Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Here is a picture of Kit as "chemo man" fighting the leukemia :-)
My dad is 2/3 done with the chemotherapy treatment (tonight will be his last dose) and, so far, the only side effects are night sweats.
My dad keeps reiterating that we need to pray that the LORD continue to guard him and that as the chemo kills off all of cells (good cells included) he will be protected against infections.
Also, we pray that the bone marrow test (scheduled for may 12) will show that the cancer cells have been killed off by the chemo. We pray that this 2nd round will work!
My dad wants you to know that he continues to fight the good fight...and he will continue to do so.
I leave you with a scripture that my friend Lisa gave me:
"Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need" Hebrews 4:16
Love, Maisha and the Lauers
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
My dad says he loves you all!
Monday, April 28, 2008
It will be a 3 day treatment and will be around 10 times stronger than the first round.
If at any time, we need your prayers now.
We need the Lord to give Kit strength to get through and survive the chemo treatment intself and all of the complications that it causes by killing off all his blood cells. Following that, we pray that the chemo will work in the bone marrow this time.
With much love,
Sunday, April 27, 2008
The good white blood cells are not going up in number (they are somewhere around 300-400). It is possible that the bad white blood, or cancer, cells are crowding them out.
The doctors want to start chemotherapy tomorrow since it seems that this is as good as we'll get.
His liver did not show any of the fungus infection and there are still the same spots in the lungs, but they have not gotten worse.
We would love for everyone to pray that my dad will, first of all, make it through the next round of chemo. It will be more taxing on his body and he is not going into it as strong as the last time. But, like my dad said, we have chosen an agressive stance on beating the cancer. Second, we still have hopes that the cancer will be killed this time and that he will be able to have a transplant.
The Lauer family is still declaring that God is good..."as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD!"
Thank you all for everything! love, Maisha and the rest of the Lauers
Saturday, April 26, 2008
My prayer needs are:
1. I would increase in neutraphyls
2. I would be healthy enough for the chemo induction
3. The 2nd chemo treatment would send the cancer into remission
4. I would be able to move toward the bone marrow transplant and being cured.
Regardless of the direction all this goes, I want you to know it has been my great pleasure and joy to serve the Body of Christ at Hope Chapel all these years! I pray for your continued growth in Christ, as you seek the knowledge of the Lord and as you serve Him with your lives.
To all my family, loved ones and friends, ...the sharing of your lives with me has been my life...I appreciate and love you for the unique creation God has made you to be, your laughter, concern, prayers, thoughts, your unique expression has enriched, fulfilled and really made my life experience absolutely wonderful! I am forever indebted to you for the life you have helped give to me. With absolutely sincerity of love and respect for you I run the course that God has set for my life with hope that I bring Him glory. For in Him is the gift of eternal life.
With great love and appreciation for all you continue to do for me and my family, I humbly thank you with all my heart!
Friday, April 25, 2008
Again, thank you for your prayers and support...we can't thank you enough! :)
My dad is still witnessing to the doctors in the hospital...he is trying to get CDs of his apologetics class sent to some of them.
One of the doctors is a Christian and prayed over my dad today.
"While there is still day, he is about my Father's business"
Thursday, April 24, 2008
To bring you up to speed, the "good white blood cells" (aka neutrophils) continue to multiply...they are now at 500, but the doctors would like to see the number at 1000 before he can start the 2nd chemotherapy treatment. He has not had a fever for four days now! Praise God!! :) this indicates that we are winning the infection battle.
Please pray again for an increase in neutrophils and the other components of the blood (platelets and red blood cells-he had to have a RBC transfusion yesterday) as well as a stand still or a decrease in the production of the abnormal white blood cells "blast cells". And, of course, we are praying the when my dad is healthy enough for the chemo...this next treatment will knock out those bad cancer "blast" cells.
We can't thank you enough for the love, care and support that you have shown to us. We just know that we wouldn't be able to make it through this without you guys. Statistically, my dad's chances of making it through the next chemo and having the cancer cells knocked down is around 30%. It is a small target...but as my dad keeps saying that even though it may be a small target...if it is the hand of God then the target will be hit.
"fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are mine. and when you pass through the waters, I will be with you. and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you for I am the LORD your God the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour..." Isaiah 43:1-3
We love you all! Maisha on behalf of the Lauer Family
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
My mom wanted me to say to all of you who are out there reading this blog...from Maui to Cali...to Colorado...to Texas...to the East coast...and as far away as South America and Greece (we have also heard people are praying in Israel and Puerto Rico).
She wants to thank you for the incredible love and support that she has felt. Your cards, emails, presents, phone calls, blog comments, checks/cash, and your physical assistance too.
The help has been more than she could ever imagine. The Hope Chapel family and her clients have blessed her so much financially so that she is able to be here on Oahu with Kit not having to worry about financial responsibilities back home.
