Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Coffee-flavored Kisses

We have very tangibly felt the presence of God throughout this entire experience. It is as if He has literally been standing with us – sometimes in front guiding, occasionally behind us pushing, always at least next to us supporting.
As each piece of information has come back during the time of figuring out what was wrong with me, we've prayed that the Lord would give us the best answer that He could at that moment. And He always has. We held that same prayer request up prior to my surgery on Monday and with my recovery since.
Going into my surgery I knew that I had two of three things going for me for sure – I am young (relatively) and in good health (relatively). The wild card was whether the cancer had been detected early enough so that its spread was minimal. As Jacquelyn indicated – per my good Dr. August – the preliminary prognosis is positive.
And, sure enough, the blessings keep flowing in that my recovery is going amazingly well. I can't help but attribute this to the combination of excellent medical and spiritual care that I am receiving.
I haven't been allowed even a sip of water yet, but Jacquelyn sneaks me coffee-flavored kisses. I've walked a couple of laps around the sixth floor with minimal pain. They will be putting some "food" through my feeding tube today. We may give the new & improved GI system a try with some clear liquids on Friday.
Each of you blessing me with your prayers and good thoughts has been for me the Body of Christ – my healing nourishment – throughout this illness.
Thanks and may God bless you back.


Baruch said...

Terrific news. Sign me up for seats on your inspirational speaking tour. May you and your family continue to be blessed, with a complete and speedy recovery.

AllenY said...

"Doing laps", ah, way to go. Keep up the good work. <3

Graciela Duras said...

Hi Franco,
Good job, it's so nice to hear that you are walking around the hospital and writing to us.

God bless you with speedy recovery and come home soon.
Love you, Graciela, Susan, David, Lisette, Emily and Natalie

P.S. Marica, Igor & Gordana from Labin, are sending your way lots of hugs, kisses, prayers and love.

~Lisa said...

Bravo, Franco, Bravo!!! Maybe by Sunday my cold will be gone, and if so, I'd like to barge in...uh visit. Can't wait to see you.


Lisa said...

Many prayers have been answered.

Always in my thoughts.

Gina57 said...

You are amazing.... you have inspired me.... your grace, your love, your joy, your faith, has truly impacted me... we can take so many things for granted on a daily basis and I now realize in the past few weeks, i've been touched my several different folks because of some event in there lives positive and some negative and this has taught me to stop, listen, breathe and be thankful for every day, every moment every one that is meaningful in my life... I only wish good things for you and your family....


annmarie said...

Give me an F, Give me a R, Give me a A-N-C-OOOO! Go Franco, Go!!

Good luck tomorrow with the 1st test run:)


Sue said...

Franco and Jackie,
I hope you know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. I know you guys will make it through this. You have too many people who truly love and care for you both. Life is so precious and we truly do take for granted all of the blessings we have until we are struck with something crazy as this.
Cheering for you from North Carolina!