This is your neck on radiation...
Most people look at Lorelei and say "You don't look sick." She does a great job of sparing us all of the visible yuckinesses of her fight with cancer. She puts on a wig and make up and plows through the intense fatigue. But she could use your prayers right now.
She's hurting. The radiation caused her esophagus to blister up and gave her pneumonitis, but it appears to have fried her skin pretty royally too. The skin on her neck is finally beginning to peel but the skin underneath is raw. She'd really like this to heal as quickly as possible. Please pray it does not affect her ability to move forward with the transplant.
We choose to see her neck as a visible manifestation of the dying blow that radiation dealt to her cancer. I can't imagine much of anything surviving that!
We have arrived at our hotel in Houston. Her first appointment is at 8:15 tomorrow morning with a schedule packed full of various tests to make sure her body can endure the grueling few months ahead. We "relaxed" in our budget hotel and bought milk and cereal for dinner. (And just in case you were wondering, that whole too-much-milk-left-after-the-cereal-is-gone-so-you-pour-more-cereal-then-more-milk-then-more-cereal vicious cycle holds true in hotels too.)
We should be done with tests Thursday afternoon and are awaiting word about an Angel Flight to return home. We'll drive back on July 7 in our own vehicle for the transplant to begin July 8. That way I'll have a car to use while here for four months.Thank you to everyone who offered to help fly us down here. One of you even bought us tickets with your points. We ended up canceling the commercial flights since an empty leg on a private flight became available. It was much easier on Lorelei.
We have one more prayer request. Please pray for McKenzie Horton. She's a precious fellow cancer warrior from Oklahoma who is being treated here at MD Anderson. No specifics to share. God already knows of the need. We just beg you to pray for Kenzie and her family.
Posted on Sun, June 23, 2013
by Andrea Decker