Another huge blessing has been Yuko taking over my mom's work responsibilities. She has her crew: Mele, Jen, Jamie, Dio, Marla, Janet, and Chris all working (some even donating their labor for her) to keep the business going. that is such a blessing to my mom.
My mom also wanted to say that when she and my dad used to teach school in Los Gatos, they became close with the Petulla family whose kids they coached. They are letting us stay in their beautiful condo right on the beach (near Diamond head). They are also letting us use their car. What a blessing!
My mom sleeps during the day while others (Buddy, Billy, Maisha, Dawn, Marla, Dickie have taken turns in the day-Joe, Karen and Craig came this past weekend)
Mikey and Shae arrive today for a short visit. My mom wants to thank Ed Sowers and Curt Franks (along with Lita) for setting up the Hawaiian Air miles that you have donated.
Last of all, my mom wanted to thank you for your prayers for Kit, and our family. People and churches are praying all over the world for Kit. The Body of Christ is precious to our family.
(sorry so long...it's from my mom :-)
Love, the Lauers
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16
Monday, April 21, 2008
10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
(posted for kit by lisa b)
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Kit is so thankful for all your love and prayers. He feels your strength and encouragement and wants you to know that he loves you all very much. Please pray that his lung infection clears up so he can start his 2nd round of chemo. He is receiving a blood transfusion today. It takes about three hours, so we would appreciate your prayers for that too. All his vitals are good and he is focused on the task at hand...healing for his lungs.
Kit says to tell you not to worry.
"Therefore do not worry about tommorow, for tomorrow will worry about itself."
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
In the meantime the doctor (who we all really like) has given him a pre-emptive medication because he is suspecting a very serious mold in his lungs. But, nothing is sure right now.
thank you very much!
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
my dad wants to do his own blogs and respond to comments but he is too weak and can't do it.
we ask again that for the next few weeks he not have any calls or visitors.
Thank you for understanding and thank you so much for the love and prayers.
My dad loves you guys so much and appreciates you all!!
He want everyone to know that he listens to praise songs and is still declaring that our God is a mighty and awesome God and can deliver us from the mouths of lions. He also wants you all to know that he is praying for you.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Lastly, as I said yesterday, please pray that he would be rid of this infection so that he can start the 2nd round of chemotherapy.
Thank you all so much!!! :)
Saturday, April 12, 2008
My dad wants you all to know that he loves you.
I have to say that reading many of your cards and letters have made all of us weep. they are so beautiful and heart-felt. and my dad says he, "cries for happy"
Friday, April 11, 2008
He says, "at first it was hard to wrap my head and heart around the terrible news we just got. I realize that in my own power, my heart would faint, but God strengthens me when I am weak because He holds my heart in His hands. I really believe that. I know that in the trial I am facing, should it end in death (which I don't really believe it is God's will at this point) but even then like Jesus says, "Even if a man dies, yet shall he live because he believes in me" (John 11) and I believe this.
As you know I'm doing a second round of chemotherapy probably starting on tues. Right now they are treating me for an infection. They can't start the chemo until they get the infection under control. Please pray for that.
I'm still getting all kinds of wonderful blog comments, emails, letters and cards...you guys are just pouring out your hearts to me and I feel it. I feel like Moses when he sent Joshua into battle and stood on the mountainside holding up his staff...his arms would weaken and the Israelites would start to lose the battle...so Aaron and Hur would hold up his arms when they got tired and they would begin to win again. So, please don't give up on praying for me because your prayers are what is holding me up just like Aaron and Hur held Moses up.
I love you guys!!!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Kit has not received the results of his bone marrow test yet. He might not get the results until tomorrow.
