Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Change of Plans

Yesterday’s visit to the Cleveland Clinic was a difficult one.   Jeff’s new MRI showed more changes in the optic nerve as well as in his brainstem.  That being interpreted means the leukemia is continuing to infiltrate his brain.

The team of oncologists responsible for Jeff’s care consulted other even more specialized oncologists and determined that the best course of action is to discontinue chemotherapy and begin whole brain radiation.  Today.

So I’m rearranging schedules to accommodate this new development.  That’s just the way life is sometimes.  Unpredictable.  We plan ahead to the best of our ability with the information we have.  And sometimes we get new information that forces us to change gears. 

You might be surprised to know that Jeff and I both slept very restfully last night.  How is that possible?  Well, a couple of thoughts come to mind.  But, mainly, we are just that sure of God’s goodness.  This is rubber-meets-the-road kind of faith in practice.  And I tell you what, I am so glad to know God!  I can not imagine how someone could digest the kind of news we received yesterday without being confident that God is faithful and good and wants to bear all our burdens. 

What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge, take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do your friends despise, forsake you? Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield you; you will find a solace there.  
--Joseph Scriven

“But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill.  I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me.” Psalms 3:3-5

9 comments:

Mamastiks said...

Adrienne - I am so sorry to hear of this development. We will continue to pray for God's grace for you, Jeff and the kids. Amy

Dot O said...

Adrienne, I had no idea you were walking this journey with your hubby. Be assured that my prayers will be with you daily.

heidiannie said...

Yours is a strong testimony, Adrienne.
Your life and faith and witness is to the Praise of His Glory.
May you and your family be bathed in God's love and grace and mercy, and surrounded by the prayers of those who love you.

deejbrown said...

Adrienne: It has been said that your faith will make you well. I am beginning to understand that it was not meant in the way we assume but as a greater life of the spirit.
Arms wide open to you and your husband.

Shelley said...

I will be praying for your family. Your faith is inspiring!

SacrificeofPraise said...

praying for you and Dr. Jeff.

jescandlon said...

Adrienne-
You and Jeff are continually in my prayers. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to relieve any pressures you have. How are you holding up on meals? Can Ang, Drew and I bring you some to freeze?

Continuing to keep you in our prayers. . .

~Janine

Angie - The Arthur Clan said...

I am so sorry to read this Adrienne...my heart is hurting for you. We know our God is an all-powerful one and miracles happen every day...I will be praying for all of you.

I also would like to repeat what Janine wrote. If there is anything you need (anything!) just let us know. We will try to help any way that we can.

Plattner Ranch said...

How often will Jeff be receiving treatments? How do the effects differ from Chemo? I wish could be there to help you too, but I am still praying.