Sunday, January 8, 2012

Living Strong With Bad News - by Joe

New Years Day 2012 hike up Jefferson Ridge
There's just no easy way to say it.  The latest scans are very scary.


For the first time, they've found cancer in Heidi's liver.  And now, they have found a new tumor in her right hip that affects weight bearing strength; meaning potentially hiking, walking.


So, we did a challenging hike/climb up Jefferson Ridge on New Years Day, to start 2012 out with an adventure.  We had communion on the summit.  We enjoyed the challenging route through deep, steep snow.  We took in the spectacular views.  We pray God will let us continue seeking & worshipping Him in high places like the 28 hikes/climbs we did in 2011.

Tumor Markers being drawn at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

By next week we should know if Heidi's chemo and/or activity must change.  We should also know if the new mass in my prostate is cancer or not.


Whatever happens, we will face it together with our eyes set on God.

View of Mount Washington from Jefferson Ridge on our New Years Day hike

As always,

Thank you for your prayers/positive thoughts!

- Joe (& Heidi)

7 comments:

  1. Climb every mountain,
    Search high and low,
    Follow every byway,
    Every path you know.

    Climb every mountain,
    Ford every stream,
    Follow every rainbow,
    'Till you find your dream.

    A dream that will need
    All the love you can give,
    Every day of your life
    For as long as you live.

    Climb every mountain,
    Ford every stream,
    Follow every rainbow,
    Till you find your dream

    A dream that will need
    All the love you can give,
    Every day of your life,
    For as long as you live.

    Climb every mountain,
    Ford every stream,
    Follow every rainbow,
    Till you find your dream.
    (Sound of Music, Climb Every Mountain)
    from Suzanne. :)

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  2. Cancer is so limited.
    It cannot cripple love,
    It cannot shatter hope,
    It cannot corrode faith,
    It cannot destroy peace,
    It cannot kill friendship,
    It cannot suppress memories,
    It cannot silence courage,
    It cannot invade the soul,
    It cannot steal eternal life,
    It cannot conquer the Spirit.
    ~ Author Unknown

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  3. Thank you for these inspiring comments!

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  4. Remember, Heidi and Joe,
    "God is too wise to be mistaken,
    God is too good to be unkind.
    When you don't understand,
    When you can't see His plan,
    When you can't trace His hand
    Trust His heart."

    God loves you more than you love Life or each other.Sometime we just have to let Him permit what He will, and live victoriously in the midst of it. That is what you are doing!

    We are praying for you this week as you both meet with the oncologist and as Joe has the biopsy. We don't know the future, but we know the One who does and we are leaning on Him, as you are. We have no guarantee of a long or healthy life, but we are promised Life Eternal when we trust Him! That's what truly matters!!

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  5. Your love for each other and for God gives me so much strength. Thank you for sharing your life with us. My heart and prayers are with each of you, Peace

    God Bless

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  6. You are doing what humans can do - claiming every moment with love, sharing your love and your faith while you do it. No matter how painful the circumstances - and some aspects of yours really suck - you are showing us the best of being human and connecting wiht the divine.

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