Kerry Schmiesing Kerry Schmiesing

First post: Jun 26, 2017 Latest post: May 9, 2018
A Perfect Plan: In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps. Proverbs 16:9
I have a plan for your life, a perfect plan. But I will show you only a piece of it at a time. If I showed you the whole plan, it might overwhelm you or you might decide to run off ahead of me. It would be l like learning that you're going to grow up to be a teacher, so today you decide to take over the class. That wouldn't work at all!
Sometimes I will give you a glimpse of your wonderful futures, to encourage you to keep going. But I want you to focus on staying close to Me today. We will travel toward your future together, step by step. I will decide how fast or how slow we go, according to your needs. After all, you cant be a brain surgeon before you pass basic biology! So don't crane your neck, trying to see what's around the next corner. Trust Me enough to relax and enjoy your walk with Me today. Taken from Jesus Calling by Sara Young devotions

In 2015 this part of the journey started when mom had a kidney removed. Following by two rounds of bladder cancer. She won those battles with clear reports and follow up visits. Fast forward to 2017. Specifically Tuesday June 20th. Mom, Jim, Tracy and I met with the doctor to discuss results from her recent biopsy and MRI. This meeting confirmed that the cancer has metastasized and is now in her lungs. Three spots on her upper right lobe and one in the upper left lobe. The MRI confirmed it is not in the brain (yippiee). The harder part is, the cancer is non-curable but is treatable to prolong life. What does prolong mean? There is no clear understanding or defined timeline to this, potentially up to a year. Keep in mind, this is an educated guess that can be different for each person.  

Now what? On Friday the 23rd mom will have a port put in and chemo treatments will begin Monday the 26th. The chemo plan is a 21 day cycle. After three cycles she will go through a group of tests to see how the cancer is responding. Then the chemo cycles will continue as long as her body will tolerate them.

Mom will fight the good fight, making the most of this part of the journey. I wasn't sure which would be worst, loosing some one suddenly (like Dad) or going through a journey like this. I choose to see this as a blessing. A chance to hug one more time, say I love you and hear mom say "I love you more" back and make a few more memories. 

Heavenly Father, we pray for your mercy and grace. Father we know you have a master plan for all of us. We are born, we die this is true. Father we look to you for your comfort and peace on our journey. Heavenly Father we pray for mama Kerry and trust in the journey you have for her. In your name we pray, AMEN.

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