Saturday, February 28, 2015

Written By My Dad...






My story is being shared on manninglive.com, and this was something my Daddy wrote in the comments. I thought it was really nice and wanted to share...


Thank you for supporting my daughter with your prayers and encouragement. While awaiting a scheduled biopsy on a swollen lymph node, my wife encouraged Whitney to keep an appointment she had previously made with her gynecologist. Her doctor found that her liver was enlarged and had a CT scan done that same afternoon. My wife and I waited anxiously for the result as we tended to the children. Whitney’s voice was strong as she explained she would need an immediate biopsy, but the words “numerous tumors” and “cancer” were too dreadful for her to utter without breaking down. We immediately called my mother-in-law to come watch the babies as we rushed to be with her so she would not have to drive home alone. We live about an hour away from her doctor’s office…actually, we live about an hour from everywhere. As you may imagine, my wife and I were crushed as we felt our daughter had been handed a death sentence. I had “googled” enough in the days since her supraclavicular lymph node had swollen to 3 cm’s to know what metastasis to the liver meant. We were almost to her doctor’s office when she called and said the surgeon had looked at the scan and thought it was lymphoma. Lymphoma has a high cure rate even in the 4th stage. What a relief! But even so, this brush with death had changed everything about how we looked at life…and death. So, the fight was on! We had hope from the doctors that this cancer could be beaten. That was Thursday. Then the call came late Tuesday evening that the pathologists were “puzzled”. It was not lymphoma. I took the call and I knew what the doctor was saying without him saying it. I quickly adopted his avoidance of certain words as I explained more “tests” were needed. Two days later the oncologist would lay it out in more certain language that left no hope for a cure…”months without chemo” and a not-very-convincing performance of “with chemo…years”. It was a knock out in round 1. Whitney had already lost 12 pounds in as many days and the all we could do was pray as she cried in pain. And I’ve found that mothers who have gone through child birth can take a lot of pain. The hydrocodone would have helped if she could have kept it down, but the cycle of nausea and vomiting would not allow her to keep any food down for long. The catch being you need to take the pain meds with food or you will get nausea and vomit….a cruel dilemma indeed. I took the next week off from work since she had a doctor’s appointment almost everyday for a port-a-cath implantation, brain MRI, upper and lower GI’s and her first round of chemo. And we crammed in an emergency room visit for a couple of IV’s in between as she was becoming dehydrated. It was during this week-specifically, after Tuesday’s brain MRI that I witnessed the fighter arise. The fight was back on! She took herself off the pain meds and faced the pain head on—pain that had ruled her life for weeks. Within 12 hours the pain was down from a “10” plus to a “5”. By the next evening it was gone. Round 1, Whitney. The nausea subsided as the pain meds lost their influence on her body. She was eating chic-filet–of all things this is her craving during this ordeal–on the same afternoon of her first chemo treatment. Then, the effects of the chemo threatened to take round 2. That’s when the gloves came off. Whitney was raised in a Christian home thanks to her mother, Ramona. She held up the family until I found, discovered, accepted, received, surrendered to salvation about 9 years ago..not sure what word fits. Perhaps, they all do. Whitney had been a Christian for years and I had witnessed the change in her life and her faith. But now I was witnessing a star being born. Not the Kristofferson/Streisand kind of star, but a star rising into a sky of stars that we look to in awe and wonder. We all have those stars in our lives as God displays His love, hope, and power through those who take hold of faith and shine through the night to a world that has too quickly forgotten to simply look up. Whitney is my star. I will always look up. Thank you again for sharing her story.

26 comments:

  1. A father's love! That was amazing! My prayers are with you. You will be healed! It is done.

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  2. So beautiful! This part made my eyes tear up "But now I was witnessing a star being born. Not the Kristofferson/Streisand kind of star, but a star rising into a sky of stars that we look to in awe and wonder.". My husband and I prayed for you last night, Whitney, and this morning. Also have been asking others to pray for you and your family. Romans 8:28 is coming to my mind, an awesome promise from God's Word.

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    1. Thank you so so much! I am so grateful for your prayers!

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  3. About a week after I wrote that, I realized Whitney didn't know Chris and Barbara were in a movie called "A Star is Born". Showing my age I suppose. She thought I was just a big Streisand fan. Thanks for the comment and thanks a million for the prayers.Stacy

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  4. Beautiful. How wonderful to have such a father supporting you! God bless you and your wonderful family.

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  5. god bless you and your family, you ll be fine and be strong

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  6. I will pray for you and your family. All I can say is God Bless. Lord hear our prayers, Amen

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  7. I am very touched by your story , I have experienced the same thing my mother passed away six years ago pleural sarcoma she was the best moms , I wish you a lot of courage and I pray God to heal you your children

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    1. I am so sorry you lost your Mom! Thank you so much for your prayers :)

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  8. Hi,Excuse me for the grammatical errors, I do not usually speak English. My name is Ella and I am Somian in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, in afrique.j'ai 27 and I'm not married and I have no children ,you are a beautiful woman and you whole life still ahead you.Je think you'll see your children Growing up, get married and even have their children if yOU bELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST
    But I want first of all that if you have the FAITH JESUS CHRIST can heal you, he fera.LIS ISAIAH 53 V1-10. Jesus took our infirmities, and he carried our diseases.so know THAT HEALS YOU ARE IF YOU ALREADY ACCEPT JESUS, REFUSE DISEASE, AND DECLARE THAT YOU SHALL LIVE TO PROCLAIM THE WORKS OF WHICH IS ETERNAL.

    which is impossible TO MEN IS POSSIBLE FOR GOD BECAUSE HE'S THE CREATOR.Il INFINIMENT.SI LOVE THIS DISEASE IS IS FOR THE GLORY OF GOD .If you have this disease is to the glory of God to reign. Write ME ON MY EMAIL kouame_ella @ yahoo.fr to give me your news

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    1. Amen! I have complete faith in God and I believe I am healed! Thank you :)

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  9. Dear, withney I saw your story on news and your faith has touched my heart . I also had a journey with cancer and the only thing that got me through is God and his word . I will pray for you and your family . I will leave you with this message faith is a nesesity for victory . Be a frog fully reliant on God remember with God all things are possible if you believe . God bless you withney you're a warrior .

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm so happy to hear you got through it! God bless you :)

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  10. What an amazing family you have. I am sure no parent wants this to happen, but your dad and mom are the best to have around during something like this! a true blessing indeed. Onward!

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    1. Yes! I am so blessed to have them, they have been taking good care of me! :)

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  11. Thank you for the wonderful words of support and hope. It matters so much.

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  12. Beautiful! You keep fighting! Best wishes, Tammy

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  13. En verdad que admiro la fuerza, tu historia pone en mi mente cosas tan pequeñas por las que aveces sufro y me acomplejo, hoy al leer tu historia me doy cuenta que la vida es solo un regalo de Dios y debemos disfrutar. Dios te siga dando fuerzas y fe. Soy cristiana y ten por seguro que de hoy en adelante en casa estaremos orando por ti y por tu familia. Dios tiene poder y claro que te sanará. Saludos

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