Okay, this is Sarah's Mom; for those of you who don't know me, I never use that kind of language. But today, I am. I hope you don't mind.
While Sarah was at home for a short time, she received the most wonderful gift from her sorority sisters: an album full of supportive notes and good wishes. Sarah and I cried and laughed reading each one. One of my favorites says: "Kiss My Ass! said Sarah to cancer." We dried our tears and chuckled over that one.
On Thursday, Sarah had to repeat the bone marrow biopsy and the lumbar puncture. Unfortunately, she developed a spinal headache from the spinal tap; that means she had debilitating migraines when she sat up or stood. Coming back to Loyola on Monday, she needed meds to help her handle the pain. Then, we got the results from Thursday's procedures.
Unfortunately, Sarah's type of leukemia is stubborn and we learned that the cancer did not go into remission. Yet. So they immediately began round two of chemo, using a new, stronger regimen. So far, she has tolerated this new chemo pretty well, all things considered. The headaches persist, and she feels very tired.
Kiss my ass, cancer, says Mrs. Wielgos to cancer!
That said, let me change gears and share a blessing we received yesterday. Sarah was in the throes of a migraine, temporarily assigned a shared room in a section of the peds floor with constant beeping and noise--not a good situation. It was painful for Sarah physically and emotionally. And the Lord found a way to be present to us. Into the noisy room walked a chaplain we had never seen before, offering to pray with us and for us, and offering us Christ's presence in the Eucharist. Blessings--even amid chaos.
Please continue to pray for my girl: one tough cookie, one tough fighter. And God is good.