Monday, September 22, 2008

Prayer request for this week

Hi everyone~ thank you all so much for all the encouragement and joy you have shared with me through calls, e-mails ,cards and your words regarding my test results from last week. I am feeling stronger and can notice things I could not do before that I am able to do now. Small things, like holding my arms over my head during my tests for long periods without much pain and gained strength in my upper body. Chris and I have also been able to add another mile to our run, putting us at about 16 miles per week. Hopefully, my cardiologist will give me the go to train again :)

Part of all this is, I believe,that the Zometa ( to strengthen the bones) is working and helping. However one of the more serious side effects from this drug is that it can deteriorate your jaw bone. The treatment I had last month left me with a lot of pain in my teeth and jaw, not a good sign. My doctor and I decided to try one more treatment, which is tomorrow, to see if it happens again. If it does I have to stop this as well, or only have it every 6 months to once a year. Not only is the Zometa good for bone strength but it appears it may even stop the cancer from spreading within the bone. So, I would like to ask for prayer that all goes well this week. I am usually fine the day of, it is the following days that I don't feel very well. But, specifically the jaw is our concern.

Thanks again for all your continued support and prayers. It has been a very long, hard year but we see God answering prayers every day! We continue to ask for total healing and restoration.


When I pray, you answer me and encourage me by giving me the strength I need. Psalm 138: 3


Lauren Reed said...

I am so glad that God is healing you. You guys are constantly in my prayers and I pray that your progress comes fast and easy. Thank you for being such an amazing soldier for Christ in all of our lives.

All my love,

Anonymous said...

We will pray, Elaine,for your continued strength and healing. Lots of Love, Aunt Suzy and Uncle Burt xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Elayne, Our prayers are with you. Charlotte

Anonymous said...

Dear Elayne,

I will definitely be in prayer for your Zometa treatment tomorrow. Thanks for the updates and for being so open, you're such an inspiration by your faith in the Lord and His faithfulness to your prayers is very encouraging.

Love ya,

"God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior.."
2 Samuel 22:3

Anonymous said...

Elayne--As I have told you, I had the same side effects from both Boneva (also flu symptoms) and with Actonel (only jaw pain.) Saw my Doctor today and will be trying Evista. Not in the same catagory but may slow down the osteoporosis in my left hip all else is osteopenia. So there was some good from what I have taken over the past two years. He feels that there will be new drugs coming on the market soon that should have less side effects. Have a friend who has been taking Actonel for five years with no problem. You are always in my prayers. Love you, JoAn

Nik & Kev said...

I'm so happy to hear about your healing--I know we've been praying continuously for you. It's an amazing feeling to know your prayers have been heard and answered...we love you so much, mom! Keep us updated!
Nikki and Kevin :)

P.s. Right now we're eating raspberry sherbet with fruit coctail--and thinking of you!! Hehe.

CLM said...

You are in my prayers.


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