Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Okay, I've started over so many times.... I've tried to begin this journal from every angle. There is just no way around this!!

If you're reading it, that means you know Frank is in treatment again. There! I said it.

Now.... the rest of this should be easier.... for me to write, I mean.

The last entry was October 2004. Since that time Frank enjoyed another year of remission from the Myeloma. And we enjoyed it right along with him!! We had a normal routine again in every respect and it was such a gift from God. We've been busy, just like you, doing things like: school work, landscaping, soccer games, baseball games, track meets, guitar, piano and drum recitals, band concerts, lots of carpooling, teaching sunday school, hanging out with friends and family and going to bed late and getting up early!

In Oct 2005, we discovered Frank had relapsed. It was unexpected, but like we'd done before, we put those boxing gloves back on and got right back in the ring. Actually, Frank put on the gloves. I stood in the corner and cheered him on, along with his fans. With God's help, the fight was won in the early rounds.

Frank's treatments had him back into remission before Christmas. HO HO HO We are so thankful. He has continued to be in treatment since that time. But that doesn't stop Frank from having a great time!

Chandler and Zach were gracious enough not be too embarrassed by their parents (and Chase) tagging along on their church youth trip, and we were all able to go skiing over Spring break. It was a fabulous trip. It was wonderful to get away from everything and enjoy the glory of God's creation. So much fun! (the picture is of he and Zach)

Without too much detail...... we'll get caught up.

The doctor in Little Rock has recommend Frank have another stem cell transplant. Frank has the greatest chance of maintaining this remission with this treatment plan. With much prayer, and lots of confidence, we are moving forward. We are excited to see what God can do, and how He can do it. Oh, the wisdom He allows man to have!

Frank is in Little Rock. He should be there about 2-3 weeks. When the doctors feel he is ready, he'll return this fall for his transplant. He'll be able to use his stem cells that have been frozen since April 2003.

We've had many people ask us about the web site. I've been wanting to get it up and running again, but had to learn a few things first. The Blog entries are new and much easier for me to work with. I'll update often as long as he's in treatment, and especially while he's away from home. The Guest Book should be the same as it was before.

Pray requests:

1. That God would protect Frank's body from infection, or any complication due to the chemo. 2. That his blood counts would rise quickly without the need for transfusions.

3. For our family that stand in the gap while we are apart - for their strength and many blessings on their sacrifice of love for us.

4. For the kids: Chandler, Zach and Chase to face these challenges with grace and honesty as they try to deal with their daddy being sick.

Having the support of family and friends is so special us. They can give Frank chemo, but your prayer, love and support is true medicine for our soul. And the WHOLE family is encouraged.

"I thank my God upon every rememberance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy...." Phil 1: 3

In His grace, Peggy

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