I learned something new (again) at the last of my four nasty chemos . . . I learned that one of the drugs is referred to by the chemo nurses as the "Red Devil"! So glad I've been calling on my prayer warriors to pray before and during my treatment sessions! The drug is called Adriamycin and it's name is derived from the red color. I see it as it is injected into the pigtail that is connected to my port. Some of my prayer warriors including my hubby and myself, pray that my warrior cells will fight and take out the cancer cells! I love that because I can visualize a good fight going on and of course, my warrior cells are victorious because my Lord fights for me!
I also learned a way to fight against one of the nasty side effects that had been a real bummer . . . very bad mount sores, which made eating very tricky. I developed them around day 5 following my first two treatments and they would heal up approx. two days before the next round. I followed all the rules of help that were suggested, but the relief was very temporary. I was even prescribed a magic mouthwash to numb my mouth before eating. While it lessened the pain when I ate, which is very necessary to keep all my levels up so I can continue receiving treatment, it certainly didn't enhance the experience of taste or feel of food in my mouth. In fact, the effect was much like novacaine . . . my tongue and throat both felt like they were ten times larger than normal, making it very difficult to chew and swallow. But God . . . so now I have to tell you about another "Godincidence"! The day before chemo round 3, I met my friend, Mary, for coffee, actually tea as I've temporarily lost my taste for coffee (I know, sad, but I'm hoping it will come back!) Mary shared about her friend going through chemo in another city and that she sucks on popsicles or frozen fruit bars while receiving her chemo and hasn't had any mouth sores! Well, I didn't have time nor did I know if there would be a place to keep anything frozen at the infusion center, but I knew they had ice chips, so I went with that. I sucked on ice chips for an hour and a half (I learned this time I would only have to do it for the 20 minutes or so that it takes to inject the "Red Devil". Guess what! Only one tiny mouth sore this time (way back on the underside of my tongue) which was nothing compared to my previous weeks. I also retained my ability to taste and everything! It was amazing! I'm so thankful for that conversation with Mary that day! I believe God had my back and His timing was perfect yet again! I did learn that the nurses had a freezer in their break room and would share space with me . . . so I went to chemo this time armed with an arsenal of frozen bars . . . so much more enjoyable than ice chips! I even learned there are frozen herbal tea bars! Yum!
Going into thsi round of chemo, I was a bit anxious and excited at the same time. Excited that it was the last of the most difficult rounds, but a bit anxious because some of the side effects are cumulative. Each time I experience a bit more "on the edge" nausea, more fatigue, and less endurance. I'm still working at doing life as normal as possible, but with a lot more rests and receiving a lot more help. I can't stress enough the importance of receiving! I'm learning that lesson well! I've had to . . . my friends and family, both near and far, continue to reach out and bless me with meals, gifts, and cards. I've had friends come and clean my garden and help me with my customer garage sale . . . which was a huge success by the way! Our lesson in church on Sunday was "Blessed to Be A Blessing"! I have always believed that, but found in much easier to be on the side of being the blessing by doing things for others! Now I'm learning there must be a recipient in order for God's plan (and it is His plan) to work. I'm learning to be a good receiver and it feels really good . . . really really good! In fact, many times I'm overwhelmed by the kindness and thoughtfulness of others. I also am learning to receive these and great big hugs from my Heavenly Father as He knows what I need before I can even ask! A BIG THANK YOU to all of you that have been part of those blessings . . . thanks for following the prompt on my behalf . . . it means so much to me and has been a great source of encouragement! I'm also learning that we are designed to be in community and I'm so grateful for mine!
I had another fun companion for my final round of chemo, Luann Wyatt. We go way back to college days . . . it began with us being a part of the NDSU Bison women's gymnastics team and then Bison football cheerleaders! It was so fun to catch up! Luann is also a survivor and her treatment did not include chemo. She belongs to a Cancer Care group and knows plenty of women who have, so was wanting to know more! I was so glad she did!
I will begin the first of the next round of chemo, which will be another drug called Taxol in two weeks. I'm told it isn't as harsh and I will have it every week for twelve weeks. I will keep you posted! They only give me one week to recover between treatments so I am taking that as a good sign!
I do have a few photos to share before I share a creative idea! Here we are just a few years ago . . . lol!
I forgot to take a photo at the hospital . . . we had so much to talk about . . . but we remembered at lunch!
And I just had to share my favorite shopping spot . . . Mainstream Boutique, since it was just across the street!
. . . so onto the masculine card! This card was designed by fellow demonstrator and friend, Terri Gaines. The only thing I changed was the ribbon as I didn't have the one she used. It's the card that pushed me over the edge to get the In The Meadow stamp set from the spring Occasions catalog!
It has a fun way of opening, and it was easy enough to use as a card for my classes this month!
Dimensions & Directions:
- Early Espresso cardstock . . . piece one -4-1/4" x 5-1/2" for card base; piece two - 2-1/2" x 8-1/2", fold in half; piece three - 3" square to cut 2-3/4" circle with Circle Collection Framelits
- Crumb Cake cardstock . . . one piece - 4" x 5-1/4"; piece two - 2-1/4" x 4"; piece three - scrap large enough to punch 2-1/2" circle
- Stamp the edges of 4" x 5-1/4" piece with texture stamp from Timeless Textures with Crumb Cake Ink, overlapping slightly as you go
- Adhere to 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" Early Espresso
- Fold 2-1/2" x 8-1/2" Early Espresso in half
- Adhere one half to back of Early Espresso card base, approx. 1/2" - 3/4" from left edge
- Stamp trees and fill in with extra grass to the edge of 2-1/4" x 4" piece of Crumb Cake cardstock with Early Espresso Ink
- Early Espresso Seam Binding (8" piece) . . . wrap around bottom of stamped Crumb Cake cardstock and tie in square knot
- Adhere stamped piece to Early Espresso flap
- Stamp deer and extra grass on Crumb Cake scrap large enought for 2-1/2" circle punch out
- Punch out with 2-1/2" Circle Punch
- Cut 2-3/4" Circle from Early Espresso cardstock with the Circles Collection Framelits
- Adhere stamped circle with the 2-3/4" Early Espresso Circle
- Adhere left edge of circle to the right edge of flat
- Stamped a desired message in the inside of card
- I used Guy Greetings so it could be used as a masculine birthday card or Father's Day, which will be here quicker than we think!
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