Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Another good day!

Missy has been feeling great all day today! Thank you so much for praying for her!

We anticipate to be doing a LOT of packing in the next week. Again, please pray that their current home sells quickly!

A Day of Chemo

Wow. Today I went along with my sister for her fifth chemo treatment. Never before had I imagined what the setting would be like, but had I ever tried to imagine it, that would not have been what came to mind. I'm pretty uneducated with this whole process of cancer treatment. But let me share with you what I experienced, just as someone sitting in on that day...

Now one would think that during this time, a cancer patient might appreciate a little space and personal time while getting their treatment. Not quite! Picture a giant room filled with 30 recliners and chemo stations. Now throw in the majority of the patients being elderly. My sister and I laughed as we said it appeared as though the local nursing home took a field trip to a Lazy-Boy showroom. Seriously, with total respect for cancer patients of all ages, we find that laughing helps in all situations! So, imagine all these things, and try to maintain a positive spirit in that atmosphere? I think it would be difficult for me to do.

As time ticked by, we saw more and more people enter the room...even many that looked healthy at a glance. But as they stepped up on that scale by the entrance, I knew they were also unfortunately there for the same reason. More people trickled in, one by one. I quickly became aware that although we were one of many in that room, each person held a story. Each one faced their own unique journey. Whether they were someone's father, wife, grandmother, or daughter, each person was facing their challenge. Each one had loved ones or friends that were also hoping for the best outcome for them.

While some patients were chatting or laughing with a nurse or family member, other faces remained tired-looking. Sad and weary. And then in those moments, my eyes returned to the face of my beautiful sister as she was still smiling sweetly...inspite of her own reserved seat in that room.

And I guess that's why we call this blog "Dance In the Rain, Melissa."

I'm so proud to be your sister, Little Miss.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

So far....

my sister is doing pretty well. She's been somewhat nauseous tonight. She describes it as a car-sick feeling. She's taking the nausea medicine, so I think that's helping a lot. I'm praying that she won't be feeling any worse tomorrow. Going to her chemo treatment today was an eye-opening experience for me! I'll post about that tomorrow.

Thanks so much for checking in on her!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Bring the Rain

Since Melissa found out she had lymphoma, she claimed this song as her life song right now. It's an awesome song by Mercy Me entitled "Bring the Rain." The message in the song is powerful and challenging.

This morning in church, her dear friend Jenny sang it for her. It was absolutely beautiful. It was so moving, that Jenny may have had only two words out before I was pulling out tissues for us.

For my sister, it offered her encouragement. It gave a moment where everything that she's been striving for was put into words, and better yet...words sung by one of her best friends.

"Bring the Rain"
(Mercy Me)
I can count a million times
People asking me how I can praise You
with all that I've gone through.
The question just amazes me.
Can circumstances possibly
Change who I forever am in You?
Maybe since my life was changed
Long before these rainy days
It's never really ever crossed my mind.
To turn my back on you, oh Lord,
My only shelter from the storm,
But instead I draw closer through these times.
So I pray--
Bring me joy, bring me peace.
Bring the chance to be free.
Bring me anything that brings You glory.
And I know there'll be days
When this life brings me pain,
But if that's what it takes to praise You,
Jesus, bring the rain
I am Yours regardless of
The dark clouds that may loom above
Because You are much greater than my pain.
You who made a way for me
By suffering Your destiny
So tell me what's a little rain?
So I pray--
Bring me joy, bring me peace.
Bring the chance to be free.
Bring me anything that brings you glory.
And I know there'll be days
When this life brings me pain,
But if that's what it takes to praise you,
Jesus, bring the rain.

Chemo...Round 5

Melissa's next chemo treatment is this Tuesday. I'm happy that I'll get to go to this one with her! She has had a bit of a sore throat and cold this week, but fortunately it seems to be on its way out. We are thankful for that as we'd ideally like her to be in top shape as she enters a round of chemo. Of couse, we're hoping for no side effects, but most of all we are praying that the chemo continues to bring healing to her.

Also, in exactly eleven days from today, she and her family will be moving to Doug's new work location. Please pray with us that she will have the energy needed to pack and move after just having chemo. Also, I know they'd appreciate prayer that their present home sells quickly!

Thank you!

Apology!

I owe everyone a HUGE apology for not posting an update sooner! Missy had the nausea after her last chemo treatment for several days, then after that she was feeling great again. Since that last post, I've been living with my sister and her family to help out, so I've gotten out of blogging mode a little bit. I'll post updates sooner next time...promise!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

This Week

For those of you who didn't know, Doug started his new job in Indiana last week. He was home for the weekend, but returned to IN for another week of work. Please pray that Missy's strength and stamina holds up well for the next few days. Also if you could, please pray that everything continues to go well and smoothly with Doug's new position. Hopefully, I will get out there on Wednesday to be with her for the rest of the summer!

Thank you!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Nausea

Please pray for Melissa today as she has been feeling pretty sick and nauseous since her last treatment. We know it's nothing abnormal to be affected by chemo in this way. But still, I know she would really appreciate your prayers!

I'll be coming out soon, Little Miss! Love you!!!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Chemo...Round 4

Today and probably still as I type this, Melissa is receiving her fourth round of chemotherapy. For those of you who want to pray for her, please pray for 2 things right now--

1) For the chemo to continue to affect the lymphoma and completely cure it
2) For her to continue to feel as great as she has

I can't thank you enough for so many things right now. Many of you who are her friends in Ohio have really stepped up to help her out. Whether you stayed with her to help out, took her meals, took her to appointments, watched her kids, gave her messages of encourgament, or simply kept her in your prayers or thoughts... it means a lot to her and all of us! I know you don't need my thanks, but I and my family truly do appreciate it!!