Tuesday, March 27, 2012

TPT4KC This Week!

I tell you what, it's been a week.  This is the roller coaster that is cancer.  Some people get great results and get to move up to the "remission/completed treatment" list.  Some get moved around for illness or devastating relapse.  And two little children got moved all the way up to be with Jesus.  

It is never easy to follow the lives of people who struggle with chronic disease.  Their treatments are brutal and every joy is somewhat tainted by the fact that you know not everyone will make it out of treatment alive.  This is awful to write, but it is the truth.  And avoiding the truth by saying "everything will be fine," is no longer in my nature.  I try and soften the truth with a great big dose of hope, but hope on this side of the Jordan is still incomplete.  

(It doesn't help that the tree pollen is so high and apparently it mimics hormones, so I've been a big bawling, snotty mess since Friday.)

Perhaps in anticipation of this post, or in response to my full fit of rage in the car on Saturday on the way home from the grocery store (where I learned from his parents, that Aidan had relapsed), The Lord gave me a quiet word today.  It was in my "Parenting by Design" Devotional I get through my Bible App on my phone and I try to read it very often.  Sometimes it is good, but today was great.  I thought I would use it, especially since my own thoughts tend to drift to far to the side of melancholy lately!  Please be encouraged because God is always at work.  No matter what.  He is always doing something to make our situation better in us or for us - even and especially when we can't see it. 
God never wastes suffering. Trials work for us, not against us (Jas 1:2-5). If we trust God and surrender to Him, trials will produce patience, perseverance and maturity in the lives of our family. If we rebel and fight against our circumstances, we will remain impatient, impulsive and immature. God allows trials so He can build character into our lives. Warren Wiersbe gives a great analogy, "God can grow a mushroom overnight, but it takes many years - and many storms - to build a mighty oak."
It takes an eternal perspective to see beyond today to eternity. Your kids are not likely to be able to do it without your gentle, guiding hand. As you empathetically walk through trials with them, you can model the faith, hope, and love that allow you to look at tough situations as opportunities to grow and develop, and to be more like Christ.
An eternal perspective gives us the ability to see beyond temporary trials.

Let's see beyond today - and Lord, grow us into mighty oaks, full of strong and powerful prayer for these warriors who fight against cancer.  Why do we pray? 


Completed Treatment - Pray for them to stay cancer and illness free!
Sophia Vogel (5, soft tissue sarcoma behind left eye) – Doing great! <"Team Sophia" on FB>
Anna Grace Dennis (7, ependymoma) – Headaches still attacking, please pray for complete relief!! <"Team Anna Grace" on FB>
Rylee Beard (5, Will's tumors in bladder/abdomen) – Doing great!
Matthew Lucas (5, Rhabdomyosarcoma) – Doing great! <"Team Matthew" on FB>
Gunnar Peterson (5, Wilm’s Tumor) Completed treatment last Wednesday!  Pray his body recovers, his scans remain clear and he is all done with cancer! <”Gunnar’s Team on FB”> 
Gabbie Howe (12, ependymoma)  
Grant McTaggart (5, P+ ALL)  <http://www.prayforgrant.com/
Callie Cheer (3, AML) – Doing great!  <”Cure for Callie” on FB> 
Izzy Slot (3, angiosarcoma) Still cancer free, but dealing with some other issues and side effects.  Pray The Lord would heal her and Praise Him for 6 months without cancer! <”izzyslot” on carepages.com and “Princess Izzy’s Court” on FB> 
Hunter (1, Ewing Sarcoma) – Still fighting mouth sores but getting better every day!  Pray for his complete healing and his immunity to come back full force! <”Cure Baby Hunter” on FB> 
Nicky George (2, Ependymoma) – www.nickybear.com
Courtney Pette (16, lymphoma) –<"Team Courtney" on FB>
Maddie Briscoe (7, neuroblastoma) –<”Prayers for Maddie Briscoe” on FB> 
Patton Jones (3, Burkitt's Lymphoma) – http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/pattonjones
Natalie Fraker (5, astrocytoma) – Making great progress!  Praise for The Lord’s healing and giving her strength.  Pray she can make great strides and get off the vent completely! <” PRAYERSFORNKF” on carepages.com> 
Tristan Smit (3, ependymoma) – Doing well!
Mark Ochoa (2, Wilm's Tumor)

With The Lord (Please pray for their families)
Ruel Bobet – Completely healed on Saturday, February 25th, 2012.  Continue to pray for his family, they need strength only The Lord can provide! <”Sandy Bobet” (his Mom) on FB>
Kory Krowell – Went to be with Jesus on 11/18/11.
Wesley (1 month old, Rhabdomyoma) – Earned his angel wings Monday, March 26th, 2012.  Please pray for his family who have been through so much in the last month! <”The Battle for Baby Wes” on FB>
Daniela Owens (9, Ewing Sarcoma) – Jesus called her home on Friday, March 23rd, 2012.  She has no more pain and is cancer-free now. <”Prayer for Daniela” of FB> 

Fighting Illness and/or Inpatient 
Brennan Scurlock (1, neuroblastoma) – Left the hospital today but still needs The Lord to heal his vomiting and keep him safe until his clinic appointment on Thursday.  More wisdom and guidance needed for his medical team as well!!  <"Brennan Scurlock" on FB> 
Carli Simmons (2, Brain Tumor) Inpatient at TCH, receiving treatment
Eli Dirr (5, Relapse of AML) – Doing better but receiving chemo.  Please be praying against this evil cancer that keeps coming back, please pray The Lord will heal him and he can walk out of the hospital, never to go back again! <”Warrior Eli” on FB>
Thomas Valerio (11, rhabdomyosarcoma in left hand) Finishing up round of chemo, pray he stays healthy and recovers quickly – only 6 more weeks to go in his treatment!
Layton (3, ALL) Doing a very hard round of chemo this week, please pray for her recovery, to be free of side effects and pain! <”Prayers for Layton” on FB>
Victoria Feldman (6, Medulloblastoma) Had a rough week last week, pray for relief and for no issues in receiving her chemo this week. <”Victory4Victoria” on FB>

