My Husband has Cancer Please Pray!

Ponderings of My Predicaments The Great Yellow Jacket Escape

Ponderings of My Predicaments The Great Yellow Jacket Escape

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will remember that I posted about my husband suffering from Sepsis back in December and January.  Then in March he had part of his toe amputated due to MRSA he probably contracted during his hospital or nursing home stay.  Now doctors say he has cancer…

I covet your prayers!!  The enemy is attacking my little family left and right and I need the family of Christ to come together against these attacks once and for all.  I guess I must be doing something right to be attacked so badly, so often.  Our son is 16 now and has autism. Still non-verbal, still my greatest gift and joy next to salvation and eternal life through Christ.  My mom has alzheimers. I suffer from spinal stenosis and deal with back pain regularly.

But this post is about my husband who is suffereing the most, at present.

Greg has been diagnosed with squamous cell cancer. He has a tumor on his neck/head the size of a baseball. You can see it in the photo, though it has grown considerably since I took this photo. –>


He is scheduled to undergo surgery on Tuesday and will be hospitalized 5 days afterwards. They have to operate in two stages. The first 5 hours will be to remove the tumor and any other areas that need it.(There are 3 others smaller areas). Then another five hours for reconstructive surgery where they will take skin from either his chest or thigh to replace the skin that’s removed on his neck.
This will be at the Cleveland Clinic.
Three weeks later he will undergo radiation treatments for about 6 weeks. That will occur in Cleveland.
My small family consists of my husband, our son (who is 16 and autistic, non-verbal) and myself. We are all disabled.
Greg had a kidney transplant in 2011 after which he has to remain on immunosuppressants for the rest of his life. These drugs help his body avoid rejecting the kidney, but they also greatly reduce hiss immune system and makes him more susceptible to other illnesses.
That makes this cancer treatment so much trickier because they have to monitor him closely as they take him off the immunosuppressants did he can heal after surgery, but during that duration he is at risk for kidney failure.
We live an hour and a half drive from Cleveland near Mansfield.


Another issue is that on his way home from an appointment a few days ago, he hit a deer and (probably) totalled our only running vehicle (still waiting to hear back from our insurance company). We have a rental car through tomorrow but his surgery is the next day.
I don’t know how we can afford the rental car after the insurance company stops paying for it. The contract is only through Monday and surgery is Tuesday. I’m praying they will extend the time we can keep the rental car.
There will be a lot of trips to Cleveland and back for my son and I during surgery week, then when radiation begins (3 weeks after surgery) there is up to 6 weeks of getting him to Cleveland daily for that.
The average cancer patient in our area can get radiation here in town, but due to his complex medical situation with his kidney it has to be done there, the doctors tell us, where his specialists are.
My husband suffered sepsis in his knee in December and January, then had part of his toe amputated in March due to MRSA, now cancer…

I asked his surgeon and oncologist why this keeps happening. They explained about the risks the immunosuppresants create. Even though they help him retain his new kidney, they put him at risk for anything else.
Those who know me, know how much I hate doing this… but several people asked me to set up a GoFundMe page, and if you share this, it may help us through this season of trials.

It’s so hard to be humbled in any situation, but when it comes to asking for help the stress multiplies as people may think you are trying to scam them or make money off a situation. They don’t know the person on the other side of the screen and how genuine they are. God does, and I’m trusting Him to get us all through all of this, but also to provide through it all. He is so faithful.

go fund me for Greg

Any help for getting him to surgery and treatments and meals for my son and I during surgery week and the six weeks of radiation is so much appreciated.

I had no idea what amount to ask for, and the GoFund Me default is $1,000 so I just left it at that. Any help at all is much appreciated.
We are a Christian family and I’ve laid this at the foot of the cross. This funding was suggested by several members of Facebook groups I’m a part of, and I’m humbling myself to place this as part of trusting God to get us through.
I know the Lord will bless you for any help you may offer. Thank you ❤

I truly appreciate your PRAYERS mostly, as I know God is good and faithful, and He listens to the prayers of His children.

I’ll be doing my best to keep you all updated here and my mirror blog, SincerelySapphire.com

God bless you!

oh, BTW:  I’ll have a lot of time during my waiting room hours to work on June’s scripture writing challenge, and our other monthly plans and challenges, so I’ll do my best to get that done as well.

