Thursday, May 20, 2010

Next Steps

So I get my port and start chemo tomorrow. It's going to be a loooong day. Please pray for stamina! I am also praying that the side effects of the chemo are little to none.

We received wonderful wonderful news today. Wait for husband's job in Wisconsin will become permanent! We won't have to move back to Chicago. (Sorry to all my Chicago friends. While we would have loved to be with you again, Wisconsin is where we need to be right now). :) Thank you to God for this blessing! We will begin looking for houses in this area soon.

Oh, I wanted to mention something. I have tried so hard to keep up with life lately, but I am falling behind in many areas. One of these is my email. If you have written to me and I haven't replied, I do apologize. Rest assured, I am reading each and every email, and they touch my heart deeply. One day soon I hope to respond to them all personally.

Well, that's all for now. My peace is unwavering. God is so good!!!

Love to you all!


  1. I'm glad to hear that you will be living back here for good. I'll be praying at everything goes well for you tomorrow. If you ever need anything let me know. I work 2nd shift so my mornings are usually free. I would love to catch up with you.

  2. We continue to pray for all of you. Glad we got to see you last Friday. Also glad for your good news about Matt's job. One less thing to wonder about!

  3. Rachel I'm praying for you so hard. My choir and others who I know are fervent prayer warriors are constantly lifting you up. I will be praying for you tomorrow as you start chemo.

    That is so great about Matt's job. I know that is something you had already been thinking about even before Eva was born, so that is an answer to prayer you thought you only had because you wanted it, not because it would be necessity.

    Keep us posted. Love you. ~Amanda V.

  4. Rachel,

    I met you at Emily's wedding.
    I went thru chemo and radiation three years ago.

    When you go thru chemo you will start to forget things.
    Don't worry!
    This is called Chemo Brain.
    Seriously, the nurses called it that.
    It goes away when you are done with your chemo.

    Did they know if you will lose your hair?
    Actually, I knew I would so my husband and I went to Cheyl's house the first week.
    She shaved my head, my husband's, Paul's, and Mark's.
    What a wonderful support that whole family has been
    So positive, kind, and tons of faith.
    I chose this way as I felt I could handle it better than if I would lose it in clumps at a time.
    That was my choice.
    There are beautiful scarves, turbins, et.
    I wore baseball caps.
    And it was one less thing to worry about.

    Also I got to know the greatest nurses.
    And I was able to talk to many patients going thru this and was able to pray with them or for them.
    It was actually an uplifting time for me.

    When you get home and don't feel so good, remember, it's OK. That's how God is working thru us. And our tears are watering his garden of grace.

    I am looking forward for having you as a "survivor sister".

    All the prayers form a bond surrounding you, and sometimes you can even feel it.

    Prayers every day,
    Cathy Quasius