Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Thankful Thursday

"A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones." ~ Proverbs 15:30

* Last evening, I got a wonderful email from our friend, Sam. From the below message, it appears as though all is well. I am so grateful for this news.

More Good News!

The CT Scan results, which we got yesterday, showed no changes since September's Scan. As the Dr. explained...This is great news!!!! He said that the mass may be the dead cells of cancer (or scar tissue) so they remain. He seemed pleased! We certainly are!!! The Dr. did say there may be a few nasties hiding inside the mass. He gave us the option of waiting awhile then starting up the chemo again if we saw enlargement in a later CT Scan or continuing treatments now. I opted for "now"!... and he then asked when did I want to start and I said "now"! My next treatment is this Thursday. I'll continue with another round of 9 (3 sets of 3) IV treatments and the Tarceva as long as tolerable...then another CT Scan.

Many thanks to all my prayer warriors...I'm not through fighting yet...please hang in there with me. I thank God every day for his healing power.

We continue to pray for Sam and his family - his attitude is indicative of how he lives everyday of his life. Without gushing, I feel it is important to note that Sam is a force to be reckoned with in serving the Lord and the community.

"If you do nothing in a difficult time, your strength is limited." ~ Proverbs 24:10

* I am thankful that God provides comfort that we cannot. For those suffering, we remain steadfast in praying for you and your families, but are ultimately aware that He provides the greatest gift as you navigate troubled waters.

We continue to lift my cousin Jeremy, as he receives radiation for a cancer diagnosis. We pray for his family, his wife, his son, his soon to be born child and his parents and brother's family. Watching those we love struggle is more painful than our own troubles.

We continue to pray for my aunt's brother-in-law and sister. Bob has been released and gone home, the future is unknown, but his family is united and prayerful at this time.

* I am thankful for Hannah's laughter, it is so beautiful and heartwarming. She has a strong will and a funny bone. It makes for a grand combination.

* I am thankful for my parents who share a Godly and loving relationship and are about to celebrate their 47th wedding anniversary. Wahoo!

* I am thankful for bands like Five for Fighting,and their committment to promoting Autism Awareness. You can click here to see their video and what they are doing to raise funds for research and therapies. Though my own family has not been impacted by Autism, I know too many who have been. I have a job in this field, my goal is for the research to provide advances that would leave me out of work forever!

Thanks for stopping by - it is always fun to know who visits. What are you thankful for?


Don and Lisa Osborn said...

I am thankful for you and your BIG, LOVING heart.

I always adore all your posts but you really know how to hit it out of the part on Thursdays.

So glad to hear about Sam!!!


Anonymous said...

I have been praying for Sam daily. These Thuray posts are great! And those picts of the girls in the dresses...OHHHH Ahhhh BEAUTIFUL!

mommy24treasures said...

I absolutely love your Thursday posts as well and look so forward to them! Thank you for updating us on Sam... he will continue to be in my prayers.

Jake and Taryn said...

I love your list and of course I love the whole idea of Thankful Thursday!

I am so thankful that Sam is doing well!! He really has a great attitude! :)

Lori said...

Wonderful news about Sam!
I love the picture of Hannah in her chair reading, so sweet.
Congratulations to your parents!

Jodee Leader said...

I love your Thankful Thursday list! I am thankful for my warm house and down comforter. It is freezing here!

Danielle said...

Sam's email really touched me. What an amazing man full of such perseverance and faith. Such incredible news! That really is wonderful. I will keep praying!

Hope all is well over there. Tell Em Miss Danielle in CA says hi.



Dawn said...

Wonderful news about Sam, and we'll keep praying for him!!

Thank you for sharing on Thursdays, you always give me another refresher on Thankfulness!

Love the picture of Hannah reading!

Sheri said...

So glad to hear about Sam and that God is working! How awesome that your parents will be celebrating 47 years together.

sheryl said...

I am so glad to hear good news about Sam! He sounds like such a special person and I can tell how much he means to you. And Hannah's funny bone made me smile. Gotta love that!

I will hold your cousin Jeremy and Bob in my prayers for strength and healing.



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