Typically Brenda has to go to City of Hope every week for a check up and blood tests. But, because she did so stellar 2 weeks ago on her white blood cell counts, the doc gave her a pass and told her to check back in 2 weeks. My sis Claudia took Brenda for her appointment on Thursday, September 26th, and her white blood cell count is in the NORMAL RANGE!!! WOOHOO! She's down to 3,900! Normal is between 3,000- 10,000.
To give you an idea of how far she's come and how great she's doing, let me give you a little history. When Brenda was first diagnosed, on August 22nd, her WBC (white blood cell) count was at 51,000, off the charts, outrageously high! After 1 week on her chemo meds, her WBC counts dropped to 40,000. The following week was really rough on her. She was experiencing a lot of high fevers, awful bone pain and night sweats. Well, it paid off, because her counts went down to 16,900! Amazingly GREAT! The doc was so impressed and happy with the numbers that he said she didn't have to come back for another 2 weeks. This week she had less side effects, just really fatigued. On Thursday is when they told her that her WBC are down to 3,900. We are so beyond happy that she is doing so great and the chemo is doing it's job.
Another challenge she's facing is that now her red blood cells (hemoglobin) are low, at 10,000. If they go down to 8,000 or less, she'll need a blood transfusion.
The Lord is good and we continue to pray everyday for my sis and we ask that you do the same. She is still working part time from home, but it is challenging at times with all the side effects she experiences keep her from being able to keep up with work as much as she'd like.
Please continue to pray for Brenda, Bob, Blaine and Maddy throughout all of this. Pray for good health and healing for them all. It is crucial at this stage that Brenda stay healthy and not be around any one that might even have a cold. So more prayers during this flu season are most appreciated!
Thank you everyone who has bought keychains to support Brenda and also who has donated via this web page. Every dollar helps, especially as the bills start coming in, and life doesn't stop for cancer!
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." -Phillipians 4:6-7