Cheryl’s Health Update – September 26, 2011

September 26, 2011

Dear Friends,

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve updated you about Cheryl’s health. Thank you for asking about her and praying for her. Here’s the latest information we have.

As of today, Cheryl will have completed 5 sessions of chemotherapy and 18 rounds of radiation. The chemo is given every Monday to soften the cancer cells and make them vulnerable to radiation. That leaves 1 chemo treatment and 7 rounds of radiation to go. Next week, her oncologist will exam her to see how much the tumor has shrunken. One hopeful sign is that there is much less bleeding coming from the cancer than before her treatments began.

As for discomfort, Cheryl is suffering more nausea as the chemotherapy goes on. They also removed 15 lymph nodes during her biopsy last month. This is causing constant drainage (2 liters per day) which was predicted to stop a week or two after surgery. But 40 days later, she’s still wearing a drainage bag which is causing her a great deal of pain. We’re told that this problem won’t be corrected until her surgery and hysterectomy at the end of November. Pray about this problem with us because it’s causing lymphedema in her left leg and foot.

Despite its toll on her body, Cheryl remains hopeful and thankful to God for all your kindness to her—cards, meals cooked, rides to the hospital, housekeeping, home repairs, gifts towards our medical expenses, and prayer. When she isn’t traveling to doctor appointments, she wants you to know she spends most of her time praying for you. I too thank you for loving my wife and for the help you’ve given us. We couldn’t do this without your support. Cheryl would love to thank you personally, but the chemo has suppressed her immune system making it necessary for her to avoid groups of people. Thank you for understanding! To hear this update in her own words, listen to Cheryl’s video testimony below.

After completing external radiation in Lacey next week, Cheryl will undergo 5 rounds of internal radiation at UW Medical Center. This will be more painful than the external radiation. We’re hoping she won’t have to undergo chemo at the same time. Pray for her doctors to have wisdom and for us to have strength in this time of need. Following internal radiation, she will rest 6 weeks before surgery to remove the remaining cancer and any other suspicious areas.

Our love and thanks in Christ,

Gary and Cheryl

27 responses to “Cheryl’s Health Update – September 26, 2011

  1. Thank you Gary for this video! My dear friend Cheryl, I miss you! It was good to see you on video. Made me bawl, but that is what “we” do huh? I am praying for you and the family. I can relate to being at home and given much time to be in the Word. For that I am grateful for both of us. I wish you a quick recovery and look forward to the time when you get to be with us again. Love you much sister. Pamela

  2. Cheryl, you’re a blessing to me and my hero…your grace and love just comes through every word you speak. God has blessed you so that you can bless me. Thank you all my love, Deb

  3. Love you guys, and praying for you.

  4. Cheryl…it was so GREAT to see your video. Oh how I have missed you. Please know we are praying for complete healing. I just know it will happen. We love you girl. Meredith sends her love too. She is at Regrent and working hard. Meeting lots of great people…Chirstian leaders… Thank you Cheryl for being you! Miss you tons.

  5. Hugs and prayers

  6. We love and miss you very much Cheryl! You and your family are continually in our thoughts and prayers. Please let us know if there is anything Ben and I can do to help out in any way. God is good and I can’t wait to see how He is uses this crappy situation to glorify Himself and His Kingdom. Hang in there friend 🙂

    Much love, Ce

  7. We love you Cheryl and our prayers are for your peace and comfort. Great seeing the video…hope to play a little Hand & Foot soon!

  8. We love you Gary and Cheryl. Please know we are praying every day for you, as are hundreds of others. We pray God will use you for His glory in a mighty way with whomever you come in contact. We treasure your friendship!

  9. Dear Gary and Cheryl —– What a powerful testimony to send when you are facing this giant health problem. To reach out to others and let then know you are praying for their problems, as you face each new day with your treatments. We are truely owerwhelmed by this. We also are looking forward to the day when we will be able to see you again

