Thursday, June 26, 2008

A Quiet Day Filled With Hope

Loved Ones,

We give thanks today for another good day! Ray is just feeling so much stronger. Today Nora and Maggie stayed at the house with him when I went on an errand -- something we wouldn't have done even a few days ago.

Still no weight gain. (How is this possible?) I feel like that Christmas movie, "Eat Santa, eat!" We are getting in every cancer fighting food on the list, which is a fun challenge. No weight loss either though so that is great.

Ray's liver numbers came back. Improved! Every category except one that looks like a fluctuation. Thank you Lord!! Thank you prayers!!

These are truly days to enjoy. We've been told by many that chemo side effects are greater each time. So we are making the most of each day. And, praying that the side effects will be minimal.

Another prayer is that Ray's healthy cells will be protected from the chemo toxins. While they do a great job on the cancer, they can be hard on the body too. So that is another request.

Days like today fill us with hope. We end each day by placing our hands on Ray's liver and stomach (and esophagus if we can reach) and praying for his healing. We thank the Lord for continued progress and we look to him for complete restoration.

"The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul." Psalm 23:1-3

not alone and not afraid --

kristin and ray