Tuesday, September 30, 2008
We got home around 6:30 pm. Vince started to feel nauseous so I dropped him off at home for Jim to watch him and Bernadette and I left to go get his anti-nausea medicine and while we were gone, he threw up! Jim was so great and cleaned it all up! I think he threw up because he drank 4 (2000 ml) of those Costco waters within 1 hr! He was already filled up from the 7 1/2 hrs. of chemo I.V.'s! I gave him the medicine and a piece of toast and he has been sleeping now for a few hrs! He needs that sleep so bad! He has not slept for more than 4 hrs. in a row in at least 6 mths! Please just pray that these next few days that he will be able to sleep through this treatment and in a few weeks from now that he would feel really good and have the energy to get his 5 day hospital chemo treatment without any gliches!
A special thank you to the Hick's family! Jim Hicks works at UCLA and brought us cookies and moral support! I appreciated that so much! Traci...Vince used those Prego Pops tonight! He really needed them and it was perfect timing!!! Love you all!
We are blessed!
For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
Do you know that God wants to use you to accomplish His purposes on the earth? Yes, YOU!
"But, Pastor," you say, "you don't know my past. You don't know what I struggle with. How can God ever use someone like me?"
I'm here to tell you today that God can and will use you. How do I know? Because His Word is chocked full of men and women who would have never thought God would use them! These are people like Noah. When God called him to build the ark, we might have heard him say, "Do what, God? Build an ark? That's impossible!"
Or what about Nehemiah? When the call of God came upon his life, he might have said something like, "Wait a minute, God. I'm comfortable here in Persia. I've got a great job. Why would you want someone like me to give up everything to rebuild a wall?"
Or think about Paul. When Jesus called him, we might have heard him say, "Wait a minute, Lord, I'm your chosen instrument? Do you know my past? Have you seen what I've done?"
Yet God called each of these men to do great things for Him! And not only did He call them, but God equipped them to do what He had called them to do.
And you know what? God can do the same for you! As our Scripture verse for today says, "For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure" (Philippians 2:13).
So let me ask you, are you willing to let God use you? If so, I urge you to echo the words of Isaiah, who said to God, "Here am I! Send me"!
IT'S TRUE! GOD WANTS TO USE YOU TO ACCOMPLISH HIS PURPOSES HERE ON EARTH.
Monday, September 29, 2008
We are pretty much on the same schedule...up every 2-3 hrs. giving him pain meds & back massages...reminds me of when he was a baby and I was up every 2-3 hrs. breastfeeding! I am not complaining at all here...it is an honor & a blessing to be able to spend time with him and comfort him in his time of need! That's what Mom's are for! (and dad's, too:) No matter how old our kids are...they always need us, even when they don't think they do...Love you mom & dad!! xoxoxo
Tomorrow is a big day! He starts chemo! We just found out around 6 pm when the Dr.'s office called and told us. This is the day that we have been looking forward to, so that Vince can be on his way to recovery! We know that it will be long and challenging, but we are trusting that God will get him through with miraculous results! We have had people wanting to know what to pray for specifically and here is what Vince really needs:
1. That the treatments would be effective, yet more mild than we could ever imagine
2. That he would get relief from the pain in his arm within a few days
3. That he would be able to rest comfortably and get the much needed rest his body needs to heal
Thank you to the Reilly's for your timely gift tonight! The "Chemo Kit" will come in handy in the next few days for sure!! Thank you to Allie & Aidan for helping mommy with the kit and wrapping the yummy cookies she made! You rock!
Ps. 28:7 the Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted Him, and greatlyPs. 29:11 The Lord will give strength to his people; the Lord will bless His people
rejoices, and with my song I will praise him.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
After the scan, Vince came out and told us they found a spot on his pelvis, which is where a lot of these Ewing's Sarcomas start...but, he proceeds to inform us that because he was full of the radioactive material, that when he used the restroom prior to the scan, he dribbled on his boxers and it was reading that on the scan! Mom's of boys and all those men out there and their wives who do the laundry (LOL!), I'm sure will relate to that one!!! They made him take them off and "clean up" and re-did the scan and he said that it was clean! LOL! Disclaimer: Vince gave me permission to print this story:) LOL!
