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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Still Working on number 2! (Entry 19)

July 15
Today marks one month since I started Chemotherapy. The nursing staff and Folks at the Cancer clinic have become regular fixtures in my life and I am thankful for them. Karen feels the same. We are also incredibly grateful for all the cards,notes and letters from people all around the province and Country. It makes one realise just how many relationships we move through in a lifetime, and how friends never really forget each other. It makes me realise how important it is to make the best ,and be the best for each other.
I have been in the hospital now for eleven days and expect to be here for at least four more. My white blood cells have been dropping, but thank God, this morning they finally began to rise. My feeding tube infection is well under control, and I am taking another try at a pump,which puts liquid food directly into my stomach . If I can tolerate it this time,we will try a direct feed and I'll still be able to eat regular fashion if I choose.

Because this lot of chemotherapy overpowered my system, it had to be stopped early. The doctors have decided to move ahead with radiation preparations with more chemotherapy mixed in.
I expect to be in St. John's from the 27 -28 for an MRI and the imaging work required to make a mask for the radiation. Soon after the MRI we will be able to share with you how much the tumor is shrinking. We are believing it is.

Today has been a better day,although I am very tired. I look forward to tomorrow,a little more energy,and a little more hope for us all.
May God Bless you and Keep you all this night my friends.


irene.saunders said...

I just wanted to let you know
I've been thinking of you
wondering how you have been
And praying for you too
I want you to always remember
No matter what you face
To look to God when it gets tough
And keep walking in his grace.

I am praying that everything goes ok with the MRI
and that you will soon be on the road to recovery
God bless you and your family ... Remember you have lots of love surrounding you !!!

Anonymous said...

Keeping you in our prayers, and sending you Love.

Every hour of every day, you are on my mind.
Laura Spurrell

Iliffe Sheppard said...

Hi John,

We are praying for you here at the Ascension. Your blog is spirit-filled and so are you.

May Our Lord continue to journey with you and keep you in his love and care.


Sarah Holmes said...

I can't wait to hear how much the tumour shrunk when you get the MRI results! I hope today was a better day for you! May you rest tonight in God's hands. "I'm in His hands, I'm in His hands, whate'er the future holds, I'm in His hands. The days I cannot see have all been planned for me. His ways are best you see, I'm in His hands!" Continued prayers! :) Sarah

Anonymous said...

John, I was sitting here tonight reflecting on my life in Glenwood many years ago and although menapause (hahaha) has taken alot of my memory I remember you and Karen so well. Little did I know that 32 yrs later you would actually be the one person that I knew was probably the closest to God that I could get to help me deal with my daughter's illness and subsequent death. Your kind words and prayer were sometimes the only thing that helped me get through the pain. And now here you are fighting for your health. Know my friend that I am now talking to the Big Fella upstairs and I am pretty close to him now thanks to you...I am saying prayers to him for you! Pay it Forward my friend!
Juanita McKenzie

Anonymous said...

Hi Rev John
We are thinking about you and your family and praying for all of you everyday. Hope you are feeling better soon!
Joan and Mike Fields

Herb and Sandra Pack said...

Hi John
You were, and continue to be in these troubled times, an inspiration to us both. You are in our thoughts and prayers at all times. May God bless and protect you.

Stephanie said...

Hi Rev. John and Karen,
Thinking about you and your family. Hope your blood work is improving and you are starting to feel better. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Sending hugs and smiles your way.
Stephanie and Dean

Anonymous said...

It is difficult for me to respond.....
I marvel at the faith, courage and determination that flow through the words that you share with us and that I get from across the room.