Courage for Kennedy – Journal

April 3, 2006

Failed Counts-Treatment Delay

Category: Treatment – Melenie – 7:02 pm

Kennedy went in to the clinic today for a counts check to prepare her the next phase and she did not pass. Her platelets needed to be 75 (they were 57) and her ANC needed to be 750 (it was 430). While they were still too low, they were an improvement which means she should be fine next week.

I was terribly disappointed because the anticipation anxiety is killing me! Kennedy however, was absolutely tickled pink and began singing, “No chemo, no chemo, no chemo for me!” How could I not be happy with her? She continually amazes me by finding joy in all things. God definitely speaks to us through our children and it is such a blessing. We are just going to enjoy this week being together and having fun. She is finally returning to herself after the steroids and while she is eating less, it is more “normal.” We are still heading up to Day Treatment tomorrow for her monthly antibiotic but that is only to save another 2 hours next week. And speaking of next week…Kennedy’s fundraiser at Papa’s Pizza is next Tuesday!!! It will be following her first day of radiation and a hard day of chemo, so we hope everyone can make it and really encourage her…she’ll definitely need it! Remember, you do not need a flyer. Just let them know that you are “eating for Kennedy Duval” and 50% of whatever you buy will be deposited in the Kennedy B Duval Contribution Account at Wells Fargo bank. Also, you can eat all day…not just that evening when we will be there. Thanks!

Boy, I love this new song by Gary Allan from his newest CD:

Life ain’t always beautiful
Sometimes it’s just plain hard
Life can knock you down, it can break your heart

Life ain’t always beautiful
You think you’re on your way
And it’s just a dead end road at the end of the day

But the struggle makes you stronger
And the changes make you wise
And happiness has it’s own way of takin’ it’s sweet time

No, life ain’t always beautiful
Tears will fall sometimes
Life ain’t always beautiful
But it’s a beautiful ride

Life ain’t always beautiful
Some days I miss your smile
I get tired of walkin’ all these lonely miles

And I wish for just one minute
I could see your pretty face
Guess I can dream, but life don’t work that way

But the struggles makes me stronger
And the changes make me wise
And happiness has it’s own way of takin’ it’s sweet time

No, life ain’t always beautiful
But I know I’ll be fine
Hey, life ain’t always beautiful
But its a beautiful ride
What a beautiful ride

Those who can laugh without cause have either found the true meaning of happiness or have gone stark raving mad. ~Norm Papernick

One may go a long way after one is tired. ~French Proverb


One response to “Failed Counts-Treatment Delay”

  1. Becky says:

    Oh, Mel!!! That’s just terrible that the insurance company person is a whole long list of words that will cause my tongue to catch fire if I say them so I’ll spare you the burning ears and me the tongue! 😉 I pray that all goess well next week and you are able to enjoy a good week this week. Are her counts too low for us to come out to see you?

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