Posts filed under ‘The Dark Valley of Cancer’
When people ask, “How are you?” sometimes we just give the polite answer, “Fine.” More and more we say something like, “OK,” or “we’re hanging in there.” Occasionally, we are able to say, “We are blessed.” I mentioned that I wanted a plaque that says, “Count your blessings,” because in our struggle against cancer, I forget how blessed we are. A few days later, I was given a lovely plaque with those words on it in big letters!
We are blessed – Dan only had to take 2 pain pills today. The new bandage material being used keeps the drainage from staining his clothing. We have free air mile tickets to fly out to be with Scott and family in Montara, CA. We have a nice big place to stay. Brenda, Charla and Natasha do our shopping for us. Natasha and Melissa do our chopping for us. Paul makes fresh carrot juice for Dan. We have empty boxes to store things in our 10′ X 10′ storage room, boxes to ship a few things to Romania. I could give you a long list of heartaches, but, if you’ve been reading the blog, you’ve heard them all before. Instead, we focus on our many, many blessings for it is God who is at work in you and us both to will and to do His good pleasure.
However, we do have the daily challenge of watching the sarcoma grow in the open incision that will not heal. Even in that we are blessed because this is drawing us closer to God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Jeanie M. blessed us with 2 Peter 1:19, “May the Morning Star rise in the darkest corner of your troubled hearts.” Thank you, God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit for all these blessings, in the name of Jesus, Amen. ~~ Anne and Dan
Even though this has been a very challenging week, it ended with much joy. God filled our day with love. Melissa, our friend for 8 years, came this morning to help me cut vegetables with my new vegetable slicer. While she was here, Glenn and Lani arrived from Houston! We have been friends about 20 years. Marjorie, a friend for 5 years, phoned from Colorado. All these fine people walk with the Lord…intentional followers of Jesus, and help support our work in Romania.
While Glenn and Lani were here, Adolf and Reka Skyped us from Romania. We were so happy that they could “meet” each other. To top our day off, Dick and Hanny phoned from Holland…best friends for almost 50 years! We celebrate that Dick’s cancer is going away!!!
Dan remains about the same – no fever even though the incision shows no improvement. The Home Health nurse comes each day to clean it with saline solution, and put a new silver carbon bandage on it. We hope that the wound vac can be put back on after the surgeon cleans out the incision next Wednesday. Though sometimes we think we are alone, God has not forgotten us. Look at all the love He filled us with today.
Again tonight, for the third time, God gave me this scripture about Dan, “…wherever you go, I will let you escape with your life.” Jeremiah 45:5b. God still has work for us to do. We choose to believe, to live in hope, and to walk with Jesus no matter how rocky the path or what trials come our way. — Anne and Dan
One day we get encouraging news; two days later a problem arises – infected blisters under the tape. Friday the blisters are improving, but, much to our dismay, there is a small hematoma on top of the new flesh that is growing. We feel that we are trapped in the middle of a storm with the winds whipping the tides back and forth.
Surgery to clean out the mass in Dan’s pelvis is scheduled for 12:30, Mon., Oct. 20. The Dr. said, “The 1st C-T Scan showed a mass consistent with cancer. The last C-T Scan showed a mass atypical to cancer.”
The Dr. also said, “I do not understand it.” We believe God healed the cancer. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS.
Today, we found out God has granted us a one year visa for Romania! As soon as Dan has fully recovered from surgery, we plan to return to Romania. God is always good even when we don’t understand what is happening. — Anne and Dan