This page is for updates on our
dear friend Amy Hardman.
"A diamond is just a
chunk of coal that made good under pressure"
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Amy's condition click news
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love and God's blessing
to you all during this holiday season.
Radiation Treatment Reminder: As Amy progresses through her radiation
treatments her blood counts will begin to decline and it will be necessary for
her to resume her more restrictive isolation activities. Please remember
that this is temporary and while she would love to see all of you, it will be
necessary for us to send our love and prayers through cards, letters and email.
This site will remain your source for regular updates and will continue to be
your link to Amy, Teresa and Charlie. Please continue your prayers of
strength as they begin this final "round" of the treatment marathon.
of you may want to visit Amy, bring food, send flowers, call, etc. when they
arrive home. However, the doctors insist that Amy remain in isolation and
get plenty of rest at her home to prepare for the next phase of her treatment.
This site will continue to be your link to Amy, Teresa and Charlie and daily
updates will be here for you. Please keep praying for Amy as she responds
to her treatment in a remarkable way.
Please pray for Amy and
Teresa as they hike through this very delicate bone marrow transplant process.
May our loving and gracious God give them wings to soar through the adversity.
The following email was sent from
the nursing manager on Amy's floor
to those who contributed to the remote and kitchen appliance project.
THANK YOU !
I just wanted to write a
brief note on behalf of the nursing staff at the Markey Cancer Center’s Blood
and Marrow Transplant Unit. I wanted to specifically let you all know how
gracious our unit is for the donation of the coffee pot and the universal
remotes. The remotes are truly a valued asset to our patients who are confined
to their rooms to protect them from their external environments during their
treatment. It is always good to know that people are willing to do nice things
for people in need….it is certainly the small things that get many of our
patients through another day, hour, and minutes….your contributions will be put
to great use by our wonderful patients who have angels in places unknown. Once
again, thank you for your time and contributions.
Remember, it is not too late to
contribute to the fund! Contact
AMY CAN RECEIVE CARDS!
To send Amy a card
Markey Cancer Center/Bone Marrow Transplant Unit/Room 323
800 Rose Street
Lexington, KY 40536
Below is an estimated timeline of activities
while Amy is in the hospital. This site will be updated daily during Amy's
treatment to help you
stay current on her condition and her progress as she will be in isolation for
the duration of her hospital stay.
||Amy will enter the
hospital today for the beginning of her final stage of treatment. Amy
will not be allowed to have visitors or phone calls. Cell phones also
do not work in the hospital.
|June 29-July 4
(Days 1-6 in hospital)
|Amy will receive
massive doses of chemo
(10 times the strength of anything she's had up until now)
|Amy will receive
the bone marrow transplant. From this point on Amy and Teresa will be
dealing with the expected side effects of the process and waiting for her
blood counts to come up.
||Projected day to
||Amy went home from
The Hardman's ask for your prayers
and specifically request that you pray for strength for Amy in the following
that any side effects will be only non-severe side effects of the chemo
the ability of Amy to deal with the
close confines of the isolation room as she is very claustaphobic
that Amy will suffer no infection
that angels will be hovering over
their shoulders and all the shoulders of everyone who will care for Amy during
her hospital stay
(Day #1-arrive at hospital)
6:50pm We are
having some server problems with MSU off campus email. I will post an
update as soon as I have received information from Teresa and Amy.
Please visit the site again.
7:00pm It has
been non-stop since arriving at the hospital at 9am this morning.
Actually this is very good since it offers some security to know "who's on
first!" There is no chemo today, just exams and regular IV fluids.
We start bright and early in the morning with "the fun stuff". We have
been busy decorating the room with posters that we brought along with some
stuffed animals plus getting all the DVD's and VHS tapes organized for
viewing. Amy has a nice view of trees and Rose Street from her room so
seeing the healing green of the living trees is great. She also has a
small treadmill in her room. They encourage daily exercise and have the
equipment for the time period when she can't leave the room. We can walk
in the hall on the unit this week during chemo as long as she tolerates the
chemo so we'll be out as much as possible.
We've already had many beautiful and encouraging emails and we love to hear
For more information on the
Markey Cancer Center
click this link.
(Day #2 in hospital-chemo begins)
Chemo has begun. Please keep Amy in your prayers.
Friends....As Amy says, "We're on the train and they've taken our tickets."
That is in reference to the fact that chemo has started. She had the first
drug this morning and tolerated well. We were able to leave the room and walk
after lunch. Of course, Amy won't let me have a day off from our "marathon
training" so I think we did about a mile. People look at us walking and some
comment to Amy how nice it is for her to take her mother for a walk. I think
that's because I'm pushing hard to catch up with her. We have been reading
your energizing and encouraging emails this morning. We send you all hugs and
appreciation for the love and friendship you give so freely to us. Sending
each of you love, hugs, joy, laughter, focus, healing, prayers, and angels to
tenderly care for your every need........Teresa
(Day #3 in hospital-chemo day 2)
Amy has begun her chemo for today so please keep
her in your prayers. She is receiving two different drugs today for
the next four days.
Friends...Day 3 and God's grace prevails. Thus far, Amy's nausea/vomiting has
been contained by the medication. Now, that we're into Day 3, we started the
chemo sessions every twelve hours with two different drugs. Our target time
each day is 9:30-11:30 then we do the same in the evening at the same time so
perhaps you could send up some prayers especially at those times.
Amy and I have identified a need here at Markey Bone Marrow Unit if any of
your groups would like to take it on as a project. Actually, it would be not
too expensive if a group effort took it on. Here it is. There are no TV
remotes in these rooms and the TV is high, near the ceiling and it's a little
difficult to control the volume well from the bed TV controls. We realized the
first day that this was going to be problematic for us as Mom here, not known
for her coordination skills, was climbing on and off the recliner and
stretching to reach the TV controls. Amy, after observing my intensive efforts
but low skills the first day, suggested yesterday that we call Charlie and
send him to WalMart for a universal remote. Imagine that! Even more amazing,
Charlie came right away with the remote yesterday afternoon. At any rate,
there are 16 rooms up here ,and I think the little re! motes are around 5-6
dollars and you need batteries. This would be a great service project for
someone and would be so helpful to the patients who have such long stays in
these rooms. Amy and I had great fun last night just changing the channels and
volume. I guess we are easily entertained.
Thank you all for your continuing love and support and your beautiful emails
which are so uplifting. Sending all of you love, hugs, joy, laughter,
focus, healing energy, and angels to surround you....Teresa
If you are interested in
contributing to the "remote fund" email
Julia Ann Hypes. We will be purchasing the remotes and batteries for
delivery by Saturday, July 2.
Friday, 7/01/05 (Day #4 in hospital-chemo day 3)
Friends...Today is day three of the chemo and the hill is getting harder to
climb. Amy is having to take more medication to control the side effects. She
will get her two drugs again tonight at 9:30 and 10:30 pm. We really wouldn't
recommend this as a bedtime ritual for any of you in case you were considering
Amy felt like walking in the early afternoon so out of the room we went for
about a 1.5 mile walk. We have a step meter. I have to say that whatever all
of Amy's different athletic coaches instilled in her, she still has the
discipline and heart of an athlete. At this point in the treatment, if I were
undergoing it, I would have someone pushing me around in a wheelbarrow with a
pillow so I could whine for everyone. You see, I can face the reality of my
basic personality. Needless to say, I admire Amy's courage and if she said we
had to walk the rest of the night (without my wheelbarrow), my admiration for
her would inspire me to complete the task.
Please continue to pray as we know the Great Physician is in the healing
business along with the comforting business. Sending each of you love, hugs,
joy, laughter, focus, healing, prayers, and of course every description of
angel to attend you....
Thank you to those who have
responded to the "remote fund". You are all truly special people.
Saturday, 7/02/05 (Day #5 in hospital-chemo day 4)
Thank you again to all who
responded to the "remote fund". It is not too late to be a part of this
project! The remotes and batteries are being delivered to the Markey
Cancer Center today. With her usual passion, Teresa has identified
several other areas where there is a need at the Center (new videos in their
video lending library on the floor and they really need a new coffee maker in
the family kitchen and they could use a toaster, etc.). If anyone would
like to contribute to the project, I will purchase and deliver these items
with your donations. If you would like to contribute, please send your
Julia Ann Hypes, 225 Potter Lane, Morehead, KY 40351 or you may email me
with any questions.
Friends...Day four of chemo is almost done. Amy will have her second round for
the day at 9:30 and 10:30 tonight. As we expected, she's had more side effects
but we've managed pretty well today. She was able to rest some, and yes...we
were able to take our walk though not as far. Her blood counts are going down
so we know that we'll be confined to the room probably before the weekend is
out. At that point, I think it will be interesting to see what new and
creative ways we come up with to keep ourselves entertained. Those of you who
know me well, know that I may have trouble restraining myself from the more
creative ideas that are bound to pop in my head after we stay in for several
Thank you to all of those who took up the tv remote issue. Wow! Julia Ann
delivered 16 new remotes with batteries to me at the hospital today. The unit
is very appreciative and I know the patients will be delirious!!
Continue to pray and send healing thoughts for these are the root of our
ability to withstand the grind of this treatment protocol. God bless each of
you. Sending you love, joy, laughter, healing, and angels to hover so
near you can hear the whisper of their wings...Teresa
(Day #6 in hospital-chemo day #5)
Friends...Amy has completed one half of our day's required chemo on day 5 of
the chemo. She had her two drugs this morning for one hour each, and we will
repeat the same two drugs tonight at 9:30 and 10:30 pm. As noted earlier,
there are more side effects the further we go but she has lots of meds for the
N/V that have been effective. She's much weaker as her blood counts are going
down and one of the effects of this chemo is extreme fatigue but.....we went
for a walk. This time we took the wheelchair though and she had to ride back
but we enjoyed getting out of the room. When she's out of the room, she has to
wear a very thick orange mask that looks just like a duck bill. I took a
picture of her in it because she kept greeting everyone with a muffled "aflack".
If I take many more photos like that, I may need AFLACK for myself!
Tomorrow, day 6 of chemo, is suppose to be the worst drug of all that we've
had, so please send extra angels that know a lot about helping with side
effects. Right now, Tuesday, July 5th is still set for getting her
actual bone marrow transplant so we have some important days ahead of us over
the next several days.
We wish everyone of you a safe and fun July 4th holiday. I have a little
picnic planned for the room here with rwb patriotic themed plates and such.
Sending all of you love, hugs, healing, and angels.....Teresa
Monday, 7/04/05 (Day #7 in
hospital-chemo day #6)
Friends...Well, today was the last day of chemo and it's been a real bear. It
is nearly 5 pm and Amy has not been able to get out of bed due to the extreme
nausea she's experiencing. However, she has just taken some more medication,
and she has informed me to find a wheelchair because she's going to start out
walking and may end up riding as we did yesterday, but she WILL go out of this
Tomorrow is our big day as that is actually the transplant day. She will
receive her transplant starting around 10 am tomorrow. She'll be
monitored very closely for possible reactions to the preservative they used to
store the cells, but we're hopeful all will go well. I told her tomorrow will
be another birthday for her as we are hopeful the transplant will give her
back her life to start anew.
Today, she has been unable to eat or drink anything but we have fluids going.
Hopefully, by this evening she will be improved enough to sample a bit of the
room picnic I have prepared for us in the family kitchen on the unit. My
kitchen resources are limited but I have not let that stop my imagination in
We hope all of you are having a safe and fun fourth of July. Please pray and
send positive thoughts for the balance of the evening and especially for
tomorrow morning. We love you and send you all that love along with hugs,
prayers, healing energy, and of course celebration angels for this special
Tuesday, 7/05/05 (Day #8 in hospital-transplant day)
5:30pm Dear Friends....What a wild
day it has been. Amy was delayed in getting her cells until after lunch. They
started the transplant at 12:40pm and finished a little after 2 pm. She
tolerated the process well but did have some reaction to the process which was
accommodated for with medication.
Right at the moment, she's resting and not feeling too spiffy but we expected
that too as she's still got the chemo effects going plus receiving the cells
back. All in all, I'm very grateful at the way the day has unfolded thus far.
We've passed a major milestone with completing the chemo and now getting the
bone marrow cells into her. Our next challenge is recovery from these two
events. Her blood counts are expected to go lower so soon we'll be confined to
the room and of course we'll be watching for any infection and other side
effects that might present. So...keep praying specifically for those things and
for Amy's spirits to stay strong in this new "wait and see" limbo where the next
step can't be totally predicted until we see what happens each day.
Last night Amy was able to enjoy her 4th of July hot
dog and chips and even managed two chocolate snackwell cookies. When we get out
of here, we're both going to have the biggest banana split they make!
I told Amy that we must look at today as a second birthday for her since
receiving these cells represent new life, new beginning, and recovery. I shared
that with Julia Ann and she mentioned aside from the positive slant of it all ,
a hidden benefit is that on her 50th birthday, Amy can truthfully reply that
she's only "25". At any rate to all you party hat folks, drag out your
best party horn or whistle and give it a twirl for Amy today as she embarks on
her new birthday year!
Thank you for your continued prayers and healing thoughts. Sending you all love,
hugs, joy, laughter, focus, healing energy, and of course every description of
angel to attend your every need...Teresa
Wednesday, 7/06/05 (Day #9 in hospital-day 1 from transplant)
Friends....Amy and I feel like we're on a forced march of some kind. We can't go
back but going forward seems like an ify process at times. Amy is experiencing
unrelenting nausea so we really need prayer for that to abate. They're using
lots of meds but she's been pretty miserable from this side effect.
She has apologized several times for being a "wimp". Excuse me. The rest of us
should hope to be such a "wimp". I told her to stop being so nice and just have
a fit about it all. Of course I did not see that prescription in any healing
book, but I think it's written in the Mother's Book on page 42. There's times
when you just have to melt down, then you get up and try it again.
Her counts are lower, but not enough to hold us in the room yet so we went out
for a while. She is very weak, but the little girl with the duck hair has
"pluck". Keep praying for us and especially for these tough side effects.
They told us the week after the chemo would be the worse for side effects and
they hit that one on the head for truthfulness. The milestones are there though
with finishing the chemo and getting the transplanted cells into her so they can
begin to work magic. Right now, the side effects are so close on top of
her that she needs binoculars to see what we've come through.
We love you all and send you that love along with joy, laughter, focus, healing
energy, and of course July angels to assist you with beating the heat....Teresa
Thursday, 7/07/05 (Day #10 in
hospital-day 2 from transplant)
Remember "no news is good news".
Friday, 7/08/05 (Day
hospital-day 3 from transplant)
Dear Friends.... Sorry, I got a little
behind yesterday and didn't get your update to you. Yesterday was still a tough
day with nausea but they started two new meds and Amy started getting some
relief late yesterday afternoon. We're still using four or five meds, but now
the nausea is tolerable instead of incapacitating so that is definitely both an
improvement and an answer to prayer. We are so very fortunate to have a
wonderful doctor who really listens to her patients and keeps working with the
symptom until something works. Be sure and ask God to keep angels around Amy's
doctor as she works so diligently with these patients.
Well, this morning's labwork brought the news that the counts are below the
magic mark so Amy is in the room now. She's already spied the door in the
ceiling that goes to the air ductwork and has said that it's going to be an
escape hatch. Of course I notice it takes a key to open, but that may not be
much of an obstacle as it looks sort of like those luggage key locks that
anything can open!
