Written by Jodee McCabe
Tuesday, 29 July 2008 19:00
It has been a little over a week since Dan started his oral chemotherapy. We are still in NY, undecided yet about when we are returning and hoping we can hold out until next Wed. Dan has an appt. with his oncologist for next Tues., but the doc told us we could change it to later if he was doing ok, so we might move it back to a week from Friday. The side effects began just about at week one with mouth sores. From what we have read, this is one of the most common side effect. Then there have been some gastrointestinal issues (no need for details) but not too bad yet.
Soon, he will be finished with his anti-seizure med. We are hoping that when that is finished that some of the fatigue will diminish. We are so grateful that we were able to be here in time to see my our extended family for even a little of their time at Camp-of-the-Woods! That was a real gift. We even got to be at my great nephew's birthday party celebrated in the TeePee! Then this week we got to share our cabin with our daughter, Meg, and a friend, and Dan's sister, Jane. During this time, we have been reading things by John Piper and Dan Cummings....all which point us again and again to God's sovereignty and love. I highly recommend reading both of these.
1) Dan Cummings writes a blog called, "The Shadowlands". The author is a 48 yr. old pastor in Michigan who was recently diagnosed with terminal colon cancer. The blog is set up primarily as letters to his children and prayers, but there are a couple other formats mixed in. If you go, take some tissues along.
He has undergone radiation and chemo and will have surgery tomorrow. If you think of it, lift him up in prayer, esp. tonight and tomorrow.
2) The second recommendation is an article called, "Don't Waste Your Cancer", by John Piper.
All of this has been our aim from the outset, but day to day there are so many things to distract and discourage, having things like this to read helps us to refocus our eyes on Jesus, over and above the cancer.
The mist is still on the lake this morning...one of my favorite scenes here in NY. We are so grateful to be able to be here!
Here is a thought for today, taken from Dan Cummings' blog:
(A Hymn From an Olde Pilgrim)
Why should I fear the darkest hour,
Or tremble at the tempter’s power?
Jesus, vouchsafes to be my tower.Though hot the fight, why quit the field
Why must I either flee or yield,
Since Jesus is my mighty shield?Though all the flocks and herds were dead,
My soul a famine need not dread,
For Jesus is my living bread.I know not what may soon betide,
Or how my wants shall be supplied;
But Jesus knows, and will provide.Though sin would fill me with distress,
The throne of grace I dare address,
For Jesus is my righteousness.Though faint my prayers and cold my love,
My steadfast hope shall not remove,
While Jesus intercedes above.Against me earth and hell combine,
But on my side is power Divine;
Jesus is all, and He is mine. AMEN.
With love and gratitude to each of you