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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Begin Again

Well Chris has began his chemotherapy again. It is with a heavy heart that we walked into the center where he gets his treatment. But the light in the midst is seeing nurses and patients who have walked with us over the last 1.5 years. What a weird place to be - however we are trusting our God, that He will use this for His glory and there is a purpose for this continued trial.

Chris is doing both radiation and chemotherapy, so it is a double whammy. The radiation is on his leg, to make sure all the rogue cells have been killed. We proclaim them withered. He is doing a high dose chemotherapy, so we are in constant petition before the Lord for no harm to come to the healthy cells. Chris feels lousy, but we just keep him bathed in prayer. He will do 5 days of the chemo, and then 2 weeks off, then repeated. Not sure how many times he will do the cycle. The radiation is for 30 sessions and he just finished the 11th today.

Each day I am trying to find something good that happens, to be grateful for. Today my friend Rille brought lunch for Chris and I, but even more she shared some of the what she heard at her womens retreat. One scripture she shared was Romans 8:28, it was like a sweet reminder from God. Thanks Rille.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

Friday, February 22, 2008

No Change

It is funny how those two words can mean so much. Today, John went and had his brain scan. This is always a time of battling anxiety vs trust. Trying to see things through my spiritual eyes, to know and believe that no matter what - God is good.

Well that said, there was NO CHANGE in the scan. This is very good news, it is the first time since July that things have not looked in the natural worse. So we give praise to our God, knowing that He is the one who has sustained us.

Lord, I have heard of Your fame. I stand in awe of Your deeds, O Lord.
Renew them in our day in our time make them known. Hab. 3:2

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Seeing God's Provision

It was an interesting week. Chris spent most of it on the couch, lots of rest and just waiting as his leg continues to heal. He can move around with quite a bit of pain with a walker. Yep back to the walker. By the end of the week he was lifting the leg fairly well off the ground, which was a good improvement.

Many wonderful friends from The Way and from The Oaks brought us food throughout the week. We are so blessed by so many amazing people who show us such love. Thanks again and again to all of you.

On Wednesday, we got a call from Dan. He had just been in what could have been a very serious accident. The car he was in had lost control on the icy roads in Chicago and was hit by a semi-truck on the passenger side. If it had hit a foot or so closer to the passenger front door, Dan would likely have been very seriously hurt. But praise the Lord, Angels were truly protecting Dan. He was very badly bruised, and had to spend a night in the hospital. But he is alright. It was so scary but we really saw God's provision. It is especially hard because we are so far away and unable to "take care of him", but he has a girlfriend who is making sure he behaves himself and heals.

On Thursday we saw the radiologist who will do the radiation on Chris's leg. So that will start this next week. Not happy with Chris having to do this radiation, but we will place it in God's hands and pray for wisdom. Chris will also start the Chemo this next week. It looks to be a much easier schedule for him, that would be a nice bright light for Chris.

On Friday, I took Chris to see the surgeon. Wow as I write this I realize we had quite a week. No wonder we are so tired! Anyway, Chris's leg looks very good. The surgeon was very pleased with how well it was healing and the mobility. Chris will have to exercise it a lot to keep the mobility during the Radiation. Thats were I come in, I asked if I had permission to pester Chris to do the exercises. I was given the green light.

And now it is Saturday, Chris has several of his Cal Poly friends coming this evening and staying the night. So they will have lots of fun. What a blessing, all the friends that Chris has and how they have really gathered around him and supported him.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Friday, February 01, 2008

How sweet it is to be Home

Yep, we came home today. What a relief to be back in our own home - it just feels so wonderful to be here. Chris was released with everything looking good. The car ride home went very well, very little traffic so it was fast.

When Chris came from the car into the house he was able to lift his leg for the first time, we praise you Lord. It is surprising how such a simple thing can give us such joy. Especially realizing that without the Lords provision Chris could very well have come home without his leg. It reminds me of when your baby first walks.

We are tired, and looking forward to sleeping on our own beds (although I stayed at my in-laws house which was a huge blessing, John slept at the hospital all week), taking a long hot shower and overall just being home.
thanks again for all the prayers, phone calls, cards, etc... they have blessed us so much.