Update 5/28 – Trending Stronger

IMG_2557Dear praying friends and family,

Thank you for helping us with your prayers!

A friend from school told me her church prays for me every morning, and last week I met a handful of people who said, “You don’t know me, but I feel like I know you. I pray for you every night.” I am so encouraged when you remind me, “We’re praying for you!”

Here’s the Latest:

Running (think bouncy walking!)

The last time I “ran” was six months ago – before surgery. Although I’ve walked my 2.57 mile loop nearly daily – sometimes with screaming bone and muscle pain – sometimes with clumsy, semi-numb feet – running seemed a far off dream.

But a couple days ago, I felt strong. So I tried it. 2 blocks. WooHoo! Today, I’m up to 8 blocks. Baby steps in the right direction.

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Nearly Normal!

Recent conversation with Jacqui:

Jacqui: Mom, you’re nearly yourself again.

Me: Yes! But I’m still more tired than normal.

Jacqui:  And a little more ditzy!

True! However, after Breast Cancer #1, I wasn’t myself for a year! I remember leaning against the doorway of Tim’s home office, peeking in, smiling, and Tim commenting, “I have my Becky back.”

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Radiation Days Numbered!

Six weeks ago, my sister and nieces showed up with a paper chain – numbered 1 to 33, each with a Hershey Dark Chocolate with Almonds attached – one for each treatment. Perfect! Nearly done!

As with chemo, the side-effects are managed better now, 30 years later. I still have fatigue,  radiation burn, tenderness, and tightening, but the creams are super effective in relieving itch and pain, and in healing wounds. Thankful!

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School is Over!

I made it! So thankful for the support of my students, families, and colleagues! After wondering if I could teach at all, I ended up only missing 2 days due to treatment challenges. The year ended beautifully – tender tears, hugs, memories, and thoughtful gifts. My last week began with a “But God…” inspired art gift from one of the best gift-givers on the planet, continued with lavish love, and ended with a gift of beautiful headbands – for when my hair grows back! Undone.

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Inspiration!

I wonder if I dared running again because of my dad. I think about him every day – cry every day. He passed away May 12.

Dad started running (real running, not bouncy walking!) when he was in his 40’s. He continued into his 70’s. I ran with him a time or two. Thankful!

Near the end of his life, when Dad could barely walk, he noticed I was cold. He got up, grabbed a blanket, and covered me. Dad made a habit of noticing when we needed a blanket and loved us by covering us. Good fathers cover their children.

He will cover you with his wings; you will be safe in his care; his faithfulness will protect and defend you. Psalm 91:4

Thanking God for you! Praying we know God as a good Father who covers us – more and more.

Love, Becky (His.Princess.Warrior.)

(Who, by faith, is still covered by a good, good Heavenly Father.)