Friday, February 18, 2011

A Tough Day and a Tough Girl

Yesterday was the first day during Elena's entire treatment process (23 months!) that she went home from school feeling bad. She called from the clinic around lunchtime saying her stomach hurt. She had been nauseous Tuesday night after chemo and took Zofran. Nausea is a side effect from the steroids. She takes Zantac morning and night while taking her monthly round of steroids to help with this problem.

She tried to stay at school but got dizzy in PE, so for the first time she came home to rest. Obviously, she's had days where she's missed school, but she has never left school feeling bad. It breaks my heart to know that she is hurting, while at the same time fills my heart with joy knowing what a fighter she is. I'm proud of her determination, her strong will, her perseverance and the joy she still clings to in the midst of it all.

Last night was tough, please pray today will be better.

In Him,

The Tates

" We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance (perseverance) and endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. "
Romans 5:3-5

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