thanks for all the prayers for chemo last week. I am really thankful. And we are seeing some early signs that it may be working. The good news about having the cancer manifest in the parents is that as the apparent changes we are hopeful that means it is working. And we are definitely seeing some subtle changes. Unfortunately, last week, some of my liver numbers were up and we could tell by Dr. Osborne’s thoughtfulness that she was concerned. Twice last week she made references to changing my chemo regimen – indicating that she wasn’t sure the current plan was working. My liver function numbers were up last week and that was clearly concerning to her. Once the liver function numbers are greater than two times the normal range they begin to be concerned. We tipped that level last week. However, they were back down 100 points this week! This is very encouraging. I went in on Tuesday to check my blood levels in preparation for chemo today. The neutrophils had held just barely above the minimum threshold (of 1000) so they brought me back the next day for a shot. They wanted a shot in advance of today to make sure the numbers held. We should know this afternoon if it worked? I actually feel hopeful that it did. Earlier this week, I felt pretty cruddy. Not sure if it was just a “chemo hangover” which often for me is 2 to 3 days after chemo, or the fatigue from anemia or leftover cough that won’t go away. I got lots of help from friends and thankfully felt much better as the week went along. By gods grace, Lincoln has no idea that all these play dates are sometimes because Mama doesn’t feel so good. But he gives a really great hugs when he comes home and finds Mama on the couch. He and I are getting out this morning to go for a walk and enjoy this gorgeous day, good friends, and then I will head to chemo. I am thankful for your continued prayers for our family, for the treatment to sustain me for extra months or years, and for us to continue to see the faithfulness of our God. He is good. All the time. He can be trusted. He doesn’t make me mistakes.