We're expecting a
better day today. Breakfast bagel was tolerated along with tea so we're on a
roll! We love all of you and thank you for your precious spirits that have so
faithfully prayed for us, cried with us, and rejoiced with us. Today is a
great day for rejoicing so just sing out, dear friends. Sending you all love,
joy, laughter, focus, healing, and angels....Teresa
Dear Friends...Today has been a challenge ,but with God's grace , sunshine
outside the window, and your prayers, we have almost made it to bedtime which
happens about 10 pm. As noted earlier today, the news that she is now a full
time resident of room 323 was not unexpected but also not what Amy wanted to
hear. We knew it was coming so now it's here and hopefully, it will not be a
lingering guest . So far my creative abilities have been tested and I don't
think I've done very well at distracting her although I did get a smile out of
her when I suggested I could get out on the four foot ledge outside her window
and entertain her with my spider woman abilities.
The four nausea meds are helping her be able to eat and keep liquids down which
is very important for eventually leaving here. We know that this side
effect will eventually depart so we're trying to be patient.
Each morning when I wake up on the chair bed by Amy's bed, I'm reminded of all
the times I slept in her room when she was a baby and had a cold or cough or ear
ache or all the things babies have that scare their mothers. In remembering
those all night vigils, I was reminded that our Heavenly Father keeps an all
night, all day vigil for each of us. I was immediately comforted to know that
both Amy and I have someone much greater than an earthly mother looking over us
day and night. Truly, there's no need to count sheep when we can just talk to
the Shepherd who will be up all night.
Since we're confined to the room now, she still needs to exercise. Her room came
equipped with an older model manual treadmill. Today she got on it, and it
malfunctioned so out it went, and we brought in a little stepper machine for
exercise. I've already been told that this would not be an appropriate tool for
me to use. I guess I'll have to settle for the "Walk Away the Pounds" video tape
we brought from home. That should be very safe since you're basically walking in
place. One of these days, when Amy and I actually train for and
complete that walking marathon we plan to tackle, everyone will be amazed at my
skills. Of course, I am hopeful that none of you will take photos of Amy
carrying me piggyback across the finish line!
We send you love; we send you joy; we sent you laughter; we send you hugs; we
send you healing energy; and we send you weekend angels to help each of you find
just the things you need to do to refresh your mind, body, and spirit....Teresa
To learn more about
treatment procedures for Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma visit the
National Cancer Institute.
Saturday, 7/09/05 (Day #12 in the hospital-day 4 from transplant)
Friends...Today has brought new side effects to the chemo. Extreme nausea has
crossed over to more pronounced and unpleasant gastrointestinal disturbance.
We're working with changing the times on the meds in hopes that we can create
better coverage for the symptoms. Amy's white blood cell count is almost zero
today so that is adding to her extreme fatigue. She has not had the strength to
sit in the chair today, but maybe this evening she'll be able to manage that.
Well, I guess the above paragraph probably gives you a very specific idea of how
to focus your prayers for the evening. My grandmother was fond of saying "It's a
long road that doesn't turn." Amy and I are definitely ready for this road to
turn, and I am confident that it will. And...if it doesn't turn on its own, I'm
prepared to get out my sledge hammer or jack hammer and bust up the concrete and
pour us a new curve in the road! Of course, I do realize that God has many
angels to help accomplish this without my going completely nuts so maybe you
better also pray that none of the angelic nurses we have leave anything like a
sledge hammer near our room!
Thank you for your continued prayers and healing thoughts and emails. I read all
the mails to Amy so she can be reminded that being in this room does not
separate us from the love of all of you. I have learned in my life just how
powerful the love and prayers of others can be, so I think of that love and know
that walls cannot contain it or keep it out. Just thinking about all of you
being "on the loose in the ozone" with your healing thoughts is great. Just
imagine the electrical interference we are creating for the "towers".
Sending you love, joy, healing energy, prayers, appreciation, and of course the
most special angels to surround you....Teresa
7/10/05 (Day #13 in hospital-day 5 from transplant)
Friends...I'm sending an early update this morning because I'm hoping all of you
will offer an extra prayer this morning in Amy's behalf. We've reached the
part of the journey where the pilot comes on and says, "Fasten your seat belts
for extreme turbulence ahead."
Amy's temp went to almost 103 last evening and she's on IV antibiotics now. Our
greatest danger now is an infection. At this point, her lungs are clear and the
x-ray does not show any pneumonia. Of course they've taken blood cultures and
those won't be back for a day or two. When the temp goes above 101, they go
ahead with antibiotics and don't wait for the cultures to get back.
As stated in yesterday's updates, almost all bone marrow transplant patients
experience some temp rise but not all have to go to the protocol for temp
greater than 101. Hopefully, the temp will stay under control. It is down some
this morning but still greater than 101.
I am calm and centered but definitely feel like a pilgrim whose path has taken
her into a deep ravine with high canyon walls and she notices she's wearing flip
flops which don't seem very adequate for climbing. Please pray for these two
pilgrims as they try to find their hiking shoes. If no shoes can be found, I am
confident that your prayers will provide us wings.
Sending you all love, hugs, prayers, healing, and Sunday morning angels to
remind you of the glories of creation and the Creator.....Teresa
Friends...Thank you for your extended prayers and healing thoughts last night
and today. I believe they have helped.
Amy is still running a temp but it is staying below the alarming number of 103.
They have kept her more sedated today to try and deal with the N/V. A little
while ago, she was able to keep down an Italian sorbet so that's definitely
progress. Other than that, she's had a little gatorade. Of course they are
supporting her with IV fluids, antibiotics, and lots of other meds. So....I
guess at this point, I believe we have passed the immediate crisis of last
evening. Of course, all of this has to unfold at its own pace, so I'm not
running too far ahead. I think it's best just to say thank you for each 5
minutes we have that doesn't involve a worsening side effect. I'll feel
much better when the fever goes down and stays down and her blood counts get off
zero. They did give her platelets today as her red blood count and platelets are
also negatively affected by the intensity! of the chemo she has had.
Thank you for your emails reminding me to stay steady (flip flops or not). We
haven't found the boots yet, but then we probably won't until it's time to start
climbing so I'm just thinking we have those flip flops on so we can enjoy the
beautiful stream that runs through the deep ravine with the high cliff sides. As
is with most things, we humans try to run way too far ahead. The Father provides
what we need when we need it at just the right time so I'm trying to claim that
promise and relax into its comfort and sanity.
We hope all of you have a good week ahead, and we thank you over and over for
your walk beside us on this journey. You are all incredible people and we count
each and every one of you as blessings and precious gifts given to us.
Sending you love, joy, laughter, healing, prayers, thanksgiving, and canyon
angels to remind you to look up and see the eagles soaring overhead!
7/11/05 (Day #14 in hospital-day 6 from transplant)
Friends...We had another rough evening with Amy's temp climbing again to nearly
103. This morning she is cooler, but her red count, platelet count, and of
course white count have gone lower. She will be getting platelets again this
morning and following that she will have to have packed red cells as her
hematocrit/hemoglobin have dropped enough to require that. All her meds are now
IV due to the nausea/vomiting and that has helped. Swallowing a pill when you're
already nauseated is not a fun activity.
I will send another update this evening. Hopefully, the day will go a little
smoother for her. Your prayers, positive thoughts, emails, and healing words are
definitely adding beautiful light to our path through this maze we find
ourselves in. Thank you for taking the time to care so tenderly for us. All
around us here, I see families who seem to have very little support, and my
heart breaks for them while feeling so eternally grateful for all of you.
Sending you love, hugs, joy, laughter, healing, prayers, and Monday angels to
give you the push you need to start a good week...Teresa
Friends...Once again we've had a busy day. Amy has received two units of blood
and 1 bag of platelets. She's holding her own with the N/V and other GI
disturbances but not a lot of improvement on those yet. Everyone has their own
unique reaction to chemo. For some the main problem is GI. For others, it's
extremely bad mouth sores, etc. Amy's is going to be the GI problems.
A new development that's been a little tough to take with all that's gone on the
last three days is her hair is coming out again. We knew it probably would, but
I hate it had to begin the process when she's feeling so bad physically. We may
use the clippers tomorrow to ease the transition. She'll just have to be "bald
and beautiful" one more time.
Her temp is starting to go up again. We're hopeful the Tylenol can hold it in
check. So...you have lots to stay focused with in your prayers. A thanksgiving
we can give at this time is that her first blood cultures have come back
negative. Keep praying and giving thanks for all things as time will make even
the worst things understandable.
Sending you love, joy, focus, healing energy, prayers, and angels to hover very
near each of you...Teresa
A valuable resource for those of us
whose lives have been touched by cancer (and this would be all of us visiting
Amy's site) is cancer.com. This site
contains resources for cancer diagnosis, treatment, coping, support, and many
Tuesday, 7/12/05 (Day #15 in hospital-day 7 from transplant)
Friends...For the past several days, we've been trying to float and relax as
much as possible during these challenging days. This morning, we have a new
challenge before us that I think is going to require putting on a life jacket
and swimming because the water has gotten a lot deeper. Thus, I'm sending this
Amy has developed significant shortness of breath and congestion in her lungs.
They are suspecting a pneumonia or possible a blood clot so she's going to have
a scan shortly to try and determine what's happening. Of course in the back of
our minds is that this could also be our old friend, pulmonary toxicity which
she had after taking her fourth chemo. The drug, Cytoxan, caused that scare, and
while she is not taking that drug this time in her chemo protocol, she has had
another drug that also has the potential to cause pulmonary toxicity.
So...our first focus this morning is getting a good scan, a good reading, and a
clear diagnosis so I am asking for special prayer to that end. We should be
getting the scan between 11:30 and 1:00 .
This morning during my prayer and meditation time, I was looking out the window
at the tree leaves which were blowing uncontrollably in the wind that was coming
up right before the gentle rain started. As I watched those tree leaves, I
there are several tree varieties where you really can't see the underside of the
leaves except when the wind blows violently. The turning upside down view of the
tree leaf really makes it look like a different species of tree. But... the tree
knows it's still the tree it was born to be so it goes with the wind and knows
that when the turbulence ends, it will regain its usual appearance. I think
that's sort of how we feel right now. Our hair has been turned inside out by
these challenges but we know that the Hand that stilled the wind on the Sea of
Gallilee long ago will eventually still this wind and we can trust that despite
our dishelveled appearance, we are still who we are -children of our Heavenly
Father and that thought alone is total comfort.
Thank you, dear hearts, for continuing to walk beside us even if our hair is
falling out or just standing straight out in response to the winds of
today...Sending you love, healing, peace, and angels to attend you as we know
they attend us...Teresa
Friends...Thank you for your continued prayers on this day. Amy did not get her
scan until about 2 pm so we are waiting for final results of the scan. The
preliminary report does not seem to indicate a blood clot so that's very good. I
think I would rather treat a pneumonia, if it turns out to be that, than a blood
At any rate, we've been able to keep her temp under control through the day and
her iv meds going. She's had no vomiting but still severe nausea, but wonders of
wonder, she wanted Kool Aide so a friend went to the store and we now have our
own container of such so I can make it up as she wants it.
Her hair was coming out in massive amounts today so she requested nurse to go
ahead and give her the "buzz" cut. Of course, she's just as beautiful with the
buzz cut as she was before the buzz cut. Her spirits are not down about the
haircut as it was her choice because being the meticulous accountant, she did
not like all that hair floating around. Hopefully, this will be the last time
she ever has to have a buzz cut unless she decides to make an occasional "buzz
cut" fashion statement.
Hopefully, tomorrow, I'll have more to tell you, but I am grateful that she
seems more stable than she did this morning so once again your beautiful prayers
have encircled us with a cloak of love, protection, and healing. Thank you.
Sending you love, hugs, joy, laughter (with giggles), prayers, and of course
angels to give you sweet rest and beautiful dreams...Teresa
Wednesday, 7/13/05 (Day #16 in hospital-day 8 from transplant)
Friends...Well, it's been another exciting day in the land of recovery. If we
could just find the "yellow brick path", this might all be a lot easier.
Here's where we are. The scan does not show a blood clot in the lungs, but there
is still congestion in the lungs which at this point is hard to pinpoint whether
a pneumonia or pulmonary toxicity. She spiked a temp again last night to almost
103 so two additional antibiotics have been added to the several she's already
taking. Our old GI side effects remain. I think we're going to have to name them
as they have taken up residency and become such daily friends.
Along with these problems, Amy started breathing very rapidly last night with an
increase in heart rate and that has continued. Most of today she's breathing
about 35-40 times a minute. You will recall that 16-20 is about right for an
adult. This new symptom has to be evaluated so we just returned from a Heart
Echocardiogram to see if the chemo drugs may have done some damage to the heart.
She was placed on oxygen last night and remains on it as her oxygen saturation
is down at room air. All of these new treatments will help support her until we
figure out exactly where the infection is and until her white count starts up so
it can help her fight the bad guys. We won't have a report on the echo until
tomorrow. This road will turn and when it does, I do hope I see yellow brick
around the corner.
This morning before dawn I was watching Amy sleep and counting her breathing and
I started thinking about different times in my life when I or my family has been
in crisis. Part of that thought process was to consider the question, "just
exactly what do we learn in crisis?" Here's the answer (at least from my
experience). I believe crisis leads us to clarity in all areas of our lives
(personal, professional, and spiritual ). In short, we glimpse a vision of what
is really important to us and why it's important for these areas. Clarity then
leads us to insight and understanding. Insight leads us to new and meaningful
goals, a renewal of our relationship with our Heavenly Father, and an
appreciation and awe for all that is good in our lives. Whether we want to or
not, the crisis points give us the potential for great learning. Of course, I
don't advocate asking for crisis. In fact, many times (including this one), I
pray the prayer, "Lord if I have not learned what I needed to learn in all this,
could you just give me an Incomplete? I really don't want to repeat this
For our family, this current crisis has definitely reminded us of the incredible
love of God and the incredible love of others. How much better can it get than
to go to bed each night knowing God is in control of the universe, and our
friends are sending healing thoughts and prayers for us. The love of friends
during this time has given us a soft pillow to lay our weary heads upon; a
billowing cloak that wraps around us and keeps out the coldness that fear and
anxiety try to expose us to; and a gentle hope that sings us to sleep. Thank you
, dear friends. We send each of you the love, joy, hope, and healing that
you have so generously extended to us. Hugs and Angels...Teresa
Thursday, 7/14/05 (Day #17 in hospital-day 9 from transplant)
Friends...I find that early morning is a great time to count blessings and I
wanted to put a quick update on this morning to share an answered prayer. Amy's
temp stayed down all night last night and she is temp free this morning. We
don't have any other tests back yet, but I know she's better so ...keep praying.
Once I had cancer two years ago, every day I wake up I consider that day to be
icing on the cake. Anything that comes after that is just blessing, blessing,
blessing. So, this morning the icing is very sweet and with Amy's progress, I
think there's even whipped cream and a cherry on my "daily" cake. God's grace is
so very good, isn't it?
I'll give my regular update late this afternoon after we know more about the
test results, but I just wanted all you brave hearts to know about this progress
for our little duck girl. Sending you morning angels to add a little
whipped cream to your day! Teresa
Friends...I'm most happy to report that Amy has made some additional progress.
The biggest news is that the tiny, tiny, tiny elevation of the white blood cells
that we've been watching for has happened. We're on the way back up!! Dancing
for joy on this news!
The state of her lungs and heart is still in question. Her lungs still are
congested, the antibiotics continue, her fever has stayed down but a lung
specialist is now on her case in addition to her bone marrow transplant team.
Her heart rate is still too fast and she still requires oxygen and is very short
of breath. But...I am confident they'll get to the bottom of it all. One step at
To celebrate our good news, we brought along a yellow pom pom as yellow is Amy's
favorite color and it's also the color of energy. We have it hanging in her
room, and any time we get good news about anything, I am required by the
Mother's Book of Instructions, page 43, to do a celebration dance and cheer.
