Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Ground Hog Day...

Hi, everyone.

I've received many emails wondering how I'm doing.   So I think it's time for a quick update.

My doctor is "very pleased" with how things are going.  My tumor marker is stable and since being put on a 24-hour feeding infusion, I've gained about seven pounds.  I've always had a love-hate relationship with food, so being fed intravenously is kind of up my alley.   

I titled this post "Ground Hog Day" because for the last month or so, that's been my life.  (Remember the movie in which every day was the same?)  Well, that's what it's been like over here.  

I wake up, feel yucky, my mom tries to entice me to eat, I usually say I can't, I watch lots of tv with our new cat Smeow by my side, usually can't talk to anyone because I have this gag reflex in my mouth for some strange reason, watch my mom bring my kids home from school, listen to everyone having dinner in the kitchen and then fall asleep.  My doctor gave me one week off of chemo and I have another break from it this Friday.  I thought during the break I would want to run to Disneyland.  Yeah, no.  I still stayed on the couch trying to rebound.  Guessing that may happen again next week.

I can get pretty upset about how I'm spending my days.  And believe me, I have.  I allow myself to feel sorry for myself and then I do my best to remember my blessings.  Oh, so many!!!  

If you are so inclined to pray for me, you can ask the Lord to restore my appetite.  A new found love for food and the ability to eat it.  Also, for this "chemo fog" to lift from my brain.  It feels as if I'm depressed.  Not a fun feeling to experience.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  


  1. Oh, Ruthie, I will certainly be praying for you. You are such an inspiration and I pray God will restore your appetite and the fog will be lifted. Abundant blessings to you as you continue on this very tough journey.

  2. Hope & wish all that awful feeling is worth it at the end. And I hope you, from now on, are capable of enjoying the RIGHT NOW.
    Best wishes & warm kisses from Spain

  3. I have been praying for you. So happy for the update, I keep checking in.
    Prayers for you and your family.
    Thank you so much.
    xo rachel

  4. Dear Lord Jesus,
    I pray this morning for your servant Ruthie. I lift her up to the heavens and pray an extra special measure of peace and health over her mind and body. Please restore her appetite Lord. Please give her days a new spark, and mix them up with unexpected blessings. Be with her family as they minister to her. Be with her husband, parents and children. Hold them all in the cradle of your arms, as only you can do.
    I pray all this in your precious and Holy name.... Amen.

  5. Prayers coming your way. I so admire your strength and please never forget how much joy and hope you bring to people. Your blog is lovely, and I know brighter days are in your future. Robbie Washburn