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May, 2019 Journaling Prompt Plan

May 2019 journaling prompts

May 2019 journaling prompts

I’m sorry this has been delayed.  It couldn’t be helped this month as I’ve had my time given to my husband and his recent diagnosis of squamous cell cancer. Lots of doctors offices, lots of scans and tests.  I plan to post about it soon, but really we won’t know much more until May 10th when the doctors decide what the treatment plan will be. He’s a kidney transplant recipient, so it’s even trickier with him than the average patient.  We do know that the cancer that’s located where his neck and head meet hasn’t spread.   They’re (and of course we) are eager to not let the grass grow under our feet before his treatments (and possibly surgery) begin.

On to the printable, so we can play catch up with our prompts!

I encourage you to use these prompts to write out prayers to the Lord or just meditate yourself. It’s a good way to express ourselves and work on our mental and spiritual health!

So with that in mind, here is our next journaling prompt plan!

As usual, click on the thumbnail below to pull up the full-size PDF for printing –>

May 2019 journaling prompts download

I usually print these out on 28 pound white paper (or 32 pound paper is even better) and just stick them right into my planner or journal. The heavier the paper, the less chance it will tear out of your binder or planner by accident and helps resist bleeding or ghosting from your pens or markers. It helps the page turn easier too.

If you choose to print these out on full-size (letter) sticker paper. I use these here. They’re priced great and you can write on them easily. They are good enough quality for my needs. If you want a top-quality sticker paper look for these or clear ones here. (Though not all pens or markers will write well on the clear ones). If you don’t want to use sticker paper, you can print them on card stock or regular printer paper and glue them down. Honestly, the sticker paper is the best way, however. Regardless of the type.

Going through a lot of ink printing out planner stickers? Do like I did and enlist in the HP Instant Ink program! I’ve saved so much money on ink since I did a year and a half ago. They have different plans, but the one I’m in (the most pages) is that I can print up to 300 pages worth of ink for just over $9.99 per month. You can choose lesser pages for a lower rate, but I do a lot of printing between coupons, planner stickers and other things. Click on the image here to check it out! –>

HP Instant Ink

 

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Create Your Own Stencils from Laminating Pouches -DIY Build Your Stash

DIY stencil

worrying about my husband’s health and prognosis as he was recently diagnosed with squamous cell cancer (new post in my Ponderings of My Predicaments series to come soon about that…).

Busy day for me 🙂 I went to visit my mom, did a little shopping, came home and worked on laundry, now I’m on my laptop getting some online work done 😉

I hope you enjoy learning how you can make your own stencils and save money building your stash! 🙂

This week is how to make your own stencils from your favorite fonts.

 

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Doodle Challenge for May 2019 -Things We Experience

May 2019 doodle challenge banner
I decided to change things up a bit this month 🙂  Instead of telling you WHAT to doodle, I’m making you decide what to doodle according to the idea of the day.  Let’s see what you come up with!

This challenge is participated in by the members of my Facebook group, Christian Planner, Journal, and Craft Fellowship and any of you who would like to join us! You can join us in the group or join along on Instagram.

Why do we doodle? Doodling helps improve our drawing skills so we can improve our Bible art journaling pages!

Click the thumbnail image below to pull up the full-sized PDF file for printing! –>

May 2019 Doodle Challenge Download

 

I usually print these out on 28 pound white paper (or 32 pound paper is even better) and just stick them right into my planner or journal. The heavier the paper, the less chance it will tear out of your binder or planner by accident and helps resist bleeding or ghosting from your pens or markers. It helps the page turn easier too.

If you choose to print these out on full-size (letter) sticker paper. I use these here. They’re priced great and you can write on them easily. They are good enough quality for my needs. If you want a top-quality sticker paper look for these or clear ones here. (Though not all pens or markers will write well on the clear ones). If you don’t want to use sticker paper, you can print them on card stock or regular printer paper and glue them down. Honestly, the sticker paper is the best way, however. Regardless of the type.

Going through a lot of ink printing out planner stickers? Do like I did and enlist in the HP Instant Ink program! I’ve saved so much money on ink since I did a year and a half ago. They have different plans, but the one I’m in (the most pages) is that I can print up to 300 pages worth of ink for just over $9.99 per month. You can choose lesser pages for a lower rate, but I do a lot of printing between coupons, planner stickers and other things. Click on the image here to check it out! –>

HP Instant Ink

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DIY Homemade Glimmer Mist Build Your Stash YouTube Video

DIY glimmer mist

DIY glimmer mist

Around the same time I made my DIY alcohol inks, I also made my own DIY glimmer mist.  It’s along the same method, but you add a clear glue to the bottle as well.  It adds a nice shimmer, glittery sparkle to your work, and who can’t use a little more sparkle in their lives? 🙂  It’s just the same 2-ounce spray bottles as in the alcohol ink video, alcohol, any clear-drying glue, and any loose eye shadow (I used LA Colors from Dollar Tree, but I just found a great assortment of it on Amazon for a great price here!)

