Saturday, December 20, 2008

It's Christmas!

It's Christmas coming up in a few days, and I just want to post a note about it. Christmas can be a busy and hectic time of year and it can make anyone's hair grow a little thinner just thinking about all the stuff that we take on during the holidays.

I am just so thankful for another Christmas here on Falcon Drive with Jenn and the dogs. Last year around this time, I was feeling pretty lousy with chemo and the surrounding drugs. This year, all I can complain about is the tail end of a cold that has been doggedly hanging on since Thanksgiving. And I can definitely live with that. Once again, praise God for his healing grace, which I definitely do not deserve.

Christmas is great in two ways. It is a great social holiday: you see family and friends, you eat a lot and get a lot of time off of work. Plus, there are presents. (I was especially blessed with cool presents from my wife this year. She is the tops.)

The second way is it once again brings the miracle of Christ into many peoples minds. Christ came to bless us all with his healing grace, and if you haven't decided to take advantage of that yet, consider it this time. Life can be pretty stressful and lonely when we try to live it without God. We are, as human beings, are designed to relate to God. When we accept Christ and try to listen to what the Spirit tells us, wonderful things begin to happen because we are just wired that way.

So, Merry Christmas from me to you! Now I'm going back to play with one of my presents. (A copy of Pitchcar! Jenn is a miracle!)

Friday, December 12, 2008

Getting scan results is annoying

Okay, that is an understatement. Today I went in for the follow up appointment for my CT scan on Tuesday. It's nice to get a "looks good, see you in a few months" but sometimes that's not always what you get.

I'm okay, first off. I feel good, I have no symptoms and my blood work looks great (no indicators for cancer in the blood). The scan showed some changes in some spots in my lung. They are tiny, and these two or three spots are just a smidge bigger than they were three months ago.

What does this mean? Well, it could mean nothing. None of these spots are new, they just looked a little different than they did last time. We do a series of scans over the year to see if there are things that are continuously getting bigger, which if they did would need to be investigated by a biopsy and tests.. So, we need to continue the scans to keep an eye on these things. I go back for my next scan and appointment in March.

Scary, no? It's always nerve rattling to hear this kind of stuff. Jenn and I went through this in the spring and it was nerve wracking and worrisome. Even though I am confident that the Lord has healed me of my cancer, these things are still scary. I'm human and, like all of us, not immune to fear.

That said, keep in mind the Lord is amazing! "Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always" (1 Chronicles 16:11) God has done wondrous things in our lives here at the Zieser household, and we do not forget them! Prayers are always welcome from one and all, and we look forward to the future. Though sometimes a cloud passes in front of the sun, the sun is still there and is not defeated by the cloud. Trust in God! Amen! 2008

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