Well, Spot and I had our last chemo!! Whoo Hoo!!! Long day, but so very happy it is over!! You can see my hair is starting to grow back. It is a little darker, has quite a bit more gray, is fuller, and is baby soft!
Blahs - this last chemo left me a tremendous amount of fatigue. I also think that my body is just getting to the point where the cells have had quite enough!! Despite being so fatigued, the Lord has allowed me some fun, frivolous, and fruitful days.
Birthdays - On June 19 the ladies of Foundations all met at the Macaroni Grill on one of the bases to celebrate my upcoming birthday! Christa did it up like a tea party and so most of the ladies wore hats. We had a lot of fun and I got to see our two newest babies! They are so adorable. It was so nice to be out of the house and doing some laughing. The ladies did their best to load me up with new Hoops & Yoyo items!!! Thank you to all of you FBC ladies for making the day so special.
Baggage - On June 20th we had kindergarten graduation. Christa did a great job with the students this year. After school let out for the summer, we began the task of packing our belongings. Christa leaves on July 16th and I need her help to get the shipment ready. We will load the container around August 13th. Our departure flight is September 3. There is much to do and the container is going to cost quite a bit. Please pray that the Lord will supply for this need. One huge answer to prayer is that the Lord took care of the medical needs at the Cleveland Clinic. I am all set up for my care. This took a lot of late night phone calls, but God gave me a Christian on the other side of the phone and she was a huge blessing. My father is trying to get a ticket to come here the end of August to help Randy on our flight back to the States. August is the Japanese holiday month and tickets are quite difficult to come by. I know the Lord is able to take care of this. Please be in prayer that he will be able to get a ticket with his miles or that the Lord will supply the finances to pay for a very expensive ticket!
Break Up - You read right! Chemo and I are breaking up!!! Tomorrow will be my last day of chemotherapy!! Whoo Hoo!!! I still have the herceptin infusions until April, but this chemo is going bye bye!! My hair is starting to grow back. In two weeks I will be going topless again!! I am so excited about this. It is still VERY short, but it has just gotten so hot and I am ready to be done with the hats for a while. I will still need to wear them, just not all the time in public.
Well, I think that is all I have for now. Hope this fills you all in sufficiently! Thank you for your love, prayers, and encouragment. Don't stop!! This battle is not over and I need to keep fighting. I cannot do it alone!
One of our dear sweet families Christa & I at Sams By The Sea
took us to dinner at our favorite restaurant!
Baby Adam and I!!
One of the hardest thing about this battle is not being able to keep up with the ministry here! This work is a wonderful, rewarding, and busy life! I love it! I hate not being involved in it as I used to be. My health has just gotten to the point where I have just a few good days a month. I try to push and do, but this old wretched physical body will just NOT cooperate!!
So the decision has been made that we will be taking a medical furlough on September 3. We shed many tears about this decision and it was NOT an easy one. The Lord has shown us that this is His definite plan for us at this time. We will be basing in the Cleveland area where our home church and mission agency are located. I am going to be going to the Cleveland Clinic for my medical care. It is commong for them to see patients from out of the United States. Also, it is a center where I can be involved in some clinical studies which helps to ease some of the cost of treatment. I will finish my last chemo here in Okinawa on June 23, which is the date we landed in Okinawa 6 years ago! However, I still have my biological target therapy until at least next April.
We will be continuing as MISSIONARIES!! This is something that the Lord has NOT released us from and I know we would not be happy doing anything different. During our furlough, Randy WILL be doing meetings at our supporting churches and I will travel with him as much as my health will allow. We are excited to see some of our former members that transferred off of Okinawa and are now in good churches around the United States.
Christa will have a change also. She has been hired to teach in our home church's Christian school! She is excited, but very sad about leaving her friends and work here in Okinawa. She leaves for Ohio on July16.
Please be in prayer for our church, our family, and the work involved in moving! One last thing, there is a lump on the other side. My doctor examined me on my chemo day last week and this Thursday I will be having some more tests. Please be in prayer about this. I will let you alll know when I know something!
Well, today was my 7th chemo treatment! Only one chemo left. I will still have Herceptin, which is a biological target therapy. The Herceptin is give through my chemo port every three weeks for one year. I will have this until next April.
Psalms 34:7-8 The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
Today as I lay on my fancy hospital bed, that my husband has to handcrank for me, I was thinking about how good the Lord is and that He knows exactly where I am and what I need. I heard someone say once that if they had gone to a certain place to serve, their cancer might not have been caught. I want you to know that it has been my experience that God can and does find me anywhere I am! Also, He gives wisdom and direction to people who may not even know Him so that we can get the best treatment possible. We were on the mission field when Randy's cancer was discovered. At the time, it was best for him to have it treated in the States. My saliva gland tumor was correctly diagnosed in the Azores just two years later. We were told to go to the States for surgery and we did. Now here I am all the way in Okinawa, Japan, and God showed my need for medical care to a doctor at a clinic who referred me to my current doctor. If the Lord has called you, never doubt His ability to care for you!