We have some updates on Bennett that we wanted to share with you all. During the doctor appointment today, they shared that they were not encouraged by Bennett’s liver numbers (they get these from his blood) and the tumor isn’t appearing to shrink after the first round of chemo. So instead of waiting until next week to begin round two, they are starting TONIGHT!
Honestly, we are having some mixed emotions about this. Of course we are saddened by the initial news that the chemo hasn’t affected the tumor yet. But at the same time we are excited that our doctors are staying multiple steps ahead of this thing and willing to get started now because it’s best for Bennett. We honesty can’t imagine going through this anywhere else!
So for now we are finding hope in a few different things. For one…we are hopeful because this is just the beginning. There is always more to do. If this doesn’t work, the doctors will continue to look for a plan that does. And of course, the main source of our hope is the Lord.
Many of you have shared about how you have cried for us and some of you have even cried along with us. So I thought it would be appropriate to share with you the time I cried as well. To begin, you need to know that Megan calls me heartless (in a joking way of course). I’m the most even keeled person you may ever meet. I just don’t have drastic emotions, and so I don’t cry that often. But the first night in Memphis after we found out Bennett’s diagnosis, God met me in a powerful way that brought me to tears. I was driving to Kroger to get some things we needed and as I pulled in the parking lot my favorite song came over the radio. Please do what I did and turn this up loud. Take a minute and listen.
As I sang out loud along with this song, I found myself sobbing and the answer to this great question…If our God is for us what can stand against? The answer…Nothing!
Cancer cannot stand against us.
Fear cannot stand against us.
Isolation cannot stand against us.
No enemy can stand against us because our God is FOR US! He is FOR BENNETT! And the only way we can keep our eyes on that…the only way we can keep our hearts encouraged…is to worship the God who is for us and our son. So as you join us in worship right now, know that we are praising God for these things…
- We are so thankful that one of Bennett’s favorite nurses is going to be with him tonight when he gets this next round of drugs. Pray for Mieka and the other nurses as they take care of Bennett the next couple of days.
- We are also thankful that it looks like Bennett will be getting this next round in the evening again. He was able to sleep through the last round and we are praying it goes that well again.
- We are also thankful that he no longer has RSV! He is still positive for the flu, but it is not hitting him hard. Pray that it goes away and gets out of isolation by the time he is released from the hospital.
- We are thankful that the doctors are ready to treat this thing aggressively. Pray that this round of chemo will work towards shrinking the tumor and we get closer to removing it surgically.
Thank you for battling with us. God is using you to hold us up when we are weak!