Wednesday, February 8, 2017

LAST chemo!!

"No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:37-39

Today marks the 6th and LAST chemo treatment for my dad! We still have to wait the final scans on March 1st to get the all clear, but we are believing that God has healed him! We are so thankful for the nurses and doctors that have taken care of him through this process and for the prayers of so many of our friends and family as we we've been on this rollercoaster that started in June. We were faced with waiting, gut punches, more waiting, gut punches, and then even more waiting... This is a journey that has strengthened our faith for sure. And man, has my dad allowed God to be a light in him through it all. He did it all with little complaint and a smile on his face, reminding us that God is still good and that there is reason to rejoice in each day that the Lord made. 

I cried buckets of tears when my mom sent me the video of him ringing the bell to signify the last of his treatments. God is so, so good. 
{ringing it with another man that entered this at the same time as my dad}
...and then even more buckets when she sent me this one of the 2 of them with her oncologist that then became my dad's oncologist too. Our family has watched both of my parents get diagnosed. We've fought the fear the comes with the terrible C word, but we've come out stronger as a family unit and as children of God. Of course we wouldn't ask for these trials, but in a way we're thankful for the opportunity for God to show himself to us through them. To be forced to lean on our faith because it was all we had. 
And of course we're thankful that it ended well for us as we believe the same outcome for my dad that he'll be deemed cancer free! We know that these stories don't always end this way, but we believe that God is no less good when it turns out differently. Harder, absolutely....but through the birth of Jesus, HOPE was born into the world. As believers, we have hope in the eternal. 

Thank you for those of you that have prayed along with us and walked beside us. We ask that you continue to pray that He who began a good work in us will continue it until it is finished. 

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