thank you, thank you, thank you…

There is much I wish to write and say about where I am presently with this battle, but in this post I just want to pause to say thank you! At this moment, I have completed treatment (7 months of chemo, 1 month of radiation), and have enjoyed a fantastic 25th anniversary week with our church family and friends from around the world (through the Spiritual Leadership Conference.) My heart is full, and the cancer battle, at least for now, is in the rear view mirror. I can’t believe it. It’s surreal. What a long year!

This blog has proven to be a wonderful experience. Through it, I have tried to share my heart, the transparency of the experience, and some of what God has been teaching us. Through it, I have met and communicated with many new friends. I have also rejoiced and been encouraged by your words, your comments, your emails, your messages, and most of all your prayers. I am deeply grateful! I truly believe we are where we are because of your prayers and encouragement.
God has answered prayer through these last nine months. He has given us grace. He has used your words and kindness to bless our lives over and over. Thank you for praying. Thank you for leaving a comment, mailing a note, sending a message, or texting a quick word. Every single thought and gesture has registered in our hearts and helped beyond description in this long journey. Thank you, thank you, thank you! We do not deserve to be so loved and encouraged.
As of this writing, I am tired from a busy week, but looking forward to recovery. I can tell that my body has a long road ahead to get back to normal. I met a friend this week who had the same cancer and exact same treatment fifteen years ago. We chatted for an hour. What a blessing! He told me to hang in there for about 18 months of recovery before I would feel back to normal again. That was longer than I expected, but I’m up for it. I’m thankful that the days ahead are hopeful!
Regarding cancer, please pray with me that there would be no recurrence. Pray that it would stay away! I have scans again in September, and then every six months for five years. With every set of scans, I’m sure there will be a bit of anxiety, but I believe that God has healed me for good. I will surely keep you updated by way of this blog.
Over the next few weeks, we will be enjoying family vacation together, and resting as much as possible! Thank you for stopping by. Thank you for caring. Thank you for sharing in this incredible journey with us. Thank you for helping, encouraging, and blessing our lives. Thank you so very, very much!

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6 Responses to thank you, thank you, thank you…

  1. Robert Lindsey says:

    Praise the Lord for answered prayer! I was diagnosed with NH Lymphoma 4 yrs. ago. Just finished my 4th round of chemo in June, and today received the results of my scan, showing cancer is gone! We rejoice with you and are so thankful!

  2. Sharon (Patterson) Barnes says:

    Hi Cary,
    I enjoyed reading your “Thank You” post. I attended Hyles Anderson at the same time that you did and although we did not socialize in the same circles I know who you are. I finished my chemo treatment today and will be having surgery in September and then radiation in October. I too have been humbled by the outpouring of love and support from family and friends.
    God has grown my faith in so many ways and continues to show me His grace, mercy and faithfulness. I can honestly say that I thank Him for bringing the cancer into my life, I praise Him for the trial as it allowed me to grow in grace and knowledge of who He is. It also allowed me to be reminded of how loved I am and how blessed I am to be surrounded by so many amazing people.
    Thank you for sharing your heart and for reminding us to be thankful for what God brings into our lives. I will pray for you and your family as you begin the long journey of recovery!

  3. Lyn Roberts says:

    Your welcome sir! and we will continue to pray for you. Thank you for all your encouragement to us too.

  4. Marissa Sarria McQueary says:

    I love you Bro Schmidt. You and your family are in my prayers every day. It warms my heart every time I see you at church. You are such a great man of God and though you may not know it, you have impacted my life in a great way.

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