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Journal entry by Kerry Farnham

Hi everyone!  What a weekend!  I was so hoping for the snow to stick around for a couple days, but it was beautiful to watch it fall.  Troy and I also got to spend time with friends who moved away when Ian was a baby and we had the best time catching up!  I love you guys and look forward to visiting you in Texas!  We also had the pleasure of witnessing my former assistant and her husband renew their vows after 64 years of marriage.  It was a beautiful ceremony and I loved seeing Jackie again.  She is like family to me too.  I wouldn’t have survived my first years of teaching without her. It was a great weekend!

Now on to other business.  Today I had my first appointment with my radiologist.  What an awesome guy!  He was easy to talk to, answered all our questions, and I know I am in good hands.  I have another appointment with him tomorrow where they will get everything set up to begin radiation therapy next week!  So they will scan me, tattoo me (so they can match up the radiation exactly each time), and do whatever else needs to be done.  For 5 weeks, 5 days a week, they will radiate my entire breast to try and ensure all cancer cells are killed.  Then, on the 6th week, they will radiate just where the tumors were for 5 days.  That makes a grand total of 30 treatments!  This is moving faster than I expected, but I am glad to get it started.  Next week I will also start the targeted chemotherapy.  I am so thankful my medical team works together like they do.  They are doing everything possible to make sure I have the best possible chance of not having a reoccurrence.  Any side effects from the radiation and chemo will be addressed, and I am hopeful they won’t be near as bad as with the full body chemotherapy I started with.

All in all, I have been doing well.  I still get tired easily, but am getting stronger.  I started exercising today (not too strenuous) and have been working on Anna’s bedroom remodel.  I want it all done by next week when treatment starts up again as fatigue seems to be a common side effect.  Anyway, I love hearing from you all and visiting.  Thank you for the prayers, love, and support.  I am almost halfway finished with treatment (6 months at the end of February).  This is a long haul, and we are so thankful for everyone who has stuck with us and continue to support us through this trial.  We are truly blessed!

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