Peace For The Journey

The women in our CareGroup  (and some others who used to attend, but we refuse to let go of!) get together once a month or so for a little thing we call Birthday Club. Or Girls Night Out. Really, it’s just an excuse to get together to eat and talk, two things near and dear to our hearts.

This Birthday Club had a duel purpose. There was the whole eating/talking thing, and  also celebrating our friend Jan, aka Philly’s Mom, who is going in for a donor stem cell transplant today. She had another transplant with her own stem cells in 2009, but it didn’t do what it needed to, so she finds herself going down the path again. The path that is known and unknown, all at the same time.

Some things she knows?

She is ready. She has stopped the paper, transferred her mail, battened down the hatches of her home. Her dog Ernie is in a good place. She loves her doctors and is very pleased with The Karmanos Cancer Center that she has come to know so very well. She says that this time she is better prepared to endure the month in the hospital, she goes armed with some books, some knitting, her laptop, and Skype! She has the peace that passes all understanding, that can only come from God.  She goes with the support of her family and friends. She is aware that the troops have gathered to lift her up in prayer. I have heard her say many times that God is in control, and He will take care of her. That is a most wonderful thing to know in your heart.

Front row: BaumsAway and The Peanut Champ.

Back row: Capri K, The Knitter and Jan, with her new, darling, short haircut!


When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.    Isaiah 43:2 NIV 

Now those are some promises to claim from an always faithful God.



  1. caprilis said,

    September 19, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    Adding my prayers for Jan.
    Strong faith is such a blessing.

  2. Marlene said,

    September 20, 2011 at 7:51 AM

    Adding my prayers for Jan for healing and peace and comfort. Love her-so brave!
    This looks like a fun thing a NEW care member would love to do!! 🙂

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