Last week was a whirl-wind.
It began Monday with a follow-up to our oncologist in San Antonio. Jasmin and I with Dr. Drengler to assess the reaction to her chemo treatment given seven days prior. I will say it again. . . we are so thankful for God putting this great doctor in front of us.
There are several scenarios that could have played out during this visit.
- Scenario One – The doctor tells us the tumor has grown in spite of the chemo(bad)
- Scenario Two – The doctor feels the tumor is unchanged in size(better)
- Scenario Three – The doctor feels the tumor has become smaller and/or is becoming softer in composition(best)
The results of this visit were among the best we could hope for. Now, we do not want to let our highs get too high or our lows get too low; however, this was a small victory [insert fist-pump here]. The fact the tumor was changing course in it’s direction of growth made me feel so good. She is “flipping the field” on this cancer and gaining a little momentum in the right direction. . . thank you God.
Momentum is defined as the quantity of motion of a moving body. When I read this form of the definition, I thought it was so fitting for what Jasmin hopes to accomplish through this trial. So much good has already come from this diagnosis. The prayers Jasmin has received are remarkable. People from literally around the world have reached out to provide a comforting word, affirmation of prayer or offering of service. There has been such an adhesion of grace and love for our family I am so thankful for. Over the past couple of weeks, this blog has had over 12,000 views! The Holy Spirit is really moving in mysterious ways. Jasmin’s hope is in the quantity of motion of a moving body of believers in glorification of God.
When I hear Jasmin speak of love and joy in the midst of her challenge, I am witness to God’s grace and thankful for His unmistakable presence. My prayer is that the momentum of love and support people such as yourself are creating, starts an AVALANCHE of glory to God. A glory that points others to Christ.
Avalanches are crazy if you think about it. They are basically the combination of snowflakes, gravity and proper timing. The three come together and join in a momentum that can make an everlasting change. All from a simple snowflake.
Prayers, like snowflakes, have fallen all around Jasmin. The Lord has blessed her with a body that is reacting well to the side effects of the chemo treatments. Over this past two weeks, she has had very little nausea. Jasmin fatigues a little, but she has not been slowed down much these first two weeks. We even made it out to Wurstfest a couple of times WITH the kiddos.
While that was an experience that may make any person pull their hair out, Jasmin’s has remained in tact. She was supposed to lose her hair on Saturday or Sunday. . . she has not lost it yet. I feel it is coming soon but this just shows how stubborn Jasmin can be. Even down to the roots of her hair, her body is fighting.
Hair or no hair. . . either way, she is so darn pretty.
In preparation for the things to come, Jasmin did some wig hunting this week. Jasmin’s two sisters came with us to browse several wig shops in San Antonio. While trying on the wigs, Jasmin had blonde hair, brown hair, red hair, and she even sported some silver/gray hair that did not look too bad. I got a little glimpse of how she might look when we stroll into Denny’s for 4:00 dinner in a couple of decades. Anyway, after receiving an education on wigs this week, she found a good one she likes and it looks great. . . its not grey.
On Wednesday, Jasmin visited the OB. All appears well with our little girl. We will have another ultrasound this week to monitor the fluid around the baby and make sure her home is ready for the next round of chemo.
Jasmin has been working hard to keep that girl fed and appeased.
We then finished off the week with a road trip. On Friday, Jasmin, Jennifer and I loaded up the truck and headed off to Houston. We drove east in search for some additional insight from the fine doctors at MD Anderson. God used many people to open a door for us to visit with some great doctors there and we are so thankful.
The goal of this appointment was to leverage the experience of a specialist to see if there was anything else we could or should be doing for Jasmin and the baby during her treatments. Now when I say specialist, I mean a doctor who trained in oncology, specialized in breast cancer and practices with a focus on pregnant patients . Now that is pretty specific!
We met with Dr. Jennifer Litton around noon. What we heard from this expert was basically that our great doctors in San Antonio are doing everything possible for Jasmin and the baby. Praise God for confirmations.
Here is a picture of Jasmin and Dr. Litton. I am an embarrassing husband at times, but as Jasmin grows bolder with prayer I think I am too. ;-)
One other neat thing that happened to Jasmin this past weekend was that she received a house-call by some prayer warriors. Saturday morning, the doorbell rang and a group of women from T Bar M had jogged to our house and prayed over Jasmin and I. That was really cool. Thanks ladies!
Friends, thank you again for your love and support. We praise God for you.
I have a BIG prayer request for everyone. Jasmin has been tested for a gene mutation that can exist in certain types of breast cancer. If she is positive for this type of gene mutation, research shows that our daughters, Jasmin’s sisters, mother and nieces will be considered very high breast and ovarian cancer risks. I will go into more detail in a later post. Please pray this test comes back NEGATIVE.
Please keep our family in your prayers regarding the following:
- Jasmin’s cancer is totally destroyed.
- Understanding and wisdom for God’s will in this trial for Jasmin and I.
- Peace and comfort for Jasmin as she begins to lose her hair.
- Protection for our unborn baby.
- Peace for Jack and Annie.
- Multiplied time and effectiveness for Jeff’s work.
- Boldness and eternal thinking for everyone involved.
I also want to shout a praise for the 6 years of marriage Jasmin and I will celebrate on Sunday.