Monday, May 24, 2010

An AMAZING Day!

Today was an amazing day! We were able to be used by God to help to bless somebody else today and it was wonderful! It feels so good to know that God wanted to use us to give a little encouragement to a family that needed it. We have been blessed beyond belief these last couple of months, and we know that God can use any situation for good. Here is how it happened…

We got an email this morning about a couple that attend our church who are in Houston right now for the wife to undergo brain surgery to remove a tumor in her left frontal lobe. This is the exact place that Mark had his tumor. The person in the email asked us to pray for this family, but Mark and I both immediately felt the Holy Spirit telling us that we needed to go see this family and talk to them to give them some encouragement and let them know that we are praying for them. Mark had radiation treatment this morning and then had to go have his blood taken for labwork. When that was finished, we found out where the surgery waiting room was, asked where we could find the family, and approached them. Looking at this group of people waiting anxiously while their wife/daughter/sister/daughter-in-law/friend was having brain surgery brought back so many memories of waiting while Mark was in surgery a couple of months ago. We introduced ourselves and told them our story. Mark showed them his scar and talked to them about how he felt after his surgery. The doctors have already determined that her tumor is malignant and they are planning for her to do chemo and radiation, so Mark also told them about his experience with treatment so far. We told them that we will continue to pray for them and asked if we could go see her when she is recovered enough. We were able to answer a few questions for them based on our experience, and traded information. Mark and I are looking forward to keeping in contact with this sweet family and getting to know them even better. They keep a blog also, and Mark checked it this afternoon and found that they posted about our visit and how much it meant to them. They were amazed that God sent us at just the time they really needed it. I know they felt blessed, but we were so very blessed by meeting with them to.

We still appreciate all of the prayers that everybody has been sending up for us and ask that you please continue to pray for Mark’s healing and that God will continue to use us for His Glory. Please pray also for this family that we met today that God will heal this young lady, give her family peace, and give them many blessings too. Thank you God for your wonderful ways!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Good Day

Today was a pretty good day. We dealt with a lot of emotions, but overall it was just a pleasant day. Mark and I had to discuss all of the things that need to be taken care of in case God does not provide our miracle and that is so very hard for us. There were a lot of tears from both of us. I have this crazy feeling (I know that it’s not true, but I can’t help but think it) that God will think I don’t trust Him to provide a miracle to save Mark if we are talking about the future as if the miracle is not delivered. Once we finished that discussion, I prayed, prayed, and prayed and started feeling some peace again. We went to dinner tonight with a lady that we met here. She is staying in the same apartments as us and has radiation at the same time as Mark, so we ride the shuttle together a lot. We wanted a chance to talk to her some more, so we invited her to supper. We had a GREAT time with her. She is so nice and we really enjoy being with her. I met a lady today that Mark met the week I was not here and her little 4 year old son rode in the shuttle with us today. I got to sit next to him. His name is Ray-Ray, and he is so cute! I loved talking to him during the ride. He just made me smile. I also edited a video today of the boys spinning in a chair here in our apartment when they were here last weekend. I laughed over and over today watching it. Talk about lifting my spirits!
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I am also reading a book that is really impacting me. It is called “When God and Cancer Meet” It is so encouraging and I feel like God is using it to make me feel better. I read parts of it to Mark and it has been reassuring to him also. So that’s it for now. I just wanted to post about all of those blessings from today and say that we appreciate all of the prayers and ask that you please continue to pray. Thank you!

Monday, May 17, 2010

2 weeks left in Houston!

Mark is almost done with treatment here! Just 2 more weeks of radiation. Then we get to go home!! Mark will have 4 weeks off from chemo, and then he will start it again and continue taking it for a year and 6 weeks. He will also start on one of the clinical trials after we get back home. We praise God for how well Mark is doing with his treatment. His scar from surgery is healing up nicely. Radiation is causing him to get a little pink (like a sunburn), and to lose his hair in the areas where the beams go through his head. (I’ve got a picture, but Mark won’t let me post it) We have some good laughs about his hair. He is so silly. He will walk around with his head tilted and say he’s trying to make his head feel even since his hair is so lopsided now. :)

He has been getting really tired lately. That is caused from the radiation also. He has to rest a lot and needs to take naps pretty much every day. For about a week, he lost his sense of taste. Unless it was something really spicy, he just couldn’t taste any flavor at all. That is getting better now. He has had NO sickness from the chemo. He takes an anti-nausea medication about 30 minutes before he takes his chemo and then he goes straight to bed after taking the chemo pills. This has worked great for him since he hasn’t even felt a little sick to his stomach. That’s the thing that most people are amazed about.

