Thursday, February 2, 2017

We're Back From Houston!!!

I feel as if Down On The Farm has become a chronology of my mother's health, and prayer requests.  There are plenty of blogs out there full of recipes and cute home decorating projects, and maybe one day I can get back to throwing a few of those in around some pretty weighty subjects, but for now, I just can't go there.  And that's OK with me.  I hope it's OK with you, and if you've hung around here this long I hope you will hang around a little longer.   


We got FANTASTIC NEWS in Houston!!!  The tumors have SHRUNK.


The oncologist was amazed.  The results were better than they expected and we say 


So we met with a surgeon on Friday and he is absolutely convinced he can do the surgery on the liver (you might recall mom was diagnosed with colon cancer in August that had spread to her liver).  It will not be an easy surgery, and the recovery will take awhile.  

He is taking mom's case before what they call the "Tumor Board" which is a group of 50 MD Anderson doctors who discuss all of the cases, and all of the particulars of each case, to come up with the best recommendation for each patient (this Board meets on Tuesday, February 7th, so specific prayers for God to guide them on that day would be awesome).  My mom is 79 years old and she just took 7 rounds of chemotherapy so she is pretty weak.  Although she has been off of chemo for 3 weeks and is already beginning to feel better and get some strength built up.  We are so thankful that she is feeling good.  It is nice to see a smile on her face :)!!!!

We are "on hold" waiting for a call from the surgeon's office as to whether or not the "Tumor Board" recommends surgery. We should get a call on Wednesday February 8th, and surgery is already scheduled for February 16th if that is their recommendation. And the recommendation will be based on mom's overall health and whether or not they believe she is physically able to withstand the surgery and the recovery.  The surgeon is confident, but due to mom's age he wants to discuss it with other doctors.

Here's the deal.  Surgery is our best chance for my mom to beat cancer and move forward with a normal life.  If you read the statistics, there is a good chance the cancer will return at some point.  But there is a chance it won't.  If surgery is not an option, then we begin what the doctor refers to as "buying time."  There are other treatments, and they are much less invasive than surgery, but they are just that . . . treatments . . . because the cancer is still there without surgery.  Treatments just put off the inevitable.  


I ask that you would PLEASE once again lift our family before the Lord.  We want His will, no matter what that is.  We need to know if we should proceed with the surgery if that is the recommendation.

And while you're praying I ask for your prayers for my beautiful cousin Cammi.  Cammi is 33 years old, a wife and mother of 4 beautiful children, and she was diagnosed with breast cancer last week.  She starts chemotherapy tomorrow, February 3rd.  She needs a touch from Jesus.

I CAN'T THANK YOU ALL ENOUGH FOR YOUR PRAYERS FOR MY MOM AND MY FAMILY.  As always, I have days of being very positive, and days of feeling pretty overwhelmed.  I know that God is in this, and I trust Him, but I am human.  I want to take this all away, and yet I believe God has set this path before us.  I want to bring glory and honor to Him.

Thank you for your prayers!!!!


  1. God bless you, Robbin. I know how hard this has been on you. You know that I am praying for you and your mom and the doctors as they make their decisions. We went before the tumor board, too, with John's procedure. Did you know that there is also a chaplain on those boards (at least here there are)..and they also give input as to the spiritual repercussions of having/not having the surgery.

    Praying that the right decision is made for your mom-and that she is accepting of that decision no matter what it is.

    Love to you--hang in there, kiddo. You got this!!! xo Diana

  2. God is moving in this woman's life. I know it is progressively difficult in phases and steps, the hurry-up! Wait...kind of times and days...But think of them in good terms of rest and renewal, and times to be refreshed in GOD'S presence to regain balance and strength.
    As we continue to pray and call upon the Name of Jesus for you and your family, and especially Donna your mother and her condition...we pray for scriptures to come to mind and to bring great encouragement and to feel the love of God that surpasses understanding. That God give wisdom to all in the making of decisions regarding outcomes to this experience. May God direct your mother in her steps and help her have peace in her choices. May God in His Greater wisdom speak into this situation and cause even greater shrinkage of these tumors to testify that nothing can stop the power of God Almighty. Be blessed and health come into your mother's body in a huge miracle and act of God. Amen
    And we pray also for this young woman Cammi, that she gets healing and is amazed at the power of God. Is anything too hard for God? Amazing love and great power is our God!

  3. Praying for you, your mom, and those in charge of making the decisions for her future treatment. May you be encouraged as you hang on to His promises!