Friday, November 21, 2008

From Mike: Tough Times

These have been very tough days and nights for Dawn. She is in constant pain with severe headaches. The doctors think it's because of the Leukemia and hopefully this round of chemo and the total body irradiation will eventually kill it and make the pain stop. To make matters worse, the pain meds she's taking has caused her oxygen levels drop so she is getting supplemental oxygen. They're also giving her lots of fluids to flush out the last chemo drug she was given. The constant trips to the bathroom don't make for very restful days or nights. She had her last dose of chemo drugs yesterday and this morning she had her 1st radiation treatment. She'll be getting treatment in the morning and afternoon for 1 hour each day for the next 4 days. On Tuesday she'll get the transplant.


Anderson Family Member said...

the Lord is my shephard, i shall not be in want
he makes me lie down in green pastures
he leads me beside quiet waters
he restores my soul
he guides me in paths of righteousness
for his name sake
even though i walk throught the valley of the shadow of death i will fear no evil
(i am so sorry for what you are going through. we love you!)

Anonymous said...

We are sorry to hear about the rough time Dawn is going through and we're sure it hasn't been easy for you either. Wish there were some special words I could write to make everything better but at this time all we can say is that we will keep both of you in our thoughts and prayers. Keep us posted, daily if possible, to let us know how things are going and if they are getting any better.
Love to both
Grandpa Tony & Nancy

Maria G @ Sea said...

hey dawn,
i know there are many many people who would love to ba able to take the pain away from you. all i can say is that you continue to be in my daily thoughts and i only wish i could do something more to help. i'm sending my love!

Anonymous said...

you are a strong person and have been through a lot that I have seen personally I work at the hospital and I just want you to know you are doing what it takes to get through this horrible battle called cancer. We stand by and help but only you know what you are gonin through please stay strong and don't give up, you will win. keep your head up and only let the positive thoughts in. We all love you and hope for the best for you. take care

Anonymous said...

You're still the most adorable, even through all that you've endured. I was so happy to speak to you last time and I hope I'll be able to speak to you again...very soon!! You're in my heart and in my prayers, always!
Much love,

Matt said...

I'm so sorry to hear that you are in such pain Dawn. I'm sure this is a difficult time for both you and those around you who only wish they could take the pain away. You and your family are in my thoughts daily.

With Hope,


Steve Vandergriff said...

I am praying that everything will be just perfect on Tuesday - no less. I will keep you both in my thoughts and prayers, especially that day.

Tara said...

I have been reading your blog for quite some time. i can't imagine what kind of pain and fear you are going though, but as I can see a lot of people are pulling for you. I hope Tuesday goes well for you, since it will be the first day of your new life cancer free. i only hope i have friends and family like yours if i ever needed it. i'll be thinking of you on tuesday and praying that all goes well. i know i don't know you well, i'm just a chic from philly, but your story hit me hard. good luck and god bless. you'll be out running around with your dog in no time ;) -Tara

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry that you are in so much pain. You have been in my thoughts and I am praying that you will soon feel much beeter!


Toni Baker said...

Hey Girl!
Tomorrow is "Transplant Day", hey they have an Earth Day and a Groundhog Day so tommorow I proclaim it to be "Dawn's Transplant Day". We need to get T-shirts......

I know you have been in pain and aren't feeling well but hang in there. You are sooo strong and are so loved by many. We are sending you our strength and love.

Love you bunches,
Mike's Mom and Gina

hockeychic said...

Wishing you well Dawn. Hoping that you are more comfortable today and that transplant day goes smoothly tomorrow.

Sending strength and healing thoughts from the Rocky Mountains.

Matt said...

Good luck tomorrow Dawn, I'll be thinking about you. Stay strong.


Anonymous said...

Fear thou not: for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
--Isaiah 41:10
The Lord is with you Dawn,you are in my prayers and thoughts always. Tommorrow will be fine. When you are feeling a little better I would love to talk to you. I will try and call Uncle Steve tonight. Much love, your cousin Chrissy

Maria G @ Sea said...

just wanted to stop by again and say that i hope everything goes smoothly tomorrow. stay strong, i know you will be fine & you will be in my thoughts all day, as usual.
lots of love,

Claudia Ingram said...

"Courage" is the word that comes to mind as we think about you and pray for you, Dawn. May God supply all that you need to meet the transplant challenge tomorrow. We continue to pray as our hearts hug you across the miles from Denver to Charleston.

Our love to you and your Mom and Dad,

Claudia and Bob Ingram

kristi said...

hi dawn,
just a quick note to let you know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. i am sorry to read that you are in pain and having such a tough time but hopeful regarding your transplant. i am working at the va this month, but i will plan to visit sometime in the next week once you are feeling better. take care!

kris gruca said...

Good luck tomorrow dawn! You'll be in my thoughts and prayers all day. You too Mike! I hope you start to feel better soon and all the pain and suffering you are going through now becomes just a memory. Much love!