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Journal entry by Juanita Whitacre

Hi there!  Lately there have been some questions from different people about how I am doing, so I figured I would answer them here.  🙂  I thank you for asking, for caring, and being here.  I appreciate you.

Questions:

Do you still have cancer?   Are you cancer free now?  My Oncologist has NOT said I am cancer free.  He has instead told me repeatedly that since my cancer was in my lymph nodes that means that cancer cells could have traveled to other places in my body.  Those cancer cells could be anywhere, and start to grow at any time. He says that if I have pain anywhere, such as the abdomen, a leg, or even a headache I have to immediately let him know.  We are watching for cancer to spread, or start growing anywhere in my body.  This doesn't mean I am fearful of it happening.  I know very well that God knows if it's there.  He knows if I will have cancer spread, or if I will  never have another cancer growth ever again. I am NOT asking my doctor if I am cancer free, or try to get him to tell me that I am.  I feel it would be unfair to ask him to tell me what I want to hear, and then if cancer grows elsewhere I would need to tell everyone that  the cancer is back.  Instead - I am just going to take it day by day, and trust both my doctors, and God with my health, and my life.  GOD is in control, and he knows what will happen.   I trust in him.  

What are the infusions you are still having for?  HP infusions - this treatment targets the HER2 positive part of my cancer that is an aggressive, fast growing form of cancer.  I need to be on this treatment for an entire year. There was a movie made about the development of this drug therapy called "Living Proof" - with Harry Connick Jr.  I saw this movie back at the start of my treatment. 

How are you feeling? Are you in pain?  I really feel pretty well.  I don't have pain. I do have some normal symptoms of neuropathy in the feet, and because of these drug treatments there is a possibility of heart damage - so this week I had another EKG to check on that. I am also taking a hormone blocker that is to help prevent the cancer growth, as my cancer is hormone fed. This drug can cause a loss in bone density, so I had a bone density test this week as well. There are many other symptoms that are common that I am happy to report I have not had. Overall throughout this entire journey I have not had as much difficulty with most of the treatments as I hear other people have.  The only time that I can say was really tougher on me was the end of my radiation treatments. I am all healed up now from that though. So glad that is over! I also had ALL of my lymph nodes removed from my left arm. I have some stiffness, and less mobility in that arm than is normal. This is my dominant arm. The treatment to regain the mobility in that arm is exercise, and massage.     

Overall my symptoms have been bearable, and I have just taken one day at a time through this whole journey. I know that I have not done it alone either. I believe that The Lord is with me, and has been every step of the way. He has provided me with great support, and all that I need to go through this. My strength comes from The Lord for sure!

Are you working? YES!  I was able to work - even with Cancer, all throughout my treatments, even with the pandemic going on. That is pretty amazing to me!  I am thankful for my job, and for my insurance which has helped me through the past year with extremely high medical expenses. I believe that it is a blessing that I was able to work, and be treated in a year with a pandemic where many people were not being treated.           

I give the Lord all credit for all provision. So, I am thankful to him!

Lately I have had these verses on my heart, so I thought I would share them with you.  This is a chapter I memorized as a child, and it has been one that has meant a lot to me over the years. The Lord is my shepherd - I want his guidance in my life, every minute of every day.  I also linked below a song that I have been enjoying lately. I hope you enjoy it! <3 Thank you for stopping by, and for your prayers. I appreciate your support more than you'll ever know. 

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

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