Sunday, October 11, 2015

It has been a LONG time since I last posted..... I have much to share (mostly joyful news also). Penny's cancer is in remission.... and I now have VA benefits. =)

Well, as one can tell..... I haven't spoken on this blog for a while. The reasons are many, but the major reason was because I had received feedback that I might want to ease up posting for a while since it seemed I had nothing to report but bad news (plus my depression / anxiety was to the point I was being hospitalized for it and other things). Sometimes, when things are all bad, it is best not to dwell on them. They were all bad, until Penny's last surgery. Things got even better this past week. So, now is as good a time as any to ratchet back up the ol' blog.

The below 2 paragraphs will tell the news:

  • Penny's cancer was eradicated last June by the removal of part of her left ureter (that ties her left kidney to her bladder). It was found that the cancer was deep in that ureter, and the Urologist was able to remove enough of the ureter to removal all signs of the cancer, but left enough ureter to reattach her left kidney back to her bladder (the worst case scenario was that her bladder, left ureter, and left kidney would be removed... so Penny essentially won the cancer lottery by being able to keep all of her organs). She is technically "in remission" right now and will be getting a Cystoscopy this November or December to see if the surgery's results remain "cancer free". Already, her hair is getting fuller again (now that she is no longer on chemo) and she is looking healthier. God has blessed us incredibly regarding Penny's cancer battle.
  • 3 days ago, I was finally approved for a "Service Related Disability Rating" of 50% by the Veterans Administration. They acknowledge that my service medical records and my present medical condition show that I have very serious issues that were caused during my service in the United States Marine Corps. The fact that they acknowledge this 27 years after my release from service is a miracle in of itself (not many people win such battles this far after their service) and I'm not done with that battle either as they are still investigating my other medical issues also and I could be looking at an increase when they are done with their investigation. The fact I had a copy made of my Medical, Dental, and Service records the day before I was released played a huge role in the decision (since they could not find a lot of said records despite our efforts to get a copy of them through the normal channels). Incredibly, 2 months ago - they found the records of my operation in 1983 that had been deemed lost, so we are hopeful more records will be found. So now, I will earn enough to be able to ensure my family stays in our home. A 3 year battle is almost over, Wells Fargo was waiting for this decision and they can now make a decision regarding our loan modification. And I will be having a Social Security (SSDI ALJ hearing on 10/27 which will decide whether I am considered disabled enough for SSDI benefits. So the battle isn't over, but we have won the first round.
So later this week, I will find the time to go over what has transpired over the past year, and I will hopefully be able to articulate what it was like going through this very dark time this past year and what our future holds for us (and a couple of grand babies might be in our future as well).

In the interim, the future is so bright, we've gotta wear shades. =)

James 1:17 "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows."

Philippians 4:19 "And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus."
Psalm 138:7 "Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes, with your right hand you save me."