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Stable.  That’s what they call my cancer.  Stable.  I feel everything except stable.  Sick, tired, nauseous, sad, scared, annoyed, angry, grateful.  What’s stable?  Yes, I meant to write grateful because in the midst of misery I’m thankful for a lot of things.   

I went to U of M last week Thursday and met with Dr. Schott.  The good news is that we clarified my adrenal glands will work they are just sluggish and that’s why they put me on Prednisone.  Just when I think I’m done with steroids, I get another one.  It’s working though, so I’m thankful for that.  Everything else checked out fine.  No new lumps or bumps were found.  Lab work looked good.  The bad news is that we can’t fix my nausea.  I feel like I have the stomach flu everyday.  Some days are better than others, but at some point during the day I feel really sick.  We’re trying a new medication for it. 

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I’m sick of being sick!  Some days it’s more a mental fight than a physical fight.  Either way, it’s hard and I’m tired of it.  I just want to feel better. 

I return to U of M on December 2 for scans.  Please pray they don’t find cancer anywhere in my body.

If I don’t write again, I wish everyone a happy and blessed Thanksgiving.  Gobble gobble. 

For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds. – Jeremiah 30:17

Prayer Requests:

  • Returned strength and energy
  • No more nausea
  • The scans on December 2 are clear
  • My family – Dusty, kids, our parents, siblings, etc.
  • Thanks for our support system. 

26 Responses to “Stable”

  1. holly says:

    Soooo glad to hear an update from you! I keep praying but it is very nice to know specifics!
    I can’t even imagine how exhausted, annoyed, sick of it you are! Thank you for being honest….we then know how to pray and lift you up so He will give you encouragement and strength. I will pray for the list above and for all around healing for your body and for your soul.
    1 John 4:4 ‘You dear children (Lindy), are from God and have overcome them (cancer), because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.’
    1 John 3:21-22 ‘Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and RECEIVE FROM HIM ANYTHING WE ASK, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him.’

  2. Elaine Lucas says:

    Lindy, Praying for you everyday for strengh. Praying for you to feel better and for your whole family. Happy Thanksgiving to you. May God continue to wrap His arms around you.

  3. Kathy says:

    Dear Lindy, I’ll pray Jeremiah 30:17 for you everyday knowing God’s words are true. Praying too that His healing comes quickly.

  4. Dani says:

    Lindy, Hang in there.

  5. Marcia Hoeksema says:

    praying every day for you and your precious family.keep hanging in there, I know it’s tough and at times discouraging. Remember our Heavenly Father will NEVER LEAVE you or your loved ones. At times it may seem like He gives you more than you can handle.. He is always there. Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, plans for a hope and a future..” Have a Blessed Thanksgiving

  6. Amy Sluiter says:

    Praying for you daily, Lindy. For strength, health, courage, perseverance, and peace. For you & Dusty and the kids. I pray you feel God’s Presence with you through each step of this journey! Love you guys! And Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. Jana Ver Beek says:

    Pastor Scott preached on the topic of “calamity” on Sunday and it felt as if he was preaching right to Dad and me.
    The last point he made was this….
    “Be still and know that I am God”. Psalm 46:1-3, 8-10a
    This was the last paragraph of his message. I LOVE it!!
    “Live expectantly knowing that God is birthing something magnificent, trust God’s promises that He is our ever present help in times of trouble, and the be still, put down your puny arms and trust the mighty outstretched arms of God.”
    Praying for you, Dusty and the kids constantly!

  8. julie meyaard says:

    I am so sorry to hear how sick you have been. Like so many others your family is on mind constantly and I have been praying that the reason it has been quiet on your blog is because you have been feeling great and enjoying time with your family. Thank you for sharing and we will be praying for some reprive from this nausea and that you would have an incredible Thanksgiving Day with your family.
    With Love,
    The Meyaard’s

  9. Anita says:

    Thanks for the update Lindy. I am sorry to hear that you have been feeling so sick to your stomach. Thanks for sharing the areas we can pray for more specifically. Just an FYI Mercy has not been praying for your brains to go away anymore but she still prays for you at least 3 times everyday. You are very loved by our family 🙂

  10. Sue Ensing says:

    Praying for God’s peace to surround you. We love you all!
    Aunt Sue

  11. Chris Lowe says:

    Hey, Lindy. 7B at Zeeland Christian just said a prayer for you. May God give you a break from being sick…We will continue to lift up you and your fam.

    Mr. Lowe’s 7th Grade Math/Science Class

  12. Bev says:

    Praying, asking, believing and waiting with great anticipation. Please Lord, bring relief, bring healing, and totally cover with your peace. We look to You and wait on You for You are our Strength, our Provider, our Healer, and our Prince of Peace.

  13. Tammy VanDoeselaar says:

    Still Praying for you everyday!!!

  14. Deb Nienhuis says:

    Hi Lindy,

    Thank you for the update. I’m so sorry to hear you are feeling so yucky! I will continue to pray for some medicine to take away the nauseousness. You guys are always on our hearts and minds and in our thoughts and prayers! Our family wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving and we are soooo thankful that you are “stable” right now. God Bless!


  15. Michelle says:

    May the tummy aches go away, may your spirit stay happy and may you keep us all laughing! Gobble gobble to you!!
    Prayers with you always!

  16. Dad Ver Beek says:

    Hello Lindy…. I continue to be amazed by all the people that are remembering you in prayer. I pray for you often every day too. You are a very special person and I love you so much. Dad

  17. Megan Van Kampen says:

    Praying you will feel better Lindy and hoping you have a blessed Thanksgiving too!! Hang in there.:)

  18. Rachel says:

    Praying for complete healing in the name of Jesus! And that the peace that only he can provide. We are waiting on the Lord. you have such an amazing attitude, love you!

  19. Aunt Carole says:

    Hi Lindy, I can’t imagine what it’s been like for you to be going through all of this. I think I’d be pretty depressed by now if I felt sick all the time. Just know that, for one thing, you are a huge inspiration to me. Whenever I find myself thinking I’m too tired, too busy, too whatever, I think of you and how you have no choice but to forge ahead. In your strength and strong faith, I find strength to also forge ahead, realizing I have nothing that I should complain about and so much to be thankful for. Also, know that there is probably not one second of any day that you are not being prayed for by someone. May our prayers cradle you in God’s arms as His constant eye is ever over you and your family. Breathing in and out prayers for your family…

  20. Rachel Chapman says:

    Lindy~ We pray for you all the time here. My heart breaks to hear that you are having so much nausea, we will pray really hard that you may have some relief from that. You are on my heart and in my prayers every day.

  21. Dad Ver Beek says:

    Hi Lindy…. Your Aunt Carol says it all. God Bless her !! I just had a call from Mary De Witt. We had a wonderful conversation about you and her daughter Jacque. We both feel the presence of God as we deal with health issues for the ones we love the most. You ARE special. Hope to see you Thankgiving day. God be with you !!!! Love Dad

  22. Julia says:

    Hi Lindy!
    This is one of Mr. Lowe’s students. I am praying for you! Hope you feel better soon!

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