My cousin Amanda and her husband got Randy’s schedule from the Transplant Coordinator today. I have spoken about Randy and Amanda in many earlier posts but for those of you who are newbies, Randy has ALL, which is a form of leukemia. They have been waiting for this information since Randy finished chemotherapy in late September. A donor had to be found and there were actually two found from the National Donor Bank. Ever wonder why it is important to be a donor. I know now firsthand. On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving the hospital will do targeted radiation and triple lumen catheter insertion. This will be outpatient. The Friday after Thanksgiving they will admit and do targeted radiation. The next day, Saturday there will be more targeted radiation and chemo. On Sunday more chemo. On Monday they will do total body radiation. If I am not mistaken this kills all the cells he has...the bad ones and makes room for the new ones. On Tuesday they will actually do a stem cell transplant. They have been married for 35 years and to be honest they have always been one of those love stories you read about in books. Randy is one of the most awesome men I know (with the exception of my darling Frank). Randy has taken care of all of us (us being Amanda's three sisters and me) over the years and never complained once. He is an amazing man. It has hurt my heart to see them go through this process....you know we never want someone we love to hurt. Amanda is not only my cousin...she is one of my dearest friends and it has bothered us both that she is not there for me throught my mom like we would normally be....and I am not there for her either. We do the best we can and thank God daily for internet and cell phones. Amanda and Randy have been down a long road since June and she has asked that everyone please pray, and pray hard. She admits that she is scared, even though she knows that there’s no need to be. She has asked everyone to pray that they will find strength in God’s promises. She knows He hasn’t brought them here just to abandon them on the side of the road. I believe that my God is in control. So, when you say your prayers will you please include them in them. I want God to hear so many prayers that it sounds like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. They are special people to me and I want all the prayers being lifted up that I can get! God Bless You Real Good Today!
I am a woman who wears many hats and loves them all. I am a singer - I sing with the group Still Magnolias. I was part of the original First United Methodist Church Arbor Praise Team until we moved. After 24+ years of teaching English 11 and Spanish I - II at Benjamin Russell High School I decided to take a job closer to home. I now teach Spanish I & 2 at Randolph Co. High School and Wadley. I thought I was getting close to retirement and looking forward to it, but decided to move my cheese and try something different. I am a preacher's wife and a preacher myself. My husband Frank is the pastor at Rock Mills United Methodist Church and I am the pastor at Midway (Wedowee). It has made our conversations interesting, to say the least.