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Starting Monday I restart ivig (meds through iv) and oral treatment to relieve and control my CIDP. This week of treatment will start at 8am and as long as things go well, Ill be released around noonish. My fears about this round of treatment is that my doctors have warned me straight up that its incredibly invasive. Because of my recent cardio issues being linked to my CIDP, the doctors want to know that the treatment is correcting all issues…not just the obvious or more normal symptoms. They are not only changing my brand of ivig back to the kind I hated due to the severe sickness side effect (lasted 24 hours…but when you know its coming you can prepare) but they are doubling the amount and are toying with the infusion rate. To recap – yucky iv meds, stronger dose entering my body quicker than before! Who can't be excited about that?!

I'm in prep mode. I even drove to Publix today and got 3 liters of Sprite…thank you God for Sprite! It should get me through the week. I also have laundry done and tried to help Steve think of things he can do with the boys. With the weather getting colder next week, it really puts a damper on activities! But I was able to (not pain-free) give our oldest son Josh a bath tonight…without needing help from daddy! I REALLY miss these small things that bond me with my kids! It has been SO hard to take a backseat…this made my day! Josh is almost 4 now…he is growing-up so fast! I love my boys!

I'm learning quickly no matter how prepared I try to be or as much as I want to feel in control…nothing really helps. God is in control…I'm not just not in control now, but I never have been! So, I learned a while back to let go, let God lead and enjoy the ride. One thing I am looking forward to this week is the other patients and nursing staff I meet. Mima has done an AMAZING job making me feel at home. I'm sure I'll have a story to share soon.

After this week, I leave for a few days to reconnect with friends at the Childrens Pastors Conference in Orlando. To say I've been counting down is an understatement. I CAN'T WAIT! This has given me the extra little push I need to get through this week.

Pray that the treatment takes and holds! Pray for my courage…pray for Steve's sanity! Pray for complete healing!

Thanks for joining us on this ride!

Joshua 1:9…my verse for the week…inspired by a woman who has greatly inspired me through her words. Go serve someone and show em' Christ in a new way this week!

Bethany is an ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach (Christian Coach Institute Graduate), Motivational and Inspirational Speaker, mentor to women and an author. Bethany defines herself as a child of God who loves to use her passion for change to inspire others. She has overcome disabilities, wading through the trials and rewards of marriage and motherhood. She enjoys being a wife to Steve for 10 years and mother to three boys (ages 7, 5 and 2). She is a double brain cancer survivor, a 9 year veteran in the field of youth and children's ministry and has published poetry, featured blog posts for numerous ministry websites and children's ministry curriculum contributions. Bethany is currently working on her first book to be released this Fall as well as various freelancing projects. Bethany always welcomes new coaching clients and speaking opportunities!