Harder Family

Harder Family

Friday, September 8, 2023

Update 9/8/23: Whirlwind

 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen, but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”

Before my alarm could even go off this morning, I woke up with a song on my heart. “In the blessing, in the pain, You are worthy.  Whether you say yes, or no, or wait, You are worthy. Through it all I choose to say, ‘You are worthy.’ I’ll never stop singing your praise.” Phil Wickham-Worthy of My Song

We had to be at Northwestern by 7am for the start of Wayne’s appointments. He had his chest CT scan first followed by his MRI. Of course the CT machine where his MRI was scheduled broke, so we had to quickly scramble from one side of the hospital to the other in 5 minutes. Pushing Wayne in the wheelchair gave me a great workout. 

While I was waiting for Wayne, I had a quick call with my friend in Taiwan and then a call with my friend from China. 

Wayne was able to say hi at the end of his MRI.

We just finished meeting with the neuro-oncologist. He seemed pleased with Wayne’s scan. He said there was slight improvement, so Wayne is approved to do another two months of chemo. It was nice to receive some positive news! We will have to come back in another 8 weeks for a scan and re-evaluation. 

We are now waiting for Wayne’s blood draw and to pick up his chemo. We also have a quick followup with his radiation doctor. 

The doctor said Wayne’s weakness is tied to where the remaining tumor is located and possibly due to side effects from radiation. Meanwhile, God is so good to us! We will take this positive news and how God continues to provide for us. 

I have to share how much He loves and cares. A lady from church reached out to me when she heard we were looking for a ramp for Wayne. They have a ramp they don’t need and some amazing guys at church are helping us pick up the aluminum ramp and have it set up in our garage! That saved us so much money! God also provided an electric wheelchair for Wayne that is almost new for a very inexpensive price. Sometimes when those dark, storm clouds come it’s hard to trust, but we move forward because we know God is faithful! And then He shows up in big ways like this and shows us that He sees everything and is taking care of all the details! God is so good!!!

Please pray for us as we travel back home this afternoon. A whirlwind trip to Chicago, but we are thrilled with some positive news! Thank you for standing with us in prayer and for always being there for us. 🩷

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