January 3, 2018
We spent the morning at Emory University Orthopaedics. KK had a CT scan and the Dr says the small mass is not attached to the bone (hooray!). And, he still does NOT expect it to be malignant.
She has surgery scheduled for Jan 22nd. Since the mass is located near the main artery, he does not want to attempt a needle biopsy. Instead, he will remove the mass and the pathology report should take about a week.
Thanks for your prayers. We are walking in abundant grace.
December 20, 2017
We spent the last couple of hours at Emory University hospital. The Orthopaedic specialist looked at the MRI and he doesn’t think her cancer has spread. He does not think this mass is related to her breast cancer or malignant.
He is ordering further tests to confirm his diagnosis – and will surgically remove the mass and biopsy as appropriate.
Bottom line – best possible result.
We want to thank our prayer partners for your incredible support. It is hard to describe what happens in our hearts when you are lifting KK up in prayer.
We are strengthened by your comments (both here and Facebook). Please know that we are reading every one of your comments and hope to be able to respond to you personally soon.
Have a great weekend celebrating our Lord’s birth.
December 15, 2017
It’s been a long week. Waiting.
Finally the referral process is complete and we have an appointment set with the right specialist to evaluate KK’s health. We hope to leave the appointment understanding the next steps for diagnosis and a treatment plan.
We’ve been overwhelmed with the prayer support and encouragement from our Prayer Partners. I will post another update after the Wednesday morning appointment.
Al & KK
December 8, 2017
This past Monday KK had an MRI on her (good) knee. Because of swelling and pain, the doctor wanted to see if she had a torn ligament. But the MRI showed a mass on her femur.
According to the MRI report, the mass is likely a sarcoma (but it could be benign). If it is a sarcoma, it is a serious indication that her breast cancer has spread. At this point, KK has received a referral to an Orthopaedic Oncologist at Emory. We are expecting the next steps to include a biopsy, further tests, etc.
We do not expect a clear diagnosis or treatment plan until she sees this new Oncologist (hopefully next week?).
We will update you when we have further news. Thanks for joining us in prayer.
Al (and KK)
Isaiah 26:3 Phil 4:6-7
October 31, 2017
October 31st is a special day for me(KK). It was 3 years ago today that I got “the call” when the doctor said, “It is cancer.” Thanks to Mammography my invasive breast cancer was caught early, just stage 1.
Every day since then I thank God for life and for the amazing technology that allowed us to discover and treat my cancer. I thank God for researchers and for every person and entity who donated toward that research.
In 2013 it was estimated that 1 hour of breast cancer research cost around $50,000. That is probably up considerably by now.
In contrast to that, Americans are expected to spend upwards of $9 Billion on Halloween this year. That’s with a “B”- billion!
So, I am declaring PINK HALLOWEEN!I’m asking all of you to match, or give a portion, of what you spend on Halloween 2017 to Breast Cancer Research or Recovery to:
For myself and my fellow fighters, THANK YOU!
September 6, 2017
We were encouraged by those who joined us in our Month of Prayer.
Our church (Woodstock Church/Shallowford) is a campus of FBC Woodstock. For the last year we have been in a season that feels like we are starting over. There is a great spirit of anticipation as we begin and new year. The Month of Prayer was critical for us to set the tone of our absolute dependence on God.
This Sunday (Sept 10th) we will kick off a new year. We will have a new start time for our morning service (10:30 a.m.) and we will begin our new “Groups” Sunday night in a couple of homes.
Pray that this will be a season for us to deepen out roots of depending on God, deepen our relationships with each other, and reach new people.
KK and I are so grateful for our Prayer Partners. We are also very grateful for this opportunity to serve a local church while serving full time on staff at NAMB.
August 31, 2017
God, let our manner of lives be worthy of the gospel.
Only [be sure to] lead your lives in a manner
[that will be] worthy of the gospel of Christ,
(Phil. 1:27- Amplified Bible)
Father, this month of prayer has been a time for You to shape my heart. We have joined together to seek Your face, know You more intimately, and face the challenges of sharing the gospel.
Your word is clear: the way I live matters.
Your word is clear: the way I speak matters.
I pray that You will give me clear opportunities today to share the gospel in how I live and what I say.
Give me opportunities to respond to conflict in a Christ-like way. Give me opportunities to see broken hearts; and give me gospel-compassion to care and respond like Jesus. Give me opportunities to have gospel-conversations with those I encounter.
As I begin this day, I stop to kneel before Your Lordship. You are my King and my Lord.
As I get up off of my knees, I stand to live in a way consistent with Your call on my life.
May the way I live demonstrate the work of grace You are doing in my heart. May what I say point people to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
In Jesus’ Name,