Wednesday, March 31, 2010
For nothing is impossible with God.
Luke 1:37 (NLT)
The photo above was taken a week after Eric received his first dose of chemo. He and his friends (including Kurt Jones on photo) attended the last dance of the school year. Eric was initially tired a day or so after receiving his treatment but his energy level went back to normal by the second week (this week). We thank the Lord for His answers to prayer. Eric is doing well.
This Friday (April 2nd), Eric will receive his second dose of chemo to end the first chemo cycle. Can you please agree with us in prayer for the following?
• That Eric is miraculously healed.
• Should the Lord choose to keep using the chemo to heal Eric, please pray that his body be strengthened to handle the chemo and to resist all kinds of infections.
• That the chemo will produce minimal to no adverse side effects in his body.
• That we draw closer together as a family and rely solely on God.
• That God will be glorified in our circumstances.
We praise the Lord that nothing is impossible with Him. Let’s keep expecting the impossible.
Thank you again for your prayers, concern, love, and support. Bless you!
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Yesterday, two students came to my office and gave our family a plateful of brownies. Mmmm, they were delicious! The gesture was another way that the Lord showed us His love through the people around us. At school, signs have been put up to remind us to pray for Eric. Red string bracelets have been circulated for the same reason. As I walk around the halls, I don’t normally go very far without anyone offering a comforting hug or reassurance of prayers. One teacher told me that her students interrupt her class to remind her that they should pause to pray for Eric. Different families have brought us our dinner for the last few days. Notes, flowers, baked goodies, and money, have all made it to our house as expressions of love and concern. We are touched with good reason. Again, we are grateful that the Lord has allowed us to go through this time so we can be awed by His love. He shows us grace that we don’t deserve. What a God He is.
Eric received his first dose of chemo medication on March 19. He was also able to celebrate his 17th birthday with his friends the following day. Thank you for praying that his body respond just as it is doing. Apart from feeling tired, Eric has been happy, feeling well, and back to school since Monday, March 22.
He now needs to strengthen his body and build it back up to handle the second dose of his first chemo cycle on April 2nd. That will then be followed by other doses on the following dates:
April 16th & 30th - second chemo cycle
May 14th & 28th - third chemo cycle
June 11th & 25th - fourth chemo cycle
Please continue to pray for Eric even when he isn't receiving the chemo treatments. As the medicine works in his body, let’s pray for his strength to be maintained. One of the side affects of chemo is that the immune system is lowered with each treatment as it works to fight the cancer. Please pray that he resists all kinds of infection.
Lastly, let’s pray for his complete healing and for God's glory to be made known in the midst of our circumstances. Thank you and bless you!
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10
Several weeks ago, 17 year old Eric was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma after a biopsy, CT, and PET scans confirmed the diagnosis. For those who are unfamiliar with the rating system used for cancer, doctors will usually refer to it in stages (Stages 1 - 4) depending on whether the cancer has spread to other places beyond the place of origin. We can be encouraged that from these possible stages, the results have shown that Eric’s cancer is in stage 2 (A) and is still localized to the lymph nodes in his neck. Stage (A) means that he has experienced little or no symptoms due to the cancer at this time.
The treatment for Eric’s cancer will include four rounds of chemotherapy, which will begin this Thursday, March 18th. This will also be followed by radiation treatments to target the specific areas of cancer. As we continue to pray for Eric and his family, please pray for the following
1. We are praying that Eric’s physical body will be strengthened in order to handle the chemo treatments and that God would give him and the Yeong family wisdom as they take each day one at a time.
2. Pray that the Lord would be abundantly merciful to allow Eric’s chemo treatments to progress with minimal side effects and that the Lord would bring healing to his body.
3. Pray for Eric to have the spiritual, emotional, and mental confidence to deal with any of the side effects from his chemo treatment. Pray Eric remains strengthened in his spirit as he remembers his identity in the Lord despite how he feels physically after his chemo treatments.
4. Pray that the Lord would allow this situation to draw the Yeong family closer together as they depend more and more on the Lord during this time.
5. And finally, pray that the Lord would continue to be glorified in all things. The Yeong family has already had opportunities to mention their faith in the Lord with the oncologist. Pray for their oncologist to see the love of Christ through the Yeong’s testimony as she witnesses His presence in their lives.
Thank you for praying. Bless you!