We want to thank for your faithful prayers and support the last 3 months. It’s been a tough road filled with unrelenting pain for Cheryl. She has now finished 5 weeks of chemotherapy with its constant nausea (but she didn’t lose her hair!), 25 rounds of external radiation with the intense burning it causes, and 4 weeks of internal radiation which felt like, she says, giving birth to a steel baby every time she had it. She has also worn a drainage tube the entire time because of the lymph nodes that we’re removed in her abdomen and the fluid which has been draining ever since. This led to an abdominal infection for which she was had to be hospitalized twice. In addition, she has had a blot clot in her pelvis which has slowed the flow of blood in her right leg causing a painful case of lymphedema, for which she gives herself an injection of blood thinner every evening.
And yet, in answer to your prayers, God has in His mercy given her the strength to persevere. The cancer has been greatly reduced, almost destroyed, for which we give Him praise. The final step, Lord willing, is surgery on December 19 at which time she will undergo a radical hysterectomy and have the other tissues affected by the cancer removed. It will also be exploratory in the sense that the surgeons will try to find the reason for the constant drainage in her abdomen.
Our prayer is that Cheryl will regain enough strength for surgery. She must also remain infection free. Even as I write this note, she is running another fever. Pray that it will pass without the need for another stay in the hospital. Pray also for spiritual strength and complete healing. Our hope is that by February we’ll be able to fly to Virginia to see the baby Rebecca is expected to deliver next month.
With love and thanks in Christ,
Pastor Gary for Cheryl