Cheryl’s Health Update – Nov. 12, 2011

Dear Friends,

We want to thank for your faithful prayers and support the last 3 months. It’s been a tough road filled with unrelenting pain for Cheryl. She has now finished 5 weeks of chemotherapy with its constant nausea (but she didn’t lose her hair!), 25 rounds of external radiation with the intense burning it causes, and 4 weeks of internal radiation which felt like, she says, giving birth to a steel baby every time she had it. She has also worn a drainage tube the entire time because of the lymph nodes that we’re removed in her abdomen and the fluid which has been draining ever since. This led to an abdominal infection for which she was had to be hospitalized twice. In addition, she has had a blot clot in her pelvis which has slowed the flow of blood in her right leg causing a painful case of lymphedema, for which she gives herself an injection of blood thinner every evening.

And yet, in answer to your prayers, God has in His mercy given her the strength to persevere. The cancer has been greatly reduced, almost destroyed, for which we give Him praise. The final step, Lord willing, is surgery on December 19 at which time she will undergo a radical hysterectomy and have the other tissues affected by the cancer removed. It will also be exploratory in the sense that the surgeons will try to find the reason for the constant drainage in her abdomen.

Our prayer is that Cheryl will regain enough strength for surgery. She must also remain infection free. Even as I write this note, she is running another fever. Pray that it will pass without the need for another stay in the hospital. Pray also for spiritual strength and complete healing. Our hope is that by February we’ll be able to fly to Virginia to see the baby Rebecca is expected to deliver next month.

With love and thanks in Christ,

Pastor Gary for Cheryl

15 responses to “Cheryl’s Health Update – Nov. 12, 2011

  1. We are so thankful for continued answers to prayer! We love you both!

  2. Gary,
    Thank you for the update on Cheryl. She has never left my prayers, since I have found out about her medical issues. You both are very strong people, and Cheryl will get through this, she has so much support and love, and she has YOU! I love you both. xo

  3. Thanks for the update Gary:

    We continue to pray that Cheryl stays healthy for her surgery next month..
    We vision you both on the plane in Feb headed to see that new little grandbaby!

    Our love and preyers are with you both.

    Take Care and God Bless!

    Les and Lorena

  4. Aline & Don Brown

    We love you both so much and well keep praying for God’s healing hand on Cheryl
    Don & Aline

    • God is going to answer. I believe it! Thank you. We may not be 40 or 50 years old again. But He’s going to give her long life and good health because He’s a gracious Father and because of your faithful prayers. Love you guys! Gary and Cheryl

  5. Continued prayers for Cheryl and this long road. Prayers for you Gary and the family for strength and peace. And prayers for Cheryl for total recovery. Blessings, Janice Pascher

  6. As always, God is faithful, what He has started He will complete. I continue to stand with you until the full restoration of Cheryl’s health. Giving praises to Him for all He has done and for who He is. May His name be praised as we lay the completion at His feet. When we see a flower we don’t see the seed, so today I see the completed work of God for you and Cheryl. May He continue to hold you both up so you feel His strength which will give you renewed hope. You both are a blessing to me. Thank you!

    • I love the gift of faith and the word of wisdom God has given you. It actually gives me goosebumps when I hear the voice of the Holy Spirit like this.Thank you for strengthening our faith, Jackie. We love you! Gary & Cheryl

  7. Dear Gary and Cheryl, We have been praying for Cheryl since Steve told us she was ill, praying for you both! We are so happy to hear that she is responding to treatment!!!! We will continue to pray for her to stay infection free so she can have the surgery in Dec and for complete healing! and of course a healthy grandbaby for you both to enjoy and spoil for years to come. Your family has been such a blessing to us over the years, Cheryl’s dad married us, you baptised me Gary! You both hold a special place in our hearts and we love you. God Bless! Glen and Cindy

    • Thanks, Glen and Cindy! You’re the best. We just rented our rental on Washington Street again, Glen, and we both thought of all the hard work that you and Steve did to help us out. You guys are the best! Thanks for all the love and support. Cindy, I think your mom may have left a message for us on our answering machine. Cheryl has chemo brain and it will probably affect her memory for the next several months yet. Did she respond to Rene’s message? If not, could you email me her address so I can respond for Cheryl. I do that all of that right now. We love you guys! Thanks again. Gary and Cheryl

  8. Thanks for finally talking about >Cheryl’s Health Update
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