Archive | March, 2012

Weekends

31 Mar

In the last month weekends have taken on a whole new meaning. While in the hospital the days seemed to blend together. Being home gives each day new meaning. My life has changed drastically going from action packed days filled with works, kids and keeping house. Now with less action I seek to find contentment in the simple things each day. We enjoyed some time in the “hood” playing and visiting with our dear neighbors. I continue to rediscover and enjoy the role of mom, wife, daughter and friend. Excited to celebrate Palm Sunday with my family.

Ephesians 2:10
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.”

Paige’s 1st day of spring break

30 Mar

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The Armstrong family has officially started spring break! Today Paige enjoyed her first day of break with cousins and fun. The Beemer crew stopped in for some cousin fun on their way to the beach.(above) The girls had a blast. Tonight we had a family movie night with popcorn and Dolphin Tale. It is great to see how each of the girls enjoys the movie in her own way. We had some wonderful snuggles. Daddy and his girls snuggled up for movie night. (above)

Today I worked on scheduling an appointment with a specialist at the James Cancer Center. I will also meet with a specialist at Cleveland Clinic. Please pray for wisdom for the Dr’s and Adam and I. This journey continues one day at a time.

Another Thursday

29 Mar

Today I lived a more ” normal” life. I went to bible study with my girls and a friend. It was wonderful to be among friends. I enjoyed filling my role as mom today, changing diapers, snuggle time, and getting the food made by dear friends on the table. I knew I wouldn’t forget how to be and do “mom” . Lastly, I stopped in at a jewelry party my mom was having at my close friends house. It’s almost like I’m not sick. But I will be honest, I am tuckered out. So thankful for another day.
Oh and mom shaved my head and it is now baby soft…much better.

Proverbs 31:7
“she dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong”
Thought this might make you smile, a friend shared this with me today and it brought a smile to my face…

More good news

28 Mar

The day has been full and good. It is so refreshing to wake up in a bed, at home next to my husband. He has been such a constant in my life through these past few weeks. He has encouraged me and helped me process this journey we are on together. His love and care for our girls has been steadfast.

Today I saw Dr. Petrus and my counts look great. He also gave us good news that consolidation chemo won’t start until after Easter. It will be wonderful to celebrate my girls birthdays and Easter at home without any hospital interruptions. The next step is to see a leukemia / transplant specialist. For now I will enjoy each day I am given to spend here with my family.

A friend shared that she had prayed this over my life and it was a great thought to ponder.
” Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work in us.”

Ephesians 3:20

He sure never ceases to amaze me.

A new day

27 Mar

Who knew it would feel so good to wake up to the sound of your baby girls feet on the ground? I slept for six straight hours last night. All night long no one asked me if I need anything, no five am blood draw, no one inquiring how many times I went #1 or #2. It was bliss. Being home has been a gift that I will treasure for this time. The sounds of the morning are my favorite. I could hear birds chirping and singing beautiful songs. I enjoyed sitting with the girls for oatmeal and morning chatter, sitting together for our devotions and reading God’s word. The sunshine was wonderful to see and feel on my face. Playing memory and reading stories are things I once could easily pass up….now they seem like a time worthy invitation. Again I enjoyed a two hour nap which feels amazing. If you know me, then you would know that naps and I used to never go together, but we are getting to know each other better. I drove for the first time in weeks, don’t worry I still knew how to do it. I think that is the extent of my adventures for one day. I see Dr. Petrus tomorrow for bloodwork. Hopeful all will be good. As you seek how to pray I am asking for wisdom In the steps ahead.

Habakkuk 3:18&19
” yet I will rejoice in the Lord I will be joyful in God my Savior. The sovereign Lord is my strength he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights.”

Home sweet home

26 Mar

On Sunday Dr. Petrus mentioned going home today. I was thrilled and more than ready but didn’t want to get my hopes up. All my counts look good and continue to rise. I feel good. I am tired as I have not slept great the last few nights. I got the ok this morning and mom picked me at 11 and we were homeward bound. I slept for two hours and it felt wonderful. It was fun to be with the family tonight and enjoy dinner around the table. It’s certainly busier here but I love the noise and chaos. I have so much to be thankful for. I will enjoy this part of the journey at home. Thank you for your prayers.

Psalm 4:6-8
” many are asking, who can show us any good? Let the light of your face shine upon us, O Lord. You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound. I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord make me dwell in safety.”

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Team Armstrong is bald

25 Mar

Many of you commented on my haircut. It was a short lived style. I didn’t sleep much last night as a result of my shedding hair. It was everywhere. As much as I hate to see it go I feel much better. Adam and I now match with our shaved heads. I am hopeful my stubble will fall out soon and leave me with baby butt softness. As a result of little sleep last night I have rested more today. My counts continue to climb. Keep praying.

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I will unveil the head soon… I took this myself ….couldn’t bring myself to try a bald shot yet. Tomorrow you have something to look forward to….if u really care. Night

2 Samuel 22:33
” it is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.”

Haircut

24 Mar

Last night my sweet friend Heather stopped by my lovely suite on 5400 wing to clean me up. My hair continues to fall out at a fast rate but no clumps yet. I decided to cut it short for a few days an when it is too thin or patchy to shave it off. I thought if we did it gradually it might not be so shocking for the girls and me.

Today nothing new to report. I continue to wait. Counts are up a smidge.

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Good News

23 Mar

This is the day that the lord has made I will rejoice and be glad in it. A childhood favorite that gives him the praise. Today we learned that my bone marrow is wiped out and this girl is in REMISSION!
To him be the praise. My step is lighter today. One step in the direction to healing. We will continue to wait for my counts to recover. We want to pray that as my bone marrow wakes up and starts to work and produce good cells. Thank you for your prayers thus far on my journey, I am being carried in ways you don’t know. Rejoice with us today.

A walk outside

22 Mar

Nothing much to report from room 5427. My hair is falling out a bit quicker now. It is probably any day now that I will shave it. Planing to wait for a bit more natural progression. This will be extremely different. I can only imagine what mollie will think.

Today I walked outside which felt great to feel the sun on my face. Honestly, it is disturbingly hot out there. Our weather patterns have been so messed up this year. I am thankful for the freedom to get outside.

I feel good today; less coughing, no fevers and in general feeling good.

“may you be strengthened with all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light.”

Colossians 1: 11-12