On Mondays, Mark gets his blood drawn. We don’t know what all of the numbers mean when we look at the results on his online page, but we know they are okay since they haven’t called him to change anything with his treatment. He sees the Radiology doctor every Tuesday. This appointment usually lasts about 3 minutes. They just look at the sheet that Mark fills out and see that he answers “no” to just about every symptom, and the doctor looks at him, asks if he has any questions, and then we are on our way. Very simple!

I am doing okay with the medicine I am on now for my sciatic pain. It sometimes makes me a little sleepy, but at least it’s quiet and easy for me to rest when I need to while Mark is resting. I still hurt, but for the most part, it’s under control. My surgery will be on June 3rd. I am ready to get it done so that I can start healing and this pain will go away!

We have had great visits with Mark’s family and our boys on the weekends. My mom will be bringing them this coming weekend and then we will be home the weekend after that! Mark finishes his treatment on the 28th and we will move back home on the 29th. We are really looking forward to that! We really miss our boys. We have so much fun with them when they come visit. I think this past weekend was the best. We didn’t get to do what we had planned, but we had the BEST time just hanging out together. I laughed so hard and just had a wonderful time being with the little boys. We also got to go to The Rain Forrest CafĂ©, and the boys really liked that.


We have continued to be blessed with Gift cards and greeting cards. They mean so much to us! Mark has heard from people saying that he has influenced them in a positive way and made them turn back to the Lord. Mark said that if even 1 person comes to Christ because of his cancer, then it is all worth it to him, no matter the outcome. Of course, we are still praying for a miracle and I keep saying that right now I don’t have any reason to believe that God won’t provide that miracle, so I will keep praying and praising. We really appreciate all of the prayers that people are sending up for us. We can tell you that the prayers really help!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

End of 2nd week!



Mark completed week 2 of treatment! Now just 4 weeks to go! It is Saturday and we are waiting for Mark’s parents and our boys to get here. We are very anxious to see all of them. Colin does not have school on Monday, so they will get to stay an extra day this time. I will be driving back to Frisco with Mark’s mom and the boys and Mark’s dad will stay here with Mark. Then, I will come back with Mark’s mom and the boys the next weekend, and Mark’s dad will go back home and I will stay with Mark for the remaining 3 weeks. It has been a HUGE blessing to have family close by to help out. We know it was all in God’s plan for us to move back to Texas and for Mark’s parents to move closer to us. We had no idea any of this would be happening with Mark, but we don’t know how we could have done this without Mark’s parents and without my Mom to help us by taking care of the boys while we are here for Mark’s treatment.

We have met some more really nice people here in Houston. The good thing about doing the treatment here is that there is an instant kinship with each person in the waiting room. Most people do their treatments around the same time each day, so we get to know each other as we visit a little 5 days a week. We met a sweet woman and a nice man that do radiation the same time as Mark that each have Glioblastoma like Mark. We ride the shuttle each day with a very nice lady who has Sarcoma and has been battling it for a couple of years. It is just so nice to know that there are people we can talk to that completely understand what we are experiencing. MD Anderson is a wonderful place and I am so thankful Mark wanted to get treated here.

Mark really likes the technicians that do his radiation treatment. They are so nice and make him feel comfortable. They let me go back to see the room and watch Mark get set up for his treatment. They showed me how the mask works to “bolt him down” to the table, how they use lasers to line him up, how the table moves, and the radiation machine rotates to radiate different locations. It was very interesting and they let me take some pictures too.


One last thing for this post… this month is Brain Tumor Awareness month, and you can see more information at www.abta.org