Now, those that know me understand that this is not the type of entertainment
they're looking for on any new reality tv show, but it does seem to cause Amy to
smile. No, I will not do the dance outside this room.
Sending you all love, joy, laughter, prayers, healing, and giggling angels to
celebrate our day of good news....Teresa
7/15/05 (Day #18 in hospital-day 10 from transplant)
Friends...Sorry to be a little behind with my update. It's been a busy day with
both good news as well as frustrating news. But...isn't that fairly typical of
life? Rarely does life or the news media, or doctors deliver only good news.
So.. we've decided to stay in the rejoicing mode for the good news and in the
problem solving mode for the frustrations of the day.
On to the good news! Amy's tiny little improvement in counts yesterday
multiplied itself 7 fold in this morning's lab work. Her neutrophils (the one
that determines if she can get out of her room and today was our 10th day of
room confinement) were .3 yesterday which was up from zero. This morning it was
2.2!!! All I could think of are the many times in the Scriptures that the number
7 is often associated with God's miracles. And yes....I did the pom pom dance. I
managed to restrain myself until the medical folks got out of the room, but it
Our second piece of good news was that the count was high enough for Amy to go
out of the room again. She wasn't up to the journey until this afternoon and
wasn't strong enough to walk, but she and the expert chair pusher (also pom pom
girl) enjoyed the outing.
Our third good report was from the Echo cardiogram. The doctors were a little
worried about whether her heart had been damaged from the chemo but the test is
absolutely perfect. No damage whatsoever and the heart appears in excellent
health. This is truly great news because we could have been in serious trouble
if the heart was damaged, so that's one less thing we need to pray over.
Now, for the lung update. We still don't know exactly what we're dealing with.
The lung specialist wants to do another scan on Monday and see if there are any
changes from the one we did a couple of days ago. Basically, we could be dealing
with infection, pulmonary damage from the chemo, or some other condition. They
may have to scope her lungs before its over but we're hoping the scan will give
us the diagnosis without that procedure. They're going to continue the
antibiotics because she improved after the two new ones were added two days ago.
The best case scenario would be that the scan shows improvement over the one
from a few days ago. If that were to be the case, we could feel fairly good that
we have an infection that is covered by one of the five IV antibiotics she's on.
If the problem appears to have worsened, then the scope of the lungs will be the
next step. So...our brave hearts and prayer warriors, let's lift this specific
focus up over the weekend.
When we came in, we had a date of July 16th for possible discharge if we didn't
have a complication. Well, obviously we've had a few complications along the way
(which I must point out our Father has resolved) so we will not be going home
tomorrow. We won't know how much longer we'll have to be here until after the
test on Monday so I'll update later on that.
One of our favorite nurses here has called Amy "The Kid" almost from the
beginning because of her fighting spirit. One of Amy's favorite movies is Rocky
and I remember that his trainer, played by Bergis Meredith, called him Kid. I
think that's a common term for fighters. So..our little Duck Girl, aka The Kid,
still has a few steps to climb. Of course we will have a new twist for the
successful climbing of the stairs. Remember in Rocky when he got to the top of
the stairs, he was dancing and jumping with his arms in the air in a very
victorious manner? Well, if you saw the movie, you know it was quite moving. Amy
will definitely be doing that while off to the side where the cameras can't pick
it up will be .....the seriously challenged pom pom dancer doing the most
grateful dance of her life!
God bless you all for hanging with us. We love you and hope you all have a
refreshing weekend. Sending you joy, laughter, focus, healing, prayers, love,
and weekend angels to give you all the elements you require for body, mind, and
(Day #19 in
hospital, day 11 from transplant)
6:00pm Dear Friends, Today brought
us more increase in the white cell count so Amy's body is definitely getting in
gear down with cell production. She is still very fatigued and we continue to
fight with N/V and oxygen continues but I think her shortness of breath may be a
little better. Just keep praying.
Amy has a central IV line in her chest and it has two ports through which meds
can be given. It's been in since January and we have babied it along all these
months. Last night one of the ports malfunctioned and actually came apart. Right
now, the other port is still good so they're continuing to give the IV meds
through that. They may have to take the line out although they think they might
be able to repair it on Monday. Right now it's clamped off with two clamps and
it makes us a little nervous as that line is in a very big blood vessel and we
don't want to to bleed or be open to the air where it could cause new infection.
I think I've checked it 50 times since it was clamped off last night just to be
sure everything is secure. If you don't mind, please pray for some "clamp"
angels to sit on it tonight so I won't keep disturbing Amy peeking at the
We did get outside the room again this afternoon in a wheelchair, but any outing
that takes us out of these confines lifts her spirits. The other thing I did was
to paint her toenails with some bright red nail polish. I think looking down at
cheerful feet could only help. Okay, this could be a little like the pom pom
dance. Maybe I am more out of control than I realize! By the way,
many of you have written to ask about my giving lessons in pom pom dancing or at
least giving a demonstration. You are very clever, but I'm not falling for the
line of you just want to further your knowledge. Remember, I'm a teacher and can
spot a "real snow job" at a good distance.
Hope all of you are having a good Saturday. We send you our love and wish for
each of you incredible joy, laughter, healing, focus, insight, and angels
abounding, Hugs, Teresa
Sunday, 7/17/05 (Day #20 in
hospital, day 12 from transplant)
Friends, Your prayers are sooooo effective! Not only are Amy's white counts
coming up; they're leaping up! This morning's counts were well within the
normal range! Her red blood cell count is a little slower coming back as is
the platelet count but both are coming up so maybe she won't have to have more
blood or platelets.
I appreciate the "clamp"angels many of you prayed for last night. No problems
during the night and we'll know tomorrow if we can repair or if it will have
to be taken out. If it is taken out, they've told her she'll probably have to
have another one put in and she's a little disappointed about that as she is
looking to be rid of this appliance she's had for 7 months. Keep on swimming,
keep on swimming! Also, tomorrow will be the CAT scan of her chest, so please
pray for a clear diagnosis on this lung condition. I think her shortness of
breath is better, but she still requires oxygen to keep her oxygen saturation
up and she's still very fatigued.
Fatigued or not, we got out for our walk. That's my duck girl, aka The Kid.
She's getting ready for the top of those steps, and me, I'm polishing up my
pom poms and wondering if I could put enough pancake makeup on to disguise my
face a little so I won't embarrass my friends and students too much. Of
course, you all have been knowing me for a while so I guess you're used to it
by now. I know my children are. They hardly ever flinch anymore!
This morning during my quiet time I was looking out the window and watching a
bird. Amy's room faces Rose street and there are very large utility
poles on this street to accommodate all the university power needs. These
poles are very, very tall and I can count seven different levels of lines
attached to the pole. At any rate, I have noticed every day birds at different
times of the day sitting on the top line. Usually, I see large numbers (25-30
all in a row) . I have wondered if this is the "chirp klatch" instead of the
"coffee klatch". At any rate, this morning I saw a solitary bird perched on
the high wire. I thought "What in the world is he or she doing out there all
alone? Wonder if it's a "loner bird" or "did it miss the message that everyone
was meeting on another wire two streets over" or "did the group just not want
to be with this bird". I started feeling a little sorry for the bird, then...
my thoughts began to take a new direction. What if this bird is the leader
bird and goes first to "show the others the way" or "sits alone to demonstrate
its confidence in the ability to do so" or "comes early to enjoy the first
pinks of the dawn in peaceful meditation before the merry chirping of the
group begins". Well, needless to say, I started admiring this bird and didn't
feel sorry for it. So...I still don't know what was going on, but
eventually other birds came along. Assumptions get us into trouble all the
time, and I am reminded by this bird to keep an open mind and look at both
sides of life's unusual appearances as there is often many possible messages
there to be understood. Certainly, the challenges that this BMT process is
bringing to us will be easier if our family can stay away from assumptions
about any of the challenges. Our Heavenly Father will unfold each of them in
due time without our resorting to assumptions which are uncertain at best and
often anxiety provoking and incorrect at worse. I'm grateful that God gave us
all of creation to learn from.
We send you love, gratefulness for
your many prayers and cards and emails, hugs, prayers, and laughing angels to
sweeten your week. Teresa
Monday, 7/18/05 (Day #21 in
hospital, day 13 from transplant)
Friends, As I write this, I am absolutely blown away by the power of prayer!
Yes, Amy is much better and let me tell you "the rest of the story".
will recall that our focus this weekend was to pray for the abnormal CAT scan of
Amy's lung that showed a spot that her doctors feared would be a very bad fungal
pneumonia which none of the antibiotics she was taking would cover.
They said on Friday, " The area will be better or it will be
worse. If worse, we will biopsy the lung. If better, we'll continue
current meds. " Their manner in saying all this seemed to be
preparing us for the strong possibility that it would be the fungal pneumonia
which would have required several more weeks of IV antibiotics then a long term
of oral antibiotics. They said that if it were the fungal pneumonia, the
scan would stay the same or be worse.
had the enhanced CAT scan this morning and they just came in and told us that
the abnormal congested area they saw on Friday is gone, completely gone!
She still has congestion and infection which is so much better, but
the area they had prepared us would probably be this serious pneumonia is not
better, it's GONE! We are elated and so grateful to our Heavenly
Father and to you dear hearts who have prayed so faithfully for each challenge
that has been placed before us. Thank you for your concentrated prayers of
faith this weekend that I believe with all my heart made the difference in this
believe the rest of the congestion will clear with continued antibiotics and
they're going to try and put her on oral ones tomorrow, cut back IV fluid, and
if we can maintain with the nausea they might consider letting her go home since
she's here in Lexington and I'll be with her. Can you believe that piece
of news???? We could be home before the end of the week and maybe as early
course, she's very very weak yet but we expected that and I really think we
could handle home if she's eating and drinking and the oral antibiotics stay
down. She still needs oxygen when she's moving around, but her lung
doctor thinks that will change as her lungs finish clearing of infection.
are singing the happy song, doing the happy dance, slapping the high fives, and
anything else we can do to show our joy over this turn of events. I got so
winded this time doing the pom pom dance that I thought we might have to call
the medical folks back in here!!
send you love, great joy, eternal gratitude for your faithfulness to our
family's prayer requests, hugs, and angels to surround you. How will I
ever sleep tonight???? Somebody better send me some "sleep"
angels to calm me down....Hugs and Angels,
Tuesday, 7/19/05 (Day #22 in hospital, day 14
6:00pm Dearest Friends, Today, we
have been involved in activities to get Amy ready to sleep in her own bed
tomorrow!! We have had the IV port repaired, all the IV meds have been switched
to oral ones, and instructions given for the rest of her recovery at home for
the next several months.
To say we're excited is too mild a statement. We'll be dreaming of "home
recliners", sweet pets waiting, and no one coming in our room throughout the
Once we get home, Amy will be homebound as far as visitors and crowds go. She
will also begin her radiation in about three weeks so once we start that, it
will be everyday for about 5 weeks. So....we have a ways to go, but we are very
optimistic as we have just come out of the deep ravine on the wings of your
prayers. We know you will continue to pray for us and we will continue to thank
our Father for each of you and the incredible strength you have given us on this
God bless you this evening as we pack our bags for home. The yellow pom pom will
be on top of the heap as I may have to dance all the way to the car!! Love,
hugs, and angels, Teresa
7/20/05 ( Going Home)
I was slowly dismantling Amy's room
when they came in and told her all the paper work was complete and she could
go. Needless to say, I stopped my slow dismantle task and went
into high gear. I could make a documentary for the weather channel in
how to pack a room in 15 minutes and leave before the hurricane strikes!
Now, I know you don't believe it could be that big of a deal, but when have
any of you ever had to take 4 carts of stuff to the car after your hospital
stay? I realize most of you are sensible and only take a small
overnight bag. Not the Hardman girls. Once we knew we would be in
that room 3-4 weeks, we tried to turn it into Spa Markey. Of course at
the real spas, they don't stick you with needles, give you yucky meds to take,
and wake you through the night, but we did our best to minimize these
distractions. We had beautiful posters on every wall, your
beautiful cards on the closet door, afgans on every chair, lots of dvd's and
videos, a tea pot for brewing tea, books for reading, games for playing,
stuffed animals and other gifts given to us before we came to the hospital,
yellow pom pom for celebrating, and....a very few clothes.
So...now that you know what we had in the room, you can understand how good I
was at getting all that stuff down and packed and loaded in about 30 minutes
Once we pulled out of the parking lot, we
were so excited and I turned to Amy and said where do you want to go? I'm
sure the doctors thought we were going straight home. I knew better.
Amy said let's drive by the horse farms off Richmond Road so off we went.
My baby needed to see beautiful green fields and tree lined country roads so
off we went on the small detour. A dark cloud was trying to come
up but we didn't get rained upon. Just as we came over the top of one of
those beautiful rolling hills, the beautiful green fields with the little
foals and their mamas were set against the dark clouds. What a
visual impact! The storm cloud was threatening, but the mamas and
their babies were quietly eating and moving through the field.
Sometimes, we have to move through the field and experience the beauty of the
green even if the sky is becoming dark.
Eventually, we got home and what a homecoming
with the two dogs. Reilly, Amy's Yorkie/Maltese , pretended to have an
asthma attack which he always does when he gets very emotional. And
Tippy, my dog, raised her Reindeer Chihuahua bark to a pitch that probably
cannot even be measured! Then, it was onto the recliner and collapse for
a little rest.
Our day has been filled with getting
prescriptions filled, arranging home health appointments and supply
deliveries, and getting myself organized again. Now, I am the Mom, the
nurse, the cook, the laundry person, etc. Of course, we have Charlie to
help us and he's very glad to do so.
For the next month, Amy is still on a very
strict BMT protocol of diet, activity, rest, and isolation as far as visitors
up close. She cannot have flowers or fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, or
concentrated sweets so....I'll be cooking within the limits. The first
month she will be very prone to infection so that's why we stay strict with
all this until the counts are staying up. Of course in Amy's case,
she'll have to begin radiation in about a month and all the counts will go
down again so we've still got a little ways to go but she has come so far, we
know we can see the finish line.
continue to pray for us and we will continue to use this site to update you as
we work on recovering from this BMT journey. Love, hugs, prayers, and
angels to all of you, Teresa
7/21/05 (Day #2 at home)
Dear Friends, Our first full day at home has been rather exhausting,
but we're surviving. I think it will take us a day or two to get into a
routine with all the meds, nap time, bath time, etc. etc. I think Amy
thought the magic of home would immediately erase all the nausea and GI
problems she continues to have, but even the reality of that has not
dampened our spirits at being away from the hospital setting.
I have resorted to lists to keep up with all the stuff we have to do. There
are meds every two hours, breathing treatments, personal hygiene, cooking
duties, daily cleaning of kitchen and bath, and seeing that Reilly gets his
"treats" on a regular basis. This last item is top of the list as far as his
mama, Amy, is concerned.
Actually, all this craziness reminds of what it was like to bring a new baby
home! In a strange sort of way, that's what we've done. Hopefully, Amy has
been given a new life start. We're already counting July 5, day she got her
Bone Marrow Cells, as her second birthday. I think everyone should have
several birthdays. We'll also celebrate January 21 which was the day she was
officially diagnosed with cancer. That will be her survival birthday. Today
is six months exactly and what a six months it has been. The
wretchedness of cancer has illuminated the beauty in Amy, Charlie, and all
of you. Isn't it remarkable that beauty can not arise but flourish in the
face of such a bear as cancer. Thank you dear friends for your beautiful
faces, smiles, hearts, and prayers that have helped to light our way through
the dark days. We love all of you and will long remember your loving
Amy will be at very high risk for infection for at least another month until
her counts hopefully get close to the normal range for all aspects of the
blood components. We'll see the doctor 2-3 times a week for blood tests and
of course we're into taking the temp several times a day and have our strict
instructions to beat it back to Markey for certain temp elevations.
