Thursday, July 29, 2010

Day 136

A note from Kirk...

Sarah is having a fantastic time on her Alaskan cruise! From comedians to wildlife, from the sky bridge to formal nights, there is just so much that she is taking advantage of both on board and on shore. I am happy to tell you that Sarah has not gotten sick once! Every time she calls me (which is maybe once a day for lack of cell service) she always sounds so great. I can hear my true Sarah starting to come out again. The effects of the chemo are fading into the distance and with added strength comes a confidence that I can notice just by hearing her voice. Sarah is not able get pictures to me or to write to all of you because the ship charges an arm and a leg for Internet access. I guess they have to get you somehow. As soon as she gets back we will write a post with lots of pictures so you all can see what Sarah has enjoyed so much.

Thank you all for consistently being there for us through this first phase of Sarah's treatment. I know there will be plenty of emotional issues that come along with her upcoming surgeries, but I know that chemo-therapy was the worst physical obstacle she will have to overcome. Please continue to keep Sarah in your prayers so she can regain enough strength to tackle the next step.


Friday, July 23, 2010

Day 130

A Note From Sarah: 
Guess what? I am officially famous! Kirk and I were having dinner with his family last night at Old Spaghetti Factory. When we were eating our dessert our waitress presented me with a restaurant gift card that a customer had gifted to me. She said they read my blog and wished to remain anonymous. When she walked away our table was wide eyed and smiling. Kirk looked around the table and said “I guess people are watching so next time I won’t scarf down an entire chocolate mousse cake so fast!” I was completely blown away that there was a reader of my blog at the same restaurant as me that I didn’t recognize. Either it’s a small world after all or my world is getting a little bit bigger.

I want to thank you Anonymous Reader for my gift card! I feel so special you picked me out of a crowd. I wasn’t even wearing my platinum blonde wig so you really must be an avid reader! Thanks again!

Love Always,
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Special Prayer Request: Sarah’s mom is taking her on an Alaskan Cruise. This is Sarah’s first cruise and it is just in time to celebrate her completion of her chemotherapy treatment! Please pray for a safe journey and a relaxing time together. They leave Saturday and will return on the 31st. Thank you for keeping Sarah and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Day 122

Last Chemo Day (six to go):
Monday was a day of celebration as Sarah went in for her sixth and last chemo treatment and the theme was "Princess"! Balloons, a tiara, a specially designed t-shirt, and sparkling apple cider toasts were all included in making this day special. Sarah is done with chemo!!! I can’t say enough how proud I am of my wife. She has made it through 18 weeks of one of the toughest regiments of chemo given. Not only did she make it through, as she always does, she made the most out of this truly awful situation. You won’t catch Sarah without a glowing smile on her face. Her story continues to be such an inspiration to others who are facing hardship themselves. On this last chemo day we weren’t just celebrating that Sarah had made it this far, we were celebrating the way in which she has persevered through the toughest thing in her life. As the chemo comes to a close, it is still hard to feel excited. The coming months will bring additional hardships that will definitely test Sarah’s strength once again. It isn’t easy to think about surgeries and radiation, but I know that if my Sarah can make it through chemo therapy with her head held high, there is nothing that will truly defeat her. Today I am the proudest husband. I have the best wife on the planet!!!

Sarah and I would like to thank each and every one who has supported us thus far. Not only have we never once had to worry about how to pay a medical bill, more importantly we have felt your prayers. We wouldn’t be making it without you guys.

Thank You,
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Monday, July 5, 2010

Day 112

Doesn’t God make you smile? Kirk and I are celebrating a clean CT scan a month before our third anniversary. God gives us blessings in the strangest packages. We never thought in our wildest dreams that two years into our marriage we would face losing each other. God has tested us to have faith in Him and I hope He is proud of His children for not backing down. I’m am not saying we didn’t have questions or that we weren’t a little frustrated...or a lot frustrated but we always knew deep in our hearts that we never, not even for a second left His very capable hands. The struggle that we face is maturing our marriage and our lives into something profound. God is using for good what the enemy is meaning to use to destroy. Our lives will not be overwhelmed by the enemy’s distractions. God has much to use Kirk and me for and I wouldn’t miss it for the world. I love serving a God who knows me. He knows my heart’s desires and has promised me something so special that tears of joy are streaming down my face as I write to you. I will be a mother someday because my God has spoken it over my life. God is good in the midst of the horrible and He rains blessing down in unusual ways. Never did I think I would be a mother to 17 embryos waiting to be born in Nevada but I wait patiently...alright I am not being patient and I am counting down the days! See He is making me smile right now! Praise be to God for He is good!

Thank you for continuing to keep Kirk and myself in your thoughts and prayers. We give praise to God for a clean scan and look to Him as we walk into the next stage of treatment. Pray with us that we have eyes to see and ears to hear our God. We love you all so much.

Love Always,
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