Hi everyone! It’s Jamie again. It seems like so much has happened between the last post and now, but I will try to give you the abbreviated version as we would appreciate your prayers today.
Jen has her ups and downs, but has been plagued with extreme fatigue as of late. That, coupled with a lack of appetite, has left our girl weak and thin. At the urging of Scott on Tuesday, Jen contacted Dr. Osborne to let her know she was not feeling well. Dr. O asked Jen to come in for fluids to help with dehydration. We laugh because Jen told Gigi ‘it shouldn’t take too long’ when we were deciding on who’s car to take to Baylor, but I reminded her that Baylor can be a little like quick sand and once you step in the doors it’s really hard to get back out. Let’s just say the quick sand was in full force because Jen ended up being there for most of the day. She received an IV concoction of Magnesium, Potassium, and some other things I can’t spell or pronounce.
Dr. O also examined Jen then returned for a visit later to let her know she really needed to start eating. Apparently her blood work looked like that of a person who was starving. Literally. Normally, I would make a joke of how ironic this is because Jen loves to eat. But it was actually such a sobering moment that I can’t muster up any humor. To watch my friend lose so much weight in such a short period of time is difficult. Like really difficult. There are moments on this cancer journey where I can almost pretend like it’s not really happening because Jen is so upbeat and looks so hip with her bleached pixie cut. We laugh like normal and do life like normal. But those times are starting to fade and my heart is breaking all over again. My friend has cancer. And her outward appearance is not letting me pretend any longer that it’s not happening.
Today, would you please pray as Jen has her scheduled scans to determine what is actually going on inside of her body? She will be at Baylor for most of the morning then will have an appointment later today with Dr. Osborne. I will be back in touch after we know the results and new plan going forward.
Jen’s faith is as strong as ever and knows that the Lord is still very much in control. She clings to His promises daily, and reminds us of His goodness despite the circumstances. Thank you for your continued encouragement for Jen, Scott, Lincoln and Jane. This road is not to be walked alone and they are comforted by your prayers, texts, calls and cards.
I always like to end on a positive note, so I wanted to share that Lincoln turned 5 on June 1st and had a rainy celebration at Caruth Park fishing with friends. Right before the celebration was to begin, however, the rain came POURING DOWN. So much so that the party was even in question. But miraculously the skies cleared up just in time for the party and fishing commenced. Somehow I feel like that’s a beautiful metaphor for this journey. One minute the rains are drenching us and the next minute the sun is shining. We are praying for a little sunshine today.
Much love to you all and a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my favorite 5 year old!!!
Jamie (aka B)