Last night about 12 hrs. after the scan, Vince's arm was swelling so much and he decided to call Dr. Tap. He told us to go to the E.R. at UCLA Santa Monica and get an ultrasound and an x-ray to see if he had a blot clot or a fracture. We got there at 3:15 a.m. where they proceeded with the necessary tests and they did not find anything. They said they have never seen this type of swelling before. They called Dr. Tap and he basically said that he needs to start chemo as soon as possible, but I am assuming he will start Tues. (he has an appt. @ 9:00 a.m) or Wed. He has one more test to complete on Monday, which is the bone marrow biopsy and we have to be at UCLA Santa Monica Hospital at 5:30 a.m. with the procedure to start at 7:30 a.m. Again, Ground Hog Day! We got home at 7:15 a.m. today and I have only had about 4 hrs. of sleep, but it's amazing how adrenaline works! God has been so good to us and protected us through all of this and I am so grateful! I just count each day for what it is and you never know what the next minute brings with it. For now, here are my top five things I've learned in the past 3 weeks:
1. It is possible to get to the emergency room at UCLA Santa Monica in 28 mins. flat, if you are driving 90 miles an hr. at 3:00 a.m.
2. Always make sure you have water, some snacks, pain meds, pillows, a book and your make up packed at all times (and don't forget your eyebrow pencil!)
3. Parking on the street because you are trying to save $17 for parking everyday isn't worth it when the parking ticket you received is $47!!
4. Make sure you bring your Bible with you so when your friends text you a verse without writing it out, you can look it up and say "I needed that!"
And the most important one:
5. Always bring a friend or loved one with you for support!
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."
Thank you Jennifer, for this verse:) Love you!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
On the way home Vince paged the dr. to ask him to increase his pain meds, which he did, and after he hung up, I asked Vince "so what did he say?" and he said, "he told me I have Ewing's Sarcoma." That was not what I was ready to hear, it was a surreal moment as I was driving on the 405 at 5 pm...thinking...."wow, did I just hear what I thought I heard?" Then Vince says, "I'm getting my a-- kicked!" I said, "now it's your turn to kick it's a--!" (pardon my language here, but it was shocking to hear it confirmed) So that's how we got the diagnosis today, but even though it's now confirmed and it's not the one we would have chosen for him between the two, at least now he is ready for chemo. He does have a few other tests to do before he starts. Tomorrow (Th) he will have a heart ultrasound at 8:45 a.m. in Westwood and then 9:30 a.m. he will have his staples removed in Santa Monica. Friday he is going to have a bone scan and I think on Monday he will have a bone marrow biopsy. So please continue to pray as each day has it's own trials. It changes moment by moment.
Vince is waking me up a few times a night in pain and I massage his back for about an hour at a time, then Bernadette takes her turn. It's so hard on him, but he is tough and we will all get through this together! Until my next blog, please stay safe and stay healthy and get your flu shot! We are all going to get ours so that Vince is protected and able to stay as healthy as possible! Again, I am extremely grateful to everyone reading this blog, and please know that YOU are an important part of Vince's healing (and ours as a family) Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment on this blog! We love to read them! God bless!
P.S. I have permission to use this photo! LOL! I would also like to welcome the Skater community! Thanks for checking on Vince!
Faith means being sure of the things we hope for.
And faith means knowing that something is real
even if we do not see it.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
He is also going to have a bone scan, ultrasound of his heart, and a bone marrow biopsy, and all, I am assuming before his treatment begins. Again, he is bummed about having those done...as I'm sure we would all be, but again, it's to save his life and we are trying to keep him positive and look ahead to the goal. He said he will take it one day at a time. I think that's a great idea, since everyday the last two weeks has been filled with different obstacles each and every day and we never know what is going to happen, but he is doing great and I am so proud of him for handling this the way he has! Some days I know he is feeling better because he gets a bit grouchy with me and I am actually very happy about that! Now, that's my Vince! LOL!
