The Biggest Storm in History

Genesis 6:7a, 8

And the Lord said, “I will wipe this human race I have created from the face of the earth. Yes, I will destroy every living thing…But Noah found favor with God.

This morning’s sermon at Bridgepoint Church was an important one. Especially for me to hear.

Most of us know the story of Noah. At one time, God looked at the people he created and only saw corruption. Because of that, he wanted to wipe the slate clean and start new. Every person and every creature was going to be destroyed. Except for Noah, a man who walked closely with God.

Noah built the Ark, per God’s instructions. And when the floods came, Noah and his family were spared.

Pastor Tim loves this story. It shows what faithfulness and walking with God can do. He told us that Noah was available to God and faithfully did the work planned for him. 

Pastor Tim asked: are we being available for God?

God has a plan. God will give us the parts we need to follow His plan. But to get the instructions, we need to walk with God. He revels Himself and what He wants when we have a relationship with Him. Noah did. Noah knew what God was going to do from the beginning.

Pastor Tim also pointed out that whatever God has us do is a means to an end. Should we do our part, God will most certainly do his.

“If you aren’t getting all the parts, you aren’t getting God’s plan.”

All throughout this message, all I could think about was whether I was following God’s plan. Do I have the pieces I need to be successful in this venture?

I realized that the parts I need are the people around me. My parents and my in-laws who make sure Corey and I have what we need. My friends who make sure I have more in my life than work, home, and hospital visits. All the people who have given us their food, their time, their strength, their money. These are the parts Corey and I need to continue through this journey. Hopefully, we can be a light for others.

We continue to battle our fears of the unknown. We fight through the tiredness and doubts. We do so because of what God has equipped us with to make it through our own storm.

Noah built an ark to survive. We are building a life focused on God and His plan for us.


Gearing Up For Round Two

It’s been a minute since the last blog update. But honestly, there isn’t too much to update right now. Which is a good thing.

Corey is feeling good. The pain in his rib is basically gone. He has more days where he is awake and alert and able to visit with friends. In fact, Sunday night he had some friends over for the annual E3 video game conference.

Exciting, I know.

On Wednesday, Corey, Michelle, and I had to go to the hospital. The doctors told us once his temperature goes above 100.4, we would be taking a trip down to the ER. Well, that’s exactly what happened.

At midnight, the three of us left for St. Anthony’s in St. Pete. He was checked out by nurses and doctors and technicians.

6 a.m.: We were admitted and sent to a private room.

“There aren’t many good things about cancer. But let me tell you, getting a private room is one of the few benefits,” said Corey.

We had stayed at St. Anthony’s all of Wednesday. Continous antibiotics were pumped into Corey to make sure any infections would be taken care of.

Ultimately, Corey was fine. He felt good and it was a boring visit. 

Better boring than the alternative

He had already had some really good days, even though he was at his lowest immunity strength. Really, he just wanted to get out of there and go home. Which he finally did on Thursday (albeit with a bit of fighting).

Other than that short stay, our days consist of TV, medications, fluids, and family.

Corey is starting his second cycle of chemo in just a little bit. We aren’t sure how this will effect him since it is different medicines. But Dr. Reed tells us by Friday he should be feeling much better.

For now, we keep our spirits up and hope for the best.

One Down…Thirteen to Go

Corey, Michelle, and I made it home from the hospital today. It was a long five days. After awhile, it was hard to keep track of what day it was.

However, we met so many wonderful people that really made our first time at Moffitt much easier and smoother. Everyone from the doctors to the nurses to the food serivce, we owe a debt of gratitude.

So meet the people responsible for taking care of our boy!

Meet Christen, ARNP. She was one of the first people we met in the very beginning. She was very up-front but very calm when she explained what would be happening during our stay there. And thankfully, she was patient enough to answer all our first-day questions.
We also had a wonderful chemo nurse by the name of Melissa. She had such a great sense of humor! She would make funny faces and just talk with us outside of all the medical mumbo jumbo. Even though she would poke Corey with a shot everyday, she was still one of our favorites.

Speaking of favorites, she was probably one of the top. Jennifer was the pharmacist that made sure everything was good with the chemo and made sure his nedication was correct. She went above and beyond to make sure we went home with the right medication and made sure we understood everything about the next few days. I’m pretty sure she did not know what she was getting into when she came into our room.

We also had a wonderful night nurse the second half of our stay. Her name was Mirium. She was really special in the fact that she made sure Corey got as much sleep as possible. His vitals had to be checked every four hours. Day and night. Mirium would have them check vitals right before he went to sleep and right when he woke up. It really was very helpful since he would already be up multiple times a night.

And finally, we have Neesie. She was most important because she would being us food. Not just a tray of whatever we ordered, but she did so with the sweetest smile and most joyful spirit. Believe me, at 8 pm, a joyful spirit is what you need to make a long day better.

Of course there were many more people who were there to help us and make sure all our questions were answered. They made sure we were taken care of. And most importantly, they made sure my husband was getting better.

One round done. Thirteen more to go. We are just getting started, but the team behind us gives me even more hope for our journey through the storm.