 

Supplies I used:

(these are affilate links and any time you click on an affiliate link I provide in my post, I get a tiny commission at no cost to you)

2-ounce spray bottles with caps

Alcohol

Mod Podge (or any type of clear-drying glue)

Loose eye shadow (I got mine at Dollar Tree, but you can get a great variety of it on Amazon here)

 

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DIY Homemade Alcohol Ink Build Your Stash YouTube Video

DIY Alcohol Ink

DIY Alcohol Ink
So in the midst of all the family drama, I’ve been keeping my mind occupied in my newly-put together craft room.  I decided to get busy on my YouTube channel and be of use to the Kingdom 🙂  There are so many great ideas for Christian art journaling and Bible journaling and I know a lot of you are struggling to keep on top of it all due to all the expensive supplies!

I decided to start this series on my YouTube channel and my blogs to help us all learn to make so many of our own supplies!  That also helps us to be better stewards of the money the Lord gave us to care for ourselves, our families, and His Kingdom!

This very first installment is how to make your own alcohol inks 🙂   I got the markers at Dollar Tree, the alcohol I had on hand, and I got new 2-oz. spray bottles on Amazon.  I’ll post the affiliate link under the video link here.  (Of course, anytime you click on an affiliate link I get a little kickback myself at no additional cost to you).

Why pay big bucks for the expensive kind available at craft stores and hobby shops when you can create your own and save money?

These markers were a dollar a pack, but you can also use a 40% off coupon usually available at most craft stores and buy a pack of Sharpie markers too (make sure they are the markers, not the pens).

Please leave a comment so I can see if you made yours!

 

SUPPLIES:

2-ounce spray bottles with caps

Sharpie markers

Alcohol

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May, 2019 Scripture Writing Plan -Emotions

May 2019 scripture writing plan download

Scripture Writing Plan for May 2019

Hello everyone 🙂

Here’s our Scripture Writing Plan for May!

As has become a pattern with my posts of late…there is again a health scare for my husband I would covet your prayers regarding.

December through January gave him Sepsis in his knee, last month (March) he had to have the tip of his toe amputated due to MRSA (we suspect he contracted in the hospital or the three weeks in the nursing home during his Sepsis hospitalization.

THIS time it’s….cancer…   He started noticing a growth on the back of his neck during this last hospital stay with the MRSA.  At first we (and the hospital staff) thought it was just a cyst. But it kept growing…   to now it’s the size of half an orange 🙁

His dermatologist did a biopsy a few weeks ago and we got the diagnosis of carcinoma last week.  Right now we are awaiting Tuesday when he will undergo a PET scan, MRI, CT, and endoscopy to determine the extent of the cancer…  The oncologist he saw last week wants to see where else (or hopefully nowhere else) the cancer may be.  He wants to know if the neck is the extent of the cancer,or if it developed somewhere else and spread to his neck.

At any rate…you can imagine the stress as we wait…

But the Lord has been so good to us in the midst of it all, and in the effort to put Him first, I ask you for your prayers and move us on to our monthly scripture writing plan which helps to grow our faith and get us closer to Him regardless of our trials.

I’m so thankful that so many of you are enjoying and spiritually benefiting from these monthly scripture writing plans! I love putting them together for you knowing that you find them useful and uplifting! Use these passages to write out the scriptures and grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! Click on the image below to pull up the full-sized PDF file for printing –>

May 2019 scripture writing plan download

I usually print these out on 28 pound white paper (or 32 pound paper is even better) and just stick them right into my planner or journal. The heavier the paper, the less chance it will tear out of your binder or planner by accident and helps resist bleeding or ghosting from your pens or markers. It helps the page turn easier too. If you choose to print these out on full-size (letter) sticker paper. I use these here. They’re priced great and you can write on them easily. They are good enough quality for my needs. If you want a top-quality sticker paper look for these or clear ones here. (Though not all pens or markers will write well on the clear ones). If you don’t want to use sticker paper, you can print them on card stock or regular printer paper and glue them down. Honestly, the sticker paper is the best way, however. Regardless of the type. Going through a lot of ink printing out planner stickers? Do like I did and enlist in the HP Instant Ink program! I’ve saved so much money on ink since I did a year and a half ago. They have different plans, but the one I’m in (the most pages) is that I can print up to 300 pages worth of ink for just over $9.99 per month. You can choose lesser pages for a lower rate, but I do a lot of printing between coupons, planner stickers and other things. Click on the image here to check it out! –>HP Instant Ink

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April, 2019 Journaling Prompt Plan

April 2019 Journaling Prompts

April 2019 Journaling Prompts

With Spring in mind along with thoughts of new, fresh beginnings, but particularly on the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, this month we will be journaling on our thoughts, memories, and happenings on that theme.

I encourage you to use these prompts to write out prayers to the Lord or just meditate yourself. It’s a good way to express ourselves and work on our mental and spiritual health!

So with that in mind, here is our next journaling prompt plan!

As usual, click on the thumbnail below to pull up the full-size PDF for printing –>

April 2019 journaling prompts

 

I usually print these out on 28 pound white paper (or 32 pound paper is even better) and just stick them right into my planner or journal. The heavier the paper, the less chance it will tear out of your binder or planner by accident and helps resist bleeding or ghosting from your pens or markers. It helps the page turn easier too.

If you choose to print these out on full-size (letter) sticker paper. I use these here. They’re priced great and you can write on them easily. They are good enough quality for my needs. If you want a top-quality sticker paper look for these or clear ones here. (Though not all pens or markers will write well on the clear ones). If you don’t want to use sticker paper, you can print them on card stock or regular printer paper and glue them down. Honestly, the sticker paper is the best way, however. Regardless of the type.

Going through a lot of ink printing out planner stickers? Do like I did and enlist in the HP Instant Ink program! I’ve saved so much money on ink since I did a year and a half ago. They have different plans, but the one I’m in (the most pages) is that I can print up to 300 pages worth of ink for just over $9.99 per month. You can choose lesser pages for a lower rate, but I do a lot of printing between coupons, planner stickers and other things. Click on the image here to check it out! –>

HP Instant Ink

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Doodle Challenge for April 2019 -Easter and Spring!

Doodle Challenge for April 2019 - Easter and Spring

April 2019 Doodle Challenge

I’m playing catch up today getting my groups and blogs ready for April. Wow, where did the month of March go??  Well I was pretty distracted with my husband in the hospital again, but it still seemed to fly by.

This month is the most important time of year for a Christian. The holiday some call Easter and some call Resurrection Day.  Either way, in the life of a believer in Jesus, it’s all about celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  No other “religious” leader has been resurrected from the dead to live forever more to intercede at the right hand of God for those who trust Him for salvation and eternal life.

That’s what this month’s doodle is about, of course!

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April, 2019 Scripture Writing Plan -God’s Promises

April, 2019 Scripture Writing Plan

I’d planned to get this up on the blog several days ago. Life happens though, doesn’t it? 🙂

My husband had yet ANOTHER health scare this month. He had septic arthritis in his left knee that almost killed him in December into January. Now in March he had MRSA in his toe and had to have part of it amputated last week. He’d gone in to the endocrinologist for a follow up and when she checked his feet, she noted that his toe was really red. She scheduled him to see a podiatrist the next morning who diagnosed him with MRSA. Even his bone was soft. They amputated it from the tip of his toe to just past the nail. Life is never dull around here, it seems :/ I’m sure praying that Spring is kinder to us than winter was! But I’m standing on the promises of God more than ever, and that prompted me to use that as this month’s theme.

 

I’m so thankful that so many of you are enjoying and spiritually benefiting from these monthly scripture writing plans! I love putting them together for you knowing that you find them useful and uplifting! Use these passages to write out the scriptures and grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! Click on the image below to pull up the full-sized PDF file for printing –>

April 2019 Scripture Writing Plan

I usually print these out on 28 pound white paper (or 32 pound paper is even better) and just stick them right into my planner or journal. The heavier the paper, the less chance it will tear out of your binder or planner by accident and helps resist bleeding or ghosting from your pens or markers. It helps the page turn easier too. If you choose to print these out on full-size (letter) sticker paper. I use these here. They’re priced great and you can write on them easily. They are good enough quality for my needs. If you want a top-quality sticker paper look for these or clear ones here. (Though not all pens or markers will write well on the clear ones). If you don’t want to use sticker paper, you can print them on card stock or regular printer paper and glue them down. Honestly, the sticker paper is the best way, however. Regardless of the type. Going through a lot of ink printing out planner stickers? Do like I did and enlist in the HP Instant Ink program! I’ve saved so much money on ink since I did a year and a half ago. They have different plans, but the one I’m in (the most pages) is that I can print up to 300 pages worth of ink for just over $9.99 per month. You can choose lesser pages for a lower rate, but I do a lot of printing between coupons, planner stickers and other things. Click on the image here to check it out! –>HP Instant Ink

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