Plans For Abraxane to Replace Taxol Today


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Bob was in trouble. He forgot his wedding anniversary. His wife was really angry. She told him “Tomorrow morning, I expect to find a gift in the driveway that goes from 0 to 200 in 6 seconds AND IT BETTER BE THERE!” The next morning he got up early and left for work. When his wife woke up, she looked out the window and sure enough there was a box gift-wrapped in the middle of the driveway. Confused, the wife put on her robe and ran out to the driveway, brought the box back in the house. She opened it and found a brand new bathroom scale. Bob has been missing since Friday. 



A big thanks to my Joy for sharing this with me:

“Anchored in Love through the Storms of Life”: an interview with Bethany Hamilton (23 mins).  I love Bethany’s life story which was re-ecacted in the excellent movie “Soul Surfer”.


Psalm 73:26 (NLT)

26 My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak,
    but God remains the strength of my heart;
    he is mine forever.

Psalm 73:26 (NKJV)

26 My flesh and my heart fail;
But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Psalm 73:26-28(MSG)

When my skin sags and my bones get brittle,
    God is rock-firm and faithful.

Psalm 63:1-4 (NLT)

O God, you are my God;
    I earnestly search for you.
My soul thirsts for you;
    my whole body longs for you
in this parched and weary land
    where there is no water.
I have seen you in your sanctuary
    and gazed upon your power and glory.
Your unfailing love is better than life itself;
    how I praise you!
I will praise you as long as I live,
    lifting up my hands to you in prayer.

Today as far as I know is Day #1 of a new chemo.  First I’ll have an appointment with my oncologist later this morning, then the plans as of now are for me to get Abraxane instead of Taxol.  I looked it up.  My knee jerk response each time I research these oncology drugs is “YIKES” and “”Please help me, God”.  The terrible bad things that could potentially happen directly because of the drugs themselves (but may or may not) is daunting to say the least. Abraxane is listed as a drug for different kinds of cancer: lung, pancreatic, and metastitic breast cancer.  I do not have metastatic breast cancer, as in it has not spread to other organs to the best of our knowledge gleaned from a bunch of tests.  This go-round is considered a second primary cancer but because I had allergic reactions to Taxol we are making the switch-a-roo to a “cousin” of Taxol that hopefully my body will tolerate much, much better.

Please pray that I will be brave.  This is scarey stuff.   I am asking God to give me all the courage and grace that I need and to live my life in HIS strength which I know to be more than sufficient.  I wish I was not going through this great. big mess and making decisions like trading one toxic drug for another but I am counting on the truth of Romans 8:28, that God works ALL THINGS together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.  My heart’s desire is for the rest of the treatment to be extraordinarily effective and well tolerated, hopefully with minimal to no side effects if such a thing is possible and that the cancer will be gone for good. It would be lovely if I could have all smooth-sailing, uneventful chemo and Herceptin infusions from now on without the nurses and oncologist needing to rush to my side again with IV push drugs, etc. My times are in His Hands and that’s a good place to be no matter the outcome or what He allows or does not allow.  I am asking God to help me keep my eyes on Him, train me to grab a hold of His Hand and not let go, and to flood my heart with peace and full trust in Him, no matter what.

So very glad to be His beloved daughter,


13 thoughts on “Plans For Abraxane to Replace Taxol Today

  1. Thanks for this update, Paula — From humor, to Scripture and Truth, to the facts of how you feel and what you’re heading into today — Thank You for being honest and brave, all mixed together! Thank You for being an example of running to the arms of Jesus to be secure in Him, no matter what! Praying for You, Dear Friend, with Love, Because of Christ, Sharon


  2. We pray for your health and peace in all things! We ask God to heal all cancer in the name of Jesus! We loved the joke as I shared with my husband! I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! Your friends! Kim and Dave Bollinger 2013 Little Pink New Smryna


  3. You are standing on the truth and holding God’s hand. Well done! Praying for peace and healing and tolerance for the new drug.I love you!


  4. Praying for you this morning. May God’s peace fill you. May you feel yourself resting in the palm of His loving and wise hand.
    Love you.


  5. Paula, I came across the prayer below recently and started praying it for myself. It has been so neat to see how God is answering it for me – so now I am praying it for you too.

    Lord, turn Paula’s heart to You more and more frequently throughout her day. Overcome anything in her that hinders a constant, quiet, prayerful spirit; anything that divides her heart or diverts her from You. As Paula lays back and waits while the drugs flow into her body, help her heart be focused on You and not the drugs. May this be a day when she has a very special sense of Your presence with her.

    We are with you in spirit… Nita


  6. You have my prayers this morning…may the Lord be with you, strengthening you in amazing ways. I’m praying you will have good nurses, etc. who will know how to meet your needs in every way. I’m looking forward to hearing more…


  7. Dearest Paula!!

    Praying for you and lifting you to Our Mighty Physician!! Trusting and Believing with you on this new chemo…praying for the team of doctors, nurses…medical team…asking God to wrap you and your family in His Arms of Warmth, Strength and Comfort…Indeed, YOU ARE HIS DAUGHTER, HE IS YOUR BELOVED…YOUR ROCK AND REFUGE!!! HUGE HUGE HUGS OF LOVE!!!


  8. Paula, I also wish you didn’t have to be going through this scary journey; however, you are holding on to your Savior’s love so faithfully and as it says in Jeremiah 29:11-12, God’s got this. My prayers continue for your complete healing.


  9. Dear Paula,
    You are in my prayers. God is keeping you in His hands and that as you already said is the best place you can be. Praying all the best for you and for your family. God Bless.


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