Dear friends –
We have been anxious to let you know what God has accomplished through you. We have often stood with tears in our eyes from the outpouring of love: your prayers, expressions of concern, listening ears, meals, visits, cleaning, rides to and from the hospital, babysitting, picking up kids from school, radon remediation, fundraisers, movie tickets, replacing car engine, Christmas presents, and more. When traditional treatments seemed to have failed, you made it possible for Sandi to seek alternative treatment, which we believe has been effective and has helped her grow stronger.
Last week Wednesday, December 28, 2011, we received PET scan results showing the tumors in Sandi’s back are in remission. And no new tumors are visible. We are very happy with this news! At the same time we are cautiously optimistic, because we know this is no guaranty that the cancer is gone. One of the sites still light up, believed to be due to inflammation related to a fractured rib as a result of weakening of the bone. But this too is circumstantially good news, as it explains that Sandi’s pain is not due to new cancer activity. We continue to support Sandi’s health with God’s good nutrition and it looks like she will be able to go down to Phoenix for one more round of treatments by her naturopathic doctor.
It has not been easy to accept help and support. We didn’t want to be a burden, we didn’t want to feel indebted, we felt others would be a better purpose for your support. But people insisted on helping: family, the church, even brothers and sisters in the Netherlands and Belgium, Karsten’s colleagues, people from Sandi’s writing community, and many individuals throughout the world. All have shown us understanding, love, and care beyond anything we could have imagined. Through you we have seen God’s understanding, love and care.
We want you to know that you have carried us through these difficult times and that we recognize God’s goodness in you. Never before in our lives have we seen God in action like this. But the greatest good that has been accomplished in all of this is that we have grown closer to God and have grown closer to one another.
Thank you for your prayers, encouragement, and support.