The pom pom has been unpacked but we're keeping it where we can see it
because the day the nausea disappears will definitely be a dancing event.
Keep praying for that to happen soon as we are really tired of the GI house
guests. Sending you love, joy, laughter, focus, healing energy,
prayers, and angels to surround you and yours, Teresa
7/22/05 (Day #3 at home)
6:00pm Dearest Friends, We've
had a little better day today. Amy has been able to walk a little further but
still needs lots of help with the stairs and bath. She gets a little frustrated
with her lack of strength. She was unable to open a plastic bottle of pop today.
Then she tried to open a package of cookies and couldn't do that either.
Needless to say, this is tough for a young woman who enjoys running five miles a
day and when that activity is not available, taking me for 5 mile walks. We'll
get it all back in small increments. I won't say pray for patience, because
every time in my life that I have done that, God gives me situations that demand
patience. So...instead, I will ask you to pray for Amy's strength to return in a
consistently, improving manner each day.
The GI problems continue and her doctor changed one med today so maybe that will
help. I think if we could get past the nausea problems, the rest of it would be
much easier to take. I guess that's another prayer focus.
As many of you know already, I am being treated at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville,
Florida since last December for a serious problem with my pancreas.
Basically, the pancreas is failing. I was there in December, January, and March
and was suppose to go back in June but delayed it due to Amy's BMT. At this
point, I'm suppose to return August 1. Of course, Amy wants to go with me, but
we'll have to see how things are by that time. My logical daughter has pointed
out to me that we will be at a major medical center if she develops any
problems. I plan to stay out of this decision and ask her doctor to make the
call. She sees it as a opportunity to have a small break before starting
radiation about mid August. Maybe we better pray about this one too. In some
ways, it might be a motivating goal for her. One of these days, our lives are
going to be soooooo boring! . I can hardly wait!! Last night I phoned the
mother of another young adult patient at Markey who also had a BMT. Her
child received the BMT the day after Amy's transplant. They are still in
the hospital and having a very hard time. Please pray for them tonight as a
morphine drip has had to be started to deal with the pain of some severe chemo
Amy and I were discussing how many times she had walked past Markey Cancer
Center as a student at UK since it's right on campus. She said she would never
be able to see it again without praying for those inside. I feel that way too.
Often we go through life with blinders on to the suffering all around us. It's
not that we're insensitive as much as it is that we have been spared the
experience so we don't have it in the forefront of our minds. One of the big
lessons for any pain (physical, emotional, or spiritual) is to raise our
awareness of our blessings and encourage us to pray for others - even if we
don't know them. I think Amy has the right idea. Let's just pray for all those
inside the hospitals, schools, stores, that we pass everyday as we go about our
daily activities whether or not we know the specifics of the individuals inside.
God knows the specifics and will hear the petitions raised.
We hope all of you have a wonderful weekend. We're looking forward to our first
weekend home and I may have to dance again even before the nausea leaves as it
begins to really hit me that WE ARE HOME. Sending you love, joy, laughter,
hope, prayers, and summer angels to refresh you, Teresa
Saturday, 7/23/05 (Day #4 at home)
Friends, We've had a really good day today. This morning I was suppose to go to
Morehead to take Amy's baby, Reilly, for his haircut. She decided she wanted to
come with me so away we went. We dropped him off and went to our house to wait
in the recliner until Baby was finished at the spa! She did well with the drive
and being up most of the day and yahoo, she even managed to open a plastic pop
bottle this morning!
There's always a fine line between enough activity in recovery and overdoing it!
I don't think we overdid it, but she's really tired. Of course, she has a sense
of accomplishment that she tolerated the drive and being up for most of the day.
I think the real issue was that she wanted to go and "hold Baby's hand" or at
least hold his hand when we picked him up!
Hope all of you are keeping cool. Take care of yourselves because you are all
precious to us. Sending you love, joy, laughter, focus, healing, prayers, and
angels to stand ever ready to meet your needs, Teresa
(Day #5 at home)
Friends, True to the recovery process, one day can be great and the next the
pits. Yesterday was great and today is the other extreme. Amy has not been
able to keep any food down and we're barely keeping liquids down. Things are
going to need to improve rather drastically if we're going to avoid going back
to have IV fluids. So...just when you thought it was safe to ease up on the
praying, I'm asking you to focus again on this nausea/vomiting problem.
You know, Amy and I were discussing last night how absolutely cute the Baby (aka
Reilly) looks after his day at the spa (aka Precious Pals). As we were
discussing this, I pointed out that there is something really wrong with this
picture when the Baby looks adorable with his shave and blow dry while all the
other females in this household need some serious help. I mean check this out -
Amy has no hair, Tippy has short, straight impossible hair, and my hair has
gotten so much grayer over the past month, that I am fairly certain some of you
may only recognize me by voice recognition. When things lighten up a little
around here, we're going to address some of these inconsistencies in the
household! In the meantime, I'm considering wearing the yellow pom pom on my
Hopefully, all of you have had a refreshing weekend with lots of angels to
assist you and care for you. We send you love, joy, laughter, focus, prayer, and
Monday Angels to smoothe the way tomorrow. Hugs, Teresa
7/25/05 (Day #6 at home)
Friends, Your prayers are focused and helping. We've had a much better day
today. Food is still limited to cereal, yogurt, sprite, hot tea and toast,
but...it's all staying down so we'll continue with this menu for a while.
Several of you have written to say that I should give up the thought of Amy and
I taking turns wearing the yellow pom pom. Okay, you could be right about that,
and my feelings are not hurt at all. I think we'll just plan on a nice day of
beautification when she's well enough to do so. Such a day will probably have to
wait until after radiation but if we get started on that as planned in mid
August, we should be able to go by Amy's birthday in November. Radiation will
take about 5-6 weeks, then you have to wait another 5-6 weeks before you get in
hot tubs, etc. Plus, I don't think they'll take her central IV line out until
after radiation. So...November seems like a long time to put off
beautification. I may have to come up with a mini version of the spa to
We go for a checkup on Wed and they'll test her blood counts again. They
prepared us that it's not unusual on the first visit to have to have platelets
or additional blood. But...we're hoping for the best so that is your next prayer
focus. By now, you know I believe in praying for whatever we need as our
Heavenly Father's children. For me that has always meant praying as earnestly
for the little things as the big things as all of them are part of the daily
fabric we call Life. Thank you for joining us in these petitions.
Sending you love, joy, laughter, healing, prayer, and angels to surround you,
Tuesday, 7/26/05 (Day #7 at home)
Friends, We hope all of you are in where it's cool as we wait for the
thunderstorms to bring us some relief! Amy has had more vomiting today but she's
better this afternoon. We've identified a breakfast food that is not agreeing
with her so perhaps tomorrow will be better as we delete that from the menu. She
goes to see the doctor tomorrow and they'll do blood work so keep your focused
I'm on again, off again about going for my Mayo appt next week. Amy has told me
I'm going with or without her and that it's not negotiable. She must be getting
better as she is promising me a lashing with some very big noodles if I don't
go. I'm waiting to see what her doctor has to say tomorrow before I make my
decision. Let's pray for clarity for all concerned as we're all a little tired
at this point.
God bless you everyone as you pray for us and tenderly hold us up with those
prayers and positive thoughts. We send you love, joy, giggles, prayers, hugs,
and cooling angels to keep you "fresh". Teresa
Wednesday, 7/27/05 (Day #8 at home)
Friends, We just got in from the doctor and lab work. Overall, things are
pretty good. Amy's counts have gone down some since our return home but
apparently that is not unexpected. They're still okay to be out of the hospital
but she'll still be wearing her mask outdoors and isn't suppose to have a lot of
contact with others until the counts are higher.
She's been taking 5 antibiotics and several of those have been discontinued and
we believe this should help with some of the nausea problem.
Best of all, she wrangled permission to go with me to Florida for the Mayo
visit. Of course we'll be keeping all the rules of daily temp taking, dietary
restrictions, fluid needs, medications, wearing the mask, and calling
immediately to UK if any problems as well as seeking Mayo's help if we need it.
As she put it to the doctor, she could be nauseated anywhere and being at the
ocean's side early in the morning would be very restorative! Amy has always
known herself pretty well, so I trust her call on this and don't believe she
would try to go if she didn't believe she could make it in good shape. We'll
drive and take two full days to go and two to come back so that will be
comfortable for both of us. At any rate, I know we will have all of you praying
for us so....what could possibly go wrong??????? Don't answer that!
Okay, I have to admit that there were a few photos taken while in the hospital
of the pom pom dancer. Amy is pressing me to share the glory of the "fabulous"
pom pom dancer with all of you. Now...that could happen, but I am a little
concerned that doing that might result in someone sending to a tabloid that
specializes in unusual stories. Or...at the very least, I might expect to see a
blown up version placed in a strategic location in Morehead . I may have to
think about this a bit longer.
Well, have a good evening. Thank you for your continued prayers. Today, we
believe we have made some progress. Sending you love, joy, laughter, focus,
healing, prayers, and of course the most beautiful angels to sing you to sleep
and give you peaceful dreams, Teresa
Thursday, 7/28/05 (Day #9 at home)
Today has been a good day. Amy actually felt like reading the newspaper. Up
until now, she's felt too bad to concentrate on much reading so this is a great
sign of progress. We have the new Harry Potter book ready for her to begin and I
think today is a good sign she's almost ready for the largeness of the new
Our plan today was to have lots of mini meals and that has helped with the
nausea and it's our first day with the decreased number of antibiotics so maybe
we're trying to turn that corner now.
Another sign that recovery is happening is that Amy put on a pair of earrings
for the first time in 6 weeks! Now....when a woman starts caring about her hair,
make up, and earrings, we don't need a lab report to tell us things are
We will leave early Saturday morning and start our trip to Mayo Clinic in
Jacksonville, Florida. Knowing how strange little things seem to happen to me,
I'm hoping for a minimum number of them on this trip. Maybe you all better pray
for that minimal number! I'm taking the pom pom in case I need to do any
dancing during the trip.
We hope all of you have had a successful day and that your Friday will be a
great one. God bless your hearts for all the kindness and optimism that you have
shared so gently and consistently with us. Sending you love, hugs, peace,
encouragement, joy, giggles, and weekend angels to give you a special lift.
7/29/05 (Day #10 at home)
Friends, Today has been a middle of the road day for Amy. She continues to have
nausea and a rough headache today, so she's sort of taken it easy and watched me
flying around gathering up things for our trip to Mayo early tomorrow morning.
She's really looking forward to the trip and seeing it as a challenge, goal, and
reward all at the same time. I guess I feel the same way.
We'll continue to send updates from the road trip so all of you can know how
your prayers are working and I do expect them to work as I have witnessed their
power over the past 6 weeks.
Hope all of you have a beautiful weekend. We send you love, joy, friendship,
peace, and beautiful angels to keep you company. Hugs, Teresa
Saturday, 7/30/05 (Day #11 at home-day #1 Mayo road trip)
Friends, The Road Trip is in progress and we are a little behind getting
this posted. We made it to just past Atlanta (about half way) and have had
dinner and checked into our hotel so we consider this to be a very major
accomplishment. The day has been long but Amy has done very well. We took
lots of breaks, small snacks, and stretch the leg breaks. We're both very tired
and I think we'll sleep well. Tomorrow, we'll go the rest of the way and have
plenty of time to get there. We were a little late getting off this morning so
didn't get quite as far as we had planned. We hit Atlanta at the wrong time (5
pm) and just let me say that Amy and I both were sweating profusely after going
through the crazy traffic and that perspiration effort was in spite of the ac
going full blast! Even on a Saturday, folks were driving all over the road in
and out and all around at the most unexpected times! We even had to turn down
the oldies to keep our nerves under control and we NEVER turn down the oldies!
Amy had to take her nausea meds today but she has been able to go a little
longer between doses so that's progress. We're so grateful that she is slowly
going forward. The other young adult patient I asked ya'll to pray for has had
another setback and went back into the hospital after only two days at home.
Please continue to pray for that family as they are very discouraged. Amy
and I were discussing her friend's set back, and Amy said she knew that could
have been her if her mother had not had so many "watch dog" qualities.
Okay, I'll admit that I have been and continue to be a little over the top with
my insistance on following the discharge protocol even if it gets on the nerves
of others. I think it's a side effect of all that pom pom waving near my
head! I think they're going to investigate that phenomenon next , right after
they finish the effect of cell phones near the head.
Of course, I know without a doubt that it is the prayers of all of you that has
kept our family moving forward. Thank you once again for your faithfulness.
Please share with your various groups that you have praying for us that we are
making progress and we do thank them for their precious petitions in our behalf.
Well, I'll close and get this posted. Tomorrow will be another long day but so
far, so good. God bless each of you with peaceful slumber and bright eyes for
the morrow. Sending you love, joy, laughter, prayers, and angels, Teresa
7/31/05 (Day #12 at home-day #2 Mayo road trip)
Friends, The wings of your prayers have brought us safely to our destination. We
got here about 4:30 this afternoon and have had a rest and a short walk to the
beach where we sat and enjoyed the cool evening ocean breezes and fresh salt in
the air. Amy has had a good day though very tired as I am from our journey
but we are grateful to be here. We got started earlier this morning but after
about 20 minutes back on I 75, Amy remembered that she had left her pillow that
she brought from home in the hotel room where we stayed. Totally confident and
to reassure her that we would get the pillow back, I said, "Don't worry, I'll
use the cell phone and call the hotel and they'll hold the pillow for us." It
was only when I reached for the cell phone and it wasn't there that we feared we
had also left the cell phone. I took the next exit and after a 20 minute search
of the car, we finally found it. I'm afraid by the time the pillow and phone
were rescued, our early morning lead had evaporated, but it was only a "tiny
little disturbance" so we just went with the flow.
This morning at the hotel, Amy wanted to walk down with me to get my coffee at
the continental breakfast so keeping all the rules, she wore her mask and she
had a little bucket hat on. Of course the staring started immediately. Amy said,
"Maybe I look like Michael Jackson with this hat and my mask." I said, "Don't
worry, if any of them start over to ask for autographs, I'll immediately begin
the pom pom moonwalk and I'm sure that will clue them in that they have mistaken
you for the "gloved one". At least we laughed in the face of such rude behavior.
Once again, Amy was able to stretch out the time between her nausea meds so
that's impressive and who knows after a few days smelling this ocean, she may be
lots better. She'll stay here and rest while I'm at Mayo in the morning so
we have good things planned to facilitate recovery. God bless you all and thank
you for the travel angels. We felt them near us all day. Love, hugs, and angels,
8/1/05 (Day #13 at home-day #3 Mayo road trip)
Friends, Amy has had a good day today. Her progress continues even with
our ever present friend, nausea. How do I know progress is being made? Well, the
little duck girl pulled out her study material for the CPA exam. She's
determined to take the second part of it this month! Did I or did I not tell you
what a slave driver she can be? Honestly, this is the part that is really
worrying me about promising to do this marathon or half-marathon that I've
promised to do with her next summer. Something tells me, (actuallly shouts at
me) , that as my coach during training for such an event, she will not cut this
"flubby" person any slack! However, her discipline and spunk is also one of the
most incredible things about her. Just give her a hill, tell her it can't be
done, and watch what happens! I should also mention that if I were you, I
wouldn't watch from in front of her or you might be wearing a New Balance print
on your face.
So far, I would say the sea air is good for her. Keep those salty angels working
on the special project of "seaside recovery".
