We got here last sunday and made it to the hotel before our crazy cab driver killed us lol. Houston traffic is out of control......there are 12 lanes of traffic. The most traffic I've seen in Knoxville is 100,000 volunteer fans coming out for a Tennessee game....so being down here has made me feel like I've come from a small town into a big city but even then I am thankful I am here.
On Monday we met Dr. Burzynski.....I've only seen the man on videos....so when he came in and sat down and began talking about his dog that ran away that morning I was a little taken back at how down to earth he was. We laughed a little and then got straight down to business. We spent most of the week last week going over my scans and the drugs they were contemplating putting me on...side effects...etc. I will explain more about all the drug later...because explaining that is probably a post of its own.
We also saw a radiologist who sat down and explained everything that he saw on the scans and put it into terms that Mom and I could understand. It was a little over-whelming to see parts of your body light up on scans and then realize that the reason they were "lighting" up was because it meant that there was cancer there. I suppose I should be used to it by now but I've never actually had the opportunity to look at my full body scans before.
So far I have met people from 6 different countries while at the clinic and I have loved them all. I love meeting new people and hearing their stories of where they have come from. If you know me you know I like to break the ice.....so when the front desk guy at our hotel asked my mom if a hair brush he found was hers.....I chimed in "No its mine I was just brushing my hair....so glad you found it" lol.....he busted out laughing and ever since then we laugh and joke with him everyday.
Also another cool thing that's happened while down here is I haven't hardly worn anything on my head....partially because its hotter than hades down here and partially because I've kinda of become accustomed to my bald head.....I miss my hair and I won't lie I'm still sad when I pass the hair isle and can't wait for the day when I can spend money on the newest hair products but I'm learning to embrace my bald head and even embrace the stares I often get.
I've been praying alot while down here and making sure I'm where God wants me. The other day while eating a quick bite at Arbys a man walked up to me and asked if he could ask me something....and I said "Sure!". He asked if I was sick and when I told him I was he explained that his church's youth group was on the way back from a mission trip. We talked for a minute and then they asked if they could pray for me and we all held hands and prayed together in the middle of the Arby's. And there he was....just when you thought God wasn't cool....he shows up in the middle of Arbys. How Great is Our God!
" Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us."