Sunday, April 25, 2010

Relay for Life 2010

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Prayers for tonight's event and update ")

Good morning -
Tonight is Catherine's Relay for Life at University of Cincinnati. She works so hard on this event all school year and enjoys being part of it. Please pray that at least the thunder storms stay away. I don't know if you know how this event works, but these college kids stay out and up all through the night, with the event ending Sat. morning. I am not worry about her safety because security is everywhere. Catherine is in charge of the slide show of survivors and those who have lost the battle. If you have pictures of people that you would like to honor please send them to Catherine at: the pictures will not make it into the video this year but they will for next year. The video is shown during the time of silence and continues to run silently during the rest of the event. It is a beautiful tribute.
Please pray for Randy too. He is speaking at the event about Elizabeth, her diagnoses, prognoses, and our life over the last 19 months. Pray that he is strong and can make it through our story by glorifying God at all times.

Life seems to be resuming for Liz. She has been in school for two weeks now with only a few tardies due to treatment or fatigue. We are down to having her blood drawn once a month, Vincristine every 29 days, Interthecal Methotrexate every 90 days, Mercaptopurine every night, Methotrexate pills every seven days, Prednisone, and Fluconazole. She has an arsenol of other meds on hand for pain and nausea which she uses around every 29 days. Instead of living every minute trying to deal with the side effects, we are now at least living day by day. I remember so clearly Liz having her Methotrexate, vomiting within seconds of it hitting her system, and then continuing to battle the horrible side effects for the next five to six days. There would be days that our curtains were never opened because of the debilitating headaches, nausea, and bone pain Liz would have with all the chemo. Her eyes were extremely sensitive and her bones would ache due to the Vincristine chemo.

Our God is an awesome God. I know you hear this a lot from people and it seems so cliche but it is true. Some people know the awesomeness of God with out tragedy and some learn of God's great love, grace, peace, and mercy through journeys. However you come to know the Lord the point is that you did. May God always be a part of your life, good and bad. He is the one constant.

"But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God's unfailing love for ever and ever" (Psalm 52:8).


Sunday, April 18, 2010

WOW! look at what chemo can do......Elizabeth does not recommend it ")

Elizabeth actually made it to school all week. She was late on Monday due to a big chemo day, late on Thursday just because she was exhausted and her body is not use to moving that much, but all in all she had a wonderful week ")

It is now day seven of the Vincristine and the side effects have hit. She has been in bed all day on a pain killer called Oxycodone and an anti nausea drug, Ativan. The combination of these two drugs wipe her out.

Kayla McDowell came over after church and lifted her spirits, even though she fell asleep on her, Dawn and Logan Ficorelli came by in the afternoon with a smoothie, and Connor McVey came over late afternoon and had dinner with her. Thanks guys! You lifted her spirits a great deal.

We are down to 305, GOD WILLING, days left until she is finished with her treatment. It has been a long, hard, and rough 440 days of treatment. We have had some wonderful mom and daughter times through this journey and for that I am eternally grateful.

It is that time of the year that I begin to gear up for Light The Night Walk. This is a wonderful evening sponsored by Hoxworth Blood Center and put on by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. All the proceeds will go directly to this incredible and live saving organization. LTN walk takes place Sept. 16, at the Mason Sports Park. Please consider coming out, joining, and donating to our team again. Please go to our team page at: where you can join and donate to our team and cause.

Thank you for being such wonderful, prayerful, and faithful followers. Your prayers and support have helped us see the silver lining in this hurricane.

Please pray for the side effects of Vincristine; extreme joint and bone pain to go away soon and she can stop using the Oxycodone.


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

It has been a while

Brittany, Liz, and Jim at Lakes Park, Florida.

Liz is doing great! She had a wonderful spring break, only two trips to the hospital for blood draws while we were there. She has started back on her daily chemo but only at 50% dosing. The docs will try 75% in a month or two and then up to 100% dosing. If her body will hold her counts at 100%; that is the ultimate goal. Her blood counts, like the ANC and platelets need to remain at the magical numbers of 750 and 75k.

Please continue to pray for all the kids on A5 South,
the staff that takes such good care of them,
Liz remains in remission,
minimal side effects of all her chemo and drugs she still takes.

Blessings and enjoy this God given day.