Dear Friends and loved ones!!
I’m sorry it’s been a while since we’ve updated everyone! It’s been a crazy couple of weeks!! Dad has two different kinds of cancers, the one is a fast growing, but it all started from a slow growing cancer called follicular cancer, the doctor said he’s probably had this one for a couple years, and then it formed into this fast growing lymphoma where he had several grapefruit size tumors. There are 4 stages of cancer, 4 being the most serious, dads cancer was put at stage 3. August 12th dad had a checkup from his first chemo treatments, and the doctor said he thinks the fast growing cancer reduced in size by 90%!!! Praise The Lord!!! Dad is loosing his hair now, but that’s to be expected. Please continue to pray for our family during this time in life. Pray that we’ll continue to stay strong in The Lord, that our testimony would be honoring to HIM, and that HE continues to get all the praise and glory through it all!!
~Bonnie for the whole bunch
Friends & kin, I’m sorry it’s taken so long to update you! Life has been a whirlwind for a couple of weeks! Lots of testing. Yesterday we were gone all day @ the hospital in Goshen. Mike had another biopsy done, to pinpoint where the cancer started. They were able to confirm that it is the B type lymphoma, and is a stage 3A. He also had a bone marrow biopsy done, and a port put in for chemo on Monday. Still waiting for results of where the cancer started, as that will determine how long his treatments may last. On Monday Mike will be admitted into the hospital where he will receive his first treatment of chemo. We were told it takes from 4-6 hours. He will stay @ the hospital for 48 hours. That’s about all we know right now as far as Mike’s physical condition. However his spiritual condition is growing rapidly! There’s a lot of time for reading God’s word. Memorizing scriptures, and praying fervently! Some verses that Mike is claiming for himself are Mark 11:24 “Therefore I say unto you, What things so ever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” We’re trying to keep our spirits close to our precious Savior during these days. I think of the song where the chorus ends with “the darker the night, the brighter the light, when I walk with Him.” Please keep on praying for us folks! We truly can feel the prayers of the people when we are at peace in the midst of our storm! In the meanwhile, we’re on our way to Bean Blossom for the Gospel Jubilee!! Pray all goes well this weekend, and in the upcoming months! I’ll try to be a little more conscientious about updating the web and Facebook! Thanks for your concern and love for our family. Love you all, Ramona for The Balos Bunch. :-))
The kids told me I should update folks on how Mike is doing…& myself. Mike went in thursday for a biopsy. While we were waiting, some family arrived, as well as our precious pastor from our church. pastor had gone to the challenge of sorting out some of God’s promises for us out of the bible. He made it through the old testament, and promises to do the new testament as well for us! How reassuring God’s word is during these times! All that memorizing of verses sure pay off! Just when we feel a wee bit down, a verse pops into our head, and we find ourselves comforting each other with it! Right now, I have Philippians 4:6-7 as some verses to stand on. “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made know unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” We as a family are truly experiencing that peace. We as children of Christ have a hope. We know God has a plan. Mike’s cancer isn’t something new to God, it’s only new to us! We’re standing on the promises of God! Mike & I are waiting for the results of the biopsy, and then we’ll make some decisions about the next step we need to take. Mike is doing well physically. He isn’t in any pain, and even rode his motorcycle to town today! Please be praying for wisdom for our family during these times! God promises to be a light to our path. We need to trust Him, and be able to walk down the path with Him by our sides! Whatever the outcome, remember, God is good ALL the time! I’ll be sure to keep you updated in the days and weeks to follow! We love you all, Ramona
Thank you for all the prayers and encouragement!!! We need it!!!
We just found out dad has cancer!
We’re all having our ups and downs, but we’re keeping each other encouraged in The Lord!! Right now, all we need is prayers, and lots of it!!! Dads cancer is very very advanced,and it surrounds many of his organs. We were told it looks inoperable. Dad has a biopsy scheduled tomorrow, and they will send that in to see what kind of cancer it is. Thank you all for your love and care, and prayers!!! God has been so good to have blessed us with such a wonderful Pastor, church family, friends and loved ones!! We want to continue to give praise to God through it all!! It’s only through Him we can go through this!! We don’t know what tomorrow holds, but we know who holds tomorrow. Yes, it was a shock to us, but God knew about it way before it even began! And He knows what’s to become of it! He never gives us more then we can handle, and we know He has a special thing planned for us during these times!
What an AWESOME God we serve!!!!
Bonnie for the whole bunch!