Thursday, May 30, 2013

Catching up

I know it's been a while since my last blog.  I've been in sort of a "blah" state I guess you could say.  I went to a psychiatrist for the second time since being diagnosed.  She was amazed I hadn't seen anyone since January at MD Anderson.   I'm not that big of a talker, pretty sure therapy isn't my thing.  Other than that, things are basically the same for me for now.

Since my last posting, my friends threw a fundraiser at Taco Mac for me.  I'll add some pictures to the end of the event.   I just want to thank Taco Mac, Phillips Arena, Lisa Durham, Reggie Kimbell, Ron Terrell, Poppy Patterson, Amanda Davis, Jessica Jefferies,  Brad & Mandy Busch, and Summer & Wes Bayer for all helping make this fundraiser so successful.   We raised over $5000!   Oh, I almost forgot the kids.   Karley and Maddie were on top of things all night too.   They were awesome.  So many friends and family came out and donated so much money.  I can't thank every single person that came out individually, but know that I appreciate it more than you can imagine.  It has helped us so much.   You all make me feel truly blessed!

Also, thank you so much to the attorneys and staff at Arnall, Golden, and Gregory for raising so much money for me within a few short days.  God bless you guys!

Please keep your prayers coming for Reggie.  He began radiation last week and is doing well but I know he's tired.

Our new friend Marjorie came out to the fundraiser for a bit.  She's got a battle on her hands as well and I can only hope we can do some type of fundraiser for her too.   She's such a great person and very determined to beat this cancer!  We will continue to keep her in our prayers!

Also, please pray for Gretchen Mitchell, another fellow JHS classmate and friend that has her own battle ahead of her.   She needs our support and prayers right now!

Finally, please continue praying for Tim as he continues to improve.

Thank you all for all your support and prayers!  Remember, life is short and can change in an instant.  None of us expected these cards, but it's what we were dealt.   Keep that in mind when you're with your loved ones.  Hold them close, you never know....

Jeremiah 29:11-13

'For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.   'Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.  'And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.'

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Results 5/10/13

I apologize for not updating yesterday, I was exhausted from being at Piedmont all day.  My MRI is still clear and my lung tumors are still shrinking (according to the chest x-ray), praise the Lord!   I still will go for an MRI every 3 months but don't have to see Dr. Chandler, he can call me with the results.  I will go back in 6 weeks for a PetScan and to the oncologist to see where we really are.  Chest x-rays don't show that much detail.

He also let me know that I will be on Tarceva for the rest of my life, unless it quits working.  I am so thankful for these pills even though the side effects are not great.  I'm praying for a cure to this horrible disease!

I met a very brave woman, Marjorie, while waiting on my MRI.  I found out she went to high school on the same side of town I did and is only a year older than I am.   She is not getting good results from her meds right now.   She has a different type of cancer but is also stage IV with two children.  She needs our prayers for strength and healing!

Finally, my old friend Reggie had his voice surgery this week and is wasting no time using it.  I love him!  MD Anderson suggested fractionated radiation (which is radiation every day for 6 weeks) so he is going to Emory next week to see if they can do it there.  He's still got a long road but your prayers are helping both of us!

Mark 11:24

"Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours."