It's been a little while since my last substantive update.
Since then, the benefit was held for me on July 25 in Dixon, IL, and raised significant funds - over $16k counting pre- and post-gifts! It was a special night and it was once again moving to see God working through people to help a brother in need. It's an amazing thing, really.
I shared a few words that night that had been on my heart for some time, so I'll recap briefly for those unable to make it. I had been thinking about Paul's statement that "For me to live is Christ; to die is gain." Even for those of us who know God's love and work in Christ first-hand, we rarely live like that. We do it backwards: "For me to live is gain, to die is Christ." We tend to look at God's saving work as something pertaining to our death, and having very little to do with this ife. So we live this life for our own gain. I encourage you to search your heart and think about what you live for and whom you live for. To live foremost for earthly gain is short-sighted, recognizing how brief this life is.
The evening was lots of fun, too, with dancing, a pie-eating contest and colorful antics from our stunningly professional for amateur, highly entertaining auctioneers Cody and Aaron. With about 50(!) HSAers in attendance (200+ total), I felt quite honored indeed. Almost seemed like *the* HSA event of the summer! Near as I could tell, everyone had a great time.
A couple weeks ago I had a brief weekend vacation at the HSA reunion in Indiana with friends and my family. It was was a nice break from routine, and was great to see some good friends.
I've now had treatments 3 and 4, with a reduced dosage which my body has appreciated. My hands and feet have stopped peeling, and mouth sores have healed, enabling me to eat better. I'm hoping to regain some hair, but that's least important. Some more weight is on the agenda first! In 2 weeks I will have a CT scan, prior to treatment 5. I'll be curious to see if this lower dosage has been effective against the cancer.
Work has been going pretty well for me, and I'm very thankful for the opportunity I received. My employer has been understanding thus far of my limited availability. And it's felt rather good to be more productive and busy again!
Thanks for your continued prayers to an Almighty God. The road remains long before me.