I know that so many of you have been non-stop praying for Vince and my heart is so full of joy to know that God has placed each one of you ever so perfectly in our lives at this very moment and that gives us such a peace. Thank you again to those who have texted me at the very moment we are in the middle of waiting for a visit with the perfect Bible verse or prayer or encouragement. I am always sharing them with Vince, Bernadette and Jim and what a blessing to know we have YOU behind us!
Saturday, September 20, 2008
My birthday was on Wed. and it was a tough one to celebrate since my heart was so heavy, but joy comes in the morning and I am just grateful to have been able to share it with my family! Grandma Char and Uncle Michael (Jim's Brother) came to visit and brought Cupid's Hot Dogs and Cheesecake! YUM! Thank you to my mom & dad for always being there for me! Thank you to all of my family and sweet wonderful friends, who texted me, emailed me, Facebooked me, called me, thank you to my staff at church who prayed with me, Vicki who made me a lemon cake with the least amount of lumps as possible (a true friend indeed!) Jim loved that cake and ate THE WHOLE THING! LOL! Thank you to my Long Canyon Ladies for their wonderful gift, which I will use soon! Thank you to everyone who made my day a little bit brighter...I needed that! God bless!
A special thank you to Ashlee, Andy & family for sending the awesome candy basket to Vince! What a treat! It's actually getting a lot of use by Jim! He is our candy-o-holic! LOL!
A friend loves at all times. Proverbs 17:17
Friday, September 19, 2008
At this point the doctors still don't know which type of cancer it is. The two types are Bone Lymphoma or Ewing's Sarcoma. From what we understand, if he has Lymphoma, that can be treated with Chemo & Radiation and that's it, but, if it is Ewing's, he would have to have Chemo, Radiation & Surgery. The surgery would involve replacing the bone with a rod, or in 6% of cases, amputation. Either way, he will need Chemo & Radiation for the first 3 mths. So Vince has an appt. on Tues. @ 7:30 a.m. at UCLA Westwood to see an Oncologist to start treatment. We were told that he would have treatment 1 week in the hospital and then 3 weeks off, for 3 mths., but until we talk to the Oncologist we won't know for sure what the plan is.
Yesterday they removed all the bandages and took out the drain and boy were we surprised to see how big the incision was! Here is a photo! Vince's arm is a bit sore from the doctor picking up the muscles off the bone and moving them to get to the bone for the biopsy! OUCH! But, considering all he has been through, the pain is so much less than it has been in 6 mths! As soon as we were done the doctor had us go downstairs to the MRI dept. where he had to have yet another MRI. The doctor said that they didn't get enough of his lower humerous in the MRI on Saturday so they had to re-do it (he assured us he wouldn't be charged for it..yeah sure..we'll see if we get a bill).
Vince came out without any pain!! Thank you God for getting him to this point and feeling so good! We know the road ahead isn't going to be easy, but we are prepared! Vince just wants to get it over with and onto recovery!!
So at this point we are on hold until Tuesday. Please pray that the spot on his lung is just an infection and that the antibiotics that he is on right now will clear that up and we are also praying that this is not Ewing's! Pray that his pain will be minimal and that Chemo & Radiation will be as easy as possible for Vince without all those side effects that you always hear about. Thank you my prayer warriors! God bless!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Vince has a doctor appt. tomorrow at UCLA @ 8:00 a.m. He will take the drain out of his arm and also give us some of the results. I am asking for BIG prayers as we hear the news of what type of cancer it is. I know that whatever the outcome that GOD IS BIG and he can carry us through this! I am just going to stay positive and fill my mind with God's word because "We can do all things through Christ who strengthens US!" Vince is feeling kind of yucky today because they changed his meds, but he said he doesn't think he really even needs them, but we have a new one just in case. He has been battling a slight fever, but the dr. said he should be ok and we will see him in the morning. Pray for sleep for ALL of us so that we can be rested for the appt. Love you all! Blessings to each one of you and your families, hug them a little tighter tonight for me! God bless!
Matthew 8:17 in order that what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, saying, "He Himself took our infirmities, and carried away our diseases."
