Mon., May 7, 2018
First, I’ll say it again & again, God is good! Our loving Shepherd continues to walk with us and love us and care for us. This is His best way forward for the Bruynzeel’s right now and we rejoice in His plans to transform us and to use us for His glory—however & whenever & wherever that may be!
Second, the Chemo Journey…
Sat, day4—hit her like a ton of bricks—super sore, probably worst ever—she says “flu-like symptoms is an understatement”—stayed in bed all day
Sun, day5—same…sends her love to everyone—hated missing church
We were told these would be the worst days (4-6) of the chemo treatments. Supposedly (everyone reacts differently) she will start feeling better tomorrow. Crazy lady wants to get back to work. DrMe is keeping her home as long as she is hurting bad.
*Day 14 is when her hair should start falling out—so, day9 I’m going to shave her head (they say it’s better to do it early b/c your head starts to hurt, the hair follicles especially).
She’s in bed today & wants everyone to know she so appreciates your prayers & love & encouragement.
Wed., May 2, 2018 - evening
Well, we got to the clinic at 8 AM and they got her all hooked up and over the first 2 1/2 hours loaded her up with Benadryl and anti-nausea medication
And then chemo around noon. We were on the road coming home at about 1:30 p.m.
They were glad as she had no adverse reaction to when the actual chemo went in
When we came home, she was drowsy due to the Benadryl, and went to bed. She’s up right now—several visitors have briefly dropped by but she is headed back to bed.
She really is doing well! Praise God…definitely tired but in good spirits…tons of people calling, texting, facebook’ing, etc… We know that the bumpy/rough days are ahead of us… They say days 4–6 are the worst – – flu like symptoms… But, taking one day at a time and praising God for today!
We are so thankful for you, and all of our friends and family in the Lord who God uses to show his love and give us extra strength! Our Bridge Church Moorpark family is an amazing blessing from our Lord!!!
God is good… Love you all – Chris and Renée
Wed., May 2, 2018 - morning
Just a quick prayer update: Renee begins chemo today - takes about 6hrs.
Prayer—her body reacts well & chemo works to shrink tumor. This is the 1st of 6 rounds (every 3weeks—1st day infusion; rest of time recovering—they say the first week is like having the flu).
Prayer that we have a great testimony to all those nurses/assistants while we are there.
Praise that our Lord is walking with us—He’s our rock, our shelter, our refuge, we will not be shaken! (Ps 18, 62).
Praise for all the support, love, encouragement and prayers from so many! What a blessing!
Thurs., Apr. 26, 2018
Quick Renee update...
First, we found out that the scans were good--praise there’s no cancer anywhere else (huge relief!).
Second, this past Monday, 23rd, we met with surgical oncologist at UCLA. Here’s the rundown: doing chemo first (6 rounds, 4 months—starting next week); the surgeries will follow after. We know the road ahead of us will be a challenge, but we know now some of the timeline.
Our journey begins today/Thursday. We’re leaving this morning to go back to UCLA. Renee’s having minor surgery to get the port in.
Early next week, Renee begins the first round of chemo.
Finally, we are SO thankful for all your prayers, huge number of calls & emails & texts, and financial help... truly overwhelming! While we are not immune to worry or fear, at times, we continue to follow our Great & Good Shepherd, our Loving God. He leads us in the good, as well as the dark/scary times of life (Ps23). Yet, we can count on Him always.
One of the hugest blessings is that He has provided a caring, praying group of family/friends like you all! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
So, here we are--trusting God and rejoicing in His goodness to us! Love ya’ll and will let you know Sunday (or sooner, if need be) any updates.
Sat., Apr. 21, 2018
We thought we’d have the full news on her scans from our appointment at UCLA by Monday, but that didn’t happen. Renee received a partial report from her doctor by Tuesday and we’ll find out the full prognosis when we meet with the surgical oncologist on Monday, 23rd, when we head back to UCLA. We know the cancer’s back (previous biopsy) and in the same place, so surgery is certain, but not much more than that as of today.
Thank you so much for the flood of support and love and care. You are all amazing. We’ve had several responses from friends (Christian & non-Christian) about your care for us. God is glorified in this church family—and we are the recipients. Thank you from the totality of our hearts!
Sat., Apr. 7, 2018
So, Renee had a biopsy a week and a half ago and the cancer has come back. Same spot, same size, same type. We just found this out on Wednesday are slowly getting the word out to our prayer teams and family and friends.
Thursday: pet scan and MRI to make sure it’s localized.
Friday: meet with our doctor to go over the results.
Following Monday: meet with the surgical oncologist.
Then surgery to follow soon – – lumpectomy.
Chemo and radiation to follow shortly after that.
Last year we wanted to give her immune system a shot at battling the cancer by going to holistic route. Now that it’s back in the same place, we are going to pursue chemo and radiation.
So thankful for all your love and support and prayers – – what an amazing family we have! Thankful that our great and loving Shepherd is guiding us always – – our journey continues. We’ve always wanted Him to use us for His glory, therefore this is His best plan for us at the moment. We are disappointed at the news and what we are facing, of course, but trusting His plans for us.
I’ve written this before, but bear with me ☺
We know He’s always at work to shape and mold us in all circumstances of life (Rom 8:28-29; Phil 1:6);
We know that He doesn’t cause evil (Gen 1:31; Jam 1:13; 1Jn 1:5; 1Cor 14:33), but allows it for a time, and He is never baffled nor stymied in His purposes, especially for His children, by sin and its corruption (Rom 8:28; Jam 1:13; 1Cor 10:13);
We know that He also is sovereignly working ALL things to His purposes/plan—Is 46:9-10, see also 45:6-7), including cancer in my sweet Renee;
We know that cancer is one of the results of the Fall/sin entering and corrupting creation (Rom 5:12; Gen 3:14-24; Rom 8:20-21) and that one day all sickness, grief and death will be done away with forever (Rev 21-22), and we long for that day;
We know that God knows and has created each of us uniquely and specifically to relate to Him and accomplish His plans as He lovingly leads us in all of our lives (Ps 23; Ps 139—incredible chapter; Eph 2:10; Jn 10:14-16; Psalm 73:24; Psalm 143:10);
We know we are called to rejoice—to focus on the Lord and His shepherding of us in this trial (Ps 23; Jam 1:2-4)—and to present our requests before Him (Phil 4:6-7) with thankfulness (because He hears us, cares for us, and has allowed this into our lives);
We know that we are called to pray for each other, bear one another’s burdens, love & encourage & care for one-another—which you all have done, are doing, and we know you will continue to do. So thankful to God for our church, for our friends & family—what a blessing!
Truly rejoicing in God and what He plans to do in us and through us.
Love you all and see you tomorrow at church – – your brother Chris