Friday, December 30, 2011

Umm . . . still in shock.

I thought to title this post as a “praise report,” but I want God to be praised no matter what (whether in good times or bad). Why is it so much easier to praise Him when things go my way? I did praise Him numerous times (trying to be like Job) when things were discouraging. There was no jumping up and down, though. It was more of a quiet praise, a whisper of praise that I felt in my heart.

Anyway . . .

We got the PET scan results yesterday, and the doc said there was no cancer to be found: not in the scan and not in my blood work. It was NOT TO BE FOUND and therefore I’m in REMISSION!

She said the pain I have in my back is from a fractured rib because of the cancer and then radiation (it broke when I was coughing; I’ll never forget it, ouch!). It will take some time, but it will heal! Thank You, Lord, for my fractured rib! LOL We thought for sure it was cancer!

Both my husband and I were so shocked, we could hardly believe what she was telling us. We’re still having a hard time fathoming the wonderful news. I can’t tell you how GOOD it was to tell our kids this! It brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it.

Thank You, God! Thank You so much!!

The doc is still going to keep a close eye on me, and I’m still pretty weak. At least, one more treatment from Dr. Brown (the Naturopathic doc in AZ) will be good for me. All the fundraisers have made it possible for me to see him again. Thank you to all who helped with that!!!

Again, thank You God!!!

I’m just so happy I can barely type. My hands are trembling and tears are flowing. A part of me is almost afraid to be happy. Ya know? We just kept getting slammed with bad news, over and over again. How can this truly be real?

All I know is, I’ll take what I can get! And I thank God for saying “yes” to all the prayers that have gone up on my behalf! Thank you all for praying. Thank you!!! I just pray that God will allow this remission to last for a good long time. I want to be here for my kids, no matter how old they are. I know how much I love having my own mother in my life, and I want my kids to have the same. Praise God for whatever He decides is best.

Thank You Lord, my Holy precious Savior. Praise You and thank You!

I tried not to use all caps too often so you all wouldn’t feel like I was yelling, but honestly, all those exclamation points are shouts of joy!

I’m on my knees thanking my heavenly Father, kissing His feet. Thank You for giving me and my family this time of joy.


Sandi xxx

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

PSA from Alison Strobel

Hey friends of Sandi's! I'm popping back in to let you know that Phase 2 of the fundraiser for Sandi's cancer treatments has begun! We've got five great gift cards (Applebee's, California Pizza Kitchen, and!) to raffle off this week, and on Saturday we're drawing for a Kindle Fire or Nook Color! Tickets this time around are only $2--how cheap is that?!

If you donated the first time around, I thank you profusely. Please know we don't expect you to donate again. What we'd love, though, is for you to spread the word a little more--tweet it, Facebook it, blog it, email it--so we can get the word out to even more people. Include this URL ( so folks know what's going on. We'll start the drawings tonight at 10PM, so if you *are* going to donate again (or for the first time!) please do it soon so you can get in on the action. You're entered into the raffle automatically when you donate; no need to come back to the blog and comment anywhere like last time.

Thanks again for all the love you've shown Sandi through this fundraiser. I can't wait to see the amount of that check on Christmas Eve!