Sunday, January 20, 2013

New road ahead

I originally started this blog as a way to keep people updated on our adoption. I haven't kept it up like I wanted to but have instead enjoyed the time with my kiddos. We are now embarking on a new journey and I will be updating everyone using the blog again.

The Lord has been so faithful to us. These last few years since Caius was born have been extremely difficult but God has remained our constant and never held back His grace and peace. I don't know what we would have done without His truly amazing grace! It was very hard to accept Caius' diagnosis but the Lord shared with me through David Platt's book "Radical" that we are here for one reason and that is to bring glory to God. I have to say that Caius has done that more in his short 3 years than I have done my entire life. I know God has great plans for him and Bohdan.

With that thought in mind I will now share our new journey.
I was diagnosed with cancer in December 2012. I have Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma. 

Doctors say that if you have to have a cancer this is the one to have. The prognosis with conventional modern medicine is 40 years.  This involves removing my thyroid and then a dose of radioactive iodine. We have done much research regarding our treatment options and have decided to forgo the modern medicine route in lieu of alternative treatment. For us the sacrifice of losing my thyroid and stop
breast feeding is too great.

I will be receiving treatment by Dr. Rogers at the Baja Health and Wellness Clinic. We are praying that my body responds well to this treatment and I can get complete resolution of my cancer without having my thyroid removed or stopping breast feeding. As with anything, it is not 100% but we are trusting God through this and praying for complete healing.

The first question I get is "how did they find the cancer?" I actually found it when I was putting on my lotion one morning. If you want to see it check out our family picture on the previous post and look at my neck. It is very apparent there. Others ask "how are you holding up?" I wish I could say that I was ok but to tell you the truth this has been a hard thing to come to terms with. Having the lils who take up most of my time with meds, therapies, diaper changes and such, plus having a newborn it is hard to imagine fighting cancer too. I do feel better now that we have chosen a treatment plan are close to starting. I have never doubted God's ability to heal me but in my humanness tend to get anxious over the path ahead. 

We don't know why has chosen me or this time in our lives for us to walk down this road but we pray He will be glorified every step of the way. God has time and again shown His grace and mercy to us and we know He will walk with us through every step of this journey. I'm leaving tomorrow with Danica and my brother to start treatment. I will be gone for 3 weeks and then will continue treatment at home for the next 2 years. Thank you all in advance for your prayers and support. 

We are taking the road less traveled and I know many of you will not agree with our decision. We have already lost support from some our family due to this, however I do ask that you keep your comments positive and uplifting. Thank you.


  1. I'm so very sorry to hear about your cancer diagnosis, Autumn. I can't imagine how difficult this is for you. I will be praying for healing and endurance for you. I hope those around you will be supportive and helpful.

    What a beautiful family picture! I love it!!!

  2. Autumn you do what you all feel is best for you and your family. We will keep you all in our prayers as you undergo this treatment.

  3. Dear Autumn & Josh, Praying for you and your family. Thankful for the peace you have. Praying for Autumn's treatment and healing. Lifting you up to our Father for daily grace, strength and hope.

  4. Oh Autumn, Please know that I will be praying for you. You have shown so much grace, faith and unwavering love for God and your family and are an inspiration to many.

    I know there's been a few times in my life that I've thought "How is God going to use this" but somehow he always does. Prayers that you feel his strength and grace as he continues to display glory for his kingdom through you.


  5. Wow! Tough stuff...but God is able. Love and prayers.

  6. I have been following your blog since you went and got the boys.
    I will be lifting you up in prayer.


  7. Hello Autumn, I had no idea that you have cancer... I was behind in news as I married recently... I just saw your previous post and Danica is soooo cute! :) and Bohdan looks like her! Praying for the Lord's hand to be evident in your lives as you let Him take the reigns and for His peace to be your comfort through this time. The Lord loves us so much because we are His, because we accept His Son...
    Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

  8. I can't imagine all the emotions you must be feeling. We will most certainly be praying for you and your family.

  9. Lots of support and prayers for you! I am glad you are following your 6th sense regarding treatment. Trusting and believing is the most important during this difficult time. Lots of best wishes!

  10. Prayers being said for your return to good health.