Up and Down

Injection Needle drop of bloodThere’s good news and there’s not so good news.

The good news is that I don’t have cancer.  I know, I know . . . you didn’t know it was a thought let alone a possible reality.  It was.  It might be someday in the future.  Right now, I’m genetically normal and I don’t have cancer.

Earlier in the year my Mom’s oncologist suggested I be tested for her cancer.  I was mirroring some of her symptoms.  Her doctor, my doctor, and my parents all agreed that I should have a bone marrow biopsy to determine if cancer was a reality for me.

After the biopsy and a wait of a few weeks, the reports were all in, and they were all negative. I think I’m the only person in the world who was disappointed to hear that I don’t have cancer.

It wasn’t that I wanted to have cancer.  No, not at all.  It was that I wanted answers.

I’ve been living with mystery maladies for more than 3 years.  I’d like the mystery to end.  I’m tired of having my body go awry and having no good reason for it—as far as anyone I know can tell.

The biopsy did reveal one answer.  My bone marrow is severely anemic.  Lately my blood has moved out of the anemic readings, but the message hasn’t reached my bone marrow.

Another down development is that I’ve started to develop a peripheral neuropathy in my feet and lower legs.  Yes, my sugar levels have been tested.  They’re fine.  As far as the doctors and I can tell, this is just another symptom to add to the list of mysteries.

I’ve started taking medicine for the neuropathy.  It has been wonderful for my feet.  It hasn’t been so wonderful for the rest of my body.  Another mystery to add to the list.

Life is full of ups and downs.  Thankfully my health ups and downs don’t reflect the rest of my life.

photo courtesy of Littleman

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5 Responses to “Up and Down”

  1. Ginger HuntJuly 15, 2010 at 8:41 pm #

    Dear friend,
    I will continue to pray that God will show you what He wants you to do. He has done an amazing job so far, moving you all over the world, allowing you to reach so many people, so many kids, with your caring ways. My heart is heavy when I remember that you are almost always in pain, when your face shows nothing but joy. I am so glad you don’t have cancer, although I guess you would have liked to put a name on these maladies. Whatever it is, you have a lot of people in this world that love you and would love to be there for you. I’ll pray for strength, God’s strength. Keep walking…….
    xoxo

  2. allieJuly 15, 2010 at 10:56 pm #

    I’m glad you don’t have cancer! But I hope that you feel better and that they can figure out what is wrong. I’ll be praying for you. =) Thanks for all the work you do even though you aren’t feeling that great.

  3. SherylJuly 16, 2010 at 7:47 am #

    Allie, you’re very welcome! I love that I’m able to do what I do—and that you’re part of it! Thanks for praying for me.

  4. SherylJuly 16, 2010 at 7:49 am #

    Thanks for the encouragement and prayers, Ginger! It’s a privilege to be able to do what I do and to have the support of so many incredible people. I’m glad you’re on my side.

  5. Linda ThomasJuly 19, 2010 at 6:26 pm #

    Praying for you, Sheryl!

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