I know it's been a while. There honestly hasn't been much to report. We have just been plugging away. After Jennifer resumed her chemo treatments, everything has gone fairly smoothly. Aside from some increasing exhaustion, cold sensitivity, "chemo brain," and some slight nausea, her side effects have been minimal. There are 2 to 3 days after disconnecting from the pump where she feels bad. We think this is because of dehydration so please pray that she can stay hydrated after treatments.
I took her to her chemo treatment on Wednesday and, after labs, they postponed her treatment a week because her white blood cells were too low. This is pretty common for people on chemo. To treat this, she will begin receiving bone marrow growth factor injections which I will give her on the days that I disconnect her from the pump. This can cause bone pain, but they said taking Claritan will help with the pain. Since her white blood cells are so low right now, she is at an increased risk of infection so please pray that she would not develop an infection or be exposed to any illnesses. Her next treatment is scheduled for September 15th. The next appointment with the oncologist is September 24th. She has 4 more treatments left, so she should be done by November.
The kids have resumed homeschool, and Jennifer forges ahead with it with great rigor. Norah is taking some online classes and has been helping out a lot around the house. She's also meeting online with our pastor in Fort Worth to discuss baptism every other week. Liam is growing into a strong young man, and Livy is just as sweet as always. Both have a tremendous hunger for learning. Liam had a birthday (9) in August, and Livy has a birthday (7) coming up in a couple weeks just after mine. We have posted some pictures for everyone.
I have been plugging away at work. Since my position is somewhat transient, and I have been spending quite a bit of time at home, I have given a lot of my attention to preparing to apply for operatorship with Chick-fil-A. This means I've been doing a lot of reading on leadership and meeting with Chick-fil-A leadership to try to develop an operator's mindset. These are exciting times for the Leonhart household.
We are excited to announce that we have found a townhome in Fort Worth. We hope to move back to Fort Worth by October 7th, and we can't wait to be reunited with all our friends and family up there. There will be some sorrow in the move, however, because we have made some truly amazing friends down here during our time in the Houston area. Our plan is to just commute to MD Anderson for any remaining treatments, scans, and appointments, although most of the oncologist appointments can be done virtually from home.
Please continue to pray for complete healing and thank you to everyone who continues to pray for us. You are such a blessing. May the Lord keep you and guide you in all His ways.
Billy & Jennifer