Friday, October 21, 2016

Checking Back In Quickly

Just a quick update.

My cancer was progressing in spite of being on the clinical study, so my doctor has withdrawn me from the study and started a new chemo regimine. I've already had one treatment. If the amount of fluid that accumulates in my abdomen is any indication, it's working already. Hopefully it's killing cancer cells, too.

I just finished 16 days in hospital. Without going into too much uncomfortable detail, I couldn't hold anything down - liquids or food. We seem to have found the magic combination of meds and care. Unfortunately I'm on TPN (nightly feedings through my port) while NPO during the day (other than sips of clear liquids for comfort and taking meds). It's not fun, but I'm home! And I'm trying to do as much as I can to regain as much of the strength I lost in hospital.

DH and I have a move to get ready for. I won't be any help so we will have to have this move done professionally, with the help of friends to box and pack. I feel so helpless - not a feeling I'm comfortable with but one I'm learning to get used to. The hard way. Of course.

I hope to be able to get some time in sewing room this week ... we'll have to see if I'm up to it. I definitely plan to go to the Ts' swim meet this weekend. Not every single event like in the past, but I will be there! Seeing them swim is one of the things that keeps me going! ;-)

I hope that whatever you have planned for today includes a little something that brings you joy ... have a great day!


  1. I had a feeling things were not going well when you haven't bloged or answered emails - I have been thinking of you. I am so sorry you have been in the hospital - did you all buy the house next door to your daughter? You say a move so I assume that - good luck!! well continue to send thoughts your way

  2. Like Karen, I wondered if your silence was a sign of difficult times.
    I am glad that you are finally out of the hospital, and I hope the move goes smoothly. You are always in my prayers, Kathy!

  3. Dear friend - I just sat down to email you and I decided to check the blog list first - wonderful to see a post from you! I'm so happy that you are home. If I were closer, I'd come pack for you. The move will get done and once you are in your new home, you will feel more settled. Hope you get a little time with a needle and thread soon - it's great therapy. You are continually in my prayers. Sending love and hugs. Take care! ~Jeanne

  4. Praying for you. Enjoy those swim meets!

  5. I am so glad to see your update, I kept checking regularly because I was worried after your last post. Glad you are able to do some "regular" activities. Wish I could help you move, I would take good care of your quilty things while packing and unpacking. I know how important those things are! I live in Southeast Missouri so I don't think I live too far from you. Take care of yourself--I miss your blogging.

  6. Oh Kathy, I wondered what had happened since your last update. We'll keep you in our prayers and thoughts and hope this next round of chemo sets you back on a recovery course and quickly.

  7. It sounds like it has been really tough, Kathy. I know that a hospital stay would be the last thing on your list of "want to do", but I hope that the new protocol will keep you more comfortable and able to stay home.

    I hope you can relax and let the moving help happen. It's tough for you to not be able to participate.

    Enjoy the swim meet. I know they will love having you there to cheer them on to victory.

    I continue to keep you in my daily prayers, Kathy.

  8. Kathy, I have been praying for you even before I read this. I am so sorry you've been through such a time! Enough! It's time for this nasty thing to be gone forever. Our God is well able, and the price has been paid. Love you my friend.

  9. I'm so sorry to hear you have been in the hospital, but I'm glad you are home now. I hope this treatment will work well for you. I'll keep praying for you. Enjoy yoyr time watching your T's at the swim meet.

  10. You have been on my mind for days and have been meaning to send you an email. Thank you for posting. You have been through so much. I'm so sorry but thankful that they found the magic mix. Praying that this new treatment is doing the job it is supposed to do. Glad your home. Hope the move goes well and don't feel bad for what you can't do because you will be doing things again soon.
    Sending my love.....

  11. I hope the new treatment plan has a positive results. Take care of yourself during the move. Let others serve you.

  12. Kathy, I was SO happy to find this update today. I haven't been blogging much, and, somehow, missed the Aug. 31 update about your cancer. I'm so sorry you've been in the hospital. For some reason, I wondered if y'all might have been at Hilton Head during the hurricane Matthew evacuation.
    I'm still thinking of and praying for you, all the time. Now that I know what's been going on, I'll know how to pray better. May this new chemo be successful for you! Hang in there, and take good care of yourself. May you soon regain your strength, and feel better.
    Love and prayers,
    Kathy (Reflections)

  13. I'm so glad to see an update Kathy, and am so sorry you've been struggling and in the hospital. I'm sure it feels good to be home. You come to mind often, and I I have you in my prayers. I do hope this new regimen is effective and you find rest and refreshment in your new home. Take care xo

  14. Kathy, I had hoped your absence from blogging indicated you were having a good time at the beach and packing up for your move. I'm sorry to hear it was neither of those. I think of you so often and send a prayer every time I do. I hope your treatment this time does the work to remove the cancer - permanently this time. Take care.

  15. Just let everyone pamper you and take care of YOU!
    You are busy healing and that's a very taxing job, so put your feet up, and take a few stitches whenever you feel like it!

  16. Continuing to pray for you and send you hugs sweet girl!!! Trusting that this new treatment will be totally effective and do what needs to be done to kick cancer in the butt!

  17. Kathy, I'm praying for the chemo to work and work well!!!!! I am checking in today too.

  18. Oh, Kathy, I'm just now seeing this post and I pray that things have improved since this post. I am just so sorry that you are walking this journey. I pray you have gotten moved and thing went smoothly. Mainly praying for you! Hugs!

  19. To Kathy's family, I am so sorry for your loss. Kathy was a wonderful person and always made me smile with her kind comments and encouragement. My thoughts are with you all at this time.

  20. To Kathy's sincere condolences to all of you on the loss of your wife, mother and grandmother. I followed along with her stitching and activities with all of you on her blog which I found through Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching linkup each week. Kathy often ccommented on my blog and I commented on hers. She will be missed. Hugs to all of you. Gail in Ontario, Canada.

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