Oct 8, 2011

Plans Change & Prayers for Dad…

Well this was my original post and update on my sweet dad.

Grandpa’s hair started falling out because of the medicine he takes. It was itchy and he was tired of seeing it come out on his pillow and in the shower, so he had grandma shave it off. We took you over to watch so you wouldn’t be scared when you saw him with no hair. We colored pictures of Grandpa without his hair. :) We also explained to you that it is a good thing his hair is coming out. That means the medicine to help his leg is working! :) He is cute even without hair, just look at those dimples!  We love you Grandpa!

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As I write this I try not to let my tears start flowing again. It has been a taxing and emotional day. My dad spent all week on his second round of chemo treatments. He was doing great. He got to come home on Thursday afternoon. We took him dinner and went over to see how he was doing, he was in good spirits and other than being a little cold & tired he looked awesome! I left filled with much hope.

Friday morning I called to check in with my mom to see how things were going. She said he was feeling great. He was even planning on going in to work for a couple of hours. Well as most of you know we had an early Christmas in Idaho and it had snowed all night long. We woke up to a winter wonderland.  On his way into his building he slipped and broke his leg, right in half above the knee. The cancer is in his left femur and has made the bone porous & weak, Dr. Jones his specialist warned us that would be the worst thing that could happen, his exact words were “whatever you do don’t break your leg.” before we left his last appointment in August. There are just so many complications. They rushed him to the hospital  then later this evening they flew him & my mom to Salt Lake to the University Hospital.

His doctor will do an MRI tomorrow morning.  We need the swelling to go down. What happens to his leg all depends on the amount of pain he can handle and where the swelling is. The soonest they feel like they can do surgery is Sunday night.

We are now waiting for his doctor to come in and tell us more of what to expect in the next couple of days, when the surgery will be etc.

I came across this talk by Susan Tanner-  If you are interested in reading it all go HERE.

Sister Tanner said this: “As we search, pray, and believe, we will recognize miracles in our lives and become miracle workers in the lives of others. “{That is

where you come in-

would you please pray

for my dad?}


We believe in the power of prayer, we expect miracles, we know the Lord is aware of my dad and each one of us. He loves us. We don’t know why this is happening, but have faith that just as in D&C 98:1 Verily I say unto you my friends, fear not, let your hearts be comforted; yea, ... all things wherewith you have been afflicted shall work together for your good

All Things Shall Work Together for Your Good

I love to read. But I can hardly stand it if a novel gets too intense—if the hero’s life is too dangerous or sad or complicated. So I have to read ahead to the end just to make sure that everything will turn out all right for the main character.

In a sense all of us are in the middle of our own novels, our own life stories. Sometimes our stories feel very intense, and we would like to read ahead to know our own end, to make sure that everything is going to turn out all right. While we don’t know the particular details of our life’s experiences, fortunately we do know something about our futures, if we live worthily.

We are given this insight in Doctrine and Covenants 90:24 [D&C 90:24]: “Search diligently, pray always, and be believing, and all things shall work together for your good, if ye walk uprightly.” This stunning promise from the Lord that all things shall work together for our good is repeated many times in the scriptures, particularly to people or prophets who are suffering through the trials of their own life stories.

I sense that this promise comes from a tender, caring Father who desires to bless us and give us reason to hope through our earthly journey. Knowing that eventually all things will work together for our good will help us endure affliction like the faithful people from the scriptures who knew of His promises and trusted in them, “having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them” (Heb. 11:13). We too can embrace this promise.


We are smack in the middle of our book, we would surely appreciate all the prayers you can utter.We will be holding a special fast for him on Sunday, you are welcome to join us.  We feel your prayers, they buoy us up. We know things will work out, it will just be pretty rough for a minute. Thank you for your continued support & kindness- I wish I could reach through the computer and hug each one of you, tell you how much we love you, and how we couldn’t do it without you.

I’ll try to give you updates as I can.