Archive for the ‘Health’ Category

Our niece’s wedding and family times

August 11, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Kent’s neice Amanda got married and that was the reason we all got together in Washington. The outdoor wedding was on Saturday afternoon at a park. They had their two greyhound dogs and two cats as their attendants and had friends be their people handlers. Amanda even walked down the aisle with her dog. I think there was a rabbit there too but I didn’t get to see him.

Amanda and Reggie got married and afterwards we sat around visiting family and some of her friends. Amanda was 15 when aggressive bone cancer was found in her. She had to have a strong protocol and was able to not only survive but here a little more than ten years later she is getting married. It was a special day in many ways.

Kent’s family did have a bunch of get togethers. His brother Glen’s family hosted two family times at their rented house. Kent’s sister hosted two gatherings a their condo’s  community room. And we also got to stop by Kent’s parents place for a visit and a look at the gardens.  Glen’s family and Ron and Jan, Kent’s oldest brother and wife  had done a bunch of weeding in the garden and around the house. I was grateful for that as it is something I have done for them for years but this year I can not.

It was a special time to be with Amanda and Reggie and to see the a lot of the rest of the family too!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Enjoy this video with lots more pictures and some videos:

https://vimeo.com/229355226

Praise God with us for our Good news!

May 4, 2017

May 2nd Kent and I went back to my oncologist. We were thrilled to hear that the second opinion on the pelvic wash that one pathologist thought was cancer….well the second pathologist said it was inflammatory cells. Yea!! This was very much what we and many others have prayed for! We are so grateful for all those that have prayed for us and this answer!

Sooo because of this good news we felt free to leave HOT Phoenix and we left the next day! We stopped today in Las Vegas to see Kent’s dear uncle and wife. Uncle Mel was pretty sick last week with a infection but was doing pretty good today! He and I both wore out early and we went a bit further for a stop overnight.

Praise God with us as we are so encouraged by this news! By the way, most women have no more problems with this cancer coming back since the entire organs are gone especially when it is not in the lymph nodes etc.  I will have to have check ups every three months which I am grateful for.  My doctor has a friend another oncologist in the Northwest which I can go to for my in between checks. Yeah! Another God thing!

 

Again, thanks you all that prayed! We also have a place to stay for the summer! Our new friends Bruce and Melody have a beautiful home and some acreage and have invited us to come and park there! We are so excited to do this! Another answered prayer!

May God give you a blessing today too!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

 

Feeling much better and some good news

April 23, 2017

Some of the flowers we received to cheer us up! They all did!! And pictures of Ivan encouraging grandma too!

What a difference two weeks from surgery can make! I do feel so much improvement and each day feeling stronger. Kara and Ivan were such a help! Kara worked so hard to take care of Kent and I and even left a lot food easy to prepare in our frig or freezer. Ivan is a joy wherever he is and then even our son-in-law Nick came for a few days and we were all together for Easter!

We did go back to my surgeon on April 19th. I must say that it seemed like it was a long time to wait for these results…but of course we were a bit anxious. We had much good news! There is NO cancer in the ovaries, Fallopian tubes, nor lymph nodes!!! And the cancer had only penetrated less than 50% of the uterus! That is the good news! Also over 90% of women with this kind of cancer when it presents with nothing in the ovaries etc, are cured and no cancer comes back for the rest of their lives. That is a high percentage!

BUT before surgery my Dr had done a pelvic wash and then extracted that and also sent that to the lab…that came back with cancer cells in it! So while I was absorbing the good news, I felt a bit wary. What does that mean? First,  my Dr will send it to another lab for second pathologists look at it. A second opinion. And then we will see.  We await those results which will be given to us on May 2nd. Please pray with us that this result is a good one?

I will have to be monitored every three months for several years. But another bit of good news is that my Dr has a friend that is also an gynecological oncologist in the Seattle area. So we can still go north and continue to take care of my health as well.

We must say that we are feeling pretty positive still, with just a little concern. But we are making plans to go north and very glad to as well. Here in Phoenix it is HOT nearly 100 this past week and we are ready to go and see some green and cooler temps of the Pacific Northwest. Just recently Kent and I were asked to go and help a church in the Seattle area…. so that is very promising. Also we have some dear friends who have offered for us to stay on their property at the base of Mt Rainier… What a wonderful way to spend the summer!

We’d appreciate your continued prayers! And we so much appreciate all prayers and notes, emails, calls etc but we want you to know we feel God’ s hand on us through all of this! Thank you for standing behind us and for your love and concern!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Jan’s surgery

April 13, 2017

Yes, Jan had her cancer surgery a week ago now, on Thursday April 6th. We were both a bit glad that on Thursday her surgery went from 3:30 to 12:30 as someone else canceled. As you can imagine we have been a bit preoccupied with that and her recovery. The surgery went well and Jan did great. I was with her before and also post operative in a waiting area for surgery and then awaiting an observation room in the hospital. I had one friend from our church, a fellow pilot sat with me during the entire procedure. Two other couples came and sat with me for awhile too. It was a huge comfort and encouragement to have them there and have many people all over the world praying for us both!

It was a laproscopic robotic total hysterectomy.  In fact, I would have been very interested in seeing the robotics as I once worked in a hospital as an orderly. Don’t know what that position is called now, but then I even got to scrub and go into surgeries. And I watched both of our children’s births with no problem..

While it is a major surgery, in this hospital usually the patient is observed overnight and goes home the next day. And that is what we expected. But after Jan was settled for the night, she insisted that I go home and get some sleep. So I did. We did have one couple stop by for a short visit and also they were kind enough to pick up a sub sandwich for me as the cafeteria had already closed when I went to get some food. 😗

When I arrived the next morning, I could see she wasn’t as doing as well. She’d had a bad night as she had a reaction to the higher dose of morphine and threw up four times. Then they tried even the Percocet and she threw up on this medicine too and then finally threw up on water…she does have a sensitive stomach to medicines so this isn’t a big surprise. Her surgeon stopped in to check on her and would have discharged her, but saw she was still weak from all of that and said she should stay another night and get her strength up.

So I stayed around and left when she needed rest to work in a nearby area of the hospital. She did better through that day and then some other friends came to visit and when she was tired we all left together.

So Saturday early afternoon she was looking a lot better and was discharged. After coming home she went right to bed pretty tired from the trip home. She is getting better every day.

We did have a trip back to the Dr yesterday because there was some unusual swelling around one of the incisions and after talking to the Dr, they asked us to come to the office to be looked at. She also had some weird feelings in her left leg , so they did an ultrasound immediately but thankfully it is ok.

Our daughter Kara and little Ivan flew back to help with this post surgery recovery time. We are both so grateful for Kara’s help and Ivan’s diversion. They will be here through next Tuesday and our son-in-law Nick flies in to spend Easter and a few days here too as he has a work appointment next week here. So it will be great to see him. Oh, if you are wondering where they are staying and sleeping when Jan is resting… some dear friends lent us their RV and it is parked just across the street from us. So that makes it great for all of us.

Thanks for all that have prayed! We go back to Jan’s Dr on April 19th in the afternoon for final diagnosis of the lymph nodes to see if they were cancer too. Please continue to pray for all of us at this time. Even in the midst of this cancer journey we want to bring glory to God.  We are very hopeful and are trusting GOD for good results too!

grateful to you all,

kent

Ps we had three bouquets of flowers delivered to Jan’s room and our house, some Sharis berries and several delicious meals from friends at church and many cards and phone calls and texts. We are feeling the body of Christ reaching out to us and loving us! Thank you from our hearts to yours!