Happy New Year!

Dear Friends and Family,

Update on what has been going on – after we got back from Seattle we settled back into our normal routine and we continued with everything they told us to do.

We also started a new protocol that goes along in conjuction with what we started in Seattle – it has a 3 pronged approach – we started on it the week of Thanksgiving.

Around the same time Mark started having some pains and difficulty sleeping. We weren’t sure if the pains had anything to do with any of the treatments we were doing or if it had anything to do with the cancer.

The pain was getting worse and Mark wasn’t getting much sleep so we got a colonoscopy scheduled to see what was going on – we were worried there may be a blockage. The colonoscopy showed what the MD Anderson scans had showed which was a tumor in the colon. It wasn’t blocking anything and it wasn’t too big and there was only one so we considered this to be good news.

We made an appointment with our surgeon to see what he suggested and he wanted us to have scans and to see what was going on. Also wanted us to meet with our oncologist.

The scans were scheduled for December 31 but our appointment with our oncologist wasn’t until January 15 which happens to be Mark’s birthday.

When I took Mark in for his scans I stopped by the oncology office to see if I could get a prescription for a stronger pain reliever – our doctor “just happened” to be in – she wasn’t scheduled to be there but when she heard I was in the lobby she asked me to get Mark from the scans and meet with her – this was so exciting to me as I just wanted to get him some relief. Anyway, she ended up meeting with us for about 30 minutes and called to find the results of the scan. Of the 3 different areas they only had one done so she said she would call us.

She called today and I knew right away it was good news! The scans showed no new cancer and what is there has not grown – also the cancer on the lung may not be related to the colon cancer and may be something else – we are going to do more tests to see what it may be. Also, they may be able to do surgery to remove the cancer in the colon and the liver.

We have much praying to do about what we feel God wants us to do. We will still be meeting with doctor on the 15th to talk about options so until then we will be in prayer.

We still don’t have the pain regulated – the patch they put him on definitely took the pain away but it was too strong as it made him really sick and dizzy – we are going to reduce the amount and try again tomorrow.

Prayer requests would be to know what direction to go and that we could get the pain regulated.

All in all we are just praising the Lord for this good news. The doctor was shocked – she thought they were going to find that the cancer has spread.

Everything has been going well with the book and Mark has has some opportunities to speak. We have really been able to see God work and are thankful for every opportunity.

Thanks for the prayers!

With much gratitude,

Mark and Lee

Matthew 6:33-34
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteiousness and ll these things shall be added to you.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Psalm 19: 14

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.