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, July 15, 2013

Relay for Life - by Ane

Last Saturday night, the 13th of July, Mark shared his story at the Lake Oswego chapter of The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.  He did a great job!!! Many were touched and we were asked if we truly understood what a miracle we had!  Yes, we do!!  Not a day goes by that we don't give thanks and rejoice in the blessings we have received. 

Friday, July 5, 2013

Our 35th is Today! - by Ane

Today Mark & I celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary!  It has been a most joyful day – lunch with friends, an afternoon movie, and dinner at Paley’s Place in Portland.  At some point last year I had a feeling that Mark would be here to celebrate this anniversary and I wrote it in my journal.  When it was I didn’t remember, but I wanted to find it. I went to my journal, but where to look I did not know.   April 1, 2012 looked like a good place to start.  About half way down I saw these words that I had penned:

“This morning as I was awaking I was thinking about the extension I had prayed for.  There was a sweet feeling that we may be able to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary which would be a year from this July, and that we would go to Ireland.  That would be awesome!!!”

It is awesome!  Not only did we get today, but we also will be going on a Mediterranean cruise the end of July, and from there we will spend a week in Ireland.  Mark’s great, great, great grandparents, Edward & Francis Hornibrook were married at Christ Church Kilbrogen, Bandon, County Cork, Ireland.  We will visit the church which is now a museum as well as the adjoining cemetery where their parents were buried.  Edward & Francis immigrated to Canada in 1826.  Going to County Cork has been a dream for many years, and this August it will become a reality. So many blessings fill our lives, and our hearts are full to the brim with gratitude. 

Monday, July 1, 2013

Oh Happy Day! - by Ane

Another clean chest x-ray!  Hurray!!  Mark has been off the Zelboraf for five months now, and there doesn’t appear to be any tumor activity.  He feels GREAT, his hair is growing back in thicker than it was before he lost it, he is gaining weight, and looking younger every day!  Wow, what a blessing.  What a miracle!  Dr. Urba used the word remission today and said unless there are any concerns he will see us in 3 months for a routine check-up.  During the last visit I had mentioned to him that there were MANY people praying for us, and he said emphatically, “Tell them not to stop!”  So, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!