Late February of 2012 Mark was diagnosed with stage 4 Metastatic Melanoma Cancer. This is written for our family and friends who have so caringly expressed a desire to know of the current situation. We so appreciate the love and support that has been shown to us and we lovingly empathize with and pray for many of you that have had or are currently going through trials of your own. In love, hope and faith, Mark and Ane

Monday, February 18, 2013

The One-Year Mark - by Ane

One year ago yesterday Mark had the first x-ray of his chest followed by a CT scan along with a call from the doctor that he needed a needle biopsy as soon as possible.  
One year ago today we came to understand that these tumors were most likely metastatic melanoma.  The reality of the seriousness of his condition became more evident.  During the next ten days the diagnosis became increasingly bleak as we learned of tumors not only in his lungs, but also in his liver, heart, and other areas of his body.  

Yesterday Mark spoke in Stake Conference looking very healthy – less of him and less hair, but feeling great!  The closing song was “How Firm a Foundation” - our favorite, especially the 3rd verse:

"Fear not, I am will thee; oh, be not dismayed,
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid.
I'll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand."

Tears flowed freely of gratitude, as well as hope for healing.  

Today we are sitting in a nice room on the coast watching the waves and enjoying a quiet day together.  I’ve reread the events of one year ago.  Did it all really happen?   Mark seems so healthy right now.  How blessed we are - he is here!!!  Miracles have happened.  Our hearts are brimming with gratitude for so many who have offered prayers in his behalf and who have been so supportive!  We have felt Father’s loving arms around us. There is no doubt that He hears and answers prayers.  This time the answer was what we wanted.  The extension was granted.  Last year we were able to enjoy two wonderful family vacations – one with just our children and another with children and grandchildren.  Mark and I went to Israel – a dream come true.  Rachel got married and she and her father shared that special father/daughter dance.  So many sweet experiences!

We don’t know what the future will bring, but we totally trust Him.  We pray for continued guidance in what we need to do to keep Mark here.  We will move forward with faith.