Saturday, June 6, 2009

His mercies are new every morning...

The song in my head and heart today:
All that is within me cries for You alone be glorified.  Emmanuel, God with us.
My heart sings a brand new song.  The debt is paid, these chains are gone.  Emmanuel, God with us.

Thank you, Lord, for a good night's sleep and a brand new day.  Thank you that Sarah is home.  Thank you that David and Sydneyann are safely on their way to Africa.  

Yesterday we met with the medical oncologist.  I liked him.  He was very positive and encouraging.  His whole staff was very supportive.  His plan is to start me on chemotherapy beginning Monday to go along with the radiation.  The two enhance each other in my case when used simultaneously.  It will be a moderate dose of oral chemotherapy and the doctor expects minimal side effects.  That's good news!  No hair loss, mild nausea, fatigue.  The biggest problem that they see me having is diarrhea as a result of the radiation (written in small letters so as not to say it out loud!).  I have been told that within a couple of weeks I will want to stay close to a bathroom at all times!  This will last 5-6 weeks.  He also said that with this dose of chemo that my immune system will not be compromised like it is with higher doses - more good news!  I can still see and hug everyone at COF!  

There is the possibility of adding an IV chemotherapy medication depending on the results of some genetic testing on the biopsy that was taken earlier this week.  If that happens it will be a once a week procedure in his office.  

So, radiation and chemotherapy will be daily, Monday through Friday, beginning Monday or Tuesday for 28 days.  I will get good use of my parking pass as I make daily trips to the radiation center!  

"Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."  Lamentations 3:22-23


  1. That is the verse and song that I was thinking of for you these past few days too! His mercies are new every morning...

  2. As I have been running this week, I've listened to this song on my iPod, thought of you, and prayed for you. So appropriate! I pray that Jesus would reveal Himself as an OVERCOMER through you...

    Worthy of glory and honor
    Worthy of all our praise
    You overcame
    Awesome in power forever
    Awesome and great is your name
    You overcame"

  3. Laura,
    praying for you(for peace, for strength, for as little upset tummies as possible!) as you begin this phase. So glad to hear the side affects will be minimal. peace be with you!

  4. "The Spirit of God who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you and just as God raised Christ from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living in you."
    Rom 8:11

    Jesus bring the rain!

    Lord we pray for complete healing of Laura.

  5. Laura,
    I continue to pray for you and your family. You remind me of Job. Satan spoke to God claiming that if God were to strike Job's flesh and bones that Job would surely curse God to his face. Instead, Job replied with "Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?" Job 2:10. The way you continue to praise our Savior during this struggle reminds me that God deserves our constant praise and trust both during good and during times of trouble.

  6. Laura and Mark....The first thing I did when I got out of bed Monday before ANYTHING...was to check your blog and see if you had posted anything about the full body scan and there it was...WONDERFUL NEWS!!! And now more good news! Still praying and thinking of you daily. I liked the previous comment about really do remind me of Job. Praying for the next twenty-eight days to be as easy as possible for you and for this all to over soon. Praying for God's peace and strength for you and your family..with all my love!

    Vickie Dismuke

  7. "For the Lord God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right. O Lord of Heaven's Armies, what joy for those who trust in you." Psalms 84:11-12 Your trust and faith in God speaks volumes to those around you. Remember you are not alone in this journey. When you feel your weakest, He carries you! And so will your family and friends who love you! From US, UK, Asia, Africa, Mexico, Cost Rica, Australia and beyond TO heaven! Your symphony is praying! Much Love,

  8. My heart and prayer go out to you and the family, I have experience the big "C" in both of my parents, my grand mother and my uncle. The best news I can say of that is that my Grandma had Colon Cancer and has been free of it for over 10 years. They treated it wiht the same approach and then just took it out. It worked great over ten years ago so Im sure they have mastered it even moreso now. I think it is amazing that you have created this and are being so open with it all. I think this will teach people how to handle this disease when it comes to comunication towards thier kids and family.

  9. I am so glad you like your doctor and his team! That was one of my biggest worries!! Yay :)!

  10. Wait, that last comment was not David! It was me, SB! I am using David's computer & I am happy you have good doctors that are nice to you.