Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Scary Times - by Joe
Heidi's latest chemotherapy was causing liver failure so her Oncologist had to stop it, even though it was still at least partially effective. The side effects have been devastating to our lifestyle, so the change brings both relief and fear of tumor progression.
August/September will be stressful. This week we find out if Heidi's gamma knife procedure was successful on her brain tumors. Next week I get checked for colon cancer and prostate cancer recurrence. Next week Heidi starts a new chemotherapy. A few weeks later I get checked for bladder cancer recurrence.
The prayers and positive thoughts from others sustain us both, strengthens our faith and reliance on God. The two small church congregations we participate in have reached out with tremendous compassion. And the same from Facebook friends, local friends and our family. Such love.
When her side effects allow, Heidi continues to hike with me to spectacular destinations. Occasionally I hike alone. For both of us, being outdoors is the best sanctuary of all, bringing new perspective and courage.
Thank you for your compassion,
Love & Blessings,
Posted by Joe Hendricks at 4:41 AM