A Hard Couple Of Days

The last two days have been hard for us, both physically and emotionally. On Monday morning we left the hotel at 8:30 to go to the hospital for Greg’s tests/scans. After a full day of testing, we didn’t get back to the hotel until after midnight! We were worn out!

Yesterday morning we checked out of the hotel and went for Greg’s 9:30 appointment. Once again we were hit with some bad news. The doctor says that Greg is having what they call a “mixed response” to the biochemotherapy. The multiple tumors in his lungs, liver, adrenals and thigh look much better! That’s the good news. The bad news is that the tumors in his spine, ribs and hip have gotten worse and increased (although, some of the places have improved). They also found a “spot” on Greg’s brain. It is not 100% certain that this is a tumor, but they are leaning towards the idea that it is. It is very small and the doctor said that even if they knew for sure that it was tumor, at this point it is too small to do anything about. One more thing that they told us is that Greg’s heart function has decreased as a result of all the fluid that is given during the treatments. They don’t feel it’s dangerously decreased at the time, but some changes will be made during this next round of treatment.

We left the doctor’s office and went to check in for admission. They said they would call us when his bed was available. We went from their to have Greg’s PICC line inserted. Once finished, we still had not heard about a bed, so we went back to the admissions office. Around 5 or 6 pm, we were told that there were no beds available and that Greg would not be admitted yesterday. So, the hunt began to find a hotel to stay at for the night. Unfortunately, there is a Microsoft convention in town and all of the local hotels were full! After about the 20th phone call, Greg finally found a room at a Motel 6 (yippee :() out by the airport.

In the midst of all of the yuck that we were experiencing at the time, the Lord again provided for us. As we were getting our bags out of storage, we ran into a couple that we have gotten to know over the last couple rounds of treatment. They too, were not able to be admitted and were headed to a hotel for the night. They had access to a car and offered to drop us off at our hotel room. That was a huge blessing and saved us cab fare!

So, it’s about 9:30am and we are waiting for our friends to come back by to pick us up so that we can all head back to the hospital. We are praying that we get into a room today…and quickly! We want to go ahead and get this treatment started and done. They will be changing Greg’s treatment a bit for this round. One of the chemo drugs will be exchanged for a different chemo that better targets metastasis to the brain and bone. Some of the prehydration fluids will be given over a longer period of time to hopefully reduce the fluid load on Greg’s heart. They will also give the IV chemo for 3 days rather than 4, also to help reduce the risk of fluid overload. The other thing that is being planned is for Greg to begin taking an oral chemo when this treatment is finished and we go home. It would be taken during the period between rounds of biochemo. The drug is similar to Zelboraf (the oral chemo that Greg took in the past) and we are praying that it will have a good effect on the tumors, just as the Zelboraf did.

Hard times and hard news to hear, but our God remains the same good God that loves us and provides for us. He is the same God that we praise when the news is good and when our life is sweet. He has not changed. And we will choose to continue to praise Him, even when the news is bad and our life is not so sweet. He is faithful and He is good!

Please pray for the following:
1. That our family would handle our current circumstances in a way that pleases the Lord and points others to Him
2. That a bed would be available today so that we could get the treatment started quickly
3. That Greg would tolerate the treatment well and that the treatment would be effective in destroying the cancer cells
4. That Greg’s heart function would not be compromised during the treatment
5. That the doctors would have wisdom regarding the next steps in treatment
6. That Greg and I, along with our kids, would keep our thoughts in line with God’s Word. That we would not give in to anger, bitterness, depression, frustration and thoughts of hopelessness. But, instead will continue to trust in the One who is our Hope!

Again, we thank each of you for praying for us, encouraging us, and serving us during this time in our lives!

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed. 1 Cor. 4:8-9

Lord, sustain me as You promised, that I may live! Do not let my hope be crushed. Psalm 119:116

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


11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dana Rilling
    Jul 10, 2013 @ 11:31:24

    Continued thoughts & prayers to both of you.



  2. Faye
    Jul 10, 2013 @ 11:31:46

    I’ll be praying.



  3. Gina Ramsey
    Jul 10, 2013 @ 11:39:01

    Oh I so hate to hear this! But I still have hope and faith that Greg will make it through this – and you too! As always your whole family is in my heart and prayers.



  4. Christi McCully
    Jul 10, 2013 @ 11:41:00

    Praying for you guys.



  5. Gary & Lenora Maner
    Jul 10, 2013 @ 13:27:39

    You are all in our thoughts and daily Prayers.



  6. Michele
    Jul 10, 2013 @ 14:42:00

    Sandra- if you ever can’t get admitted, please, PLEASE call me! We have a guest room, and there is my sister in law’s home that is just sitting empty, plus their cars at my disposal-so you can always, always take mine. Praying you get a room today, but if not- let me know 770-403-3256. Whatever you need, remember-you have family here in Houston now 🙂



  7. Sherie Evans
    Jul 10, 2013 @ 15:11:56

    Sandra for some reason I was praying for you and Greg in the middle of the night again. After reading this, I know God woke me to pray. As soon as I read your post I started praying and sent a copy by email to my sister and my brother-in-law( Heidi Hick’s parents) so they would know how to pray and add These new things to their congregation’s prayer list.

    Praying your list my sweet sister in the Lord-
    I know that your family asks the Lord to make it possible for you to handle all of these new circumstances in a way that pleases the Lord and points others to Him. I pray this as well and ask The Lord to help you and Greg and the kids to have emotional rest.
    I will be praying for the hospital to make a bed available today so that Greg could get the treatment started quicker rather than later. I will be
    lifting up Greg before the Lord and asking for Him to make Greg tolerate the treatment well and that the treatment would be effective in destroying the cancer cells.
    I am praying that Greg’s heart function would not be compromised during the treatment, that it would remain or get better.
    I am asking the Lord to guide the doctors in having wisdom for the next steps in Greg’s treatment.
    I am surely praying that both you and Greg would keep your thoughts in line with God’s Word. I am also praying the same for the kids. I know without constant prayer support it would be easy to give in to anger, bitterness, depression, frustration and thoughts of hopelessness. I am praying that all of these prayers would help you to stay strong and not given in as you asked praying that instead you will be able to continue to trust in Jesus the One who is your Hope!
    Praying these two scriptures you posted-
    Lord Your Word is mighty! I pray it back to You for Greg Masters and his family. Father they are afflicted in every way, but I ask that this cancer will not crush; will not find them perplexed, will not drive them to despair; even though they may be persecuted, let them not be forsaken; struck down, or destroyed. 1 Cor. 4:8-9

    Lord, sustain Greg and Sandra as You promised, that I Greg may live! Do not let their hope be crushed. Psalm 119:116

    In the strong name of Jesus, AMEN.



  8. rhondaboyle
    Jul 10, 2013 @ 18:28:12




  9. Karla Lail
    Jul 10, 2013 @ 21:49:03

    Still praying for you guys! Philippians 4:6,7 comes to mind. I will pray for God’s peace that passes all understanding. Hugs!



  10. Sandy Joiner Ivy
    Jul 10, 2013 @ 22:41:59

    Greg and I too will be lifting up all your prayer request to our Heavenly Father.



  11. Laura
    Jul 11, 2013 @ 01:15:06

    Humbled, encouraged, & clinging to God’s faithfulness with you – still praying.



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