Doing My Part

Well, after waiting and waiting and waiting we finally got my MIL’s scan results yesterday. Yes you read that right. Scan on Thursday and they had us all wait for 5 days.

Talk about exercising extreme patience.

Instead of giving you an update I thought I would share with you her journal entry. This is a tear jerker and religion is mentioned so for those of you who feel uncomfortable about these type of things now is your chance to escape!

Without further ado, an update in her words…

Doing my part!

Written Jul 24, 2012 8:52am

Elisha sent a messenger to say to him, “Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.

But Naaman went away angry and said, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy.

Are not Abana And Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Couldn’t I wash in them and be cleansed: “So he turned and went off in a rage.

Naaman’s servants went to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, “Wash and be cleansed!”

So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy. 2 Kings 5:10-14

Well, I did not receive a great report from my scan.There was a slight increase in the size of the tumor so the chemo hasn’t helped. I went numb for a few seconds. I believe it is a test of my faith and I was checked by the spirit.

My sister, Donna, brought the above scripture to my attention a week or so ago. I have to be willing to do my part in my healing. God doesn’t need me to do it for my healing, I need to do it as my part in obedience . So I’m just taking a few more dips in “My River of Jordan”.

Please continue to pray for reduction of tumor size. I’m very thankful for your prayers and support. I’m still believing. I’m also going to get a second opinion on the “inoperable” part of my diagnosis.

God is good, all the time!

Love to all,


Mama Kay and her little Bear


Getting the news that the tumor is resisting chemo was so very hard. I had a mini-meltdown in my office which I hate doing. I know I should walk away but the human in me did not have the strength do so. But then my MIL said it’s a test of our faith and I suddenly felt at ease. She is right. It’s a test. The strongest are handed the toughest of challenges and I know she will not give up the fight.

After the whirlwind of a day yesterday I went to a crossfit class down at the cove. It was such a great way to work out stress plus there is no better medicine than the ocean. When I got home my husband handed me a card. It felt heavy! When I pulled the card from the envelope I realized it was a sympathy card from many of our dear friends. When I opened it I got one heck of a surprise. Enclosed was an airline gift card to help my family with our next trip to Texas. How amazing is that? We are so lucky to have friends that we can call family. When the going gets tough they are right there beside us. Those are friends that will last a lifetime.

OK, let’s move on to some uplifting news!


Training is going so much better than I expected. Although my long run last Sunday was less than stellar (read: It was awful) I freaking got it done. I needed the reality check that not every run is going to be great. The sucky ones make the good ones even better.

This week is a much needed back down week. I just passed the 150 mile mark for the month and will finish July with my highest mileage month ever. Uninjured. Amazing. I am sticking to my plan and running my easy days really easy. I think that has been key in staying healthy. If I was running every single mile fast I would be on the injury reserve list for sure. My fingers and toes are crossed that I can keep this training up and feel strong and confident come race day.

Speaking of racing I am SO ready for the Olympics! Bring on opening ceremonies and live internet streaming of the games! I will be sporting Red, White and Blue for the next 30 days.

Hope you all are having a great week!

20 thoughts on “Doing My Part

  1. I don’t know where to begin…. kay is such an inspriation to us all. It’s definately the test of all tests.. I’m going to continue to believe with her.
    I’m so proud of you and your commitment Nicolie. You too are an inspiration.
    Love you.
    Not to mention I’m so ready to watch Michael Phelps battle it out in the pool!!!

  2. So sorry to hear about your MIL. My MIL was just diagnosed with terminal cancer this month, so I feel your pain. We are lucky to be only a four-hour drive from her, so we have been several times since she got the news. I think it’s really important to focus on making good memories with the time he has left, but sometimes I just have to bawl my eyes out because it hurts to think about her being gone one day soon.

    1. Hugs my friend. I am so very sorry to hear that your MIL is also sick. It’s just hard feeling so helpless. The best advise I received was to take care of ourselves so that we can be healthy and able to help when called upon. If there is anything you need please let me know!

  3. Really sorry to hear the news of your MIL. My Dad just had his scan and his has not grown but has not shrank either. Keep the faith girl and support her and keep her spirit up! Attitude makes a 150% difference. I will keep her in my prayers.

    1. Hugs Sandy!

      Our attitude is everything. Sounds like your Dad is staying strong and fighting like a champ. Cancer stinks. Please keep me posted on his progress! We will keep praying for him!!

  4. Such hard news to hear. We all pray for healing and it’s hard on faith (at least for me) when that doesn’t happen in our timing. I hope you all find rest in His promises – not that we won’t encounter hard times and challenges to our faith, but that He will never.ever.ever. leave us. We are his and our lives – through sickness and health – are a reflection of his glory. Continuing to keep your family and your MIL in prayer.

  5. Such beautiful words and reminder from your MIL. The strength and faith she is showing is very inspiring to me. I had a mini meltdown in my office this week too about some of my medical stuff (not anywhere near as serious as your MIL), so I can relate to having to handle hard news while at work. I will continue to pray for all of you. And I’m so glad your running is going well. That always helps me during challenging times, so I’m glad the injuries have stayed away and you can get your running in!

    1. Beth I am praying for you and hope that everything is ok. Its easy to forget that we are not in control. Once we are reminded and let go it’s so much easier to find peace.

      I hope the injuries stay away too! They love to find me 🙂

  6. Continued prayers for your MIL and your whole family as you forge on in this journey. Her faith is inspiring and I hope it brings you all some peace as you continue to navigate this challenging time. I’m super duper impressed that you hit the crossfit work out instead of doing what I might have done that day….dive into a bowl of cookie dough! (((HUGS))) for you and yours.

  7. Stupid cancer. A coworker’s sister was just diagnosed with breast cancer. I think she is 35 😦

    I didn’t know you do crossfit! Have you recently just started or have you been doing it for a while? I would love to try it but it’s just so darn expensive!

    Thoughts are with you and your fam. So glad your training is going well!

    1. Ah Amy, I agree. Cancer is stupid. A gal that I used to see at group runs on the weekend was just diagnosed with BC too. She is in her 30s. It really irritates me!

      So I have only been doing crossfit for about 6 weeks now. There are free classes in SD on Tuesday nights hosted by Lululemon. They have a studio of the month so the workouts vary. It’s freaking awesome!

  8. I’m so sorry to hear about your mother-in-law. If you don’t mind me asking, what religion do you and your family & mother in law practice? She has AMAZING faith! I will pray & send good vibes.

  9. I’m thinking of you and your family. Remember, if you ever want to talk, let me know.

    Also, remember that one scan doesn’t always mean anything definitive. I’m not trying to give false hope, but more just that things are constantly changing and it’s hard to know :(. Hugs hugs.

  10. I…..HATE…….CANCER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    with that, prayers for your mother-in-law. so very nice to hear she is a servant of God and a believer. prayers for you too.

  11. Thank you for sharing her story and I’m sorry that Kay and your family have to go through this. Your kids have such great examples of strong women in your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  12. The bible is chock full of passages for, really, any situation we have in our life. Glad that she has that and connects with it in such a deep way. Second opinion is a good idea, and positive thoughts that subsequent rounds of chemo are successful.

    And, yes, you have some awesome, supportive friends. But, then again, you are also an awesome supportive friend 🙂

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