My dear friends,

I can’t thank you enough for the kind words, texts, emails, prayers, etc. over the past 3 days. As I have told many of you I am pretty overwhelmed by it all as this is going to be learning a new “norm” and adjusting to life changing. I have never had a time in my 39 years that has completely caught be off guard as this past seven days has.

Walking into South Carolina Oncology Associates today was surreal. It was almost an out of body experience as I took in the sights and sounds of such a hopeful yet heartbreaking place. The dr. went to Clemson with my Dad and works out with him at Gold’s Gym. He speaks “Clemson” and is incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. I took notes (and they are good notesJ) and did my best to follow the medical terms.

 He had scans this morning and there were no more surprises. We have had plenty of those for one week. There is a lot of information and decisions to make regarding which chemotherapy option to choose. There is a test trial that he qualifies for. He has folders, handouts, etc. etc. to study over. He needs to make this decision to begin proactive aggressive treatment in the next week. Please pray with us that he will choose the one that makes him feel most confident and will have the best results. But, it is ok to still pray for that miracle as well.

The phone is ringing off the hook, the visitors coming to the door, and  there is plenty of homemade peach cobbler and apple pie. My parents attend a very large church that know how to take care of people.

I do know for sure that God is so very good and that He loves my Daddy way more than I do. I believe in His sovereign plan. I am looking forward to seeing God be glorified throughout His mighty plan. I have claimed the following verses for this next journey in my life.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18)

Well, it is Cinco De Mayo and my Mom and I have decided to bring a little festivity into the house! We are going to work together this afternoon to prepare a Mexican Feast for dinner. You know there isn’t one thing that chips and salsa won’t make better. 

Hugs and much appreciation to each of you for your care and concern,

Mary Anne

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