Wednesday, October 20, 2010

LIVE from Chemo #2

Another long day but a good day so far. Traci’s parents stayed at our house last night in Monroe with our kids while we stayed at their house in Lilburn so as to make the trip to the hospital this morning a lot shorter. Traci was admitted at 8 a.m. in order to have a port put into her upper chest through which all future chemo treatments and blood work will be taken. This will keep her from having to have her veins pricked and poked on her one good arm (can’t have anything done on her right arm as that arm had 6 lymph nodes removed during her big September 7 surgery) in the months to come. We checked in at 8 and finally were wheeled over to our oncologist’s office at 12.30 p.m. We’re about 30 minutes now into the actual chemo process with still a few hours to go.

We thought it might be interesting for you to come into our chemo session with us today. I know I had no idea what a session was like before we started this phase of our journey 3 weeks ago. Attached is a picture of Traci taken 3 short minutes ago. Comfy chair, cute hat on the head, warm blanket to cuddle up in, great book in hand (Mary Beth Chapman’s Choosing to See), Courage the lion under arm, and Clark Kent hovering ever near with a camera and a net book. Oh what this woman endures!

Speaking of what she endures, there have been some pretty funny comments made about how people think Traci lives while undergoing chemo treatment. She does not sleep in a dark basement with a vaporizer going on all the time and no visitors allowed. Far from it. She is not home bound though we do have to be careful about being in large groups in closed spaces. Your pesky cough or runny nose could become a nightmare for her. She is also not unable to exercise as she went to the gym twice last week and even walked to the new Camp Creek Greenway Trail in downtown Lilburn, GA. She is back to teaching her 4 and 5 year olds in our Classical Academy on Tuesdays as well. While do spend a huge amount of time it seems on the road going to doctor offices and traversing around the north side of Atlanta, we have found a pace of life which, as long as she continues to respond so well to chemo, should be quite manageable in the months to come. This is largely doable due to the amazing gift of meals so many of you are bringing to our home on selected evenings. Wow. Thank you so much! I even have a short trip planned to St. Louis next weekend for a fundraising event which will benefit our ministry. So while things are on one hand odd and weird like never before they are also quite “doable” for her and our family.

A dear friend recently wrote exactly what we are feeling right now. She said, “Every cancer journey is different! The best tool in your arsenal, along with prayer, Father, Jesus & Holy Spirit, is a positive attitude! No matter what happens, clinging to scripture, which encourages a positive attitude, was the best practical action I took!"

Thank you Heather. How true, how true.

For now, goodbye from chemo #2 where, once we finish it, we are 1/3 of the way done with this part of our journey. Indeed, step by step…

In Him,

Rob (Clark) and Traci

Rob Browne

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