Hello, dear friends.
We are grateful not to have had much new news to report! The past few weeks have been pretty uneventful, which in itself is a blessing.
We are deeply conscious of your prayers. The Lord is hearing and answering those prayers and giving us much grace and peace.
Today was Robert’s third chemo treatment. That means we’re halfway through, Lord willing!
His hemoglobin level has been fairly stable: 9.0 this week. The doctor told us yesterday that Robert doesn’t have to get any more blood draws (or transfusions) until just before the next chemo on Nov 5. Yay! There has not been a week since June that he hasn’t had to give or get blood, sometimes multiple times a week. We are celebrating the reprieve.
Also, we have a PET scan scheduled in two weeks (Oct 29), pending approval from the insurance company (a prayer request). That should give us a sense of how well the chemo is working (our doc is hopeful that it seems to be effective, based on what he can tell at this point).
The doctor expects that Robert’s anemia will continue until we get past chemo and that it may even get a little worse toward the end of the treatments. Other than the dizziness and tiredness, however, Robert is feeling well overall, for which we are so grateful.
We have received so many encouraging notes, emails, texts, cards, meals, and other kind gestures. We could never adequately express our gratitude for all of the love and care we have received. Day after day, we are given more blessings to add to our gratitude wall. (We’ve been encouraging others to start something similar. Gratitude really is the best medicine for discouraged, heavy, weary hearts.)
Our world seems to be at a boiling point. Beyond that, we have friends who are walking through deep waters. How we all need hope and perspective. The attached sunset picture was taken from my study tonight. The moment took my breath away. Be still my soul. Worship Him. All is well in heaven and all will one day be well on earth.
We love you and give thanks for all you mean to us. May He give you strength and bless you with peace, as He has promised (Psalm 29:10-11).