Friday, October 4, 2013

An update on Michele.

First of all I'd like to thank you for the prayers sent up for my niece, Michele.
On Tuesday, while she was receiving another round of chemo, she text me( I was at the hospital with my hubby while he was getting a procedure done).
Michele was so excited!!!
Her tumor count had gone from 224 down to 8.7 as of Tuesday!
Praise God!!!!
That means Michele has one more round of chemo, then she starts on the maintenance drugs.
As long as the tumors stay where they are...don't grow, or spread, she can stay on the maintenance drugs. It gives her more time with her babies.
She is over the moon with joy!
Michele has to be very careful of fractures because of the bone cancer in the spine, and hip.
Also, infections, and all of the other precautions that go along with cancer patients.
It's just so wonderful that Michele can breath a sigh of relief, and know that all of the trials that she's gone through so far have been worth it.

Later that night I started to think about how fragile life is.  Like fine china.
It can be such a beautiful thing...but we must treat it with care.
Over time, some pieces become worn, and chipped. We still love the old pieces, but take extra care with them to keep them safe.
Some pieces are difficult, if not impossible to replace.

Time is such a precious thing, but we are so careless with it.
There are people who beg for just a few last breaths....and we squander our days.
We complain about the hours we have to spend doing things we dislike, when others would LOVE to have the time to do the same things we are able to do.
Time doesn't seem important, until you know you don't have much left.

There are moments that I wish I could preserve like roses under glass.
The first time my daughters looked me in the eye, and said I love you momma.
When a grandchild takes your hand and kisses it.
When your husband pulls you to himself in his sleep.
When I first realized the meaning of I John 1:9.

There are the things that I think Michele will want to remember, and look forward to.
Like...the scents of her children's hair, their clothes.
Her daughter's first dance class.
Her son's first ball game.
Their first day of school.

And all of those things that come later on......


That's why she works so hard to get well.
Michele never gives up hope.

She has a strong will, and a strong faith.

He will never leave us or forsake us.
He will be with us...always.

During my own struggles with a brain tumor, crohns disease, a perforated bowel, and uterine  cancer I was assured of this one thing.
I pray for this for Michele, and for you, too. John 14:27

42 comments:

  1. Truly my soul finds rest in God;
    my salvation comes from him.
    Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
    he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
    Psalm 62:1-2

    I've been praying this a lot recently, Debbie - and praying it for Michele, too. Praise God from Whom all blessings flow! He continues to be constant, faithful, and so very present in our lives. I am so very happy for her, and am glad that you are always a source of comfort and support for her. You're the best, sweetie.

    xoxo laurie

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  2. Praise His holy name! I am so happy for her. I know her road is so hard and there are times she will wonder why she fights so much to stay here, but those babies need her. Beautiful post, girl. I so agree about the time thing. Live while you can,don't just bide your time here. Use it well and keep your faith. Its the best any of us can do. We all only have so much time. Some are just blessed to know how much.

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  3. Debbie,
    First, praise God for His love for Michele. Her news is wonderful!
    Second, thank you. Words are failing me (and we know that's rare), so I'll just say hard reminder taught in a loving way! You bless!!

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  4. Cara Debbie,sei una donna forte,fiduciosa e perciò benedetta!La tua fede,il tuo amore per la vita,ti ha aiutato!Ti meriti tutto il bene,come lo merita tua nipote.Sono felice del suo risultato!Vorrei che a questo mondo non soffrisse nessuno!E tutti per essere felici dovrebbero capire che la felicità è nelle piccole cose!Un bacio,Rosetta

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  5. Oh Deb, I didn't realize you had been through so much with your health. I'm so happy Michelle got good news - she must be beaming and what a nice way to start the weekend. xo

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  6. Wonderful post! God is faithful. So happy for Michele!

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  7. What an absolutely beautiful and uplifting post Debbie. I worked in a hospital several years ago and my job required me to go up on the floors. I would see so many mom's in the oncology unit, being wheeled around by their young children, with such big smiles on their faces! It was so very humbling...really made me think twice about complaining about traffic, or long lines in the grocery store etc. What these mom's would give to have the gift of worrying about trivial matters!

    Hugs and prayers to you and your beautiful niece Debbie:)

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  8. I'm so happy there is good news in the face of all of this upheaval. It's been said so many times and ways that we must appreciate each day as we never know what might happen. We must heed that.

    I never knew you had been through all of these trials, Pat, I'm sure you handled all of it in your patient, optimistic way.

    XO,
    Jane

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  9. What a wonderful post you shared with us!

    The peace He give us is the peace that passes all understanding! I'm standing with you and Michelle for her complete healing!

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  10. Wonderful news!! So happy that she has more time to be with her family.
    hugs,
    Cindy

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  11. Well, you know that I sit here with tears streaming down my face. I am so glad that Michele is going to get some more time with her children. I hope she survives long past all expectations.

    It really makes me wonder what right any of us have to complain about any minor discomforts or zigzags in our path when you look at the courage of this young woman. Remind me to never complain about any minor procedures I might have to have done--and if I do---tell me to read this post again.

    I know that you have had some SERIOUS health issues in the past few years and yet, you never complained-never railed against God and asked Why Me.. I put a prayer request on my blog for you and you were almost embarrassed to ask for prayer for yourself. You are one in a million, kiddo.

    If YOU can do it- Michele can do it, too. I BELIEVE!!! Love you to the moon and back! xo Diana

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  12. I am so happy you have good news to share Debbie. We underestimate the power of prayer sometimes because things don't happen quickly.
    A beautiful post and awareness of all you have been through yourself.
    Sending a hug from Ontario.
    Judith

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  13. Prayers offered for your dear niece... may she be blessed with a miraculous recovery and many years with her family!

    gena

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  14. Deb, what a beautiful post. Prayers for your niece, you and everyone! Everything you said in your post is so true. God Bless You!!

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  15. Such a beautiful post, and I'm so glad Michele has been given the gift of time!

    xo Kat

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  16. Wonderful news Debbie, thanks for sharing and I will keep Michele and her family in my thoughts and prayers!

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  17. Such a beautiful post my friend. You brought me to tears when I read how many things we have in life to cherish. Each one of them are the very things I love in my life. You have been through so many health issues yourself that I know you are the one who can help your dear niece. I am so glad that her cancer is responding so well to the chemo.
    sending you many hugs today...

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  18. Such good news and such a great reminder not to squander our days!!!

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  19. Debbie, I am so thankful for Michelle's improvement. You make me realize I did waste days, years of my life. I am trying to be thankful for all my blessings instead of whining about things. I do thank God, for what I have.. His love and .the love of my family, The best things. I will continue to pray for Michelle and all of you. xoxo,Susie

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  20. That is wonderful news, Debbie! Yes, God is good and faithful, even during times when we might give up hope. Michelle sounds like an amazing woman with an amazing spirit. So true what you said about life being fragile, and not wasting precious time. Michelle will be in my prayers.

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  42. Debbie,This beautiful post touched My heart.Put in perspective My cares of the day.Your niece sounds like a young Woman and Her story brought Me close to tears.I'm so glad The Lord sent Me this Morning to Your post.I still have so many lessons He cares enough to teach Me.God is so good and He cares for Us more than We can imagine.I will pray for Your sweet niece.Your Sister in Christ-Denise

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