Wednesday, July 22, 2009

LIfe Seems More Normal, Again!

After 10 months of being on this roller coaster of life (I know I've used that term a lot:) but it's so true, we are kind of back to a more "normal" life and it feels so good! Vince is doing great, even though he is going through treatment with some of the strongest chemo drugs available, he is absolutely AMAZING! He is taking very good care of himself with his diet and supplements and it's working great! We got his blood work results yesterday and they we so good and I'm not surprised one bit!

Vince just finished with a drug called Doxorubicin (Adriamyacin) which is damaging to the heart and also causes nausea and vomiting, so that one is no longer on the list! Yay! They will switch to another less harmful drug from now on, so that's good news! Next chemo is in 2 weeks.

I am now 7 weeks post op, and finally able to clean the house and boy have I been cleaning house! The closets are looking so much better, the toilets are clean, the landscaping is getting a face lift (Jim and I are doing that part together:) and Veronica and I got new bikes last week so that we can go on rides with Vince, but of course it's been 100 degrees here, so it's not exactly good timing.

The X Games are coming up starting next week, so pray for Mikemo as he competes with all the pros! He is coming home this weekend, he has been gone for over a week, he went to Camp Woodward and had a blast with all his fans!

Please pray for two special children this week:
Lilly-11 yrs. old with Ewing's
Unknown name-7 yr. old boy with a possible Ewing's diagnosis (hopefully it's not)

The sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God
Ephesians 6:17

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Chemo #7 Update

Vince had his chemo today and I still am in awe of how great he is doing! This is truly the best that he has done with any of his chemos. As soon as we got to the facility he was much more relaxed since we didn't have to drive in traffic for over an hour to get there and his blood pressure was excellent and the chemo began!

The nurse that we had today is so wonderful and we have built a greatrelationship with her since October of last year when my friend introduced us on the phone. She is an infusion nurse and worked at my friends office once a week and my friend was sharing Vince's story with her and she mentioned that they were opening up a new UCLA infusion facility inWestlake and the rest is history! We have been looking forward to having his infusions there since that time and it's finally a reality! Thank you, Jesus for paving the way and guiding us through this journey and bringing those people into our lives! I have so many stories of the most wonderful people that have come along side us and brought us strength during this time. We are so blessed! Thank you Aunt Diane for coming to visit with us today! We really enjoyed having you there:)

Jim and Veronica came to hang out with us today as well, and when we left, Vince was craving steak, so we stopped and ate at the Claim Jumper and it was awesome!

His infusion time was only 5 1/2 hrs. which was because the nurse gave us her undivided attention and gave him one of his chemos and another drug in an I.V. push vs. the drip, so that sped things up by about 2 hours! We are learning new things every time we go because each person has their own way of doing things. It's all quite fascinating. I am learning to take notes:) It's only taken me 10 mths. to figure this stuff out..LOL!

If you could say an extra prayer for a few of my family members and friends I would really appreciate it! I won't go into any details, as I know God knows their situations so I am just listing their names, I hope they don't mind:)
Vicki, Carlton, Stacey's family, Mary, Robin, Annie, Peggy, Mitchell, Jane, Todd, Jim H, Eric, Tom, Tyler, George, Erica and Kate.
Thank you so much and I know that God hears your prayers and so do the ones receiving them! God bless!

A friend loves at all times.
Proverbs 17:17

Here is a devotion from a wonderful pastor, Greg Laurie. I thought is was quite appropriate to go along with my post today.

God’s Secret Agents

Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation? —Hebrews 1:14

Make no mistake about it: angels are actively involved in the lives of the people of God, and in the affairs of men in general.

One of the reasons we may not be personally aware of the presence of angels in our lives is that they are doing their job properly.

Angels generally operate undercover. Theirs is a vast world of intelligent, powerful spirit beings. Angels are invisible, and they remain that way most of the time, except on very rare occasions. As we see from Scripture, God will sometimes clothe angels with a human form.

Angels are God’s secret agents, not drawing attention to themselves, but instead doing the bidding of God. They have a specific work and ministry in the life of the Christian.

That certainly gives us hope in these troubled and dangerous times in which we are living. When we think of all the violence, chaos, and danger in the world today, it is comforting to know that God’s angels are watching out for us.

Angels may not help you find a parking place, but you can know this: they are God’s secret agents, powerfully and effectively doing the work He has called them to do.

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Chemo #7 Tomorrow

Vince will have his 7th chemo tomorrow starting at 8:30 a.m. It will be about 8 hrs. long. It will be in Westlake Village vs. Santa Monica and this will be his first time at this center. It's very new and really nice and also very close to home! We are all for that! Please pray that he has minimal side effects and that he is able to recover quickly from it. It seems kind of strange, but the one day treatment is stronger than the 5 day hospital stay, but they are also different drugs than the hospital treatment.

I haven't been updating much due to the mere fact that I have been lazy and I guess just recovering from own surgery (6 weeks ago) has made me a bit unmotivated and a bit blah. Can anyone out there relate? Sometimes I am just all talked out. Like now:)

Thanks for praying for Vince and I will update tomorrow or Wednesday. Have a great week!

"For our present troubles are quite small and won't last very long. Yet they produce for us an immeasurably great glory that will last forever! So we don't look at the troubles we can see right now; rather, we look forward to what we have not yet seen . . . "
Corinthians 4:17–18