Update on Trichelle

Another update from Dave and Trichelle about her cancer treatments.

Hello again,

We are thankful to our God for again blessing us through another round of chemotherapy. We are now at the end of the second week of this round, and Trichelle is doing very well. The first two rounds have shown a pattern of feeling ill and fatigued during the first week, but the second week seems to be much better. By the third week, Trichelle usually feels ‘normal’! We are thankful for this as we hear of stories where others have reacted very differently to the Chemo drugs.

The medical staff has advised us to ensure that Trichelle avoids people as her immunity is very low even though she may feel fine. They have told us she needs to try to stay six feet from people and to definitely NOT accept hugs or handshakes from people. They also want her to avoid large gatherings of people. For this reason, we have been slipping into church and leaving without being too social to our caring church family. We hope you all understand.

Next Monday we will begin round three of the four initial rounds. After these are complete, she will switch to a different chemo drug for twelve weekly treatments. She will also begin Herceptin treatments every three weeks for twelve months. Radiation will be once chemo is complete.

We will continue to use the medical means and carefully follow the nutrition guidelines, but ultimately our lives are in God’s hands. Right from the beginning of this journey, Isaiah 41:10 has been precious to us. Many of you have pointed us to this text as well:

“Fear thou not, for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

We sure have felt the truth of this text. Thanks again for your tokens of care and concern. We certainly value each card, email, and prayer that you have offered for us. Thanks again for the gifts of meals so lovingly prepared for us. We feel very supported by our family, church family, the school community, and even strangers we have never met. We are certainly not alone! Isaiah 41:10: “…for I am with thee…”

Dave, Trichelle, Breyden, Quinten, and Emilee Beeke.

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