Monday, March 19

just gotta keep on...

...keepin' on!  James went for scans last Wednesday.  We were hopeful but we did not receive the news we wanted.  In addition to the four spots we found after surgery, he has two new spots on his liver.  We are done with chemotherapy.  Dr. C is working with the lab and other docs to determine a specific treatment for James.  We heard it last June and again today...what we are dealing with is not curable.  Our goal has shifted focus from cure to minimizing/slowing the growth while improving James' quality of life.  The chemo he's had for the past fifteen months has taken a toll on him and it just is not worth it anymore.  I will update you when we learn more details about the new therapy.

Praise - 
 "Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever." Psalms 136:1 

  • Praise God for the time James and I have spent while he's been well.  It has been AWESOME.  
  • Thank God for James' amazing doctor!  She is our favorite and we are hers!
  • Praise God for the improvements my cousin's son, Wyatt, is making in the NICU.  
Prayer -

  • For the lost to find the way. 
    • "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—" Ephesians 2:8
  • For James and I to continue this journey.
  • Pray for baby Wyatt to go home so his family can be together under one roof!
  • Say a prayer for Justin and Joanna as they deal with her illness as well.
I love and thank each one of you for your thoughts, cards, calls, texts, love and prayers.  You all make my heart happy!  It is my hope that God will bless you all for your thoughtfulness and kindness!


  1. praying for you today that faith is the road to God. Without faith we can not get to God and He can not send our blessings to us. We are praying and believing for James to be healed. We had people in several churches stand in for James and be anointed with oil and in faith believe he is being healed.

  2. You all are in our prayers. I will get on the Abell grapevine and let others know to send prayers your way. God bless you both. I hope that James knows how lucky he is to have you, Amy and vice versa. I will talk to Stanley in the next few days. Love you both, Michelle

  3. To my precious friends,God's grace is abundant and we know James will be in great hands on this earth and well beyond. God is a God of promise and hope. We loved being with you guys Sunday.We are praying for you both and we are so happy to see the faith you two have.Love and hugs. Bill and Deb

  4. You guys are my inspiration. I love you for both dearly. Prayers comfort to both of you.

  5. Uncle Darrell and Aunt SharonMarch 20, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    We are praying for you all. Love you Uncle Darrell and Aunt Sharon

  6. Dear, sweet friends. Justin and I love you both so very much and have loved all of our time with y'all over this past year. We will continue to bug y'all and eat dinner (late) and play games late into the night until you get sick of us! And even then, we will probably still bother you! I am always eternally grateful for your friendship. Much much love to the Abells. Jo