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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Good Morning Dear Family & Friends!

Thank you so much for your love, support, encouragement, and prayer.  We love you all!

Here’s the latest.  Sorry if this is “over sharing,” but so many people want to know.  So, here goes.   I’m doing well.  On Monday, Cathi and I went up to Stanford to meet with another oncologist there at the Stanford University Cancer Center.  This was my local oncologist’s suggestion, and we are so thankful for his great care, humility, and dedication to us.

I have been struggling with intense itching on my chest and back.  We thought it might be an expression of lymphoma, but after a biopsy of a couple of spots it showed that it is not connected to lymphoma at all.  It’s a skin condition that can be treated.  We were  hoping that if it was connected, chemotherapy would address it.

Dr. G at Stanford said that since it was not related, we would do well to not pursue chemo at this time.  He said that the way my lymphoma is stable, not showing any activity, and not progressing is “remarkable.”

Remarkable. When I heard him say this word my ears perked up.  What does the word “remarkable" mean? defines it as "notably or conspicuously unusual; extraordinary: a remarkable change; worthy of notice or attention.”  This was very encouraging!  God’s work is truly remarkable!  And, I praise him today for his remarkable work in me!

He said that the variation in my kidney function is still a mystery that we need to solve.  All the chemo I’ve had in the last 12 years has no doubt taken a toll, but full recovery is possible.  Non-stop, I.V. hydration (29 straight days)  helps lighten the load on my kidneys but doesn’t answer the question as to what’s causing the fluctuation.  With all the “flushing effect” from my hydration, my numbers are much better.  Thank you, Jesus!  But, I’ll be having a biopsy of my kidneys this next week to see what’s going on.  Please pray that we will discover the key to my kidneys being healed!

I had a strange flare up of A Fib (irregular heart beat) that I had about ten years ago.  Thank the Lord, my heart is back to normal rhythm.    I’ll be seeing a local cardiologist to stay on top of it.

So, we are encouraged!  No chemo for now, as the lymphoma seems to be staying at bay.   Praise God!  Pray that this continues, or even recedes!

For now, I’ll be seeking relief from the skin condition with my local dermatologist, and having a biopsy of my kidneys.  I’ll keep you posted. I’m resting, and hopeful, and confident that God is in charge!  I’m thankful for our great church family and our awesome staff and teaching team!  I’ll be back very soon!

So for now, let me share a verse I  read this morning in Psalm 5:11-12, “Let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy.  Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.  For surely, O Lord, you bless the righteous;  you surround them with your favor as a shield.”

What has God done in your life that is “remarkable?”  Be grateful and give him praise!  He is our “remarkable God!”  Thanks again for your love and prayers.  We love you all!

On My Knees, in the Trust Zone,
Pastor Ron Salsbury

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