Thursday, 29 July 2010

Jo update

Teenager in Chicago- summer 2010

Teenager had a wonderful time in Chicago. Here he is at a Chicago Cubs match at Wrigley Field. How lucky is that! I am glad he had a lovely time. Chicago is such a fab place. Thanks again to my very good pal Expat Mum and family.

I have been for a second opinion consultation with the Royal Marsden Hospital in London. It was impressive. Organised and friendly. I felt happy to be there. I told them I had been very poorly after my last lot of chemo and that I wanted a break. They agreed that since it does not appear to be working, I should have a break. They advocate listening to your own body and instincts. Refreshing and hurray. They want to try a different regime further down the line, but not now. What a relief. Chemo is ok if you know it is making a difference. I feel instinctively that this is making no difference at all other than making me ill and down hearted.

Royal Marsden continue to consider options to get me the best possible outcome. To help this I go for a scan next week down in London. I am going to stay with my friend Louise. We were at school together and London flatmates in earlier days. It will be like old times. It will be great fun to be girls together again- shopping and eating I hope... and going to the cinema.

So we are focussing on symptom control and having a happy and fun time at the moment. Especially during August when teenager is off school and on holiday. Not only do I need a holiday- the family do too. Having some normality will be good for all of us.

Meanwhile, three friends of mine are in hospital at the moment. What's going on? Wherever I look someone seems to be struggling.

I am so glad I have my faith. I don't know what I would do without it. I went to a worship session at the Keswick Convention last week. It was uplifting and comforting. When nothing else seems to soothe me my faith brings me peace. Be still, and know that I am God.


Maggie May said...

I'm sorry that chemo doesn't seem to be working. It is bad enough to have to cope with it when it is working, but to go through all that is it isn't. is a terrible thing.

I hope that some effective alternative will be in the pipeline. All sorts of new treatments seem to be coming in these days.
In the meantime, enjoy the rest from it.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Ladybird World Mother said...

Oh, lovely Jo. Am glad that you have had such advice. Seems utterly right. And so glad that you have your faith.
Have you ever heard of Joyce Meyer?? If not, then google her. A friend has 'introduced' me to her in the last few days, and WOW!!
She does conferences and I have a CD of one of those. Enough to completely re-think how my life is.
Thanks for your lovely message about Millie the rabbit! Much appreciated. Hugs galore. xxxx

Snowdrop said...

Its good to know you are both positive and in control. Hope you have a great time catching up with your friend.

Busy Bee Suz said...

So happy your son had a fun time on his holiday break. It sounds like you have some fairly good news...and some good things to look forward to!
Sorry about your friends, hope it is nothing serious.
Take care, Suz

Irritatingly Optimistic said...

Glad to hear you have news that makes you feel better.
Hopefully the sun will shine and you can really enjoy the beauty of your surroundings. If anything can make you feel well the Lakes can!

Expat mum said...

Loved having that gorgeous boy to stay with us. What a gent!
Hope to see you in a few weeks.

karen gerstenberger said...

Sending love to you, and prayers for a way through this trial. I know that God loves you and is with you in all things and circumstances. I will think of you wrapped in the loving arms of God. xoxoxo