Last week was a pretty tough one, but I feel like I've turned the corner & things are looking better. I am so thankful...once again...for the many prayers being offered on my behalf. I went in, still fevering, for my 2nd chemo treatment this Tuesday. My white & red blood counts were okay, so Dr. Prystas gave me the option of going ahead with the treatment or waiting until I felt better. I decided to go ahead--I couldn't imagine feeling much worse than I had for the past 5 days! She wasn't sure why I was fevering--there wasn't any sign of infection--& it would just come & go. After my chemo tx, they sent me over to LDS Hospital to have them drain my right chest cavity so I could breathe. They were able to drain 2 liters of fluid from it. There probably was more, but they don't like taking more than that because it can kind of "rebound" on you if you take too much. It's amazing how much better I felt after having it removed! Mom has been here with me throughout the week, & I've pretty much stayed in my jammies until today. My breathing has become a little more difficult--I think the fluid is beginning to build up again--but it's not gotten too bad. It seems to be taking a little bit longer for these drugs to begin working on it.
Two blessings that I'm most thankful for are the opportunity to do our family pictures, & the blessing of being able to attend General Conference for the first time in my life on Sunday afternoon. When I was so sick, I just prayed that at least I would be able to participate in those two activities with my family. My prayers were answered abundantly! I was even able to attend Braedon's football game Saturday before I started feeling lousy again. When I get the pictures back, I'll have to post one...my dear friend (& hairdresser), Heather Holbrook, showed up at my house Saturday morning & did my hair & make-up. I wish I'd taken a "before" picture so you could see the miracle she performed on me that morning. My brother, Paul, told me that morning that I have the best friends...I totally agree! How could one person have such great family & friends? I am especially thankful for my best friend, the Savior, who is always there during my darkest hours--I know that I am never alone and that I matter to Him. Love always, Kim
Kim was diagnosed last Thursday, September 16, 2010 with ovarian cancer. As Kim's Family, Friends, Neighbors and Fans - we have started this blog to help share information, updates, support, and love with each other during her next few months of surgery, treatment and healing. We will try to update it whenever we receive information. Please feel free to leave a comment expressing your support, love, and encouragement anytime - as that is how we will all grow and strengthen each other - especially Kim and her family. We love you Kim, and our faith, prayers, and total support and dedication are with you as you embark on this "Journey"!