Snip, Snip, BUZZ

We have finally experienced the dreaded hair cut by your child.  It started out innocent enough... but then again don't they all?  I had just finished giving Benjamin a nice trim and turned around to shake out a blanket that somehow ended up at my feet.  While I had my back turned my brilliant 5 year old decided that he did not want to wait for me to trim the sideburns and neck area and took matters into his own hands.  With the battery operated clipper he took a swipe right down the middle of his head  - and yes you guessed it there was no blade guard.  Right down to the scalp.  There are really no options to "fix" a hair cut such as that so he ended up looking very much like his Daddy - skin head.  After I had "fixed' the haircut Benjamin headed up to the bathroom to check out his new do.  He climbed up on the step stool, stuck his hand on his head and exclaimed in a very amazed tone, "NO  WAY!"  Priceless... the things we do as kids and get away with.  I was just soooo thankful that it was not an experiment on one of the girls heads.   Please no ideas!

To God be the Glory

Another week has passed in the infusion room for us.  Jonathan has braved it well this time and made it until Thursday night before getting sick.  It has made Friday not so fun, but it is encouraging to hope that we won’t be back in four weeks.  That is right, Jonathan’s blood tumor marker is showing dramatic improvement and the doctor is pretty confident that we won’t be back.  YIPPEE!!!!  His tumor marker was at 2400 when we started chemo.  Normal is 8, and after only two rounds his is already down to 24! 

This week I have had so many opportunities to spread the love of Jesus to others who are undergoing chemo too.  As in weeks past I come home energized and emotionally exhausted at the stories and pain I hear when I talk with these people.  However, I greatly rejoice at the perfect place God has me to spread His message and His love.  I have had the chance to pray with a few of these patients and bring a smile to many of their faces.  I praise God for this chance to serve Him and have his name glorified.  There is a part of me that is sad to say goodbye to the patients that the Lord has placed in my path, but as in all things His timing is perfect and my time here is in His hands.  To God is the glory He has done amazing things!


The Hand of God

God is amazing and perfect in every way.  Too often we only realize this in hindsight.  Even so a reminder is indescribably reassuring and comforting.  I was diagnosed with testicular cancer in late May of this year.  I was never sick or in pain.  I never exhibited any signs of abnormality except for a swollen lymph node that God made clearly visible on my neck.  Without this visible evidence I would have never known I needed medical attention until it may have been too late. 

What about His perfect timing?  I was in the first week of recovery after my second round of chemotherapy.  This week in the treatment cycle is more difficult than the actual week of treatment.  The drugs have fully infiltrated the body and the patient is exhausted from fighting the effects and side-effects.  Activities outside of lying in bed or on the sofa are usually out of the question.  Our church family had been showering us with love by managing our lawn, running errands, bringing meals, and relieving us of our three children.  On one particular evening of this “first recovery week” Ruth Mullins from church was bringing us a meal.  She was on her way out the door when her phone rang.  Another lady from church, June Hanson, needed to discuss some details about VBS.  She was delayed 15 – 20 minutes from arriving at our house.  God’s timing was perfect!  Just before she walked in the door Benjamin, our 5-year-old, sprayed himself in the eye with Martha’s perfume.  (How do 5-year-olds manage to do this kind of stuff anyway?)  There was no way I would have been able to help Martha hold down this screaming terrified child in order to flush his eye out with water.  Ruth didn’t even wait to be asked.  She just said “Let’s do it”!  She and Martha took turns holding him and pouring water in his eye until the crisis was over. 

God continues to show Himself to us almost daily.  I start my third round and most likely the last round of chemo therapy tomorrow.  My blood tumor markers are already almost normal.  God is awesome and I’m so grateful for this cancer and the opportunity to see Him at work.  Stay tuned for more updates on the life and times of the Slaven family!


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