Hey guys! It has been a few days since I have blogged, I have just been busy resting and visiting with all of my sweet friends! Since I last blogged, I have completed my second round of chemo (yayyy!!) and successfully survived my first blood transfusion (ewwww). If any of you know me, you know my fear of needles and huge disgust of the “b word” aka blood. Sometimes my family and nurses will refer to the “b word” as ice water so I do not feel quite as grossed out. As I have begun treatment, and even the tests leading up to treatment my needle fear is slowly shrinking and my human anatomy disgust is slowly disappearing. My sweet nurse, Rachel was working the night I received my blood transfusion (which despite my disgust of the subject, I truly am grateful for modern medicine, and the doctors who gave me the blood.) Rachel went out of her way to make sure I was comfortable throughout the night, which trust me, that was a difficult job!! She covered up the bag of blood so my eyes would not see it, triggering nausea, she helped to make sure I was asleep the entire night, and comforted my parents, all while doing her regular tasks AND tending to other patients on the floor. She truly did AMAZING, and my thanks go out to her for making certain the night ran smoothly.
This is slightly off topic from my post, but I would like to ask that you pray with me that my counts (white blood cell) stay up throughout the week and most importantly Wednesday, when I receive chemo (round 3), because not only can I not receive chemo if my counts are low (pushing back my schedule at least one week) but I also get sick and weak, which is no fun!!
Now that I have grumbled on for long enough, I actually have a post that is fun.
Psalm 136:1 reads: “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.”
It is easy to get down, or to truly be ungrateful for all the blessing we have. Some blessing seem so small, that it is easy to forget them, but no blessing should go without being thanked for. I have decided to compile a list of some of my blessings that I am thankful for. This list is not all of my blessings, because I truly have so many blessings.
I am thankful for:
My sweet parents, both mom and dad take great care of me, going out of their way 24/7 to make sure I am comfortable, and staying with me during my treatment.
My younger sister and brother, who are both making sacrifices so that my family can get me the treatment I need.
My wonderful friends who check on me, and take time to visit with me. Especially my best friend, Maddi Horton who has done so much to support me.
All five of my senses, without my senses I would not be able to smell sweet scents, taste food which helps keep my appetite, listen to others, see God’s wonderful creations, and that so many people have reached out to me and touched my life.
My ability to walk and run, despite having a tumor in my hip.
My ability to talk, so that I may communicate with others easily.
Comfortable, clean clothes so that I may rest in comfort.
Dr. Stine, my oncologist, as well as the oncology team and all of the other doctors in the world.
The sweet nurses, who go above and beyond to make sure I am comfortable while receiving treatment.
All five of my dogs, Pandora, Fancy, Queen Ruby, Bear, and Lady B. Even though they are a pain sometimes.
My bed, which in my opinion is the most comfortable place in the world.
A shower, as well as soap and other toiletries so that I can maintain proper hygiene.
My grandparents (Papaw, Nana, and G-Paw) who have each helped me in so many ways. My Papaw stays with my brother and sister while I am gone with my parents for several days at a time to receive treatment.
The huge amount of support I have received from everyone as I have begun my battle.
All of my prayer warriors. I believe in the power of prayer and am EXTREMELY grateful to have so many people praying for me.
The small town of Nashville. It really is great to grow up in such a wonderful place where everyone comes together as a community.
Getting mail. That’s something I love!
Everyone who has worked with me to get my schoolwork on track, so that I can graduate with my class in May 2016.
Catchy TV shows that keep me entertained during the day while resting.
Warm fuzzy socks and cute scarfs to keep my head and feet warm.
My dad and my cousin Josh, who both shaved their heads in honor of me losing my hair.
I would also like to thank my cousin Josh, because he has been so wonderful to my family and I. He lives in Little Rock, and has gone out of his way to visit, call, text, and check on me. He was also a great help when trying to get in with my doctor.
I really have so many things to be thankful for. It is impossible to list every single blessing, but these are a few of them. Thank you so much to everyone who takes the time to read my blog. I am trying to think of different ideas for my blog, because I am just a beginner with the blogging world, so if y’all have any suggestions on topics I could blog about, or things I could do with the website, please share with me!