Friday, March 24–One Week back on Targeted Molecular Therapy

Posted in From Al & Libbie, Prayer Requests, Updates at 10:43 am by Al

Just a brief update on the re-try with the targeted molecular therapy.

It has been a week and my feet tingle, itch and even have hot spots, but so far no blistering or severe redness. However, each day they are a bit worse. I have been staying off my feet as much as I am able, even using a wheelchair when I go out. I’ve also been icing them.

There is another wrinkle for me this time–my fingers are reacting. A word of background: In cancer treatment circles the reaction I have is actually affectionately known as “hand-and-foot.” The first time around my doctor and nurse were quite surprised that I had little noticable impact on my hands. So, this time my fingers are feeling it, but it is tolerable (compared to my experience with my feet.)

Prayer requests:

  • Pray that I will build up a tolerance for this drug and that my feet will not get worse. Indeed, that I can get back on my feet (literally!) as soon as possible.
  • Also, I have been having shooting pain in my head for several days straight. It’s pretty rare for me to have headaches, actually. I THINK it’s product of the virus and cold I have had since last weekend, but please pray that this will be nothing.
  • Eowyn and Alden have been hit by this virus pretty hard as well. Eowyn missed the entire week of school and Alden has missed the last two days. Libbie and Becky seem to have escaped, and we are grateful!

Thanks so much for your prayer.

May God keep and bless you all.

Blessings, Al


  1. Rita Harris said,

    March 25, 2006 at 9:56 am

    Dear Al,
    I just read your blog about “flossing” and it touched me because I have been pretty “hopeless” for two days this week also. I do know that is lack of faith because God has brought me and my children through so much and has always provided for us He is not going to stop now. Intellectually I know that but I still was desparate this week (loss of job and refinancing of the house didn’t go through) and I am looking to you and your family and I feel “ashamed”…..
    I just wanted to let you know that you and your family are in my prayers.
    With much love,


  2. fredputnam said,

    March 25, 2006 at 11:42 am

    Dear Al,

    I’m very glad to have found your site, and sorrowful to read it, but not as the heathen sorrow.

    May our great God ever be your refuge and fortress, comfort and stay, yours and your family’s, and your friends’.

    Blessings in Christ.


  3. Philip Tachin said,

    March 25, 2006 at 2:39 pm

    I am convinced that no situation is too desperate for God to handle. As you bear this heavy cross, Jesus bears it with you; as you crawl, he crawls with you; as you fall, he falls with you; as you groan and shed tears, he has his throne of mercy by your side numbering your tears and groans; indeed he groans with you and sheds your tears with you. He is ever present more than you can see him. His love is unfailing. I can imagine him saying to you, “Al in this world, you will have trouble. But be of good cheer for I have overcome the world.” So then, brother, as the medication affects you do not be discouraged. Through the darkest night his light will shine, for you are a bruised reed that he will not break, and a smoking flask that he would not quench. May his grace deepen your trust in him. I am always on my knees for you. Grace and peace!


  4. Cody Ray said,

    March 25, 2006 at 2:59 pm

    Dear Prof. Groves,

    I was reading Greg Hewlett’s blog and just learned of your melanoma. My wife Julie and I are heavy in heart, sharing your pain in some small way, and we will be praying to the Lord for you and your family.

    All our love in Christ,
    Cody and Julie

  5. Chuck & Melanie Holmes said,

    March 25, 2006 at 6:43 pm

    Dear Al & Libbie,

    I just received the news about your illness. What a whirlwind. You have always been a man after God’s own heart. I pray that you will find a new rest under the shadow of the Almighty in the midst of this difficult trial. Thank you for your openness and honesty regarding the journey. I have learned that there is a mystery surrounding these type of experiences in God’s economy and as much as we may want to we take the mystery away -we often simply cannot. We will be praying for you and your soon recovery (Ps 91). Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you. We love you.


    Chuck & Melanie Holmes
    Wayne, PA

  6. Bob Vannoy said,

    March 27, 2006 at 8:27 am

    While attending the regional ETS meeting at WTS last Friday I was saddened to learn of your on-going fight with melanoma. Be assurred that Kathe and I will remember you and your family in our prayers during this difficult time. I was glad to read that you were able to enjoy a bike trip in Holland before your treatments began! May the grace and peace of God our Father and the LORD Jesus Christ be yours in abundance.

  7. Munther Isaac said,

    March 28, 2006 at 6:17 am

    Dear Al,

    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I praise God for your testimony and courage. Thank you for blessing us.

    Bethlehem Bible College, Palestine

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