Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Dear Ones:
It was at this exact time last year that I was (we were) trying to grasp the reality of having cancer.

To say that I was frightened is too simplistic. To say that I was confused doesn't cover the range of emotions either. I simply did not know how to feel. Numb, that would be closer than anything else.

This day, this week is truly one of Thanksgiving for us.
To all of you that prayed for us, cried with us, helped us, and supported us we are thankful.
Your prayers have been answered. God has granted our requests.

We're counting our blessings like never before.
Praise Him for this!

Friday, November 21, 2003

Well, Frank came home yesterday from Little Rock with his report from the doctor.Here's what we know.......

Frank's genetic profile - his DNA bone marrow samples - indicate that he should be able to maintain a lengthy remission. What wonderful news that was! We are so very thankful.

His white count was 1.9, but Frank didn't say that they seems concerned about it. It has dropped at little with each lab drawn. Everything else looked really good.

However, the fractured L2 vertebra that was responsible for his diagnosis has shown increased compression. We have read reports like this in the past, but Dr. Barlogie, at that time, had decided to watch it. Now, he wants to try and fix it, to prevent any further compression. This is done by injecting medicine into the vertebrae (guided by x-ray) that will harden the bone and fill in that space. He was also supposed to have a PET scan that got overlooked.

So, he left for Little Rock this morning to have those two things done, and will be home tonight. His spirits were great. He didn't appear to be nervous or upset about having this done.

His next chemo will be the second week of December. He had to argue with the doctor to let him have this treatment in Memphis, and he won! Frank also argued to wanted to wait until after the holidays to start this chemo, and he lost that one.

I don't think he goes back to Little Rock until March. Yeah!!

As thanksgiving rolls around, we are reminded of so much to be thankful for. We are in awe of our Lord, and how He works in and through each one of His children to be His hand and His feet...and so much more. The power of the Holy Spirit an awesome thing!!
Have a wonderful, blessed weekend.

Love, Peggy

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

It is a time of Thanksgiving indeed!

Hi everybody. I know it's been a while since we updated. We are sorry. I hope this finds each of you happy, and healthy and looking forward to Thanksgiving.

Frank is in Little Rock right now. He left yesterday morning, and should be back Thursday night. His MRI and bone marrow went well. The bone marrow biopsies are never fun, and I am still amazed after almost a year how well he handles them. He had the "new girl" today - that's always scary. But he had no complaints and said they were all laughing before it was over. He'll get the results and see Dr. Barlogie on Thursday.

We are thanking God for his progress and healing and praying for a continued remission. Frank was able to sneak off to Greenville for the night and visit with his parents. I know they enjoyed the surprise!

Jim, our brother-in-law, had another checkup the first week of November. He is also still in remission and got a good report from the doctor. We are so thankful for his health as well.

Tuesday the 18th was our 14th anniversary! We couldn't be together on Tuesday, but had a nice dinner over the weekend. We toasted to the last 14 and to the next 16!! We can attest to the fact that our "13th" year of marriage was not a superstitious "bad" year. In spite of the challenges that we faced as individuals and as a couple, it was one of the sweetest years of our marriage. We got refocused on what's really important and spent some very precious moments together.

Frank's attitude about his cancer and his never-ending, Christ-centered, positive outlook had taught me - and the kids- so much.

So, what else has kept us from making entries more often? Well, we sold our house - again! The first offer several months ago fell through, but it looks like this deal is going to stick. We are closing on Dec. 1st. In addition to that, for the last 4 weeks, I have been going to school to get my Real Estate license. With our house selling during my course, I felt like I was on a very long field trip! It's been a long time since I was in school and had to study! Let me rephrase that! It's been a long time since I was in school and chose to study!!

Anyway, I finished school today and passed all the necessary requirements.
We'll let you know how his check-up went after Thursday..........Thanksgiving's a week from tomorrow!

Psalm 100: Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness;Come before His presence with singing.Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise.Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting,And His truth endures to all generations.