MRI, check: biopsy, check; chemo next

Things have been going quickly in the Fenerty department of medicine. On Wednesday I saw my doctor. On Thursday morning I got a call that a biopsy was scheduled for Friday. I went to Duke on Thursday afternoon for pre-op. I spent the night in a new hospital room and was getting prepared for surgery Friday morning. I was home that evening and back to sitting in my chair sipping coffee by Saturday morning. Talk about a whirlwind! I did manage to read about a paragraph of my church history book and do a row of knitting. Not much, but something.

The tumor is a grade 3 astrocytoma. I am going to have four treatments of chemo and I will have an MRI to see what is going on in my cerebellum, well, other than the amazing mind power I possess (read that part while laughing). This chemo is intravenous and will take about three hours to complete. I start tomorrow.

I am a little apprehensive. I volunteered at Red Cross blood drives in college as part of my sorority philanthropy.  I was put in charge of the snacks because the sight of needles made me feel faint. Needles have become a common occurrence lately. I can’t hang out in the cookies and juice area anymore.

The side effects should not be severe. I shouldn’t lose any hair. Well, if I could just lose the grey ones… I will be very tired and I have to be on the look out for blood clots and high blood pressure. Just another day, right?

Needless to say I am a bit nervous. But, God has not failed me yet and I know He is not about to start now. I can be nervous and at the same time know that the One who sent His son to pay a debt I could not pay is able to do exceedingly abundantly more than I could ask or think will be with me in the chemo room. He’s got this.

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17 thoughts on “MRI, check: biopsy, check; chemo next

  1. Hi Elyse,
    Thank you for updating us. Good luck for tomorrow; will be thinking of you, and sending you good vibes and strength. Try not to look at the needles.
    With Love
    Wendy

  2. Hi Elyse,

    We will be praying for you so that your faith will be a witness to those around you. You are an amazing young woman and thank God that he is allowing you to keep strong in Him as you go through this trial. Your faith is amazing…I’m not sure that I could do this with as much grace as you are showing to the world. God Bless you.

    Dan & Sharon

  3. Elyse,
    So many times I have had God remind me lately, “I’ve got you covered”. I am praying that as you sit with him tomorrow during your chemo, he will show you that he has you covered as well. Love and hugs to you my friend!
    Lori Moran

  4. Hi Elyse,
    Thank you for sharing your inner most thoughts with us. Please know that we are praying for you.
    Much love and many hugs to you.
    Debbie and Gary Nelson

  5. I am praying for you Elyse. Your faith and positive attitude is so encouraging to all of us. May God bless you as you undergo this treatment. Praying that the bad cells will be killed and the good cells refreshed. I am thankful that God is by your side.

  6. You and your family are always always always in my prayers Elyse. Thanks for the update so I know how to target them. Keep is p

  7. Thinking of and praying for you Elyse. You can do this, think positive and keep smiling that beautiful smile.
    Love Mom Fenerty

  8. I love how you can still let your sense of humor have its fun even while writing about stuff that is so serious and so difficult for you. Keep it up! We’ll all be praying for you.

  9. Elyse – Thinking of you and your amazing uplifting spirit! I am looking forward to us both “rolling ’em up and rolingl ’em down” at next year’s homecoing together! XO Kimberly

  10. Dear Elyse,
    I wanted to say hello and that it was so nice to meet you last night, at the CM meeting. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. I admire your courage and wit.

    Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you ever need anything.

    God Bless,
    Lisa Larsen

  11. Hi Elyse!
    I will be thinking of you and praying for you tomorrow and the days and weeks ahead. I know you are nervous but you are right when you say He’s got this. He does and so do you. You are the bravest person I know and there’s nothing you can’t do. Sending you all our love:)

    Christine and Dino

  12. Elyse, I’ve been following your journey and would like to say that I truly admire your courage and sense of humor through such a difficult time for you and your family. We are thinking of you and can’t wait for good news. Love, Amy Decker (Chris’ wife) ❤

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