Thank you all for being patient with me seeing as it has taken a while to post. One, because of my computer being stolen and also I have started up my final seventeen rounds of chemo. WOOHOO!!! Many of my other cancer buddies warned me that these next rounds would be a little more difficult than before, and boy were they right. The nausea and body aches are what is really getting me. Today I went for my second round of chemo which means only 15 TO GO!!!
Being back in San Antonio makes me feel a little more comfortable and it’s more like home. (If you can say being at a hospital and having chemo is like being at home).
Leni and Larry have finally made then debut at University Hospital- South Texas Blood and Cancer Center. For those of you who don’t know who Leni and Larry are – they are the names I have given to my legs. Leni is my new little leg and Larry is the name of my right leg. Larry’s name is longer because he is the longer leg. I woke up from surgery with these two names in my head – I have no clue why. Since then the names have stuck. My friends and family like the names because they know which leg I am referring to instead of having to say my right or left leg.
Leni and Larry have already had a few adventures. My favorite one so far is when my dad and I were at a Whataburger drive through last weekend. Dad asked me if I wanted to “trick” the clerk at the drive through, and without hesitation I said yes. When we pulled to the window I reclined my chair and stuck Leni straight in the air. The poor clerk had no clue what to say when she saw Leni, she went and got another clerk to come look at it through the closed window. I waived my foot at her and she was at a loss for words when she served us our food. Dad and I held it together until we drove off. I have heard from other rotationplasty friends that there will be many funny stories with my new leg and now I am slowing seeing what they are talking about.
I have had the pleasure of meeting Gabi Shaw and her family along with getting to watch her dance. For those of you who don’t know who Gabi is, she is the ballerina on Facebook with rotationplasty. While I was receiving treatment in Houston for my post surgery infection I was invited to a childhood cancer fundraiser by another of my rotationplasty friends, Jessica. It was a pleasure to meet the Shaw family and the crazy thing is they have family that has ties to Sinton. It is such a small world.
On a different note my nightly devotion really spoke to me a couple nights ago and I feel compelled to share it with you. For those of you who have the Jesus Calling by Sarah Young it is the message from August 9th. It starts off with saying “wear My robe of righteousness with ease. I custom – made it for you, to cover you from head to toe.” Later on it talks about how you can never purchase such a royal garment, no matter how hard you work, it is gift given by Him. After reading this it made me feel like He is talking about the life Jesus has given me. It also says ” I want you to trust Me enough to realize your privileged position in My kingdom”. Yes many people may feel that cancer is a terrible thing and should be dwelled upon, but how I have received it is more of gift that has allowed me to become closer to God. I have learned that for me I feel at peace when I keep myself focused on God. Of course I do not feel that I am fit for this position he has privileged me with but then I remember all the lives he has helped me reach out to since my diagnosis.
Thank you again for being patient and understanding.
“I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, … ” Isaiah 61:10
Getting my makeup done thanks to Daddy
Gabi, Jessica and I