Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Clean Scans!

Yesterday Vince and I drove to UCLA Santa Monica and he had his CT Scans and thank you Jesus, they are clean! I seriously had no doubt that they wouldn't be and I am so thrilled for Vince! I know that there is also that "scanxiety" when anyone goes for tests, but especially after such a serious diagnosis. Jim had Kidney Cancer 10 yrs. ago, so he knows how it creeps into your mind and it really never leaves. It's just part of the journey.

Click here if you are interested in buying Vince's cancer fundraising skateboard! Our local indoor skate park is selling them & they ship all over the world Thank you SKATELAB!

I met with Jane today, she is a mom of a Ewing's Survivor and her son is 25 yrs. old and 2 yrs. out of treatment. He is cancer free but has residual side effects from 2 surgeries on his femur, otherwise he is living his life and doing very well. I am so grateful that we found each other and we only live about 30 mins. away from each other. I can't even tell you how many AMAZING women I have formed relationships with through this experience and not just locally but from all over the world! Of course, there are a few that I am closer to...and they know who they are...wink, wink;) We feel such a closeness even though we have never met in person, but I know that some day we will, God willing! I am so grateful for cancer...sounds weird I know, but without it in my life over the last 10 yrs. my life would not have as many blessings in it...I know that God knows what He is doing and I am just along for the ride, and it's beautiful:)

My dear friend Tafi had her 3rd chemo today and she is another woman that I adore. We met because of Jim's cancer, she over heard me talking to someone in the school library when we were volunteering at our children's school, so I know that we were meant to be friends. I can see her house from my kitchen window and I am reminded every day that she is traveling this cancer road and I have the privilege of being able to encourage her and pray for her. She is handling treatment extremely well and her hair loss has not fazed her one bit! I can tell you one thing, I would not be so accepting, but she truly doesn't care that she has no hair. She has a cute wig, but really doesn't wear it that often. How wonderful to feel so secure! She loves the Lord so much and wants to be a light for others and that's exactly what she is doing.

Thanks for reading all my thoughts over these last 17 mths, I know how hard they are to read with all the words that hit the pages, but I am so grateful that you care. Prayers do work and God does hear our prayers! Whatever trial you have in your life right now is NEVER EVER too big for God to handle! After all, He created you and loves you more than anyone here on this earth. How cool is that!

I read this today & it fits perfectly for my own life:

At times God takes the people He uses and places them in impossible situations--in that way, they discover that He is faithful.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do and he will direct your paths.
Proverbs 3:5 & 6

Monday, February 15, 2010

The Cancer skateboard is here! Click here to find a Skate Shop that carries them! All proceeds will go to Vince's medical bills. Thank you Girl Skateboards! We are so blessed to have you help Vince in his fight against cancer!

Mikemo came home with this 6 1/2 foot tall cut out of he and Rick Howard in honor of the release of Mikemo's Pro Model Lakai shoe! Click here to see it! Every time I see this giant thing it takes me by surprise and scares me, thinking someone is in my house! LOL! Mikemo and Vince made me move it because the same thing would happen to them!

Tomorrow Vince is having some CT Scans at 11:20 a.m. Please keep him in prayer! Extra prayers are always appreciated!
Mikemo is leaving for Australia tomorrow night, so please pray for a safe trip for him as well!

Prayer Requests:
Tafi-is having chemo #3 for Breast Cancer on Wednesday. Pray for her husband Michael, as he has been having some health issues for the last 3 weeks and is awaiting results from an ultrasound and blood work.
Erin-had chemo #3 for Breast Cancer today.
Brian-Ewing's Sarcoma, needs tons of prayers!
Ed-he is preparing to bury his precious son after he survived a helicopter crash in Iraq on July 17, 2009. He spent the last 6 mths in the hospital fighting for his life, but lost his battle on Feb. 8, 2010.
Jarren-3 12 yr. old precious little boy with Liver Cancer. He needs lots of prayer, too! Also, his Great Grandma just past away a few days ago and as you can imagine the family is devastated.
Mitchell-has an incurable disease and is celebrating his 21st birthday this week. Pray for his parents as they help to find a cure for their son.

George-had a clean PET Scan! Whoo hoo!
Fight Sarcoma-for doing such a great job bringing awareness to this rare disease!

That is why we have a great High Priest who has gone to heaven, Jesus the Son of God. Let us cling to him and never stop trusting him.
Hebrews 4:14

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Life Goes On

It's been 1 month since I've updated the blog! Yay! I am so happy that I haven't had to beg and plead for prayers for Vince! God is truly blessing him! His hair is growing back and so are the eyelashes, eyebrows and beard! He actually had to shave! I am so happy for him! Everyday, Jim and I just stare at him and we can't help but rub his head and feel the stubble! It brings us so much JOY! He looks great and his color is coming back and the dark circles under his eyes are diminishing! Wow! 17 mths later we are finally breathing a little easier knowing that the poison that was saving his life is now no longer needed.

It was so tough to see him hooked up to the "ball and chain" knowing that the chemicals that cannot even touch our own skin, because it would eat us alive, were being pumped into a vein close to his heart and flowed through his entire system attacking both good and bad cells to bring healing to his body! How does that even work? I'm not sure either, but I know that it has! God has allowed Vince to be protected through this entire process and we are so, so grateful! Thank you Lord Jesus!

This past month has been pretty great. Vince and Mikemo are certainly not wasting any time getting out and having fun...shhh...don't tell anyone, but they like to dance...they have a "strobe light" which they have fondly named "Strobie Bryant" and a Mega speaker system for their iPhone "dance music"... a little "Lady Gaga"...ra ra ah ah ah roma roma ma gaga oh la la. Skating, basketball and dancing...what a combination! Who would've thought they would like dancing! LOL!

They are going to Arizona tomorrow and coming home this weekend and then Mikemo is going to Australia for a few weeks! Vince will really miss him while he is gone..lucky him, he gets to spend more time with Mom and Dad! Just what he doesn't want to do! He has been trapped for almost a year and a half with us and he wants to be free of us, I'm sure...but, oh well...LOL!

On February 1st, Girl Skateboard Company had their annual "Open House" and it was open to the public so they had tons of people there to hang with their favorite skaters and they had IN N OUT making hamburgers..yum! We know how much Vince loves IN N OUT! LOL!

They had a fundraiser for Vince and all the proceeds will help him to pay for his medical bills! What a blessing that is for him! They are also selling skateboards with the yellow cancer ribbon on it and I will post it as soon as I find out where you can get one. You can check out the catalog here. Thank you Girl Skateboards and especially Meg, who orchestrated the whole thing! You rock!

Mikemo arranged for a candid interview with Jim and I, which was a total surprise to us, but we complied and here is the clip of the interview. It was pretty cool to get to talk about our boys (men)..LOL! Click here.

Happy 51st Anniversary to my mom and dad! Last year at this time, my mom had just come out of a 6 day coma after suffering a heart attack! Wow! What a difference a year makes! I love you both so much! XOXO

Here comes the begging and pleading part...Vince is having his CT Scans on Tuesday, February 16th. Please keep him in your prayers for continued healing!

Other prayer requests:
Brian Ernst-Ewing's Sarcoma

Tafi-Breast Cancer

George-clean scans

-aggressive brain tumor, she is only 6 yrs. old

Todd-had PET and CT Scans today, please pray for clean scans!

Pat-speedy recovery from back surgery

Erin-Breast Cancer

Ben-speedy recovery from appendicitis

Nono-pray for healing for doors to open & for direction

Praying for all cancer patients, praying for a CURE!

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us--whatever we ask--we know that we have what we asked of him.
1 John 5:14 & 15