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Vince is doing really great! It's been 12 hrs. since he got into his room and we are outta here!!! We will be home by 1:30 p.m. maybe sooner! He goes back on Thursday morning to get the drain taken out and the dr. seems to think he will have more information for us. Prayers are our strength! We have certainly kept everyone busy in prayer, but also know that you are also being prayed for as well! I have received so many emails about your trials and each one is important and being lifted up to Jesus for healing and comfort, too! We are all in this together! God bless!
P.S. Hey..no tears this time!
Don't you think he looks thrilled! LOL! Poor guy, it's torture having a blogging mom!
I am actually quite drained as I am writing this, since Vince had a bad night prior to his surgery and all those horrible tests he had to go through, which broke my heart (and Bernadette's) into a million pieces as he came out more than visibly upset than the other day, which makes it even more difficult to see joy in his suffering, but we serve a mighty God who lifts us when we can't walk on our own and I know that Vince had to endure 2 hrs. of scans today with his arms over his head and drink radioactive chalky, yucky, horrible stuff in order to do those tests that are going to help save his life, and I saw God pick him up and get him through this, when he couldn't do it on his own! I'm sure if you are a parent, you will be able to relate to me on this one....I wanted to run into that room and scoop him up and run!!!! I hate this! I am not mad at God, but I want to save my son from pain, but pain is not an option here, but I know that without pain we would not depend on God to help us and then how could we help others when they are in pain? I see it as a "pay it forward" type thing!
Vince's surgery was about 2 1/2 hrs. long and that's just for a biopsy. We kept waiting and waiting, it was only supposed to be about 2 at the most and finally Jim and I went to the surgery area and asked about him and they said he just got into recovery at that very moment. The doctor called on my cell about 1/2 hr. later and we met him outside in the hall. He proceeded to tell us that it was cancer....cancer...I hate that word! I am just going to say that I know that Vince is going to beat this cancer and be healed in the name of Jesus! Ok..now on with what he said to us. He doesn't have all the tests back as of yet and is waiting to see which type it is. I won't go into details until we find out which type, and what his treatment will be for the 2 options, but no matter what he has to have chemo for 3 mths.
Now, the hard part...telling our kids & our family. Mindy, Mikemo, Veronica, Bernadette, Piper, Brian & Chiara all came into the hallway outside of Vinces' room and as they were getting him comfortable, I knew someone would ask, "is it cancer?" and I was kind of frozen, thinking do I really have to say it? The look in my eyes wasn't reassuring to my kids one bit! They just kind of looked at me and then Bernadette broke down sobbing. Her tears would not stop for such long time. Her heart was broken, and so were ours. I know that each of us responds differently, some mad, some sad, some numb, some scared...maybe all those things rolled into one. I also know that it will hit us when we least expect it and that's ok...we just need to get it out and talk about it.
Please keep your prayers coming and all the emails and texts and calls...it keeps us lifted up! I feel like I am living in someone else's life right now and can't believe that all this is happening! But, because I love Jesus so much, my heart is at peace and I know that He is in charge and there is not much I can do other that trust in His perfect plan!
I am going to sleep next to Bernadette tonight on a 3 x 6 (ins. hahaha) cot tonight, so I will blog tomorrow, providing I don't fall onto my computer in the middle of the night and break it, to let you know how Vince is doing, but right now he has zero pain and looks better than he has in quite awhile! Praise God and to God be the glory!! Love you all!
Monday, September 15, 2008
My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Tonight we had a small celebration for Vince & Bernadette's birthdays! He is 21 & she is 19! I wanted to post these photos so you could see his arm and how swollen it is. It's his right arm, but it would be the left one in the photo. It's hard for him to lift his arm and it's got a fever in it. Most of the swelling is probably from the needle biopsy last Wed. They stuck a huge needle in it, he says it was the size of a screwdriver, nice visualization, huh? and moved it side to side and hit a nerve! OUCH! Poor guy...I can't even imagine how he has suffered through this for 6 mths. and not had any relief!!! Now the pain is moving up to his shoulder and down to his wrist. I can't wait for him to get that relief and he is very anxious to just get on with it! He will be taking heavy drugs for the scans and will need lots of prayers to get through them! If you can remember, please pray for him around 10:30 a.m (CT Scan, only 15 mins.) and then again around 12:30 p.m. for the PET Scan (about 30 mins. or so) and then we will go to the hospital across the street and register him to stay in the hospital overnight for his biopsy, but we don't know what time he is scheduled for surgery, I guess we'll find out soon enough! He has a hard time holding his arm in one place for more than a few mins. and that is why the MRI was so difficult.
