CT scan tomorrow

Hello all! I've been doing really well. I feel great. My strength and endurance are really building! My eyebrows and eyelashes seem to be growing back with gusto, but the hair on my head is taking its sweet time (much to my disapproval, as you would imagine :P).

I visited with Dr. Geister today and we plan to have my first post-transplant CT scan tomorrow (Dec. 13) at 10 at Integris Cancer Institute. All of my treatment and care has returned back to ICIO. We love them up there! We expect this CT scan to have great results and TINY (if any) tumors because my God is BIG!

My mom is having a surgery tomorrow and should be in the hospital for two days. So, I ask for your prayers that her surgery would go well and that she would heal quickly, but also that it won't pain her not to be with me at the scan.

I left the hospital over a month and a week ago and I still find myself avidly thanking God to be home. I am so blessed to eat good food I like and to be able to eat it. I am blessed to have wonderful parents, my two puppies to keep me warm, my own shower, no tubes attached to me, to sleep through the night without blood transfusions.. no nausea.. for eyebrows.. eyelashes.. no tubes in my chest so I can sleep on my belly. I took that for granted when I had it before the transplant. Who knew that was a blessing? NO MASKS!!! Praise God, I hate those things. I am so grateful I can use fans without the fear of them throwing germs at me (That's a real thing. I wasn't allowed to use a fan in the hospital.) I am overly excited that I can return to fellowship without fear of germs there. I love that I can go to a movie or go to a Thunder game and feel, dare I say it, normal. Church every week is an absolute blessing.

It is Christmas time, and for the first time in my life, I have true perspective of what the holidays mean. Christmas is a time to celebrate the unconditional love from our God to send his son to suffer on our behalf. Jesus suffered worse than I ever have or will, and I am continually humbled.

Christmas time also means that I get to see my family. Not get to skype or facetime with them from a hospital room but hug and feel them without risk of sickness. I am so blessed. I am so grateful to be growing my faith in the Light of the Lord.

I have learned through this journey that, in the midst of my deepest suffering, I am blessed beyond what I ever deserve. Because I serve a loving and loyal God who is good to me, and never leads me astray.

Colossians 3:15
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

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Psalm 91:14-16

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14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation."