Friday, May 23, 2014

Moments from the week.













Living from moment to moment on this roller coaster week. We flew off to the hospital in Inverness on Monday, and John has had a series of tests to determine the source of his cancer. It was been so very difficult, as you will imagine, and not everything has gone smoothly. I have been sustained by knitting and the perfect audiobook, but most of all, the wonderful supportive and loving comments here, (and elsewhere) from the practical help from friends and family, and all the amazing spiritual help too. I cannot thank everyone enough. I read all your comments out to John over the week, and we have been so comforted by them.
So - where are we now?
The tests and scans show a large carcinoma in the spine, and a small lesion on his left lung. A biopsy has been taken to determine the type of cancer, but preliminary results indicate an adeno-carcinoma. If this is indeed the case, he will go to the neurosurgery unit in Aberdeen early next week, where the large tumour will be removed and two titanium vertebrae will be inserted. After recovery from that operation he will have intensive radiotherapy on the lung. It all sounds very simple.... but we know we have a long way to go yet. A precious weekend now beckons us, and we will spend some quiet family time together before jumping back on the roller coaster next week. xxx

44 comments:

  1. What a rough ride you are both having, Jacqui. Thank you for keeping us up to date. A group of friends from church came round yesterday to help me pack the Incredible Book and we took some time to pray for you and John. I think of you often. xx

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  2. You and John (and the rest of your family) are in my thoughts at this rough time. I wish you all the strength on this hard journey.
    xx

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  3. Oh no oh no! Much love and hugs to you and your family as you weather this crisis. Prayers and healing energy coming your way. xoxoxo

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  4. For you all:
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/celt/cg1/cg1005.htm

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  5. I just popped into blogland today and read your news. I'm so sorry you are having to go through this nightmarish time. You are all very much in my thoughts and prayers. Much love to you, Tina xxx

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  6. So sorry you are going through this. Prayers for you and your family for strength and healing.
    Jan xx

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  7. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts. Sending positive energy to you all from the Canadian prairies.

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  8. It is my first visit to your blog and I just want to say how sorry I am to hear your news. Sending some positive vibes your way.
    Take care. Lynne x

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  9. Thank you for the update Jacqui. We have all been thinking about you and your family, and sending love and prayers, and we will continue to do so. Enjoy this precious weekend. May it give you a bit more strength before you strap yourselves in for the next bit of the journey. In actual fact, we are always, inescapably, in God's arms (Psalm 91) but it's our human nature to feel so pulled and frightened. I hope you can feel all the love and prayers coming your way.

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  10. praying for you and John and your family. Remain positive and love each other-hugs to you!!!

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  11. I always read your blog Jacqui but don't always comment. I am so sorry to hear your news and I will keep you and John and your family in my thoughts and prayers. xx

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  12. This is a tough road you two are on, and I am glad you have a lot of support.
    Consider this a hug from me in California.
    "For I will restore your health to you, and I will heal your wounds, says the Lord." Jeremiah 30:17

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  13. Just want you to know I have been praying for your husband. God knew his name and now I do also. Strength and acceptance of hard things I am praying for you, Jacqui, and you, John.

    Enjoy your quiet time these next few days. Loving thoughts going your way over the waters.

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  14. You and your family are in my prayers.

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  15. You and your family are still in my thoughts Jacqui, I cannot begin to imagine what you and your family are going through right now.

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  16. love and prayers to you, and John, and your whole family. xoxo

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  17. Continuing to hold you both close in my prayers. xxxxx

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  18. I have been watching out for your post. You are all a step further along the road. Thinking of your family and holding you tight in my prayers. Big hugs to you all xxx

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  19. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you travel this pathway. I saw a picture at our hospital last week when my husband was having some tests done himself, it reminded me of one you posted a while back showing the beautiful beach and vividness of the sea where you live. How strange we were both in hospital rooms, possibly at the same time and you should come into my heart and mind. Take care xxx

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  20. I have been thinking of you guys and praying daily. Thank you for taking the time to update us, that is so very kind of you..
    Is there anything I can send you Jacqui that you need or just want? Please let me know and I will do whatever you ask. Hugs, hugs, hugs.