I want you to know to you, yes you reading this blog, are extremely important to us and the fact that you care enough for Vince and our family and that you keep checking back to hear from me on how he & we are all doing is so comforting and we are all so grateful! I know how much he is loved just by the responses we are getting! God bless...until next time...be safe and be healthy!!!
P.S. The Metro Link crash was so horrible and I am praying for all those and their loved ones involved...including my friends, The Sepe's & the Pratts & others who we know who knew people who died. Prayers are being lifted up!!!
They gave Vince prescription for a medication stronger than Morphine, and that seems to help him but not as much as he would like. Got home at 5:00 a.m.
I have to say this real quick! Veronica just texted me as I am in the middle of sharing this and she is on her way back from Laughlin with her friend Lya's family and she said that she in is the car and hasn't looked up in about 30 mins. and when she did a big rig passed by and on the side of the truck it said, "Jesus Christ is Lord"! I love how HE give us comfort by those things he sends to us! He does care for us and if we would just pay attention we would see HIM everywhere, not just at church or in a picture! I am filled with joy, knowing that He is sending Veronica that comfort as she is also worried about her big brother! Thank you Jesus for loving us in ways we aren't even aware of until we look! I picture Jesus waving to Veronica as the truck passed by...how cool is that!
Vince's MRI was schedule for 11:00 a.m. so we got a few hrs. of sleep before we had to leave, but I had to first get his prescription filled. If anyone knows of a 24 hr. pharmacy that's close by, please let me know! I found out that none of them open until 10:00 a.m. (on the weekends) except a few. One of them was Rite Aid, which opens at 9:00 a.m., so I left the house 20 mins. early and thank you God that I did, because with everything going on with Vince, I didn't realize it was the day of the Simi Valley Days parade! Of course they blocked off all the streets to the store and I was re-routed! I was so upset! I was driving and praying, "Lord! Lead me to the right place, please lead me!" I drove to Von's and they open at 10:00 a.m., I almost started to cry at that point, but kept trusting the God had a plan! I drove to Albertson's and they opened at 9:00!!! I got there a few mins. early so I was the only one waiting and in walked the Pharmacist and she saw me standing there and said 'hi' to me and it was like she was there for only ME! I told her my story and she was my angel for the day! Her name is Shoula and we hugged as I left and I know that God was guiding me in this situation, too!
It might seem like small stuff to a lot of people, but to me GOD is BIG and HE cares for US all in ways we sometimes ignore and write off as coincidence, but I believe there is no such thing...it's God-incidence's that I see!
Sorry about the long post, but I am so thankful & grateful for all the comfort that I am getting from God, that I just have to share it! Skip to the bottom of this post if you don't want to read the details...sorry about that if you aren't a detail person (like my husband, LOL!), but I love talking about the details because that's where I can see God working!
We finally got to the MRI room and Vince wanted to lay on the floor in the waiting room, so they were so nice and brought out a gurney for him to lay on, which was such a blessing! He scan was postponed about a 1/2 hr. due to an emergency MRI on a baby. His mom sat next to me and she was crying, and I felt her pain. She did not speak very good English, but I told her I was praying for her baby and gave her a hug...she said "thank you" and cried some more. I offered her some water and a fiber bar, and she was so thankful. A few mins. later they called her in, wheeled her out with her baby in her arms and she looked at me and we said goodbye. God is so good and we are able to comfort others in our own trials as well, because we know HE is working in us & through us, and not just for US, but those HE sends to US.
