An Update on My Dad – God Is Good In Our Ups and Downs

Posted January 26, 2020 by meezcarrie in Christian / 52 Comments


Hi y’all! I promise the usual Weekly Update post is coming! But before we jump into the giveaways… I have an update on my sweet daddy who you’ve been so faithful to pray for during the past two and a half years.

His multiple myeloma had been holding steady until November of last year when the main blood marker they measure tripled in a month (not a good thing) … and then doubled again a week later (really not a good thing). The team at Emory immediately switched his treatment plan (myeloma cells are smart & tricky and can actually change their DNA to become resistant to whatever treatment you’re using), and in just THREE weeks his numbers had gone from the 1200s to 27. Yes, twenty-seven. Near normal levels for someone without myeloma. The next time they ran the blood work it was 23. Even better. We were thrilled! A terrific Christmas gift to those of us (namely me lol) who had been holding our breath to see which emotions we would need to process.

And then this past week, the numbers came back again.

ZERO.

Yes. Zero indication of myeloma in the main blood marker they measure to track the cancer’s progress. Words like ‘remission’ were being said by excited Emory docs, and my family and I were first stunned and then, of course, ecstatic and having major praise time with God. When my dad was first diagnosed, we were told by the doctors here in Kentucky not to expect remission. And even though the Emory doctors were much more optimistic, my dad has responded better and more quickly than even they expected.

We are so touched by and in awe of God’s grace and mercy, of His provision, of His kindness toward us. We are so thankful for your prayers. We are rejoicing in this remission, but also continuing to pray for protection from general illness with his lowered immune system. He will continue on this course of treatment as long as he stays in remission & as long as side effects allow.

Here’s the thing, though.

This same week, I heard of a dear friend’s dear friend – a mother about my age – whose cancer prognosis is much worse than expected. Any new treatment is off the table and palliative care is all that’s being recommended. Another friend has a young son with cancer who is back in the hospital for infection again; he was diagnosed about the same time as my dad was. Today I heard the tragic news that Kobe Bryant and his teenage daughter were killed in a helicopter accident. He leaves behind a wife and three other daughters, including a newborn. Author Mary Weber has had a year of “scary and severe health issues” and after the discovery of prevalent toxic mold causing the illnesses, their whole house (that they’re still paying off) has to be torn down & ALL their personal belongings (including photos, etc.) have to be thrown out. Heartbreaking. Gutwrenching. As much as my heart rejoices over my dad’s news, my heart also grieves with these friends who are still in the valley.

Ups and downs.

We each experience them in our own lives, we see them in a magnified way on social media, and when we’re faced with a life-upending dose of bad news, we often experience ups and downs in the extreme.

Matthew says that God gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good… that he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. We know that my dad’s news could just have easily gone the other way. We know that we’re not deserving of this miracle. None of us are. It doesn’t mean that we have more favor than the dear hearts I mentioned above. Absolutely nothing could be further from the truth.

And the Truth is that God is good. No matter what. We live in a broken world full of ups and downs. But God is greater than our ups and downs. Greater than our highs and lows. He’s good in the good news. He’s good in the bad news. Same God. The God of the mountain is also the God of the valley. Even in the downs of my dad’s cancer journey, God has been with us every step of the way. And that deserves praise no matter what news we get – that the God of the universe has engraved us on the palm of His hand.

And one day… everything sad will be made untrue. He will wipe away every tear and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. “All of these things are gone forever.”

So all that to say (lol) – THANK YOU for praying. And please keep praying for his health and his cancer ninja skills. But above all, please pray that God will be glorified in the battle.

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52 responses to “An Update on My Dad – God Is Good In Our Ups and Downs

  1. Melony Teague

    Extremely well said, and I am rejoicing with you and praying for those still facing heartache and sickness.

  2. Rejoicing with you and your family! And praying God’s strength and arms around those who didn’t get good news. You’re right, one day everything sad will be made untrue. Blessings!

  3. Michelle Conell

    Thanks for sharing the good news, Carrie! I will be praying for those still in the valley. Looking forward to that day with no tears or pain!

  4. Alicia Haney

    What great news for you and your family , I am so very happy for you all! God is Good! I will pray for you all. Have a Great week. God Bless you all.

  5. I am so undeserving of this gift of grace from God. But so appreciate it! He isn’t finished with my mansion yet, I suppose. Ha. I’m praying to see what He has written in the next chapter for me to follow. Meanwhile I’m rejoicing.

  6. Winnie Thomas

    I’m so happy to hear your good news, Carrie, and praying for continued good health for your amazing father! Prayers also for those with continuing health and other issues. It’s hard to cope with life’s problems, but you can always find others who are worse off, and you don’t have to look very hard to find them. So many trials in this life! I’m so glad we can trust in God to see the big picture and help us through these trials!

    Thanks for this thoughtful post, my dear BFFFC! Love you!

  7. Missy Tippens

    What a beautiful post, Carrie! I’m so happy to hear this wonderful news about your dad. Yes, God is good–all the time.

  8. DeAnna Dodson

    So glad to hear your dad’s good news. Praying for those facing hard times. Yes, God is good.

  9. Paula Shreckhise

    Such hard things to deal with but God is with us all the way. A dear friend of mine was murdered this week by his daughter’s estranged husband. So heartbreaking. Please pray for the family, there are two little kids involved. The shooter is still not in custody. John was a pillar of our Church and just an all around good guy. I just cling to the fact he is with Jesus.

    • I’ve been praying for John’s family since I first saw your prayer request in Pepper’s group. So gutwrenching, Paula. Come quickly, Lord Jesus! ❤

  10. Carrie, this is the VERY best news! I’m celebrating with a heart that truly understands how very wonderful and miraculous this news is. Oh, the numbers! How they control the breaths we hold, the breaths we release. As you know, we’re on a similar journey. I love hearing stories like this! Thank you for sharing the update, for grieving for those who are still struggling through the hard stuff, and for encouraging all of us. Hugs to you, sweet girl.

  11. Caryl Kane

    Carrie, Thank you for sharing this most excellent report! I’ll continue covering you and your family with prayer.

    I raise a HALLELUJAH along with you and your family.

  12. Brenda Murphree

    Praise The Lord! And yes there is so much sadness in this world as you said. My husband goes in and out of remission in his fight of stage 4 renal cancer. He has been on chemo treatments for nine years. Someway and somehow it’s not been his time to go and God has given us an extra 9 years and 3 months so far.

  13. Vivian Furbay

    Great to hear the news about your Dad! This situation about the loss of Kobe and his daughter is really sad. We never know when the Lord will call us home and we need to be ready. God has proven his faithfulness to my family many times!

  14. Carrie, I’m rejoicing with you. So happy for you, your dad, and your family.

    Thank you for the beautiful reminder–that I needed–about God being with us through the ups and downs in life.

    God bless.

  15. Julie Waldron

    That’s wonderful news! I didn’t realize your Dad had multiple myeloma until just now. My FIL was just diagnosed in August, on his birthday of all days. He’s still taking treatment but his prognosis is good. He has his good days & bad days, lately it’s been mostly good. 🙂 We built a house next to them on the family farm, moved in last April. We believe it was meant to be for us to move over here. Continued prayers for your Dad! <3

  16. Janice Moore

    What awesome news for your father, Carrie! Thank you for sharing his story. It sounds like God is being glorified though it! I also appreciate your sensitivity to those who are suffering.

  17. Thank you, Carrie, for this update on your beloved daddy. I rejoice in such good news. We all long for His kingdom to come and for the times of refreshing promised in His Word. God continue to bless you, too, and to restore you to good health.

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