So far, Beckie hasn't had any bad reactions to the radiation treatments (she has had four) other than feeling tired and weak. Since she was tired and weak before she started treatment, I can't tell if there is much of a difference. I can say that she is sleeping better since starting radiation. Before, she was very restless throughout the night, and we often found ourselves talking at all hours. However, since starting radiation, she is sleeping very soundly. I believe that it is a big relief for her to know that she is getting some type of treatment, after going through an entire month without knowing what was wrong or what could be done. She is still struggling with double vision but remains in great spirits and is getting plenty of rest.
The ladies that Beckie works with sent a beautiful flower arrangement with personalized cards from everyone. She really appreciated this very thoughtful gesture. She feels very fortunate to work with such a great group and she remains hopeful that she will be able to return to work. Also, this week we learned that our many friends at Sanctuary Baptist Church are planning to share their wonderful Wednesday night dinners with us while Beckie is going through radiation. We are very grateful for this generous offer from a great bunch of people that are like family to us. Finally, a few families that we know through our kids playing sports together also helped us with meals. In addition to the excellent cooking, we enjoyed the fellowship and encouragement that accompanied the food.
I know that there are countless people, and entire churches, that are praying for Beckie and our family. Believe me when I say that God is honoring these prayers; the healing will happen in His own time and according to His plan. However, the many prayers for peace and strength are definitely affecting our lives in a profound way. In what seems sometimes hopeless, we are finding hope. When I allow my mind to dwell on my darkest fears, I am inexplicably pulled back to a place of overwhelming peace. Although Beckie is faced with a fight that is beyond my comprehension, she remains strong in her belief that God is in control. "You, Lord, give perfect peace even in turmoil to those who keep their purpose firm and put their trust in you." Isaiah 19:22