Kristen and CraigMy brother, Craig Seidl, asked that I provide an update on progress that he can post to his website. I thought it would be only fair to post the update and thank you to my website as well:

I just want to thank everyone so much for supporting me during this challenging time. Words can’t truly express my gratitude. I have had requests about an update so I wanted to make sure I honor that promise by keeping people informed.

As of last week I just finished my 2nd round of chemotherapy. This medication is specific to treating aggressive forms of brain cancer. While my diagnosis is likely benign, due to the inoperable nature, my doctor’s feel the best approach is to treat this as if it’s malignant in order to get the best results possible. While it’s been challenging to expose my body to such high doses of toxins, I am very hopeful for a complete recovery. When you hear people talk about the horror stories of being on chemo and radiation, it really is hard to understand until one actually goes through it. I have known many people in my life to have dealt with serious health issues and my respect and admiration for anyone who has been where I am at is unexplainable. Not only is it difficult physically, it is equally challenging mentally and emotionally. But on a positive note, if you are looking to create a lifestyle change, this has to be the best approach possible. 🙂 Since April I have managed to lose over 40 pounds and am finally back to where I was at when I was in the best shape of my life. Because chemo and radiation changes the way food tastes (and also makes you sick), I now only enjoy eating fruit, salad and soup. Who would have thought? My oncologist says it’s not very common to lose that much weight in such a short amount of time without actually trying so I am known as the healthiest sick patient he has 🙂 Hooray!

In addition to the above treatment option, I have also decided to take a holistic approach. I figured it certainly wouldn’t hurt to try. A couple good friends of mine and incredible leading ladies in the LIFE community recommended I give it a shot. They referred me to an expert in the field of natural approaches to health (who is also an amazing leading lady in the LIFE community) and is certain that this approach WILL work. While I can’t give a lot of details in-depth, I trust that this will be the method that will break up the tumor and get rid of it once and for all. I have already started and it is super easy and pain-free 🙂

Again, I am so grateful for all the prayers and support both in word and deed. When your head is buried in a toilet, you can’t see straight and your head is pounding it is pretty easy to let your mind turn to thoughts of giving up and questioning if all of this is worth it. But I finally feel I have turned a corner and am on the road to getting my life back. I am grateful to have such amazing friends, family and acquaintances and an even greater God who has offered comfort and strength during the most difficult times. While I know the journey is still long I am very hopeful. I know that God is not finished with me yet – I still have a lot of work to do and a lot of people to help and I pray that He uses me in a way that will bless others for many years to come.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Thank you and God Bless,

Kristen

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