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Chemo class

Monday, July 11, 2011

Today I had to go back to the Seidmans Cancer Center in Cleveland Ohio to attend a chemo class where we would meet the nurse who will be taking care of us during our chemo treatments. My sister and my mom went with me and there were two other ladies there with there loved ones for support. We met and discussed what we all have been recently through and I could see the fear, the pain and the uncertainty in both there eyes and the question of can this truly be happening to me?? Will this work?? The same questions and fears that I have its the uncertainty of will this work?? Dont know but its something we must go through to make sure all the cancer is gone.

The nurse came in and gave us each a HUGE BINDER of cancer information and she went through each one. It started off with:

The health care team
Basic cancer information
Radiation therapy
Blood counts
Family and friends

During the middle of all this I started to tear up I couldnt hold it in so I just let it flow...I wanted her to stop I just wanted to cover up my ears and say PLEASE STOP!! So much information so much to think about so much to wonder about SO MUCH TO TAKE IN!! So I quietly prayed and asked Jesus to give me strength to get through the class. I went to the ladies room to talk to the Lord to gather the strength I needed from the Lord and I just took a moment to praise his name..To thank him for his perfect love for me and for all the prayers from all of you and for placing me with such wonderful doctors and nurses who are taking care of me.

So as the class went on the nurse answered all of our questions and calmed all our fears as best as she could. Then the dietician came in and went over the diet and nutrition part of being placed on chemo. It was very informative especially on what to do when the white blood counts go low and what your body will be experiencing during that time. Then two other nurses came in and we all split up each nurse was assigned to each one of us and we had our one on one session with them. Mine went over the chemo treatment that I will be having it will be done intravenously. It will start next Tuesday and 3 weeks after that for 6 cycles. She told me about the side effects mostly will be fatigue and hairloss. The nausea part of it is pretty much taken care of through the chemo treatment and the meds she will be prescribing to me.

At the end of the class we all got together and we all hugged one another wished each other well said a lot of positive things to one another and went home. It has been a long day a day that makes me think how Jesus went the distance for us he never wavered, he never complained, he took the cross and went the distance for us..Now its my turn to go the distance to run this race to see this through to not allow fear and doubt to come upon me to stand and fight and to remember:

1 Corinthians 9:24
"Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize."

Hebrews 12:1
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us"

So when you come face to face with your storm or trials of this life stand and go the distance with Jesus. Its hard, no doubt but Jesus promises us that he is there for us cling to him, run to him, go the distance with him and your journey will be complete!! Now isnt that what its all about??

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    2073 days ago
    Praying for you! We went through cancer treatments with our daughter and it is so important to take it one step at a time. It is important to release all emotions too.

    Many prayers!
    3308 days ago
  • KARENE10
    I am sorry that I hadn't seen your blogs earlier. I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3310 days ago
    Hey, Carol
    I had read this blog earlier, but I didn't have the time at that moment to post a comment or to watch the video. I just watched the video and it touched me so much. I think of you so often. When any 'little' thing seems to be an annoyance to me, or when I think about the job situation and want to cry over all the harsh words and actions, I think of you. I think about what you are having to face. I think about all the discomfort or pain you might be in. I think about the uncertainty that must sometimes come to your mind. Then.... I think about your cheery voice, your radiant smile, your warm and tight embrace, your encouragement of others, your love of Jesus, your dependence on Him for your every move, and your total surrender to Him. It's always "Jesus first" with you. Then I quickly get over my little pity-party and pray for you and others who are going through so much. You are an inspiration to me.
    I love you so much.

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    3310 days ago
  • GRIFF2734
    Thank you all so much for your love and support it means alot to me and helps me through this time. I pray Gods blessings on all of you keep Jesus first never take your eyes off him no matter what you are going through...Stand firm Stand tall in your faith and he can help you get through anything..ITS ALL ABOUT JESUS!!

