Monday, November 24, 2008

Reeling

I'd been expecting the phone call this past Friday evening, but not the news I heard on the other end, hundreds of miles away. It was my dad, telling me he'd just been diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer that is infiltrating his bones. Treatment began immediately.

It sounds so cliche to say most of us think something like this will never happen in our own family. I understand that. Just a couple short weeks ago, I would never have predicted we'd be facing cancer square in the face. We were given a little warning, after all--though it was the kind I didn't think too much about because originally it was a pretty positive prognosis.

But now . . . I'm reeling--there's just no other way to say it. We'd greatly appreciate your prayers for our family at this time. And I can tell you, Thanksgiving will taste a little different this year.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." Psalm 91:1-2

51 comments:

Mary Ann said...

I read this news on Monica's blog today, too. My heart is so heavy for your family. I pray that God will give you all His peace through this and that you will feel His loving arms around you.

Hugs are being sent across the miles and prayers sent heavenward for you this morning.

Grace said...

Carrie I have been updated by Monica on this and I am just aching for you all. We too have had the C word come into our lives recently and I totally get what you mean about it never happening to you. It is a very strange surreal feeling, like "is this a dream/nightmare and why won't I wake up" My prayers are continually with you and your family.

April said...

I read this on Monica's blog, and I am so sorry for you both. I understand the pain of cancer as my sister passed away 1 1/2 years ago because of cancer. It was a hard time for my family. I will be praying for you!

thehomespunheart said...

Love you - looking forward to Christmas! :) Monica

stephanie@{Olive Tree} said...

I'm so sorry ... my heart goes out to you and your sister (and the rest of the family).

Leanne said...

I will absolutely be praying for you dad...I"m so sorry, Carrie.

Wendi said...

I am so sorry to hear this. Cancer had been all around my family, but when I heard the words that my mom had breast cancer... shocking! That was four years ago. Praying for you and your family!

Lisa said...

I read about this on Monica's blog and as I told her prayers are going up right now for your dad and for your family. May God bring you peace.

Lisa

Niki RuralWritings said...

You are all in my prayers Carrie.
{{{hugs}}}
Niki

Kimberlee said...

Carrie,
I am so sorry to hear your news. You, your dad and all of your family are in our prayers!

Leah in Iowa said...

I'm so sorry, Carrie! This must be such a shock to you. I'm thankful that you're such a close-knit family and have each other to lean on. I'll be praying that you all continue to trust Him for the future. He is faithful!

Jenny said...

Carrie, My heart goes out to you and your family. You did not mention what type of cancer. But none the less I want you to know that I am here for you. As some one who lost her father in law to cancer. A man who was my father in every way possible. I had the honor of taking care of him in his final days. What a treasured time. The Lord will bless your heart. Your not alone!
Sincerly Jenny

Hayley said...

In tears, Carrie, as I write this. My Grandpa has Luekemia, though it is not an aggresive form. I often struggle with the idea that God has allowed this disease to come into the world, but am than reminded of the verse "All things work together for the good of those that love the Lord". This may not be of any consolation right now, but hide these words in your heart, and you and your family will persevere through this! Going to write this down on my prayer list, and will be asking God for mercy on you and yours! Love you Car!!!

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

Praying for you, Carrie. I know exactly what you're feeling. We should have an idea today of what we're facing in regard to my dad...and it is such scary stuff.

My heart is heavy for you...

Christy@MercyEveryMorning said...

Carrie, I'm so sorry! Your family will be in my prayers. God is Faithful.

Blessings,
Christy

Michelle said...

Carrie, I'm so sorry... I left a comment on Monica's blog already. What shocking and sad news for your family!

Your family will be in my prayers.

Kendra said...

Again, I'm so sorry to hear this, Carrie. I'm glad you will all be together for Christmas this year! We'll miss you all, but God certainly knew you needed to be together this year, especially!

We're praying for you and your family.

Brie said...

Carrie,

We will definitely be keeping your whole family in our prayers during this uncertain time.

Brie

Liisa said...

Praying for your father Carrie.

Blessings,
Liisa

Kara K said...

Prayers, prayers, prayers. We're here for you.

Kara K

erica m said...

My heart goes out to you! Last year, on Oct 16th my Father in-law went into the hospital with chest pains. He had open heart surgery on the 2oth, then was kept in the ICU and then a private room for two weeks following the surgery. He came home a week or two before Thanksgiving. And, you are right. Thanksgiving tastes much different when we realize we could have been (or may soon be) without one of our loved ones at that table!

gail said...

oh carrie,
i'm so sorry for you and monica and your mom. cancer is so scary. and to hear that its an aggressive form is not comforting. prayers going up for you for peace that passes understanding.

big hugs! gail

Amy said...

I just read about this on Monica's blog and I am just so sorry for your family. I feel attached to all of you in ways that I can't explain.

