Saturday, February 8, 2014
Strength in Weakness
Next week we head into combat--the consolidation phase of treatment. Though we will find out more when we meet with 'intelligence' (oncologists) next week, we do know that this next round promises to be more aggressive as it launches a strike to keep the cancer cells from regenerating.
Basic training (induction) began conditioning Paige's body for the many treatments and procedures she will undergo over the next 2 1/2 years. Four rounds of chemotherapy, three bone marrow tests, and three lumbar punctures with additional chemo--not to mention steroids and other meds--made for one heck of a four-week initiation on her body.
Combat mode (consolidation) calls for total warfare against the cancer cells. It is important to head into this cycle as strong as possible. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done.
Over the last few days, we have seen a decrease in Paige's physical strength--like I said, that induction phase is intense. She tires from small tasks and is moving around less. Her leg muscles have weakened, resulting in trouble standing from a sitting position. At one point yesterday, "Jello" legs took her to the floor, a scary moment for her (and me).
Though she may have trouble getting to her feet, it is a blessing that Paige has no problems walking other than she's slower than usual. Drill Sergeant Mom quickly came up with a simple regimen we will be doing a few times each day. We've got to stockpile as much strength as we can before combat begins next week. She cooperated with everything I asked of her, telling me she wanted to get stronger and would work hard to make that happen.
Today Paige shared with me that after last night's family prayers, she prayed on her own--asking God to restore her strength and give her the determination she needed to fight this even harder. Wow. Tell me that girl isn't amazing!! But He said to me, "...my power is made perfect in weakness."… 2 Corinthians 12:9
Paige's battle against leukemia requires a superhuman amount of strength, and she will not go through this alone. Her family and friends stand ready to fight. The troops she has rallied to action seem to grow in number every day. God has put everyone in position, and He knows how this will end--in victory!
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Isaiah 40:29