Dear Friends and Family,
Matthew just celebrated his 25th birthday! We've stretched the celebrating over a couple of weeks. Ian was here the last week of July, Matthew took a trip to Gatlinburg on his actual day (the 8th), and we had a celebration with friends yesterday. He has felt well and enjoyed his celebration!
With a vacation trip and Matthew's birthday, it's been 5 weeks since his last chemo rather than 3. The extra 2 weeks have been great for Matthew. Today, we return to chemo for the week (Aug 10 - 14).
Next week is Matthew's recovery week at the end of which we will travel to Virginia Beach to be with family. We have rented a beach house (the same one we did 3 years ago). Ian will be in for the week with us as well. We look forward to being with family and enjoying the beach.
We do not have a scan scheduled at this point but imagine when we see the doctor next we will discuss it.
Our prayer requests this week include: 1. that this week of chemo will be very effective on the cancer; 2. that Matthew's side effects will not be too extensive (the heat adds to the discomfort); 3. that Matthew will have a quick week of recovery so that he can enjoy his trip and week at the beach.
Thank you for your prayers, your love, your support and joining us in celebrating Matthew's 25th birthday. God's blessings are evident in our lives.
ps - I bought a bracelet this weekend that says, "God surrounds us by His grace." May each of you feel His grace surrounding you today!