Garret and Jennifer Jones

Garret and Jennifer Jones
Garrett and Jennifer Jones

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Mar. 18, 2014

This update is brought to you by XYZ Recliner corporation. That's how I'll spend my morning tomorrow, while getting my first dose of chemo. Hope it's one of those electric ones like in my living room where you can stop in any position, LOL. Seriously, just glad God's in control of all this. My speaking engagement Sunday night was awesome. I made 40 minutes speaking and singing one song. Invitatio...n time saw a full alter, and one young lady accepted Christ as her Savior! What an answer to prayer. If I never get another invite, God made this one so memorable! Alexis is our new sister in Christ, so be sure and pray for her. So you'll know, I am reinforcing my normal positive attitude with scriptures about how the tongue plays a role healing. Hopefully, if you see me and ask how I'm doing, I will respond "I am healing", or "I'm a survivor". I will try to post updates weekly or more often if I feel the need to. Please share with me any prayer request YOU have so I can spend some time praying for others. Thank you to everyone who has had a part in getting me to where God wants me. Until next time.

Mar. 15, 2014

Because some have expressed concern about it, I will share that I have sought a second opinion, and met with another oncologist yesterday (Friday). He uses St. Vincents should a hospital visit be required. I had a prayer partner with me when we met with the Dr. There was no doubt that God was in this because He was in the room with us. Two very specific concerns that Mark & I discussed over lunch 2 hours earlier, which he could not have known about, he addressed in a spiritual way. I actually looked at Mark and started crying. It was confirmation in a supernatural way. I am where God wants me to be.

March 14, 2014

Test Results are in and they aren't what we would have liked. I have an uphill battle. But my Father owns all the hills AND the valleys and He can guide me to the top. Port was put in yesterday. Treatments begin next week. I appreciate everyone's prayers.

March 9, 2014

I thank you all for your encouragement, kind words and mostly your prayers. I will have an update for you by Wed or Thurs. We are in a study of Phillipians at church and I thank God for His guiding our pastor to do it. If you haven't read it through, you should. There are jewels in there "Be anxious for nothing" (don't worry!), "for me to live is Christ, to die is gain", and my most favorite ".......I learned "that whatsoever state I am in, therewith to be content". I am not sad, worried or "down". I am happy. How could I not be? I have family, friends, prayer warriors, a home, lost almost 50 lbs, soon to finally understand "bald is beautiful", I have a loving church, a Father that owns the riches of the world and so much more. I am rich, not by earths standards, but by the standards that count. And every extra day, week, or month I'm given, is that much more time to see if I can touch someone with God's love. And who knows. I may get to do that 2nd CD before the years out!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Frank

Stephanie here. Spent some time updating the blog today, as obviously, I was way behind. Why today? There's more to this story. Here are Frank's words....


Feb. 4, 2014

Started on Victoza about 7-8 wks ago. My endocrinologist discovered my Cpeptide reading which should not be over 4.4 was 17.9. I am insulin intolerant which means my body won't absorb it properly so it builds fat cells to store it (from the looks of my waistline it was working overtime). But what we weren't expecting was the side effect not listed in the literature. My "insides" have been sore and hurting since the night I took my first injection. I feel like I am the punching bag for a George Foreman comeback. 24-7 soreness and pain. But I have lost weight. Won't say how much, but not quite half my goal. I decided early on to try to tough it out with ibuprofen and something stronger when it's gets really bad. The endo dr is aware. Tomorrow I see my regular GP to get bloodwork results from todays labs, plus my official weigh in. 2 months down, prob. 3 to go, then I may sub the Victoza for another brand. Prayers I have to buy new wardrobe by summer!
 
