October 15th 2007 01:49 pm

Encouragement Guest Book

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(168) Narayana Carmody
Thu, 25 October 2007 14:46

Hello Monica,

Not sure if you remember me, but I am a friend of Karens from Chico. My sister Raina and I just wanted to let you know that we are praying for you and your beautiful family. We are sending lots of love your way. XXOOXXOOXXOO

Love, Narayana and Raina

(167) Karen & Josh
Thu, 25 October 2007 14:28

I forgot . . . Add Stafford, VA; Springfield, VA; Washington, DC; Oklahoma City, OK; Columbus, MS; Ashland, MS; Collierville, TN; Arlington, VA; Leesburg, VA; Alexandria, VA, and Manteca, CA to your prayer map!

Hugs and kisses, Karen

(166) Karen
Thu, 25 October 2007 13:58

So how are you feeling today?

We love you!!

~ Josh & Karen

(165) Linda Schultz
Thu, 25 October 2007 07:02

Hi Monica,
My niece, Heather Reeves Datus, sent me your website link because she knew that I have been down this same road this year. As I read all your postings, I couldn’t help but feel how familiar it all was. I finished my chemo in May (same three drugs over 4 hours - 6 treatments total, every three weeks) and finished my 7 weeks of radiation in July. All I can say is that God is sooooo good, as I experienced His love and care for me through all of this. You sound like your initial experience with the chemo was about the same as mine. No nausea (thanks to the meds they give you). I did find that extreme fatigue started settling in about day 3 or 4 and would last a few days then pass (3 days at first, increasing about treatment #4 to 5 days). Listen to your body and just rest during that time. Once I was past the first week, the next two weeks were pretty normal and I was physically ready for the next treatment. Pay attention to your body and any changes, discomfort, etc. that you experience, then be sure you let your doctor know. There is no reason to suffer if they can do something for you. And it will all be finished before you know it. God has a way of making time fly by. Just keep focused on Him and He will see you through. I’m open to questions if I can be of any assistance. My email address is: schultzenegger4@yahoo.com . Feel free to contact me if you want to ”chat”. And bald is not so bad. After I got over the few days of extremely sensitive scalp, I found myself or my husband constantly rubbing my head. It was kind of funny. Just keep a good sense of humor and you can get through the tough times. The party to shave your head is a great idea. I laughed so much when I had my hair shaved off. We played with styles in the process, sculpting and eventually a mohawk. It was pretty funny to see myself that way. So ENJOY!!! Make it fun. Hang in there. You are in good hands, the creator of the universe.

Linda S.
P.S. You may know some of my other relatives from church in Paradise (the Bolins and the Kevwitches - aunts, uncles and cousins).

(164) Sheri Baker
Thu, 25 October 2007 05:48

I am so happy that your first chemo experience was positive overall. And just for the record, I'm sure you'll be stunning bald. Is Sol going to shave his head, too? :)


(163) christi sterle
Thu, 25 October 2007 04:58

Turst my Love

My knees are weak
my heart is sad
the problems, they multiply...
I want to believe
that you're in control--
but sometimes, I just cry.
My needs are real
they pull my heart
and lead me to Your throne,
Where you take me in
your arms and say,
"Your life is not your own...
You're bought with a price,
the cost was high--
I gave my only Son.
So give up your rights
and trust my love,
my holy and chosen one."
How could I fight
His gentle voice,
or His humble and helpful heart;
He comes alongside
and takes on my yoke,
and leaves me the lighter part.

Sometimes it seems as though God asks too much of us; I felt like that last year when my son had leukemia. For reasons I cannot claim to understand, you are there now. I am so very glad that you know the love of God, and I pray that you will remember that love even when days are hard. I can tell you that there are lessons and blessings in the midst of life's hardest times. He is always with you, He always loves you, and He will continue to give you the strength to get through this time, as He is already doing. You are still a holy and chosen child of the King, and He still wants to hold you in His arms, and carry your burdens.

Love and hugs and blessings~~~


(162) Kim Palmer
Thu, 25 October 2007 04:14

Lord, as Sol and Monica continue down this path, please give them peace about the future. Lord, they never expected to have to deal with stuff like this… but You’re still in charge, You’re still God. Guide them, give them wisdom and courage to make the decisions they’re going to have to make. Lord, support Monica as she goes through the chemo,,, give her grace and strength as she goes through the treatments. Father, also help Sol to bear up under the strain through which he’s going. Father they’ve got a little one who’s totally freaked out about the adults around him. Give him peace and help him settle down. Lord, in Jesus’ name we ask you to use Your authority against Satan who would try to discourage and dishearten them all. Use Your authority and let them have be free of his attempted control. Father, You alone are Lord and God and we worship You and put You, Your son Jesus and Your Holy Spirit back on the throne in this situation. Thank You, Lord for being an ever-present help in trouble. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

(161) Melissa
Thu, 25 October 2007 02:56

By the way......you can add Avondale, AZ Charleston, SC and Portland, OR to your Prayer Map.
Hang in there. God's watching over you!

(160) Melissa
Thu, 25 October 2007 02:47

Hi there,
I am a very good friend of your Aunt Debbie's and she gave me this site so I could keep up to date on things. I am saying lots of prayers for you folks. Hang in there and know that you're in the prayers of many in AZ, SC and OR.

(159) Stacey Bengtson
Thu, 25 October 2007 00:41

Dear Sol and Monica,
Be encouraged! We know that God causes ALL things to come together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28.
I know this is a difficult way to be used by God but we are living in end times and He is searching the earth for His most faithful, the children He knows will give Him ALL the glory in all circumstances to reach and show His great power and great peace to a hurt and lost world. God promises miracles and signs and wonders in these days and I stand with Jess and Martha and firmly believe you will have an amazing testimony that will be a witness to people across this State and beyond. God will use you and Sol to prove the truth of His word and the great soverignty of our Father through His Son Jesus the Messiah!
God has put it on my heart to end every prayer ”and I promise to give you all the glory”! Meditate on the word Glory, God wants you to start saying it over and over and over as you speak of Him in the days ahead. We are praying along with Jess and Martha for God’s great healing to touch you when ”He is ready”.
I found a passage in the Word and shared it with Jess at bible study. Be encouraged by Isaiah chapter 38. God had the ability to heal Hezekiah immediately but He instructed a remedy to be used in verse 21.
”The Lord will save me, and we will sing with stringed instruments all the days of our lives” (Isaiah 38:20). Tell Sol to get his guitar ready, we are going to be singing with you both!
We love you both, you are close to us in heart.
Stacey Bengtson


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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