    Much love to all

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    3311 days ago
  • GRACE612
    Stay positive and hold on to that spirit you have!! You will get through this!!
    3311 days ago

    I say Amen and amen to all of the above prayers for you.
    We we are weak, He is strong.

    blessings, Sue
    3311 days ago
    Oh Griff, how it fills my heart with such gladness and joy to see you run to arms of your Beloved Savior for strength and comfort! HALLELUJAH! How faithful and loving is Our Heavenly Father! Stay strong in the Lord and in HIS might! You are truly bringing Glory to God by your steadfastness and through your obedience to Him. May God continue to Bless you and guide you through this and every other trial that may come your way! In Jesus' Name. AMEN! You are always in my heart and in my prayers. I Love You! Look to Jesus! emoticon emoticon
    3311 days ago
  • KAYDE53
    Bless you, dear Griff, may Jesus hold you, comfort you, give you strength, and be your guide!! emoticon
    3311 days ago
    Thank you for sharing your day with us. How I rejoice that you ran to the shelter of His wing when you became overwhelmed. That's where it's at! I thank our God with all of my being for the strength of His word and His Spirit within you. I am standing with you and I love you.
    3311 days ago
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    3312 days ago
    Bless you!!!!! I am so glad that Jesus gave you the strength you needed to get through that class. I am praying for you!!!!
    3312 days ago

    Praying my dear friend, as you prepare for yet one more trial. FATHER, we ask that YOU just hold this sweet lady in YOUR loving arms, that YOU uphold her, strengthen her, walk with her,. and give her the PEACE which surpasses all understanding. Strengthen relationships that they will be strong enough to sustain her emotional needs, during this uncertain time give her many things to hold onto which are certain, such as YOUR undying love for her,her place in the LAMBS BOOK of LIFE, and her loved ones devotion.

    Remind her daily that this too shall pass. Help her to trust in YOUR promises, in the Drs. abilities, and in her own inner strength to get through this.Give her all she needs OH ABBA FATHER, we ask it in the MIGHTY name of our living SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST.

    Please give Carol a vision to hang onto... OH GOD, one of herself on the other end of the tunnel, where YOUR divine light is shining brightly on her face, as she emerges, totally cancer free, and whole, healed, in the name of YOUR precious SON. We stand UNITED, in agreement OH GOD, YOUR words tell us anything two or more agree on, in YOUR name, shall come to friend Carol, and myself just agree in this instant, and we refuse to except anything else!!!

    We ask that YOU bind the enemy from tormenting her and her fellow sisters, as they move through the weeks of treatments. Cause a unity among them, that they can draw on for support and strength. Use anything YOU can, OH FATHER, to help her... cause the time to move quickly by..., with as little side effects as possible, and do OH GOD, help her deal with anything she needs help with.Give her good sleep, and comfort her please,

    I lift her up and place her in YOUR hands, and trust in all YOU tell us. We love, honor, and worship YOU our creator.

    I love you dear friend Carol.

    Your sis, LaceEjo11

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    3312 days ago
    Dear GRiff,
    What a learning experience for you and also for me. I've never heard of the details before. Those nurses seem like wonderful caregivers. I will be praying for them also. You are already in the best hands - His hands:)
    Jesus First! Amen!
    3312 days ago
    My Griff,

    Our heavenly father surrounds you with pure, unfailing love. May the peace of God envelop you and may you be assured that love is perfect, never-ending, and His presence in your heart is sufficient to see you through. I pray for your loved ones, your care team, and those who will be touched brand new by Christ, through you. Sometimes it is in our toughest times that the Lord works His greatest miracles and draws in the most avid non-believer, making them Brand New in Him. I know with you, this shall be so!

    I thank God I call you friend. I praise God because I am not close enough to hold your hand, but He promises He's carrying you around in the palm of His in every moment.

    3312 days ago
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    Amen Sister,
    I will hold you in my prayers.
    3312 days ago
    Like your blog and pray for the best for you as you travel this road. emoticon emoticon
    3312 days ago
  • BIGDAD1211
    What we do we do through Christ, who strengthens us so how can we go wrong? Praying for strength so you can finish this race my friend!
    In Jesus Name
    Jesus First!
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    3312 days ago
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