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was a high risk aggressive cancer rated Stage II cancer. After consultation, we were told that Patsy would need 24 weeks of chemotherapy in two series of 12 weeks and then radiation treatments following. The first 12 weeks she would have one treatment every three weeks and the last 12 weeks she would have a treatment once a week. The Lord is good to allow things to enter into our paths to offset our immediate situations. Patsy came home from surgery after Christmas. While going upstairs on January 4, she fell and injured her foot. After two days of pain, we made our way to the orthopedic doctor. After seeing the X-ray, the doctor thought it was broken but because of the swelling he was not sure; therefore, he ordered an MRI. A special shoe and a wheelchair were ordered for two weeks because she could not put any weight on the foot. The MRI revealed a contusion at the joint of the big toe that took weeks to heal. The foot problem diverted her mind away from her main problem—breast cancer. Patsy had outpatient surgery on February 9 for a port to be inserted for chemotherapy and her first chemo treatment was given on February 10. After her three-hour treatment, we went home. Since it was Wednesday, we prepared for the church service. After service Patsy became ill and had dry heaves from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Her pain level began to rise and continued with sharp pain from her abdomen going through to her back. Of course, we thought it was chemo; therefore, we waited as she took pain medication thinking that it would stop—it became worse not better. On Sunday after service, I took her to the emergency room and she was admitted with a temperature and an infection. On Monday morning she was diagnosed with Pancreatitis. She remained 12 days in the hospital taking antibiotics and medication through an IV, and the Lord’s grace was sufficient. She confessed that she had not had sickness and pain of that sort before. Again, she was diverted from her main illness of breast cancer and I told her that the Lord was showing her that there were some things worse than chemo. On May 25 she did not feel well. As we waited to see the oncologist for her chemo treatment, Patsy became deathly ill. When the oncologist saw her condition, he and his nurse began to run tests and said that she must be admitted to the hospital immediately for she had an infection of some kind. After a good round of antibiotics, she proved to be better and was able to take her chemo treatment on Friday in the hospital and was released on Saturday. As one can see, after six months it has been “flooding” around our place, but the Lord has been present through it all and we have not gone under. It has not been easy but His grace is sufficient. We have drawn much strength and encouragement from Scripture like this one: Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise (Jeremiah 17:14). In early June, Patsy came down the stairs and as she pivoted on the bottom step, she felt her knee pop and pain began immediately. Thinking that it would pass, we waited a couple of days but it did not pass and the pain became greater. We made an appointment to see the orthopedic doctor. When he examined her, he suspected she had torn her meniscus. Sure enough that is what the MRI revealed so surgery was set for June 21 and chemo was canceled for the week of surgery. The surgery proved there was more than a meniscus repair needed because there was ligament damage as well. The doctor drilled four or five holes in the bone to allow blood flow and aid healing. The healing is not complete as she still has to use a crutch. We admit that the fiery trials have been hot, but as the Lord has promised, thou shalt not be burned (Isaiah 43:2). We asked the oncologist if there would be a break between chemo and radiation and he said, “Cancer takes no breaks and neither do we.” Praise the Lord! Patsy finished chemo July 28 and went for radiation consultation on August 4. She was told that she would need 36 daily radiation treatments beginning August 8 through September 26. The side effects would be like severe sunburn, itching, tingling, fatigue, and some pain; she has experienced all side effects. Patsy is taking several medications because of what the cancer and treatments have caused. She will take the hormone medication daily for five years. The chemo can also cause bone damage. Her oncologist ordered a bone density test and a thorough dental exam to check for damage. Then because of the risk, he ordered an IV infusion every six months for three years which is given through her port. She took the first infusion on August 26. The port was to be removed next year, but now she will keep it at least for another three years. This too shall come to pass. Some concerned friends have asked about the cost involved. We are members of Samaritan Ministries in Peoria, Illinois. It is a Christian share ministry and they have paid the bulk of the cost. But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). Patsy and I want to thank our Lord, our church family in Germany, and literally thousands around the Christian world who have stood faithfully by us during these days of trial and testing. We covet your prayers for Patsy’s healing. We would like to say with Paul, All the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us (2 Corinthians 1:20). We are not promised a bed of roses but we are promised that I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee (Hebrews 13:5).