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New Update

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Lindy

The appointment with Dr. Schott on Tuesday went well.  I am going on a chemo cocktail of gemcitabine and carboplatin.  I will get it every other week.  The good news (because there HAS to be something good) is the infusions will be in Holland at Dr. VanderWoude’s office.  I haven’t been there for chemo in almost three years.  I was hoping to have my first infusion sometime this week, but that didn’t happen.  Hopefully my infusion will happen next week.

I’m anxious to start chemo because I have a significant amount of pain in my neck and chest area.  I think once the chemo takes hold and starts to shrink the fluid around my heart and the lymph nodes in my neck and chest, I will find some relief.  The doctor found my heart rate is running higher than normal for me.  Probably because of the fluid and enlarged nodes squeezing around it.

The side effects are the usual suspects.  Hair loss, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, chest pain, fever, chills, cough, sore throat, body aches, light headedness, fainting, severe itching, numbness or weakness, rash, headaches, diarrhea, constipation, drowsiness, low blood counts making me more susceptible to illness.  Ya know…the same ole, same ole stuff.

On Wednesday we are back at U of M for an early morning MRI.  This is a follow up MRI from the SRS procedure I had in March (remember my haute couture halo?).  In the afternoon we are meeting with Dr. Heth, Neurosurgeon, to go over the results and hope that the radiation obliterated the tumors in my brain.

Please continue to pray for our entire family.  It’s hard to get knocked down time and time again.  The only way I can get back up is knowing that people are praying. Please pray for:

– Spiritual & Physical Strength

– Peace

– Chemo to happen this week

– Good MRI results.  Old tumors gone and no new tumors.

If you would like to help in some way, please contact Dani Keegstra, our designated point person.

15 Responses to “New Update”

  1. pat devries says:

    Hi Lindy – I recently started reading your blog. I feel like we are related, Dusty’s grandpa Al and my grandma Grace married after each having lost their spouses when I was about 12, a LOT of years ago. My grandma, (my mom’s mom) had been a widow for over 30 years when she met Al and they enjoyed so many wonderful years together. I don’t know how much Dusty would remember his grandpa VerBeek, but he had a precious relationship with his Lord and his Sunday noon prayers will always stay with me. Lindy, I am so sorry for all you and your precious family have had to endure. There are no easy answers and sometimes life is just almost unbearable. I will be lifting you up to the Lord everyday, I know it is only in His strength that you can get up in the morning and face another day. Lean on Him every minute.
    Pat deVries

  2. Megan VK says:

    Always praying…

  3. Christina Adamski says:

    Praying for you always Lindy!!

  4. Amy Sluiter says:

    Praying constantly for you guys!

  5. Kathy says:

    Praying for a miracle.

  6. julie s says:

    Praying for lots of peace, good results, and good dr./chemo appointments with not so many, or ZERO yucky side effects!

  7. Aunt Carole says:

    Walking with you through prayer and love as you courageously face more treatments. Hold on to hope and nourish your soul with the knowledge of God’s never ending commitment to you and your family.

  8. Niki says:

    You are both such courageous warriors, along with your families and children – we are praying for you always and witnessing watching God hold you in His almighty hands.

  9. Cindy B. says:

    Praying!!!

  10. dad ver beek says:

    Lindy and Dusty…. I still think God has some AMAZING things in store for you and our family. You are both amazing children of our family and of God. Love, Dad

  11. Miska Rynsburger says:

    Oh Lindy, If it helps in some small way to know that the prayers of those whom you touch are being lifted up, please know that we pray, we break, we hope, we kneel and we cry. May God fill you with peace, with strength, with comfort and we pray humbly, yet boldly for healing.

  12. Sue Ensing says:

    We will keep on praying Lindy, love you!

  13. Rosie says:

    By coincidence I found your blog, but from now you are in my prayers.
    Just want to say faith moves mountains… believe in a miracle .
    Not sure maybe you have heard lots of recomendations, but if you haven’t read a Louis L.Hay , may be of some help, you can find the books in bol.com
    My best wishes to you and to your family.
    Rosie

  14. Amy Lampen says:

    Praying for you all…

  15. Betty says:

    Lindy , just wanted to let you know I have been praying for you and your family daily and I will keep praying for you as you go thru chemo again.

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