Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
But today did bring my heart to a better place --a happier place. We went to see the radiation oncologist and he looked at the CT images. He declared that things "look good", that there was "no measurable mass" and that it had been "reduced significantly"! That is really good news!
Tim is healing really well but still has a really raw throat (nothing Tim didn't already know!) and the sides of his tongue are taking a prolonged time healing. But other than that :) things are good!
Other good news....Tim's gained a little weight back! He's now only down about 7 lbs. from where he started! Must be all that delectable Ensure Plus he can't seem to get enough of! :) As far as food, the doctor told him that he needed to start trying to eat things by mouth. It's hard to make yourself eat when your throat is raw, your tongue is sore and your taste buds packed up and went south but he will still need to do it. He will begin with broth and work his way to puddings, eggs, noodles, mac and cheese....sounds like a diet any kid would love! :) I told Tim that I could cook broccoli so it was so soft he wouldn't even need to chew it but he still declines. I say if he can't taste it why should it bother him that it's something he despises and shuns? :)
The next wait is for a PET scan. That will be scheduled to be done in about 5 weeks ~ we will get the appointment for that come Monday when we see the regular oncologist.
Another wait but this time it is wait that has a very hopeful addendum!
After yesterday's CT we are still afloat and hanging on by our roots.
Much to our dismay, the results of the CT were not as cut and dried as we had hoped. We go to see the radiology oncologist this morning and hope to know more by later today.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Oh I like this scripture! I love the image of cheerfully doing all we can and then standing still, waiting on the Lord until His purposes are seen.
"Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord." Psalm 27:14
Friday, April 17, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
In recognition of the Easter season, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued the following Easter message:
Because of the Savior’s resurrection we will overcome death and become the beneficiaries of His mercy and grace. In a world of trouble and uncertainty, His peace fills our hearts and eases our minds. Jesus is in very deed
We give our sure witness that Jesus is the Christ. Though He was crucified, He rose triumphant from the tomb to our everlasting blessing and benefit. To each member of the human family He stands as our Advocate,
President Thomas S. Monson
Friday, April 10, 2009
*I* think they are the rules of life..... :)
1. Can't marry unless 20+
2. Can't use magic to go back in time or to the future
3. Only wizards can use magic
4. Can't have babies unless 20+
5. Don't jump out windows
6. No ditching classes
7. Cannot date unless 16+
8. .... (blank) I guess you can fill in the blank! :)
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Tim and Lisa are coming to visit us, arriving today and staying for a week. It is a special visit as it will be the first time that we will see them since Tim's cancer diagnosis in December.
It is amazing to me to see how things began to be set in place for this visit back in August. Yes, August.
Things began to be set in motion back then when Lisa's grandparents traveled from Canada to Kentucky for the wedding. They flew into Cincinnati and were to fly from there to Lexington. Something happened (that I don't even recall now but I am sure they do!) but they ended up taking a taxi from Cincinnati to Lexington -- an 80 mile trip! What an inconvenience for them! To compensate them for their trouble the airline gave them two tickets to use at a later time. Because they did not plan to use the tickets, they gave them to Tim and Lisa and that is how these young kids are able to make this trip to Kentucky.
I know that it means a lot to Tim that Tim and Lisa are coming. What a great blessing to us, and to think that it all began to take shape back in August! We just never know the purposes for the things that happen when they are happening! What a beautiful life lesson.
Thank you Lisa's grandparents! I am so sorry things were so difficult for you back in August but thank you for enduring so that young Tim and Lisa could come to visit. We are thankful for all that happened...back in August.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Yesterday marked three weeks since the end of his radiation treatments and there are a lot of things that are different compared to three weeks ago. There is a quote that I like but Marie Curie that says,
"I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy."
I think that Tim would wholeheartedly agree with that. The three weeks have felt, at times, that they have dragged by and it was for certain not an easy time for him. But, it is the sluggishness of time and difficulty of the incline that has brought new appreciation for both. While it has been lingering and wearing, it has brought a stretching and a reaching of our hearts and souls...a reaching that brings us nearer to Him.
As time moves on, so do we. We either fight time or we embrace it. While I cannot say I do not fight it, I do long to embrace it and look ahead to what lies beyond this trial of our hearts.
"...but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before," ~Philippians 3:13~