Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Well, everything came out in the end (pun intended). What I mean to say is that Mark's surgery is behind us; they removed the golf ball sized tumor which alerted us to his condition in the first place. He is home and walking around saying, "I have a new lease on life!" Of course the cancer is still in his body, so your prayers are still very needed and very much appreciated.
Many thanks to all of you who helped till the weeds under in the garden - we feel loved - a nice miracle all in itself. May God's grace shine on all of you who are helping and praying for us. You are the best!
Friday, June 11, 2010
Today we saw the proctologist/surgeon who scheduled Mark for surgery on next Tuesday, June 15th. The purpose is to make Mark more comfortable (they called it "palliative") and they acknowledge the impossibility of removing all of the cancer. That means it will be a simple procedure with a minimum of down-time. He also gets to keep all of his natural equipment (yay!). They will then also have the tissue to test for the effectiveness of the chemo drug mentioned earlier.
We are also talking about the difficult personal, legal and financial decisions so that we can put those worries and concerns aside and focus on healing. It reminds me of a sweet lady who left my office after signing her will. She said, "Now I know I'll live much longer - I can feel my blood pressure going down just knowing this is done."
Even though we haven't been able to reply to each of you, we sincerely thank all of you who have taken the time to write words of encouragement. It is truly appreciated and helps us keep our spirits up. We love you!
Thursday, June 10, 2010
In the meantime, we are doing what we can by eating a juice and soft food diet. Laurel is juicing fruits and veggies for me. And we are praying and asking for a miracle."
Yes, I am making a big mess in the kitchen juicing for Mark. I had a long talk with Dean and Ann Richards before they left for Alaska and they shared the recipies Dean had developed based on his research. Daily doses of those, along with Noni juice, lots of prayer and good doctors are what Dean credits with his cancer recovery. Many of you probably know that Dean is a bio-chemist. He took the latest research and put it to practical use. I also have been given other very good advice about natural remedies which have helped other people I know. We plan to use all of the tools our Heavenly Father makes available to give Mark the best chance, including medical science and natural alternatives to boost the immune system. Keeping an active hope is also important. We are prepared for the worst, but hoping and working for the best. Help us pray for a miracle!