Many of you have asked what we could use right now. If you are around during the day, Dennis would love company and a chance to get out of the house. If he is too tired to go someplace when you call, he will tell you but please keep trying. Like I said, some days are better than others. He will start a new round of treatments on September 19. He will be on the trial drug again two days a week and will start a higher dose of chemotherapy but this time he will take it for five days and then be off of it for 23 days. This cycle will repeat for the next six months minimum as long as there is no change on his MRIs.
In the last few months we have often wondered if this tumor has been present for a long time. Lower grade tumors can turn into the grade four tumor that Dennis had. Of course, that makes us think, "What if this had been found sooner?" When we were talking about this the other night, Dennis put it into perspective. He said, "If they had found this earlier, we would not have Brooke and I would do anything to have her here and have the chance to teach her about Jesus." Our perspective continues to be refocused on the things that will matter for eternity. Over the last year while we pursued Brooke's adoption, God has been changing our hearts and seeing more and more what is important. It won't matter when we stand before Christ if we had a new car or big house or money in the bank...it will matter what we did for Him.
Yes, this is a hard path we are on. It is not easy. It is extremely hard to live day-to-day wondering if all we are going through is working. If Dennis will be one of the few who survive this type of cancer long-term. I have shed more tears in the last few months than I have shed in a life-time. But ultimately, none of us know what today holds much less tomorrow. What matters is what we do right now.
Dennis has been teaching Brooke about showing her love to others by what she does. How true this is for us as well. We show our love for Christ by how we love and serve others. Right now, we are often on the receiving end of others outpouring of love. We have seen Christ in so many of you. We hope that those we encounter along this journey see Christ's love in us as well.
Pray for us:
- Pray that we will show Christ's love to the people we meet as we journey through Dennis' treatments.
- Pray for complete healing for Dennis.
- Pray for us that we will not be discouraged. There are times when this is overwhelming.
- Pray for our peace.