Sunday Stephen had his last chemotherapy treatment. Hopefully the last one forever! He has handled them really well. The radiation was a new form of treatment for him. It had an immediate side effect of fatigue and nausea. The immediate side effects wore off in about 6-12 hours. One of the longer term side effects has been the loss of desire to eat and the loss of taste in his mouth. Nothing tastes good and everything tastes bad! How is that for no fun? He HATES to eat. You would think I was torturing him to get him to eat anything. He knows he has to though, so it is an internal battle. He has been drinking most of his calories in protein drinks and smoothies. Here is a picture of him on his way to radiation and a picture of him when he got back. That pretty much sums it up.
Today, Monday the 23rd is his day of rest. His body is metabolizing and ridding itself of chemicals. Tomorrow is the big Birthday! He now will have 3 birthdays a year. July 9, 1990, May 2, 2012, and July 24, 2012. He is planning on presents for all 3 but I’m afraid he might be disappointed in that hope. I will at least sing happy birthday to him. That should cure him.
One of the main factors in the recovery of patients is getting them out of bed and walking. The hospital has a track on the wall that you can record how many laps you walk each day. Each patient decorates a little person to move along the track as they walk. Stephen and I fixed up a cute one for him. We contemplated putting a speedo and goggles on it but we saved that one for later. His little man may change clothes in a couple of weeks.
Sunday evening we had a family get together in his room. Jennie had just returned from a 3 week trip touring LDS church history sites and studying the gospel of Jesus Christ. It was great to be together as a family. We were missing Jared and Maria Jose but they plan to visit again soon. My parents were also able to join us. Jeff and my Dad gave Stephen a blessing and we felt a great spirit of peace and comfort there.
Thank you for all your continued prayers and faith in our behalf. We are still standing because of all of your support. We lean heavily on others for support. Bless each of you in your lives. I know that we are not the only ones with challenges. There are many trials in life that can’t be as public as cancer is. Cancer is a cause we can all get behind, raise money for, and support each other in. I know there are many painful trials in life that cannot be as public, but are as damaging, deadly and painful, if not more so, than cancer is. We pray for people everywhere, and especially our friends and loved ones, to receive the love and support of others and the peace and joy that the atonement of Jesus Christ brings.
God bless you all. Here are a few pictures of the last week.