Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Surgery Scheduled for July 6

Dear Friends and Family,

After getting the good results from the scan we weren't sure if we would still have to go the route of surgery or not.

We talked with our oncologist and found out that they still recommend that Mark have the liver resection to completely rid his body of the cancerous tumors and then continue with 8 more rounds of chemo to make sure any chemo seeds or hidden tumors are taken care of.

A liver resection is not the easiest surgery to recover from so we covet your prayers as Mark prepares for the surgery in two weeks.

We are very thankful for this past week-end as we spent time together in Charleston, SC to celebrate our 25th anniversary which just happens to be July 6th so we are happy to have been able to make the trip before our upcoming hospital stay!

Our prayer requests:
Complete healing for Mark
Endurance through this next surgery and recovery
Find opportunities to be a witness of God's grace in our life.
Our daughter Jessica as she is leaving for Italy for either 5 weeks or 2 months to be an au pair (nanny) for a family there. (leaving Friday, June 25)

Thank you so much for your continued love and prayers,

Mark and Lee

James 5:14-16

Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Good News!

Friends and Family,

Praise God! Praise God! Praise God! "No new spots and the spots that were there have decreased significantly" were the best, sweetest, most touching words I have heard in a while!

We are SO excited about these results and are just praising and giving thanks to God our Healer!

There's really not much else to say! Mark will have an appointment next week with his liver surgeon and find out where he wants to go from here.

I will let you know when we do.

Thank you for your prayers and please join us in thanking our Lord for this good news!

With thankfulness oozing out of us,

Mark and Lee

Psalm 30:11-12

Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing; Thou hast loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness; That [my] soul may sing praise to Thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to Thee forever.

Psalm 100:4

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him, bless His name!

1 Thessalonians 5:18

in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Chemo - Round 4 - Scan this week!

Dear Friends and Family,

Last week Mark finished his 4th round of chemo. He was a bit sick but not terribly and is very thankful that it is now behind him.

I apologize for not blogging last week and have had some people ask me about it - the week got away from me so quickly!

This week-end went well - every Saturday we have softball games and since Mark has been sick he is the coach and doesn't play. I got to the game late to find my husband running from 1st to second in the middle of the game! What?? Yes, he played a game of softball! Should he have? Probably not. He was very exhausted afterward but I'm happy that he had fun and got to get out there with the guys!

Sunday was a huge blessing to me as I watched Mark sing on the praise team at church as they sang Chris Tomlin's "Our God" and we worshiped together singing "
Our God is greater, our God is stronger, God you are higher than any other.
Our God is Healer, Awesome in Power, Our God! Our God!"

Tomorrow is a huge day for us! Mark goes in the morning for a CT scan. Someone ask me why they are doing the scan and what they are looking for. Very simply they are looking to see if:

1. The cancer is gone!
2. The cancer is shrinking
3. The cancer remains the same
4. The cancer has grown
5. The cancer has spread

Obviously our prayer request is for either number one or two - we know that "God is our Healer" and we know that God has a plan and tomorrow will tell us where we are and what to expect. Please join with us in prayer as we implore our heavenly Father for a great test result and we prayer that in all things God will get the glory.

God's faithfulness and goodness has been constant to us in all things through this time in our life. I can't begin to list all of the ways that God has blessed us and all of the people He has sent to us in our time of need to meet the very need at that very minute!

I will send a post after we know the results of the scans. We covet your prayers for complete healing in Mark's body and for our faith to be increased every day.

We feel the prayers and we love and appreciate you all,

Mark and Lee

"Great is Thy Faithfulness"

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.

Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!