Good Evening, today is Wednesday April 18th, this is Ken, this has been a long day.....
If you are reading this, you are part of our extended family that we appreciate very much. You also deserve to be kept up to date on our journey. Today was not great news. I will provide that info to you below.
First, this is only Wednesday and the blessings just continue to flow. Sunday, dinner arrived for us mid afternoon from some of our church family (thank you Phil / Susan). Monday, Nora (along with Mom Maria and brother Hayden) came by for a hug and to deliver a paper flower arrangement made by Nora's class at the school (Thank you Mrs. Clary & Class). Also on Monday our personal hair stylist showed up to clean up the hair (which is starting to grow back, thank you Cathy). Tuesday, home from Scan, Dinner on the front porch (thank you Fourqurean's), close girlfriends Mary/Debbie came by for a brief visit, another dinner, cupcakes and flowers. Came home today from treatment, flowers on the front porch (thank you Talluri Family). I may have forgotten something/someone and if I did, my apologies. Every visit and act of kindness is so appreciated. Have I told you lately that we are very blessed with a community of friends who take care of us?
A little more fun. I just got this from Britt. Jackie Freeman (her other MOM) will be participating in a Relay for Life event that the school she works at (Southeastern Community College) hosts every year in Columbus County, North Carolina. Apparently there is some freedom in the uniform you wear...check out these shirts..........Thank you Jackie for keeping us and this disease right out there for people to see.
So, our news today was not very good. The tumor we have been fighting appears to have not grown very much however there were new spots, closer to the brain stem and the indication is that they are growing very fast and furious and are why Janelle's general quality as declined a bit over the last few weeks. The Dr. believes that the continued sickness and other issues are being caused by this as much as by the impact of the chemo. We do have some decisions to make so please do keep us in your prayers tomorrow as we decide how to move forward. There are additional treatment options, side effects can be a bit brutal. Other options would focus more on enjoying some quality of life even if for only a short season.
Finally, and this is very much on my mind, while it is our responsibility to pray and ask for specific results, we have to always remember that prayers sometimes get answered in different ways. None of us are promised tomorrow but all of us who believe are promised forever.....We covet your prayers as we make decisions on which path to continue this journey on. I plan to be back on Sunday for sure, earlier if I am so led/inclined.
Ken (& Janelle) Hayes