Galatians 6:10 “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith”.

First of all, I want to thank you. You are walking through a journey with us (Valerie and I) that none of us expected. The concern and support has been amazing. We continue to covet your help and support.

We have just finished the first round of chemo. It was brutal, and Val was in the hospital for two days more than we thought she would be, but she seems to be regaining some equilibrium. The next doctor’s visit is this Friday (April 26th). We’ll know more then. Her blood count is supposed to keep dropping until about the mid-point between treatments, and then go up until the next dose (which is done inpatient). She currently has three treatments scheduled.

Each chemo treatment is an event, but the next really big event is the CT scan of her lungs that will come after all of this. Valerie’s cancer is rare, aggressive, travels, and could be in her lungs. The good news is that the lump itself is operable, not attached to the bone, and may not be in the lungs. The places are just too small to biopsy. We’re praying that not only will Valerie be able to get through the next two treatments, but that there will be no increase in the nodules in her lungs. Then we should be able to proceed with the radiation and the surgery. For those wondering, the CT scan is used because the PET scan displays both false positives and negatives with this type of cancer.

We have, of course, been praying for healing, good news, easy treatments, etc. during this entire time. There is nothing wrong with that, and we appreciate those prayers being lifted up on our behalf. Healing can come miraculously, or through medical means. It can come quickly, or at the end of a long and hard journey. Here is the hard one: it doesn’t always come. Life is a testament to Hebrews 9:27: “It is appointed for man to die once.” In the midst of this we’re trying to have the attitude of Jesus: “And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, ‘My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.’” Through all of this we are trying to be faithful. And though there are many times in life that the words of Scripture reverberate in our souls, 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 has special meaning right now: “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.” May our journey provide some support and encouragement to you in whatever you may be going through in your own life now, or in the days ahead.

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