Sunday, January 31, 2010

January 31, 2010, continued

David brought Derek home yesterday from his 3rd treatment at PCMC. Derek was weak and ill. It is hard not to feel discouraged during times like these. As we know more about this kind of cancer, we are finding that serious side effects are the rule, not the exception. When he goes for his next treatment, he will go through a test to check his kidney function. They are concerned about that. Although he didn't feel well, he was able to attend Sacrament Meeting today. He hasn't been able to attend for more than a month now. This evening Derek regaled us with stories of his mission. He kept us laughing while he shared entertaining experiences. His positive attitude and sense of humor will get him (and us) through any difficult times ahead.
Some of you have expressed a desire to help in some way. Please know that your sincere prayers and expressions of concern help lighten our burdens. We feel your prayers!
Times of discouragement have been few. Most of the time we feel hopeful and at peace. Thanks for your continued support.


  1. It was so great to see Derek at church. I am sure that he has missed it. Love and prayers to you all.

  2. Dear Payne Family,
    My name is Sandi Payne. We are not genetically related, but are spiritually related. Your wonderful husband and father, David, was one of our missionaries in Alabama in 1978. He not only baptized me, but changed my life and the life of my entire family. Our son, Brian, is now serving his mission in Phoenix, Az. and will be returning in April. Our hearts go out to your family at this time of Derek's illness. One thing you will learn through this experience is that prayer really does change things. It sounds like a cliché, but it is true. Illness in a family can be a long and sometimes lonely road. Take advantage of all help that is offered. Your friends and family want to help. This is a gift that will bring you closer to them.
    Please know that the NC Payne family is thinking and praying for you and Derek.
    With all our love and thanks,
    Sandi and Eddie Payne and family

  3. I'm glad hat Derek was able to make it out to Sacrament Meeting. We need to get up there for a visit. Love you all tons.

  4. We loved seeing you and are uplifted by your strength and attitude. Your kindness, love, and laughter meant a great deal to us. You are all in our daily thoughts and prayers. We love you. Darin and Jaci Allgaier

  5. I'm proud of you for enduring these treatments. There is always at least One that knows what you're going through.