My day at Mayo has been long, and I can honestly say that I am not nearly as
gracious as Amy is when it comes to all the prodding and poking and needles and
scans. I've said several times today to myself, "Is this only Monday? How long
do I have to do this???" By Friday, when I'm suppose to be through, I may do the
pom pom dance. What do you think? Maybe that would be a bad reflection on
Kentucky. You know how everyone thinks everyone from Kentucky is a bit off? I
wouldn't want to reinforce that, but if I were to dance, I promise I won't give
any of your names as emergency contact people!
Tomorrow will make two weeks that Amy has been out of the hospital. I can't
believe it's only been 2 weeks and she's in Florida. Well, all I got to say is I
hope she doesn't decide to go on a NASA flight between now and when radiation
treatment begins in early September. I really don't think the pom pom queen can
handle the dance in zero gravity conditions!
We love you and continue to ask for your prayers. We hold you all in warm
remembrance and send you joy, laughter, focus, healing, prayers, and angels to
put a special pep into your steps tomorrow and sweet peace in your dreams
8/2/05 (Day #14 at home-day #4 Mayo road trip)
Wednesday, 8/3/05 (Day #15 at home-day #5 Mayo road trip)
Friends, Thank you for your patience in my not getting an update to you last
evening. We've had a rather exciting 24 hours. First, I'll give you the Amy
Amy told me to be sure and report that she officially has hair now. She counted
five (5) new hairs on her head in the mirror this morning so she's pumped! This
morning instead of just sitting on the beach, she wanted to walk a little ways
which we did and then rested and then walked back. It wasn't a great distance
(maybe 50 yards) but it was a breakthrough. Of course, I'm realizing that this
means my resting days are nearly over........! Soon, we'll be back to the part
where Amy's Mom is desperately trying to catch up to the "walking" Amy. I love
I am preparing most of Amy's meals as we have fridge, microwave in the room, but
yesterday, she thought she wanted to try some outside food. She actually ate it
and said it tasted like food instead of cardboard so another step for her. Once
we get the nausea to leave, that will be icing on the cake, but I admire her for
continuing to eat even when she doesn't feel like eating. You know, there are so
many times in life when we have to do things whether we "feel" like it or not if
we are to progress.
A little side note on the food preparation for you. The maid came in yesterday
to bring our towels as I do the cleaning as another way to keep Amy safe. At any
rate, the lady did come in with a big stack of towels and laid them on the bed.
She looked around the room at all the large shopping bags (the kind with twine
handles) and with big eyes she said, "My goodness! You all have done some
serious shopping! " I shook my head and said, "No, we brought all this with us
so I could cook for my daughter." Her eyes got big again and I'm sure she
thought we were really strange! Whatever, it takes is my motto!!
When we were sitting on the sand for our rest this early morning (6:30 am), I
was watching the surf crashing in its beautiful way onto the beach and I started
thinking about the sand. In particular, I was thinking how each grain of sand is
blasted from its resting place, churned over and over, then redeposited in a new
place with new neighbors, new environment, etc. This doesn't sound very pleasant
since I'm not sure the sand requested this "moving adventure", but as I
considered it, I also realized that in the process of "relocation", each grain
of sand was lifted, totally cleansed by the water, given a new view, and
returned to a state of equilibrium. Amazing, isn't it? I think we can
learn from the sand that when our equilibrium is disturbed, do not despair for
we will reach equilibrium again.
One of the reasons I didn't get an update to you last night is that I had a
little unexpected drama. I've had a major bleed in the retina of my left eye.
About a year and a half ago, I had three such bleeds in my right eye but no
problems with the left. Yesterday afternoon, the flashing lights started in the
left eye, and I tried to take it easy, but when I got up this morning, the
symptoms of a bleed were there so I called my GI doc who called the retina
specialist and the retina specialist saw me early this morning. The danger with
these types of bleeds is that the retina might become detached. At this point,
that has not happened, so I'll continue with my other tests, we'll watch the eye
for the rest of the week, and if it's not any worse, I'll see my specialist in
Lexington when I get back early next week. If the retina starts detaching,
they'll laser the eye here so maybe, if you feel like it, a little focused
prayer on this would be greatly appreciated.
This evening, I am doing a prep for a colonoscopy early in the morning then I
should get some of the results on Friday and hopefully, we will be out of here.
It's not really a vacation even though we're in a nice, beautiful place. I would
love to come down here and just be a tourist instead of a patient, and I know
Amy feels the same way. One of these days that is going to happen.
We hope all of you are well and happy and moving on your paths as you need to.
We send you love, joy, healing, prayers, and angels to surround you, Teresa
Thursday, 8/4/05 (Day #16 at home -day #6 Mayo road trip)
7:00pm Dearest Friends,
We've just about reached the end of our week here in Florida. I still don't have
all my tests results back, hopefully, they will be back tomorrow before we
leave. We're going to take a little more time driving back due to my eye and the
problem it has caused with seeing clearly especially at night. There will be no
night driving so I expect it will be Sunday before we get back to Lexington.
Amy has a doctor's appt on Monday and I have one Tuesday with the retina
Today was another day of better strength for Amy. Once again, she was able to
take a walk on the beach with me as opposed to sitting on the beach. She also
has enjoyed her food today even with the nausea which is less than it was at the
beginning of the trip, so all in all, I think she's made some progress this
week. We hope the blood counts show progress when we test on Monday.
Everyday has had a thunderstorm but even the storm clouds are beautiful down
here, and this morning as I left early for Mayo for my colonoscopy, there was a
full rainbow right at daybreak as the rain was clearing out. It was a
spectacular way to begin the day. Such beauty exists everyday for our enjoyment
if we can get ourselves to slow down and experience the "now".
Hope all of you are well and happy and looking for all those angels we are
sending you with love and hope and healing, Teresa
8/5/05 (Day #17 at home-day #7 Mayo road trip)
Saturday, 8/6/05 (Day #18 at home -day #8 Mayo road trip)
Friends, Greetings from Macon, Georgia. We have just stopped for the night
and eventually we will make it home. We started home yesterday but have not been
able to travel too fast due to my eye and due to the fact that Amy has developed
a rash (looks like poison ivy) due to photosensitivity caused by several of the
meds she's on. She didn't have it until we started traveling yesterday during
the day. Prior to yesterday, she had only been out early morning or late
afternoon. We left about mid morning yesterday and just riding in the car with
the sun, she started itching and we could see the rash so we stopped early and
have tried to drive today when the sun was not so bright. Due to the decreased
vision in my left eye, we are not going to drive at night so tomorrow we'll get
up early and drive early and stop somewhere during the heat of the day and then
drive again when it's cooler.
Amy said to tell you she's gone from being stared at because she looks like
Michael Jackson with his mask to being stared at because she looks like a cat
burglar! She begged me to stop and buy a ski mask so she wouldn't be able to
scratch her face. I pointed out that we were in Georgia and this was going to be
a little hard to come by! Well, that's our update for the evening.
Hopefully tomorrow evening we will be back in Lexington. Sending you love, joy,
focus, healing, and angels, Teresa
8/7/05 (Day #19 at home -day #9 Mayo road trip)
7:00pm Teresa and
Amy are still on the road, trying to get to Lexington before nightfall.
Teresa reports that Amy goes to the doctor on Monday where they will check on
what we hope are blood counts climbing toward the "normal" range.
Hopefully Teresa will not be too tired to do the "pom pom" dance if Amy's counts
are up! Depending on these blood counts, a plan of action to begin
radiation treatments will hopefully be determined.
Tomorrow's update will bring you much anticipated news of the Florida trip and a
progress report from the doctor's. Please continue to pray for Amy and
Teresa as they continue their journey home and as they approach the next phase
8/8/05 (Day #20 at home)
Friends, We rolled into the house last night at 9 pm. from the road trip.
I had to drive just a short distance (less than 8 miles in the dark) so
that was good as my vision is rotten after dark with the goofy eye problem.
Today has been a busy day with Amy's lab work and doctor's appt. Her blood
counts are slowly coming up, but they decided to give her some more of those
injections that stimulate the production of the blood cells so she got one today
and will get another one in two weeks to see if that will bump things along.
This Friday, she will be having the central IV line removed that has been in her
chest since January. That will be done in outpatient surgery so Friday will be a
busy day too. She's really excited about this progress because once it is out,
she'll be able to shower, swim, and begin to exercise again in all the ways she
was doing before all this chaos started. Of course, we'll be starting with
simple walking but it's a real boost to get this apparatus out. It's been a life
saver and kept her from being stuck over and over again for IV's, chemo, etc.
but it is a real hamper for her and she has endured the weekly dressing changes
and flushing the line with grace.
We will meet with the radiation oncologist next week and start setting up the
process for the radiation treatments. We anticipate radiation will start about
the first week in September and there are some pre-radiation markings, etc. that
have to be completed before the actual treatment starts.
While her counts are slowly coming up, the doctor advises a few more weeks of
being careful with masks, etc. . We think the continuing nausea will also
improve as her blood counts get better so the current plan is for her to
continue to rest, study for CPA exam, and steadily improve.
We're still waiting for my final reports from Mayo. The radiologists wanted to
compare the scans they completed on Thursday with all my other scans so I hope
to hear something by tomorrow. I see the retina specialist here tomorrow for
another evaluation of the bleeding left eye.
Thank you for your continued prayers as we go forward on our healing paths. We
are learning a great deal with these challenges and we are comforted by your
willingness to pray for us while we're in this intensive classroom! Sending you
love, joy, laughter, focus, healing, prayers, and angels to surround you, Teresa
8/9/05 (Day #21 at home)
Friends, It's been a hot one and Amy has stayed in most of the day. We got
out very early this morning and actually took a short walk on her street (the
first one since early June) so she was pumped about that, and informed me we
would take another one this evening when the hotness of the day is gone. Did I
or did I not tell you all that my resting days were over!! She's definitely
mapping out our renewed exercise and training program. I have to say though that
it is a joy to have her considering exercise options as opposed to chemo side
My appointment with the retina specialist was about what I expected. The eye is
still bleeding behind the eye but the retina is still intact. As long as it
stays intact, we won't have to laser the eye so keep asking for those retina
angels to be on duty. My final reports from Mayo also came in and we got a good
report on the scan that we took to see if I had a rare neuroendocrine tumor. At
this point, it looks like that is a no, and they'll keep watching the small
tumor that is there and keep treating the severe pancreatic insufficiency and
chronic pancreatitis. To me, that means I'm stable and even with the increasing
pain of it all, I am satisfied with the report for this point in time.
Tonight, I'm cooking some fresh vegetables for Amy. She still has to be careful
of anything raw, but she can have her cooked fresh veggies so it's grilled pork
chops, cornbread, fresh tomatoes, fresh green beans, and corn on the cob. She is
delighted to be able to taste things again.
Remember the young adult I asked you to pray for? He's better, but his Mom and I
spoke today and her husband has just been diagnosed with cancer of the larynx
and will be starting chemo later this week. Please pray for this family as they
are in the middle of an ocean of challenges.
We send you love, joy, friendship, peace, healing, and "cool" angels to keep a
heavenly breeze floating around you on these hot days of August. Hugs, Teresa
Wednesday, 8/10/05 (Day #22 at home)
Friends, I am behind this evening. I can't seem to get caught up! Any of
you having the same problem? Today has been a good day. Amy has walked outside
early in the morning and again this evening and she ate a good supper.
We've been running around today arranging to pick up xrays for the radiologist
next week who will determine the radiation treatment schedule. We're also trying
to get our taxes filed since we got an extension with all that was going on
during April and of course the extension is up August 15th so now we're trying
to get the taxes done. Amy is ahead of me, but then she's the accountant so I
don't feel badly about my slowness at finding all my junk to make the
computations. Every year I say I'm going to get more organized!
Amy's regular oncologist told her it would take much longer for her hair to come
back this time due to the extremely strong chemo they gave during the BMT
process. Amy is not dismayed and everyday checks out the five (5) beautiful, new
hairs she has found on her beautiful bald head.
Friday is the big day for getting the central line out, and we are really
getting happy about that. This morning we changed the dressing for what we hope
and believe will be the last time. Of course that generated a high five. I'm
getting pretty good at those in addition to my pom pom moves!
Today, I was trying to vacuum up a lot of loose, black particles and couldn't
get them up. It took me several minutes to realize that I was trying to vacuum
up what I'm seeing from my left eye!! Now, you know why I did not want to drive
any after dark on our return trip.
We send you love, joy, laughter, healing, prayers, hugs, and incredible angels
to bless your hearts, Teresa
Thursday, 8/11/05 (Day # 23 at home)
8:00pm Dearest Friends, Well,
today has been an excellent day as we have been busy getting the final details
together for Amy's procedure in the morning. We have to be at the outpatient
surgery clinic at 7 am with her procedure scheduled for 8 am. She is walking on
cloud nine at the thought that this time tomorrow night, she will not have the
central line. It's been a God send in many ways but has also severely limited
her activity level which has been very hard for her to take. Of course, she sees
this as a major step forward in returning to a more normal way of life.
She can't seem to detect much effect from the injection she had on Monday to
boost the blood cells, but I'm sure it's helping in its own quiet way. I think
if we can keep the nutrition going well with her protein intake, that will also
help. I'm encouraging the protein at every turn. I think I may sound like
a broken record, but then Moms don't really mind being repetitious when it's
appropriate to do so!
Hope all of you are having a great week and looking forward to Friday and the
weekend. When next we write, it will be a "song of freedom".
Sending you love, joy, focus, healing, prayers, and angels, Teresa
8/12/05 (Day #24 at home)
8/14/05 (Day #26 at home)
Friends, The pom poms are waving as Amy waves goodbye to her Groshan port.
Her procedure went well this (Friday) morning and other than being sleepy for
most of the day, she has tolerated the whole thing very well. Tomorrow, she will
get to get into a full shower for the first time since January. After they put
the line in during January, she's only been able to take a bath and then had to
have the site wrapped in saran wrap and be very careful. Something tells me that
Charlie and I might not get any hot water if we don't hit the shower before she
We're expecting to have a great weekend and actually look forward to meeting
next week with the radiology oncologist so we can get this last treatment piece
lined out. All of that will happen Tuesday and we expect her treatment to start
about the first week in September if the blood counts are up and ready to go.
They will be depressed again with radiation so we want them to be as high as
possible before we start radiation.
Have a glorious weekend and stay cool with these very hot temps. I'm hoping to
get things unpacked from the trip as we've been on the go with doctor appts
(mine and Amy's) since our return. God bless you all and know that we send you
love, peace, joy, and angels to surround you and yours, Teresa
8/15/05 (Day #27 at home)
Friends, This past weekend was almost a normal weekend! Amy walked, ate
well, and drove the car for the first time in nearly 8 weeks. She slept
most of Friday from her procedure but on Saturday, she showered for a very long
first shower since January! The shower seemed to really perk her up and thus
followed the brief drive. She drove me to Walmart and back.
Tomorrow we see the radiology oncologist to get set up for her radiation
treatment plans. We know this is the final piece of her treatment, but it's hard
to willingly go back for more of anything!! We expect to start about the 6th of
September but will know more after tomorrow.
We've been trying to walk a little more each day very early (7am) or late (8:30
pm) as Amy is still very skin sensitive to the sun, and I just can't take the
heat and humidity of these days. While we were walking one day over the weekend,
I was thinking about our marathon training that we're hoping to start for real
in January, and I suddenly realized and expressed the thought to Amy that we
have already run the marathon. Cancer plunges you into a race that takes you to
hell and back so there's really nothing that a little 26 mile race can do to us
that will top what we've already been through. When I realized this, I suddenly
felt a lot more confident that I'll be able to complete the training for walking
a marathon. I think most all of you have experienced a few of "life's unexpected
marathons" and I applaud all of you in surviving the difficult treks.
