Hopefully this doesn’t cause too many problems, but we’re going to switch back to Caring Bridge temporarily. The updates come out quite a bit faster (I don’t usually get my updates til the following day on this website), and with Josh’s current condition it is nice to know people are getting the info/prayer request/etc. soon after its put out. So, if you click on the link above that says CaringBridge Posts, you will be directed there, and if you’re not already signed up, create a quick account and you can go right to his page. Thanks everyone, and when we are ready to switch back we will let you know!
I just want to say thank you to those of you who have recently written in response to Joshua’s latest battle with pain and now his surgery. I’m reminded of Moses in the scriptures who had his arms held up to keep blessing and victory flowing to the Israellites, but I think we are being held up completely by the love and support of so many. The scriptures, poems, words of encouragement all serve to hold us up and keep us going. We really feel that we are not in this alone. How gracious God has been and is to us. I pray for each of you in your personal struggles, which I know we all have, that God will give you strength and encouragement from others and in many other creative ways that only He can.
There’s a verse of scripture I have always loved and have desired for it to be true in my life and in those around me. But it is not easy to live nor is it always apparent in our churches and communities. “And they will know that you are Christians by the great love that you have for one another”. And, of course the more well known verse, “faith, hope, and love, but the greatest of these is love.” God is making these truths a reality in our lives and we feel very very blessed. But it is because of all of you and your selfless acts of kindness on our behalf. Suffering is made so much more tolerable in the midst of love. I so pray that God is building this truth into my heart and soul…but I know we will NEVER be able to repay the kindness and love we’ve received. It has truly been “above and beyond all that we can ask or think”.
Both Joshua and I are nervous (you can see I am still awake at 2:30am and he just got up to check on me and fix his sweaty sheets) but we both know that this new experience of surgery is surely going to create some anxiousness. How fortunate we are to KNOW that we have a God who is is total control. Our anxiety would be much greater, to say the least. Feelings come and go, but our faith lasts forever.
I will let you all know how the surgery goes tomorrow and hopefully I will have a good report with the word ‘pain’ absent from the description. (that might be a little too much wishful thinking, especially right after surgery, but at least the pain that he has endured from this latest ‘find’ of cancer be substantially reduced). Who knows…God may surprise us!
Love to you all,
Kristi and Joshua
Well, this am. I got a call from Dr. Seigal’s office letting us know that Joshua’s surgery time has been changed again. (I heard Dr. Seigal is very very busy and if I were him I’d rather be out to dinner with my wife than in the operating room anyday).
So the new time is now still Friday (thank heavens) but at 2:00. We check in at noon, which means less wait time so I guess that’s good. And Joshua isn’t unhappy about it being earlier at all. So we’re counting it as a blessing. Just thought we’d let you know!!
If we get a call telling us to come in today, you’ll probably hear from us after it’s all over and done!!!
Sending our love to you,
Kristi and Joshua
Just wanted to let everyone know that there’s been a change in the date of Joshua’s surgery. Instead of Thursday at 5, it will be Friday at 5-ish. The Dr. had a conflict in schedule. So everything else is the same…we’ll check into Mercy Hospital at 1:00 and have the afternoon to get him prepped, blood work etc. So just one additional day to put up with the pain before what we hope and pray to be relief. Again, thanks for your prayers!
Love to all,
Kristi and Joshua
Today Joshua and I met with Dr. Seigal, a neurosurgeon, to talk about his latest MRI which showed cancer on his spine in the lumbar region, the source of his most recent pain. Unfortunately by the time we had our appointment he was in a lot of pain. We had been worked into the doctor’s schedule and Joshua was his last patient…quite a long and uncomfortable wait. But it was well worth the wait as we both were very impressed with Dr. Seigal. He reminded us of Joshua’s pulmonologist, Dr. Cowden whom we like so well. He was attentive, very competent, and took the time to explain fully what the problems are and also the options we have for treatment. His recommendation was to have the least invasive surgery to strengthen and stabilize the bone sections that are cancerous by injecting cement into them…can you believe that? They should be more than strong. He will also remove some malignant tissue that is extending into the spinal canal which may also be interfering with some nerves…potentially causing some of his present pain. He has done many of these surgeries and has had very good results, so he gave us some much needed confidence in the midst of this new problem. And he was very positive about the healing that can take place in the absence of any future cancer…his back regaining its strength. Of course we discussed the risks and the inability to ‘guarantee’ success or the lack of potential unforeseeable problems as is true with everything in life we know. So we would appreciate your prayers of course. He goes into the hospital Thursday afternoon as it stands right now and the surgery is at 5pm. The Dr. also said that he could start radiation within a few days. He will have 14 treatments like the first round on his thoracic spine, I believe. If we start right away and need to have the treatments uninterrupted we won’t be able to go to the North Shore at the end of the month as we had planned. That’s disappointing, especially to him as he was so looking forward to it, but there’s no question in anyones’ mind what is most important. We may be able to go in the Fall.
I think that about covers things for now. I have to say that once again God transformed my fear and nervousness into hope and confidence through the gift of what seems to be one of the best neurosurgeons in our area. (the woman who transcribes for him said he’s the best around and we were fortunate to have gotten him). I’m sure she’s a little biased, but I have to say we were equally impressed…he just exudes confidence. And most importantly, Joshua feels good about him and his abilities…that he can entrust himself into his hands (literally).
Of course we all know who’s hands he’s really in! Without that reality I don’t know where we’d be right now.
Love to you all and thank you for your continued prayers and love,
Kristi and Joshua