Prayer Update: Fred's Daughter & Greg
Sat., Nov. 12. 2005 7:16pm EST
If you've been reading this email for long, you know about our former drummer, Fred Behanna, and the up-and-down struggle his younger daughter, Beth, has had with Hodgkin's Disease. We hadn't heard from Fred in a while, but he sent us an update on November 8:
I know it's been a long time since I've been in touch, and I apologize for that. There have been things going on here that have not been real good and I unfortunately gave in to some depression. I thank the Lord that He has been able to once again grab hold of me and remind me that "weeping is for a night but JOY COMES IN THE MORNING!!!!
Anyway, Beth was in the hospital a couple of weeks ago. She had been driving home from visiting her sister when she started having real bad pain in her right side. She drove herself to the hospital and was admitted the same evening. At first it was thought that she was either having a reaction to the Hodgkins that is on her liver or possibly a bad gall blatter. After much testing both of those issues were ruled out. The theory now is that her last Hodgkin's treatment (a mixture of medications known as BLTD) had been working and that some of the tumors on her liver died and fell off causing an irritation to her side. So the good news was the meds were working but the bad news is that Beth developed a serious allergic reaction to the treatment and had to stop using it :(
She is now awaiting enrollment in a treatment known as SAHA which, while not a cure, has been extremely successful in stopping the disease in its tracks.
I can't thank you enough for being so supportive (in so many ways) to Beth. Please continue to pray for her. THANKS :)
Editor's Note: If you'd like to write an encouraging note to Fred, you can send it to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here's the latest from our friend and frequent roadie Greg Micher, who went to the hospital two weeks ago for a blood clot in his lung. We received this email November 11:
I'm doing better. I had a doctor's appointment this Wednesday and he wanted me to stay off work until next Tuesday when I'll see him again to see if I can go back to work. The doctor did say the clot is dissolving as my
pressure (sound) of my left and right side of my heart is beginning to get near even (same sound).
I'm spending most of my time on the couch, playing with the kids, helping with homework, playing on my laptop and resting away the days as the doctor told me to.
I have been breathless the past day or so, but the doctor said that's to be expected for the next few weeks.
I'm down to once-a-week blood tests, daily pills and rest. According to Heidi (my wife), that's what I'm having the most trouble with, sitting still.
As you wind down this year, travel safe and I hope to see you again soon.