April came and went really fast this year. This whole year is going by to fast. It really does seem like when you are a kid time is so ssssllllooooowwww! But as an adult married with kids, it feels like time is flying by like I’m driving our family in a ferrari.
I am happy that my wife is through all of her radiation treatments. She did such an amazing job through each treatment. January first was the worst day of our lives, but Wednesday of this week was one of the best days of our lives together. On Wednesday we met with a bunch of doctors and they walked us through the results of the latest MRI.
“I was surprised at the results, this is better than we had expected!”
This is what one of our doctors told us as we sat looking at the MRI scans. They didn’t give us any numbers of how much the cancer has shrunk, but sitting there in the office looking at the before and after scans, it was pretty amazing.
If I was going to put a number on it, I would say that 80% of the cancerous tumor that was there before is now gone. The radiation did a great job in treating her cancer. It really was better than expected. One of the things that the doctors told us at the beginning was “don’t expect huge results” from the radiation. But sitting there one doctor said that her results are not the normal result that most people have.
Praise To God!
I give God all the praise because he is the one that has brought about all of the pieces to make this happen. This is yet another way that we see God working in our lives as we continue to walk down this road. The journey is far from over, but this is such an amazing start that we are overjoyed at the news.
What’s next? There were a couple options that we could take, but after meeting with three different doctors we have chosen for Amy to go ahead with the Chemo pill. You might ask what is the chemo pill? Here is a good video from the Dana Farber Institute in Boston that explains it. A lot of the doctors at Dartmouth work with Dana Farber and/or where trained there.
This regiment will be for the next 6 months. It will give Amy the best fighting chance of keeping the cancer at bay for a longer period of time. One of the great things about her type of cancer is that they measure it in years. So it is very possible if she does well with this treatment that she could be in remission by the end of this year for many years to come. That is the hope.
Thankful For The Lord’s Mercies
I praise the Lord for the mercies that he has given us daily through the past 15 years. He has been so very merciful on us for we deserve nothing, but he gives everything. I think of David in Psalm 103.
Bless the LORD, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name. 2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits; 3 Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases; 4 Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; 5 Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle. 6 The LORD performs righteous deeds And judgments for all who are oppressed. 7 He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the sons of Israel. 8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious, Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness. 9 He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever. 10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. 11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him. 12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. 13 Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him. 14 For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust. 15 As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes. 16 When the wind has passed over it, it is no more, And its place acknowledges it no longer. 17 But the lovingkindness of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children’s children, 18 To those who keep His covenant And remember His precepts to do them. 19 The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, And His bsovereignty rules over all. 20 Bless the LORD, you His angels, Mighty in strength, who perform His word, Obeying the voice of His word! 21 Bless the LORD, all you His hosts, You who serve Him, doing His will. 22 Bless the LORD, all you works of His, In all places of His dominion; Bless the LORD, O my soul!
New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). (Ps 103:1–22). La Habra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.
What a Psalm of Praise! David calls us to praise and devotion to God. This is the God who established His throne in heaven and seated Christ at the right hand to give us a way to in heaven with Him.
This is the Lord that who pardons my iniquities and redeems my life from the pit of hell. I know that we are not destined to go there for that is a place of loneliness, pain, suffering, gnashing of teeth, and eternal torment. How God’s Word describe hell makes me so thankful that I have the Lord as my father.
Take your worst days in life. The loneliness, darkest, most destitute days that you feel completely alone and hopeless and times that by a trillion or more. That is going to be hell. Yes, if you are not a believer in Christ you can scoff at it, but when that day comes, man I would not want to be in your shoes. For God describes it as one that people will clammer and claw to hide under rocks to escape his eternal punishment. But this Psalm is not about that torment.
This is the God of Abraham, Our God, Our Savior, Our Redeemer that:
- Pardons all your iniquities
- Heals all your diseases
- Redeems your life from the pit
- Crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion
- Is compassionate and gracious
- Slow to anger
- Abounding in lovingkindness
- Will not keep his anger forever (someday He will release His anger upon all creation)
- Has not dealt with us according to our sins
- Is great towards those that love and fear him
Does this make me perfect, NO! I don’t have to be perfect and by the world’s standards I struggle with some of the same things that everyone else struggles with, but I choose to try and respond to everything in life with a Godly perspective. I certainly don’t do it perfectly, but that is the beauty of His eternal grace that makes me want to worship and glorify Him.
I praise God the almighty in the highest. The Lord of Lord’s, creator, sustainor, redeemer and savior of the universe. He is so very faithful to me, my wife and children. We are truly blessed in this life. All the possessions in the world can’t match the infinite love of Christ and the love that is poured out through the body of Christ upon us daily.
I would dare say, if we truly believe in Christ and the power of the body of Christ, how can we abandon the church and rob each other of the many gifts and blessings of walking together through joys, sorrows, pain and suffering. We can’t do it alone, that is why we have the body of Christ and our great Savior.
Thank you Abba for all that you have done and will do for me in this life! I praise your glorious name!
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I am a husband, father, business owner and follower of Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior. My hope is that you find these articles helpful in your walk through life.