Written by Jodee McCabe
Thursday, 22 September 2011 11:44 p.m.
Dear Friends and Family,
Sept. has been very busy. Even with the end of the camp season, we manage to fill our days with friends and outings and meetings and trips.
We did get in one more kayak trip with church friends. After church one Sunday, we met at a friend's home and kayaked down part of Piseco Lake, through the outlet and all the way down Big Bay to Route 10. (Well, SOME of us made it to the end :-) ) Then we turned around and paddled UP STREAM. Going back was a bit more challenging because you are actually paddling uphill in places. Although it is too gradual to really see, you can tell by the increase in the current. We all made it back safely and felt quite accomplished. But with the days getting shorter, we didn't have too much daylight to spare.
On Sept. 15, we packed the car and headed back to Cincinnati. Rain always seems to find us when we travel and there was no shortage of construction projects to navigate, but God was gracious and we arrived home safely after a short visit with Megan at her office. We usually try to see her when we pass through Columbus.
On Friday evening, we met 8 others from our OH church at Grace Fellowship Church in Florence KY. We participated in their Counseling and Discipleship Training Program, which is a continuation of what we began back in February at Faith Baptist Church in Lafayette, IN. We met some great people and heard really good teaching. The seminar lasted until almost 10 p.m. and resumed at 8 a.m. Sat. until 5 p.m. At the conclusion, we were ready to VEG out for awhile!
Sunday we got to attend ECC and then rushed over to Roger Bacon to get to see our grandson, "MATT", play football. Ever since he saw "Matt" written on his helmet, that is how he prefers to be called. We are trying to cooperate, but after being well trained to call him "Matthew", change is hard :-)
Matthew....I mean "Matt", after his game.
After his game, I dropped Dan off and attended a baby shower for a long-time friend and then both of us went to Morgan's basketball game. That was quite the day!
Monday was SCAN day. As we were driving to the hospital, I confessed to Dan that I was kind of emotionally resisting the whole idea of having to return to the hospital....after having a wonderful summer of normalcy.....it seemed like a sort of harsh reality check. He had the much better attitude of just being grateful for getting 4 months reprieve and for having had the summer without needing to drive back and forth every two weeks like last year. I admitted that was where I needed to be too.
Monday evening we got to see Emma play soccer. Her team was doing very well learning their positions and controlling the ball for second graders! We were impressed!
Emma, after her soccer game.
Tues., we met with Dan's new oncologist, Dr. Dyhouse. We spent a little time just getting acquainted and then she gave us her interpretation of the scan results. Basically, there are no new developments for which we are VERY GRATEFUL. There are a couple of areas that maybe were not quite as
clear cut in terms of whether or not there was progression but once again, wording from radiologist to radiologist makes this a bit dicey now and then.
She (the oncologist) felt that the "disease is stable" for right now and that our current course of action, which is watching with blood tests every 2 months and scans every 4 months is correct, unless/until there are new "clinical signs" (symptoms that Dan or I notice) that develop or those tests show definite changes.
The beginning I referred to in the title is the beginning with a new oncologist. Changing doctors is always difficult. It takes time to get used to a new personality and a new way of communicating. It takes time to build up trust or confidence. But we are grateful that we have the same supporting staff, especially Oncology Nurse, Arlene, to help us in the transition.
We are so very grateful for the continued remission for Dan, and safe travels to Cincinnati and back to NY. We are grateful for so many who faithfully pray for us and encourage us on this "journey". We are very grateful for the discipling we are receiving through the counseling program we have been studying, which is helping us to get and to keep things in an "eternal perspective". Our desire is to be able to effectively share that with others. We continue to hope for complete healing for Dan. We are honest with God about what we hope for, but we ask for that eternal perspective and increasing desire to rest in His plan for us.
So thank you to each one who reads our blog and prays for us. We know the impact your faithfulness in prayer has had on us and we hope that in some small way it has drawn you closer to the LORD ......in growing confidence in His sovereignty and power. As you pray for us, please pray that our eyes remain on Christ in eternity but also on what He would have us doing in the meantime.
With love and gratitude, Jodee and Dan