Vince came out and he was visibly upset (which broke our hearts) and felt as though he would not be able to go forward with his other tests on Monday. I've called the doctor so he is aware of Vince's feelings and we are looking into having him heavily sedated for the scans on Monday, otherwise they will postpone the scans for another day, but they will do the core biopsy for sure on Monday and he will be spending the night there. After we got home is was running a slight fever, gave him Tylenol and his pain killers and he is feeling so much better today! Thank you Jesus! He still has pain, but he looks better today and we are going to celebrate his and Bernadette's birthday (hers was yesterday) today!
Your prayers are so important to us and they are working! Thank you so much to all those who are emailing, texting, calling and Facebooking! They are my strength throughout each day, which I am able to give to Vince & my family!
|He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When others are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.|
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Our God Is Mighty To Save!!!
John 3:17 & 17
September 12, 2008
I rejoice, because I have perfect confidence in you.
--2 Corinthians 7:16
More than likely, you'd like to pray with more confidence.
If so, remember that to pray with confidence, we must pray with concern, we must pray with confession, and we must pray with conviction.
What does it mean to pray with conviction? In Nehemiah 1:5-6, Nehemiah prays, "O LORD God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, let your ear be attentive and your eyes open, to hear the prayer of your servant...."
In this passage, Nehemiah is praying with conviction because he knows that his God is in control.
When it seemed like everything was out of control in Jerusalem, Nehemiah knew that God was still on His throne. Nehemiah knew that the Lord would answer his prayer because He was a great and awesome God. Because He was a wonderful God. Because He was a faithful God. Because He was a God who could meet all of Nehemiah's needs.
And in just the same way, God can handle any problem in your life. Do you believe that today?
God is bigger and greater than any situation or crisis in your life. And the first thing Nehemiah did is the first thing that you ought to do when you have a problem, a crisis, or a need: You need to turn it over to God. You need to give it to God, not as your last chance, but as your first choice!
When you know God's place, you can find your place in the work of Jesus Christ. When you know that God is above all and that He has everything under control... and when you know that your place is surrendered under the lordship of Christ, then you can find your place and know your prayers will be answered!
DO YOU BELIEVE THAT TODAY?
Thursday, September 11, 2008
MRI on Saturday @ 10:30 a.m. at UCLA Hospital
CT Scan, PET Scan & blood work on Monday @ 10:00 a.m. at UCLA Medical
I am glad that things are moving along and that he will be getting treatment as soon as he can. Thank you for praying in advance for him as he gets these tests done. Saturday won't be as long as Monday, but if you've ever had to get one of these scans done, you know how hard they are to go through. He will be taking a sedative before the scans, so that will help to relax him. Monday's scans will take about 2-4 hrs.
Love you all!
Matthew 15:30 Then great multitudes came to Him, having with them those who were lame, blind, mute, maimed, and many others; and they laid them down at Jesus' feet, and He healed them.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
As I was waiting for Vince to get his tests done, and seeing Bernadette and Jim sitting across from me, I started to get flashbacks from Nov. 1999 when Jim was diagnosed with kidney cancer and how much hope we had for him, and as things moved along I would watch his character and how God was shaping him, and I saw that same thing in Vince today. It's quite strange to think that my husband and my son are going through such similar trials, in less than 9 yrs.! I am holding onto hope, and I know that God is in charge and that gives me a peace that surpasses all understanding!
It's so wonderful that so many of you sent encouraging emails & texts (especially Susy & Jennifer, who offered to come to UCLA and pray & wait by my side:) and phone calls (tons of calls from grandparents:)...which we appreciate so much! Now if I could just read the emails without crying my head off!!! LOL!!
Thank you to Mindy (sister) and Rachel (Mikemo's girlfriend) for decorating the house & Vincent's room with ballons and streamers and cleaning Vince's room! (that was a huge job:)
A God-thing happened today! A woman that works Jim and is following this blog, emailed Jim tonight and told us she was at back to school night at her childs school...her email said that she was talking to a lady who is a nurse in the O.R. at UCLA and then she said "Is Vince's doctor Dr. Eckhardt?" Well...guess what! It is!! How cool is that! What do you think the chances are that she would meet that nurse! I'd say pretty slim! But, I believe that God uses people to give us comfort and he is using Debbie as that person! Thank you Debbie! Debbie has 2 young boys that also skateboard and they are our boy's biggest fans! God is so good!
