Friday, May 16, 2008

Diagnosis

Talk to the doctor today. He said I have Hashimoto's Disease. It is an autoimmune disorder in which my body builds up antibodies to my thyroid. I had already been diagnosed with hypothyroidism so I will continue on my meds for that but it will apparently have to be monitored more closely. I ask the doctor what this means regarding my hives and swelling. His response was "well lets give the antihistamine regimen a month before we talk about chemo options." So i don't have cancer but chemo may be in the cards....who knows. I go back in 3 weeks and he said we would talk more there - wait and see what happens with my antihistamines. Anyway, thanks for your prayers and please continue to pray for God to heal my body - specifically of these swellings. I haven't had one in a few days but today I took the boys to the zoo. Before I left this morning my head and neck were really itchy. While at the zoo my lip began to swell so we had to cut our trip short because I don't keep my medication with me. My doc told me to take my heavy meds when my face swells to make sure my throat doesn't close up. There is no way I can operate heavy machinery or watch Brady while taking it. Thankfully we have a season pass.

10 comments:

Jessie said...

Wow! We will keep praying for healing - thanks for updating.

Hope said...

Hey there....I've caught up on your last few posts. Ok, I'm not saying just read this book and it will have all the answers, but there is a book called "Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World." I haven't read it but have heard it is very good. In my life sometimes when I am enjoying the quiet of the morning it's like I can't do anything but "be still." I think God just brings me to a place of not reading or writing anything down but just listening to HIM say "Hope, be still." It's a challenge because I naturally want to read something or get caught up on my womens bible study, etc., but just to sit before Him with no agenda is calming and encouraging. OH, and I can totally realate to your feelings of fear or the "what if?" My mother in law soooo encouraged me with this truth. When she was battling cancer I asked her about being fearful and I'll never forget her response. She said "The Word says...Perfect love cast out fear, and I can trust a God who has perfect love for me." God brings me back to that truth so many times when my mind goes to "what would I do if Billy died or one of my children or all my children??" I go back to trusting a God who has Perfect love for me and can ONLY do what is GOOD. And you know what, it's only his grace working in our lives that we would ever even choose to believe Him! Sorry I wrote a book :)

I'll be praying,
Hope

alieta said...

Wow, I'm so glad you finally have a diagnosis, but chemo? Again, wow! I'm praying for you and the rest of your crew as you walk through this.

Kari said...

We will be praying for you also. I know it's hard, but I'm sure you feel better having a diagnosis. I didn't realize your face was swelling also. Does this happen often?

Kristin said...

Oh, Amy. I am so sorry. I have been absent from the blogging world the last two weeks...

I will be praying for you for sure.

I saw your comment on Lindsey's blog, and I think hanging out together is a MUST! I'll email you soon so we can exchange phone numbers. I can't believe I don't have yours...

Kristin said...

Also, the "Having a Mary Heart..." book Hope mentioned is on my shelf with about twenty others that I'd love to get around to reading...!!! I've always thought it would be a good one!

nan said...

Amy,
I got your note on my blog. It was good to hear from you. I read your blog. I hope you are doing better. I will pray. Thanks for saying hey on my blog it is good to catch up. Yes Savanah is growing up and I am a little intimidated b/c it is all going so fast and I feel I make more mistakes than I can count, but I am thankful for Gods commitment to me and her.
love,
nan

Kristin said...

let us know when you know more details about this disease... jonny and i are praying...

Matt, Carrie and Lucy Allen said...

amy- how are you feeling? we haven't seen an update from you in a while, hope you are doing better...
carrie

The Kelly Family said...

hey - sure hope you are doing ok... this post was a while ago. will pray for healing and for God's glory even in this situation. love you