I have been doing pretty well this week. Each day I have gotten a little bit stronger. Still I find myself fatigued and in bed for 2-3 hours each day. I still look pretty skinny-I may weigh around 145 lbs? Also, last Sunday I was very nauseated and sick for most of the day. In fact I had to leave church in the middle of the sermon as I started to feel very ill. I continue to get the fluid drained out of my abdomen-now twice per week. I go in every Monday and Thursday. I accumulate 1 liter of fluid each day. I continue to have pain, but for the most part it is under control. I did ave two night in the past week where I was up most of the nights. When that happens, it generally throws off my days too. Chemo is scheduled for next Wednesday, but I may cancel it. If I don’t have enough strength, stamina, weight, etc… built up before hand, there is no sense in doing it.
Karen and the boys continue to stay busy. Karen is off on another hockey photo shoot this weekend. The guys and I are at home but will go to Dave and Jill’s tomorrow for my nephew Zane’s B-day party. Then Brenden and Jaxson will ave a sleep over with them. My sister is coming to town and will actually stay at our house on Saturday night. Brenden and Jaxson both are excelling in school. Both are in advanced Math classes and Brenden is also in an advanced reading class. I woke up two days ago to a debate between Brenden and Jaxson on what they are going to be when they grow up. Jaxson was upset that Brenden was not going to be an engineer like him. Brenden said he wanted to stick with the science stuff. Jaxson made up his mind about 6 months ago that he was going to be an engineer when he grows up. I think he is trying to follow in Grandpa Stratton’s foot steps. Jaxson’s mind works like Chuck’s, so it only makes sense. Jaxson and Karen continue progressing through their Tae Kwon Do.
For me…it is all about healing. In the book of Acts, Peter notes that disease is an oppression of the devil. In 1st John 3:8 it states that Jesus mission while He was on this earth, was to destroy the works of the devil. In Matthew 4:24 it states that Jesus healed everyone He came into contact with, no matter what the disease. In Matthew 8 verse 2 it shows that Jesus attitude is that He wants to heal. When Jesus sacrificed Himself on the cross it states in Isaiah 53:3-5 that he died for our sins and diseases. So “by His stripes, I am Healed”. In Hebrews 13:8 it states that Jesus is unchanging between what His attitude was then and now. In Deuteronomy 30:19 it tells us to choose either life or death. I choose life. In Psalms 90 it states that we are granted 70-80 years life on this earth. Basically I stand on all of these things and continue to move forward with my Healing. It is a gift from God.
Feel like you just attended church? I just thought I would tell you where my head is at. It is so fun to read everyone’s comments-especially from people I had no idea that were reading the blog. (Nice to hear from you Karen Bannor) I wonder how many other ’87classmates are reading…Thank you to everyone who takes the time to read this. It is comforting to my soul.
I love you all and will continue to keep you in the loop on where next week heads. Thank you for all the prayers and for all the gifts from everyone. We feel very blessed.