Second Half of Saturday’s Post

I was trying to write a post on Saturday, but kept running into technical hurdles—specifically with the last part. I was doing it on my phone, from the car, traveling in and out of network coverage. After spending the entire day rewriting it 3 times, I posted what I had, ate some ice cream and called it a day. Thus, the unfinished ending to my post on 11/23.
(Already know how to be successful next time. Although, I’d imagine NOT being on narcotics is a good start.)

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Since last week I’ve been continuing to process what happened during my vascular catheter procedure. Lots of you have said things about how strong I am and I do appreciate the encouragement. But I want to be honest with you—I, myself, really have no ability toundergo that kind of experience. I never would have been able to endure that nightmare. What sustained me during the procedure was the strength of our God.

None of us would have expected that to happen. But God, in his infinite wisdom, knew I would need an army of prayer warriors for what was coming that day.

Of course, God doesn’t need our help—he’s omnipotent and could have accomplished every bit of provision without anyone praying.

But a part of the vision he gave Keith and me for this season was: doing life in authentic community, junk included. So in pursuit of that vision, everyone praying was instrumental—and God made a way for that to happen through Kelsey, and all of you praying. So again, thank you for your prayer, support and for walking through this with us.

NOW, why we were in PA on Saturday [and now, home!]…

Because 1) the stem cell harvest was done after just the one day, and 2) the way the schedule lined up, we didn’t have to do anything at the hospital again until December 4. So we decided to rent a car and drive home for Thanksgiving week!

I’m still dealing with lasting side effects of the initial round of chemo from a couple weeks ago, and also the neupogen making its way out of my system. So I’m laying low, but definitely glad to be home! As soon as we go back next week, everything gets intense. Or, it’s all downhill from there. I go in-patient starting December 5  (basically for the rest of the time) starting with 4 or 5 consecutive days of chemo. So for now, we’re enjoying being home :)

Thanks for reading!
Lovemily ;)

Total Stem Cells & Why We’re in PA Right Now

2 million stem cells were needed from Thursday’s harvest. The # of my stem cells collected was 31.16 million! Crazy…
The fruit of 6 days of waking up at 6am to do 2 injections of the growth factor Neupogen—to help my stem cells grow and move from my bone marrow out to peripheral blood.

The side effect of Neupogen they warned us about was “bone pain.” That was vague and kind of creepy sounding.. Not descriptive enough to be helpful in knowing what to expect. Well, we found out what it’s like and there’s really no good way to describe it! Some people don’t get it as bad as others and apparently there’s a correlation between the amount/degree of bone pain to the # of stem cells collected. That makes sense because by the time Tuesday rolled around my pain was through the roof. In a 31 million vs. 2 million kinda way :) So that validation was nice for some reason.

Since Thursday I’ve just been continuing to process what happened and what that was like. Lots of you have said things about how strong I am and I really appreciate the encouragement because it’s made me realize it doesn’t make any sense. God has given me clarity about it. See because I never would have been able to endure that myself.

I’ve thought about that some and God gave me some clarity on that—the