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Monday, April 22, 2013

Please pray . . .

“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

I know, ironic title, since the fact you are reading this is evidence you do care and are praying. I am sorry I left the blog empty this weekend. I have to be honest (Just so you know, I will always try to be real on this blog). It was a rough weekend. Just plain dark at times. Lots of tears. Lots of fears. Lots of unknowns. Lots AND lots of waiting. Lots of shaking my head and saying, “I don’t want this. I just want to wake-up and everything be back to normal.”

The last several weeks have played out like a bad dream in which I never awake. This “unexpected journey,” as I think I will term it from now on, is my reality and my family’s reality. And, this reality I never would have chosen is slowly, painfully sinking in. So, although my “reality” never leaves me, I just didn’t have the energy or will-power to write about it. Thankful that you don’t forget us even when I don’t write. We are needy & weak right now. We need you!! We need Him!!


I survived the PET scan on Friday and experienced great peace during the whole event. Even as I was entering the tube, radioactive and all, I was thanking the Lord for modern medicine. During the scan, I was able to sing a few hymns, pray for a dear friend who was undergoing chemo at the same time of my scan, and feel fairly relaxed. In fact, my lower exterior actually fell asleep. I was also able to believe & trust that the Lord had contained my tumor to only my right forearm and have faith that the rest of my body was clean. Thank you for praying.

Apparently, I am radioactive for 12-17 hours (differing opinions from the techs), so my sweet Alexa had to stay another night with her cousins in order that I wouldn’t share my glow with her. That was hard for me as I miss her anytime she isn’t around but especially for this reason. She did very well at my sister’s and I’m so thankful for family that loves on her & supports us unconditionally. Here are a few pics of her time with her very special cousins, aunt & uncle.


Of course, we desperately covet your prayers for my appointment tomorrow at 10:30am – for peace, confidence, strength and a deep, deep trust in Him – regardless what medicine says. This tumor is very rare. So, even what we may hear tomorrow is based on a limited scope of patients. We have to believe God to be the Ultimate Physician and Healer of this nasty thing. We also continue to boldly ask that the tumor is contained only in my right forearm. We also ask for prayers for wisdom as we hear some of what the next steps may entail as well as what information might still be needed. We need wisdom to know if a second opinion will be needed. I am pretty sure I will have a high-density MRI as well.
--And please continue praying for our precious daughter. This journey has been equaling exhausting & confusing on her. I can hardly type her name without a tear falling and my heartbreaking for this mess she also has to endure.

As my dad said this evening, this event has changed us all. So much will never be the same and I grieve that. However, we are so thankful for the constants - we have each other. We have a multitude of family & friends supporting us on their knees, and we have a relationship with Jesus Christ. Please pray we can cling to Truth with great hope so we can be there for each other.

Praying for the best possible news we can hear tomorrow!!


  1. Dear Chris and Kelsey,

    Please know that we are constantly lifting you all up before the Father during this scary and uncertain time. Thank you for keeping us updated.

    Much love,
    The Harveys

  2. We've been praying for your family. Before, during, and after your appointment The Lord has called you to our minds. Liberty mostly thanks God for you and Alexa. Eva offers sweet prayers for healing and comfort, and keeps asking if Alexa can come play so she doesn't feel scared. We're so thankful that you have such a great family and that they are so near.