I have posted a few articles about Billy, Mary Jo's nephew, and his battle with Chronic Lymphcytic Leukemia and now Richter's Syndrome. We found out today that Billy's mom, Linda, has been diagnosed with Peritoneal cancer. This is a rare cancer that develops in the peritoneum, a thin, delicate sheet that lines the inside wall of the abdomen and covers the uterus and extends over the bladder and rectum. The peritoneum is made of epithelial cells. By producing a lubricating fluid, the peritoneum helps the organs to move smoothly inside the abdomen. Linda will have surgery next week at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington to determine the extent of the cancer, and a treatment plan.
Billy will be going back to Vanderbilt next week for his second round of R-EPOCH chemo to put the Richter's Transformation in remission in preparation for an allo stem cell transplant. Since his first treatment Billy's blood levels and energy level has been low. Mary Jo is still doing well. Please pray for Billy, his mom, Linda, and that Mary Jo's mantle cell lymphoma stays away forever. Also, please pray for our friend, Steve, in North Carolina., and his wife and caregiver, Peggy. Steve will be having an auto stem cell transplant at Duke University Hospital in Durham. Steve is currently in the mobilization phase of the process. He will going to Duke for the epheresis collection soon.
When It Rains It Pours
When it rains it pours, That`s an old saying
I keep telling myself I have to keep praying
They say God won`t give us to much to bear
I feel weighed down, But I know I`m in Gods care
Jesus has been there for me many times, He`s made me strong
It rained and it poured, But Jesus was there with me all along
I`ve learned each trail made me stronger, I believe even more
I know in my heart, He is with us,When the rain begins to pour
I now know when it rains it pours at times, It does for sure
The problems keep coming, You think you can`t take anymore
Dear friends hold on to your faith, Jesus will make you strong
I`ll never again lose faith, With Jesus I know I can`t go wrong