We are the Champions

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Relay for Life

This year our church family is sponsoring Team Champion in memory of John. Chris has his own sponsor page. If you would like to support him I know he would be blessed. Although he has met his goal, all the support is such an encouragement to him and us as a family. You can see his support page at Relay for Life.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Cyberknife finished

Today was the last cyberknife treatment. We are so grateful that Chris was able to continue with the treatments. Now we are trusting God to complete the process using it to remove all the cancer cells. Chris was able to blog on his own blog, which is an answer to prayer also, you can read it at www.kooseefoo.com.

We are so amazed by all of you who are praying for our family. It has truly overwhelmed us with the love and support. People from around the world are reading this blog, it is unbelievable to us really, but at the same time we hope that you all see the glory of the Lord through our journey. We truly wish the journey was over, pray for it without ceasing, but it is encouraging to know that hopefully as we wait upon the Lord, others are encouraged to persevere and to trust God for their own struggles.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Going Good

Well Chris has had two of the cyberknife treatments this week, he has one more to go tomorrow. He is doing well. Each day he is more himself and there is improvement in his right hand coordination. We give God the praise for this. He has been resting as much as he can, with his "crew" coming to keep him company each day. Chris has such wonderful friends, they have been such a support and have walked with him, and supported him, they have been a huge blessing.

So many people have signed up and are fasting and praying for Chris. Each day there is someone who is intervening before God's throne for Chris. We are so humbled by this, and are also so grateful. Our God is so good, I know His heart is moved by the plea of His people for justice against this trial.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

There are bumps and then their are ravines

This has been a ravine week. The end of which has left us all exhausted and just trying to figure out what is going on. Chris had the first of his Cyberknife treatments on Thursday. Friday morning at about 5am he had a seizure. I had him taken to the hospital via ambulance. After being there for a couple hours, Chris had another seizure. This was of course very upsetting and disconcerting. It turns out this was the result of swelling that was already evident, which was made worse with the radiation treatment. Although very scary, we are grateful that Chris was protected from falling and hurting himself. We praise God for his protection over Chris. It has taken a couple of days for Chris to start to feel like himself. He has some effects from the swelling, but we are confident in our God that He will restore those things back. The main issue is weakness in Chris's right hand. Of course his Emily came from school, due to such wonderful friends going to get her, and this made things better.

So now Chris is on a higher dose of anti-seizure medications and steroids to help relieve the swelling. We are hoping to complete the last 3 radiation treatments this week so the healing can begin, the lesion will be obliterated and Chris can recover. This road is very hard, but God has been faithful. Sometimes it does not feel that way, but we know His word is true and His character is beyond reproach. God is good, He is faithful, He is above this situation and He will have the victory.

You will surely forget your trouble,
recalling it only as waters gone by.

Life will be brighter than noonday,
and darkness will become like morning.

You will be secure, because there is hope;

you will look about you and take your rest in safety. Job 11:16-18

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Treatment set to begin today

The doctors the Lord has given us moved remarkable fast yesterday and have everything ready for Chris to begin the cyberknife treatment today. This is really amazing as usually it takes a few day for the plans to be made. I thank our Lord for the good things He blesses us with, even in the midst of the hard things. It looks like there will be 4 treatments.

Lord we just thank You and give you all the glory as you navigate us through this trial, our trust is in You and only in You. We are trusting that the ultimate victory will be Yours over Chris's body with complete healing and restoration to be proclaimed to your glory.

Thanks to everyone praying for us, a special thanks to the wonderful time of fellowship, food, worship and pray that we enjoyed last night as we lifted our petitions before the Lord on behalf of Chris. It was beautiful.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Wisdom came

Today they decided that doing the cyberknife on just the new lesion was the best course of treatment. Chris and I were very pleased with this. This also keeps Chris on the list for the study in San Antonio that we have been waiting on. We thank the Lord for giving wisdom and confirmation in this treatment plan. It will probably be one treatment, maybe two, hopefully on Monday. The same type of treatment they did before and it was pretty easy.

Trusting God

John left us with the blessing of two of his teachings. One of them is entitled Trusting God, you can listen to it here. Go to podcast messages, posts and select the one that is from 6-10-07. It is very encouraging, it is especially wonderful to hear John's voice. It seems so appropriate today, actually it is everyday.

Having done all...stand

I can hardly write as my tears flow, that is just being honest. Yesterday, after an MRI of the brain we discovered Chris has another lesion on his brain, this time in a different location. This news has been very hard to comprehend. With all that he has endured, all this family has endured it leaves us speechless. There really are no words to describe our discouragement. But this morning The Vine, a devotion I get, helped.

The size of the prize determines the severity of the fight. The enemy knows your vulnerabilities and he'll push you to your limits. When he does, remember: "Blessed is the man who endures… when he has been approved, he will receive the crown" (James 1:12 NKJV). "Approved" means victory qualifies you for greater things. "Endures" means your staying power is being tested. So, "having done all… stand" (Ephesians 6:13 NKJV).You say, "How long will this attack last?" The Prince of Darkness hindered Daniel's prayers for 21 days (Daniel 10:13). Goliath defied the armies of Israel for 40 days and nights (1 Samuel 17). Your enemy is relentless; you must be, too. When it comes to prayer, your persistence overcomes his resistance. "You have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise" (Hebrews 10:36 NKJV).

We will continue to persevere and having done all we will stand. They want to do whole brain radiation on Chris, I am not totally comfortable with that. Another option we discussed and will discuss further is to do the cyberknife on the spot. It appears to have been effective on the others. The reason for whole brain is to get any other microscopic stuff. We need God's wisdom in this. Chris is discouraged and a feel defeated I think. The journey has been long and so hard, with lately bad news at every turn. But we will stand and wait for the promises of God to come to pass, complete healing and restoration of Chris. We will continue to endure...we will not give up.