A quick update

I wanted to get a quick update on sixintheworld. Everything is going well. Anne is almost 2/3rd of the way through her chemo and is handling her treatments as well as can be expected. She is on 3 week cycles, so just about the time she starts to feel normal she dives back in for another round. We opted for a strong chemo and with this particular one, we never forget that she is basically being poisoned. I am proud of the way Anne steps up each time and pushes through the infusion process and the subsequent recovery. It is difficult for her, but she is keeping her spirits up through the whole process, and true to form gets more upset about other things in our lives rather than her illness. We continue to receive great support from our friends and family. Anne and I talk about it and our collective thought is we don’t know how people can do this without the support of a great network of loved ones. There are plenty of people who do make it through, but I can tell you the support we get means the world to us.

We don’t expect our lives to go back to the way they were. I even refer to July 22nd (the day Anne checked into the hospital) as the first day of the second half of our lives. We are however adding back aspects of our normal lives. Dax made it to Oxford and is a fresher studying ancient history and classical archeology, I have put myself back to work and am exploring a few job opportunities. The littles are enjoying home school (which was planned before we knew Anne was sick). McKane is settling into his new high school, and I am coaching Asher’s soccer team. My biggest task (not a simple one) is to keep her from scoring too many goals. We also moved, which if you can avoid doing chemo and moving at the same time, I highly recommend it. Fortunately for us it was just down the street as we are renting the house of our friends who are on their own 1 year journey around the world, which is one of life’s little blessings.

Young scholars looking good

Asher shoots a goal in u8 ayso

Oh yes, that is fear in the defenders eyes

I will periodically post updates, but we don’t want to turn sixintheworld into a “cancer journey” blog. For right now, that journey feels very personal and will take much longer for us to process and understand. At some point when Anne is cancer free long enough, we will exhale and tie our two journeys together. For right now, we can only express how glad we are that we did the trip when we could and how much we appreciate all the comments and well wishes from around the world.

13 thoughts on “A quick update

  1. Dear Anne: Enjoy the blog – you are in our prayers. This past year I battled breast cancer. Am through with chemo and radiation. I am feeling GOOD!!!. You will too.
    kitty stewart

  2. Thank you for the little update. I so enjoyed reading about your trip and feel like I know your family in a tiny way after following you around the world from my family room. Anne has been in my prayers.

  3. Best thoughts and brightest wishes for the clan there. Taker care of yourselves and each other and know that there are MANY in your support network – you may not know us personally, but that’s alright.

  4. Hello Andrus Family,
    Though we have never met, I feel as though I know you so well after following you during your world travels. It was your blog that inspired us to head out with our kids to explore the world for a year. We are 2 months into our trip of a lifetime and we deeply know that it is the best thing we ever could have done for our family.
    Thank you so much for your openness and your honesty in sharing your lives. Your blog has touched me more than you will ever know. Just know that our thoughts and prayers are with you right now.
    Best Wishes,
    Amy Owens

  5. From my family to yours, we are thinking of you and wishing you a speedy get well. As we plan for our RTW trip in February, your story inspires us even more to live our dreams!

  6. The prayers of the McKinney family continue to soar upwards for your wonderful family. We consider ourselves so lucky to have been your friends and neighbors in Georgia and to have had a brief time in our lives to be close to you guys. We’re thankful for this wonderful medium of communication and thank you so much for keeping us updated….. We send our love! Have a wonderful Holiday Season.

  7. Keep the prayers coming, I think they are working. Anne continues to do great, although I chemo is not easy. All our best to the McKinney’s. Have a great Christmas.

  8. Amy

    Thanks for the thoughts and prayers. Anne is doing great so keep them coming. I am glad you took the leap and hope the trip continues to be great for you. I like the URL and checked out your site. I noticed you have a link for geocaching. We have done some of that since the trip and I think it would have been a great addition to the trip. I also noticed you are behind in your posts, hopefully that is because you are too busy having the time of your lives. Good luck with the rest of the trip.



  9. Tom & Anne, thanks for the update and your example. Let us know when you are back visiting Utah and have some free moments. We’d love to catch up and dump some of Gisele’s cookies on you guys.

  10. I have enjoyed reading your website and learning of your adventures. I am sending prayers for Anne’s healing and recovery. Having faced my parents cancer diagnoses and treatments, I understand the journey your family is going through.

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