Sad News

The doctors have finally come to a decision as to why Greg has been experiencing these symptoms and feeling so bad over the last several days.  It is not due to an infection, rather it is because the disease has spread and is growing rapidly.  The CT scan that was done yesterday revealed “tiny spots” in several new areas….both lungs, the liver and both adrenal glands.  None of these spots were present on scans done two weeks ago.

We are so very sad about this news.  It was hard enough getting the news a couple of weeks ago that it is now in some of his bones, but now this.  Greg continues to feel poorly and has had to endure many tests today…..a pulmonary function test, an echocardiogram and an MRI of his brain.  Please, please pray that the MRI is clear.  We are waiting now for them to come in and insert a PICC line.  After it’s inserted, he will go back down for another x-ray to make sure it is in proper position.

Because growth is happening so quickly, the doctors do not feel that it is wise to delay the biochemo for the surgery to be done.  So, as much as we had wanted to do the surgery and harvest for TIL’s, that is not going to happen.  The doctors want to start the biochemo ASAP.  That is why they are inserting the PICC line.  The biochemo will  start in the morning.  We really hate for Greg to start this harsh treatment when he is already feeling so poorly, but there doesn’t seem to be a choice.

The regimen will be for Greg to receive three different chemo drugs along with 2 immunological drugs at various times throughout the next five days.  Days 6 and 7 will be considered “recovery days”.  They say that he may gain as much as 20 lbs in fluid weight over the five days and the recovery days will be used to help his body get rid of that fluid as well as trying to get back to normal.  After day 7, he will be discharged from the hospital.  He will be out for 14 days, then return to begin another cycle.  They plan to try to do six cycles.  After two cycles, scans will be repeated to see how his body is responding to the treatment.

As I said, we are so disappointed in these recent changes, but are so thankful that our God never changes.  We keep reminding ourselves and each other that none of this has taken Him by surprise.  We, along with many others, have prayed for Greg to be healed and for the cancer to not spread.  We know that God has heard those prayers, but since it has spread we know that He has allowed it for some reason.  We will continue to try to walk it out in a way that pleases Him, although it’s really hard right now.  We know that He has a plan for Greg and for our family, and we have to trust that that plan is good, even when it’s hard to see the good.  As Greg told me earlier today, “If I can trust God for my salvation, surely I can trust Him with my health.”  He is a good God and we will cling to Him….He is our hope!

Please pray for the following:

1. That our family would deal with our current circumstances in a way that pleases God and points others to Him

2. That the MRI of the brain would be clear

3. That Greg would tolerate the biochemo with minimal side effects

4. That the Lord would use this biochemo to completely heal Greg’s body

5. For our kids.  It is so hard to be away from them and have to call from Houston to give them sad news like this.  Pray that they would feel the Lord’s peace and comfort while we are away.  Pray for Katie, who is struggling with being away at camp this summer, that she would have a peace about going on with her plans.

6. For all of us, that we would not become angry or bitter or depressed, but that we would continue to focus on one day at a time, trusting the plan that the Lord has for our family.

“We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.”  2 Corinthians 4:8-9

Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.”  John 11:4

Thank you all for praying for us!

Trusting His Plan,

Greg, Sandra, Katie, Emilie and Jacob

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12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Susan Dell
    May 17, 2013 @ 23:44:31

    Praying… God of hope, please fill Greg and Sandra with all joy and peace as they trust in You so that they may overflow with hope by the power of Your Spirit. Thank You that as they continue to hope in You, they will never be disappointed.

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  2. marykprather
    May 17, 2013 @ 23:56:04

    Sandra ~ we are praying without ceasing. Our God can do mysterious, wonderful things. I am grateful you are walking with HIM through this unknown territory. Thank you for these updates – big hugs to you.

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  3. Ben and Shirley Brimer
    May 17, 2013 @ 23:56:20

    Please know that the Brimer family is praying for you guys.

