March 2012

Join Us in Praise - Jeanie Finished up her Cancer Treatments Today

Today my wife Jeanie reached a major milestone in her treatment for breast cancer. She finished her radiation therapy. It is now her “Nuke Free Day” and we are celebrating. Please celebrate with us and join in lifting up a prayer of thanksgiving to our Lord. We are both thankful that she has made it through her treatments and has done very well. During this entire time we have been so encouraged by all of your letters, cards, emails and especially for all of the prayers you have lifted up on her behalf.

Jeanie Begins the Final Stage of her Radiation Therapy

Today we began our penultimate week of radiation therapy for Jeanie’s breast cancer treatment. And today she had her last full dose of radiation. This is the end of the actual treatment regimen per se and she will now begin what is called the boost stage. The oncologist informed us that at times, cancer cells can lodge in the scar tissue because of the bleeding from that area during the surgery. So they will have boost radiation to attack those cells. From now on she will only have a daily boost dose to the actual scar area.

Camp Expansion Access

We have been working on the camp expansion. Late last year, the neighbor who had allowed us to drive through his pasture field planted the field in papaya trees. After that time, we had no way to get materials back to the construction site. To resolve that situation we began working to open a drive through the current camp property. Trees have been removed and the gate structures are nearly complete. Now we are awaiting funding to be able to fabricate the iron gates and install them.

Camp Project Progress and Needs

We have been moving ahead with the camp expansion project in preparation for the arrive of two work crews in the month of April. Both are small groups, but we are excited to have them. Undoubtedly we would have had many more people coming down, but the delays and uncertainty of the trips with my wife’s cancer treatments meant that many people had to cancel. Still, we are excited to have these two groups coming and are looking forward to making some significant progress while there are in Colombia.

Progress Report on Jeanie's Radiation Therapy

Today we head over to Barberton Hospital for Jeanie’s fourteenth day of radiation therapy. So for, she has had very few side effects from this treatment. She will occasionally feel some fatigue and need to rest a bit. She has also developed a very slight redness to the skin in the area being radiated, but other than that she has had no problems with the radiation. The radiation therapy is designed to sweep the chest wall and lymph node area of any cancer cells that may have remained after the surgery.