June 24, 2008


Cycle 2 of chemo was yesterday, that's me with what looks like I'm giving you all peace, which I sincerely do...wish you all PEACE, but my *giggle* intention was to signify cycle #2 of chemo. Like the hat? Kim of Deedaloos made it...but I accessorized it with the flower :p

...it was a long day with my mom at my side. We left at about 7:30 dropped the 3 girls off at Becky's and headed off to Lebanon for lab work, and my protocol testing.

Then a great meeting with Dr. Kaufman he said the lymph nodes are shrinking and the tumor is slighly softer and a little smaller upon measurement.

So I asked him what the percentage is for that fast a response from only one treatment the TAC regime of chemotherapy medications. He replied that it is small....so I told him that it must be all the prayers and most of all God. He laughed...and said it was science...I rebuked him and said God can do all things...with the proper tools.
Psalm 4 :1-8
Answer me when I call to you, O my righteous God.
Give me relief from my distress: be merciful to me and hear my prayer.
How long, O men, will you turn my glory into shame?
How long will you love delusions and seek false gods?
Know that the LORD has set apart the godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call to him.

Offer right sacrifices and trust in the LORD
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.

Dedicated to my husband , may he find the light of the word and always find it in Christ Jesus.
But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it maybe seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God. John 3:20

We then went over the pharmacy for some extra meds and finally to the infusion room by about 1 pm...we got out of there about 4:30 and home by about 6 pm.

We found Sara on the time-out mat and Papa cleaning up spilled milk. The girls were watching some TV... it's so comforting to know that life is as normal as it can get, for right now. We are anticipating moving back home this week and then I'll be able to have friends visit and playdates at the house when i am too tired/sick to go out. I have many friends that want to come and bring me to chemotherapy or stay with me once the mastectomy happens and it's all so hard at my folk's house...as it is, I feel like me and the kids have been such an imposition...it's been 9 weeks away from home! I'm hoping to reopen HHQ soon too...the extra money will come in handy as I'm already trying to organize for the holidays...just got some cute stuff for the Bitty and American Girl dolls at MaPetiteChou.com
We are definitely looking forward to seeing Kit Kittredge the movie....coming soon!


  1. Fellow EtsyMom here and I just now learned the news and wanted to wish you well on kicking cancer's butt!

    I had breast cancer (with bilateral mastectomy, reconstruction, and 6 rounds of TAC!) three years ago, when I was 33. I'm doing well now, but I remember all too well those dreadful days. I know it's hard some days to hear about other BC patients' battles, but if you're interested, I do have a blog that I kept during it all. Just let me know. :)



  2. Hi Jodi, I am new to your blog & have been reading up on what all has been going on with you & your family. I just want you to know that my sister-in-law was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer that had matastisized to her liver last fall. She was very ill... went through chemo, lost her hair. But here is the part I thought you should know....She came down for a visit last week, along with my niece. She is doing incredibly well!!!...On her last doctor's appointment, the cancer was gone & she is in full remission! All her energy is back!!...& her appetite,...I couldn't quit making her favorite dessert "blueberry crisp"!...Her hair is just now coming back, her head being a cute,fuzzy peach! She does have an adorable wig, which she wears at times, but with her hair coming in so well it won't be long before she tosses it! She also is a mother of three. She has a very postitive outlook, even though this has been a difficult experience. Anyway, my message is this... you too will come out of this! With lots of prayers & support, you will be better than ever in the months ahead! I will be checking on you often! Enjoy the American Girl movie! We are looking forward to it too!...Your friend, Heidi :)

  3. You are added to my prayers! I ask God to comfort you and your family in a real way and to work mightily in your lives!

  4. Who knew the words shrink and softer would be words to celebrate with :) Hope your doing ok after your long Monday.

    Special HUGS to you Jodi,

  5. Hooray for standing up for the powers of God! He can work miracles! I found out about your cancer a few weeks ago & have been praying for you and your family ever since. Please feel free to let me know if there is something specific you would like prayer for.

    Your sister in Christ & Etsy,

  6. Hey, so glad to hear that it is shrinking and that you will be moving home soon. I'll keep praying for you and will give you a call soon. Keep the faith, you are amazing!

  7. oh Jodi ....Your strength and Courage Just ..I am in Awe! I will Continue to Pray for you and your dear Family! Please know your not alone! We are all here praying and walking this journey with you!
    {{{{huge hugs}}} ALicia

  8. I'm just checking in on the blog after a few days away...all these comments warm my heart! Thank you all so much for keeping me company in cyberspace and supporting this journey...I know that the other side will have joy more outstanding than I have ever felt before. I wish to share it with you all some day!

  9. Oh, Jodi -- I've been so out of the loop! I just got your news. So glad to come here and read this hopeful post. I'll be keeping you and your family in my prayers. Be strong, be well!!!

  10. Jodi, you are so strong! I want to thank you for allowing us to walk this journey with you! God is with you! You are in my prayers everyday! I'm really excited to hear that you are hoping to reopen HHQ soon! Lots of hugs & prayers for you & your family!!!
    Love always,
    Lisa (from etsymoms)

  11. Was away, as you know, and couldn't wait to get back and check in with you!

    What fantastic news that you get to be in that percentage of people who respond so well after the first treatment. Praying for continued good news.

    Love the beanies! Now I'm going to have to find my old crochet books, and re-teach myself how to make you one :)

    Love this song!! (check it out) Always inspires me...


    xoxo ~L

  12. Hey Jodi! :) Thank you so much for the compliments you left on my blog! :) My prayers are still with you always; & even though we never met in person, I somehow feel like I know you from reading your blog & everything! Stay strong & I know we will see you on Etsy real soon! God Bless you & your family!!

  13. I just came to visit your blog after being away from blogging for a long time. I will keep you in my prayers.

  14. Jodi,
    I've been absent from Etsymoms for quite a while because we are renovating our new house...just popped on here and got the word of your cancer. I loved this post; my mom had a problem that her chiropractor nipped in the bud, and when she exclaimed "You healed it!" he replied "No, the LORD healed it"...SO true! You are in my daily prayers from here on out!

  15. Love the hat! You look great in it! :)

  16. I love your fierceness for Christ!

    Here's a nice, warm hug for you,
    from Reen at M.A.