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Back to Work for Don Lay

Don Lay has some, a lot really, energy and went back to work today.  In an old Matlock episode Andy Griffith told a story about going into a country store and seeing stacks and stacks of bags of salt.  He looks at the owner and says, "You must sell a lot of salt."  The owner says, "I don't sell a lot, but the fella that sells me salt, he sells a lotta salt!" 
Don is that good of a salesman too.  He does that with a heart that cares for his clients.  I want to share this quote from Karen's letter just in case you don't read this entire post.
Don said,
"You know...a lot of good has come from this.  My family and some of my friends are closer to God now.  I'm not going to fight God on what His plan is.  Of course I pray that I have a lot more time.  But if I don't, no matter what happens, I want everyone to remain close to God.  I don't want them to blame God and turn their back on Him."
That's the heart of a man living out the gospel with all of who he is.  It is an honor to know him. 
Here is Karen's letter. 
Hello friends and family:
I wanted to let you know that Don just got out of the hospital from his 1st round of his new treatment regimen.  This treatment was postponed twice as he was supposed to receive it initially on Jan 12-14, but his insurance denied the at-home injection part of the treatments as it is an atypical therapy.  After being resubmitted, his insurance did approve the treatment, but then Don has a nasty cold that had turned into an ear infection and his treatment was postponed another week.  So he wound up going in on Monday of this week and was released Wednesday morning.  Thankfully, he is not experiencing any nausea or other negative side effects from his current treatment regimen.  I know he was anxious about giving himself two injections a day, but he is doing fine with it and has stated, " I could do this for 10 years.  This isn't hard at all.  They are coming up with new discoveries everyday.  I'm going to do everything I can to fight to prolong my life and hopefully will make it until they find a cure."  Don is a true warrior!
Don could use prayer regarding this cold that he has which isn't going away and is disrupting his sleep.  He also continues to have significant pain in his feet due to the neuropathy side effect from the biochemo.  Finally, he is returning to work on Monday after having been off since right round Thanksgiving.  He is a bit apprehensive about this return to work and could use prayer in this regard as he is feeling like he won't be "on top of his game" and motivated to make his sales.  Despite his fears, he was informed a couple weeks ago that he made Top Salesman of the year for the past year of 2004...while he was fighting cancer for more than half the year.
Don and all of us are hopeful that this current regimen will continue to shrink his tumors.  We won't know any results for some time, as he'll now be on 3 1/2 weeks of at home injections then another month long round of the same course...three days in the hospital and then 3 1/2 weeks with the injections.  After these two rounds he will have more scans to see if there has been any changes in his tumors.
To let you know how he is holding up, I'll quote some of his recent thoughts:
"You know...a lot of good has come from this.  My family and some of my friends are closer to God now.  I'm not going to fight God on what His plan is.  Of course I pray that I have a lot more time.  But if I don't, no matter what happens, I want everyone to remain close to God.  I don't want them to blame God and turn their back on Him."
"I am so blessed.  I have had an amazing life." 
In the next month, Don is going to record a CD with some of his favorite music.  He has the voice of an angel (I even think Randy, Paula and Simon would agree...for those of you who watch American Idol).  He has entertained all of us, his family, through the years.  He loves to sing and we love to listen.  So, we all thought it would be a wonderful idea for him to record a CD and we are thankful he has the opportunity to do this recording at his church.
Another blessing is a trip to Hawaii that Don, Myko and their two girls are taking in mid March.  Don won travel vouchers as part of incentives for high sales on his job which is paying for the entire trip.  Ironically, the high sales months he won these vouchers in were two of the months in the Fall in which he was in his most intense biochemo treatments.  God surely has blessed him amidst the craziness of cancer and Don will be the first one to tell you this.
We are in awe of the support and love we have received from so many.  We thank you and once again ask that you continue to hold Don and our family in your prayers.  This is a treacherous road we travel.  Thankfully, we're not going it alone!

Due 31:6  Be strong and of good courage for it is the Lord your God who goes with you; He will not fail you nor forsake you.

God Bless,

Karen