This morning my quiet time revealed this to me.
“Peace is the capacity to be calm in the midst of the chaos and confusion. Peace gives us the ability to keep our minds focused on our assignment even when everything seems to be coming unglued. We have to continually seek God’s character of JOY to remain emotionally afloat in the midst of a turbulent sea of momentum shifts.”
Just 2 weeks ago we rode out the tropical storm Earl at the beach. The turbulent waves were tremendous. We kept watching the weather as it would worsen and then let up a bit.
I have felt like that this past week. Turbulent waves and peace at different moments.
We arrived at MD Anderson Cancer Center yesterday around 4:30pm CST.
We (my father, Kevin and I) prayed at the door before walking in. We felt a peace about us. As we walked in they greeted…like seriously…standing there waiting on us, greeted us at the door. We were overcome with the feeling of peace.
A very nice man who works at MD Anderson, that is a friend of a friend of my father’s, was there to greet us. Word had gotten to them that we were coming.
He told Kevin that He was coming to the best place. He asked us if we remembered a long time ago when you could pull up to the Texaco station and someone take care of your gas, another attendant would clean your windshield, and another check your oil and tires. He said, “Son, you have pulled into the Texaco station. We are going to be all over you.”
We all melted into a puddle.
They weren’t kidding. Within the next hour, Kevin was evaluated and IV fluids and ports were created.
We met with our Dr. that we had previously spoken with on the phone that is the lead Oncologist dealing with testicular cancer daily here at MD Anderson. There was alot of information that he relayed to us. I am sure we only grasped 25% of it all but we did continue to hear the words CURABLE. That was huge!
Kevin is beginning his first round of chemo treatments during the night time hours. We will get these meds for 6 days. I don’t understand all the particulars but I know that they do. That is where we are taking baby steps in this journey.
We know we will be out here through the first two rounds of chemo and then they will do scans to make sure there is no other issues. We can not plan beyond that.
We will at some point have the testicle removed and the mass of swollen lymph nodes around his spine and aorta removed as well. This very well could happen after all 4 rounds of chemo.
They will do a brain scan on Monday just to check out every area of his body where the lymph nodes could have been affected.
This is a major area of pray that the Body of Christ can lift up.
These chemo treatments will have some nausea with it along with hair loss. He is receiving nausea meds to try to counter act this.
We are walking deep with Jesus.
For some, you may not know. This type of trial is not new to us. Ten years ago this month I spent 49 days down at Shands dealing with Pancreatitis. I brushed the door of death two times. Lots of scary moments. Lots.
God RADICALLY HEALED ME! I mean like from all medical points of view I should have been toast! But God had other plans. He had something bigger in store. We have been reminded of that everyday for the last 10 years.
HEALING HAPPENS! Like 100%! Great medical facilities are a big proponent of this but without question in our minds…we serve a MIGHTY GOD!
I told Kevin on Thursday as we were waiting on results and doctors calls, God just wants us to wear each other’s t-shirts.
I remember getting jealous that Kevin could walk out of the hospital and go get something to eat while I was laid up with constant tubing hooked up and actually I couldn’t get out of the bed (Kevin can.). I also didn’t have anything touch my mouth (food or drink) for 6 weeks.
There were lessons that he learned during those days, and lessons that I learned as well. We are now walking in each others shoes. I don’t like these shoes I am wearing and Kevin doesn’t like the hospital gowns he is wearing. *smile*
* no/low nausea with chemo treatments
* rest for Kevin while he is not doing treatments.
* God’s peace for Kevin as we walk through the process one step at a time.
* protection for our girls
* wisdom and growth in faith with our girls. (we are already seeing signs of how God is pouring out His Word to them!)
* patience for each step
Thank you to everyone that is praying. We have without a doubt felt the prayers of the Body of Christ. Keep them coming! Don’t stop! Please forward these updates to anyone or have them sign up to receive the updates through email by subscribing above. Your comments are what are encouraging us to the core!
Supernatural occurrences are happening around the clock and I hope to have more time to share these later.
God is amazing and we are wanting to just bring glory to God through all of this. Here is another song we are playing the gizzards out of around here!