Thursday, September 14, 2006

Thank You

I want to thank all of you who have been praying for me in recent weeks, as my health took a bit of a turn for the worst. I am thankful to report that I am gradually gaining my strength to the point that I have been able to come to the office this week. I am still weak and I find it hard to concentrate for concerted periods of time, but to the glory of God, I have been able to get some work done. My blogging, of course, has suffered some. I would ask for your prayers as I am scheduled for another session of chemotherapy next Monday morning.

I did receive some very exciting news this week, for which we are really praising the Lord. My younger brother, Jim, who serves VOMC as our webmaster and helps write and research the Persecution and Prayer Alert received a call from Princess Margaret Hospital this week, informing him that he is a match for me when it comes time for me to look at a stem cell transplant. This is a real miracle and I am deeply humbled, especially as I remember what a rotten big brother I was when we were kids. Rejoice with us and pray for us to have God's wisdom as to when to look at this procedure. I have been told that I have pretty much exhausted the chemotherapy route for treating the chronic lymphocytic leukemia which I was diagnosed with. It would appear that a stem cell transplant is the next best option and my best chance for a cure (apart from a special touch from the Lord).

So, again, than you for your prayers and God bless you all.


camillie said...

Hi Glenn,
I have recently discovered of your trials and well, to say the least, I personally have gone through chemotherapy myself. I was diagnosed with Osteogenic Sarcoma (the same as Terry Fox) when I was in my teens. After a whole year of chemotherapy and surgery, I am glad to say that I am better and have been that way for 10 years. Princess Margaret is a great hospital. I am encouraged even to this day to see those such as yourself that through such trials, you can see that the promise of the Kingdom is greater and the promise of God's unfailing love is clinging on. I will pray for you and your family (now that I know). Don't give up on God because He never gave up on you. That was one of the main things the Lord revealed to me when I was going through treatment. And because I overcame, I can truly declare my joy to many. May it be the same with you and your family.

Comfort said...

I am one person waiting on the Lord to see how He will glorify Himself in this trial He is allowing you to go through in His strength, for I KNOW He will surely do so. I KNOW He will. I am only waiting to see the way He will work it out. Do continue to receive the grace to hold on, even as you pursue all the avenues He is opening to you in getting a cure in the conventional manner.Father will glorify His Name in your life in this very situation in Jesus' name.

Glenn Penner said...

Thank you for your kind words, Comfort and Camille. I just got home from spending three days in the hospital for my first round of the newest version of chemo that they are trying out on me. Takes over 30 hours to administer it. Yuck. On Monday, they install a Hickman line which should make this and the stem cell transplant a little more easier. I do appreciate your prayers and concern so much