Well, we come to the end of another day. Thank you Lord for your grace to sustain us. We have read through the comments and read them to CJ and we want you to know we are overwhelmed by the outpouring of love towards our family. We are moved at what God is doing amongst His people. We want you to know we have a desire to respond to each and everyone of you personally but of course we just can't. We also want to return all phone calls but we have to be careful about how much we talk in front of him. He is aware of what is happening and knows pretty much everything that is going on although he can not understand it medically. We try to explain it in terms he can understand. He does know he has cancer and that he is having an operation tomorrow to put in a port to help him receive medications to kill the bad stuff. He is very nervous about this so we are leaving it at that for now. We have noticed that the more we talk about it the more nervous he becomes and the more we step out of the room to take calls the more he wonders what is going on. So please forgive us if we can not return your calls immediately. But the messages mean a lot to us and let us know we are not alone and people are still praying for us. Your prayers have become like the air we breathe for us right now. We feel like we would suffocate without them.
Today we had a good report and we thank and praise God for a clear brain MRI and clear chest CT scan. Thank you Lord. CJ also had a EKG of his heart today and a sonogram of his heart. We teased him before the procedure about what they may find inside him and he said it would be cool if they could see God living in him. Then when we went for the sonogram and she pulled up some pictures on the screen and said "Look those are the four chambers of your heart". Well there it was.....A cross divides the four chambers and you can see it clearly on the sonogram.
Other than those two tests, today was a better day for him. No pain, the rash is less itchy and the tests were pain free and quick. Tomorrow, on the other hand, is the big day. He will have the operation we mentioned before about the port being put in. They will also take some bone marrow out of his hip or back bone to determine if this is Lymphoma or Leukemia. The kind he has are very similar and can only be determined with the fluid from the bone marrow. If they find it in his bones then it is Leukemia. If not than it is Lymphoma. He will also be getting his first injection of chemotherapy tomorrow directly into his spine while he is under. I can't believe I am typing this stuff. It seems surreal. Please pray for us to be strong for him.
Friday he has a PET scan of his whole body that maps out exactly where everything is located inside him. This is more for future comparison than for right now. But they need it. Furthermore, we were very disappointed to hear he won't be going home this week like we thought. He will be starting his chemotherapy Friday and they will monitor him for at least a week before they send him home provided he has no fevers and side effects that prolong the stay. We have not mentioned that to him as of yet because we don't want to crush his little spirit before the surgery tomorrow. Please pray with us fervently that he will receive the chemo well and not get fevers and reactions that delay his release. Ask for God to have favor on us and allow him to heal as painlessly as possible and with no further complications. We want to walk through this as much as possible as a family together and being separate is very difficult. I can not describe how torn I feel between being with CJ and my daughter and two little boys at home who need their mommy. Thank you to all those making it possible for me to be with CJ during this delicate time. I am also so so so thankful for the amazing husband God has provided me with to lead me through this difficult time. He has been so strong for me and especially for CJ. Please pray for God to sustain his strength as he leads us through this. We follow him as he follows Christ!