Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

It was inevitable, but there was still part of both of us that thought . . . just maybe, it will hang on.  Linda’s hair had lasted longer than we were expecting, almost to the point that we thought she might make it through without losing it.  A couple of days ago, Linda texted me…

Nurse, Why Are You Putting On a Hazmat Suit?

Linda and I were snuggled away into chemo room # 19 and all 50 square feet of space it luxuriously contained, patiently enduring well over 4 hours of a chemo treatment involving about 4 liters of fluid including a bag of cytoxin (Linda’s chemo drug).  One of the precious nurses entered our room to hook…

Genuine Care Resulting in Genuine Hurt

Linda and I have learned so much through this journey God is leading us through.  I’m so thankful for His grace.  We have experienced His grace in so many ways.  God has allowed Linda to avoid most of the side effects of chemo treatments.  While she has had a few days where she feels exhausted,…

Bone Marrow Transplant & Hair Loss

Hair Loss I am thankful for Linda’s ability to be thankful in all things.  Last night we had a frank conversation about hair loss.  While Linda’s hair has been hanging in there quite well up to this point, lately there has been noticeable hair loss on a daily basis.  We’re able to meet with some…

The Journey, A Little Longer Than We Thought

Last Wednesday we had our doctor’s visit in Madison that would begin Linda’s third cycle of chemo treatment.  As we went to the hospital we were imagining the possibility that the doctor would tell us, “Chemo is going great, and we think just three cycles will be sufficient.”  This understanding is not completely unfounded in…

Small Notes, Big Encouragement

Here’s a shout out to the second grade class of Calvary Christian School in Normal, Ill. Led by an obviously, very thoughtful teacher (Julie Heidebrink), each class member crafted a precious gift. This most precious gift consisted of a colored piece of construction paper with a brief note of encouragement, prayer, and all with a…