September 30, 2012
So do not fear, for I am with you
Do not be dismayed, for I am your God
I will strengthen you and help you
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand
Earlier this week, Madeleine left the hospital needing to wear a mask whenever she was around other people. But already by Thursday morning, blood test results showed that her white counts were out of the danger zone and she could once again take off the mask and breathe free!
Madeleine is slowly gaining strength, and even managed to go for a short shopping trip to Costco with her mom. Now, I know that going to Costco may not sound like a big accomplishment to most people...and it would have felt like "nothing" to Madeleine before. But chemo affects you so that you are very easily exhausted, and even small amounts of exertion can wipe you out. So, we're hoping that she soon has the stamina for more lengthy, and exciting, adventures. For now though, just being able to go to Costco is something to be thankful for!
While she's recuperating from the latest round of biochemo, Madeleine is working on creating a swim conditioning class (at Montecito Racquet & Swim Club) that will help swimmers be able to stay in shape during the off season. Swimming is something that she really has a passion for, so it is fun to be able to focus her energy in that direction.
So, Madeleine will be working on regaining strength and stamina in the weeks to come. In the meantime, we are all continuing to pray that the treatment would be effective in helping "turn the tide" in her fight against this cancer.