Radiation, Etc. 1/24/14 Update

Dear Friends and Family,

Nine rounds of radiation down and ?? to go!  Mark has been going every week-day morning for radiation at Northside.  They said it would take at least a couple of weeks to see if there was any reduction in the tumor.  So far he hasn’t noticed anything so we are praying that soon it will start shrinking the tumor and giving him some relief.

On Tuesday he went in for blood work to check on his kidney functions and thankfully the kidneys are functioning normally!!  We were hoping that meant he would get the drains out but not yet.  We met with the urologist on Thursday and they are going to put two stents in his kidneys on February 5th and put caps on his drains so they won’t be hanging out but if they need to use them again  they won’t have to do any surgery.  the procedure on the 5th is outpatient surgery.

We have an appointment on Tuesday with a surgeon to discuss fixing his colostomy as it has come out from his colon quite a bit and it uncomfortable.  Thankfully this can all be done at the same time he is doing radiation.

For the time being he has stopped doing any low dose chemo as radiation and the other issues are enough to deal with at the moment.

We are still doing juicing and using the results of his metobolic testing to help with his dietary needs.  We will do Living Foods Institute periodically when he is feeling up to it.

As I’ve mentioned before we’ve had someone come in to help with teaching me how to prepare some of the foods that he needs to be eating – she is going to come again next week and we are both excited about that as the meal prep and healthy eating seems to remain one of the harder tasks for me to keep up with.

Overall Mark is about the same pain wise – we are keeping ahead of the pain with the meds and keeping him as comfortable as possible.  He doesn’t sleep great but it’s not horrible either.  The other night he got 4 hours straight!  It’s interesting how your perspective changes – the next morning we were both so happy he got 4 hours in a row!  Sometimes in life it’s just the small things – Praise God!

We are thankful he has been able to keep up with the FCA ministry.  Not to the degree he would like but is still able to do some things.  This past week he attended a day of training for Area Directors and was able to be there most of the day – he even felt pretty good when he got home.

We continue to daily trust God and rely on Him for our next move.  He has been so faithful to us thru all of this journey and I’m in awe of what He has done in our lives in drawing closer to Him and teaching us total reliance on Him.

We are praying still for a miracle of healing and ask you to continue to join us in that prayer.  Praying for relief from pain and for all cancer to be totally gone from his body.

With Much Love and Gratitude,

Mark and Lee

John 14:1

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.

Isaiah 12:2

Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.”

Psalm 20:7

 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.

Psalm 25:1-3

To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul;  in you I trust, O my God. Do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me.  No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame, but they will be put to shame who are treacherous without excuse.

Psalm 28:7

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.