Wednesday, April 6, 2011

GOOD NEWS!!!

NO CANCER was found in my bone marrow! This means the chemo worked! Yeah!!! Thank You God! Thank God for all His blessings!

But the fight isn't over.

Starting on the 18th, I'll be undergoing radiation treatment aimed specifically on the tumor in my head. This shouldn't be too bad and will have few side-affects. I'll do this until May 3rd. Then . . .

On May 3rd, I'll go into the hospital and have three days of FULL BODY radiation. I've heard that this is worse than chemo. Gulp. After that, I'll undergo what the docs are calling "chemo from hell" because it will completely kill my bone marrow. That will last four or five days. After that, I'll get the transplant. Then we wait for the new cells to grow and wipe out my old cells and any disease that's left over. Whew.

The reason they have to give me new bone marrow is because the cancer will return. The less disease the new cells have to fight against, the better chance we have of them winning.

Despite the good news, I've been very down lately and having a hard time getting out of this "slump." I should be feeling great! I haven't had chemo in weeks, and I'm so much stronger than I've been since this whole thing started. I don't know what my problem is. sigh I guess I'm just scared. And well . . . there have been other things going on my my life.

Anyway, there ya have it! :-)

29 comments:

  1. Praise God for the good news! And we continue to pray to God for continued good news for the other treatments you will have. God bless. wb

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  2. Dear Sandi, I just want to cry for you, but I know that won't do any good. Then I want to joke about it to ease the pain, and laughter is good for the sole, so here is the joke...... Instead of paying big bucks for the radiation treatment, you can go wade in the water in Japan for free!! LOL... We are continuing to pray for you and we know you are in Jesus hands.... now that can't be beat! Trust in Him.

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  3. Thank You, Lord!!! Continued prayers are with you. Thank you for your candidness.

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  4. Sandi,

    Dealing with a long term illness is hard. It takes a lot out of you. Even though you are not in chemo now, you are still more tired than usual and it takes a toll.

    Since I am dealing with a long term illness, I totally get that. The good news is that you are on the mend. I'll keep praying.

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  5. Wonderful news, Sandi. Stay strong. Keep the Word in your heart. I'm praying for you.

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  6. Ah, my friend. Don't be so hard on yourself. It's natural to feel down after all you've been through and all you're about to face. Even after good news (cancer free bone marrow, Praise the Lord!!!), you're body and emotions are tired!! Thankfully, our Heavenly Father doesn't only love chipper daughters! David was called the apple of His eye, and that man did his share of whining, saying, "I pour out my complaints before you." One thing I've noticed is when I pour out all the junk I find myself with more capacity for hope and faith. :O)

    Praying for you and sending lots of love.

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  7. Sandi you have permission, you know, to have a slump. It will pass and is no reflection on your faith or God's faithfulness!

    Praise God for the healing journey He 's taking you on.

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  8. Wonderful news, Sandi! Praise the Lord!You're going through a hard time and even though you are having victories the treatment for those victories is causing havoc on your body. And of course your scared! I get scared when I have to climb on a plane. It's okay. God understands. He created you. Just try to rest in His peace and His love. Thanks for sharing with us, Sandi. It helps know how to pray specifically.

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  9. Rejoicing with you and continuing to pray for you--for that "down" feeling as well as the treatments. We're cheering you on, sweet Sandi!

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  10. Hugs and prayers, girlfriend! Thankful you got a good report. The full body radiation and chemo does sound scary. Praying God's mercy, protection, and peace over you.
    Love ya!

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  11. Oh Sandi! Paise God! Big cyber hugs to you, my friend.

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  12. Give thanks to the Lord for He is good His mercy endures forever. I am joining many others who are praising God for this newest mercy and in pleading for His continued mercy. Sandi what a profound woman of God you are and He sees your faithfulness to Him. Bless you dear friend and I will keep on prayin. Love ya

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  13. I'm renewing my prayers for you, Sandi. You are coming through this as pure gold. Absorb the love and support here and bask in God's presence. Thank you for sharing this praise report. Rejoicing with you now, and in the many more testimonies to come!

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  14. Fabulous news!! Just think a few more months and this will all be over. Thank God for all he is doing in your life and all of ours through you. Hang in there....you are on the downhill slide! Love you.
    Rebecca

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  15. Sandi, I'm so glad to hear this great news. Hang in there! You aren't alone and keep your chin up. Put on some praise music if you get down in the slumps too much. That may help.

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  16. That's such wonderful news, Sandi!

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  17. Sandi, That is wonderful! I understand it is hard sometimes to get back up when we are down. Hang in there! We are praying for you and know God is good. We love you!

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  19. “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. …” 1Cor. 6: 19-20 (NIV) It helps to know who you belong to—the creator of Heaven and earth. He paid a high price to gain what was once His, lost and now regained. Sandi, you belong to God. “Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” Rom. 8:17 (NIV) Love you!

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  20. Dear, sweet Sandi, God understands even if you don't. You have a hard road ahead, that's true, but when you emerge you will come out as pure gold. (He promises that in His word.) I pray for your healing every day and will pray that God's love will surround you and help you persevere and endure--and feel better and better!!

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  21. What wonderful news, Sandi! Praise the Lord. Still, I can understand why you would be down. You have some pretty intensive treatments coming up. I'm praying the radiation for your brain tumor goes well. Know that God will give you the strength you need, when you need it.

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  22. Such great news. And Praying for you over next several weeks. You are so brave.

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  23. Take heart! Hold on to this good news and just focus on today. God will carry you through each day that comes. Thanks for the updates. You will continue to be in my prayers.
    Carrie

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  24. Oh, that is good news. I've been praying for you every night :-)

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  25. Wonderful news, Sandi! I pray for your ongoing treatments and continued healing.

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  26. Precious Sandi,
    We treasure your updates. Don't forget there's an Army surrounding you with love and prayers, but most especially He promised, "I will not," "I will not," "I will not"--leave you for a moment! Much love and prayers, Bobbe (and John) PS Do you need more Susie's??

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  27. Bless you, Sandy. I guess it's normal for you to be down now, maybe you are just having some "after shocks" after all the adrenaline that's required to keep you going. Hang in there. Things are looking better for you and I praise God with you!

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  28. Rejoicing with you, Sandi! Your name is posted on my computer screen so I don't forget to pray for you. Your body is taking a huge hit with illness and treatments. No wonder you feel down. May God wrap His arms around you and encourage your spirit with His wondrous love. Take care.

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