Mom’s Eight Week Chemo/Radiation Treatment Begins

My mom and Bill returned to Zion, IL yesterday to begin mom’s eight week treatment at CTCA.  Their day starts bright and early this morning with their first appointment at 7:15 am.  At noon she will undergo a surgical procedure to insert a port that will be used to administer the chemo.  At 3:00 pm her first radiation treatment will begin followed by a round of chemo at 4:00 pm.

Mom’s major praise for the day:

They arrived safe and sound in Zion, IL yesterday evening.  Since mom will receive eight weeks of treatment they decided to drive their own vehicle instead of fly.  She was happy to report that they had no car problems and the trip was relatively uneventful. 

Here are her prayer requests:

  1. Pray for no nausea or vomiting from the treatment (or any other negative side effects).
  2. Pray for a smooth day today and throughout the eight weeks of treatment ahead specifically that everything would run on schedule.
  3. Pray for her safety during surgery today and that she would not feel any negative effects due to hunger before, during and after the procedure.
  4. Pray that the doctors and nurses will be alert during her surgery today and pray that God would give them wisdom in how to best provide her treatment.
  5. Pray for Bill’s energy and encouragement as he cares for my mom.
  6. Pray for complete healing!!!

This is the most recent e-mail update sent out by Bill on 7/29/09:

Dear Family & Friends,

We just got back from Chicago…actually, Zion, Illinois last evening and are now preparing for a return trip on either Saturday or Sunday of this week. As mentioned in the last update, we will be staying for two months this time. The Lord has not only provided us with good accommodations but He has also provided convenient  shopping nearby…a grocery store, K-Mart, etc… and Lake Michigan is just a short drive away, too.  (Judy loves to walk along the water’s edge…me too!)

Well, it’s been almost 3 weeks since Judy’s first chemo treatment (a mega-dose) and she has done exceptionally well… only one day of total fatigue post-treatment. Other than that, she has been up and going with no nausea.   She still has a good appetite, and her weight has now stabilized. Also, her pain continues to be well-managed, and her energy level remains good. Only the G.I. distress remains.  But, like Judy said, “If it weren’t for that, I wouldn’t know I was sick.”  (I count about eight praises in that paragraph!  Thank you Father for Your faithfulness and all the answered prayer!!!)  We do sincerely thank God for our dear family and friends who have fervently prayed, day-after-day, for our specific needs…and have then reached out to meet those needs.  We pray blessings, blessings, and more blessings on each of you in return!    

Well beloved, I’ll probably e-mail another update in two or three weeks, after we have established a routine and get settled-in there in Zion.   Until then, our love to each of you…



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One response to “Mom’s Eight Week Chemo/Radiation Treatment Begins

  1. Matt and Yvonne

    We will continue to pray for your mom. We’re glad to hear that she’s doing well during her treatment.

    Yvonne knows first-hand just how difficult the cancer treatment itself can be, but she also knows first-hand that the power of prayer and modern medicine can beat cancer, God willing.

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