As the pace of Amy's recovery has slowed to a less dramatic pace, I may go to a
Monday, Wed, Friday update instead of every day. I know that all of you are
still praying for us and I know you have many other things to do beside tune in
each day, so unless I have a pressing matter for your consideration and prayer,
we'll begin this week trying the MWF update. Sending you all love, joy,
laughter, focus, prayers, and angels to each of you. Teresa
(Day #31 at home)
Dearest Friends, Well, it has been a very busy few days with my returning
to school and our getting ready for Amy's radiation. She has received her
markings, had a CAT scan today, and will have a PET scan on Monday. We
anticipate that she will actually start her radiation treatments a week from
today though we won't know for sure until the doctor reviews the CAT and PET
Because Amy's tumor was so deep into her chest, the doctor has advised that the
radiation is very likely to cause some major inflammation with her esophagus
which can result in difficulty swallowing and eating so we may be in for a
difficult 4 or 5 weeks. Please focus your prayers on her esophagus staying
as healthy and unharmed as possible as these side effects can be very unpleasant
and difficult to deal with if they develop in a severe manner.
Several of you have asked about my eye. The good news is that the bleeding has
stopped but the light show (flashing light) continues which means the vitreous
is still pulling away from the retina and could still result in another bleed.
So...we're still watching the eye to prevent a retinal detachment. Seeing is
still like looking through an old screen door so you can imagine that reading
and driving and close work gives me quite a fatigue headache after a few hours.
If you still want another prayer focus, then the left eye of the pom pom queen
needs some help.
We hope your weekend is a wonderful one with rest, fun, joy, laughter, focus,
healing, and angels to surround you and yours. Hugs and prayers, Teresa
8/22/05 (Day #34 at home)
7:00pm Dearest Friends,
Well, a new week has started. Our weekend was a fairly good one though Amy still
tires very easily and she overdid and ended up having to rest in bed for about 4
hours. That's our athlete-always driving toward the goal but not always pacing
We were supposed to have had a PET scan today, but due to a scheduling problem,
that was changed to tomorrow at 7:30 am so until those results are in, we still
don't know when the actual radiation will begin. We see the radiology oncologist
again on Friday and she will complete the permanent markings or tatoos as
they're called after she reviews the CAT scan and the PET scan. We anticipate
starting the treatments probably a week from today.
I want to share with all of you something that still amazes me. Before I share
this, I want all of you to know that this encounter did not happen with any of
you or any of our close friends or family. In fact, that's what makes it even
more amazing (someone I don't know well was confident enough to do what I am
about to relate). I should also say that I had a similar encounter when my only
sibling, a brother, died while on active duty with the Navy in a terrible
accident in 1982.
Okay, here's the recent encounter. This person said to me in inquiring about
Amy's wellness the following, " Do you think anyone in your immediate family has
done anything that God needs to punish them for through Amy?"
Wasn't this the same question asked thousands of years ago "Master, did this man
or his parents sin?" as the questioners sought to determine why the man was
When faced with this question, I can only share my belief and that is as
follows. We are told over and over that nothing can come to us that our Heavenly
Father does not know about. I believe trials come to us so that we may grow
spiritually and that it is not a punishment but an opportunity that has been
given to us. In some ways, even if I don't understand why the opportunity is
presenting itself, I have to believe it is there with God's knowledge, His
permission, and His grace to walk through the challenge. I do not feel punished.
I feel empowered as we have seen God's hand throughout this time in our lives.
We have seen that hand in the presence of faithful friends who pray for us, cry
with us, walk with us, and lift us up on a daily basis. We are empowered by
answered prayer, comfort in the middle of the night when things go bump, and
peace in the middle of the storm. We are not punished. Far from it, we are
blessed, and while we might not have chosen the timing of this challenge, we are
loved and protected by the Father in the midst of the storm, and I want all of
you to pray that this dear person who made these comments will find the loving,
strong, wise Heavenly Father that walks with our family and yours. I cannot even
imagine how life may appear to them if they believe Amy is being punished
through this challenge called cancer.
Sorry, if I have gotten on a soapbox, but I wanted to share this experience just
to first of all share my opposite view, and second, to suggest that when we
encounter others in crisis, we all need to be so very sensitive to our words. I
can only imagine how crushing this question would have been if I did not believe
what I believe.
Sending all of you love, joy, laughter, focus, healing, prayers, and angels to
surround you and yours, Teresa
Wednesday, 8/24/05 (Day #36 at home)
Friends, Today has been a good day. Amy is with me in Morehead for a couple of
days before we begin radiation next week so we've been doing relaxing, fun
things at home between my being at my university office for classes which began
on Monday. We'll go back to Lexington tomorrow evening after I finish up here
and we'll see the doctor on Friday to get our dates, times, etc. for the
That's really about the extent of the update today. Thank you for your continued
prayers, cards, and thoughts. We're a little nervous about proceeding to the
final stage of the treatment plan but we know we are not walking this path alone
and that gives us so much courage.
Sending each of you love, joy, laughter, focus, healing, prayers, and angels to
surround you and tenderly care for your every need, Teresa
8/26/05 (Day #38 at home)
8:00pm Dearest Friends, Well,
we have our schedule for next week. Amy will begin her radiation treatments next
Tuesday, August 30th. We are expecting about 5 weeks of daily (M-F). We dread
it, but are also anxious to get this behind us.
This morning I was outside sitting under a tree and looking up through the
leaves. There was a light mist falling, and it really was a lovely early
morning. As I was admiring the underside of the leaves and the branches, I could
see that some leaves are just beginning to fall and turn color. Soon, the entire
tree will be bare as the autumn progresses. I considered that it is in the
winters of our emotional lives that just like the bare tree in winter, we are
able to fully appreciate our foundation form that gives us shape and support for
the spring, summer, and fall. During the other seasons, we are too busy to
notice the beauty of our support system and only when we are as bare as the
winter tree do we understand the strong but incredible beauty within each of us.
Of course, I believe it is our spiritual selves that provide the real foundation
for our lovely clothes of spring, summer, and fall and without that foundation,
our clothes never really fit or feel like they belong to us.
We send all of you love and hope, joy, laughter, focus, healing, and tree angels
to remind you of your inner beauty each and every day, Teresa
8/29/05 (Day #41 at home)
Dearest Friends, Well, we're into the final stretch tonight before
radiation begins tomorrow. Amy has had a good day. She visited her co-workers
at Precision Staffing and enjoyed the visit greatly. She had not seen any of
them since she left in early June to start preparations for her bone marrow
transplant. This morning I gave Amy a little plaque to begin radiation
with. This is what it says: " To Become a Champion, Fight One More Round"-
I thought this would be a good reminder that often championship are won or
lost in that moment just before the next round starts and we face ourselves
with the question of whether we can get up one more time. I think this
radiation treatment is "one more round" and I know Amy is a champion at heart
and will give it her best. Please continue to pray for her as she stands with
courage to face the "round" ahead.
We wish you love, joy, laughter, focus, healing, and angels to surround you.
Hugs and prayers, Teresa
Wednesday, 8/31/05 (Day #2 of radiation)
6:00pm Dearest Friends,
Well, two radiation treatments down and soon we'll be to Friday and will have
completed the first week although we didn't start until Tuesday. I say, claim
the week and we'll worry about doing one more day at the end!!
One of you dear folks just sent me a wonderful visual image that I want to share
with all of you. She closed her email to me by wishing for Amy, Charlie, and I
to have "angels with rainbow flashlights to shine on the rough parts of the
path". Isn't that an incredible image? I can just see white wings with
reflections of rainbow colors dancing across their surface as the angels bend
and hover in whatever position is needed to illuminate the path. Thank you
Patricia. I'll remember this image for a while and in closing tonight I will do
a good turn and send the same group of angels to each of you. We love you all
and are blessed to have you in our lives.
Hugs and love, Teresa
9/3/05 (Week #1 of radiation complete)
Dear Friends, Sorry
that I'm late with this update. Yesterday got a little goofy.
completed four treatments as of yesterday afternoon. She is already
experiencing some esophagus side effects so keep praying for this particular
area of her body during these treatments. Radiation has many side effects.
Some are seen at the time of the treatment and some may not appear for up to
several years after the treatment. It's really not a situation where you have
the treatment and it's over.
Amy is receiving radiation to the very center of her chest (where the large
tumor mass was) and on each lateral side of her chest due to the lymph node
involvement on each side. Due to this extensive area for radiation, one of the
certain side effects will be some lung damage. They're very precise where they
deliver the lateral radiation and hope to minimize the lung damage. As with all
treatments for catastrophic diseases, the treatment/cure has the double edged
sword of both helping and hurting. So...your second focus for prayer during
these treatments is the lungs. Personally, I'm trying to envision radiation
angels (who thoroughly understand what needs to be protected) standing
during each treatment to shield the healthy tissue from undue damage. As you
can see, I live my life believing there is an angel waiting for anything that
happens and I truly believe in asking on a daily basis (sometimes every five
minutes) for our Heavenly Father to send in the angels!
I hope all of you have a safe, restful, and fun holiday. We send you love, joy,
focus, prayers, and every description of angel to be in the wings and assist you
with whatever you need, Hugs, Teresa
9/7/05 (Week #2 of radiation)
Dearest Friends, Well, we're to the middle of the second week of
radiation. Amy is experiencing more burning sensations in her throat and
esophagus so her doctor has ordered "Magic Mouthwash". It's a really awful
tasting concoction of antibiotic, pain med (xylocaine), benadryl, and
something else and you don't really wash your mouth out with it. You have to
swallow it. Amy had to use this very briefly during one of her chemos and
really hated it so I'm hopeful she'll be able to tolerate it. I tasted it
myself, like a good pediatric nurse, and really does taste terrible. Maybe you
better pray for taste bud angels to dull the taste buds just when she takes
the stuff. I know we may have a few unusual requests for certain types of
angels, but I've always believed in being specific with prayers and angel
At the radiation oncologist office where Amy goes for her treatments, they
have a dressing room and each person who comes to that office for treatment is
given a little clothes cubicle in the dressing room. They ask you to put a
nickname, not real name, on your cubicle. They don't use real names in order
to protect privacy. Right now, there are only four ladies coming on a daily
basis that have a cubicle. Amy was quite amused to see all the names at one
glance. Here they are: Granny, Nanny, MeMaw, and Cue. Of course Amy is Cue
because I've been calling her "my little cue ball" since the last hair loss
and for short I say Cue so that's what she put on her box. Before any of you
thrash me, she's okay with the nickname and thinks it's okay because I tell
her she has such a beautiful, bald head that is perfect just like a cue ball.
I can see I may not have convinced you, but the purpose of telling you this
story is not to save myself from the wet noodles, but rather to point out that
this terrible disease of cancer goes across all age spans as is highlighted by
just this one little section of a dressing room. Three women who have been
mothers and are grandmothers and great-grandmothers and Amy who is young and
has never had a child. Different walks happening in each of the four lives,
but all have been brought together by this disease called cancer and part of
this healing path called radiation therapy. Please say a prayer for Granny,
Nanny, and MeMaw, and of course I already know you are faithfully praying for
my "little cue ball".
I hope all of you are enjoying the gorgeous weather with its cool nights. I'm
reassured by the coolness as Amy and I still think it's suppose to be January
(when she was diagnosed). At least, the current cooler weather will help our
sense of disorientation of how we jumped from January to August! It seems most
of the time like one long day.
We love you and send you that love along with our hope, our prayers, our
friendship, and every September angel we can locate to give you a beautiful
fall. Hugs, Teresa
9/9/05 (End of Week #2 of radiation)
4:00pm Dearest Friends,
Yahoo, we've completed week two of radiation! Amy is taking her Magic Mouthwash
and so far so good. Her skin is holding its own at this point so keep those
prayers going for skin, stomach, and esophagus angels to keep the side effects
to a minimum.
We hope to go to the UK ballgame tomorrow evening so that will be a nice break
for little Cue. We hope to have something nice to do each weekend as an
incentive to get through the week and a reward for getting through the week.
So...reward time tomorrow.
Hope all of you have a beautiful weekend. Please remember to pray for Granny,
Nanny, MeMaw, and Cue as they refresh this weekend in preparation for next
Sending all of you love, joy, healing, prayers, and angels to surround you,
9/12/05 (Week #3 radiation begins)
Friends, Well, Monday of the third week has started with tears. Amy's side
effects are worsening, and I suspect the ride for the next few weeks is going to
be rough. The skin, underlying trachea, esophagus, muscles, and soft tissue
are very irritated. The mouth wash is helping but she's having a lot of pain
now. We're going to try over the counter meds first but if that doesn't work,
she may have to go to something stronger as she's very uncomfortable. Keep
praying for healing of those tissues and that she will be able to rest at night.
If her sleep gets off schedule, that will only make it all worse.
I can't say that I am surprised by this as my own experience with radiation had
the ugly symptoms showing up by the end of the second week of treatments and her
doctor had given her warning on this though we were hopeful, she might get to
skip some of this very unpleasant part of radiation treatment.
I have been staying in Morehead on Tuesday, Wed, and coming back Thursday
evening, but as these symptoms get harder to deal with, I'm thinking about
starting the daily commute. There's nothing worse than being alone with your
misery. As you all know, I may not know how to do a lot of things, but we know I
can dance with yellow pom poms and believe me, that's always good for at least a
brief distraction! At any rate, maybe you better ask for some traveling angels
for me . I'm going to see how things are tomorrow, but if she feels the same or
worse than today, then I'll probably come back tomorrow evening after class is
over at 8:45 pm.
The weather is inspiring and I hope many of you have been able to enjoy the
beautiful sunrise and sunset opportunities afforded to us by this September
Sending all of you love, joy, healing, prayers, and angels to surround you and
yours. Hugs and love, Teresa
Thursday, 9/15/05 (Week #3 radiation)
Friends, Sorry I did not put up an update last evening. Amy is having some
major symptoms and we have been working with various tests, etc. today and I
thought it better to write you when I knew something specific.
So..here are the specifics. Amy has developed acute pleurisy which is extremely
painful. She has also developed shortness of breath and the tests today have
revealed she does have fluid forming around her heart. At this point, it is a
small amount of fluid, but we will be watching this very closely between now and
tomorrow as it may have to be removed if very much develops.
She did not sleep any last night due to the pain of the pleurisy so the doctor
has started her on pain meds.
This is definitely a crisis point and I'm asking everyone to pray specifically
for all these new challenges but especially the fluid around the heart problem
as this one could land her back in the hospital.
Sending you all love, joy, focus, healing, prayers, and angels to surround you
and yours, Teresa
Friday, 9/16/05 (End of Week #3 of
Friends, Amy is not in the hospital and we're hoping to keep her out. She
has had a cardiology consult today and they've decided to try and treat things
with Prednisone to hopefully get the inflammation down as he believes the
inflammation caused by the radiation is what is creating the fluid around her
heart. She is more short of breath and still in considerable pain, but we're
hopeful the prednisone will be helping within the next 24 hours.
Please keep your prayers especially focused on her heart, lungs, and esophagus.
Her pulse rate has been running about 120 so we know she's being stressed
physically. We are confident this road will turn just as it did during the
crisis of the bone marrow transplant experience. Keep praying and we'll do the
same and sooner or later, all of us will come out on the other side of this
Sending all of you love, joy, laughter, focus, healing, prayers, hugs, and
angels to surround you and care for you constantly, Teresa
Monday, 9/19/05 (Week #4 of
Friends, Well, your prayers, spells, hotlines, toes crossed, angels, and
all other things requested in our behalf seems to be working! Amy started
improving over the weekend with her pain and shortness of breath. We know the
Prednisone kicked in, but we also know all of your positive thoughts and prayers
were the second half of the equation. Thank you.
