is starting to be less overwhelming. A new normal begins to settle in but is not a comfortable normal. We are learning, and we hope growing, through this transition. Here are some of the things we are learning:
It’s ok to ask for help even if it is with something we “should” be able to do ourselves. It often isn’t anything directly related to Dennis’ diagnosis that overwhelms us but rather the accumulation of small things that seem like mountains.
Related to that is accepting the help that is offered. Warning – if you offer to help, we will most likely say yes.
I can’t meet all of Dennis’ needs. Dennis has been blessed by so many of you who have called, sent notes, offered rides or stopped by. Having other people to talk to about all that is going on is a blessing.
Words have a lot of impact. Those of you who encourage us are a source of blessing in our lives. We need to hear the positives and hopeful things you share with us.
Live today but with eternity in view. Each day is precious. Whatever the circumstances, we want to savor them and not be worried or fretting about what tomorrow may bring. How we invest each day matters for eternity but the cares of our earthly future are in the hands of our loving heavenly Father.
I can’t fix this. I am a fixer by nature. If there is a problem, how can I make it better? What is the plan? God is stretching me more and more in the area of trusting and waiting. For a fixer, this is a hard lesson.
Although our view of our world was turned upside down, it did not surprise God. He loves us and has allowed this to enter our lives at this time. It is hard to understand at times but there is a peace in knowing He is still in control, still loves us and never changes.
- Strength for this final week of treatments. The fatigue is overwhelming at points.
- Good weather on Sat., August 18. We have a large group of friends coming over in the morning to get our yard work caught up.
- Healing. Please continue to pray for Dennis complete healing.
- Keep Brooke in your prayers too as she starts school in a few weeks.