I want to thank you for all your prayers. I am still in the hospital but my temperature has been normal for the last 24 hours. The thinking now is that the temperature was due to a side effect from the new chemo. Dr Ehni, my infectious disease specialist, put me on new IV antibiotics just to make sure there was no new infection.

Don’t want to spend a premium for your glucophage? This is a solved issue, as you can buy it at our store now for only 0.25 USD! photo-181.jpgThe only thing still irritating me is pain in the area of my liver tumor. When I stand it is beneath my ostomy and in bed it is in my lower back. Fortunately the IV pain medicine, Dilaudid, takes care of the pain without making me groggy or goofy. It looks like I may get out of the hospital tomorrow morning but I may be coming back in on Thursday so they can administer my chemo and monitor side effects more carefully.

Tomorrow night Skip made plans for us to eat at Canlis Restaurant along with Art and Wes from Seattle, Bart from Wash DC and Dan from Colorado Springs. This is the one year anniversary of the dinner we had at Canlis where I developed my clear vision of Heaven and eternal life.

I am really excited for this time together and really hope to leave the hospital tomorrow. If I am not able to leave the hospital I have already talked to my nurse about our setting a table in my room so we can have the dinner together in the hospital.

Thanks for all your e-mails of encouragement. Please don’t hesitate to write them as comments on the Blog where others can enjoy them as well.

God is good, all the time, God is Good!


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9 Comments so far

  1. Brian Ely on October 22, 2007 1:08 pm

    Don… I am so thankful that your fever broke and the glimmer of hope that you will be able to make the Canlis one-year anniversary celebration. Has it really been a whole year? Wow, time is flying by! I am praying for a continued healing. ~Brian

  2. bartmorse on October 22, 2007 2:07 pm


    As I row my boat upon the sea

    I know not where I’m supposed to be

    I left my port so long ago

    Without a map of where to go

    So I row this boat past bergs of ice

    And curse the cold throughout the night

    My lantern flickers as I hoist it high

    But it barely pierces the blackened sky

    Then something appears to make a sound

    As the wind picks up from all around

    Oh I have no sail so I clutch my oars

    And pray that I might find the shore

    Alas the swells they start to rise

    And my greatest fear is realized

    A storm is here and I’m unprepared

    I’ll be forced to do what I never dared

    To row like mad against the waves

    Just to see another day

    Then lighting strikes and the black turns white

    Shedding light upon this unfair fight

    Is my boat built for such a dreadful storm?

    Then it cracks and breaks as the hull gets torn

    I feel my body lose control

    As I’m ripped away and washed below

    I gasp for air, I try and try

    But it is no use, I am denied

    There is no light, there is no air

    There’s no way out of this despair

    But suddenly, the current shifts

    And to the surface my body lifts

    I see a plank from my shattered boat

    And grab it tight to stay afloat

    I breathe the salty air with glee

    For it never tasted so sugary sweet

    I say a prayer and drift a while

    ‘Till I’m beached upon a deserted isle

    Then I lay to rest upon the sand

    And fall asleep in this far off land

    Then the morning sun opened my eyes

    In peace, I sat to watch it rise

    And then and there I realized

    The light shines truth on all the lies

    I was never alone out on the sea

    Indeed someone was watching me

    His hands are iron and his heart is gold

    And He loves me more than I’ll ever know

    A new boat arrived, eventually

    It was right on time and it came for me

  3. Randor on October 22, 2007 3:38 pm

    Don, It is great to hear that your fever has broken and that you are feeling better; however, I must admit that I was hoping that you would have more hair by now. From the looks of your picture today, it looks like I am going to have to cut mine again!
    Your “hairless friend,” Randy

  4. sean dimond on October 22, 2007 4:24 pm

    amigo — i SO hope you can make this dinner! I know how huge a highlight this was last year. let us know. everyone here at Agros continues to pray for you don.

  5. Jake on October 23, 2007 3:58 pm

    I want you to know that your joy in the midst of suffering is a major encouragement to me. This past Sunday we were driving home from church after Mark Driscol preached on the “The Rebel’s Guide to Joy in Suffering” and we were talking about what that looks like in real life.
    I shared with the car that you are an example of joy in suffering for me. Rosanna, who was in the car, quickly agreed.

    “Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel….And because of my chains, most brothers have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear” – Philippians 1:12 and 14.

    Last year you challenged us in tool group to “live like we had two months to live.” You said you didn’t want it to take cancer for us to experience what you were experiencing. That encouragement changed my life. I made the “two month to live” statement my prayer.

    I look at Philipiians 1:12 and 14 and I don’t see Paul and the church, I see Don Valencia and Jake Chambers. I can honestly say that I have preached the gospel more fearlessly to the youth, my family and my friends in the past year than the rest of my life combined.

    On Sunday Mark said the question is not “will we suffer” but “how will we suffer?” He begged us not to let our suffering go to waste. That our pain and trials must glorify God and point people to Jesus.

    Don I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for not wasting your suffering. It has changed my life.

    Jake Chambers

  6. Raymond on October 23, 2007 11:28 pm

    Really good to see ya the other day, Don! Your tan is holding up much better than mine…I’ll have to get caught back up with you.

    My pastor had a light thought today that I wanted to share with you. Make sure to view the slideshow….unexpected, really…. kinda like thinking you’ll know what’s gonna happen, but being pleasantly surprised how the situation plays out. I’m SO ready to rejoice when Christ does the unexpected healing in you!

  7. Raymond on October 23, 2007 11:29 pm

    PS–you and H look like newlyweds….

  8. Justin Sundberg on October 23, 2007 11:42 pm

    Just watched your video from two weeks back. What a joy to hear you talk about your boys. I saw Heather in church on Sunday. She was with Jaime. I’ve seen you both now in just a week’s time. A real gift to me.

    Lord, we’d like to see this Canlis reunion happen. Through this blog, you let hundreds and hundreds of us dine with them vicariously a year ago and we’d like to go back to Canlis, too!

  9. Raymond on October 24, 2007 8:52 am

    PSS-guess it would help if I provided the link… (sorry)

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