Monday, September 17, 2012

Prayer & encouragement

Madeleine’s Blog

September 17, 2012
So do not fear, for I am with you
Do not be dismayed, for I am your God
I will strengthen you and help you
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand
Isaiah 41:10

The treatment decision has been made: Madeleine will continue doing Biochemo down at Riverside, and will be heading there this Wednesday (the 19th) for another week of treatment.

You can do it!
Was this an easy decision? No, actually not. We looked briefly at another treatment option closer to home (which was tempting), but then decided that - for now - it is still best to continue the Biochemo. It actually took a lot of courage to choose to go back and face something that is so intense, and so far from home. It was Madeleine's decision, and she chose to once again step up and face the challenge ahead - we are really proud of her.

Need prayer: To help Madeleine get through this next round of treatment, we are asking people to pray specifically for her endurance during her next treatment on Sept. 20-25, as well as that the treatment would "turn the tide" against this cancer. (If you would like to be part of a group of people who are praying for her with more specific focus, please email me (Zan) at, put the word "prayer" in the subject line, and I will connect with you in that way.)

Need encouragement: If you have time to write Madeleine a quick sentence or two of encouragement, then that would really lift her spirits and help her in this fight. What you say doesn't need to be long or fancy - just knowing you are behind her cheering her on is the important thing. Encouragement is such a need while she is away from home having this round-the-clock treatment. Here are some ways you can get a message to her:
  • Leave comments right on this blog (click on the "comments" area at the bottom of any post, type a message in the box, and publish. No special sign-in needed: you can choose "anonymous" and identify yourself however you choose in your message)
  • Send an email to her through this blog: and I will get it to her
  • Send a message to her via facebook, personal email, or text if you are already connected to her in that way
 Thanks in advance for your support. Let's keep the encouragement coming!


Mary Benesh-Zoeller said...

Hi Madeleine,
I am 44 years and have been battling melanoma for 3 and 1/2 years. I recently started following your blog and admire your strength and courage to share your story. I believe in the power of prayer and will be lifting you up in His name as you continue on your journey. Fight like a girl! Lots of hugs coming from WI.

Donna said...

Madeleine! I've only read a bit of your blog, but what a fighter you are! I am a fellow warrior diagnosed in July, 2011. When I was first diagnosed last year, my sister sent me a card that really helped me get through my treatment. It said: "peace. it does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. it means to be in the midst of those things, and still be calm in your heart.

Fight on sister! I'm praying for you!

Auntie Leslie said...

Hi Honey!

Lots and Lots of prayers are being said in MINNESOTA! We love you always and always and always! See you in 2 weeks!

Auntie Leslie, Uncle David, Lindsey and Emily

Anonymous said...

Madeleine it's been so fun to swim with you this past week! I'm so impressed by the strength and courage God continues to give you on this journey. You are AMAZING! See you at the pool. Love, Lola

Lynn said...

Hi Madeleine! I am a fellow melanoma warrior! I was initially dx'ed with in situ back in 1992...had it removed along with lymph nodes when it returned...they said I was all clear in 2000. But in June 2009 I was dx'ed stage 4-given the standard 6-9 months to live talk. I started radiation and Temodar as palliative care only.It worked for awhile but I ended up having surgery to remove it from pressing against my superior vena cava. I never did the interferon or bio chem and I know those side effects are rough. I enrolled instead in a vaccine trial I found at Moffitt in Florida. It also included Bristol-Myers Squibb Anti PD-1. I have been in the trial since fall 2010 and I only have 2 treatments left (once every 3 months). I said all that to say this- don't give up! I have been NED for 2 1/2 years so far!! They might need to do several different drugs to find your magic one-it's trial and error- but one of these days you will find you beat the beast!! Prayers!!

Danette said...

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked came against me to eat up my flesh, my enemies and foes, they stumbled and fell.

Sending prayers. Keep fighting the beast with all you are. Love and hugs from Kansas.

Zan said...

Hi Madeleine,
I am amazed at the number of people I know who are praying for you - and (from what I can see from the other comments) there are even people we don't yet know who are also praying and cheering you on.
Take courage!
Love and hugs,
Auntie Zan

Sparklinglady said...

Hi Madeline, I found your blog when I was looking for information about radiation side effects. I just finished radiation for a brain tumor earlier this month, but check your blog often for updates. You seem like an amazing young woman with so much heart and zest. Although I don't know you, I think of you often, and wish you the very best and send you strength and peace as you enter into another round of your biochemo. xoxo

Amanda Vaughan said...

You are my personal hero little lady! I'm praying! Believe me - my prayers are going to you. You're so strong facing this yet again. Can't wait to see you again - can we do it on beach this time and not in riverside!? Say Hawaii? :)

Thinking of you beautiful girl! Love you

Anonymous said...

Praying for you every night. You are so strong and an inspiration to many! Good luck Madeleine! You have so many people supporting you and cheering you on, now matter how tough these get, keep strong!

-Amber D.