June 9, 2004

Hello friends,

Just a little update from me! MY VOICE IS COMING BACK! Hallelujah!! “That’s my Pentecostal background coming through!” If you have never shouted HALLELUJAH, try it! You’ll like it!

I now call my husband, Roe, “Nurse Roe!” Every day he has to flush my port. That means he has to put saline solution in first and then Heparin. It goes into the tube sticking out of my arm, now that is an accessory!! Ha! Ha! Heparin is a blood thinner. I guess so I don’t develop blood clots. Boy, by the time this is over I’m going to know way more about cancer than I have ever wanted to! Ha! The port causes a dull ache in my arm that doesn’t want to go away. But “shopping” helps! Ha! It’s a GREAT pain killer! Something I don’t think my husband quite gets! Ha!

It’s a miracle how good I feel and how much energy I have. People are surprised to see me out and about every day. They think I should be home in bed! I KNOW that is God answering the prayers YOU are praying for me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Chemo begins again next week. I always DREAD that. I’m not very good at sitting still for 7 hours! I think to me that is one of the worst things about chemo. It’s being hooked up to that dumb pole with all those bags hanging from it.

Sometimes I get a little desperate. I keep asking God, “When is this going to end?” I’ve not heard back from Him on that one. But I do have great PEACE and that is the important thing. We don’t always understand why God allows certain things that hurt so bad to come into our lives. BUT, our lives belong to Him and I trust God with my life. You can too! God NEVER makes a mistake! And He has promised NEVER TO PUT MORE ON US THAN WE CAN BEAR. That is His Word. Sometimes I look up to God and shout, “God, I think you think I’m tougher than I am!!”

The thing I always think about is that no matter how bad a situation is, there is always someone worse off than we are. And I thank God I have arms, legs, good eyesight, I can hear so well that my husband says I can hear an ant walking across the floor downstairs in the kitchen. I am indeed blessed!

I thank God for food, clothing, a home and a car. When I see the horrible sights from the war torn countries, I feel terrible that I have ever complained about ANYTHING! I feel so blessed to live in America.

These are the things that help me get through all the trials of life. I think they will help you too.

I once again want to thank you for your cards, letters, the slippers, teddy bears, books, and all the green stuff in bottles that make me feel better. Ha! And you will never know just how much your encouraging emails mean to me. I just wish I could personally answer every one of you. That would be impossible but I continue to read them every day with tears in my eyes. There are thousands of you….. I’m so very grateful that you are there and that you care.

Thank you once again for your continued prayers on my behalf. I will look forward to seeing some of you in L.A. on Aug. 1st. I will update you on that later.


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