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Feb. 19th, 2010 Update

February 19th, 2010

It’s been a rugged week.

I told you last week that Cindy’s third round of chemo would begin on Monday.

It did.

We had been told that it would not be as difficult as her first round.

So far you can’t prove that by us.

Maybe it will take us some time for us to get back into chemo-rhythm or perhaps this round is more difficult because Cindy’s strength has already been so compromised.  Actually, it doesn’t really matter WHY this week has been so tough, the bottom line is:  It’s been really rough. 
The treatment plan actually included both an infusion {which happened on Monday} and an oral medication {which we started on Tuesday, but stopped on Wednesday}.  It simply proved to be too much for her.  At least for now.  We will meet with our doctor again on Monday to discuss our options.
Now for some good news:  The initial MRI report indicated a spot on her spine, something that greatly concerned both us and our physicians.  The final report from the radiologist, however, explained that the “spot” was related to past chemo treatments and is not reflective of any further progression of her cancer.

Yes!

As people of faith, Cindy and I do not discount the role prayer may have played in that…so please!  Continue praying without ceasing for my bride.
Another reason for optimism is that the increased pain in her side, according to her doctor, may be a signal that the chemo is doing what it’s supposed to be doing.  Namely, kicking the ever-loving life out of all those nasty cancer cells!  Now that’s a pain we can put up with!
Here’s some more good news:  Our family has been a source of great support to us this past week.  Two of our daughters dropped everything and flew to Phoenix to be with us.  Our granddaughter, Olivia, was actually with Grammy on Monday during chemo {I hope you enjoy the picture as much we have!}. 

By the way, I plan to preach at The Crossroads this Sunday.  It won’t be the easiest thing I’ve ever done, and it’s never easy when I have to do it without Cindy at my side, but Pastor is who I am and preaching is what God has called me to do.  But to be honest with you, I really can relate to something Mother Theresa once said:  “I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle.  I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.”

That’s about it for now, except this:  Pray.  And here’s specifically how we would like you to pray for us during these next several days.

• Pray for healing.  Complete, miraculous, stunningly breath-taking healing.
• Pray that Cindy continues to regain her strength from Monday’s chemo.  Pray that she regains her appetite and starts gaining some weight.  Pray that her nausea will diminish and that her pains levels will continue to decrease.  Pray that additional side-effects will be minimized. 
• Pray that Cindy is able to increase her mobility and that her energy levels will bounce back. 
• Pray that the doctor will have great wisdom as he plots either a re-start of the oral chemo or a reassessment of other options.
• Pray that Cindy and I are able to maintain our equilibrium as our extended family must now, understandably, re-set their own lives and return to their own responsibilities.  Pray for our kids as they struggle with the desire to be with us and the need to shepherd their own young families. 
• Pray that Cindy and I faithfully reflect the peace and joy we have in Jesus – and that we use this incredible platform to the maximum glory of our God.

Thanks for taking a read and supporting us in so many wonderful ways.  I’ll check in again next Friday.

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