“Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise; His greatness no one can fathom.” Psalm 145:3
So, I guess the saying “no news, is good news” is true in this case — no news about Bryan has meant good news! 🙂 Bryan had follow-up appointments in both July and October, with nothing to report. His labs still show some of his blood counts still getting back to “normal”, but nothing concerning after the hit his body took with chemo. There hasn’t been any visible lymph node activity, and Bryan is feeling overall great! The appointments just consist of blood work and a physical exam –he won’t have any more scans for now as there aren’t concerns and to limit the amount of radiation his body is subjected to from the scans. He will have another follow-up appointment in March. We are happy that these appointments go further and further out, as that is yet another sign of Bryan staying in remission.
We were able to participate in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk again this year, and Bryan was able to walk with us — such a huge praise! Last year, he sat at home not feeling up to a walk in the rain, and this year, he was able to hold my hand while I walked alongside of him. It was a great chance to fundraise for LLS and just to raise more awareness about blood cancers. It is an unfortunate truth, that there probably aren’t many people whose lives haven’t been touched by cancer in one way or another, and societies like LLS, really help draw awareness and raise funds for research. I don’t take lightly the fact that while I believe Jesus is the One who healed Bryan, the medications and treatments that they gave him have come so far from what they used to be!
We are approaching the date that marks a year since Bryan’s last chemo treatment (November 24th) — hard to believe it’s been that long already. It seems like just yesterday at times that we began this journey, and I know for Bryan it’s something he still thinks about daily. The chances of his cancer relapsing have been highest this first year for Bryan’s exact type of lymphoma, and so you better believe we have been watching the days pass by on the calendar this year. The chance for relapse doesn’t go away completely, but the percentage chance of it staying away increases greatly (somewhere in the 90% range after two years). We know nothing is guaranteed, but we are so thankful that Bryan is healthy and feeling back to himself.
This world is a crazy, crazy place, and I know none of us are immune to the health issues, relational issues, political issues, and moral issues that we all face on a day to day basis. I am so thankful that I have a Rock to continue to come back to. I don’t know where we would be without God’s grace and protection over Bryan and our family this past year. I know that I used to often take for granted my health and all the things God has blessed me with — and while I still feel immensely blessed, my eyes are so much more open to those around me who are not healthy, and who need to know that their Savior is walking right beside them, just as He did for Bryan. I had my fair share of emotions throughout the past year and a half, and my moments of disbelief and anger, but you know what? More often than not, I felt God’s presence right next to me — even in the anger and confusion.
“The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8
I know I am speaking for Bryan here, but until I can get him back on here to finish writing out his story, I want to ask for your continued prayers for him. The physical side of this challenge he faced may be over, however, the mental and emotional side of having gone through cancer remains to be something Bryan will have to deal with. Understandably so, any sort of bump or lump or odd feeling can send Bryan back to day one of where this all started. Please continue to pray that his cancer stays in remission, and that he would have peace of mind and the strength to continue to live in the moment! We know our God is a mighty and good God, and that He will continue to walk beside Bryan and our family as we prayerfully wrap up this challenging journey in our lives.
I am so proud of Bryan, and the way he has handled all of this. It’s a true testament to how much he loves Jesus, and I am so thankful that I get to walk beside him as his wife. His upbeat attitude and joy, even in the midst of something so challenging has been an encouragement to so many people around him. Love you, Bryan!
Thank you guys for continuing to pray and support us! It means a lot to us when you ask how we are doing and how you can continue to pray for us!
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