Please pray for Kit's temperature to go down along with the results of the test as well.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Day 14: I took the bone marrow test at 9:00am and as usual, the LORD strengthened me and kept it from being too painful. The Doctor, whom I was able to pray with during the procedure...wow, said my bones are very dense and I said especially my head bone:) but that the LORD was rapidly clearing the fog in my head through this journey. We will get the results of the bone marrow test tomorrow. If the test shows less then 5%...cancer cells...of course we are all praying for zero -0-, then I don't have to go another round of chemo and can move toward the bone marrow transplant. My prayer is that the Lord will answer our prayers with a victory shout for joy! I want you to know that even though I can't respond to all the comments, I love them and appreciate all of them as well as all the cards, letters, e-mails, pictures, financial support, love & concern you have poured out upon me and my family. By the way, Shelly is healthy enough now and is here with me at Kaiser Moanalua. That is an answer to our prayers and a wonderful gift to me. And so, with great expectation, we place all our hope and trust in Jesus Christ our Lord as we await the results of the test tomorrow. As soon as I get the word, I will immediately post it. Keep up your beautiful prayers, for the Lord lends His ear to His children and has all the power to act on their behalf, for He loves His children and desires to give them good gifts. I love you all more than words can express! humbled servant of Jesus Christ -kit
Monday, April 7, 2008
Day 13 finds me re-learning this lesson in very dramatic fashion! I am not in pain, nor nauseous, albeit, what little hair I had left seems to be rapidly fleeting:) but the battle when you are facing a mortal enemy is really holding the reigns in on yourself, your mind and thoughts and waiting upon the Lord. We must wait upon the Lord when we are facing circumstances which are beyond our control. For to act before the Lord moves would be foolish and counter productive. Our thoughts and actions should never get a head of the Lord, especially in those circumstances that come upon our lives and overwhelm us. Wait on the Lord...and as we do, our courage to face circumstances otherwise unbearable and frightening for us is bolstered a hundred times as He comes and strengthens our hearts. Tomorrow morning at 9:00am we take the bone marrow test which will tell us whether we head toward the bone marrow transplant and closer to healing or we go another round of chemo. Please continue to join me in praying for -0- cancer cells. Until then, let us wait upon the Lord. I love you guys! ---kit, humbled servant of Jesus Christ
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Always in love with you,
kit (in very small, humble and broken letters)
The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life.
Saturday, April 5, 2008
We know that God is love and we are sustained by the power of His love...but God does an unusual thing, He choses to express His sustaining love through the love of family, friends, and the Body of Christ. I expressed to my 83 year old mother just today, who by the way, is a cancer survivor herself, that her love for me expressed through prayer, encouragement, hope and just raw motherly concern for her child, was like driving a giant pillar up under a sagging foundation and lifting the whole house. All of you, praying for me, sending cards and letters and testimonies, your financial support, your care and concern for me and my family have litterally been like those giant pilliars rooted deeply into God's love lifting me spiritually and physically to a place of hope and new beginnings. This how your love sustains me:)From the most greatful heart on earth! Love you all back----kit
Friday, April 4, 2008
I awoke this morning early on day 10 and looked out my window as dark clouds parted and a beatiful silver white light burst forward to fill my hospital bedroom. The Lord reminded me of all of you guys and all of your prayers and love and concern for me. I was overwhelmed with the thought of so many people praying for me, and sending me cards, letters and posting comments on the blogs telling me how much the teachings, messages, etc meant to your life. it's amazing to know that God has used a person's life to sow into other people's lives at a depth that you're totally unaware of. Again, it just reminds me of how great our God is.
This morning the Lord showed me a picture of His heart for you...it was huge! and written on His heart was, "My heart beats for you". His desire for each of us is that our hearts would beat for Him as well, and so as long as our heart beats...let it beat for the Lord!
The Lord has held any infections from me...I have no nausea, aches or pains. My blood count is still dropping so I have to sustain transfusions pretty regularly but everything is going in the right direction.
The number one prayer is that when they take the bone marrow test (probably tues April 8) the bone marrow will be clear of any blast cells...that there will not be one! and I can go for the bone marrow transplant.
I love you all very much,
Thursday, April 3, 2008
This is day 9 and on day 14 or 15 the bone marrow test will be done. that test will be the "moment of truth" which will tell us if the cancer is in remission…if it is and let it be so LORD, to your glory, then Kit will begin to make arrangements to go to City of Hope.
This is what my Dad has told me, "I feel unworthy to benefit from the children who have suffered and their parents with them..friends and families, who have worked and given of their time and resources to develop the technology and knowledge to fight leukemia that we have today…I feel so broken and humbled and so unworthy."
We love all of you!
Maisha and Kit
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
My dad is actually having a fairly good day today. He has no fever at this point but sometimes the fevers spike at night. Please continue to pray that the fevers decrease and that he doesn't get any new infections. Thank you so much! I hope that you all are not getting tired of hearing from me.
My dad wanted to include a scripture:
I, the God of Israel, will never forsake them. 18I will open up rivers for them on high plateaus. I will give them fountains of water in the valleys. In the deserts they will find pools of water. Rivers fed by springs will flow across the dry, parched ground...20Everyone will see this miracle and understand that it is the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, who did it.
My dad also wants to reiterate that the next 7 days are the most critical because, as I stated before, on day 14 or 15 of the bone marrow will be tested and the cancer needs to be in remission for him to go on to the next step (bone marrow transplant)
Maisha (and Kit :)
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
We could really use your prayers and support in the entire process!!! thank you :)
Both of my uncles, Buddy and Billy, are over there with Kit right now and I am soo thankful for that! Uncle Billy has been keeping my dad laughing and his spirits up through this tough time, and Buddy has been playing him worship music :-) I know he loves having them there.