Long time no talkie!
Almost 5 weeks ago I finished my 25 days in UCLA and came home. That was just after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). It was a rough month of ups and downs. When we got home we immediately sought about getting back into our routine. It was wonderful to be with the kids again, and to sleep in my own bed.
Since then I’ve been back down to UCLA for a few clinic visits, and another bone marrow biopsy.
I’m also in remission!
However, assuming I remain in remission, I still have 3 rounds of chemotherapy ahead of me. That’s where we’re at now. Tomorrow morning Deanna and I hit the road to UCLA again, for my first round of what is called consolidation chemo. I’ll be there a week, for the treatment. Then they send me home for some rest. Then I’m back for 2 weeks as my body reacts to the chemo and slowly recovers.
This 4 week process is one round, and I got 2 more after this first one.
So, I’m excited to move forward, but a little fearful as well. The chemo treatments will be smaller in number, but stronger in dosage. From what I’ve read that means I may experience the side effects a little more intensely. All along I’ve known that each round of chemo often intensifies. So I’m skittish about the idea of being sick through this.
Our kids will be at home, with my parents keeping their routine going, which we’re quite thankful for! But being away from them will probably be tough again.
Thank you all for your continued support and prayer.
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
It is often through a struggle that we are made stronger. It is my desire to not elevate myself, but glorify God. He has blessed me these past few weeks at home, with a sense of normalcy and comfort. I’ve even been allowed to ride my bike. Just this morning I enjoyed a satisfying 25 mile ride with 3 brothers who were great company.
Thank you for your friendship. I’ll check in again, after I get settled back at UCLA.