'Cause if He started this work in your life
He will be faithful to complete it
If only you believe it
He knows how much it hurts
And I'm sure that He's gonna help you get through this
When the waves are taking you under
Hold on just a little bit longer
He knows that this is gonna make you stronger, stronger
The pain ain't gonna last forever
In time it's gonna get better
This is gonna make you stronger
I guess this is song week! The above 2 verses keeping rolling in my head. It's from a song by Mandisa, called "Stronger," which happens in continuous rotation on my iTunes. For me, specifically, it is a shot in the arm of my faith, which feels slightly shaky this week. It helps me to focus on His faithfulness, rather than how I'm feeling and this song is perfect for anyone in that boat.
And I am sure that all these families have moments/days/weeks/months of feeling like that.
That is about all the preamble I have today. Honestly, I'm counting on all of you prayer warriors this week. These families need prayer and I know you have such sweet hearts for it! So, let's let this prayers fly to Heaven because we know....
Sophia Vogel (5, soft tissue sarcoma behind left eye) – End of treatment evaluation scans this week. Bone Scan was Monday, MRI & CT Tuesday. Pray for freedom from anxiety as we wait for the results to come on Tuesday, the 23rd and she starts Kindergarten on Monday!
Anna Grace Dennis (7, cancer free from brain stem tumor) – She continues to have headaches and is starting school. Please pray her body and mind will adapt and that she will be healed from any and all issues!
Rylee Beard (5, Will's tumors in bladder/abdomen) - Started her last chemo round on Monday! Pray she continues to feel good and that this is a time of rest before she starts Kindergarten next week and does her end of treatment scans in 3 weeks.
Holden Underwood (1, ALL/MLL) – Holden was discharged on the 11th, on antibiotics and is at home this week! His last inpatient chemo starts on the 24th, so please be praying for its success! Also for protection from all banner of germs and that as he starts the maintenance phase of his treatment, all will continue to go well!
Matthew (5, Rhabdomyosarcoma) – Continuing his radiation this week, please pray for peace and that it will continue to work this cancer out of his body!
Aiden McSpadden (2, AML relapse) – He started running a fever last week and was put on antibiotics Saturday. Yesterday he was fever free and feeling well enough to go down to the playroom! His bloodwork is also showing signs of recovery, so please pray his little body puts up a big fight and The Lord’s peace continues to reign over this family!
Brennan Scurlock (1, neuroblastoma) – Started radiation yesterday and as he has to be sedated for the procedure, please pray The Lord will bless him with good moods when he wakes up! He also started crawling, praise God that He has made our bodies so strong and capable, even in the midst of cancer treatment!
Grant McTaggart (5, P+ ALL) – In maintenance mode of his treatment schedule but had a long day at the clinic yesterday with medicine and some additional treatment for immunotherapy. Please pray he continues to be healthy and that he will be finished with cancer on schedule in January 2012!
Lincoln Daniel Jones (2, ALL) – He had a spinal tap yesterday and will be receiving medicine at home until Thursday. Please keep his family and their adjustment period in your prayers and pray they focus on how precious he is and how much The Lord loves them through this time.
Gabbie Howe (12, brain tumor - ependymoma) – Praise God they removed all of the tumor with surgery! She starts radiation at St. Jude’s next week. She is having a few minor issues from surgery. Please pray these effects go away and that she returns to full normal by the Lord’s Hand!
Mark (10, rhabdomyosarcoma in left hand) – Will be inpatient this week. The admission process can be grueling, so please pray for a room to available quickly, and that there are no delays to start his chemo. Also, pray for minimal side effects!
Ava Caggino (4, ATRT Brain Tumor)- She is struggling with vision issues, please pray The Lord will restore that and ensure her body is protected from other side effects of her treatment!
Mark Ochoa (2, Wilm's Tumor) - finishing treatment soon! Pray he will hang on and beat cancer!
Ruel Bobet (20, stomach cancer) - Receiving chemo at MD Anderson this week.
Kristina Barrett (9, sarcoma in lungs and arm)
Tristan Smit (3, ependymoma) – up and running like a normal 3 year old! Praise The Lord!
Addison Marshall (18, ALL) – in maintenance phase of his chemo and starting school next week! Pray for his health to be good, his mind to be clear as he starts on this new phase!
Courtney Pette (16, lymphoma) – Starts school next week! Pray for the support to flow and that she feels supported and cared for, but that she can go back to being a normal teenager, cancer free!
Natalie Fraker (4, astrocytoma)
Hudson Kadlecek (4, lymphoma)
Patton Jones (3, Burkitt's Lymphoma)
Wyatt (2, ALL)