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Today we start chemo again at a reduced dose, we will be going from 3,000 mg. of Xeloda a day to 2,000 mg. a day but staying with the 2 weeks on and 1 week off. We are also reducing the Navelbine from 3 weeks on and 1 week off to 2 weeks on and 1 week off to correlate with the Xeloda. This will give my wife 1 week every 3 that she will have no chemo and hopefully help her to bounce back between doses.

I was able to share my testimony at an Every Man A Warrior leaders meeting at our church on Wednesday night about my wife’s inflammatory breast cancer and going through hard times. My wife and I are absolutely blessed to be surrounded by some of the most amazing people in the world, if it wasn’t for our church family, my Every Man A Warrior brothers and my Edge Venture brothers, I’m not sure how we would get through this.

The outpouring of love has been absolutely amazing and over and above just being there for us and praying with us, these amazing people have created frozen meals and filled our freezer, provided us with a professional organizer to help make my wife feel comfortable in our bedroom, have a cleaning service come in and clean our house every other week, brought us surprise goody packages, helped me clean and organize my garage, have taken care of the weekly yard work and the list goes on.

Our friends have truly been and continue to be the hands and feet of Christ in our life, we cannot thank them enough or even begin to express our gratitude to these amazing people. In the gospels, when Jesus family shows up he says “Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked. Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.” – Mark 3:33-35

I can tell you that the members of NorthRidge Church, my Every Man A Warrior studies, the men of Edge Venture and the women in my wife’s small groups have become my brothers and my sisters and I thank God for them daily!

If you are trying to do life alone, there is a better way, the bible tells us, two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. – Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

To be continued…