Wednesday, March 21, 2012

We will miss you Mawmaw

We lost our maw maw, Johnnie Sue, this past Monday morning to cancer. The great grandkids called her G-ma. She was one special lady to all of us. Those who knew her would tell you that she was very sweet, active, never sit still, and always kept pawpaw in-line. She had a very special connection with Briley since they were battling cancer together and they both went bald at about the same time.
She loved to cook for the family and have us over to eat. We would sit around her table eat and tell stories. There were lots of laughs at that table. On my birthday, she would always boil me shrimp for lunch. She did that for me for at least the past 20 years.
It's been a very tough time for our family the past 2 or 3 years. My aunt Dewanna had and beat breast cancer, Mom beat breast cancer, Briley with the leukemia, and Mawmaw fought a tough battle with primary peritoneal cancer.
She did tell me that Briley was keeping her strong. She said, "if Briley can do it, so can I". Well Mawmaw, you did it! You battled bravely. You kept going even when your hands and joints were so painful. You still cooked for the family without the use of that one hand. You never complained in front of anyone. Your time here is done, Jesus called you home. Your are now reunited with your daughter Lagena. What a glorious scene that would have been! While you are up there, go ahead and spoil the angels with your chicken fry steak, we'll do our best to keep pawpaw in line down here. We have all been blessed to have you as our maw maw.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Counts have stabilized

Briley and I ventured up to the hospital yesterday for a count check. Everything looked great! Hemoglobin-12.2 Platelets-205,000 ANC-2100. Her ANC is high, which is great, but the docs want to keep the number right around the 1000 mark. I suspect the next visit at Cooks they will increase her 6mp nightly dose.
If all goes according to plan and by God's grace, she will be done with treatment about this time next year!
I was reflecting on everything this past year+. It has almost been a miracle that she has not been hospitalized at some point this past year since she's been back home. At times, her ANC were bottomed out. Her ANC was got as low as 32 during the DI phase. It stayed under 500 for quite a few weeks. Most kids have at least been hospitalized at some point, but not her. She's still not out of the woods yet, but this has been a true testament of prayers! We ask for your continued prayers for the next year. Thanks!