Port placement

Thank you LORD for watching over us this week. Thank you for answered prayers and for all those who are walking along with us. Thank you all for your continued prayers.

Theresa had her port placed Monday. She had excellent compassionate care. The procedure and post-op course went well thanks to all those involved and for all of you and your prayers. Theresa stated she felt the prayers of many during this time. She slept most of the day when she got home. Wednesday she had her third chemo treatment, but this time using the port. She didn’t have any vomiting afterwards and felt reasonably well until Friday. As with all fast growing cells, the chemo nondiscriminatory attacks those cells, causing them to die. Well the gastrointestinal tract is filled with fast growing cells. She has had significant GI distress and pain the past few days. She continues to eat some. Usually by day 4 after the chemo she starts feeling better, but then on day 8 it starts again.

The over riding picture is pretty nice. Each week, despite the cycles, have been consistent, providing some stability of emotion. This allows all of us to continue with our work, school, and those things that need to get done. Though underneath the stress and uncertainty does its work. Headaches, neck and upper back tension and tiredness has visited us all. Yet we are renewed and refreshed regularly, thank you Father.

This week on Wednesday is her next chemo and then a week break. Then follow up echocardiogram.

We have been blessed by you all, for the prayers, offers of help, cards, and more. The kids have stepped up and have been making meals, helping each other get to class, going to the store at times. This has been good for them as well, giving them added skills when they leave home.

I am not sure who the author is, but in my notes I have a few things of encouragement. “Our problems are opportunities to discover God’s solutions. In times of trouble say: 1. God brought me here, in that I will rest. 2. He will keep me in his love and give me grace in this trial to behave as His child. 3. He will make the trial a blessing, teaching me lessons he intends me to learn and working in me the grace He means to bestow. 4. In His good time He can bring me out again – how and when he knows. 5. I am here by God’s appointment in His keeping, under His training, for His time.” When God permits suffering, He also provides comfort, James 1:2-4. Trials are blessings in disguise.

Thank you all for your prayers which has blessed us, and encouraged us. Thank you for walking with us.


  1. Debbie O'Connor says

    I’m so grateful to read that the port placement went well and that things are somewhat stable. You are all in my prayers.

  2. Toni Belveal says

    Continue to uplift all of you in prayer. Thankful for the encouraging week. May God wrap His loving arms around you and give all of you strength amid the stress.

  3. C. Alene Palmer says

    Thank you for the update. We will continue to hold you up in prayer. We serve a mighty God who loves us and has promised to walk with us each step of the way. May Theresa and you be surrounded with His love and strength each day.

  4. colette cox says

    Dr Paul and Family, so happy to hear everything well with the port placement. Your are in our prayers every day. God bless you all. Colette and Ron Cox.

  5. Kimberly Bennett says

    Continued Prayers for Theresa & Her Family. Sending Good Thoughts & Hugs. It’s nice that Theresa is able to eat & Drink some. That she was able to have a bit of a break from such harsh side effects. Placing You All on Prayer Warriors. Tireless Prayers continue for You All. Bless Your Hearts ❤️

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