The results of CJ's EKG of the heart came back and everything looks good. We give praise, thanks and glory to God for protecting CJ's heart throughout the last four months of chemotherapy. He was able to begin phase 4 today and receive his chemotherapy. He has the weekend to rest and allow the chemo to do its job and then he goes back on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of next week for more chemo. CJ also began a steroid regimen again with this phase. Although this is a different steroid than he had in the beginning, we can anticipate all the side effects we experienced before with the steroids. He is also receiving the same meds that cause hair loss and low blood counts. So we are back to the beginning folks and we need to storm the throne with prayers on his behalf. Remember, when he began these meds four months ago, he began with high counts and a strong body. This time we begin four months into chemo, his counts are low, and his body is weak. Pray for strength. Pray for sustainment. It's time to remember what the C-B-C on the bracelets stand for. It is a two-fold message. It stands for Child Battling Cancer. And he is battling folks. He is fully engaged, wearing the full armor of God. And it also stands for the acronym of Complete Blood Counts. When CJ gets his blood drawn they say they are checking his "CBC". So let's put the bracelets on and pray, pray, pray. If you need a bracelet or yours broke, I will be more than glad to replace it. Contact me via email or the blog comments and I will send you one.
I want to thank all of you for your prayers. Thank you for praying for his spirit to be strengthened. He seemed to have a breakthrough today. The last few visits he has been struggling more and more with going to his appointments. Although this is not out of the ordinary for a child of CJ's age battling cancer, this is out of the ordinary compared to how he handled the last four months. I shared with you in the previous post that I sensed a weariness in him. We have prayed with him, read him Scripture and given him battle imagery to encourage him. He was upset last night anticipating the appointment today and I expected the same struggle to reoccur. But he did amazing at his appointment. He never complained and was only a little nervous when they accessed his port. We had a good time together and I whipped his but at cards. On the way home I told him I was really proud of him and noticed a big difference in him today. I asked him what it was that caused the change. He said his dad prayed with him last night before they went to bed and then he said that he started thinking about a scene in the movie Facing the Giants. He said it was the scene where the boy is doing the death crawl, blindfolded and his coach is there the whole time encouraging him not to give up, not to quit, to give it his all. The boy was really struggling, but when he focused on his coaches voice above the pain and weariness he was able to press on. CJ said he realized he needed to be like that. And the more he thought about that scene in the movie, the more he was encouraged.
I never fully grasped the depths of that scene until I listened to CJ today tell me how it encouraged him and gave him strength. I never realized the similarities in CJ's trial and the blindfolded boy who could not see the end zone. CJ is like that boy. He is facing his giants. He is on a death crawl. He feels like he is blindfolded and there is no end in sight. He feels the weariness and the fatigue. His strength is waning. But when he focuses on his Coaches voice, the voice of Truth, he finds strength he did not know he had and he is able to press on further than he would ever think possible. My prayer is that like the boy in the movie, when the blindfold is finally removed, CJ will look around and be completely amazed at how far he has come.
Keep listening to the Voice of Truth.
Block out all other voices that compete for your attention. Tune your heart to the Fathers Voice and he will take you from strength to strength.
We love you, Mommy and Daddy
Here are some pictures of the EKG CJ had done on his heart. Before CJ went to have his first EKG we were explaining to him that it is when they take pictures of your heart. He said it would be neat if we could see God living in there. Then a half hour into the procedure his technician suddenly said, "Look at this, this is the four chambers of your heart." And when we looked up at the screen, there was a cross. It was really cool. But we did not have a camera that first time. So when I heard we were getting another EKG I brought my camera this time. I wondered if it would still be there. Maybe we imagined it. And sure enough... there it was! It is so cool to see in person, so I hope the picture come out good.