Well, it's been an eventful couple of weeks. Last Saturday, Kali got back from Mexico safely, & had a great trip serving with the AEM people. The next day, Jarett spoke in our Sacrament meeting & we served dinner to about 100 people afterwards at our house--thank you everyone for coming, & especially for those who helped! It was just a great day! On Wednesday, we dropped him off at the MTC in Provo & things have been fairly quiet ever since. The "drop-off" went much better than I expected--it might have been that I was just worn right out with my emotions from the previous week. We took him to his favorite restaurant, J Dawg's, for one last hot dog before he left, & there were so many other missionaries with their families there that it was almost a party atmosphere. Some people standing in line behind us were from San Bernardino, CA & told me great things about the places he'll be going & the people he'll be serving. Then we pulled up to the curb at the MTC & the excitement & Spirit there are just palpable! How could any parent not feel good about leaving their child in such a place? I thought I would sob all the way to Salt Lake, but didn't even shed a tear after we left--it was then that I realized that the blessings of having a missionary had already begun!
On our way home, we stopped in Salt Lake for my chemo appointment...I figured if I was going to be sobbing, I might as well just go hog wild & have a chemo treatment to boot! My CA-125 numbers have continued to climb the past couple of weeks, so there was no way of staying on the Doxil and hoping it would work. I'm now doing a new drug...Topotecan (makes me think of Toucan Sam--Fruit Loops!). It's not as easy to take as the Doxil, & I felt a little rough for a couple of days, but we'll do it. I'm just hoping that it will work at killing the cancer cells & keeping those pesky CA-125 numbers down. We're not sure what the schedule is going to be like with this drug. Because I've been doing some type of chemo almost non-stop for the past 2 years, my bone marrow production is suppressed & that's going to make it a little bit more of a challenge with the schedule & dosing. I'm taking this week off of chemo, heading to Vancouver, WA with the family to visit relatives for Thanksgiving, & then having another treatment on the 26th when I get back.
At this time of year, I am just so thankful to still be here with my family & friends, & hope that I will still be able to be an influence for good in their lives. I am thankful for Vern & each of our darling kids. Although I miss Jarett, I'm thankful that he is where he is, doing what I've always dreamed he would want to do. I am thankful for dear parents, who in their 70's, continue to make great sacrifices for me & my siblings. I am thankful for the love & support of my sister & brothers and their great families, and the wonderful family that I had the privilege of marrying into. I am thankful for loyal friends, who continue to support me with their service and good examples. I am especially thankful for my Savior, Jesus Christ & am so thankful for His Atonement. I am thankful that He, and my Father in Heaven, know & love me intimately, completely & perfectly...& that our lives have purpose & meaning. Happy Thanksgiving! 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"!