Our family is again blown away by the love and support we have received over the past two weeks after learning Ed’s cancer had returned. On the hard days, we feel comfort from all the prayers lifting us up. We know we are not the only ones walking alongside us and it is always our prayer to be a beacon of light for others.
We met with the local oncology department on Monday (March 29th) and have a treatment plan in place. It is a little different from the last round of treatment but we are optimistic it will fight back the cancer quickly and effectively! Ed will begin the cycle of Revlimid – 21 days on and 7 days off. If you remember in the past, this medicine caused blood clots for Ed but thanks to prior knowledge, he is also on blood thinners to prevent this from happening again. On Wednesdays, he will be in the Infusion center to receive a dosage of medication and a shot with observation to watch for side effects. This will be weekly at first and then tapper off as numbers respond. At this time, radiation is not on the docket due to the location of the current lesions and the amount of radiation he has received in the past few years. Our prayer is that the chemo medications will combat the cancer and in turn reduce the amount of pain Ed is experiencing.
The song that I (Teresa) have heard multiple times over the past two weeks is “Into the Sea (It’s Gonna Be OK)” by Tasha Layton. The lyrics “though the mountains may be moved into the sea, though the ground beneath me might crumble and give way. I can hear by Father singing over me, “It’s gonna be okay, it’s gonna be okay.” It was the first song I heard on the radio after hearing the cancer returned and it was the first song I heard right after we received the treatment plan. We may not know what our immediate future holds for Ed and our family but we know it is in God’s hands.
Link to "Into the Sea": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HznXBBCdBE
- Knowledge of medical professionals to develop the best treatment plan
- Hope going into Easter of better days ahead thanks to the resurrection of Jesus
- Willing hands to help with transportation to and from appointments
- Relief from pain caused by the cancer lesions
- Effective treatment with minimal side effects
- Patience and trust for the family