Tuesday, May 15

Chemotherapy Day

I very much doubt Chemotherapy day will every catch on as a kind of festival (Ala: Salmon Days or Selah Days) but if nothing else for me May 15th will be Chemo Days. It probably won't involve floats or parades or anything but it is a good day to remember the fact that God has called me out of my "normal" life and presented me with a chance to get to know Him better. I don't know what that looks like in the long run, but I'm focusing on a day at a time right now.

My good friend Wes (Mr. going to be a PHd in Chemistry) wrote the following that I couldn't help but post here:

"I was thinking about the chemotherapy that you will be undergoing tomorrow, and thinking about all the blood, sweat, and tears that went into developing those drugs to battle cancer. The new perspective I got tonight was that God was behind all those minds and struggling hands during the whole phase of development, and it all would make possible the healing of YOUR cancer. That is my prayer for you. That many years ago when Gleevec or whatever chemo drug you will be taking was in the process of being developed, God was guiding its designers (chemists, like me) so they would find a drug that would be effective against dscrt. Some people see a sunset and they think, "God made that just for me." I'm trying to look at a chemo drug and think, "God designed that drug for Ben." This is encouraging for me as I think about my own purpose in doing what I do. I'm working every day with potential healing therapies, some cancer drugs, some that will cure skin diseases, etc."

Thanks for those words Wes. Thanks to everyone who continues to pray for me as well. If you'd like to be on our little newsletter that Lisa sends out detailing things like what we need help with please email her at licafecad at gmail dot com.

Thanks again for all your support. Lisa will be posting my blog entries for me while I am in the hospital.



  1. Anonymous9:34 AM

    I have been following your situation anxiously from emails that Grandma/Aunt Jean sent to my mother (Paula), who fowarded to me. So even though I am all the way out here in the Caymans, I want you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your (our) Family. Some of my friends down here are praying for you too, so you can truly say you have support from all over the world. I only wish I could be there to give you my support in person. Remember when you guys came over back when my family lived in kikrland, and us kids all slid down giant dirt hills on our rear ends in the construction zone across the street? When things aren't going so great, I always think back to the simplicity and freedom of days like that, and smile.

    Much Love,
    Julia Miller

  2. I don't know, I am sure more people would attend Chemo day than Selah community days. I hope your first Chemo day is going well! I am praying for you.


  3. Hey Ben,
    In SC, there is a Camp Chemo for kids with cancer. I had a friend who worked there every summer. That's like Chemo Day times 5.

    I'm not a "share a verse" kinda guy but Jer. 29:11 has always been a good one for me to reflect on.

    Hang in there,


  4. Anonymous5:59 PM

    *girl on a couch whispers very softly*

    dearest friend ben:

    my hopes and prayers are with you and lisa--
    may God's wisdom and grace be shown through you.
    may His love carry you.

    don't hesitate to call, or email,
    if ever you need a listening ear.


    with all love


  5. Anonymous8:18 AM

    I know Lisa is going to update the blog for Ben, but so far everything is going well. He didn't get the chemo line in until 8 pm last night, so he's been on 12 hours as I write.

    Ben will be at Virginia Mason in Seattle through Friday. He'd love visitors. He seems very much himself right now--throwing puns about quite freely. I'd really encourage folks to visit. He really needs to not only just hear about his friends caring for him, but be able to see and touch them. That's one thing I've been learning through this--touch is very important.

    God bless you for your outpourings of prayer and concern.

    Jenifer Morrell


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