Tuesday, October 11, 2011

TPT4KC This Week!

I will write more about this later but this week is about endurance for me.  I am heavy with responsibility and grief.  This is the first anniversary of Sophia's diagnosis.  It depends on who you ask which day is actually the anniversary.  Dave says the 10th, which is when we first went to the hospital and got the CT that showed the mass.  I say the 13th, the day we got the results from the biopsy that showed it to be malignant.

We are both right, I guess!  

Today is also the first time I will speak publicly about our experience.  I have kept the anxiety at bay since I wrote the talk last Tuesday, but I'm really tired this morning and have a lot to do today, so I sit here in my brokenness, until it is time to get to the work of life and I can focus on something else.   Everyone has bad days, especially Moms, so I'm praying this isn't a bad day, just one The Lord will give me the strength to endure.  

All these families, all these kids, have stories.  They are all on a journey with The Lord.  I would ask you pray they will know Him.  That they will see His Hand in their struggles and will understand the great mystery that even cancer can be used for His glory and our good in His plan.  I know so many times of the last year He has given me a glimpse of His purposes.  They are perfect, although many times painful.  But these families have an opportunity to experience His comfort and intimacy that most people never get.  

As for me and my house, we will serve The Lord.  I will choose to keep following Him because life without Christ is just not any life at all.

Pray for me today, would you?

Prayer works!

Completed Treatment - Pray for them to stay cancer and illness free!
Sophia Vogel (5, soft tissue sarcoma behind left eye) – Has another cold, please pray it stays minor!  <"Team Sophia" on FB>

Anna Grace Dennis (7, ependymoma) – Anna and her family raised over $3000 for cancer research last week through lemonade stands across Lake Charles!  Great work and Praise The Lord for His bounty <"Team Anna Grace" on FB>

Rylee Beard (5, Will's tumors in bladder/abdomen) – Feeling good!

Courtney Pette (16, lymphoma) – Feeling good!  <"Team Courtney" on FB>

Tristan Smit (3, ependymoma)

Mark Ochoa (2, Wilm's Tumor)

Currently In-Treatment
Holden Underwood (1, ALL/MLL) – Doing well, will continue with outpatient chemo – pray all goes well this week! <"Holden's Hope" on FB>

Matthew (5, Rhabdomyosarcoma) – Has his end of treatment scans this week – pray for complete healing!  <"Team Matthew" on FB>

Aiden McSpadden (2, AML relapse) – Checked in yesterday for conditioning chemo and he will receive his bone marrow transplant on the 19th.  Pray for all germs to stay away and this to mark the road to cured for Aiden! <"Angels for Aiden" on FB>

Brennan Scurlock (1, neuroblastoma) – Got a scan yesterday to follow up on the remaining lesion on his brain, which he will receive radiation for.  The details on this aspect of his protocol aren’t out yet, but pray the radiation will hit the tumor and not affect anything else, as well as this will lead to maintenance chemo and that his bone marrow will recover so he is no longer in danger or needs blood transfusions. <"Brennan Scurlock" on FB>

Lincoln Daniel Jones (3, ALL) – It’s his birthday today!  He and his family will visit the clinic today and will find out if he will be admitted for the next round of chemo this week or next.  <"Pray for Lincoln Daniel Jones" and "Red Carpet Kids for a Cure" on FB>

Gabbie Howe (12, brain tumor, ependymoma) – Pray for full recovery from surgery and radiation!

Gunnar Peterson (5, Wilm’s Tumor) So thankful I got to meet this special, sweet family last week!  Gunnar is awesome and did well for his first round of chemo.  Pray his body continues to heal so well from surgery, he does well with the radiation this week and that he stays healthy through the chemo.   <”Gunnar’s Team on FB”>

Kory Crowell (12, Tumor on Adrenal gland) As his Mom said, if The Lord is willing, Kory will go home today!  He will be under the care of Home Health, so pray they get the right nurse who is thorough, kind, caring and wise!  <”lil_dude on carepages.com”>

Ava Caggino (4, ATRT Brain Tumor) – Continued radiation last week and it was a long week.  They had a great weekend so pray that whatever treatment has in store for them this week, they will feel strength in The Lord, through joy, peace and hope!  <"The Ava Caggino Fight Aganist Cancer Page" on FB>

Lance McClain (ALL) – In maintenance phase of treatment at TCH and responding well!  His mom pasted a picture of him getting ready to go to bat for his baseball team!  Pray for continued good health, help his mom manage their full family and find the job The Lord wants her to have and that Lance will be healed! <”TeamLance McClain” on FB>

Lucy Weber (4, ALL) – Feeling good and mischievous!  Pray the spinal tap on October 19th shows no more blast cells and that she is moving towards remission! <"Team Lucy" on FB>

Izzy Slot (3, angiosarcoma) Spending the week in Hawaii – her numbers continue to come down, which is good as the anti-rejection drugs are working!  <”izzyslot” on carepages.com>

Ruel Bobet (20, stomach cancer) – His stomach is completely healed, as if there was never any cancer!  Praise The Lord!  His liver is now showing lesions, however, so he will start 6 weeks of systemic chemo then targeting treatment to follow.  Pray the Lord continues to heal his whole body from cancer and to ease the pain that these lesions are causing!!

Kristina Barrett (9, sarcoma in lungs and arm) –She will continue on clinical trial in outpatient – pray for her to be cancer free!  <"Praying for Kristina" on FB>

Grant McTaggart (5, P+ ALL) <http://www.prayforgrant.com/>

Addison Marshall (18, ALL) - <addiecake on Twitter>

Taylor Porter (15, AML)

Kaylea Stewart (Leukemia, 6) – <"Kure for Kaylea" on FB>

Mark (10, rhabdomyosarcoma in left hand)

Natalie Fraker (4, astrocytoma)

Hudson Kadlecek (4, lymphoma) - <"Hope for Hudson" on FB>

Patton Jones (3, Burkitt's Lymphoma)

Wyatt (2, ALL)

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