Hello and update (from April)

Hi everyone! I hope that you are all happy and well! We are doing well over here, adjusting to our “new normal” again. I have had five rounds of chemo so far and praise God I am doing pretty well! I am getting more tired, have some sores and minor things going on but nothing too bad, praise God!! The kids are doing great! They are loving school; Faith has started first grade and just loves it and Savannah Grace has started pre-school 5 days a week for half a day and is doing terrific! Bella is just happy to be home with mom I think and have some alone time!! Chris and I have adjusted to our back to-chemo-routine and he is doing well, working hard and trying to do all he can here as well. God has given him big shoulders to carry this right now and I am so grateful for all he is doing for us.

We could not face this journey alone, and praise God we do not have too. Thank you for all of the help we have been given again. First and foremost for continuing to remember us in your prayers, as that is the greatest gift to us. But then for the constant meals, laundry help, babysitting help, rides to chemo and anything else that I may be forgetting right now. We are so humbled and grateful.

We went for a second opinion yesterday at Dana Farber in Boston, just checking to see if we were on the right page with what we should be doing for treatment at this point and seeing if there were any new, different options that we are not aware of. What we were told was that I was on the right path, and if I were there at Dana Farber they would be doing the same treatments, so that was reassuring. It was a long day again; each time I speak with doctors I feel a bit discouraged as they seem to bring me back to this harsh cancer reality that we are living with right now. But as soon as I have doubt I have to quickly combat it with my hope that is in Christ, not in anything that the doctors say. Christ says He has already paid the price and healed me, and that is what we have to keep believing. We have to rebuke Satan’s doubt that creeps into our minds and look to Jesus. He is the one who is healing me, not the doctors, and for Him nothing is impossible. In the Gospel of John it tells us that Jesus says it is the thief (Satan) who comes to kill and destroy, but Jesus has come to give us life, and life abundantly. I claim this; I believe this, and I am doing my best to live this each day. I thank you for your prayers for it is He who is carrying me when I have my doubts for a moment but then I give it back to God and rest in His peace. This would not be possible without the faithful prayers of everyone to our loving and gracious God.

This is not a journey I would ever choose but again I say I will praise Him in this storm, because He has the greater plan. We do not understand it, and we question it, but ultimately our trust is in Him, and we keep looking to Him to guide us. Please continue to pray that Chris and I keep our eyes on Jesus, not on this storm. I go for “re-staging” in November, I think. This is where they look at all of my scans again and see how the chemo is working and what to do next. It is hard because I can only live one day at a time, and I am such a planner! But again God tells us to only take one day at a time, and keep looking to Him, so this is what we have to do. I am learning to lean on Him more and more. Please, please pray that Jesus continues to work this miracle in me which He has already started and that there is no more cancer and will be no more cancer.

We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for your love, your prayers and your support of us. Thank you for believing with us. “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” (Mark 11;24)

Love and God bless, April, Chris, Faith, Savannah-Grace and Bella