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It's a rough time, but staying hopeful AND ON PLAN

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Hi Everybody!

53 years ago this night I was sitting with my mother, who was dying from toxemia (an infection that with today's antibiotics would have been treatable) and cancer. She actually died in my arms at 3:00AM on September 1st, 1966. I used to have lots of issues, depression etc etc. Thank the Good Lord as I grew in faith and hope I got over all that craziness! I had some beautiful memories and so many confirmations of her beautiful peaceful rebirth into her true Life!

Well now I'm facing another issue of cancer with my spouse, Mark. We have had to delay the start of treatment due to some rectal bleeding and difficulties with insurance!!! Grrrrr! He's seeing a colorectal surgeon first thing Tuesday morning, and God willing we finally start the radiation and chemo therapy starting with radiation on September 11th and chemo on September 12th. There will be a practice run with the radiation on 9/10 to confirm the placement and a review of the MRI of the brain. The radiation oncologist is VERY thorough! We like that about him!

In the past this type of stress was a real good excuse to eat virtually continuously with the result of enormous weight gain, etc, etc, etc. Well that is the past! Now I walk, drink more water, and loose more weight. I'm actually 6.2 pounds below my mid-point of my goal range! I am getting my 80g of protein daily and a mix of 5 or more veggies daily but eating binges - heck no!

What a change for me! I had a delicious broiled salmon filet for dinner (about 2.5 oz) and homemade Cole slaw and our home grown cherry tomatoes and cucumber slices! I'm stuffed! And I feel great!!!!

Did I mention that having all the personal notes, bits of encouragement from all of you and my dear teammates, goes a long way to keep me positive and full of hope and confidence. Knowing that so many are sending prayers, happy thoughts and positive vibes are gratefully appreciated!

Love from us both!

Carl (& Mark too!)
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    Hugs and prayers that all goes well. emoticon
    688 days ago
    Dear Carl and Mark, Praying for you both at this time. God is always able! Know that you are thought about daily with positivity and strength.
    688 days ago
    You are doing SO great! We are ALL hear for you! Just ask. My father passed in my arms, too. I know how you must have felt about your mom. But I think of how my Papa, must have felt having me near. Hope Mark gets the things he needs, but more important, TAKE CARE OF YOU, sounds like you are!
    691 days ago
  • MACMOM57
    Thinking of you both. Keep going strong. Prayers all goes the way you’ve planned.
    691 days ago
    Big hugs to both of you! I’m so proud of your courage and determination in being the best support to your spouse and still eating healthy and doing your walks. May the Lord Bless both of you with very good health! Love and prayers!
    691 days ago
    HUGS to you and Mark and continued prayers. That's wonderful that you have confidence in the Dr. That means so much.
    692 days ago
  • CAROL_31649731
    Carl (and Mark), you are both dear to my heart, lots of love and prayers headed your way. You are two of the bravest and most caring people I've every known, and you will get through this together. Your family here is also here to support you, and we are very proud of you, too. Keep doing what you're doing, because it is working. God Bless you both, my dear friends.
    692 days ago
    Hugs to you and Mark, and keep that great attitude and that will help Mark thru this. Take care.
    692 days ago
  • BJAEGER307
    Wishing the best for you and Mark on this journey you two are now embarking on. Sending all the prayers, healing vibes that the universe has to offer.

    Remember to take care of yourself also, as Mark so now depends on you to be healthy.

    Always in my thoughts.
    692 days ago
    Eat right and stay strong! Mark needs you more now than ever. You have a lot of Prayer Warriors out here that have never met you but continue to pray for you and Mark. There is power in prayer!
    692 days ago
    So sorry about your Mom, and about Mark. I hope he gets through this okay. It is nice that he has you to care for him and support him. Good for you for not letting this stress throw you off track. I agree with Martha324, it is important for both of you that you continue to take care of yourself, as well as Mark.
    692 days ago
  • 911BRAD

    Big hugs coming out to you and Mark... will continue to keep both of you in my prayers.

    On a positive note... it sounds like Mark is extremely well cared for by both his medical team and loved one... what a blessing.

    Wonderful job Carl, you're doing fine work on your own plan too! I'm certain mom is looking over you both during this challenging time.

    Much love, Brad & Sammie
    692 days ago
    Sure hoping treatment can start soon for Mark. I will keep you both in my prayers, for continued strength and healing. When I was taking care of my sick parents, dying of cancer just a few month apart, I comforted myself with food and reach my highest weight accompanied by pre-hypertension and pre-diabetes. I know something about the stress you are feeling. My celebration of your remaining steadfast in your eating plan, is a BIG accomplishment, Carl, and I am so proud of you that you are taking good care of yourself! Bravo!

    Modern medicine has accomplished so much more than ever before in the cure and treatment of cancer. Prayer is powerful....may you both feel the presence of God's love and support during this challenging time. emoticon

    And thank you for your leadership with our Family team. It is such a safe, loving and supportive place to be. It takes a lot of time to lead a team, and I appreciate all that you are finding the time to devote to making that happen. emoticon
    692 days ago
    emoticon for you both during this difficult time.
    692 days ago
    Prayers 🙏 for you both !
    692 days ago
    Prayers to you and Mark. And you are to be commended for not using this as an excuse to pig out.

    Love you both!!
    692 days ago
    Congrats carl on being able to stay with your program even with all the stressful issues you are going through with mark... my heart goes out to you in this time of need... hang in there.. your faith will see you through this... thinking of you... and will be praying
    692 days ago
  • MARTHA324
    My heart goes out to you and Mark.

    And kudos to you for handling the stress and heartache by not eating. Taking care of. yourself is so important now....just not for you but for Mark.

    693 days ago
    emoticon on your healthy eating and no stress eating . emoticon
    I am continuing to pray for both you and a good out come as treatment starts .

    693 days ago
  • LINDA7677
    Stay strong. Prayers for you and Mark.
    693 days ago
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    Sending lots of prayers.
    693 days ago
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