Anthony sent me this photo back in 2007 during one of his deployments in the US Navy. I have frequently used this photo as a desktop background, and example of cloud formations and weather in lesson plans.
As people check in on Anthony or ask how he is doing, I often describe his battle with Hodgkin's Lymphoma as a storm. Last night when I was saying my prayers and I thought of this picture. I thought how sometimes life seems calm and normal but we know that the storm is still out there. It is in the distance. It is lingering. It does not fade. It is not moving away. It is ugly, dark and it roars. .
Tuesday, the day after Anthony's birthday, we received the news that he is not in remission after completing his rounds with the clinical trial drugs. BUT, the PET scan showed some shrinking and this is the first time, anything has made a dent. .
I am saddened to report the storm is still here. BUT GOD. We still see the storm but now there is light coming through the clouds. The fight is still on but we were given hope. We are praying the storm will stop. The storm will weaken. The storm will diminish. The dark will bow down to the light and we will see victory over cancer.
As we move forward, Anthony will keep his appointment for his stem cell consultation in good faith that he will be in remission and will complete the transplant one day. In the meantime, we wait until we get further instructions from both oncologist on what is the best treatment for Anthony at this point. We want to thank everyone for their prayers and support. We continue to ask for friends and family to rally behind Anthony. Every donation, prayer and positive thought is received with a grateful heart. Please share Anthony's fundraiser and help him kick cancer's butt!
Is anyone else a sucker for a great summer thunderstorm?! Although I prefer to keep them a bit more at a distance we couldn’t help but stand in awe at this crazy storm that rolled up on us while out biking at a local park! The power of these storms is just mesmerizing.
I pray over anyone reading this that in the name of the Father who we know as God Jehovah that as you and your family and even your friends go through your day that peace, love, kindness, and protection would surround all of you. I pray your angels lead you in the direction that God has for you that no evil desire or plan will come even close to any of you. I pray that you and them would have so much God around you the demons tremble at the thought of your presence. I continue to pray that as this world tries for more evil your smile your kindness will touch one abc reach one for the earths is the Lords The Eternal King. Father please help the South American children being mistreated Father send down your strongest to defend them may justice be given for every wrong they have received 10,000 fold . Father I know you see the tears of their mothers I know you hear the cries of their fathers, you who is ABBA Father. Though they have no lawyer send Ochosi Though they have no guard send Ellegua Father too long have the innocent searching for simple provisions and shelter have been lied too and abused. Father they risked their lives looking for freedom crossed over and found a American nightmare. Father God the creator of Mankind please FIGHT FOR US GOD. Father please do not let evil overtake us. Father their authority have killed innocent African American children in the street, without repercussion in many cases! Protest have failed social media has failed BUT YOI FATHER YOU NEVER FAIL. Save us God, Defend is Father and Prepare is for the days to come. In Your Holy Name Father Jehovah Raah we move inIn the name of Jesus The Christ Givjng Honor to Elshalldie Amen