Checking-in

I’ve been thinking of you all and I hope you and your loved ones are safe. 

I wanted to check-in with everyone who was wondering about my health. First off, I’m okay.  I had a brain scan in February which was clear of tumors. Since my last post, I changed my chemo pill regimen because my feet and hands became too sensitive.  I now take my chemo pills on alternating weeks instead of two weeks on and one week off.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, my doctor and I decided to go off of my infusion chemo for eight weeks.  This summer, I was planning on having a simple outpatient procedure to replace my port (where I receive my infusion chemo).  I’ve had my port for seven years and it has now built up scar tissue which is blocking my port from drawing blood. Usually, for any type of surgery, I have to be off my infused chemo for six weeks because it negatively impacts my blood and prevents it from clotting.  With the outbreak, we decided to move the procedure up to May and this will allow me to avoid hospital visits over the next two months.  

My family and I have been isolating and following the CDC guidelines.  I know it’s harder on my girls. Anabel was upset and confused about why everything was “taken” from her (school, friends etc.) but overall they’re doing great.  I am very fortunate that I am able to work from home. I am currently doing telehealth (video conferencing) sessions. You can check out my virtual waiting room, https://doxy.me/kevinwein.  I’m still adapting to the change in how I meet with people, but it’s getting easier.  There is such a need for mental health treatment now, I’m thankful I can do what I can.   

 During this pandemic, I have to be extra careful because I’ve been on chemotherapy for over seven years and I’ve had five lung surgeries and two lung radiation treatments.  I spoke with someone from a Baltimore hospital that, at the time, had roughly 20 Covid-19 patients. He told me the ones with underlying lung issues were intubated and fairing worse than other patients.  

I know for many of us, our quality of life has been impacted by COVID-19.  As someone with a compromised immune system and underlying lung issues, my family and I can’t express enough our gratitude for everyone’s effort and sacrifice in taking COVID-19 seriously.  During my cancer journey, I experienced many dark times and what got me through those dark times was faith, hope, and love. And faith, hope, and love will get us all through this.      

A friend sent this prayer to me today and I think it’s a good one to share.It’s from Joseph McShane, a Jesuit priest and President of Fordham University.

 

To those afflicted with COVID-19, swift healing;

To the frightened, courage;

To the dying, comfort;

To the dead, eternal life;

To health-care providers, strength and stamina;

To our leaders, wisdom and compassion;

To our nation, unity of purpose;

To the Church, the grace to serve the suffering selflessly;

To all believers, strong faith in Your presence;

To the whole human family, unity of heart; and

To us, your servants, the reward of knowing that we are doing Your will when we spend ourselves in loving service of others.

 

 

5 Responses to Checking-in

  1. Fortune Krisak says:

    Thank you. You continue to be in my prayers everyday. God bless you and keep you and your family in His tender care. Tina

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    • Nize King says:

      Thank you Kevin for checking in. Its great to hear how you and your family are doing. I loved the prayer. You continue to be an inspiration to those that know you. We will continue praying for you. God bless you for helping others.

  2. Marlene krahn says:

    Almighty GOD – thank you for the miracles we have
    Have witnessed among our families please keep us safe during this turbulent time.
    Thank you Kevin for keeping us informed with what is goin on with you and family Prayers are powerful.

  3. Thanks for responding to my outreach.I can only imagine what it’s been like for you over the years.I send you love,hugs and healing energy. Check out my new line of work go to Dragonfly Reiki Services in North east .This should let you see my Facebook page.Stay well.

  4. Julia Strain says:

    SO wonderful to hear from you! Wow, you have a story of inspiration, love, determination, courage and faith. I love the prayer you included. My best to you and your 3 beautiful girls!!!!! Stay safe and well!!❤️🙏 julia strain ( Gerrit’s aunt)

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