Good afternoon, friends and family. I am happy to say the blood transfusion dad had seemed to have raised the hemoglobin levels from 8 to 11, thankfully. The shots he was given also raised his white blood cell counts and he is at chemo as I type this, since his blood work shows much better than last week. He has been feeling better the last couple of days, so that has been an answer to prayer. He is having a tumor marker test done today to show if the numbers are still dropping (6 is the magic number, so please pray) and the doctor scheduled his Pet scan for next week, which is better than at the end of April as originally planned. This should give an idea if the numbers are going in the right direction as far as keeping the cancer at bay and if there has been any visible spread noted in the scans. I would ask all of you to pray specifically for a positive response to chemo and that we will see it in scan results and tumor marker testing results if it be God's will. This would be a great boost for dad and would encourage him to keep fighting this ugly disease.
I just have to say it's amazing how God uses little things to help us along this path. I know many of you have heard of the group Casting Crowns. Their lead singer, Mark Hall, just had his own cancer scare and had to have a kidney removed. His wife posts blogs with encouraging messages and Bible verses which in turn encourage others. The group's song "Just Be Held" is constantly in my head, and has been more so this past week. I know some people don't believe in God and do not have faith in Him. I personally see Him in this path dad has had to forge daily, in every sunset and in every breath we are allowed to take. While life is not fair and we still pray for dad's miracle healing, we know God is there with us every step of the way. If you're a "friend" of mine on Facebook, you've probably seen me post "Just Be Held" several times or lyrics from the song, but I feel compelled to post it here and share it with those of you who may not have heard it. The lyrics talk of how there is freedom in surrender, laying it down and letting our control go. It speaks of how important it is to remember God is on the throne and He's always been there; He knows before we know what is going to happen in our lives. This really applies in life to every difficult situation we may be faced with; I sing it all the time, and it has brought me through some really tough times and I am sure will bring me through many more. I hope it does the same for you. https://youtu.be/tIZitK6_IMQ
Please continue to pray specifically for favorable results and strength for dad. Thank you so much for your prayers and continued support and encouragement.