Sorry it has taken me so long to write. It has been a whirlwind weekend. And then I came home to Maddie sick. She has bronchitis. As if my plate wasn't full enough. Off to the doctor again today, except, not for me this time. Hopefully she is on the mend.
It was a full weekend, but a very productive one as well. I came home exhausted, but with peace. I have changed my course of treatment. Thankfully, I will not be doing the strong chemotherapy. I will however do a lesser treatment called ITP therapy. Let me back up and explain a little bit. I am going to do a combination of conventional and alternative treatment. I have started on a no sugar, no carb diet. Very little animal protein. Mainly, fruits and vegies. The object is to starve these nasty little cancer cells of their favorite food, and mine, SUGAR! I am also taking a whole truck load of natural supplements to help get me healthy. This is where the ITP therapy will come in. They will give me insulin to drop my blood sugar and then hit me with a low dose chemotherapy. The point is that the cancer cells are starving and they go after the chemo thinking that it is food. And will they be fooled! There is not as many side effects to the low dose chemo. Yeah! I will be receiving my first treatment this coming Tuesday. The first two weeks, I will get a treatment twice a week and then it will go to once a week for a couple of weeks and then hopefully once a month for a while. Ian, myself and my mom will be heading to Texas this Monday. We will stay there for two weeks and then I will go back and forth for the remainder of the treatment. There are only 10 doctors in the USA that do this treatment. We do have one here in FT. Lauderdale, but we just felt more comfortable with the doctor in Texas. My sister, Jamie and her husband Stephen will stay at my house with my kids. Two weeks is a long time to be away from my kids. So, please pray for them that the time will go by fast for them...and me. After meeting with the doctors out there, Ian and I for the first time felt a sense of peace. All the other doctor appts. were a death sentence for me and we were given hope out there. They are all believers and this is a spiritual, emotional and physical battle. We just feel we are right where God wants us to be. After the turmoil I have been in for the last two weeks, peace is a wonderful feeling.
Tomorrow I will have a surgery to have a port placed for my chemotherapy. The chemo is just to hard on my veins and this will help make it easier for me.
Continue to keep us in your prayers as my battle will really take off this coming week. Pray for safety as we travel and are away from our kids. Pray that I tolerate the treatment well. The words of encouragement from all of you have been so comforting. I love reading your comments and am excited to keep you up to date on my progress. I am going to prove all these doctors wrong! I wasn't born feisty for no reason!