Jerard June 3 2010

Pray for Jerard. He has been having convulsions for about 5 or 6 hours. We are on the way to ER with him now. He is running a fever and not totally responsive to us. Thanks.

?Cancer? update 1

Well, ...I saw a doctor here in Davao for a second opinion.

I found her use or words interesting.

She said, and I quote, "Yes, this report shows cancer but it is benign. There is nothing to worry about."
She did go on to say that I am at a high risk for cancer but that this report doesn't show I have malignant cancer right now.

The doctor who did the lumpectomy wants the pathology slides sent to the USA for further testing. Thankfully, I have a sister who works at MD Anderson Cancer Center and is helping me arrange to have the pathology lab there look at and evaluate the slides.
I will be picking up the slides this afternoon.

All this to say...well, I might have cancer and I might not! I'll keep you posted!

Psalm 86 7 In the day of my trouble I will call to you, for you will answer me... 10 For you are great and do
marvelous deeds; you alone are God.

11 Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. 12 I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever.

Lumpectomy Update

Today Beth found out that her lumpectomy results indicate some form of cancer. She is getting more tests in the days to come so that we have a better idea of what we are dealing with and what the best next steps should be.

Beth is doing well at this time. She has a peace that is from the Lord. But we would appreciate your prayers for her and us at this time. Times like these are challenging as many of you who have experienced similar things know so well.

Summer Break Boat Trip

Today, Kirsten, Ben and I went on a boat trip with about 27 other people to Talicud Island. There are a couple great snorkel spots the boat stops at plus a beach where we eat lunch.
It was a relaxing day on the ocean, enjoying time with friends.
Kurt was at work in meetings with his boss from the USA and Mikayla woke up sick so they both missed a great trip.

A Franciscan Benediction

My husband just read this to me this morning from a book he is reading. I really like this prayer.

"May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half-truths,
and superficial relationships so that you may live deep within
your heart.

May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression,
and explotation of people so that you may work for justice,
freedom, and peace.

May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer pain,
rejection, hunger and war, so that you may reach out your hand
to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy.

And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe
that you can make a difference in the world, so that you can do
what others claim cannot be done to bring justice and kindness
to all our children and the poor. Amen.

Pg 105 "Prayer - Does It Make Any Difference?" by Philip Yancey