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  21. Oh gosh, I hadn't read your previous post, I'm so sorry to hear about this. Sending positive thoughts across the seas.

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  22. Thank you so much for updating us on John's treatment plan. I continue to uphold you and yours in prayer.
    Myra, from Winnipeg, Canada

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  23. I've been checking back daily and hoping for the best each time. I'm so very sorry to hear the diagnosis and know all too well the fear and uncertainty that comes with it. None of this is the news we've all hoped for, but at least being armed with a diagnosis, you'll be able to formulate a plan, and that sense of actively charting a road ahead is so important. Wishing you strength and moments of quiet to gather your courage about you. Sending love from Chicago.

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  24. Just wish I could give you a big hug and we could talk. Try, if you can Jacqui to remember as believers we serve a God who is massively bigger than any of our circumstances, He is our 'Yesterday Today and Tomorrow" that means He has done tomorrow for you because He was there with YOU. There will be huge amounts of decisions to make, let your heart guide you, its the wellspring of your faith. Pray that our Lord gives you wisdom, strength and comfort.

    Prayers and much love Tricia (South Africa) xxx

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  25. Thanks for the update sorry diagnosis was not what you hoped for.Thinking of you and John during this difficult time. Mimi

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  26. Always a mystery - in situations like this I do not know what to say apart from God knows.x

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  27. Hi Jacqui ... you, your husband have been in my thoughts since last week. I pray that your faith will carry you through this very difficult time. God will protect you and your loved ones. Be strong sister. Jackie, Canada xxxx

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  28. How kind you are, Jacqui, to let us know a bit of what you all are going through. Of course, I still send you my best wishes and keep you all in my prayers.

    xo

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  29. My prayer for you & your husband is that all who deal with him be kind, compassionate & competent> You are in my prayers! I am in Georgia, USA. Mary Ann

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  30. Have enjoyed reading your blog for a while now but never commented. So sorry to hear this news. Am praying for healing. Sarah in London

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  31. I have a young friend who is now cancer free after a 2 year battle and 8 new titanium ribs. My sister is now going thru chemo after having received radiation for a tumor on her lung and a brain tumor....I understand your heart and am saying a prayer for your husband. ..keep your chin up.

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  32. I have long enjoyed your bogs...but I am of the older type and very rarely comment on line. I am so very touched by the trials that have intervened recently into your life that I must let you know that your lovely family is in my prayers. May god rest his healing hand upon your husband and may his love sustain you all throughout tis trial.

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  33. Dearest Jacqui, praying for you all and thinking of you a lot xx I hope the forthcoming weeks bring brighter news xx Lou

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  34. So sorry to hear your news. Thinking of you and your family, and sending love and light ♥Mo. x

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  35. Thinking of you all and keeping you in my prayers.
    Mandy (Brue)

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  36. My thoughts and prayers have been with you all this past week. My sister was diagnosed with a stage 4 adeno-carcinoma almost 7 years ago. It was colon to her liver. She had her treatments in Manhattan at Sloane Kettering. She has been cancer free for six years now. One day at a time you will get thru this. There are so many amazing treatments that are available. I know hers was still in the experimental/trial stage when it was given to her. You and your husband will continue to be in my prayers. God bless. xoxo

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  37. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  38. I'm continuing to keep you all in my thoughts and prayers

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  39. Sending you love and prayers from Lincolnshire x

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  40. I have thought of you and your family often this week Jacqui. Wish so much I could do something to help but in lieu of that, still sending you healing vibes all the way from the Soutwest. x

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  41. Jacqui, I am so sorry to read this. I am just catching up on some blog reading and was saddened to read your posts. My thoughts and prayers are with you both and I hope that there is good news on the way. xx

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