Monday, May 3, 2010

Week three



Well week three has been full of surprises. The next day after my last post we were driving to my treatment and I was messing with my hair and it started coming out by the handful. They said by week three but I didn't know they ment that day. It was so weird to just out of the blue have your hair fall out like that. But we just came home after the treatments and shaved it. The kids got a kick out of it and it has been a much easier transition for them then I thought it would be. When we went to treatment they first do blood work and then we met with the doc. He said my red blood cells are really low and they would start giving me iron in the iv every week, and if the red count doesn't go up they will have to do a blood transfusion. So everyone pray that the iron works cause the transfusion scares me. Then they told me my white counts were very low too and I needed to stay away from lots of people. So I was feeling pretty discouraged after that visit but then we went back the next day for more treatment and the nurse said my hcg levels were in. Those are the cancer markers that they use for this cancer and starting out I was at 350,000 and now just after two weeks it was down to 18,000. That's no typo it has dropped that drastically so now I feel so happy. I know your prayers are working and the treatment while hard on me is totally kicking cancer's ass! It was just the encouragement I needed. This week has been hard the treatment makes me really sick and being sick makes me more negative and sad but I know in a few days i'll be feeling better. The hair thing has been crazy. It's like looking at a stranger in the mirror. My friend Katie made me a whole bunch of flowers and headbands that I love it gives me a feminine look and doesn't scream cancer like the hats do. I'm so blessed to have such amazing friends.

11 comments:

RufflesAndFringe said...

Hang in there Star! My daughter and I fasted for you yesterday and we have been praying for you every night! I'm so glad you got some good news this week even though it was a tough one.

Rach said...

I LOVE the headband! It is so cute! I think you look GARGEOUS!! (that's how southern Utah people pronounce gorgeous.) haha. Love ya Star!

Camille said...

Wow! I think you look so beautiful with a shaved head. Seriously. You have a great attitude; know that prayers are coming to you from southern CA. I know you can do this because of who you are and what you know.

Cassie Snow said...

You are beautiful Star! I'm lovin the headband :o)

n8, kris10, and scout said...

Star, we love you... and that smile of yours!

The Holland Family said...

You look adorable. Seriously. I sometimes wish I could shave mine for a day or two just so I wouldn't have to do it. You'll have to tell me how that part of it is. It's like the guy thing, shower, shave and your done! I wish you didn't have all the other sickness and such that goes along with. Love Ya!

The Wright Family said...

If I were u I'd shower like 50 times a day, cause I love showers but hate messing with my hair. You are amazing Starla, a great example in so many ways. What a story you'll have to tell someday!!! (and along the way!!)

Jer and Steph said...

You look so beautiful! Keep up the cancer butt kicking!! You are an amazing person. We are sending our love and prayers your way. Remember how many time you use to talk about just shaving your head I have to admit I am A LOT jealous.

Angie said...

You look AMAZING! Seriously, I wouldn't look anywhere near that good with a shaved head! Keep your spirits up, we are all praying for you. You're doing GREAT!

hugsnkisses said...

Your friends are are blessed to know you, Starla! You are an amazing example to all of us! Love ya and see you Thursday.

Emilie said...

Loving the head, Starla! Mine is all bumpy and deformed. Prayers are going up for you from Provo! Love you! Jacob and Emilie Wright