Brooke’s Cancer Journey Post from 1/14/19

Update on Brooke: This is Liz (Brooke’s Sister). Wanted to send a quick update on behalf of Brooke, since we know so many are praying. The news of a good scan on Dec 26 means that this chemo regimen seems to keep the cancer stable and even showed improvement. She is continuing with this same cycle – 2 weeks on, 1 week off. We are here at the clinic today in week 2 of the cycle, meaning she has next week off.

For two cycles in a row, Brooke has had a very scary reaction to one of the chemo drugs that is in this regimen. The fear was she would have to stop taking this drug due to the reactions. Thankfully today they were able to administer that drug in a different manner, and she tolerated it with no reaction. PRAISE THE LORD!

Each week with chemo is difficult physically; constantly trying to manage the fatigue, pain, and nausea. The biggest challenge is the grief and learning to carry on without Justin. The suffering is on so many different fronts.

Please know that even here, in the dark days of suffering, Brooke does not feel alone. She feels your prayers, she feels the hands and feet of Christ serving her in countless ways. Most importantly, God is there in the depths.

In the pockets of time where Brooke feels good, she is pouring herself into her family, so her updates may be less frequent. Please know that she reads and is encouraged by each one of your messages, even if she is not able to respond.

As we sat here today, Brooke talked about this verse and the hope that God’s promises bring.

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned, struck down, but not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4:7-9