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Monday, July 14, 2014 @ 12:00:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell -

Life changed for Kaylinn and I on April 14th. This is when my wife was diagnosed with Stage IV Lobular breast cancer that had metastasized to her bones. Lobular cancer is not easily detected by a mammogram, a test Kaylinn has faithfully had every year since she had a breast cancer diagnosis 11 years ago. This time it is far more serious, and without God's intervention, not totally curable. As you can imagine, the last three months has been a whirlwind, as evidenced by not keeping up on my blog posts.

While it has been a whirlwind, this post is about God's blessing in the midst of bad news.

Kaylinn and I both declare that Romans 8:28 is true. Whether Kaylinn lives 3 or 4 years, or 20 years, God has shown His faithfulness at every step. We trust God and His incredible love for us more than ever before. I don't have space to document all of God's faithfulness, but will share some highlights:

*  Kaylinn has been at peace the entire time. Her declaration is that "God determines the length of my days, not cancer, and I am not going to let cancer be in control." A great friend, Danielle Penne, gave us that quote. She was a clear voice from God. 

*  God orchestrated the entire process of Kaylinn being accepted into a cancer trial at Stanford Medical Center just 31 days after we found out about the cancer. During that 31 days she saw 3 doctors in Chico/Paradise, 4 doctors at Stanford, and had about 10 detailed tests including CT scans, bone scans, PET scans, breast and bone biopsies. All the appointments for doctors and tests flowed together supernaturally in the 31 days including the last 4 days that it took to be accepted into the cancer trial after all the tests were completed. 

*  The cancer trial involves 650 women in 21 countries. Stanford was accepted into the trial April 24th, just 10 days after Kaylinn’s diagnosis, and the cancer trial stopped taking new women on May 25th. Only 4 women were accepted through Stanford during that time, and Kaylinn was one of them. 

*  Two out of every three women in the trial receive the actual trial medication, while the others receive a placebo. This is a very promising medicine for either slowing up or reducing the cancer as shown by the two previous trial phases. Though it is a double blind study, based on blood tests we know for certain that Kaylinn is receiving the actual trial medication not the placebo. 

*  We are amazed by the outpouring of love, care and prayers from hundreds of family and friends. This may be the most significant evidence of God's love for us and how He shows his love through others. As we look to Him, God can be trusted in the midst of every trial. 

Finally, I can tell you that most of the time God has kept me focused on the wonderful 40 years that I have been blessed by His gift of supernaturally bringing Kaylinn into my life. She came alongside a broken man who was not following God and was faced with raising three little girls alone. As a wife and mom she loved all four of us back to a healthy position. I will enjoy each additional day I will have with her, but with God's help, not lose sight of the 40 year gift He has already given me.

Comments
Such a beautiful testimony of God's love for Kaylinn, your love for each other and that extraordinary "peace that passes all understanding" that she feels... Kaylinn is such a treasure of a person! I have always been struck by her strength and loving heart. You both will remain in my prayers~
Wallis Napoli @ 2:07:52 PM 9/1/2014
Such a beautiful testimony of God's love for Kaylinn, your love for each other and that extraordinary "peace that passes all understanding" that she feels... Kaylinn is such a treasure of a person! I have always been struck by her strength and loving heart. You both will remain in my prayers~
Wallis Napoli @ 2:49:54 PM 11/18/2014

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