Oh..and special thank you to the Sepe Family for bringing homemade chocolate chip cookies (thank you Lisa!) and a gift certificate to Vince's favorite restaraunt, Millie's!!! You rock!
I will close for tonight by saying, thank you Jesus for all the people that you have sent to us at this time...Piper, Dr. Federman, Dr. Eckardt, Dr. Justice, our families as well as our church families all over the country and world, as Vince is probably on hundreds of prayer lists by now! God is at work, so watch out!!! Good night!
We are taking our computer with us today to UCLA since we will probably be there most of the day! If you could send us your favorite scriptures we can read them throughout the day for encouragement! Thank you so much for all your prayers! We are so blessed and grateful for them!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Vince's girlfriend, Bernadette (isn't she beautiful) has been living in Oregon since Jan. with her dad and she is coming over any minute to be with Vince until Saturday! We are so excited that she is coming and I know that Vince missed her so much (as we did, too!). She will be a great comfort to him tomorrow when we go to the dr. He isn't feeling very good at the moment, feels nauseous, but doesn't have a fever, but I'm sure the stress he has had in the past 5 days is no help! Mindy isn't feeling good either and I started to feel kind of sick myself....I guess we all need to relax and slow our minds down and trust that God is in control :)
Please pray for Vince to have a good nights sleep and feel rested in the morning. God bless you all!
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6 & 7
September 9, 2008
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.
--2 Timothy 3:16
In Ephesians 6:10-12, the apostle Paul reminds us that you and I are in a daily battle against evil.
He says, "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places."
Putting on the "armor of God" includes taking up the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Becoming a fully committed follower of the Lord Jesus Christ begins by picking up your sword each day!
As we see in today's verse, the Bible is not a human book. It's a God-given book! And it is sufficient for your every need.
That's why I want to encourage you to have a daily time of devotion and discipline where you open God's Word and ask God to speak to you through the Scriptures.
I want to also encourage you to take your Bible with you when you gather with other believers in worship. And take a pen with you so you can underline or highlight some Scriptures, take a few notes, and really engage.
Taking up the sword of the Spirit each day is the only way you'll be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might, able to withstand the attacks of our enemy, the devil.
It's the only way you'll be able to stand strong in the spiritual battle you face every day!HAVE YOU SPENT TIME IN GOD'S WORD TODAY? IF NOT, TAKE SOME TIME, ASKING HIM TO SPEAK TO YOU THROUGH THE SCRIPTURES.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Patience...yuk! I want it now! Isn't that how we all feel when we want it our way? I am trusting that God has a handle on this situation and I will hold on to that. But, tomorrow brings new things and I am looking forward to getting more information about our next step. I just want Vince to feel some relief and get this started and on the road to recovery! No parent likes to see their child in pain, no matter how old that child is! :) I will update tomorrow as I am hoping that we will have a set appt. The ideal would be to have the biopsy done on Wed. Sept. 10th (Vince's 21st Birthday!) or next Wed. Sept. 17th (my Birthday!) Please be praying for this week!
We have seen some odd things about his case and it not being diagnosed sooner, so my advice to you is...if you have that nagging feeling that something just isn't quite right with you or your loved ones or even your friends....stay persistent and don't take no for an answer! This is the 2nd time that we have had this situation in our family...Jim (Vince's dad) & Vince....that's 2 too many!! Just a little venting here as I am a bit frustrated...LOL!
I just want to thank Piper (here is her Dr. husband, Brian & her adorable daughter, Chiara) a million times over for talking to me on the phone for hours helping me get through this and being my personal assistant & doctor all in one! She is not only beautiful, but extremely smart and caring and pro-active! Thank you, Piper!!! You are my angel!!!
Sunday, September 7, 2008
We have had so many phone calls and emails and we are so grateful to everyone for their love, support and most of all their prayers! I will update this as soon as I find out when we are going to go to the dr. and where. We will either be at USC or UCLA, depending on the information we find out tonight. We have 2 sources that we strongly connected to and both of them are so amazing and wonderful! (thank you, Piper)
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, And
He shall hear my voice.