Saturday, June 28, 2014


Pretty soon, we're gonna be heading over to France to catch up with our girls (all three girls will be there when we get there)...

Just wanted to ask y'all to pray for a good trip. Harv doesn't have a TON of stamina so we have to move at a slightly slower pace than we did the last time we were there. He does okay, but he gets tired fairly easily and somewhat winded. I, on the other hand, tend to want to walk really fast all over the place.    
I think we're gonna need to splurge on taxis a little bit more than we might be inclined to just so we can take advantage of all that is out there for us.

Please pray for everybody to feel good and for us to just plain ol' have a good time. 

As is true for most family trips, my brain is currently full of details which makes it a little bit hard to be excited yet. But, I am really looking forward to the trip. (Don't love to fly, but am hoping for a lovely, smooth, uneventful flight.)

Thank you for keeping up with us. Thank you for your prayers. 

Love to you all.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Silly Little Cells

Yesterday was Sarah's and Hannah's birthday so I waited until today for medical news.

Harv had a CT scan and we were hoping that the nodules they saw on the scan last time were due to his cough and that they'd go away when his cough did. Unfortunately, the nodules are still there. Dr. Lin says that sometimes the teeny weensy cells get angry when they get blasted with strong chemo and sometimes they dig their heels in and fight... It sounded like they were pretty little, but they're still there. His CEA count is slightly higher, but not dramatically.

So, we're gonna kinda sneak up on 'em with what he calls "maintenance" chemo for a couple of months and then we'll have another CT scan. Harv will start taking the Xeloda (oral drug) again right away and most likely follow that up with Avastin (an effective, but easier chemo drug). We'll be traveling a bit this summer so Dr. Lin is making it simpler to attack the chemo and still have a life. We were gonna wait until we got back, but we're gonna start real soon...perhaps even today. And, when it's time for the Avastin, we'll be able to get that in Bellingham.

While we don't especially like that the little nodules are still there, we still feel pretty good about things.  Harv feels good. He's been very busy at work and he's been working on lots of house-y stuff. It's been very nice not to have to go to Seattle so often and very nice not to have any type of infusion. Life without chemo can be pretty pleasant. It helps, I'm sure, that the weather has been so nice lately, too.

And, so... the battle continues. The fight isn't quite as scary as it was at first, but we still have to be on our toes. Can't let those silly little cells think they own the place.

Many, many blessings to you all. Thanks for keeping up with us. Wishing you all a wonderful summer...

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Twice blessed

Today we celebrate Sarah's and Hannah's 17th birthday! Woo hoooo!!! Love those girls... Am so thankful that they were born! Luck-luck-lucky mama am I !!

Tune in tomorrow for details on today's CT scan / appointment with Dr. Lin.