Mark’s Story

Site created on September 13, 2018

Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement.  Cancer has reared it's ugly head in our family again.  Mark was diagnosed with Colon Cancer on August 31st. Mark has been having intestinal issues for a short time. Medications, test, etc. were performed.  A colonoscopy was scheduled on August 31, 2018, to rule out any problems in the colon. Well, instead of ruling out, they found a tumor. The Dr. said that he was sure it was cancer but a biopsy was taken for confirmation. September 4th it was confirmed. Since then, there has been a flurry of appointments, test and the like to prepare us for treatment. A CT scan confirmed Stage 4 cancer in the liver, kidney, and colon.  This journal will help to keep you updated from this point on.  II Corinthians 4:17-18 says: "For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."  We have loved, served and trusted Jesus since our teen years...and we trust Him now!!  We want everyone to journey with us especially in we hope to keep this journal updated regularly!

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Journal entry by Mark DeMateo

Reading for this morning is Heb. 6:18-20. Talks about Hope!!! This is the anchor for my soul. Not what is going on around me. I hope you can say this for yourself. 

18 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. 19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20 where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek. 

Read the whole chapter for an overview. Hebrews is a great book with some deep theology.
Good music video below. Have a blessed day. You are loved.

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