Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Chemo Round 5 and Genetics Update

Loved Ones,

We had a wonderful time at White Lake. The kids had a great time swimming, fishing, and boating. Got some great pictures and video of them with daddy.

Thank you for your prayers. Just during the time we were there we got a very helpful email from one of our advising doctors. That seemed like an answer to our prayers. We got several emails about healing too.

Tomorrow morning we meet with a genetics doctor to talk about hereditary factors. Just in our pre-call some huge questions were answered. There is a highly hereditary stomach cancer marked by a particular gene. This would have likely necessitated genetic testing for our girls and Ray's family.
This does not appear to be the cancer Ray has. Though we will know more about this tomorrow, we are already thankful for God's provision here.

We are ready for Round Five to begin. With each round we renew our prayers for miraculous impact of the chemo -- eradication of the cancer in Ray's body and continued protection of Ray's healthy cells. Counting tomorrow, we have four more rounds till Ray's next scan. We are praying for a completely clean scan of Ray's liver.

We will have lab work before the chemo begins so that will be an indicator of the chemo's continued impact on Ray's liver (and vicariously his stomach too). We pray for clarity in those numbers so that Ray's doctor can have continued guidance as to his treatment.

Your prayers are our joy. No matter the greatness of our requests we know that nothing is impossible for our God. But the greatness seems a little less daunting knowing the echoes of your voices and ours.

“The Lord your God is with you; the mighty One will save you. He will rejoice over you. You will rest in his love; he will sing and be joyful about you.” Zephaniah 3:17

not alone and not afraid --

kristin and ray