Journal entry by Joan Stromberg

Just wanted to give you an update on Bob and his treatments. He did receive another infusion of the panitumumab a week late, but he did receive it. The side effects are still in full force, this time with more mouth sores and rash along the torso making Bob fatigued and uncomfortable. He is scheduled to have his third infusion this Thursday. After four treatments (or about two months) they should schedule another scan to see if this treatment is more effective than the others.

Meanwhile, we were able to take our pilgrimage to New Orleans for the Blessed Francis Seelos healing Mass on October 6. It was a great trip and very moving. It was such a blessing for us to be able to go. We stopped by EWTN on our way down and then were able to stop by and visit my sister, Maureen, and her family in Oxford, MS on the way back.

While at the Seelos Shrine, we picked up a Novena booklet of healing through the intercession of Blessed Francis Seelos. We plan on starting the Novena on October 23 in order to finish on All Saints' Day, November 1st. If you would like to join us in the Novena, you can follow along at this blog: or you can send me your email address and I'll send you the prayers everyday for the duration of the Novena. 

We are full of hope, and with your prayers, I know that we can be joyful in each day we have together. God bless you!
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