Today we had two doctor's appointments and additional tests and everything is
improving. We also managed to have another treatment and I think our family is
starting to really think that we may be seeing an actual end to treatment and a
beginning to full recovery from all treatment and the cancer itself. At this
point, if we can get through this week in the shape things are in today, we'll
be sitting very good to hopefully finish up radiation next week sometime. We
don't have a final day yet, but you can be sure we're looking forward to
whatever day becomes the celebration day for finishing all treatment. Amy had
her first chemo treatment on January 21, 2005 and there's been a lot treatments
since that first one. I'm starting to get giddy just thinking about all that is
behind us. I don't think Amy can really envision it as it has gone on so long,
but I think there will be a great pom pom dance when we walk out of her last
radiation treatment next week.
Thank you for the extra prayers over the weekend. Please continue to pray that
the stability she's having right now will continue through the end of these
treatments. Sending you love, joy, laughter, focus, healing, and angels of every
description to hover near you and yours. Hugs, Teresa
Wednesday, 9/21/05 (Week #4 of radiation-hump-day)
Friends, The train is moving toward the station platform. Yesterday, Amy
found out she will most likely go through next Thursday, Sept 29th with her
radiation treatments. Of course, that date is dependent on her continuing to be
stable with her Prednisone treatment for the side effects. She is not pain free,
but much better than last week so we're all for staying level here.
She was hoping to be done earlier in the week, but as I pointed out to her this
morning, we have 263 days of treatment behind us, and only 7 treatment days in
front of us. Now, as of tonight, we have 264 treatment days behind us and only 6
days in front of us! I actually believe the train behind us is going to push us
all the way through those 6 days, and if it doesn't, I'm prepared (as Spider
Woman of course) to pull the train, Amy, and myself toward that platform! We
will arrive! As you can see, I have a very strong opinion about this as Thursday
of next week sounds like a thrilling day to wave pom poms to me!
Hopefully, all of you are having a good week and progressing toward the goals
that are important to your well being. I often find that in my own life too
often I am making progress on goals that have nothing to do with my wellbeing.
I've done much better on that one since my own round with cancer, but I'm not
where I want to be yet so...let's all just keep reminding ourselves of just what
is needed for our wellbeing then being brave enough to try and pursue those
Sending you love, joy, laughter, focus, healing, prayers, and of course angels
to surround you and keep you company day and night, Hugs, Teresa
9/23/05 (End of week #4 of radiation)
7:00pm Dearest Friends,
Yahoo, we've finished week four of radiation and now we're looking toward that
train platform, and I can actually identify people on it! Things are steady and
to celebrate finishing the week, Amy and I just got back from a movie. Tomorrow,
we have the UK football game to watch and then next week, we just have to march
confidently through four (check it out...FOUR) final radiation treatments.
Thank you for your continued well wishes and prayers as we keep putting one foot
in front of the other. I think it's all of you that are praying and willing our
feet to move toward the goal that keep us going. Your prayers encourage us to
lift those feet and our Heavenly Father places them firmly and securely on the
path. What a team!
God bless each of you from our grateful hearts. We send you love , joy,
laughter, focus, healing, and weekend angels to give you refreshment for your
spirits. Hugs, Teresa
9/26/05 (Begin week #5 [the final week] of radiation)
Friends, Well, we're riding high tonight as we look toward the train
station and see only three treatments in front of us! Amy is stable and at this
point is beginning to smell the finish line.
Today , the 70+ aged lady who gets her treatment just before Amy, finished her
treatment today. When she came out of the radiation room, we all applauded her,
and the big smile that hit her sweetly lined face brought tears to my eyes. She
even turned loose of her four prong cane long enough to stand in her own
strength and gently applaud herself with the rest of us. I loved the spark of
victory in her eyes, and I found myself wishing that all of us whose limbs are
younger, eyes stronger, and faces less lined could take a page out of her spirit
book and face our challenges with her courage and dignity. Oh, the power of the
spirit that moves mankind and womankind to move the mountains before them.
Thank you for your continued prayers and I hope all of you in your individual
places will do some sort of celebration dance (with or without pom poms) about
10:30 am Thursday morning. That's our anticipated completion time if the morning
appointments are on time. Somehow, I just love the thought of hundreds of you
whirling in joy at our arrival at the station. I'm a little afraid I'll go
completely out of control about the whole thing and you might yet see my photo
in the Lexington Herald for inappropriate behavior. If so, none of you
have to acknowledge me in public. Of course....if you all dance too, all of us
may be in the newspaper!
Sending you love, joy, laughter, focus, prayers, and pom pom dancing angels to
give you just the steps you need to celebrate this victory with us. Hugs,
hugs, hugs! Teresa
Wednesday, 9/28/05 (One treatment to go!!)
Friends, Well, here we are at the eve before Amy's last radiation
treatment. We're all feeling like it should be declared a national holiday!
Part of what will make tomorrow so glorious is knowing that all you from so many
walks of life and location will be celebrating with us. Remember, the pom pom
queen will be dancing at approximately 10:30 am as that is the approximate time
that Amy will walk out of that radiation room with the treatments behind her.
So....if any of you find yourself bursting forth in song or dance or unbridled
enthusiasm for "being alive" at that time, please do so and know that we will
feel your joy from whatever part of this planet you might be sending it!
I'm sure I'll have to send an update tomorrow just to express to you the details
of our celebration. I believe this is one time that the anticipation of the
celebration will not be able to live up to the "real event" . More on that
Suffice it to say that I will sleep tonight not with "...sugarplums dancing in
my head", but with "...team cue running their marathon or half marathon late
next spring"! By the way, Amy has practiced with the whistle now and is quite
good at getting my flubby self to move more appropriately (in step?) with the
training plan. Several of you have already expressed to me that most of my "flubbiness"
is in my brain for agreeing to do the Lymphoma Teams in Training program for
raising money for Lymphoma Research in these marathon events. Of course I
totally agree with you that I have bitten off more than I can chew with such a
project but with the Little Duck Girl blowing that whistle, there's no way I'm
going to back down or change my mind on purpose.
Sending all you love, joy, laughter, focus, healing, and marathon angels to help
each of you with the marathons you all run on a daily basis with life's
Friday, 9/30/05 (Treatment
is Over! Let the Pom Pom dance begin!!)
Friends, Too much celebrating yesterday left me befuddled and exhausted so
I did not make an entry last night as I had intended.
Thank you all for dancing with us yesterday in celebration of Amy's last
radiation treatment. I have to tell you that I decorated my car with 30 yellow
pom poms so when Amy came out to go for the treatment she was greeted with what
she immediately dubbed "The Pom Pom Mobile". And yes, the pom poms are still on
the car today. We drove from Lexington with them yesterday and we'll keep them
on today for our return trip to Lexington later this afternoon. If I get stopped
by the State Trooper for having pom poms on my windshield wipers, I'm hoping I
can explain adequately without dancing, but the celebration bug is still very
strong and I might just break into a dance during the explanation!
Of course, I couldn't stop with the 30 pom poms on the car (of course you all
know this before I give you the rest of the story). When Amy went in for
her treatment, I adorned myself with extra pom poms and when she walked out of
that room, the first sight she and the radiology techs saw was a whirling
dervish dance of yellow (aka, the pom pom queen dancing). The techs laughed, Amy
laughed, then when she got to me, we grabbed each other and hugged and cried for
several minutes! I knew I could stop dancing and just concentrate on hugging
since all of you were dancing, singing, reciting poetry, or whatever you do to
celebrate, and I promise you that we felt your positive intentions even though
she and I were the only ones in the waiting room. When the tears stopped and the
smiles started again, I put a new watch on Amy's wrist and told her, "Time has
become precious to you now. Use this to mark the new times of your new life."
This morning I was reading and found a perfect quote from Robert Frost to sum up
where Amy, Charlie, and I are this morning. Here it is. "I can sum up in three
words everything I've learned about Life: It goes on."
Isn't that a great beginning for a new chapter of life? I think so. We've spent
9 months in treatment and all that that entails (tears, fears, pain, problems,
love, joy, laughter, focus, healing, prayers, determination, and hope). Now, we
begin the day after treatment and we must work to call back our spirits after
the challenges of the last 9 months. After you have a serious illness, you get
up, start putting your life back together, and part of that process is
"recalling our spirits" of mind, body, and soul that have been affected and
changed by the illness. No, we will not be the same, but having endured, we are
stronger, hopefully wiser, and definitely more grateful for Life itself and the
gifts in Life of family, friends, nature, opportunities, and just air to
All of you through your loving support have been a part of this journey, and we
know we could not have made it without each of you. We thank our Heavenly Father
daily for the love and compassion given so freely to our family by each of you
in too many ways to count. I also ask our Father to return to each of you the
compassion and love you have extended to us as you face the challenges that
present themselves in your own lives.
One of the best parts of Life, is that we don't have to try and get through
everything alone. Learning to receive is one of the greatest lessons of serious
illness. It's easier to give than receive. Both are necessary in order to learn
great spiritual lessons. We give and learn to extend ourselves to others as a
way to learn compassion, empathy, fulfillment, etc. When we receive, we have the
opportunity to learn about humility, gratitude, the effect of compassion
expressed in word and deed, etc. Gifts are given to us but we must learn to
receive them. Part of receiving is admitting that we actually need the love or
whatever is being extended to us. Our egos often try to keep us from
experiencing the extended gift, because we may see it as a failure that we need
anyone or their gifts. When we truly receive, we are blessed not with a
feeling of failure because we are in need; but with an incredible sense of being
loved unselfishly by another. Receiving allows others the joy of giving and it
creates in the receiver a sense of wanting to also give. Isn't that a wonderful
Healing also requires receiving and part of our journey now is to receive the
healing that we believe our Heavenly Father has provided in this experience. As
you know, healing and cure are not the same thing, but healing is necessary if
we are to get to cure, and if we do not get to cure, healing will provide the
strength and peace to walk whatever path will be ours.
We love all of you and send that love to you. I will continue to write a weekly
update on our progress at calling back our spirits since some of you are still
wanting to wave us on with yellow pom poms. By the way, if anyone needs one, I
I'll try to post each Friday to let you know the recovery process. Amy will have
her first follow-up CAT scan in mid December and that will be an important test.
Please continue to pray for us as we pray for all of you. Certainly, you all are
among the choicest spirits on the planet. Sending you love, joy, laughter,
focus, healing, and angels waving yellow pom poms! Hugs, Teresa
Saturday, October 8, 2005
Friends, We are out one week from radiation treatments and guess what
we've done four times this week? We've been swimming, and what a joy that has
been to Amy who has been so restricted physically for over 9 months. We're both
making good progress with our swims, and just as I predicted, she's outdoing my
feeble efforts already. Either I must take more vitamins, or I have to sew
weights in her swimsuit!
Tonight we will be walking in the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society's Walk in Lexington.
We're really pumped about being able physically to do this walk. It's sort of
another victory lap for us. Actually, everything is a victory lap after the past
nine months. One of the really neat things is that Amy's oncologist and also her
bone marrow transplant physician will also be walking. That makes it all extra
Our goal for next week is to keep swimming and keep walking. Amy's skin is still
peeling both front and back from the radiation, but her swallowing is better so
we'll take any improvement and be very grateful. Thank you for your continued
prayers as we continue to try and call back our spirits on this path of
Sending each of you love, joy, laughter, focus, prayers, and walking angels to
put some pep in your step as you face the challenges in your lives, Hugs, Teresa
Thursday, October 20, 2005
Friends, We're into our third week of recovery after treatment and Amy is
killing me as my swimming coach! We're swimming three days a week and walking on
the days we don't swim. Yesterday I swam 20 laps and Amy did 26. Of course we
have to rest a lot in the process and we give ourselves a full hour in the pool
to get the job done. I'm convinced I've reached my maximum lap level, but Amy
just rolls her eyes when I hint at that so I guess next week, I'll be looking at
So....the exercise portion of recovery is going well. Amy still has a great deal
of fatigue and still needs about 12 hours of sleep out of 24 but I think we're
doing extremely well for our point on the path. This weekend, we're going
to take a short trip to Hot Springs, North Carolina (a quiet little place about
an hour from Knoxville) where we can see the leaves , take walks, and drink in
the quiet beauty of Autumn.
Thank you for your continued prayers and well wishes in our behalf. On the days
when neither of us feel like swimming, walking, or making progress, I know your
prayers encourage us to get up and keep trying. On that note, I should ask you
to pray for my lead feet to work a little better if I'm going to get to a lap
level that my swimming coach approves of!
Love, Prayers, Joy, Laughter, Focus, Healing, and Angels are sent to each of
Thursday, November 3, 2005
Friends, Our road to recovery continues. Amy still surpasses me in our three
times a week Olympic swims! Okay...Amy would not call these Olympic swims but
this is the flubby girl speaking and I can call them anything I
want to (at least until Amy reads this).
Amy hopes to return to work part time next week so that will be a very special
milestone as we continue the recovery path. Please continue to pray for
her as each transition is both a celebration as well as a challenge. Speaking of
celebrations, you're all invited to one. Here's the background of the invitation
and then I'll write what Amy told me to write. (I do seem to have problems
following directions sometimes. I'm sure you 're all sympathetic with Amy , as
my coach and partner for Team Cue!)
In January when Amy was diagnosed as Stage IV Non-Hodgins lymphoma, she turned
to me on the first day of chemo and had this to say, "If I make it to my
birthday in November, I want to have a celebration party." Of course I agreed as
all of us were feeling pretty overwhelmed with the diagnosis and the potential
that she might not make it to that birthday.
Well, she has made it so we're having a little birthday gathering and we want to
invite all of you. The chosen theme is Harry Potter because Amy likes Harry
Potter and because we want to celebrate the magic of recovery that has been
created in large part by the prayers and well wishes of all of you. So, here's
the Party Info.
Date: Sunday, Novemeber 20th 2005
Time: 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Location: Crossroads Christian Church
"Town Hall Room" 4190 Todds Road
RSVP: By Friday, November 11th to either 606-776-1415 or
These are Amy's words that she has written to accompany the above invitation
This is a celebration party for "making it"to my 26th Birthday! I'm celebrating
that Victory; I'm celebrating Life; and I'm celebrating all the Friends who
helped me get to this birthday party! I hope all of you can come-even briefly,
to celebrate with me. Instead of gifts for me, I invite you to bring a
non-perishable food item that will be donated to Feed The Hungry of Lexington.
Immediately following the party, join us for a "Dutch Treat" viewing of the new
Harry Potter movie at 3:30 pm at Regal Theater in Hamburg Shopping Center.
Tickets are $6.50 and we'll pre-purchase a ticket for you if you let us know to
do so in your RSVP.
**Address for Church:
From I 75: R on Man of War, Left on Todds Road, Go Approximately 2 miles, Church
will be on Right. Enter Lobby and follow Amy signs.
From Nicholsville Road: Man of War to Todds Road, Right on Todds Road, Go
approximately 2 miles, Church will be on the Right, Enter Lobby, Follow Amy
As always, our love is sent to you along with prayers, hope, focus, healing, and
of course November angels to remind us all of the incredible blessings in our
lives. Hugs, Teresa
Friday, November 11, 2005
Dearest Friends, Well, Amy
has made it through her first week back at work (half days). She's been pretty
tired but happy to be back with part of her normal routine. I am grateful for
the continued prayers in her behalf that I know continue to give her strength to
pick up her life in all dimensions that that life needs to be picked up.
