Updates on the
Michael Goupil Family
Matthew Goupil (age 3)
Nov. 26, 2003 - Update from Mike
It is 7:45 a.m., and I will be leaving within the hour to start my next round of chemo treatments....big cringe in the stomach. Since my body reacted so adversely to the last round I will be on an adjusted schedule and dosage.
I am at the halfway point in my treatments. God is faithful in keeping me strong spiritually though the body is getting weak. Please continue to pray that the new routine will work well and the side effects kept to a minimum...better yet, none at all.
We are so grateful for the support, prayers and encouragement from those who have read our 'Story'. As I hear from you, I pray that our awesome God will return His blessings upon your lives as well.
In His love...forever worshiping Him, Mike
Nov. 28, 2003 - Notice from Webmaster
One of the members of the Taylor Guitar Forum, J.R. Baker, has graciously offered to contribute the proceeds from one of his awesome Soundseats to the Goupil family, from the first buyer that mentions this webpage. I had the opportunity to try out several of these great musician's seats this past fall at the forum event in North Carolina, and they are fabulous! If you are interested in becoming the owner of one, please contact J.R. HERE. Thank you! The Soundseat has been purchased - thank you to Ron Cabrera!
2003 - Email from Mike
Just like anticipated, the side effects are right on schedule...7-10 days after my last treatment. Thank God I was fine to enjoy my family over the holiday. Today's treatment could add to that and have a cummulative impact. I was hoping that the new dosage would work out better. However, the side effects are just starting and perhaps they will be manageable and not progress more severely like last round.
I have committed to lead worship at a church in need, about 2 hours from my home, this weekend. My family and I were going to leave Saturday, stay the night, and have church Sunday, as well as fellowship at the Pastor's home. Please pray that I am physically able to worship and that the Lord will uphold me to serve Him with joy, peace, and the leading of the Holy Spirit. I can't do it on my own.
God bless you always...
In His peace and love, Mike
Matt and Greg 'Driving'
Dec. 9, 2003 - Update from Mike
Thank you all so much for your prayers...the Lord honored them. I was, in fact, held up with His strength for Spirit-filled worship on Sunday, as well as sweet fellowship afterwards...praise the Lord. The 'interesting' thing, is that when I returned home that evening, I had 3 bouts of stomach cramping and related side effects. The Lord was faithful to allow me to serve Him by holding off on the side effects.
Here is another one of God's awesome reminders of His love. During fellowship after the service, the Pastor was telling me that I really should check out this CD from Calvary Chapel of Philadelphia called Comfort. He told me about the purpose for the project, and I was so intrigued that I told him I would buy it for sure. God is so faithful and even funny sometimes. You can imagine my reaction when I came home Sunday night and the Comfort CD was on our front porch waiting for me. A fellow worship leader, and dear brother in Christ from a local church left it for me, not even knowing of my conversation with the Pastor that I had just a few hours prior. I've listened to it the past two nights while laying in bed, and it is an absolutely wonderful CD that truly brings me His comfort and peace. A 'must have' for anyone going through challenging times.
A very special thanks goes to our dear friends Ron and Norma Cabrera (Mr. and Mrs. Cisco) and J.R. Baker for their thoughtful Soundseat purchase and donation. We are humbled and so very grateful for their support.
On the medical front....historically I get a toxic reaction around my third treatment in the series. After my hospital occurrence last round, they reduced my dosage and tomorrow will be my third treatment in this series. May I ask for your continued prayers that the new dosage will minimize the side effects.
As always, thank you for your kind hearts, thoughts, and prayers.
In His love and for His glory, Mike...and family
Jan. 3, 2004 - Health Update
It seems that the revised dosage and chemotherapy routine is much more tolerable. There have been very minor side effects and I've had the best week since diagnosis back in July...praise God. Perhaps this is my Christmas present from God ;-). But then again, our gift came two thousand years ago. Please continue to pray that I am able to continue feeling this way for the duration of my treatments.
As always, we thank God for your prayers and pray He blesses and comforts each of you with His supernatural, wondrous love.
All for His glory, Mike
Matt, Greg, and Cheryl
Feb. 19, 2004 - Health and Situation Update
I am doing pretty well these days. I've had some struggles over the months but after 3 revisions to my treatment plan, dosages, and frequency, I am feeling better than before. I still have minor side effects but they are nothing like they used to be, praise God. They are mostly limited to minor abdominal cramping, metallic and 'pre-nauseous' tastes in the mouth and fatigue. However, I will take these any day compared to the side effects of the past. I am at least fully functional now, yet get fatigued easily by day's end.
In January, my disability period of 6 months expired, and I had no choice but to return to work. If I didn't, I would have had to forfeit my job. As it turns out, at the end of 2003, my job and everyone who held this position nationally were eliminated. So basically I had two choices: 1. To move to another city; for many good reasons this is not an option at this time and frankly, we don't see God's hand in it whatsoever. If anything, He has placed a couple of other places on our hearts to pray over. 2. The other option is to find something in our local offices within two months. If nothing comes available by March 5, I will face a severance situation. As my tenure with this company is only one year, the severance is not significant relative to the expenses of supporting a family of six. Yes, another trial amidst the battle, but as I've said before, we live one day at a time, and know that the Lord will provide in His time and in awesome ways.
