How’s Margaret? Part 2

2014-12-04 11.10.57 A picture is worth a thousand words! (Again, thank you, Angela Duggan, [adugganphoto.com] for taking pics the night before Margaret’s surgery – three long weeks ago.)

Importantly, Margaret is bouncing back nicely from the rigors of major surgery. She’s up, getting dressed, getting out of the house a little bit, lifting stuff, holding court with friends, walking outside, and, of course, Christmas shopping. Her very irritating drains are out, her chemo port is in, her appetite is returning. She’s had no fever or infection.

She almost went to church on Sunday, but wasn’t sure she had enough energy and needs to be well for chemo.

She is sore from biopsies taken out of the bones in her back last Thursday, but this too shall pass. All of her doctors are being very generous with pain and sleep medication – which has been quite effective! (“Valium? This is Margaret calling!”)

She is scheduled to start chemotherapy on Wednesday. She went to “Chemo Teach” on Friday to demystify it somewhat, and she has been given insider tips from veterans on which chairs are best, how to dress and what to pack with her.

We all experienced a moment of severe panic Sunday afternoon when Peyton Manning went to the locker room with an injury and Brock Osweiler attempted three passes – but that’s another story. Sorry, I digress.

Katie has been a fearless, tireless and champion caregiver. Megan comes home again on Saturday. Yippie!

I fumbled my way through another “sermon” on the Sunday of Love, but am glad Kira’s preaching next Sunday!

Yes, there have been brief moments of collapse and despair, but the general household tone continues to be one of hope and steely resolve to run the race and meet the challenge. Again, I simply cannot tell you how profoundly grateful we all are for all the well-planned and random acts of kindness – small and large – through which we have been blessed. Thank you!

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5 thoughts on “How’s Margaret? Part 2

  1. Thank you for the update on Margaret and on all the family. You are giving us great examples of love, perseverance, faith and courage. Our prayers will continue for endurance and success with the treatments. Robert and Bernice Lodwick

  2. Margaret … we are so proud of your quiet courage & faith. Stephanie arrives tomorrow so the Blair’s are all together like the Bells … All our best, Al & Family

  3. Thanks John on taking the time to write the blog as it meaning a lot to me to know how my friend is doing as well as your whole family and your thoughts on the Broncos:). I am praying for all of you and love you bunches Margaret.

  4. we are so deeply grateful to receive these thoughtful faithful and reflective emails
    thank you, sent with our prayerful best wishes. charles

  5. John – Thank you for your updates. It means much to those of us that are so far away. And thank you for being the family’s rock that I know you are.
    Katie & Megan – Thank you for being exactly what your Mom needs!
    Margaret….Ah, Margaret Elizabeth – you stay as strong as you can. There’s something in the name as our Margaret Elizabeth has the strength, endurance, and fight that you do. I think of you so often when I look into her precious (and also fierce!) eyes. You all are fighters! We just need to get her out there to see you again!

    -Lots of Love from the Killians

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