Calendar First two weeks of September

Posted in From Al & Libbie, Prayer Requests, Updates at 10:45 pm by Al

Once again the blogsite was down for awhile. Sorry. We are working on alternatives.

We have a number of prayer tests, meetings, and decision points coming up soon:

Wed, Sept 6 I get my lovely staples removed and an opportunity to speak again with our neurosurgeon.

Fri, Sept 8 I have a CT scan of my lungs and abdomen. Recent X-rays as part of hospitalization, etc. indicate growth in the larger tumor. So we are prepared to hear news that is less than good.

Mon, Sept 11 we meet with the radio-oncologist at Abington Hospital to discuss whole brain radiation.

Tues, Sept 12 we meet with our oncologist to look at the overall situation and come to some decision about what to do or not to do.

The last few days I have been reclining and elevating my foot in an effort to minimize the pain and effects of the blood clot. Last night I started blood thinners again, but they will take awhile to work. At the moment walking is very painful. But having had a blood clot before, I know something about what I’m facing.

Spiritually we have felt a bit stretched the past few days. Today has been a good day of reading the scriptures and the Lord speaking encouragement through them to me.

My youngest brother and his children have been here since Thursday. This has been a real blessing to us.

Many of you have called or written about the breaking news concerning gene therapy treatment. At the moment, given the spread of my cancer, I do not believe I qualify for a trial. But thanks for the notes.

Blessings, Al


  1. Matt McManus said,

    September 2, 2006 at 11:21 pm

    Hey Mr. Groves,

    I wanted to let you know that you are in my prayers constantly.

    Also, If you are looking to move your I would love to host it for you. If you haven’t already found an alternative let me know.


  2. Matt McManus said,

    September 2, 2006 at 11:22 pm

    Move your website that is…sorry about the typo

  3. susan said,

    September 3, 2006 at 11:08 am

    Dear Al and Libbie,
    What a joy and delight to have you in church this morning! Praise God for giving you the strength to be there and worship with the body. Our prayers are continually with you all.
    Love, Susan

  4. Gerard Norton said,

    September 3, 2006 at 4:26 pm

    Al, Libbie, and all the family, please know that you are being prayed for here at the Dominican Retreat Centre in Dublin,

  5. Abby said,

    September 3, 2006 at 6:05 pm

    I had the opportunity to share your story and website with yet another person this weekend, and I realized that I haven’t told you what a blessing you are to others through all this. God has brought many people into our lives since your diagnosis who are also dealing with cancer. How wonderful it is to be able to offer your website as a place for them to go to find comfort, encouragement, truth, hope, joy, faith… I have heard back from some about what a blessing it is to walk your journey with you and to have their own faith strengthened as they face their cancer. I have heard from others about how touched they were and how well they could relate to Lib and Eowyn and Alden’s entries because their loved one has cancer.
    Al, God is blessing His children through your experience and drawing some of His lost ones back to Himself through your faithfulness. Thank you, from my heart and from the hearts of so many that you don’t even know, who have been so encouraged and inspired through you and your family. What an amazing work He is doing through you and yours!
    God Bless You!!

  6. Sayonara M. Tolen said,

    September 5, 2006 at 12:08 am

    My Family in Christ,

    I have 3 days to get the attention of GOD to hear my request (before the testing on Friday), for all tumor to cease growing and eventually dissolve as a miracle directly from HIM. I will also be calling on some of the women that I know to pray as well. “What Happens When Women Pray?” And praying at the MIDNIGHT hour, reflect on Paul and Silas and the deliverance that had taken place. Therefore, you have been healed and set free in JESUS NAME!!

    This is one of the things I have believed over the years, and I saw this on a delivery truck (Gauranteed Ovenight Delivery the acroynm is GOD)and it has stuck with me ever since and I use it as a focal point of many of the prayer request that go before God because I (we) can trust Him to hear my (our) cry and feel my (our) pain. Brother and Sister Groves just keep expecting the greatest things from God, and remember… God can do anthing but fail and I know that all is going to be well with you and your family.

    Blessing and Peace,


  7. Mark A. Stone said,

    September 5, 2006 at 9:01 am

    We will be in prayer for you and your family. The amount of information and the number of decisions that will have to be made in the upcoming days are almost mind-numbing. May the Lord of all wisdom grant you insight. May the great Physician also choose to heal you of some or all of the inflictions. “Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

  8. Jenny DeVos said,

    September 5, 2006 at 12:39 pm


    As you are feeling “stretched spiritually” know that there are many that are continuing to pray on your behalf. We will ask for he presence to be real and felt by you, Libbie and your kids at each of these tests/meetings that you have mentioned above.
    Rest and find your peace and strength in God’s word and remember there is an army working for you!!
    “My souls finds rest in God alone…” Psalm 62

  9. David Rowe said,

    September 7, 2006 at 9:53 am

    Al & Libbie-

    I had a good time of prayer for you today, and prayed specifically for a peace that rises above medical reports, prodding, insurance issues, and especially pain and discouragement.

    We are very grateful for this “space” because your view into God’s grace in suffering is so often muted or avoided, but you are taking us deeper… Not sure I said that well, but maybe you know what I mean.

    We love you.

    David (& Awilda)

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