In Treatment
Aiden McSpadden (3, AML relapse) As of Friday, they found cancer cells and are calling it a relapse.  They did a lymphocyte transfusion yesterday in the hopes that the donor cells will kill off the cancer – please pray that this works!!  If it doesn’t, he will start chemo in a few weeks to prepare for another bone marrow transplant.  Pray for his parents, they are reeling and for our Big God to show Himself! <"Angels for Aiden" on FB> 
Cameron Lindsay (20, sarcoma) – newly diagnosed, please pray for clear diagnosis and decisive treatment plan.  Pray for the strength of the family, who is still grieving from a death in the family and dealing with other issues.
Kaylee Atkins (6, ALL) – Out of the hospital, pray she recovers completely and can stay on track with her protocol!  Praise The Lord for the support they had over the last week with their fundraisers! <”Praying for Kaylee” on FB>
Devin Duncan (18, Leukemia) – pray she is fully recovered and continue her treatment without any interruption or illness! <”Devin Duncan” on FB>
Lucy Weber (3, ALL) – Home and doing better; pray for her clinic visit to go well this week, with no count issues or side effects from the chemo. <"Team Lucy" on FB> 
Katie Wagner (15, Rhabdomyosarcoma) Did chemo yesterday and started radiation this week.  Pray for continued great response! <Wagner Family support” on FB>
Lincoln Daniel Jones (3, ALL) – In need of prayers, not feeling well, please pray! <"Pray for Lincoln Daniel Jones" and "Red Carpet Kids for a Cure" on FB> 
Logan Sinclair (5, Anaplastic Medulloblastoma) – Doing very well and his last chemo is next week!  Pray he continues to feel great and can finish strong! <”Pray for Logan Sinclair” on FB> 
Nate Dinoffira (2, Neuroblastoma) Doing very well, and will be starting proton therapy radiation in a few weeks – pray he continues to do so well after his transplant! <http://supernatedinoffria.blogspot.com/>
Max Low (12, Leukemia) Pray for his pulmonary issues to be resolved! <”Mighty Max Low” on FB>
Lexie Synder (5, ALL) She has low immunity and might have a genetic blood disorder.  Pray for her recovery and for wisdom for her doctors! <”Lexie vs. Leukemia” on FB>
Raelynn (5, ALL) Pray she has recovered from her last big round of chemo and she stays illness free! <”Prayers for our Sweet Baby Rae” on FB>
Liam Wilson (1, neuroblastoma) Halfway through his treatment, pray it continues to go well with no delays! <”Prayers for Liam Wilson” on FB>
Holden Underwood (2, ALL/MLL) – His numbers were where they needed to be last week and was able to receive chemo.  He has also been on steroids, pray he is ok coming off of those and remains illness free! <"Holden's Hope" on FB> 
Lance McClain (ALL) – Received outpatient chemo yesterday, pray for great recovery and no issues! <”TeamLance McClain” on FB> 
Ava Caggino (4, ATRT Brain Tumor) Her MRI came back showing some growth, so they need The Lord’s wisdom to find a clinic that can help.  Please pray! <"The Ava Caggino Fight Aganist Cancer Page" on FB> 
Charlie Harris Beard (1, Leukemia) Doing well, pray he continues! <”Help save Baby Charlie Harries Beard” on FB> 
Preston Winslow (4, AML) His parents have decided not to take no for an answer, please pray for wisdom for the doctors!  Preston continues to do so well, pray The Lord will reveal His plan!   www.prestonsleague.com
Aiden Rideout (4, Non-hodgkins lymphoma) Pray he continues to stay healthy and on track! <”Prayers for Aiden” on FB>
Tynan Chapa (5, ALL) His Chemo is keeping the cancer at bay, but his doctors feel it is only a matter of time before he will lose his battle.  Pray hard that this doesn’t happen! <”Tynan’s Crusade” on FB>
Wyatt Foster (2, ALL) Pray all went well Friday – pray there are answers on his ANC and everything goes well.  Also pray for his Mom’s health issues to be resolved!  <http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/wyattfoster/mystory>
Kristina Barrett (9, sarcoma in lungs and arm) – Continues to do well, pray for a natural relief from eczema! <"Praying for Kristina" on FB> 
Barrett Blake (5, Rhabdomyosarcoma) Pray for good health, no issues, quick recover and to stay on course with treatment!  http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/barrettblake
Zayley Oliver – <”Prayers for Zayley Jade Oliver” on FB> 
Addison Marshall (18, ALL) – continues outpatient, maintenance chemo!  <addiecake on Twitter
Shelby Adams (Langenhans Cell Histiocytosis) – Pray her eye appointment went well and that her orbital bone will heal itself! <”Prayers for Shelby Adams” on FB>
Braeden Estes (18, Ewings Sarcoma) Doing well so please pray he stays on track! <http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/braedenestes>
Taylor Porter (15, AML) <”Team Taylor – Taylor Porter” on FB> 
Kaylea Stewart (ALL, 6) –<"Kure for Kaylea" on FB> 
Hudson Kadlecek (4, lymphoma) - <"Hope for Hudson" on FB> 
Logan Brant - Please pray for wisdom and healing!  <“Team Logan” on FB>
Kylie Overton (2, Brain Tumor) – <”Prayers for Baby Kylie Overton” on FB> 

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