From the start, let me apologize for being overdue in this update. I know many of you check this site frequently, and you are concerned and curious as to what's going on!
To be honest with you, I seem to have been experiencing "writer's block" and it wasn't until a divinely arranged meeting earlier this week that I was brought out of it. So here I am again. Thank you for your patience.
My last chemo treatment was June 14, and I'm happy to report that I did not experience the neuropathy that often accompanies the drug that was administered. Thank you for your faithful prayers to that end.
My strength has been gradually returning, and I've been exercising diligently. It's been encouraging to see my endurance increasing. Our family even took a 10-mile bike ride last Saturday, and although I was tired at the end, it wasn't too much for me!
One of my doctors ordered blood work last month, and we were pleased that most of the tumor markers were within range. One of them is still elevated, but I'm praying that it will also return to normal.
So what's next? In addition to my check-ups with the oncologist every three months, I am working with some doctors to rebuild my immune system and receive treatments that will hopefully make my body an unwelcome terrain for cancer. Certainly, all this is in the Lord's hands, but I'm trying to do the best I can with the knowledge He's given me and these doctors.
Your continued prayers are certainly appreciated. My specific prayer requests: 1)The cancer to be gone completely 2)Wisdom and God's provision as I follow up with various doctors and 3)That I would be sensitive to the Lord's leading in my life.
The words of the following song seem perfect today, reminding me that God sees and knows all. We never have reason to doubt His plan.
If we could see beyond today
As God can see;
If all the clouds should roll away,
The shadows flee;
O’er present griefs we would not fret.
Each sorrow we would soon forget,
For many joys are waiting yet
For you and me.
If we could know beyond today
As God does know,
Why dearest treasures pass away
And tears must flow;
And why the darkness leads to light,
Why dreary paths will soon grow bright;
Some day life’s wrongs will be made right,
Faith tells us so.
"If we could see, if we could know,"
We often say,
But God in love a veil does throw
Across our way;
We cannot see what lies before,
And so we cling to Him the more,
He leads us till this life is o’er;
Trust and obey.