Sicks Pax

2011 begins with hope and peace

Posted in Cancer,Sara by sicks on January 1, 2011

Hey gang —

Happy New Year!  We had an incredible Christmas in Naples, Florida, with Chris’ side of the family.  It was a huge blessing to be all together, to enjoy many fun activities outside, and to simply enjoy the weather and unique vegetation.  Thank you, Don and Susan, for this great gift!

We start this new year with hearts that feel incredibly calm, peaceful and hopeful.  This episode with cancer differs so greatly than the last go-around three years ago.  I am so grateful to be protected from the feeling of fear and never-ending thoughts about cancer.  I do not feel fearful and do not think about my cancer often.  Amazing!  Thank you, Lord, for guarding my heart and for the prayers of many.

We also feel hopeful because we can see the chemo working.  My neck and upper back pain that originally drew my attention to the area is now gone, the rash that I had in the area is also gone (we didn’t and don’t know if this was cancer-related), and the two little bumps in my neck are smaller.  Hooray!  I see my oncologist on Monday, the 3rd to determine if she will keep me on these chemos.  I think she will be pleased and am hoping that I stay on these two since they would allow me to keep my hair.

So we are grateful to report all of this good news.  On another note, Chris and I will be taking a three-day intensive seminary course (I am auditing the class) at RTS on the doctrine of suffering taught by a Wheaton professor who is in a wheelchair.  The reading so far has been excellent and thought-provoking.  We are both really excited to learn more about this topic.  This course comes at an interesting time.  God has used these cancer battles tremendously to give us a greater understanding of Himself, His kingdom and some of his unwanted gifts.  We have a lot more to learn.

We are grateful for you and feel the Lord has put many at our side.  What a gift!




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  1. Michelle Batten said,

    What a wonderful place you are resting in HIM! Thank you for this great example…i’d love the reading list for your class?! M

  2. Jim said,

    Just checked to see if your blog was up and am so pleased to see this encouraging update. It’s been more than five years since we all attended church together, but our hearts are warmer than ever for the Sicks family.

    It seems to me that suffering is guaranteed, no matter how strong we think our faith is, and I am grateful for the honest words which are spoken here as it relates to your suffering and your faith.

    With love from Goochland County, and prayers for a blessed New Year,

  3. Debbie Mohn said,

    Praying for you, Sara! Continuing to see you stronger and covered in God’s glory and healing hand. Thanks for the updates!

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