The “C” word

It’s been far too long since we have blogged, but we really want to write more.
The last 2 weeks have been crazy. Honestly, life has been in hyper speed since August when we moved to Odessa. But, mostly I want to tell you about the past few weeks….
Almost 3 weeks ago I took Cory to the ER thinking he had appendicitis. He had many tests and a CT scan that revealed his appendix was fine but the cancer we thought was gone had returned or just reemerged (apparently the type of cancer he has can do that). The ER doc was adamant that we see Cory’s oncologist as soon as possible so we headed to the Waco area loaded with questions and uncertainty.
God has gone before us and opened doors quickly to have doctors appointments and we are grateful. Cory’s parents have generously let us stay with them and help watch Rylie. These appointments seem to take the entire day!
So, where are we now? Cory has follicular non Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Usually this is diagnosed much later in life, the average age is 60. It is not considered curable by traditional medical doctors, but we have personally experienced great benefits of changing our diet and lifestyle.
The pain that took us to the ER originally has continued despite numerous visits to the doctor, a biopsy and meds. Along with this Cory has faced serious fatigue and has been unable to work. After this last round of test results we were encouraged to get back to the oncologist and make a plan to figure out what specifically is causing his pain and other issues.

We are needing to move closer to Cory’s doctors ASAP. It is imperative that we find out what is causing his pain and fatigue so that it can be treated and then we can address his cancer. It is very difficult to fight cancer with a weak immune system.
We are so very sad to move away from the church family we found at Immanuel baptist in Odessa. Cory is especially sad to be leaving his students as well.
So, we are trying to move on Saturday. Yes, in 2 1/2 days….. We are so grateful for all of those who are making this possible. It has been obvious to us how God as gone before us with so many things from being let out of our apartment lease without penalty to having a friend drive all the way from Dallas to help corral Rylie while I pack.

I have been thinking just how dramatic this all sounds and uncertain. While we’ve had some pretty low moments, I was reminded that difficult circumstances are an opportunity for God to show his glory and faithfulness. These momentary afflictions prepare us for the weight of glory. It must be more weighty than I can even imagine. We are hopeful, we are a bit scared but we are confident that God is near.
Thank you for your prayers. I will do my best to update as we can. May God be glorified in the midst because he is worthy.


3 thoughts on “The “C” word

  1. Oh Sweet Crystal. Praying for your precious family! I can see God is giving you grace for each day that passes. I’m glad that y’all are able to move quickly. Praying praying praying… Miss you.

  2. Crystal- I love you so much! I am praying for you and your family. I also want you to know that you are such a blessing and an amazing example of faith. Keep your eyes on Him and you will be able to get through anything.

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