So we met with the oncologist yesterday. The mode before hand was somewhat somber; yet as we talked with the doctor I have to say Mary seemed to gain a renewed energy. The past few weeks have seen a noticeable decrease in the symptoms of liver failure. She is far less yellow than in early to mid September.

Based on the positive changes, we have decided to do at least one more round of the chemo, that’s two treatments a week apart. Treatment one was yesterday. We will watch for side effects and hopefully more positive changes in her overall health.

While she continues to work on a limited schedule, we will soon begin the the process of an early (by government standards) retirement with disability. She still has noticeable retention of fluid and shortness of breath brought on by the fluid build up around the lungs. All of this is a result of the cancer.

Your prayers have been felt. Not just yours but those of the many small groups and churches that have included us in their prayers. We still face many challenges, some new, some old and the emotional strain of the journey.

with Love and thanks Mike, Sarah, Rebecca and Mary

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,   ~~ Hebrews 12:1