  10. Cheryl, thank you for being a bright and shining witness of Gods love and caring. I am so encouraged by your words.

  11. Dearest Cheryl, kindred spirit prayer warrior. I love you so much. God has given me this great love for you and I am so thankful that we can share our joys and our sorrows with each other. Know that I cry with you in your challenges, Know that I share your faith and trust in the one who loves you deep and wide and immeasuragbly. I wrote this prayer this morning, as I do every morning. I write for the Caring Bridge Foundation. It is a group of people who have illnesses and are connected electronically. I thought of you often as I wrote these words. I want you to be included with our Caring Bridge Heroes who share your fears and anxieties. When we are afraid we put our trust in Him. Thank you for sharing your fear with us that day you spoke to us at the Gathering. It had a profound impact upon me. When you admitted your fear, I felt better that I too have fears. This prayer is for you as well as those in the Caring Bridge Foundation. Be blessed sister Cheryl by the words provided by the Holy Spirit who indwells each of us and has sealed us unto the day of redemption.
    Father in heaven, we join hands to give You praise and worship, honor and glory, for You alone are worthy. We marvel at the way You created us in Your image and for Your glory. When we touch something and have the ability to feel something physical, we think of You because You are the Creator of that intricate nervous system that gives us the ability to sense by touch. We are thankful for that wonderful sense of physical touch. We wonder about our sense of sight. How marvelous it is that our eyes are like a camera and connected by nerves to our brain, causing us to see all the marvelous things in this world that You have made. Even when we loose our sight, You have given us the ability to see with our sense of touch. Oh God, how marvelous is our sense of hearing. Once again You created the ability of the human mind to comprehend the sounds around us. You created the vibration that the sound makes. You created the tiny little bones that vibrate, the tiny little hairs that respond to sound, making it possible for us to hear the song that You have put in the heart of a bird. Each song, different and unique to the bird. You are the Creator of our sense of taste. Once again we have taste buds that are connected to our brain with nerves and fibers so that we are able to taste and feel that juicy apple that was also made by Your hand. How awesome You are! We are able to smell our environment as well. You have given us a brain with which we reason and decide and plan. You are a most wonderful, thoughtful God. You have thought of everything. You created the soul and the spirit and the body and all that goes with it. You designed us wonderfully and intricately for Your purposes and to Your glory. May all that we have been given give praise to Your Holy Name forever. You have created a voice in each of us that sends out a vibration of sound and with the tongue, teeth and expelled air we are able to speak and communicate with each other and with You. How gracious You are, Lord. These are wonderful works that only You could have created. We look at our environment and see the trees, the stars, the insects, the animals, the sun, moon, stars, clouds, and sky. We stop and listen to the wind. We feel the cold on our faces or the warmth of Your sun through our skin. We hear the thunder and see the lightning. Your power throughout the universe displayed. Your creativity displayed in every body that You have made in Your image and for Your glory. We bow to You. You have given us a spirit with which to communicate with You. You have given us the salvation that brought about the quickening of that spirit so that it could communicate with Your Holy Spirit. We thank You for the witness of Your Holy Spirit to ours. What a wonderful spiritual touch You provide in our darkest hours. How great You are! How wonderfully You have made us and Your creation. Guide us now and direct us so that all of our thoughts, words and deeds will bring honor to You. We want to fulfill Your purpose for us. Remind each of our Caring Bridge Heroes that they are wonderfully made. Give them a full appreciation for their senses and their ability to love and care and give mercy. We have everything we need for this world. You have even provided for the everlasting life that lies ahead. We thank You for Jesus, who died in our place, for our sin, because of His love. We look forward to our heavenly home in that city that Jesus promised we would be a part of. You have already seated us in the heavenlies according to Your Word. We thank You for the encouragement of Your Word. We thank You for the prophecies that provide warning. We see the world about to implode economically and we just relax and remember that You know exactly what is going on. You know who will be in power. You know which nation will rise and which one will fall. Try as we might, we can never change Your wonderful plan for this planet and Your universe. We do want to be a part of Your Kingdom. We know that we can enter into that Kingdom through Jesus Christ and only through Him. We rest in the promises of Your Word. We trust in You for our future. We place our Caring Bridge Heroes at Your feet again today. There is no better place for all of us to be than at Your feet, bowing, paying homage, worshipping and praising You. We look forward to doing exactly that, face to face in the very near future. Thank You for giving us life. Thank You for saving our souls. Thank You for including us in Your plan. Thank You for watching over us and caring about us. We plan to walk in the Light today, knowing that You will provide the power for us to live in obedience to You no matter what the world tries to entice us with. We rest in Your hand. No one can pluck us out of Your hand. Nothing in all creation will ever separate us from Your love which is in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whose name we pray. Amen.

    • Thank you posting that beautiful prayer, Brother Bruce! I’ll share it right away with Cheryl and let it bless her heart for today. We’re learning to take it just one day at a time. Love in Him, Gary and Cheryl

  12. It was so wonderful to see your beautiful face again! Missing you and your great hugs. We love you both so much and know that the Lord is doing mighty things in your body. We will continue to keep you both in our thoughts and prayers!


    Joy And Jeremy

    • Bless you guys! 1 more chemo treatment and 5 more radiation treatments to go. Then it’s off to Seattle, Lord willing, to finish the treatments there. Thanks for praying. We’re hoping that all the hard work will be done by Thanksgiving and she can then work on recovery from then on. Love you guys! Gary and Cheryl

  13. Our hearts and prayers are with you. We want to help-if there is anything we can do please let us know. We love you guys. God Bless you both.
    Dan & Giovanna

    • Thank you guys! Pray for the side effects Cheryl is suffering – nausea, cramping, hair loss, etc. We have faith she’s going to make it through this, but it’s tough on her. Thanks for caring! Love in Him, Gary and Cheryl

  14. Dear, dear Cheryl,
    I just found out what you & Gary are going through (Diana, our daughter, had seen it on Facebook and let us know.) I am so saddened at what you’re going through but praising the Lord for what He’s doing because of it. You are precious in His sight and in ours. We will certainly be praying for you and Gary and the girls. I hear you will soon be grandparents. There’s a special love that we have for our grandchildren as you will find out. Thanks for sharing so that we know exactly what to pray for.

    Love in Him,

    Kenn & Claudette Kerstetter

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