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  4. Michele Bradfield
    May 18, 2013 @ 00:32:11

    Never forget that you and your family are being lifted up in prayer by so many people and that God is holding you and Greg in the palm of His hand. Our Father in Heaven loves you both and will not forsake you.

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  5. Vickie Lummus
    May 18, 2013 @ 00:55:11

    Sandra,
    We continue to pray daily for you all! I am so thankful for his doctor’s and that you can go there for treatment. This disease is so hard to understand on any level, but you are at the finest place! So we will continue to pray! We love your family and admire so much how you glorify God even in the midst of so heavy a burden! But each day God has shown in some way that he is with you every step. And I am so grateful He has! Praying for peace and rest tonight for you both! God will watch over you both tonight and prepare you for his next steps of treatment! Sleep well my nurse friend! Vickie

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  6. Gina Ramsey
    May 18, 2013 @ 02:36:26

    I was at Mama’s house when Carolyn called with the heartbreaking news and I have have hard time thinking of anything else since. Tell Greg I love him and am praying for both of you and the kids. Thank you so much for taking the time to keep us updated. Gina

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  7. Sherie Evans
    May 18, 2013 @ 04:24:59

    Sandra,it is 4am as once again I have been awake during the night, praying for Greg. I know this news is so scary, but I have to keep thanking God that He is aware and not taken by surprise. I keep remembering the last time I talked to Greg right after his surgery. Ricky and I hugged him and prayed for God to keep healing him. I thank God for MD Anderson, I know it is so well known for all the research and all the cutting edge procedures in cancer treatment. Praying hard for you, Katie, Emilie and Jacob. Praying that Greg will be able to start this Biochemo quickly, that his side effects will be minimal and that his days of recovery will pass with less fluid gain. Asking for HEALING in the Power, in the Name and in the very BLOOD of Jesus. Praying scriptures which are the very Words of God that not only does it build your faith to believe, it will remind you when all those aches and pains come, that Jesus took sicknesses and diseases with Him to the cross when He died. Sickness and disease was crucified with Christ on the cross.
    1Pet 2:24……….(Jesus) bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness — by whose stripes you were healed.

    Isa 53:5………….He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.

    Prov 3:8…………It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones.

    Ex 15:26…………I am the Lord who heals you.

    Ps 103:3………..Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases…

    Ex 23:25………..serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you.

    Lord I pray Your very Words back to You on behalf of my friend Greg. Give him strength to endure as You heal his body. Give Sandra rest as she cares for Greg. Bring people to pray and to watch over Katie as she goes to Berry to begin her work. Continue to bring family and friends to Emilie and Jacob to pray for them and to care for them. In the mighty, strong name of your son, Jesus, Amen.
    I love you Greg and Sandra

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  8. rhondaboyle
    May 18, 2013 @ 06:45:02

    Love you both, Sandra. Praying for God’s peace. ~ Rhonda

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  9. Mike & Kathy Masters
    May 18, 2013 @ 07:24:24

    Heartbreaking news. Words fail. Just know we are thinking of you and hoping for the best.

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  10. Alicia Strickland
    May 18, 2013 @ 07:43:19

    Father God, we stand before today asking for Your healing hand to touch Greg. We know through You, Lord all things are possible. Father be the strength, guidance and wisdom behind all that are working with Greg, the nurses, doctors and the surgeons. Lord, give Sandra a renewed strength with peace and comfort as they go through this next leg of their journey. Father, hold this family in Your loving hands, giving Jacob, Emilie and Katie peace and security as they walk this with their parents. We stand before You today Lord, knowing that You are a God that will light our paths and that You are in control, trusting Your plan for each of us asking for You to heal Greg. In Jesus name we pray.

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  11. Sandy
    May 18, 2013 @ 18:49:31

    Sandra, We will keep you all in prayer through this trial.

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  12. Kathy Saul Mccormick
    May 19, 2013 @ 19:34:16

    Sandra , I’m praying for you and Greg and your continued faith and strength , love to you in this difficult time … Kathy

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