Friday, May 30, 2008

Joshua 1:9

First. Thank you for your emails, calls, prayers and verses. Let me just say that several of you had emailed me Joshua 1:9. Thank you. That was my verse today because sometimes waiting outside these tests can be terrifying. How wonderful that we do not have to be and I just read that verse over and over. And Ray and I read your emails which I print out and carry with us.

Here's the news from today. As we expected, there is cancer in the stomach. There is a mass at the top. It is biopsied and we should know possibly tomorrow, at latest Monday. There are several different types. If it would be lymphoma it is easier to treat. The doctor does not expect that based on the metastasis in the liver. Once we know the type we can really start searching out the best treatment.

Here are the prayer requests. Number one. There were some polyps at the top of the esophagus as well. We are praying that these are not cancer. The doctor is unsure but those are biopsied as well.

Second. We are praying for clean scans tomorrow. Ray has a chest CT, a brain MRI and a bone scan. There are no indications from any of these places but this is an important request.

Third, we are really working on finding the best place to cure Ray! Please pray for this. We have incredible friends who are helping us with this. We want to go to the best place possible. We need wisdom.

Last, please pray for Ray's strength. He's lost a lot of weight this past week and the tumor makes him feel so full it is hard to eat. He needs his strength to fight this!! He needs rest and nutrition.

Thank you most for your prayers and encouragement. I made this group a little bigger based on the cousins and friends who have emailed me. The list name is "Prayer Warriors!" We need every prayer to beat this.

I will try to email you every day that I have news.

xo and love to all.

kristin and ray

PS A few more praises. Just getting this scan today was a miracle as was our doctor, all made possible by a nurse friend who was able to be with us today before and during the scan. Thank you Lord.