Wednesday, 24 April 2013

U is for Update

Since I wrote asking everyone to pray for my brother in my post called Understanding, who has Multiple Myeloma a couple of months ago I thought It would be helpful to give you an update.  Your prayers and thoughts for the family are still needed, and I appreciate all the comments that have been coming through and encouraging words.

Robert found out a couple of weeks ago that the cancer had spread all over his body, he was not responding to the previous chemo and they have since put him on another drug.  He found this last drug helped with his energy levels and he was (up to last week) feeling more like himself.  As part of the treatment he has to have a week off and during these weeks finds that he is extremely tired, and obviously some of the side effects are beginning to take its toll.  He has been having some trouble with his left side and nerve damage and there is a lot of weakness in his left hand.

As his big sister, even at our age I guess I still want to make things better for him as my younger brother, and feel so powerless at not being able to make it go away.  I also recently found out that I was not a match.  We shared so many adventures and fun times when we were children, and there are many more adventures I hope to share with him.  

More than 1 in 3 of us will get cancer, and those not affected directly will know someone who has it or know someone who has a loved one who is effected and it is up to us to take a stand and do what we can to raise awareness, funds, and do our part.  Cancer Research UK are running over 230 Race for Life events over the UK and Macmillan Cancer Research are also running a range of different events to raise awareness and much needed funds. I encourage you to do your part however you can where ever you are.  I also thank you in advance for your much needed prayers for Robert and the rest of the family.  Blessings, Amanda

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11 comments :

  1. I will pray for your brother, it must be awful for everyone. My husband had cancer twice, first in his lung which was removed then the following year 3 days after I lost my mother who had a stroke he was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, and sadly joined my mother 2 months later, It's sad you're not a match for him I hope and pray one is found. Good luck.....to you all.
    Yvonne.

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    1. Yvonne, thank you for your prayers, I am sorry to hear about your mother and husband, it must have been a very sad time for you. I pray you had the support and encouragement when it was needed.

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  2. Continuing to pray for your brother - and all of you who love him! Thanks for updating!

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  3. I am so sorry to read about your brother. I hope you are doing nice things for yourself as well. Here is a virtual {{hug}}

    Rhonda @Laugh-Quotes.com

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    1. Rhonda, I am using my creativity to work through things and find it has been a great way to express the things you can't say verbally. Virtual hugs gratefully accepted!

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  4. Your painting is beautiful! I am praying for all in your family. My dad and two of his brothers passed from cancer. Your post hits close to home. Chin up. We do what we can do, and we let God do the rest. Blessings and hugs to you:)

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  5. praying for your brother / glad you are sharing this dont stop.
    Cancer is such a hard thing to go through and come out the other side (even for the family.)
    Be strong sis

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  6. MJ Many thanks for your prayers, hugs recieved.

    Moondust, thank you, we will come out of this and be stronger thank you for your prayers.

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  7. Hi Amanda .. I am so sorry re Robert - it must be so difficult for you ... and during that short time we had, there wasn't really an opportunity to give you that extra hug for Robert. I am sure life must be so difficult and challenging for you now ... my thoughts and I do hope you have the support and encouragement from family and friends that you need ... I am here - as you know .... Hilary

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  8. Hilary, It is difficult seeing your little brother unwell, I'll take a virtual hug for now, and will speak soon.

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