I (Iain Macleod- Mairead's Dad) am privileged to be allowed to write this guest blog as Mairead is just too weary and sick. She's sorry that she hasn't been able to reply to all the texts and e-mails.
The last few days have been pretty grim. Mairead has been getting intensive high dosage chemo, she is feeling rotten all over, she's tired but sleepless, she should eat but can't and has periodic bouts of vomiting.
The chemo is over but is still in her system. The stem cell transplant is on Monday 20th but will take a few days to kick in. Still to come are the mouth ulcers, the inevitable infection as her system is left with no defences and more nausea, pain and distress.
She has just said that the stress of educating parents in blog access adds to her woes.
But.... but we have a lot to be thankful for- if one can ever be thankful for anything associated with cancer.
The cancer was found early, she responded well to the first chemo, the operation was successful, the hormone that the tumour exudes has dropped to below 2 (1,582 when first diagnosed), the medical care is sophisticated and dedicated and we live in a time and a society when this cancer can be treated.
Mairead's dedicated circle of friends have been extraordinary in their support. We can never thank them enough.
So many friends have been praying for Mairead. Again, we thank them.
One of my favourite psalms is 116- it begins in the old metrical version
'I love the Lord because my voice and prayers He did hear
I, while I live will call on Him, who bowed to me His ear'