Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Roller Coaster - The Ride Up

The tumor is exactly what the oncologist thought it was going to be. It is the same thing she talked so hopefully about, so I can now breath a sigh of relief. We still have to wait for tests and answers but things are again hopeful. Carter needs to have a bone scan and another type of scan and they will draw some bone marrow before we leave the hospital. Next week sometime (hopefully the end so we can go home, to Bolivar, for a few days) he will have to get an MRI to make sure there is no tumor in the spine. He does have neuroblastoma and yes that is cancer, but the oncologist says its not the kind of cancer we normally think about when we think of cancer. At this time he does not need chemo, but it depends on what the other scans show. If it has spread then he will need chemo, but the doctor thinks if this cancer progressed enough to need chemo he would be sick. Praise the Lord, Carter has not been sick!!
He is recovering very well from surgery and will be moved out of ICU very soon. He is slowly getting back to his "wild man" self. I will post a new and encouraging picture later. Mike and I have been very peaceful today and I know its because of all your prayers. We are so thankful for all of you and can't wait to get back home. My family is here, but "our family" is there. We miss you all so much.
Someone asked if we needed to bank blood for Carter and the answer is no, but thanks for being so willing. We also do not know of anything we need done at home or around the house but thanks to all who have called to ask. We love you all.

for the whole family


Myers Family said...

What encouraging news! We will look forward to seeing you all back home in Bolivar.

Anonymous said...

hey guys,
just wanted to let you know that you had sisters praying fervantly for you this morning in Wed. morning Bible study.

Gina, i can't help but think back to last Wed. when you were so burdened for the Bayless family. Both in the morning study, and again that night you kept bringing their family up for prayer. how ironic. This reminds me that our Lord isn't surprised by any of this. He knows.

we love you guys and we're all praying.


Causey Fam said...

I just wanted to let you know we are praying for you in Saint James, MO! We will be praying for strength, emotional and physical endurance and peace! We will pray for Evan to have peace as his schedule changes and for Carter to be strong and protected through it all. Remember, God knew this would be part of your life story and He will see you through.

Isaiah 40:11 "He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young."

He will lead you through!

Chris and Sarah Causey
(Payton and Alli)

Anonymous said...

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow. We look forward to seeing you soon!! Hopwoods

Anonymous said...

Praying for all of you
Our church is praying as well
Peggy Nottingham

Jenelle said...

Last night and this morning at Bible study Romans 15:13 has encouraged me, "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit," (I even used it for word-filled Wednesday on my blog). After I read your post I'm even more encouraged! God is listening to all the people praying for precious Carter. There is power in numbers! Give your boy a big kiss from Aunt Jenelle. I love you all and am still praying!

Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord! We look forward to seeing you, but will remain diligent in our prayers. Stay strong!

The Franciscos

Anonymous said...

pRAISE GOD!!! That's all I can say is PRAISE GOD!! We will still need to be praying and we will! Lova ya, Roy & Kathy

Anonymous said...

God is good. His mercy is great!
Rest well tonight.
All our love,
Terri Steph and Spencer

The Mani said...

What encouraging news after yesterday! God is so faithful to have given you peaceful hearts today too.

We love you guys. May the news from the doctors continue to be encouraging and may God continue to give you peace.

-Lisa and all the Manises

Anonymous said...

I just wanted you to know that I am praying for you here in Michigan. Hugs and prayers. Carolyn Wing grandma to Laura Stage IV neuroblastoma page name LauraVDB

Anonymous said...

I like the ride up alot better than the ride down. God is so good. Now we'll pray that the tests go as well. We love you and look forward to seeing you soon. Larry & Joy

jenny said...
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jenny said...

I am so glad to hear that Carter is doing well and that you guys are going to come home soon! Tell Evan that I said hi and give Carter a kiss from me.
Love your adopted daughter
Jenny Elliott

The Smith Family said...

I am so happy for your news! We will continue praying for him.

Niki Smith

peg said...

I came across your site from Grantons blog, I was sorry to read there is cancer, it is an ugly beast. I thought maybe this site would be able to give you some insite about the journey you are beginging
I will be praying for you

Jenkins' family said...

Mike & Gina, The Jenkins' family is bathing you in prayer along with the faithful others in our church and Bolivar. The Lord is good and His love endures forever! I am reminded today that those that wait upon the Lord will mount up with wings like eagles, they will walk and not be weary and run and not faint. He is faithful, but as a Mom I know that it is hard to see you r church hurting. Be strong and take courage you are loved and GOD is bigger than the Boogie Man!! Hee, Hee, Haa, Haa!
Love, Mary

Jenkins' family said...

Ok, I had a little help from the kids typing. The word should be CHILD, but it is a reminder that one part of the church body is hurting, we all are hurting!! God uses all things to speak to us even a little typo!! Love to you again, Mary

Anonymous said...

Dear Ocean (aka Gina) and Family,

My family and I have been praying for you. God is good and I pray that he continues to be your guide. I would love to catch up with you when this is all over. Much love! Mary "Palbykin" Kulbacki