Friday, October 30, 2009


(Even though not too many read my blog!)
Jim was diagnosed with kidney cancer on June 14, 2009; a month later he is told he has cancer in his lungs. This is a slow moving type. Three months later (after our vacation in IL/WI - last two weeks in August) the bleeding and pain returns from the mass in Jim's right kidney. He took 11 treatments of radiation - seven minutes each and the bleeding and pain were gone after the second treatment. But now the side-effects are lose of taste and no appetite (he has meds for) and he is determined not to take the cancer med "sutent. He is very weak and continues to lose weight - so far 60 pounds. Once he's down to 170 we will have to be real careful not to lose anymore - all up to him - and I do everything to tempt him with all sorts of foods. But he has one more week for the radiation to wear off and I pray he'll be pigging out and gaining some weight back (not too much though.) I'm helping him with his coat on and off and he's so weak, he stumbles easily. (I pray God will make it all go away and his strength is back SOON.) We certainly appreciate all of your prayers for both of us.

Brother David with diagnosed with cancer of the lungs which was found after seeing lesions on his brain. He is being treated with radiation for the brain for three weeks. They have been told that it is "a losing battle." Only God knows the effects all of our families are going through with this cancer in a brother and a brother-in-law. We've lost one sister way too young and a brother-in-law. We have the support and prayers of so many family members and friends which is a big encourage to our families.

"To God be the glory, great things He's has done," and He will continue to do!!


  1. We are praying here in Tennessee! We love you and will continue to pray daily for you.
    Love ya! Charity

  2. ditto what charity siad.
    Love ya,

  3. Carol remember that people will read you blog but may not make a comment. Also remeber that a blog is for you as a sort of diary.

    Yes, much prayer is needed! Trusting Jim will be able to eat better soon.

  4. Aunt Carol - we are praying for Uncle Jim and you as you go through this valley! Wish I could be there to hug you in person. ((HUGS))

  5. Not to many may read your blog, but here's one person in Canada who did!

    And my heart goes out to you in your present trial. Sometimes the Lord enables us to see the "Why?" of such things. Other times, we just have to keep trusting. "Faith is the victory" indeed! I took a moment to pray for you and your family, that the Lord would somehow bring glory to Himself through all you're experiencing.

    Your blog initially caught my eye this morning because of that phrase from John Yates's hymn of the same name. (Today is the 172nd anniversary of his birth.) If you enjoy reading about hymns and their authors, I invite you to check out my daily blog on the subject, Wordwise Hymns. God bless.

  6. Carol we did lose Kathy, Bob AND Sheran remember? And Bernard's brother in July of this year. They were all too young! Dave & Jim are too young!....but God is preparing them a place as he is for us when it our turn. I have faith that they will find peace and that their suffering will be allieviated if God choses to take them. My prayers go to them, to you & to Venita for courage & calm!