Saturday, December 24, 2011


No new news on dad's prognosis.

He started radiation yesterday to try and shrink the tumor in his spinal cord. He will have 10 radiation treatments total. Today was his 2nd treatment. He will take tomorrow and Monday off and continue treatments on Tuesday.

We are waiting for the results of the biopsy. Once we get those results, we will know what kind of cancer we are dealing with and the course of treatment after radiation is over. We probably won't know those results until Monday or Tuesday.

He has had some relief from the pain in his back. He is able to sit up a little more and bend his knees. He is also able to turn over and transfer himself to the gurney when they come to transfer him to the other hospital for radiation treatments.

He is in good spirits. He is overwhelmed by the amount of love and support from family, friends and complete strangers. The support is what is keeping him going.

My family has all come in- my brother, my grandparents, my uncle, my aunt, and cousins. We are here and we are together. We are going to celebrate Christmas together- Christmas dinner in the the cafeteria. Nothing sounds more perfect than that at this point.

We continue to trust that God is here, even though I, personally, can't feel Him. I still wonder why all of this is happening and am frustrated with Him for allowing yet another trial to plague our lives. But, I trust Him. It hurts. It's frustrating. I don't understand it, but I trust it.

Thank you again, dear friends, for your love and support. It means the world to us.


Auntie M said...

Oh Jill! I do know how hard this is! Remember it well with my grandmother. I am happy though that your family is able to gather together and pray you find joy in being together despite the circumstances.

I hope your father does well on the radiation. I will be praying for strength for him during this.

My grandmother breezed through chemo but absolutely hated radiation. She chose to not continue it so she could instead enjoy her remaining time in comfort and joy with her loved ones~and boy did she!!! She is the only person I know of who never lost her appetite with cancer!! She kept a box of See's chocolates by her bed and would have at least 2 desserts after a hearty dinner! It's been 10 years since she passed into Jesus' kingdom, and I still miss her like crazy but admire her for the way she exited this world.

I pray that your family is able to grab hold of one another with love and joy during this time. That you can both laugh and cry with one another. Pull out old stories and jokes to share. One thing we've never regretted is celebrating my grandmother's life with her while she was still here rather than at a service after she was gone: she got to hear and see how she impacted our lives and how much we all loved her. It was a gift to us as much as to her. I know your world is rocked right now, but don't let these moments of togetherness slip away wasted (so to speak).
Much love to you and yours. Prayers and support sent to you from afar,

leah said...

Oh, Jill
I wish I wasn't sick I would have loved to bring food up for your entire family. Nothing like a big pot of beef and noodles, mashed potatoes. Oh well, maybe when this iritating upper resperator is gone. Til then...lots of love, tons of prayers.
Enjoy your time with all the family around.

Auntie Mip said...

Dinner in the cafeteria sounds perfect. God bless you and yur family. Together is the best gift of all!

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