Friday, May 04, 2007

Thanks for checking in with us. Darrell is still doing well. He works long hours, which wears him out- but that's how it is for everyone, isn't it? God has been so good to us.

We're not really expecting anymore news on Darrell's condition- because the only condition he has is healed!! In case you're interested though, Cindy has begun a new blog. So, if you want to hear more about us (actually more about Cindy), check out the new blog:

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Darrell is doing great! He went back to work in mid- November. The work week is somewhat hard for him to get through, however. His strength is not quite where it should be. But overall, he is able to do everything that he did before his bout with illness.

As an update to our 2006 story, both of our mothers passed away in October. Darrell and our son Jason were able to fly out to California for his mother's funeral. Darell had a close time with his sisters, brother and their families as they mourned the loss of their mother. We know she is with the Lord which is a great comfort.

The day my mother passed on to be with the Lord, both my sister Sheila and I, as well as my nephew David and Darrell, were at her bedside. We felt that we were able to see her walk into the presence of Jesus.

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas season with our families. We are so grateful to the Lord for all He has brought us through this year! Here are a couple of pictures of our grandbabies at Christmas:

Nora and Lydia having fun with their presents!

Monday, October 09, 2006

Darrell has finished his radiation treatments and is doing great! The radiation of course, was not nearly as debilitating as the chemotherapy was. However, with the weakened condition he was in from the chemo, the radiation was able to add its own side effects: overwhelming weakness, some gastric issues and highly increased blood pressure. Three weeks later, he is slowly getting back strength but the high blood pressure (which causes some pretty bad headaches) is not yet back to normal. Our main prayer need at this point is that all the feeling in his hands and feet will return. This is a side effect from both the chemotherapy and the radiation. The radiation doctor said the numbness is a common side effect and sometimes never returns to normal. We don't believe that, however, because we know the Healer of Darrell's body!
A big step this week- Darrell came back to church for the first time in months. Praise the Lord!

Here's a couple of pictures of Darrell's favorite activity- hanging out with the babies!

Lydia and Nora with Lydia's Snow White doll!

Pa-Pa and Nora looking at a turtle!

Fun with babies!

Nora, Pa-Pa and the turtle!

Monday, August 28, 2006

Darrell has completed 9 radiation treatments and so far it has not been too bad! He even started driving the car again last week! The weakness that they warned him about has slowly been creeeping up on him- but all in all this is much easier than the chemotherapy was.
Eleven treatments to go and then the healing process can really take over. Praise the Lord!
Thank you for all your prayers, love and conern for us!

Here are a couple of pictures from Darrell's recent visit to California to visit his family:

Darrell's sisters: Paula, Pat and Tracey

Four generation picture: Darrell, his mom, Amanda and baby Lydia

Friday, August 11, 2006

Oh my goodness! Time flies!
Since I (Cindy) went back to work in June, it's gotten a little more difficult to manage to squeeze in everything in that needs to be! It actually appears that this blog has been squeezed out a bit! Sooooo.....finally, here's an update!

Darrell's PET Scans came back negative- Praise the Lord! This means there is no growth or return of the lymphoma. God is faithful- and we trust Him!

However, as a precautionary measure, and because there was "an area of interest" around the margin of the tumor, Darrell will be undergoing 20 radiation treatments beginning next Wednesday. The treatment and side effects the doctor described to us seemed a little more than we were thinking, initally. But we will see! Thank you for continuing to lift up Darrell's name to the Lord as begins this stage of treatment.

On a related note: Darrell's mom who lives in California is also suffering with cancer: colon, breast, lung and liver. The doctors gave her 6 months to live in February. Of course, Darrell has been very, very concerned about not being well enough to get out to California to see her. Finally, three weeks after the final chemo treatment, the doctor gave him permission to travel if he felt he was up to it. So, last Saturday, Darrell, Nora and I flew out to Riverside, CA. The night before we left, Darrell ran a high fever. The morning we left he did not feel well. We even had to pull off the side of the road on the way to the airport so he could vomit. But somehow, he was able to get on that flight and make it out there with no incidents. That night he got a good night's sleep- and the next day for the first time I can remember in a while- he actually looked rested. I really believe that God intervened at just the right season so Darrell could have a good visit with his mom. It seems as though he has finally begun to shake loose the overwhelming side effects of the chemo. He will return from California next Tuesday, the day before the radiation treatments start.

Nora and I had a really quick trip out there and returned 2 days later. Following are a couple of pictures I took on my phone. When Darrell gets home with the camera, we'll publish some additional pictures of his trip.

Here's Nora when we're trying to put on her seat belt. She's saying, "No buckle! No buckle!" We hadn't even gotten off the ground in Atlanta yet!

Alright, now this is more like it! This traveling thing is OK after all!

Darrell's precious sister Carol and her husband Joe pulled their motor home out so we would have a comfortable place to sleep while visiting in CA. Here's Nora and Papa going "night-night" the first night we arrived.

Darrell and his mom, Ann Weinberg
A big thanks to my sister, Sheila for giving Darrell 50,000 SkyMiles for Christmas last year. Who could have known what this year would hold and how timely this exact trip was in this particular season of our lives? God did.

I will do better about keeping this blog updated!! Thanks for the patience and love you show to us! God bless you.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

It's Amanda posting again! I'm here with Daddy because Mama, Jason and Brandy are at Camp Rocks this week.

We had to go to the hospital on Sunday because his temperature got up to 101.4. The doctor told us if it gets to 100.5 it's time to go to the ER. We were only at the hospital for a few hours. They gave Daddy some antibiotics and let him come home. That made him feel a lot better!

Daddy had a PET scan on Monday. We will get the results from that on Friday at his doctor's appointment. We, of course, know the results---no cancer, no problems, no nothing!

Continue to pray for Daddy's body--this is the end of his LAST chemo, but he's still very weak. We want him to bounce back quickly! Also, they are suggesting 22 radiation treatments after the chemo. All of this is just a matter of prayer--we want to see Daddy's completed healing. Remember, this is a spiritual battle that Jesus has won!

Lydia is here too, of course. Daddy said she makes him feel better. Here's a picture of her trying to crawl on the couch with her Papa!

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Our prayer for this week is that Darrell (and his blood counts!) will be well enough to take chemotherapy on time this Thursday. This should have been the week he feels the best during the third round- but he actually has felt pretty bad this entire time- fever, headaches, high blood sugar and severe weakness.
Would you please join us in prayer that things will go as scheduled for this fourth and final round of chemo?
Thank you!