Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Randy and my mom accompanied me to my first oncology appointment today. Dr. Vaner Woude had studied the pathology reports and has a treatment plan for me. The plan includes chemotherapy of three different drugs. The drugs are taxotere, paraplatin, and herceptin. I will have a port put in this week Thursday at Holland Hospital. The schedule for chemo has not yet been determined.

I rely on my faith, family and friends for therapy. However, Randy and I have found home improvements to be a release as well.
Randy spent the weekend tearing out carpet from our living room, hallway, and two bedrooms. Yesterday Carpet Bonanza installed new carpet and today our new furniture was delivered.

Our God is an awesome God and he has proven himself over and over again over the past few weeks. Your prayers have been answered. Please continue to pray for his presence in the upcoming weeks. Pray that he will help us to remain optimistic and he carry us through the treatments.


  1. Hi Robin,
    I am happy to see your strength in God through all of this. Remember that He loves you very much and so do many many people! We are all praying for you, Randy, and the girls through all of this. Take it one day at a time. A really good friend told me over the summer about a sermon from church, "God not only has plans for you, he also knows the route He will have you take to get there."

    Love, Krystle

  2. Dear Robin and family,

    Hope you are enjoying your new furniture and carpet (how about those throw rugs and pillows??) Praying for peace and courage as you accept your new treatment plan. May you continually feel Gods arms wrapped around you as he surrounds you with His love and care.

    Corla :)

  3. Praying for you today and in the road ahead. Our God is good!

  4. Praying for peace for you and your family, Robin. May your anxious moments be calmed by the hand of God. It's the most powerful anti-anxiety treatment I can think of!

  5. You were right about the furniture . . . perfect timing for you to enjoy it! I have been praying for you throughout the day, every day.


  6. R-

    I'm super proud of how brave and courageous you've been over the past few weeks. Miss you like crazy!


  7. Robin,
    I had to laugh when I read about the projects you have going on at your house! What is it about cancer that brings out the home improvement bug in people!?! Two months into my mom's cancer and my parents have had carpet torn out, wallpaper torn down, walls painted, and more! These are projects that have been years in the waiting. I imagine it is a good diversion! (and great to have something new & fun to enjoy, right!?).
    Praying for you as you anticipate treatments. I know how overwhelming it can all be at the start. Praying for peace for you and your family.
    Cheryl Van Appledorn

  8. Dear Robin,
    I'm here for you. Call if you need anything at all - dinner, transportation for Kylie or Keagan, a visit, chocolate, groceries, a hug, wine .. .
    I think of you all the time. I'm glad the program is moving ahead. Hopefully the doctor's plan gives you a little more sense of control about the whole ordeal.
    Ava is sending kisses,

  9. It was SO great to see you today!! And despite the news you had to share, your smile was still there, which I miss so much! I'll be praying for you in the challenging months of chemo/radiation ahead, but trust that this is God's CURE for you - it's in His hands! Thinking of you often and miss you tons!


  10. Hi Robin. Sounds like you are getting a lot of news and treatment plans all at once. That's good though that the doctor is moving fast and on top of things. I'm sure it is a lot to process at times. I know that things are all going to be ok for you-it's the in between times that are probably the scariest right now. You are strong person and so strong in faith, this is what will pull you through. And... family and friends and cousins:) that pray and think of you all the time! Sending a BIG HUG to you right now!
    Love you!! xoxo Kristin

  11. Robin,
    Impressed to see you at the gym this morning--I'll be praying that your treatment plan continues to be a reminder of how you're beating this beast.