Medically, I am now in the home stretch. My chemotherapy treatments will come to an end in 4-6 weeks. After that I will have follow up every 3 months, for 5 years. That includes CT scans, blood work and regular colonoscopys....what a bummer...;-). If the cancer does not return in 5 years than I am considered cured. If I does....well let's not go there right now.
I am totally in awe of the things God is working out in our lives and there is definitely excitement in there. Although He hasn't revealed our new 'direction' yet, it is so evident that He wants ALL OF ME to fully submit to His will. I am seeking that so diligently, however, it is in His time. Our excitement comes from the fact that He is meeting with Cheryl and I so powerfully, that we feel His intent is to keep me around and accomplish what He has purposed in the new season of our lives.
We continue to covet your kind heartedness and prayers. Thank you all so very much!!!
In His faithful love,
Mike and family
Mar. 23, 2004 - Update
Well friends and faithful prayer warriors,
Chemotherapy is finished. I am very happy that it is over and can't wait for the chemo drugs to exit my body and to regain strength. As mentioned previously, the only way to know if the treatments worked are through follow up appointments which are scheduled every 3 months for 5 years....20 visits. They will perform CT Scans, blood tests and regular colonoscopies. If it doesn't return in that time then I'm considered cured. If it does reoccur then it is considered incurable and we have a whole new 'ball game'. I'm told that the risk of it returning is significant according to the medical data; however, we are not focusing on that because, with Christ, all things are possible, so why worry about it? My first follow up exam is in June.
I feel pretty good physically, but mentally I am going through a 'postpartum' like feeling. You would think that after seven months of chemotherapy, and all the associated side effects, that I would be jumping for joy now that it is over. Well part of me is and another part of me has this 'now what' feeling. The fact that I am no longer actively doing anything to treat the cancer leaves me hanging in a strange mental state. I'm told that this is very common. However, it is not terribly distracting and I am simply handing it off to the Lord to manage for me. I realize now just how much we take our health for granted and really look forward to proper nutrition and regular exercise.
There is so much that I would like to share. The Lord has presented me with a couple of opportunities to serve Him and I will be traveling from March 26th to April 10th. I think that, upon my return, I will post a 'reflection' and share what the Lord has placed on my heart.
Our most heartfelt gratitude to those who supported us physically and prayerfully through this stage of the battle. May we please have your continued prayers for a complete healing and the Lords provision of employment and direction for the new season of our lives? It is so obvious that He is preparing us to serve Him and we pray that He reveals His 'next steps' and direction soon.
For His glory, in His faithful love,
Mike, Cheryl, Steven, Jonathan, Gregory & Matthew
(Philippians 4:13) I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Mike and Cheryl
2004 - First Follow-up Report
Dear Family, Friends, Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I had my first follow-up
report since chemotherapy ended three months ago. This is the
first of 20 quarterly visits over the next 5 years.
It required CT Scans, X-Rays, and blood work. Over the past week
while I was getting my scans and tests, and while mentally and
prayerfully preparing myself for this visit, the Lord placed some very
critical scripture on my heart in intimate ways and in His
perfect timing...of course.
are as follows:
Lord has given us tremendous strength over the past eleven months
since the initial diagnosis, and especially through the seven months
of chemotherapy. Yet in all that, I must confess that while my
follow-up visit was approaching, I was getting anxious and letting the
enemy get his hooks into my heart, thus giving me a spirit of
fear at times. As we know, the Lord does not bring about a
spirit of fear, so I was quick to call upon our Savior, and as usual,
He bailed me out.
results indicate that I am now in complete remission. Which
means that there is no medical evidence of cancer in my body.
Praise the Lord! As exciting as that is and as happy as we are
about the news, my oncologist was quick to point out that I am still
considered at high risk for reoccurrence, and if it happens within the
next five years, my diagnosis will be upgraded to stage 4, and the
disease is then considered incurable. But hey, that's what the 'world'
tells us. We have the
And no matter what the outcome, I will win; not a bad deal. All
I ask is that you keep us in prayer for a complete healing so
that my prayer, 'Save me to serve You, Lord' can be fulfilled.
It is only through your precious intercession that we were able to
maintain His peace. Please add to your prayers my career and
financial future, as both are completely unknown to us and dire.
Also, please thank Him for His faithfulness toward our family, His
provision, His counsel, and His love in the midst of trials. I
will continue looking to Him and His Word, and covet your
prayers for His direction and will in my life.
all this, I have learned that He is so faithful and in Him we can
trust. His love for each of us is so great, and when we submit,
even in our fleshly weaknesses, He loves us so much and will deliver
us into His perfect care.
you for your loving prayerful support.
His faithful love,
(John 16:33) These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
(A quick note from the webmaster: These results are SUCH a wonder and a blessing -we are so grateful to God for His grace and mercy! I would encourage everyone to please remain in prayer at all times for Mike and his family; for a continuing prognosis of good health, and that Mike would find a stable career/job which he can manage and prosper by in caring for his family.
I also encourage us all to please be faithful in providing financial gifts in order to help his family overcome the financial burdens of this past year, as well as their present needs, as Mike seeks to find a way to work and provide for them. Please see the Contact Info page for this.)
Gregory and Matthew, cheering the good news!
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