Friday, January 06, 2017

Mom Has Cancer...

...words one hopes to never write. There has been a few things I'm not writing about.  It is time to write about this one to ask for prayer on behalf of my Mom.

The week before the wedding Mom had a biopsy and we were sent to see her doc. We were referred to a surgeon who told us Mom had a stable, slow growing breast cancer. They expected it to respond well to chemo and planned a lumpectomy, chemo and radiation.  The surgeon requested an MRI to confirm the results of the mammogram and biopsy.

Mom opted not to tell others about the cancer until after the wedding.  That night she told our kids - and reminded us all God is a healing God. We were praying for the MRI to show healing. Yesterday, Mom, myself and Sherri (my sister in law) went to see the surgeon again to hear the results of the MRI.  The MRI revealed more cancer than first thought. Mom will have a double mastectomy and chemo. We are hoping to avoid radiation. Surgery is set for the 24th of January.

There is, of course, much I am not communicating here. My great-grandmother, grandmother and Aunt have all succumbed to breast cancer.  We've been quoting II  Timothy 1:7 and Joshua 1:9 a lot around here in this season and they hold us well in this trial as well...."God has NOT given us a spirit of fear - but of power and of love and of a sound mind."  "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, neither be discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you WHEREVER you go!"

 Our Parkinson's verse applies here too,  "But He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.'" 2 Cor 12:9.

Favorite Workout Shirt

Jamin spent quite a bit of time with Nolan and Alex while he was home talking about life goals, personalities, and setting up workout plans.   He spent the most time with Alex designing a plan and prodding him to go out daily with him to run, walk and such.

Friday night means pizza and games or movies. Krista called to see what we were doing as we were on our way to Mom and Dad's with Papa Murphy's.  She joined us, with a gift for Alex.

I love Jamin being concerned enough to discuss the whole plan with Alex. And Alex being willing to take the plan to heart. And Krista keeping it fun. This is now Alex's favorite workout shirt! I love some Gherkins!

PS - the pizza and games were pretty great too.