I want to remind any of you who plan to attend the "Amy celebration" on November
20th to let us know as we will be getting ourselves organized this weekend for
food and fun. You can email to the address given with this site or email to
email@example.com or phone to
The day is beautiful outside and reminds again of Life greeting us each day with
so many opportunities to exercise our minds, our bodies, and our spirits as part
of our journey with each other. I certainly wish each of you the best on your
journey today, and for those unexpected things (positive or negative), I am
requesting all description of angel to be around you that you might have
heavenly guidance for your steps.
Love, hugs, focus, healing, presence, joy, laughter, and prayers are sent to
each of you, Teresa
Saturday, November 19, 2005
Friends, We're in high gear, looking forward to seeing many of you
tomorrow at Amy's celebration. I know it will be a great day for her and very
symbolic of reclaiming her life after these ten plus months of "dancing on the
edge of the volcano".
I get up very early each morning before dawn and one of the things I enjoy doing
is watching the sunrise from the beginning of early light until the full body of
the sun is visible. Every morning presents a different sky (each with varying
degrees of possibilities ) for the Creator's paintbrush. I am never disappointed
as each element is used to create a masterpiece to welcome the day. Each one of
these "magical" dawns reminds me that our Heavenly Father can take each element
in our lives and create a masterpiece if we allow Him to handle the paintbrush.
Our family has certainly learned through the years that just when the colors are
running all over the canvas, the Master's Hand can create a rainbow!
Sending you love, joy, laughter, focus, healing, prayers, and rainbow angels to
add beautiful color to each of your dawns, Hugs, Teresa
Monday, November 21, 2005
Friends, I knew all of you would want an update on the celebration
yesterday afternoon. About 55 of us celebrated together and had a greattime
wearing the Harry Potter glasses that the gamemaster, Amy, gave us all to wear.
She had a good time leading the games, and I have to say that it was a fantastic
image to see her laughing, animated and encouraging friends to participate and
actually enjoy games of broom riding and eating Harry Potter jelly beans in such
flavors as dirt, earthworm, sardine, etc. ! Of course we also had tamer food
like cake! I insisted on the cake after the gamemaster coerced me into trying
all the jelly beans with her to select the seven worst flavors in the box in
preparation for the party.
For all of you who could not be with us, we felt your spirit and knew you were
celebrating with us on this most joyous occasion. Many of you called,
emailed, and sent cards and we thank you for those greetings of joy. The food
donation for Feed the Hungry was substantial and we thank all of you for your
generosity. Amy was as excited about the amount of food collected as she was
about the fun of the day.
For those that were present, I want to thank you for not throwing tomatoes at
the pom pom dancer! Fortunately for me, others at the party got in the spirit
and danced with me. I, along with everyone there who has now seen the pom pom
routine, hope that I will not have to dance the dance again. Amy said I had to
do it one more time as this was a major celebration as she goes forward with the
rest of her life. Being her mother, I could not refuse, but I do apologize to
everyone as I know my strengths and one of them is not pom pom dancing!
Hopefully, your Harry Potter glasses distorted most of it for you. I actually
think her secret reason for having me do the dance was just to have all of you
have great sympathy for her that she was trapped in an isolation room with me
for 4 weeks and had absolutely no control over my deciding to do the pom pom
dance for whatever we could celebrate!
Well, this week is Thanksgiving and our family's hearts are full with
thankfulness for all of you, Amy's doctors, God's grace, and all of those who
have prayed for Amy and our family. We have heard from churches in many other
parts of the world who have been and continue to pray for us: Switzerland, Cuba,
Canada, Mexico, and others. God's people know no geographical boundaries and
prayer in any language is an awesome power! I pray for each of you daily and
whether I know your full name or not, God knows who I'm praying for when my
thoughts turn to all those who have read this web site.
Amy will have her first big CAT scan (after bmt and radiation) on December 19th
so we're looking forward to that follow-up visit. I will be returning to Mayo
Clinic the week of December 12 for a week. So...that gives you some more focus
as you pray. May God bless you all this week of Thanksgiving.
Sending you love, joy, laughter, focus, healing, prayers, and Thanksgiving
angels to lift your spirits with song as you realize the special blessings and
gifts in your life for life, even with challenges, is a gift. Hugs, Teresa
Saturday, December 10, 2005
Friends, We had a great event this week! Amy had her first haircut in a
year!!. Of course, it was more of a tiny trim and shaping, but Amy had a great
time pampering herself with a "real " haircut. She plans to grow it out long
again, but I think she looks cute with the short style. When I get back
from Mayo, we're going to put a couple of photos from the birthday party up for
you to see.
Often I get up in the wee hours of the morning and take a bubble bath. Usually,
this happens when my various aches and pains wake me up. This morning was such a
morning. I was in the tub at 3 am. If I'm going to bubble bath at 3 am, I try to
make it as spa like as I can given the ridiculous hour, so I always light a good
smelling candle. This morning, I soaked to the delicious smell of hazelnut cream
and listened to beautiful music.
As I studied the candle's soft light, I was reminded anew of the impact of
light- even if only a single candle flame! It's really quite remarkable. My
thoughts led me to consider the sources of light in my life and here are some of
them: Light of our Heavenly Father's Love, Sunlight, Moonlight, Light sparkling
on sunlit or moonlit water, Light of Friendship, Light of Love, Light of
Understanding, Light of Pets and all of Nature's Creatures, and I'll stop there.
Isn't it amazing how much light we have and obviously need in our lives?
For all of you, I wish many lights to shine on your spirits and in your life as
we complete this Holiday Season. My second wish for all of us is that we will
receive the Light in our lives , absorb it, and when people look into our eyes,
they will be blessed by the shining light they see there. Thomas Kincaid paints
houses with beautiful lights in the windows. I'm suggesting we each work on a
human version of that! Hope to see all of you "lit up" for the new year!
Love, hugs, healing, focus, laughter, joy, and angels are sent to each of you,
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Friends, Well, our Christmas morning came early yesterday when we got
Amy's CAT scan report back. Absolutely no sign of cancer anywhere and her lab
work was also within all the normal limits for the cancer screens! Needless to
say, we were giving each other high fives all over the place. Of course, I am
somewhat challenged in my coordination of high fives but I certainly had the
"spirit" part of it down!! I know you are rejoicing with us in this great
milestone. She will have another CAT scan in 3 months. I think the plan is a CAT
scan every three months for the next year as the likelihood of her particular
cancer coming back is very high in the first two years so they'll watch her
closely. One day at a time.
I got back from Mayo late Saturday night so I'm still recovering from the trip
and my procedure there. It will take about a week for things to settle down from
the procedure I had to try and lower the pain associated with my pancreas
misbehaving but I am optimistic that it's going to result in improvement. I have
to say though that the permission to treat form I had to sign for the procedure
was a little thought provoking. The potential problems listed for the procedure
included: infection, acute pancreatitis, bleeding, stomach perforation, liver
damage, cardiac or respiratory arrest, or death. I have total trust in my doctor
and his expertise and of course you know that I am quite certain of the
capabilities of the Great Physician so I signed the release though I was tempted
to cross out and initial the "death" phrase as there is no "death" for the
Well, I wish for all of you a blessed holiday season as you visit with family
and friends and renew the love and joy that you feel for those family and
friends. Learning to love and allowing others to love us is definitely one of
the major lessons of this life. Our family sends each of you love, joy,
laughter, focus, healing, light, prayers, and angels to surround you and lift
you up, Teresa.
Thank you for your continued prayers for our family. As I have said many times
before, I know it is your prayers that have sustained us over these past few
years and especially this past year.
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
4:00pm Dearest Friends,
I fully intended to post yesterday but didn't get it done so here I am today.
Before I give you any additional thoughts, I want to say thank you to all of
you who sent our family cards, calls, and well wishes for the holiday season
and the new year. As a family, we had a quiet, very happy holiday season.
Now... the update.
Amy is up to six hours a day for her work day and we are rejoicing over that
progress. Any step forward is a rejoicing step. Yes...I'm keeping the
pom poms handy though I am trying to reserve them for major milestones. (less
embarrassment for the family that way). Of course, the mother in me wants to
dance for joy at the tiniest steps (must go back to those days as a mother
when I acted ridiculous for each of my children over the tiniest motion in the
right direction when they were learning to walk.) I guess old habits die hard,
or maybe it's just that I've grown fond of pom pom dancing even though I have
not a shred of talent for the endeavor.
Yesterday, January 17th was the one year anniversary of Amy going into the
hospital at St. Joe's with the collapsed lung. What a difference a year has
made! I look back to that day and remember anew my fear, stress, anxiety,
frustration, worry, and oddly enough hope. In the many days to come after
that, our family received incredible messages of hope from so many of you. I
must pause my friends to say thank you, thank you for all those messages of
love and hope.
I have always enjoyed reading the thoughts of others on hope and I'll share
some of those with you on another occasion. After experiencing this year of
hope messages from all of you, I've come up with my own definition of hope and
here it is:
I have absolutely no doubt that hope comes to us from our Heavenly Father as
well as Heavenly Beings such as angels, and from Earthly Beings called
friends. When we are able to live in the presence of HOPE, it crowds out the
fear, anxiety, and other negatives. I don't believe having hope is being in
denial. Rather...I believe having hope is problem solving the despair that
reality often presents to us.
Sending all of you love, joy, laughter, focus, healing, prayers, and hope for
the new year, Hugs and angels, Teresa
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
It's been a while since I've done an update but Amy and I have been busy little
bees! I have to say it's nice to be busy with something other than treatment
As I write this, Amy is working about 7.5 hours a day at work, and I'm working
in Morehead with my teaching responsibilities. Amy will have another CAT
scan March 20th so until then we are holding positive thoughts that her body is
continuing to heal and move toward a permanent remission.
On January 21, Amy celebrated her one year survivor anniversary date as it was
on January 21, 2005 that she received her cancer diagnosis and that was also her
first day of chemotherapy. To celebrate this momentous achievement, we
officially went to a Teams In Training Sign up and signed up to walk a half
marathon in Nashville, Tenn on April 29, 2006. You will recall that I told you
all along that Amy was determined to walk to raise money for a cure for the
blood cancers, and she asked me to be her partner. So....push has come to
shove and I, the Flubby Girl, am now in more training than I ever imagined would
even be possible for me. We're up to walking 5 miles three times this week
and a distance walk on Saturday of 6 miles. Each week, the numbers go up by 1
mile for the regular walk and the distance walk! In addition, I am swimming one
hour on alternate days and going to a gym to try and work on my upper body
strength which is pitiful. To say I'm in over my head is putting it mildly. Amy,
in her weakened condition is already ahead of me, which I fully expected. After
all, she is a tri-athlete while I can only claim fame as a challenged pom pom
On the up side of all this is that mentally, this is going to be great for both
of us as we have talked about it for the past year and it has become part of
Amy's recovery of her physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual self. The other
up side is that we have a chance to raise money for an incredible organization
that wants to find the cure and better treatments and prevention. One of the
drugs that Amy received was funded several years ago in part by the
Leukemia/Lymphoma Society and it's a drug that wasn't available 5 years ago.
All of you have been such a support to us over the past year in every possible.
We know you will be praying for us as we tackle this challenge (please pray
extra for the flubby girl as I don't think pom pom dancing will count for any
mileage in this marathon). I am also enclosing a link that you can go to and
read the letter we are sending out to friends and family that details our
I'll keep you all posted on our progress at this site over the next several
weeks. And if any of you who are very athletic think you look enough like me to
be a double, please contact me immediately as I have a nice opportunity for you.
Sending you love, joy, laughter, focus, healing, and Valentine angels, Teresa
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Dearest Friends and Family, We
have a great report to give you! On Monday, March 20th, Amy had her second CAT
scan since finishing treatment last October. The CAT scan is clear -that means
it does not show any sign of cancer. Keep praying. They won't speak of permanent
remission until she is at least two years out, but we are pretty happy just
hearing "No evidence of cancer" at this time.
Her lungs are still not up to normal yet due to the scar tissue from the chemo
reaction and the radiation treatment. However, the doctors say we're still not
that far out from treatment and it may take up to a year or longer for us to
know if she'll be able to get back into a normal range on lung function. Keep
In the meantime, our training for walking in the half marathon continues. We're
up to 8 miles this week and will increase to 9 miles on Saturday. I have
suggested to Amy that she is not to tell me when we actually start walking
double digits. I just want her to tell me how much time to walk instead of using
numbers like 10, 11, 12, etc. She says it's a mental thing with me. I agree, but
I don't think this is the time to remind the Flubby Girl of her mental
disabilities when it comes to marathon training.
We think of all of you often and offer a prayer of thanksgiving each time we do
so as we know it is your continued prayers and positive thoughts for healing
that have helped us stand upright again after the blow of cancer these past few
We send each of you love, joy, laughter, focus, healing, prayers, and angels to
carefully guide, love, and protect you on your daily walks, Teresa
Tuesday, May 2, 2006
Dearest Friends and Family,
Well, the Race Day was last Saturday, April 29th and we made it just fine. We
were not last, as I had predicted. There were 20 more people behind us. We
finished in the 14,000 plus numbers! Twenty-two thousand began the race and a
little over 17,000 finished so we were glad to be in the finishers. We did it in
4 hours, 29 minutes, and 41 seconds. There were lots of hills and I have to
confess that I whinned on every one of them. And...yes, Amy did blow the whistle
several times and everytime she did, it scared all the spectators and the other
walkers. There are probably several cases of whiplash among those folks as a
result of the whistle method of motivating your partner!
We want to thank again all of you for your prayers, donations, and well wishes.
This was a major event for both of us in calling back our spirits (physically,
emotionally, and spiritually). We're still finishing up our donations and we
don't have a final total yet, but I can tell you that we have definitely passed
15,000 dollars. Our goal was 10,000! We'll have a final total in about two weeks
and I'll let you know.
As soon as we get our race day photo, I'll post it on the web site. The weather
was good though very windy so Amy says she knows her short wavy hair will look
like an Afro style, and I can tell you that I will definitely look like a brillo
pad, so when you get it, just laugh and say the people in the photo look a
little like your friends.
Amy is now resuming study for the second part of the CPA exam. She'll take it
about the middle of the month. I have one week of class left then finals so
we'll both be swamped until the middle of the month. The trainer told me to rest
for at least 2 weeks before resuming pre-race exercise patterns. I didn't have
the heart to tell her I plan to sit as much as possible for the next several
weeks even if she wasn't advising it.
We hope to get up to West Tenn/Ky sometime in May or June so if that opportunity
presents itself, we'll let you know, and maybe we can do lunch or at least say
hi to all our buddies in that region. Amy loves Smokehouse B-BQ in Fulton so I
know that will be on the agenda.
You know going into the race, I didn't want to totally embarrass Amy or others
with my behavior. I think I did pretty good, but I did have one action that
might have been considered inappropriate by the "real" marathon folks. Along the
race route were official refreshment tables with PowerAde, water, and
orange slices. However, since we were going through the neighborhoods, many
folks were sitting at the end of their driveway and they also offered us various
refreshments. So...at this one place, this guy held up a tray with little
sandwiches, etc. One of the etc's was quiche so I left munching a big slice of
quiche. Okay...I did show some restraint because he also offered me a mimosa to
go with it which I turned down! I guess other than the Quiche , the two liters
of Mt.Dew I had in a backpack on my back, and the whistle event, I did better
than Amy thought I would.
Amy will have another CAT scan in mid June so pray toward that result. We love
all of you and send each of you that love along with joy, laughter, healing, and
angels to tenderly care for you and yours, Teresa
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is still in isolation and is home due to the care she can receive by Teresa and
with her special watchful eye. Please respect Amy's need to continue her
successful recovery and regain her strength. She will continue to receive
your prayers, cards and email messages.
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