Wednesday, August 29, 2018

God Worked in a Really Cool Way!

First Alma

So last week I got a text from a friend who asked me if I was ready to give my testimony of how God has been at work in our lives with this journey we are on.  I said I would love to speak.  You see--I told God when I went into remission that I would share about how faithful he has been to us.  What I didn't realize is that it would be 6 weeks after my colostomy reversal.  But God was so faithful--no tummy troubles.  A big thanks to those who prayed about this with me!

So last night I had the sincere pleasure to speak to the ladies at First Baptist Church in Alma, Georgia.  We laughed and got teary eyed, but more than anything we got to talk about how we can trust the Lord no matter what we are going through. 

And do you want to know another sweet blessing?  I felt like the Lord used this time to help me process this whole journey.  I know that I feel stronger about the fact that God is not finished with me yet.  I'm trusting in him to keep me alive so I can serve him however he wants me to. 

It was such a enjoyable evening--the FBC Ladies prepared a fabulous dinner, and they were such sweet sisters in Christ--y'all blessed me tremendously.

I got to meet some new friends, some that I had only met via Facebook, visit with my WooHoo sisters, and even had a friend from our new church at Altamaha Baptist join us.

Sweet card and gift from First Alma

Gift from my WooHoo Sisters

What a wonderful night of fellowship with First Alma!  Thanks for having me over!

In Him, 


Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Don't Shrink Back!

“Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. For, "Yet a little while, and the coming one will come and will not delay; but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him." But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭10:35-39‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Look at the part that says, “but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.”

 All I could think was that I don’t want to be the one who shrinks back. I want my faith to be strong and doubt proof. Today I’m choosing to keep my focus on believing in the truths from God. 

I am loved by God.

He has a plan for my life.

He is working good in this situation.

He will heal me, either on Earth or in Heaven.

He is working in ways behind the scenes in ways I can not even imagine.

He is good and faithful.

He does not change. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever!

Keep your faith strong—do not shrink back!

In Him,


Saturday, August 4, 2018

When the “Re” gets kicked out of Remission

Yesterday we met with our doctors at Mayo.  My Gynecological Oncologist decided to re-run the biopsy samples from my surgery because it was so unusual to have positive wash and a negative biopsy.  The revised results were that 2 of the 8 biopsies did in fact test positive for microscopic cancer cells.  At this stage I do not have any tumors, but I do have these cells in my pelvic area.

So like us, I’m sure your immediate thought is to ask, “So what does that mean?”

Both doctors told us that medically we would no longer be fighting for a cure, only trying to extend life.  It is so unusual to catch a re-occurrence before it develops into some type of tumor.  Therefore, they don’t have any data or expectations as to life expectancy without treatment.

The Tumor Board did come up with a plan of action.  They suggested that I have a procedure in 4 weeks where they would basically open me back up, warm up some chemo, put it into my pelvis area, leave it in for 90 minutes and then remove it. This would be in attempt to kill these cells.  The problem with this treatment is that I could be sick anywhere from 1 to 4 months with chemo symptoms.   It could also cause kidney and liver problems and it may cause me to become septic.  Also, there is no guarantee or even any scientific data that suggests how long or even if it would extend life.  Ben and I have great peace with saying, “No” to this treatment.

We talked in great detail with our oncologist about the desire to have quality of days, not quantity of days.  Ben shared with her about us not having fear of death because of our relationship with Jesus, but that we felt like the solution for the heated chemo may leave me worse than I am now.   She acknowledged our faith and said that she believed there was a higher power that could control this if it wanted to control it.   We know this higher power, his name is Jesus.  If he chooses, he can tell this cancer to leave my body and it will.

So this is what we are choosing to do.  We are choosing to live life with complete trust in Jesus.  We are going to try a radical eating plan that we have been researching.  Basically, for 90 days I will only eat fruits and vegetables and eat nothing made by man.  So if food has been processed in any way, I will not eat it.  No cans, no preservatives, nothing, nada.  I will be juicing some of these foods, cooking some of them, and making smoothies.

We will give the results to God.  We will also be using some of the organic essential oils in addition to eating this way.  My verse today was Philippians 4:16, “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory and Christ Jesus.”  How fitting for the day—the Lord will supply my every need.  We have been reading about this plan since last September, and yesterday he announced his program would be free for 10 days in the month of August.  Don’t tell me that God doesn’t orchestrate things with perfect timing.

We are also choosing to live life with great purpose.  We want to spend whatever days we have serving Jesus, spending time with family and friends and having fun in the process.

We realize that God may choose to heal me by taking me on to Heaven, but we know this—it will be on His time table.  It will be on the day that he ordained before the foundations of the world were even laid.   

Now, back to the title—When the “RE” gets kicked out of Remission.  What do we do?  We stay on Mission with God.  We keep trusting in Him, we keep our faith in Him, and we keep looking to him for wisdom. 

I’ve had several people ask what they can do.  I actually have some ideas.

  1. Pray, keep the prayers going to God.  Three very specific things you can pray about: (1) complete healing, (2) wisdom and discernment as we filter through the vast amount of information available about this approach to healing, and (3) for the doctors to come to know Jesus in the way we know him.
  2. Come visit!  I’m having to stay close to home while I’m healing from surgery.  One of the most important things I need to not do is become isolated.  Also, laughter is supposed to help promote good health.
  3. Redeem the moments in your own lives.  Not one of us are promised another day – make sure every day gives God the glory he deserves.
We thank you for your prayers and encouraging letter, calls, notes, etc.  God has already done a lot of miracles and we are confident that he is not done yet.

Love y'all,
Julie and Ben

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Tumor Board Today

Today is the day my doctors are taking my case before the Tumor Board.   I must be quite the unusual case, this is the second time since we began this journey that my case has made it's way to the Tumor Board at Mayo.  😏

We are so thankful for the minds and intellect that God created to be apart of this group that meets together to discuss the hard cases.  I'm praying that God will help these men and women to think of the best plan possible for my body.  

Of course my body will not be ready for any plan until it heals after surgery.  I'm so grateful that one of my doctors thinks we should just sit still until that happens.  

Hopefully on Friday when I go to Mayo for a post op visit and staples removal they will share exactly what they are thinking about.

We are still focusing on the good things:
      1-Our newest grand baby, due in December, will be named Hailey Rose.
      2-Our girls are going back to school for a new year.
      3-We are settled in our home and enjoying each other.
      4-Thankful that there are not any tumors or cancer that can be seen with the naked eye.  Even though there was microscopic cells found in the pelvic area, we are praying that the Lord will limit the growth to these cells and that they will be unable to grow into tumors.

      1- For our visit on Friday, that my body will heal enough to attend the doctors appointments without embarrassing moments.
      2-For the doctors to not rush into a decision, but that they will think outside the box. I do not want anymore weekly chemo.
Thank you for walking this journey with us.  We are so grateful for your prayers and the love yall give to us.

We know we are not walking alone, the Lord is with us!

We love yall,