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Encouragement Guest Book

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(588) Kathy Shelley
Mon, 9 February 2009 21:16

Dear Monica,

You do not know me but I am a faithful reader of your site and I pray for you often. I went to Simpson with your parents in the 60's in San Francisco. My name was Kathy Swift, now Kathy Shelley.

Part of the reason I am so interested in following your battle is that four years ago I was diagnosed with kidney cancer. My left kidney was removed but metastasis occurred to my lymph system and I have been on systemic meds ever since. My prognosis was not good - Stage 4 with a very aggressive rating. But God has been faithful to be with me through all the years, day by day, with the side effects of the meds.

Nexavar is one of the drugs developed to treat kidney cancer. Another is Sutent, which is what I am on. It may be that if your body cannot tolerate the Nexavar, the doctors would consider treating you with Sutent or Torisel (which seems to have the most tolerable side effects). It seems to be common with the kidney cancer that if one of these newly developed drugs fails, they go to another - often with good effect. They aren't any less expensive (!) but the companies that make them also have compassion programs to help with the cost - though it seems that your insurance company is coming through for you.

I hope that you have been given meds to help you with the alternating constipation and diarrhea. Also with the lack of appetite, and nausea. If not, ask.

Am praying that the Father will grant you much needed sleep and relief from the cough.

Prayers and hugs from one who is walking a similar path.
Kathy Shelley

(587) Kara Filonov
Fri, 6 February 2009 20:46

I think of you repeatedly; you are never far from my thoughts and you continue to be in our prayers daily. The coughing sounds so miserable and I pray it subsides and that you are able to rest. I pray that God gives you both the perseverance you need to keep going day after day, but in my heart of hearts I'm really just praying that it would go away. In the meantime, I hope that you continue to embrace and love life as you always have and I pray that there would still be things to laugh about everyday- whenever I look at your smiling pictures I can hear your laugh. What a great sound!

With much love,

(586) Alli Hintz
Wed, 4 February 2009 20:28

Hey Mon,

Just wanted to tell you I love you & I'm reading your posts, and praying, praying, praying. I know God is with you and will see you through this. You are brave & strong, and you will beat this. I pray for the coughing to subside, and for you to be able to rest, and find comfort and new strength. May God be your help in times of trouble, and your guide to see you through. Tell Sol I am so thankful & proud of him for being such a wonderful 'da-doo' and husband to you & Kai. I can't believe you guys are potty training through all this...you are simply amazing!!!

Love to you!

(585) Diana Luna
Wed, 4 February 2009 11:48

Monica, I read your blog constantly. Hang in there. Marvin was anemic too and had those shots every other week. It helped him. It gave him energy. Hope it is the same for you! Love Diana

(584) Lark
Tue, 27 January 2009 21:15

Hi Young Lady, Just thinking of you today and praying that you continue to improve day by day...Lots of love and good wishes ! Lark XOXO

(583) Heather Hobson
Mon, 26 January 2009 12:02

Hello Monica! You don't know me yet, but I feel like I know you a little bit as I've been reading your blog and praying every day for you. Keri told me about you in early December--I go to your church as well--and you've been heavy on my heart ever since. I've been praying so many things for you, Sol and Kai, but mostly that God would heal you completely of this cancer and give you many more years on this earth for His glory.

I hope to get the opportunity to meet you in person sometime soon. God bless you and praise GOD for this new drug you're taking and the pain-free moments you had yesterday....praying for relief and peace in the other side effects you're experiencing.

Much love, Heather

(582) Jenn Allen
Mon, 26 January 2009 09:28

PRAISE GOD!!!!!!!! I have been praying for you and my heart has been aching for you. That is such wonderful news. God certainly can do miracles and I pray that he will free you of this cancer and it will all be to his glory. I'm sure he has used you and your story in numerous ways already. You are a great example of what it means to be a vessel for God. Thank you for sharing your story and I have no doubt lost people have come to know the almighty God because of your faithfulness and strength in Him. Have a blessed pain free day.
God bless you, Sol and Kai
Love Jenn

(581) Amir Khajavi
Wed, 21 January 2009 09:01

Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding. I know this verse is way easier to quote than actually live. But your testimony is amazing. For the Lord to approve your medication to be paid for is miraculous. If God can pay for it, then God can also get it to you. Remember, God is in control of everything. He knows when the medication is going to be there and He also knows what is going on in your body. May the Lord grant you and Sol with peace and comfort.

Amir Khajavi

(580) debbie polk
Tue, 20 January 2009 18:52

I obvious don't know how to do this as I typed the antispam measure thingy in this spot so you got a weird message!!! Us older people are so computer stupid!!! Sorry!!!
Just wanted you to know we are reading your updates and praying, praying, praying for a miracle on your behalf. Words just seem so empty right now but know that you are surrounded and held by the prayers of many, many people who love you and care. Thanking God for the miracle of the approval for the drug, what an act of God!!! If he can move the HMO he can surely remove the cancer!!

(579) debbie polk
Tue, 20 January 2009 18:48



2 Responses to “Encouragement Guest Book”

  1. Moses on 06 Mar 2008 at 11:20 pm #

    Hi Monica, Sol and Kai. We’re think of you guys constantly and will continue to keep you in our prayers. We’re looking forward to playing some board games in the near future.

    Love from Moses, Laura, Finn and Shea

  2. mannyo on 12 May 2009 at 11:31 am #

    Our hearts are saddened by Monica’s passing. It’s difficult times like these I just don’t know what to say,
    other than Peggy and I will continue to pray for you and your family.


    Manny & Peggy

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