Friday, July 17, 2009

1 Treatment Down!

Alan had his first radiation treatment today. We left the hospital around 1:30. Everything seemed to go well, so we will just continue to pray that this shrinks the tumors and gives Alan some kind of relief from the pain in his back too. Alan is doing well and feeling as well as he normally does. We have taken it pretty easy this afternoon. We went to the grocery store and got a few groceries so we don't have to eat out all of the time. It is so nice to be able to stay at a house especially while having to be down here so long. It is a wonderful blessing! I'm not sure what our plans are for the weekend. Maybe we will catch a movie or visit the Bass Pro Shop. I'm sure that will make Alan happy...:-). There is plenty to do, it's just getting there. Houston is the 4th largest city, so I'm pretty proud of myself for getting us around. Thank goodness for the GPS too!!

Update on my mom....it is not staph, so it is the spider bite. Obviously I have not seen it in a week, but the update is it's not looking too pretty. The good news is that it is not staph, so she will be able to be around the kids more. Sydney has been at her summer babysitters most of the week and Carson has been at Wee School, so my parents and Alan's get a break here and there.

We just continue to pray for Alan's healing and hopefully we are on the right path with the radiation. A good friend, Felicia Toler, left this on my facebook page today and I loved this verse, so I want to share it with all of you:

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him." James 1: 2-4, 12

Alan has been so strong through all of this. Yes, it's hard...some times are harder than others and people tell Alan all of the time that they do not think they could be as strong as he has been. Alan tells them, that yes, you would be...look at your children....your family. You will put up a strong fight so you can see your children and be with them. Only God knows your plan. Regardless of what it is, we will still put up the fight and we will preserver.

Thank You All!
Love,
Melissa

3 comments:

Jill Sullivan said...

Thanks for the comments you left on our blog and for sharing Hannah's story on your blog...I'm so glad to know that her story has been an encouragement to you guys along your journey.

So many people have commented on our strength as well as we've traveled this road...we've told people that what appears to be strength is really great weakness...meaning that we have no strength of our own...it is all from God. It sounds like that would describe your experience too!

We are praying!

Jill & Family

Jill Sullivan said...

Oh...One more thing. We will be coming to share Hannah's story at FBC Crossett on August 16th during the morning service. Maybe we could meet then...or if your pastor would like for us to come to Mount Olive, we could come there that evening, or some other Sunday that might work out better. We are willing to go wherever God calls us to share His goodness through Hannah's story.
~Jill

Beth said...

That verse gave me chills. Just another big distant hug from us. I wish I was there to give you a GREAT big Hug!!! WE are thinking of you and praying for you daily! If there is anything we can do, please let us know. We love you guys!