Sunday, November 4, 2012

Enjoying a break

Madeleine’s Blog

November 4, 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
Isaiah 41:10

Pumpkin farm with her mom
Life since the last round of biochemo has been good -- especially since Madeleine has been gaining strength as the days go by. 

One thing about going through intensive chemo... It gives you new appreciation for the simple, everyday parts of life that most of us take for granted. Madeleine has been enjoying being with family and friends, and she has some plans to look forward to in the weeks ahead as well.

Tomorrow, she begins teaching a swim conditioning class at her gym that is for off-season swim competitors. This is something that she has a real passion for, and she's looking forward to working with high school swimmers from this area. 

Riding a friend's horse today
Then, on Friday, November 9th, she will have her next PET scan to determine how things are responding to the chemo. Please keep her in your prayers during this week, and especially next week as the results come in and the doctors determine what the next step will be. She has a lymph node that they are planning on treating, but are waiting for the results of the scan before making that decision.

Right after the scan is taken, she will head up to the cabin at Lassen again to spend time with extended family, and for the annual tradition of bringing home the family Christmas tree. Shortly after she returns from Lassen, Madeleine will go down to southern California to be with friends (and she's so happy to be heading to SoCal without having to do chemo this time!).

We are all grateful for this break from treatment and for the chance to enjoy life, friends, and family. As always, thank you for your prayers and encouragement.

With her brother (Max)
Swim conditioning class



Teri Crowhurst said...

So glad to hear the good news. Wow, busy girl! How exciting to be able to be "out and about." Know that I will be praying!

walker said...

Madeleine, You are such an inspiration! Your stregnth, determination and faith in God give hope to others. You are in our thoughts and prayers constantly.Thank you for being the beautiful young lady that you are. Love,
The Walker's
(Monique and Desi's Family)

Auntie Leslie said...

Hi there sweetie!

I hope your "swim conditioning classes" are going well. Are you making them work hard??!

I will see you again the beginning of December.

You are ALWAYS in our thoughts and prayers! LOVE YOU BUNCHES!!!

Lucy Hyde said...

Madeleine, you are an amazing young woman in every way. Also, incredibly lucky to have such a supportive family. Stay strong!