- Peace for Shawn and I, for Kyle and Miranda and Braden and Connor, for our parents and siblings and nieces and nephews and inner circle friends watching and hurting as we go through this
- that God would keep soft our children's hearts toward Him through all the emotions of this hard journey
- strength and stamina; physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually
- that the cancer shrinks to gone, gone, gone!
- gentle side effects to this second round of chemo
- family unity, harmony, love, strength, joy, happiness
- anything else you feel God puts on your heart

Friday, January 3, 2014

More cancer

The uphill climb has gotten steeper once again: the excruciating back pain is due to "some disease in the SI".  The SI is the bone between your upper and lower back.  I have huge pain at sitting or standing or walking, better at laying.  I have wicked sciatica down my right leg. I pulled a rib so have wicked pain in my left rib cage and can't stand the pain to cough, I need to cough to clear my lungs.  It's a mess. It has been a very hard two weeks.  

Saw my oncologist yesterday and was, once again, impressed by his can-do attitude regarding getting me set up with the pain clinic and radiologist at ARH (closer to home, hooray!).  There is talk of radiation for the back pain (this was very successful for the shoulder pain I had with cancer in that right scapula last year).  I have chemo on Saturday and am very concerned about the muscle pain that will bring.

It has been an intense and horrible two weeks.  We had a good day Christmas and Boxing Day and I am calling that a miracle.  Our kids have witnessed horrible things as their mommy has been fighting pain.  My husband has not slept or rested in all that time.  It has been mind-bending.

The song God keeps sending me is "... strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me."


  1. We are praying and praying, dear Kristin. "morning by morning new mercies I see; all I have needed thy hand hath provided"
    We pray for God's mercy and we trust He will provide all you need.

  2. And still you smile for us. We pray for you and your dear ones first thing in the morning while our coffee brews.

  3. Still praying for you Kristin! Sending gentle virtual hugs your way!

  4. Oh Kristin, you are constantly on my mind and in my prayers. Hugs to you!

  5. Love you friend - you are beautiful and strong. Keep fighting - help is on the way this coming week. xoxo

  6. K, so nice to see your face! And I noticed the lovely quilt under your head ... Christmas gift? Will be praying for pain-free days.

  7. Prayed for you last night before I went to bed, and am praying for you today. Rachel R.

  8. But you, O LORD, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high. (Psalm 3:3)

    This verse has been on my lips for you for over a week; daily I will keep praying it's message on your behalf as well as praying for relief and rest from the awful pain you have endured.
    love and prayers always,

  9. Kirstin, you are always in our thoughts and prayers !!


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