Wednesday, April 15, 2009

APRIL IS "HEAD, ORAL, AND NECK" CANCER AWARENESS MONTH













CALLING ALL TALENTED PEOPLE.......WE ALL ASSOCIATE THE COLOR PINK
WITH BREAST CANCER. THE COLORS FOR HEAD, ORAL, AND NECK CANCER
ARE MAROON AND CREAM. IS THERE A TALENTED GRAPHIC PERSON OUT
THERE WHO WOULD BE WILLING TO VOLUNTEER YOUR TALENTS TO MAKE
A MAROON AND CREAM COLORED RIBBON OR A MAROON OR CREAM COLORED
SOMETHING THAT WOULD BE READILY RECOGNIZED AS HEAD, ORAL, AND NECK
CANCER. MY DAUGHTER "HAD" SQUAMOUS CELL CARCINOMA OF THE TONGUE
WITH NOW METASIS TO THE NECK....WHICH IS HAVING ITS' BUTT KICKED BY
JESUS, PRAYER, AND HIGH POWERED CHEMOTHERAPY BEING GIVEN BY THE
GREATEST ONCOLOGIST DR. DEXEUS
I DON'T KNOW THE FEELINGS WE HAD SETTING THERE IN THOSE BLUE,
COMFY RECLINERS WAITING TO HAVE AMY'S PORT-A-CATH ACCESSED
AGAIN AND TO HAVE CHEMO RUNNING THROUGH HER AGAIN.
I CAN'T SAY I WAS ANGRY...I WATCHED HER BUSILY TEXTING LEILA AND
I WAS DESPERATELY TRYING TO FIND A MAGAZINE THAT WOULD TAKE
ME AWAY....BUT THERE WAS NO ESCAPING THE FACES OF THE PATIENTS
THAT SET THERE IN THOSE BLUE, COMFY, "RECLINERS OF HOPE"...SOME
SLEEPING...SOME EATING...SOME LAUGHING...NO ONE CRYING. EVERY ONE
TRIES TO STAY UPBEAT. TO HAVE A PORT-A-CATH IS A GUARANTEED ONE TIME
STICK BUT EVERYONE...EVERYONE SHOWS THE SAME FACIAL PAIN WHEN STUCK.
I ASK AMY WHAT IT FEELS LIKE.....SHE SAID THAT IT IS DIFFICULT TO
DESCRIBE BUT IT IS LIKE A STABBING PAIN THAT FOR A SECOND TAKES YOUR
BREATH AWAY. ONCE HER PORT IS ACCESSED, SHE IS FINE.
MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY NIGHT, SHE HAS COME HOME WITH CISPLATIN
INFUSING ALL NIGHT....IT INFUSES OVER 20 HOURS.
THE SERIOUSNESS WITH AMY IS THAT HER WHITE COUNT WAS LOW BUT
THEY COULD NOT WAIT ANY LONGER TO START CHEMO....TOMORROW SHE
WILL BE THROUGH WITH THIS ROUND OF CHEMO AND FOR 5 DAYS I WILL
GIVE HER A NEUPOGEN SHOT.....AND KEEP HER IN A BUBBLE AWAY FROM
GERMS WITH THE 10TH DAY BEING THE MOST CRITICAL FOR WHEN ALL
COUNTS SHOULD DROP FROM WBC'S TO RED BLOOD CELLS TO PLATELETS.
NOW FOR AN UPDATE FOR LEILA........YES...UTERINE CANCER IS PEACH COLOR.
IT WOULD BE WONDERFUL TO HAVE A PEACH COLORED RIBBON.
THEY ARE WAITING TO SEE IF LEILA WILL BE ACCEPTED INTO A TRIAL
PROGRAM. SHE WILL KNOW BY FRIDAY...THE DEADLINE FOR ANY ONE
TO BE IN THE PROGRAM IS FRIDAY AND IT HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR A YEAR.
IF THIS PROGRAM SUCCEEDS, IT WILL BE A TREMENDOUS BREAK THROUGH
FOR UTERINE CANCER AS THEY WILL ONLY HAVE TO TAKE CHEMO ONE DAY
VERSES THE USUAL 3 DAYS, FOR EACH ROUND.
LEILA WENT TODAY FOR EKG AND CT SCAN. SHE HAS DONE VERY WELL AND
SHE FOLLOWS WHAT THE DR. SAYS TO THE LAW. SHE DOES NOT HAVE QUITE
THE BANTY ROOSTER IN HER THAT MY AMY HAS.
I AM THANKFUL FOR SO MANY THINGS TODAY....AMY'S LAUGH...I SAW SOME
BEAUTIFUL TULIPS AND PANSIES...FOR MY HUSBAND, MY SON AND DAUGHTER
IN LOVE...FOR LEILA AND CORBY...MY PARENTS, MY PARENTS IN LOVE, MY
SISTER SHERRY AND MY BROTHER IN LOVE TONY, MY DEAR FRIENDS ROBBI
AND DORIS, MY BROTHER TED, MY SISTER IN LOVE SUSIE AND MELT,
MY SISTER IN LOVE NANCY AND BOB
THE SUN SHINED BOTH MONDAY AND TUESDAY, THE LOVE OF THE LORD,
ALL 66 BEAUTIFUL FOLLOWERS OF MY BLOG AND ALL THE FRIENDS THAT
STOP BY AND LEAVE SUCH INSPIRING COMMENTS.
THE WORLD HAS BECOME SUCH A UGLY PLACE AT TIMES AND SUCH HORRIBLE
THINGS IN THE NEWS AND PEOPLE ARE AFRAID OF LOSING THEIR JOBS
AND/OR HAVE LOST THEIR JOBS.
WHAT THE LORD HAS SHOWN ME IS "HOPE." THAT IS THE WORD OF THE HOUR.
WE MUST NOT GIVE UP HOPE.
I READ ON JOHNATHAN'S SITE A QUOTE BY ONE OF HIS HEROES:
"YOU CAN GO A MONTH WITHOUT FOOD, YOU CAN LIVE THREE DAYS
WITHOUT WATER, BUT YOU CAN'T GO MORE THAN SIXTY SECONDS
WITHOUT HOPE."
~~SEAN SWAMER
FIND REST, O MY SOUL, IN GOD ALONE;
MY HOPE COMES FROM HIM.
HE ALONE IS MY ROCK AND MY SALVATION;
HE IS MY FORTRESS, I WILL NOT BE
SHAKEN.
MY SALVATION AND MY HONOR DEPEND ON
GOD;
HE IS MY MIGHTY ROCK, MY REFUGE.
TRUST IN HIM AT ALL TIMES, O PEOPLE;
POUR OUT YOUR HEARTS TO HIM,
FOR GOD IS OUR REFUGE.
~PSALM 62: 5-8
I LOVE THE SENTENCE THAT SAYS, "I WILL NOT BE SHAKEN."
NO MATTER WHAT WE ARE GOING THROUGH....WHAT WE MUST FACE...
WHAT PAIN AND SORROW, WE MUST NOT BE SHAKEN AND TO CRY OUT
TO THE LORD. HE CERTAINLY KNOWS MY CRY AND HE KNOWS MY
WHINE....HE ANSWERS MY CRY.
THANK YOU FOR SPENDING A PART OF YOUR DAY WITH ME AND FOR
YOUR PRAYERS. YOU ARE EACH SPECIAL AND UNIQUE.
BLESSINGS
HUGS
debbie
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PRAYER: AMY, LEILA, OLIVIA, ROY AND ELISABETH, BEVERLY'S
MOTHER, EDWARD, MARIA, PATRICIA, CAROL, RICHARD, DENNIS, BOBBY, JENNIFER,
JENNIFER AND DAVID, IRENE, PEGGY, TED, BRUISER, CINDY J'S MOTHER,
BECKY, ALL THOSE WHO HAVE FAMILY MEMBERS IN THE HOSPITAL,
FOR THOSE WITH ALHEIMERS OR DEMENTIA, ALL OUR POLICE MEN AND
WOMAN, FIRE MEN AND WOMAN, ALL THOSE MILITARY WHO HAVE AND ARE
SERVING THIS COUNTRY, OUR SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS, NURSING HOMES,
AGAINST VIOLENCE IN THE WORK PLACE, FOR JOBS THAT ARE NEEDED


