This Last Year….Has Been a Blur

This Last  Year....Has Been a Blur

My last UPDATE was June 9, 2014 because I’ve been using Facebook as a means of “real time” updates.  However, since has been refreshed, I will endeavor to update those closest to Irene here.  Our aspiration is to be brutally honest….sharing days of blissful victory and also those of anguishing challenge.  We cannot begin to express what it has meant for the last eight years to have a strong, caring and praying community surrounding Irene on this journey….which continues through today.  THANK YOU.  Even with the most recent good news at UCSF (no new cancer and the primary amyloidosis remains in remission), Irene still struggles on most days, challenged by chronic fatigue….combined with insomnia, with aches and pains too many to specify.  She remains determined to overcome and continues to defy the odds….her signature smile ever present, even on the most difficult of days.  UCSF is an amazing medical team…..both at the Oncology and Post-Kidney transplant level…….and beyond their ongoing treatment, it’s been Irene’s Faith, Family & Friends which have been the defining difference on this journey.

Thanks for caring,


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Beyond the Groans

Beyond the Groans

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.  For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.

We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.  Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.  For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?  But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.  For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.  And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

Romans 8:18, 22-30

We live in a fallen world but long for a perfect one. Even creation has been groaning since the fall of man.  Why would we think otherwise?  The reality is that LIFE IS A STRUGGLE.

When a significant challenge suddenly arises in our life, have you ever asked yourself WHY?  The contrarian question

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