Saturday, July 11, 2009

Life Altered

Dear Friends,

Our family has received bad news this week. My step-father, Tom, has been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Doctors have been trying to understand why my Dad's back pain was so severe and the last couple of tests have revealed the news. Now he must meet with an oncologist to discuss his treatment. Stage 4, is ultimately "end stage cancer." Our hearts are broken yet we must continue down the road with this dear man who means so much to so many. Tom married my Mother when I was just finishing high school. He treats me like a princess.

I always try to keep things light on my blog, but with this going on in our lives, there will obviously be some down times. I plan to post regular updates as we muddle through. Tom's attitude is amazing. He lives on faith and trusts in our Lord. We can all takes some cues from him. Maybe our story can be a blessing to you in some way. I've started a Discussion over at my BlogFrog community and I'm hoping that you'll join in if you have a similar story to share. I would love to have a community of support right here! Click here to add your thoughts or story.


Holly K said...

Leah, I'm so sorry to hear about your step-dad. That is just awful news. Don't worry about trying to keep everything positive on your blog. Sad news like this is a very real part of life so no need to hide it. We'll be here to support you. I popped over here from the BlogFrog community leader forum and look forward to following your blog and sharing in the discussions on your community. Hang in there! said...

Leah, I am so sorry for you guys! I will be praying for him as well as your family.

Ali said...

Oh, my. I'm terribly sorry. I'm praying for you and your family. Thank you for sharing as I imagine it's so difficult to type those words on a screen . . . Stage 4 cancer. Wow. Hugs and prayers. Many hugs and prayers.

Mrs.X said...

Leah I am so sorry to hear about your step dad. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Tim said...


We are so praying for Tom and all your family during a very difficult time. You will be in our thoughts and prayers constantly.

Love and Prayers,


Beth E. said...

I am praying for Tom and your entire family, asking God to give each of you you His comfort, strength, and peace. Praying for a MIRACLE for Tom!


Joan said...

I'm so sorry, Leah.

I've been where you are now, having lost my Step-Dad 2 years ago from ALS and my Mom last month from a heart attack, If you need someone to talk to I'm here for you.

My prayers go out for you, your family and for Tom.

Just remember that God understands how you feel and that He is always there for you.


The Mommy Chef said...

I was just stopping in from The Blog Frog and saw your post. I am so sorry about your Dad and will keep your family in my thoughts. Take Care


Sue said...

Oh Leah,

I'm so sad to read this. My prayers are with you & your family, particularly your Step-Dad at this time. May God do a miracle and in the meantime pour His peace and comfort on all of you!


MamaB said...

I'm so very sorry! You are in my prayers!!

The Rudy Family said...

So sorry to hear this unhappy news. Thanks for your comment on my blog. Sending lots of hope your way!

CFMama said...

Coming from BlogFrog Community Leaders and it saddens me to read the news about your step father. I have a very personal history with cancer after losing my mother when I was 18.

You don't have to hide what you are feeling, it is a difficult journey and you will have many supporters including myself along the way. I will keep your family in my prayers.

Lori said...

Leah your step father will be in my prayers. I am so sorry.

Kristy said...

Leah, I am so sorry to hear about your step dad. I have had 2 shocking tragedies in my life today (and aunt and a co-worker of my hubby). It is good to remember that verse in Habakkuk - I love that verse, but it is so hard when you are in the midst of a painful trial.

Sweeti said...

I'm sorry. my prayers are with you.