"Chemo is my friend; cancer is my enemy."

You wouldn't know it by looking at Lorelei's face in this picture but having cancer hurts.  Especially today.  When we woke Lorelei up to get ready for school she was in pain.  Her left shoulder and left side of her head hurt. We don't know why.  (Prior to cancer Lorelei had never really had a headache.)  We just trust that since most of her cancer is on her left side, it must have something to do with the cancer cells dying off.  We know the pain is bad when it affects Lorelei's desire to go to school.  (School is where she sees her friends!)

Lorelei's wonderful oncologist, Dr. Brian Geister, has coached her to repeat this mantra: "Chemo is my friend. Cancer is my enemy."  And even when chemo causes undesirable side effects (like losing hair, etc.) we are to see it as a blessing because it means the chemo is doing its job.

So, today, even though it is no fun, we are rejoicing that God saw fit to allow Lorelei to be born in a country and at a time when the medical technology existed to help her.  Joy is unchangeable. Pain is temporary.

John 16:22
New International Version (NIV)

22 So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.

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Psalm 91:14-16

New International Version (NIV)

14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation."