Saturday, November 22, 2008

9 down 3 2 go!

Helllo, hello. Sorry we haven't blogged in a while. Been busy recovering from the last treatment and just living life. Dave and I were able to go on a date last weekend. That was nice it had been a while. We just went to a little Tex-mex dinner and some Christmas shopping at Target. I was having fun, but Dave pooped out at 8:30pm. Alright, I'll give him a break, we took the kids to family day at the American Indian museum in DC. I got to rest while he drove.

I'm getting the rest of my chemo just 5 minutes from our house at Fauquier Hospital. The nurses there are great and the day is so much easier for me. The only downer is that I had to get another Doc to oversee my care. He's okay, has a different approach, a little more cautious. So we'll see how it goes. I don't think it's going to make a difference in the long run. I'll still see Dr. Hess in Charlottesville for my final scan, check-up and to have my port removed.

My white blood counts were low this time, so I'm taking a few nupagen shots. So far I've been able to avoid getting sick while my counts are low. I attribute it to all your prayers; keep them coming. John started antibiotics for a sore throat and Peter got drops for red eye today. So we need the prayers more than ever.

Thanks for all the love, support, and prayers. We are so truly blessed. Tree

Friday, November 7, 2008

Hope

Hi everyone, I'm actually sitting in the Infusion Center at Fauquier Hospital getting my Chemotherapy. We've been doing well. We had a great time with Halloween and All Saints Day this year. Check out the photos. We also welcomed a new member to our extended family. My brother Tom's wife delivered their first child yesterday. He was born at 12:22pm on November 5th. His name is Jonas Benjamin. Check out the praying baby photo, they were saying the rosary together and Jonas decided to join in.

I've been thinking alot about hope lately. After today I only have 4 more treatments. I'm starting to get excited. For about two days in between each chemo, I actually feel pretty normal. I'm excited about the prospect of feeling that way for weeks on end!

When I was struggling to be a joyful Christian, I knew that I should be joyful in the promise of heaven. But in all truth, I had a hard time being excited about heaven when my kids had just covered the newly finished basement bathroom with an inch of water. Now I finally understand that feeling. I have it now. Even though my energy level is fleeting and my body aches most days, I know that it will be over in less then 2 months. I have hope and joy at the end of the journey.

Here's a verse from the scriptures for today: "But our citizenship is in heaven,
and from it we also await a savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
He will change our lowly body
to conform with his glorified Body
by the power that enables him also
to bring all things into subjection to himself."

We are citizens of heaven and as Fr. Cozzi reminded us this morning at Mass, we are pilgrims, foreigners in a foreign land on our journey home to heaven.

So let us hope today, hope in heaven. Let us rejoice today, rejoice in all these passing trials we experience daily. For each trial only prepares us for our final destination, eternal life with the creator of the universe. All of the troubles in this life are passing, eternal life is ours for the asking. Being a good person is great, but its an end unto itself. Let us reach out to God and let him love us, and let us be a good person for his sake, in thanksgiving for his love and for his promise of heaven. Hope, hope, hope... and REJOICE!

In hope and joy, Tree