It’s Thursday, and during my morning walk, I looked up, and saw, high white clouds, spreading over the entire sky, backed by a beautiful soft blue background. The green trees were swaying back and forth, in rythem with the gentle sea breeze. I walked briskly, for two miles this morning, taking deep breaths, knowing that cancer is not very fond of oxygen. Working to stay healthy longer, when having Chronic Lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), requires excerise, deep breathing to increase oxygen, and eating properly. No sugar, salt, boxed foods, micowave, and only eating organic foods when possible.

As I said in an earlier blog, we have purchased a twin-gear juicer, and am anxiously awaiting its arrival. We owned one several years ago, but gave it away, so we have bought another one. When it arrives, we plan on going to an organic store, and buying all are vegetables there. Is doing all of this a waste of time, being that I have a incureable blood cancer? I really don’t know, but I do know that God said in Genesis, to only eat fruit and vegetables, and when you read Genesis, you can see the long ages of those who did. Then after Noahs flood, you read again where God says that everyone can eat meat now. After that, the longevity of the human race decreases to what it is today, around 76 years average length of life. I know that I cannot just eat fruits and vegetables, after all of these years, my brain will not let me,  so I will also be eating fish, and organic chicken along with the veggies. I really do not have a taste for red meat anymore, so it will be very seldom, if ever, that I have red meat.

What kinds of drug therapy’s are there today for leukemia and lymphoma? Some of the new drugs are called targeted drug therapy. Targeted drugs are designed to take advantage of the specific vulnerablilites of your cancer cells. CLL cells have a varitey of proteins on their surfaces. Targeted therapy drugs are designed to bind to a specific protein as a way to target and kill leukemia cells. Targeted drugs used in treating chronic lymphocytic leukemia include rituximab (Rituxan), alemtuzumab (Campath), and ofatumumab (Arzerra). Side effects of these drugs includ fever, chills and infections.

Fludarabine (Fludara) is considered to be one of the most effective types of chemotherapy for CLL. Drug combinations, like fludarabine, cyclophosphamide and rituximab (FCR), which is the one my Oncologists has told me I will be having, when the time comes, are often used to treat patients with intermediate and high-risk CLL.

So hang in there friends, God has made it possible for his creation to use all the resources He created, and the intellect to invent them.

I finished off yesterday with the Dysfuntional Family. I am finishing today with The Hope of the Gospel.

Like a light shining in the darkness comes the hope of the good news of what God does for us to set us free from the bondage of personal and relational failure. The remaining verses in the third chapter of Genesis reveal the tender, but firm, manner in which God took the initiative to reach out to and save his dysfunctional family.

And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Gen. 3:15 The somewhat obscure promise of verse fifteen and the most beautiful picture in verse twenty-one are of particular importance in this passage. The enmity between the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent speaks of the spiritual war between Christ and Satan over the dysfunctional human race. The fact that Christ will literally crush the head of the serpent reveals that God will ultimately restore to spiritual health all that was lost in Adam and Eve’s fall.

The personal application of this gospel is revealed in the fact that God, himself, made coats of skins to cover their nakedness (symbolic of dealing with their dysfunction with all its shame, fear, and pride). Gen. 3:21 The glorious fact of the gospel is that God covers all our failure with the righteousness of Christ.

Throughout the lessons that follow in this series, we shall emphasize this one central theme of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and how it sets us free. As we learn and trust in all that God has done to make us new creatures in Christ, we are set free from our own fear, guilt and pride to reach out to others in true love.

When each family member is assured of their own needs being met in Christ they are free to love one another with a divine love. Through our personal faith in who God made us to be in Christ, we have hope for ourselves. In the joy and confidence of our hope, we can actually love one another!

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia reveals what happens to the physical body, because of the fall of the human race at the Garden of Eden. Christ reveals what He has done, to redeem the eternal spirit of the human race, and offers a new disease free, eternal body, along with it.