HOPE......HOPE......HOPE......HOPE

11 comments:

  1. The Lord hears our cries and He understands our pain. I posted a great video on my blog about this today. The world has become an ugly place! Cancer is awful and I feel sorry for you and your daughter and her friend for all they're going through. My prayers are with you today especially that you will be comforted. The verse you posted is great!

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  2. Continuing prayers for your entire family Debbie. You show such courage in your posts. I greatly admire that. I know God is giving you the strength to remain upbeat & walk with your daughter through her cancer journey.

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  3. I'm a graphic artist of the old school. I think one of the women who make the prim-style graphics for sale might be able to make a beautiful ribbon for HON cancer and also one for uterine cancer. I wonder if they are already made, I have seen a site where there were literally hundreds of ribbons (sad isn't it) and I will go check there and also put the word out. Back soon.

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  4. YES I have found them!!! I will post them on my blog later if you can stop by, look in the sidebars and they will be there. Right-click to save them and they are copyright-free to use.

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  5. GM Debbie..thanks for the update ...I will continue to pray for you and your family...I know the Lord hears your name girl..and you asked me what kind of cancer I had..I had uterine and then Oviaran cancer...did all the chemo and have been cancer free now for 12 years YAHOO!! Both my brothers had Colon cancer..the one has a bag now..May God bless you!! hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  6. Hi Debbie,
    You always make my day....I have to agree with Amy....you are always so up beat and happy....and I am sure you family Loves to have you cheering them on....your family is always in my prayers....
    Husg,
    Mo :-)

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  7. Ok girl, I am on a mission, I will try and see if I can get some Ribbon Tubes and see what I can do! Love Ya sister :)
    HUGS,
    Brandie

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  8. Hey Debbie... What a touching post... I will keep your family in my Prayers. bless you all

    Hugs;
    Alaura

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  9. Debbie, you are so right-without hope there is nothing, and because you and Amy know God, you have hope! I also have hope, and I pray for Amy daily and for you too. I know the strength that you display can only come from God, and I am thankful that He has given you that strength to see Amy through all she faces. laurie

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    Praying sweet friend,
    Brandie

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