Kelly Fuhrman's Journal
A Trip of a Lifetime!
Written Dec 2, 2013 10:56pm
Wow, what a busy time right now. We had plans to keep you all in the loop when we were on our trip to New York, but we ran sunup to sundown (and sundown really does not happen in Times Square.) You are welcome to check out the pictures from the retreat on the Inheritance of Hope webpage. Copy this link and paste it into your browser. There are three different albums to look at, nearly 1200 photos of the entire group! http://inheritanceofhope.org/legacy-community/photos.html?groupid=55
The trip was inspiring, emotionally overwhelming, and downright just fun. Everyday we had special sessions of like peer groups. Corey and I met with other couples going through similar situations. Carly and Jonah met with other older youth who have a parent who is sick. Jacob had his group of younger kids to work with as well. Then, each day we did a big event: Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular, Top of Rockefeller Plaza, Ferry ride around Manhattan, Times Square every night, “Annie” on Broadway, Freedom Tower at Ground Zero, not to mention the New York Subway System:). It was an amazing gift that we were given. We have much respect for those who have given of themselves to make trips like this happen for families. Best part of all was Kelly felt very good throughout the trip. She did manage to get an infection from her daily injections a few days before the trip, but a little antibiotics and we were good to go. We asked her doctor if we were soon done with the shots and he said we will be keeping your new best friend around a while:(.
As to our time right now, we are back down at Mayo for another week of treatment. I am feeling well after the first round, but am a little emotional from all that has happened within the last couple of weeks (I had less than 24 hours at home to unpack and repack for our Mayo Journey). Hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving and found much to give thanks for. Each day is a gift and I am looking forward to many more in the future.
Last Day of Five!
Written Nov 8, 2013 8:27amOverall, the week has gone very well. I was a little nauseous the first evening, but nights 2-4 were fine. I was a little nauseous this morning, but now I know that I can take two types of nausea medications to combat that. We are excited to get going home. Carly had her opening night for Beauty and the Beast last night and we heard word that it went well. We will be able to see the next two productions. Thanks to everyone who has helped out this week running kids here and there. Our next scheduled appointments are after our New York trip. Hopefully, by New York, I will be feeling great and ready to tackle the world!
Thanks for the prayers! Love, Kelly
First Day of New Attack Plan
Written Nov 4, 2013 3:29pmMy new drug is Topotecan, pronounced: Toe-poe-tee-kan. Good news is that it is only one IV drug per day. Bummer is that it is for five days instead of three. The current schedule will be five days every three weeks. So far, the new drug has not caused me any problems. We will see how I feel at the end of the week. The scans that were taken today, were mainly to show if the bones were stable and not prone to fractures. They were X-rays and were really not meant to look at the tumors.
So far, so good. Thanks for the prayers!!!
PS. It is still ify whether my new hair will stay or not. Kind of wavy, kind of dark, but a whole lot warmer. I did buy three new winter hats. I found out today that the shots I am taking could be part of the reason that I think I am living in the arctic.