October 14, 2013 Update

Dear Friends and Family,

Last week was a long week – Monday Mark had a CT scan and then Thursday they wanted to do another colonoscopy. It is very hard to believe that 6 weeks ago his colon was clear and now it’s very bad. They found cancer in his colon as well as in some lymph nodes and his rectal area.

After the test on Thursday he was in so much pain that they admitted him to the hospital hoping to do surgery sooner rather than later. As it turns out however they are going to need two surgeons and we must wait on their schedule.

They went ahead an let him come home with strong pain meds and have him scheduled for surgery Monday the 21st. They will do a colostomy and try to repair the hernia while they are at it. This will be a very complicated surgery due to all the scar tissues from the previous 6 surgeries and the radiation. It will be a long recovery for him.

We are praying that surgery will go well and recovery will be better than expected and that he can get back to living and speaking and everything he is wanted to do!

We are so thankful for all that we have learned these past 4.5 years and have seen God’s faithful hand in everything that has happened and know that we are still in His embrace and go into this next challenge with confidence knowing that He is in complete control and that Mark’s life as well as the rest of us are in His hands and His timing.

I will try to update the blog every night that we are at the hospital.

Thank you for your continued prayers on our behalf – we know we are being prayed for – we can FEEL it – there’s no other way we could be strong except thrum Him and the power of prayer that is truly sustaining us!

Much Love,

Mark and Lee

John 15:7
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

James 5:16
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Luke 11:9
And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

Philippians 4:6
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Romans 8:26
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

Matthew 6:6
But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.