A few days ago, I posted about Twizzler and her battle with cancer. (You can view that post here.) Many of you have been asking..on Facebook, G-chat, Twitter, through e-mail, etc.. so I figured I would give a brief update on how Twizzler is doing.
She started a new treatment plan and so far, she seems to be responding quite well to it. She’s not back in remission yet, but is definitely on her way there. Her lymph nodes have slowly decreased in size to the point where they’re almost completely back to normal. Her oncologist seems hopeful, as long as her tests continue to come back positive. Praise God!
We were deeply concerned with her irregular breathing, but her heart and lungs seem to be working properly again. Her breathing may have been hindered due to her enlarged lymph nodes putting pressure on her trachea. So, as her lymph nodes have decreased, her breathing has seemed to get better. Both her white and red blood cell counts came back normal, which is a wonderful thing! If those are off event he slightest bit, she cannot receive her chemo treatments. So, thankfully we were able to continue with this new treatment plan. We were also concerned by her dramatic weight loss. My dad came over the other day and made a comment about how it looked like we were starving her to death. We’re feeding her, I promise. For the most part, she eats all of her meals (especially with the help of some yummy additives); she just doesn’t seem to retain the weight, but it doesn’t seem to be of concern to the doctors. They seem to think that as the chemo continues her work, her weight will pick back up. Fingers crossed!
Our concern now is her nausea. She’s not very active, which is definitely not like her. And she is having some major diarrhea problems. She was put on one medication last week. It didn’t work; it just seemed to get worse. She’s on a new medication now and is supposed to eat canned pumpkin with each meal. Did you know that pumpkin helped with diarrhea?? Yeah, me neither. Anywho, Twizzler is just LOVING the pumpkin and is scarfing down each meal. Woohoo! The oncologist thinks the diarrhea may be a result of the tumors dying off. Oh, I sure hope that’s the case!!
And as a happy sidenote.. Christopher and I were at Bailey’s Bar and Grill the other night having a few drinks with friends and one of our friends commented about how much he loves when Twizzler jumps in his arms. (If you don’t know, Twizzler can go from a sitting or standing position and literally jump into your arms like a child. She loves to be carried around the house and she even likes an occasional piggy back ride. No joke. One of the many reasons my dog is amazing.) Anyways, as he mentioned this, Christopher and I turned to each other and tried to recall the last time she had jumped in either of our arms… It had to have been many months ago. Since her strength isn’t what it used to be and her activity level isn’t the same, she hasn’t had the desire to do it in so long. We didn’t want to talk about it much more with our friends and ended up changing the topic of conversation. When we got home late that night, we decided we would try one last time to see if she would jump in our arms. Needless to say, we had success. Not only did she jump in Christopher’s arms, but she immediately turned around and jumped in mine. It was such a special moment for both of us and will probably be something we will treasure forever. So thankful that night…
I want to take a minute and thank each and every one of you for your prayers, thoughts and words of encouragement. It has given us strength when we couldn’t find it elsewhere and has built us up to stay strong for Twizzler. Your prayers mean the world to all of us and each of your friendships hold such a special place in our hearts. We cannot thank you enough for your loving and kind words throughout this entire process. It has given us such great hope and comfort. Many of you have treated us to dinner to lift our spirits and to help with the costs of her treatments. Some of you have even donated to Fetch a Cure in her honor… words cannot express our deep appreciation. I thank God for each and every one of you daily. With so much love..
Philippians 1: 3-11 says, ”I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.”