& Evangeline have all kinds of fun planned at home.
And, Michael and I are stealing away for several days of unabashed romance.
Hasta el Lunes!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our dear Poppy! We are so grateful for you. Thank you for loving us and our whole family with all your heart. Thank you for being a wonderful friend. And, thank you for being willing to sacrifice your nice, clean clothes when the kids come running at you for bear hugs with food all over their faces and hands! OOFIE birthday hugs, Poppy!
Mother had her first chemo session for her breast cancer on Thursday. Mrs. Positive Attitude reclined into the chair saying to the nurse, "OK, I'm settling into my imaginary first class seat on a flight to London and am now enjoying a constant flow of champagne (pointing to her chemo IV)."
The nurse absolutely loved her attitude, "Alrighty then! If you need anything, just let any of the flight attendants know. We at British Airways are pleased to be at your service."
Five hours later he playfully announced "You have now reached your destination and may disembark! The pilots and flight crew thank you for travelling with us."
How cool is that?! Our Maternal Person did feel some immediate side-effects like a funny taste in her mouth, food tasting different, some bone pain, nausea, etc., but otherwise she's doing great.
THANK YOU so much for your prayers, notes, messages, phone calls, emails, and wonderful support for Mother. She has said over and over that she truly feels the prayers and grace of God. We're so grateful!
I meant to post this a couple of weeks ago, but better late than never, right? By the way, we're basically healthy here now, so don't rush right over with chicken soup... unless you really want to. Because we love soup. And, I'd throw a little dance party for you for a night off from cooking. The hustle, rumba, West Coast swing, locking and popping, cha cha... You pick. I'm just sayin'.
The sign on our door reads...
6 sick people
Throats are on...
We have high...
Heads feel like...
Generally feel like we've been...
but way more than just...
and a certain well-meaning husband sometimes needs to just...
about all the things that are not getting done when we're dealing with
everything being basically...
and then on top of it all, we heard about...
which is pretty much when I decided to quit whining and...
about it and instead say
Jesus for all Your many, many blessings!
Perspective adjusted. Thank You, Lord!
Great friends, tasty food and wine, lots of laughter and fun, all down on the beach... Our weekend was just what the doctor ordered!
On Friday Poppy and Mother had a lengthy meeting with her oncologist at Hoag Cancer Center in Newport Beach, Dr. Louis VanderMolen, discussing his recommended treatment plan. Because the type of cancer she has can quickly spread to her blood and then to the rest of her body, he wants to start off with 18 weeks of chemotherapy. After that she'll have surgery (hopefully just lumpectomy, but maybe mastectomy). Then after a recovery period she will undergo 6 weeks of radiation.
This coming week she'll have several scans (full body, PET, CAT, etc.) and then have her first 5-hour chemo treatment next Thursday, 2/19. Dr. VanderMolen acknowledges that this regimen is going to be a doozie, but he's optimistic that if her treatment is aggressive she'll be cancer-free at the end of it.
This is obviously not what any of us was praying to hear. We were shooting for a simple lumpectomy, radiation, and bada-bing all done. Realizing that this is much more serious that we had originally thought has been a challenge, but we also know that God is in control no matter what! Mother is doing very well mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. For her, just knowing what we're dealing with and what the treatment will be was actually relieving. Once she had a plan of action, she was ready to just get it done. She's remaining full of faith, not dwelling on what might happen, not worrying about anything... positive, upbeat, and with her sense of humor squarely intact. She is definitely disappointed that she'll lose her hair, but is having a remarkably great attitude about it. We're just going to get her a gorgeous wig or two and some fabulous scarves!
The woman is an inspiration.
THANK YOU for your prayers, support, and outpouring of love! It means the world to our whole family. Please do continue to pray for our sweet Maternal Person for her complete healing and that the Gospel might be widely spread through her illness. Six months from now we'll prayerfully be celebrating her remission!
All Margie McClure Pink Ribbon Prayer Team Members are invited!
McClures in Maui 2008 for Poppy & Mother's 40th Anniversary
Back row: Margot, Laurie, Ray Ray, Charlotte, Poppy, Mother, Evangeline, Lisa, Mark, Becky, Lincoln, and Bud
Front row: Jackie, Michael, Ricker, Matthew, Zuzu, Morgan, Wesley, William, and Johnny
Since Walt Whitman's "Captain! My Captain!" is too darn depressing... here's a little bit of fun!
Happy birthday to our precious Mother/Nana! You are such a tremendous blessing in all our lives. Thank you for loving us so well, supporting us, teaching us, caring for us, spending time with us, being a role model, laughing, talking, sharing, advising, and just being so darn wonderful! We are blessed to call you dear friend, Maternal Person! Happy birthday!
(Don't worry, mum's the word that you're 61!)
Nana & Ray Ray
(Ray Ray's shirt says, "got my mind on my mommy and my mommy on my mind" which is perfectly appropriate for today! )
So what's the sassy little stilletto for?
The answer in part is that Mother, the one we affectionately refer to as our "Maternal Person", has breast cancer.
The C word.
Boy, that word just knocks the wind right out of you. What on earth are you supposed to do with a cancer diagnosis?! It's terrifying! What if this? And what if that?
FEAR! Fear is overwhelming and immobilizing! The Bible commands us over and over "Fear not!"
Highs of the week:
Field trip to the California Science Center in L.A., Jackie's favorite thing this last week.
Biblical characters dress-up day
Celebrating Ray Ray's 2nd birthday at Adventure City and Build-a-Bear! She loves her new bear, Beatrice! Evangeline brought home her new bunny, Francesca, as well.
Abby Cadabby birthday party for Nana & Ray Ray and swimming with the cousins on a glorious, sunny SoCal day.
Laurie had dinner with an old friend and laughed until they both cried.
Marg got a... wait for it... 102% on her Bible Semester Exam! Woo hoo! Extra credit ROCKS!
Ricker slam dunking his Health final exam!
Marg got to ride Sam, her favorite horse who is also blind, bareback again this week. He's really learning to trust her and run faster. Plus, she went to Equine Affaire which was a blast!
Michael's high was getting to successfully play litigator in small claims court.
Lows of the week:
Our other field trip got postponed because of naughtiness.
A couple of very tough meetings about some challenging issues.
Really missing Elizabeth, "Miss Lizzie", this week while she's in Mexico.
Michael's low was being cranky with his family this morning. (You're darn tootin'!)
Everybody got sick with colds, then sinus infections, and now possibly strep throat. No fun! Poor Marg had the barfies, too. Super no fun!
(This post is part of "Hi/Lo Thursday" on the Riggs Family Blog. Check out their blog to read everyone else's "Hi/Lo" posts.)
You know, I just love the Riggs family. They are an absolutely beautiful family founded on faith in Jesus Christ. Even during this unbelievably painful season of Abby's leukemia treatment, their focus is on praying for others in trial and suffering, being a witness to those who have yet to meet Christ, and being an encouragement and example to Christians of the gift of God's grace which is always, always sufficient! They just bless my heart!
Please, remember to keep precious Abby lifted up in prayer. And, join in on Brent & Michelle's new invitation: "Pray for Me... Pray for Others".
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