You saw me before I was born.
    Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
    before a single day had passed.
How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
    They cannot be numbered!
I cant even count them;
    they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up,
    you are still with me!

Psalm 139:16–18

isn’t it awesome that God knows what you need to hear and finds ways to reveal Himself to us?  the verse above was in my inbox today…..just what i needed to hear.

my heart has been burdened for my friend Staci….her family has gone to our church for many many many years….i used to babysit for her and her brother when i was a teen.  i lost contact with Staci.  she grew up.  got married.  has 2 beautiful kids. moved away.  her parents and extended family still live here and go to our church.  

Staci has breast cancer.  today she starts her chemo.  i pray that God gives her strength beyond comprehension and a peace that only He can give.

there has been a facebook group started for staci, so that those that love her can keep up-to-date on her status.  the following was the most recent update:

 

As you know, Staci had a double mastectomy on July 2nd because of breast cancer. We met with the oncologist this morning, Thursday, August 14th to see where she goes from here.

She was diagnosed with “HER 2 Positive” cancer. This is a very aggresive cancer and by the time it shows up on scans, it most generally is too late to treat. Because of this, starting on August 28th, she will have a very strong chemo called Cytoxan and Adrianycin every other Thursday for 8 weeks. The day after the chemo treatment, she will have an injection that will go directly to her bones to help fight infection and to keep her bonemarrow counts up. She will lose her hair around 16 days after the first chemo treatment. She will be nauseated and around the 7th or 8th day after her chemo treatment, she will probably be so weak that it would be hard for her to even brush her teeth.

After those 8 weeks, for the next 12 weeks, one day each week -she will have another type of chemo treatment called taxotere. It is not as severe as the first 8 weeks. But she still may have some of the same side effects as the first 8 weeks.

After those 12 weeks, every week – one day a week for a full year, she will have a drug administered just like the chemo is administered called Herceptin. This may go from one full year to two years but they won’t know until then. She will not lose her hair or get sick from this but the problem is that it could make her heart become weak. It also can cause congestive heart failure. They will have to monitor her heart every week for this.

Of course, this was not what we were hoping to hear and they were quite frank with us about the seriousness of this type of cancer. Without this treatment and because of her young age, the cancer would definitely come back. But with all this treatment, she has an 80 – 90% chance that it will not.

Staci teaches down syndrum, autistic and severe behavior children at her school. She wants to try to teach during this as much as possible but she is also concerned about the stress this will put on her students because of the inconsistency of her not being there all the time.

Prayer requests:
1) That God will give Staci’s body strength through all of this and that Staci will know when she must sit back and take it easy.
2) For her husband, Chad and children Kylie and Mason – pray that her children will not be scared when they see their momma without hair and when she is weak. Chad is tired and weary and scared – pray that God will also give him the strength and encouragement that he will need to get through this.
3) That our family will have wisdom on how to handle all of this and how to care for Staci.
4) And most of all – that our Faith will grow stronger each day because we know that God has a greater plan for Staci.

 

 

if you have time today and feel so inclined, maybe you could whisper a prayer for Staci and her family.

  • Dear Lord, Help Staci feel Your presence in every situation and every circumstance.  You are with her, dear Lord, in times of celebration and in times of sorrow.  You are with her when she is strong and when she is weak.  You never leave Staci’s side even when it seems to her that You are far away.  Today and every day, God, let Staci feel You and acknowledge Your presence so that others, too, might know You through her.”  Amen

(-taken from Prayers of a Godly Woman: Second Edition)


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