Quick (?) Update

Just a quick update to let you all know that Greg is doing okay since we got home. He continues to be weak and fatigued. His appetite is poor and he is having a hard time making himself eat. Today seems a bit better than the previous two days, though. He’s trying to eat small portions throughout the day, instead of three regular size meals…this seems to be working some better. We are praying that his eating gets back to normal soon, as he is continuing to lose weight.

He had labs drawn this morning, and they all came back okay. His hemoglobin is low, but not low enough to require a transfusion. He has been able to do some work from home and we are thankful for that. The fluid retention seems to be less this time as does the “chemo burn”.

Greg is scheduled to return to MD Anderson on July 8 for tests/scans followed by an admission on July 9 to start round 3 of biochemo. This is such a harsh treatment on his body and it’s hard for us to even think about going back for more. Please pray that he feels better soon; we would really like for him to have at least one good week (more would be great!) before we have to go back.

In other news, Jake and I finished his math for the year today! What a relief! Now we just have to finish Science. It has been hard keeping up with our homeschooling this year with all that’s been going on. Jake has been taking tennis lessons and seems to really enjoy it.

Emilie continues to enjoy her job at Chick-fil-A and also does a good bit of babysitting. She is trying to make her final decision on where she will attend college in the fall. She wants to either go to Point University or Clayton State….both have campuses in Peachtree City. That way she can live at home and continue to work while in school.

Katie is loving being a camp counselor at Winshape Camps in Rome, Ga. She stays really busy, but loves what she is doing. We miss her, but get to talk to her several times a week, and see her periodically on the weekends.

We continue to be overwhelmed by God’s goodness and faithfulness to us throughout this journey that He has set us on. It is not fun or easy, but He continues to show us His love and provision through our friends and family! Daily we are blessed by encouraging words, gifts, meals, cards, acts of service, care for our kids, prayers, phone calls….I could go on and on! We could never express our appreciation for these things. Things that to you seem like “no big deal” are a HUGE deal to us! Greg and I often talk about how we are ready to be on the giving side, rather than the receiving side….because we truly know how much all those “little things” really do bless others! We know that every good gift comes from our Father above, but we are thankful to each of you for allowing Him to use you to bless our family!

I know I said this was going to be a quick update. Ends up not so quick afer all….sorry!

Please continue to pray for increased strength, energy and appetite for Greg. Also, that his labs will continue to be okay.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17

A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. Prov. 11:25

Trusting His Plan,
Greg, Sandra, Katie, Emilie and Jacob

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Gina Ramsey
    Jun 20, 2013 @ 22:57:24

    Your whole family is an inspiration, through your faith. You are all examples of such grace and love. Praying for you constantly.

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  2. rhondaboyle
    Jun 20, 2013 @ 23:00:04

    Always praying for you and yours, Sandra. Love you. Rhonda

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  3. Lisa Masters
    Jun 20, 2013 @ 23:54:04

    Gina said it well, so I’ll just say “ditto.” My love and prayers are with you daily. Thanks for this “at home” update, too, and for all the effort you put into each one.

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  4. sonya
    Jun 21, 2013 @ 10:42:50

    Praying for you guys daily and thanking God for how is teaching us all through your example of DAILY walking with him. Love you guys!

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  5. Dennis Pitts
    Jun 22, 2013 @ 23:52:20

    Hello Sandra and Greg!
    So excited to see you guys will be back with Lisa and I in Houston on the 8th.
    Hate that you had such a bad trip back home!!!
    We arrived back in Picayune around 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Lisa was beat as well, wheelchair when we arrived at Hobby and when we arrived in New Orleans. Tuesday was rough for her and wednesday even worse (never got out of bed) than the day before! Thursday was a little better and Friday morning she had me take her out to breakfast before I left for work. Today has been a very good day, she is now eating better, just returned from Sonic with a nice chocolate shake in hand!
    Tomorrow morning 10:30 mass in Kiln, MS and then a ride along the beach on the MS Gulf Coast.
    We are going to try and stay at the Comfort Suites this time, Lisa doesn’t want to stay at the Rotary House this time, says it’s reminds her to much of the hospital.
    Not sure what time we’ll arrive in Houston, but if we all get there at a decent hour maybe we could have dinner together.
    Looking forward to seeing you guys!!
    Praying for you both!!

    Dennis and Lisa Pitts

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  6. Rev. Carol Taylor
    Jun 24, 2013 @ 16:25:16

    HI Sandra! Thanks for letting me know about your blog. I’ve added yours to my list http://letsgivethanks.blogspot.com/2012/01/they-dare-to-care.html

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  7. Dana Rilling
    Jun 25, 2013 @ 13:09:00

    Praying each and every day for all of you. You have an amazing family & amazing faith! Please know that our family loves all of you! Sandra, you do an amazing job with your updates, I appreciate them!

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