 
Feb. 6, 2014
 

Well, my doctors visit was good news/ bad news type. All my sugar related test were great and I have lost 25 lbs. (only a 1/4 of my goal) Woohoo! But my creatnine (?) level from my kidneys had crept up even higher, so he made me go downstairs for a kidney and bladder ultrasound. He told me no more ibuprofen, which has what has helped control my pain for 7 weeks. My only alternative is Lortab. So I'm starting out on a low dose, but with pain 24/7, I don't want to keep this up. 24 hours
of them and so far, no pain relief. And to top it all off, my GP is retiring at the end of Feb., so I have to find a new one. But hey, this is so minor compared to what so many of ya'll go through each day, that I'm not gonna complain. I just want to get my strength back to have choir again and be able to sing, which right now is a major undertaking. Thanks for all the encouragement, folks, and the prayers. His grace is sufficient!
 
 
Feb. 10, 2014
 

Really had a tough weekend. The pain from the Victoza continues, but Saturday pain in my left ankle and left knee set in. Slight swelling by Sun AM, serious swelling Sunday night. But where I work, company policy is you get a "write-up" for being 30 seconds late, or not showing up, no exceptions except death in immediate family. Yeah it stinks and its archaic, but that's life. So when I got up this morning and couldn't bear weight, well, write-up time. Went to ortho Dr. Arthritis and severe tendonitis in ankle, and arthritis in knee with practically all cartilage gone. That injection was no fun. Have to spend a week at home, leg elevated, then 3 weeks in a weight bearing boot. But look on the bright side. I'm getting a handicap parking decal, woohoo!!!! And who knows, He may have another job for me too. Never been happy in this one.
 
 
Feb. 15, 2014
 
First time out of bed since Monday. Appears what attacked me last weekend is gout. The Ankle specialist says it looked like arthritis on the xrays, but my med dr called me in gout medicine yesterday. Took my first dose last night and second dose today and can feel SLIGHT improvement. And I'm sure that's because I had been going downhill since Saturday a week ago. I'm still keeping foot elevated, and redness, pain and swelling is still there, but I have gotten some toe movement. Thank you all for remembering me. I'm probably down at least another 3 to 5 days minimum.
 
 
Feb. 20, 2014
 
Made it to church office and haircut appt today. Was totally winded when I got home. I have no strength to speak of, but pain in foot has subsided, now it's just sore, about 70% flexibility. Going to try to start 1/2 days back in the office next week.
 
 
Feb. 23, 2014
 
Well, back to office isn't going to happen, looks like. Made it to service this morning, led the hymns, did a special (heard a great message and came home totally spent. No strength. Can barely make it down hall and back, but I refuse a bedpan. Supposed to see ENT about esophageal blockage and eye dr for check-up. May have to use wheelchair. Got to go thru some trials sometimes to appreciate the good days, don't we. Praise His Holy Name.
 
 
Mar. 1, 2914
 
I've had some calls about my health, so I'll briefly update you. My Gout episode is coming to an end, thank you God. Another week or so and I may not have a limp. The 24/7 pain in my diaphragm and upper torso continues, but my new internal med. Dr is attacking it with a vengeance. We've ruled out gall stones, but in a test this past Friday, they are looking to see if it is even working. I will also have tests on my pancreas and liver, since the Victoza I was on can cause pancreatitis. Hope it's the gall bladder because that's easily fixable. The others not so. I will be off work another week, it appears. Thanks for your prayers
 
 
Mar. 6, 2014
 

Many of you may remember how I characterized our family's journey as a Job Experience for me. Job went through so much, yet never gave up on God. Even when it came to his own life being threatened. Well, I now get to realize that part of the experience.
This week, tests and more tests have confirmed I am a victim of esophageal cancer. The mass is located near the opening to my stomach. I will hav
e a PET scan tomorrow which will let us know if it has spread. There are some indicators that it might have. If that is true, the prognosis is, I'll get to see Brandon, Jennifer and Garrett a lot sooner than I thought. I have no lymph nodes affected yet, which is good news. I won't know the results of the scan till next week. But I already know this much. God is in control. I am not angry, just full of questions. Not exactly how I planned to lose weight.

I ask for your prayers. God's will is going to be done because He is in control. And I also knows He listens to the prayers of His children. Remember Janell and Kevin in those prayers too, because this has hit them pretty hard. I will update when I know more. Thank you all
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