My dear friends and family,
 
I have been so touched that many of you have sent me messages today wondering if they had missed getting the next “episode” of The Colonel Chronicles! To be completely honest, I kind of “crashed” last night and just didn’t have the mental energy to get this far.
 
Our appointment was yesterday morning at 10:30. After our very difficult week last week I found myself in nervous anticipation for this appointment. I tried to prepare myself for all of the possibilities. We got to see precious Dr. Jones (who is retiring in 3 weeks…aaaaghhh!) This is the first appointment that I would classify as “encouraging!”  The lab work showed that a cancer indicator had decreased and his billirubin was where it needed to be for chemo! He was not jaundiced and the doctor saw no signs that his cancer had progressed. This was a great concern of ours after last week. But, we can now attempt some treatment again!  It is typically not allowed to see the doctor and get chemotherapy in the same day. However, the good Lord worked it out for him to be allowed to just head down to the infusion floor and get started. He received a reduced dose in an effort to avoid the extreme symptoms he had from the last round.  
 
I would say that our last 29 hours have been some of the most pleasant we have had in many weeks! Dad has read the paper, watched tv, carried on conversations, given input on different topics, renewed his driver’s license online, been awake all day, and said the blessing at all meals today. I can refer back to the roller coaster analogy and be reminded that this is part of the “ups and downs” of cancer. Suzanne said that it was like we were are the top of the roller coaster hill and we just needed to enjoy the view!  I am enjoying it and thankful for the smiles and jokes that are coming our way! It is amazing how different I feel tonight verses a week ago.
 
As I was running an errand today I heard a song on the radio that I have literally heard a hundred times. I listened closer and paid close attention to every word.
This is what it is to be loved and to know
That the promise was that when everything fell
We’d be held
 
We are, without a doubt, being HELD. God reminds us each and every hour of His presence and His promises. We are shown His love and comfort through you as you minister to our family in such powerful ways. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
 
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.  I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all]; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.  I and the Father are one.”
John 10:27-30
For whatever you are facing this day…it is my prayer that you are feeling HELD tightly in His grip as well.   Love, Mary Anne 

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