The Power of Prayer & Positivity

Updated: Mar 7, 2021

"I took my troubles to the Lord. I cried out to Him and He answered my prayer."

- Psalm 120:1

When life does not go the way we plan, and our hearts ache when family members are hurting, any opportunity to find a reason to celebrate, show gratitude, or even laugh ... this is a must! Or in other words "celebrate the small things". And today, that is what I am choosing to do.

I was able to spend the afternoon with Shyra yesterday, napping in the sun, giggling about being a child in the 90's with Paper Dolls, Beanie Babies, Bop It, and American Girl Books. To reminisce is medicine for the soul.

The difference between the previous round of chemo (3 weeks ago) and this round of chemo (last Thurs) is tremendous. Her side effects are minimal, she is able to eat a little and drink, and her pain is finally manageable.

She is sleeping a lot, which is really good. For the first time in weeks, she was able to sleep on her side without pain. Woohoo! She is still very shaky, and needs help with basic things like refilling her water bottle, adjusting her pillows, and reading the cards to her that come in the mail. Yesterday while we were chilling out together, a beautiful soul dropped off the happiest balloons Shyra has ever seen! (see the photo gallery for a picture of the happiest balloons on the planet). Every time she looked at the balloons, she got a big smile on her face. It's amazing how something so simple can bring such joy.

A good thing to know as well, is that either Monday or Tuesday, Shyra will be getting a blood transfusion. Just a routine procedure to help rebuild her blood cell count. Chemotherapy attacks the growth of blood cell formation (to keep her cancer from spreading and to shrink the tumors so that they can become operable), but she needs healthy red blood cells (to provide oxygen to the lungs) and white blood cells (to fight infection). We are hopeful this will help minimize her side effects and give her the boost she needs to regain strength in between treatments.

I will continue to keep you all posted, and please continue with your thoughts and prayers. We are seeing baby steps of progress and that is what's keeping her positive during these challenging days.

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