Greetings from Richmond, KY and sorry for the delay in keeping you updated on everything that is going on ministry wise and also with our family and Erin’s health.
We had a little bit of a scare with Erin this past week. As we have shared with you we were blessed to get Erin into a grant program that is supposed to cover all her medical bills dealing with cancer. The program was supposed to expire at the end of January and we knew that we had to apply for an extension. When Erin called to begin working on the extension we found out there had been an office glitch kicking her out of the program and that none of her medical bills thus far had been covered! Panic definitely set in and our anxiety level was through the roof. Erin and I both began praying that things could be worked out, and she began making calls to all the agencies involved in her getting kicked out of the program and getting back into it. Thankfully this morning she got a call that all has been resolved, all her previous bills taken care of, and any new bills covered through March! In March she can apply for another three months of coverage which will last through the completion of her reconstruction. Once again, we are so thankful for the way God answers prayers and has continued to bless us during Erin’s battle with breast cancer!
Ministry wise we are getting back in to things as most of our school’s are kicking off their second semester. I have been visiting several of our school’s morning huddles and trying to encourage both the students and huddle sponsor’s. I have been to almost all of the schools that we will cover who have active FCA huddles going. My next big step is to start contacting and visiting the many schools in our area who do not currently have active huddles and see what we can do to get them up and going. We are hoping to see God do great things in these schools over the coming months and ask that you keep us in your prayers.
This weekend we are getting ready for the annual FCA Coach and Spouse Get Away. This is one of the larger FCA outreaches in Kentucky. We invite coaches and their spouses, as well as other couples associated with FCA to a two day retreat at the Embassy Suites in Lexington. There we have a great time of fellowship with praise and worship music, Biblical marriage guidance from a speaker, testimonies from other couples, and some great food. Please be in prayer for the couples that will be joining us at the Get Away. We never know what issues they maybe facing in their marriages, but we know we have a great God who can take care of any needs they have. Pray that this weekend will be the starting point for many of these couples to put Christ first in their relationship.
Also, we want to thank all of you who have been praying about our support level and especially those who have partnered with us. We are currently at about 78% of our support level. Please pray that God will provide the remaining amount we need. If you would like to partner with us just click the link on the right side of this page. Also, please let us know if there is any one or any church that you think we should contact!
Thank you so much for checking in to see how we are doing and please keep praying for our family and the ministry of FCA!
We hope this update finds you having a great Christmas season! It’s been a little while since we updated you on how Erin has been doing and so I wanted to be sure and do that.
Over the past couple of weeks Erin has been to several follow up appointments with surgeons and oncologists. Thankfully all these appointments have gone well and Erin is doing very well. All of her drains, pumps, and stitches have been removed and she is getting around much better now. So much so that she was able to go to our church’s Christmas outreach on Monday to hear Maeven sing!
The only “bump” in the road so far came from Erin’s visit to her oncologist last week. The final pathology found that a very tiny portion of the cancer had broken loose into the tissue and it was an aggressive form. The good news is that the double mastectomy still removed all the cancer and we were assured again that there will be no chemo or radiation. The only thing that changes is that Erin’s cancer had been a stage 1 instead of stage 0, and that there is a 2% chance of it returning in another area of the body one day. That being said we are still thankful that she is currently cancer free and know the doctors could never really say that she would never have cancer again anyways.
As we head into Christmas our family has much to be thankful for. We have seen God do amazing things this year. Thank you so much for loving Erin and our family and for praying for us!
A big thank you to everyone who has been praying for Erin and our family and all who have sent their well wishes, helped with meals, or helped us in any other way. We are truly blessed by your kindness and friendships. I am sorry for not posting in a few days. It’s been pretty busy around here as we have been adjusting to having Erin back at home and helping with her recovery.
On Thursday, less than 24 hours after her surgery the doctors felt she was ok enough to send her home. I was very concerned that it was too early, since she still seemed pretty out of it. However, we got home at about 6 pm on Thursday and she has done great. Erin is still really sore and slow moving, but we are already seeing improvements as swelling has gone down and she has been able to leave the recliner in our bedroom and come down stairs and sit in a recliner while hanging out with the rest of our family. On Saturday night even though we had to keep the kiddos and dogs off of her, it was nice to have her down stairs to watch a bunch of classic Christmas movies together as a family!
I also want to say how thankful we are for our families. My sister and dad have been a huge help in taking care of our kiddos, getting them from school, staying with them, and even taking them to Beattyville for a fun weekend of Christmas parties and sleep overs. Erin’s parents have been a huge blessing too. Her dad brought us a recliner to borrow for Erin to be able to visit with us in the living room and he has helped out with tons of errands too. Erin’s mom Cathy has been a huge blessing staying with us and helping keep things running around the house. God has really blessed us with a great family and we are so thankful for them!
Please continue to pray for Erin this week as she continues to heal and has follow up appointments with her surgeons. Tomorrow she goes back to see her plastic surgeon and on Wednesday meets with her oncology surgeon. Her big prayer is that they will be able to remove her drainage tubes as soon as possible. They are very uncomfortable and having them gone would help her be able to move around.
Lastly, we are again so thankful for how we have seen God work and thank you all so much for everything you have done for our family!
Please join our family in praying for Erin this afternoon. She will be having her double mastectomy at St. Joe East in Lexington, KY. Pray that everything goes smoothly and that there will be no surprises. As long as no unexpected cancer is found, Erin shouldn’t have to have any chemo or radiation which would be a tremendous answer to our prayers! We know so many of you have been praying with us from all around the world and are continuing to do so. You have truly blessed our family and we can’t begin to thank you enough. Keep praying today that all will go well and Erin will make a full recovery from surgery and cancer!
This morning we heard back from one of Erin’s Surgeons that both the cancer and plastic surgeons are available for surgery on November 30th. The problem is that they are waiting for an opening in the operating room. As of right now they are telling us that they think something will open up that day and for us to keep our schedules clear for surgery. Evidently the week after Thanksgiving is not a popular time for surgeries and so they are pretty sure something will open up on the 30th. However, if that is not the case, surgery could potentially be pushed back another 2 to 3 weeks. Please join us in praying that surgery will be able to happen on November 30th. This will give Erin plenty of time to recuperate and enjoy Christmas with our family too. As always thank you for your faithful prayers and we will update you as soon as we know more!