We received news this past week that my grandmother has thyroid cancer and we are reeling. It just doesn't seem real and I still feel almost detached that this is happening.

I am praying for all you. Please keep us updated- ((hugs))

Krista said...

Oh, Carrie.

I'm sorry.

We will be in prayer for you!

Frances said...

I am so sorry, Carrie. Be assured of my prayers for your father and your entire family.

Judy said...

I'm so sorry. You will be in my prayers.

elizabeth said...

Bless your heart... I rarely post a comment, but wanted you to know I'll be praying for your family.

kristin said...

Our hearts are heavy too. My eyes welled with tears when I first heard of the news. We are praying for you and your whole family as you navigate the next days and months as things continue to unfold. May the Lord be your strength and comfort in an extra special way in these days to come.

Rose said...

I am so very sorry! Lots & lots of prayers for your entire family.

God bless...

Jolene said...

Carrie,

I'm praying for you and your dad. I know what you and Monica are going through. Both my parents have had cancer. Keep strong in the Lord. He will never leave you.

Hugs, Jolene

autumnesf said...

Going through the same thing here Carrie. I'm sorry and I will keep your family in my prayers. Hope your parents know the Lord...mine don't.

Katie said...

Dear Carrie,

I'm so sorry to hear of this news. My heart is very heavy for you all. I will add your father and whole family to our prayer list. I'll be praying that God will give the doctors special wisdom and guidance. I'll be praying for strength, wisdom, healing and comfort for all of you as you go through this cancer journey together.

Blessings friend,
Katie

Philippians 4:6-7

Anonymous said...

Carrie,

I'm so sorry. All of you will be in my prayers.

Valerie

Jamie said...

Oh Carrie, I am so sorry to hear this. You and your family will be in my prayers!

Mom2fur said...

I'm so sorry. I hope that, with all the advances of modern medicine, he gets well quickly!

Vanessa said...

I can't pretend to know how you feel. I'll be thinking of you and your family.

- Vanessa

jody said...

How different all the things of life look to you and your family now....how good that you have always cherished and made time for each other over the years.
We're praying....
Jody

Angela - Life w/ Two Busy Boys said...

Carrie - I'm so sorry to hear that you and your family are going through this. I know from losing my mom how devastating it is to have a parent who is sick. Many prayers will be said for you and your family!

Angela

Ticia said...

You are in our prayers.
Leticia

Ginger said...

Carrie, I am so sorry; I will be praying.

Trisha Q said...

My 33 year old best friend just finished treatment for her cancer. Your dad will be in my prayers.

Ewokgirl said...

I'm so sorry. To put it bluntly, cancer sucks. Your family, and especially your dad, will be in my prayers.

kelseylynae said...

Your family is in my prayers-- extended and close. I pray you feel the Lord's arms.

Anonymous said...

Dear Monica, Carrie, and family,

I am so sorry to hear this. :( I cannot imagine how you're feeling.
While I am speachless, I pray that you will find comfort in God's loving arms and in His Word.

Praying for all of you,
Andrea L.

Mary said...

Carrie,

I'm so sorry... You and your family will be in our prayers.

Anonymous said...

Hello my dear,

I'm so glad you've been encouraged by your family and friends. Thanks for your email too. :) Let's try to talk this week - maybe on T-day if its not too busy. Little Miss Homemaker - making 3 dishes...but I am not shocked. :)

Love you,
Mandi

Linds said...

I'm so sorry Carrie. I will be praying.

Anonymous said...

I just scrolled down and read your post....I will be in prayer for your dad and your entire family. I understand so much of what you are feeling...our daughter (22) was diagnosed with skin cancer..but because of her Rare Syndrome, all they could do was cut out all the spots and hope they got everything....which so far they have done, but everytime she has a spot it has to be removed and the cancer that is inside making these spots...well, they cannot do anything about it.

I will be standing in the "gap" for you.

Connie

Familia Stilwell said...

I am catching up after not reading blogs for awhile, so just read this news. I'm so sorry to hear what your family is facing right now, but I am thankful to know that we have a God who was not surprised by this diagnosis! While we may not understand the things He allows into our lives we can know for certain that He IS in control and will use this for His glory and to help you be more like Christ. I will be praying for you.

Jeremy and Christa Nichols said...

Carrie, I'm sorry I'm so far behind on news, and I'm so sorry that your family has to go through this right now. Please let me know if there's anything tangible I can do - we will surely be praying.

Katie said...

Carrie,

I've been praying for your Dad. This was on my mind quite heavily this morning, so thought I would go back to this post and leave a comment here. It's hard to believe it's been 2 1/2 yrs since the diagnosis! Praying the Lord is providing His daily sustenance for all of your family...praising Him for continued health and progress...

Blessings dear friend,
Katie

*Psalm 61:2-5*