Monday, January 5, 2009

I have always enjoyed posting on my blog, but this is certainly not the kind of post I've ever looked forward to doing. I am sorry I haven't been able to keep in touch and return phone calls, so I will try to keep everyone up-to-date on here as much as possible. I know most of you have heard about our situation and I want to first say thank you for your prayers already.
We don't know all the details but I will give you the information that we have as of right now. Last week, John started complaining about some pain in his lower abdomen and thought he had another hernia. We scheduled an appt. with the urologist here in town for Tuesday morning thinking we would find out if it was a hernia and be out of there. Unfortunately, that is not the news we got. The doctor did an examine on John and then did an ultrasound there in the office. He told us things did not look good and that he was sure it was a tumor of some kind. He did bloodwork and scheduled us to come back that Friday to get the results. We went back Friday, and from the bloodwork, we found that he did have a tumor and that it is malignant. He told us it was definitely testicular cancer. We are going to see another doctor in Dothan tomorrow morning for a second opinion. We are leaving this afternoon to go on over to Dothan and stay the night. Our sweet little man is with his Nan and Paw and his aunts, so he is in good hands and having a ball I'm sure! We hope and pray he will schedule surgery as soon as possible and we can find out some details after that. They will do a pathology report on the tumor and be able to tell us which kind of testicular cancer it is and what we are looking at as far as treatments.
Our prayer right now is that the cancer is confined to the one place and that surgery will take care of it. We know God is in control of all things and that He able to do abundantly more than we can ask or think {"Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us". Ephesians 3:20}. John and I both can already see God's hand in this situation. It is amazing how quickly life changes!!! Literally in minutes! We will never be the same two people again! I am confident God has BIG plans in store for us and that He is going to use us in MIGHTY ways!
We cannot explain to you all how thankful we are to have family and friends who are praying for us and who we know love and care for us!!! It is tremendously comforting to know that people are lifting us up in prayer!
Our specific prayer requests right now are:
1. Please PRAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2. Pray that God is merciful and will HEAL John completely.
3. Pray that the doctors are compassionate and truly care.
4. Pray that we will not be overwhelmed by all the information and God will give us wisdom to make the right decisions.
5. Pray for us to have strength and peace that passes all understanding!!! Philippians 4:7



Christy said...

I can't even imagine what you and your family are going through right now. I will definitely be praying for you and John.

Shonna said...

Y'all be careful and enjoy the evening. We will be praying for all of you and the doctors tomorrow! Keep us updated as you get the time!

Love y'all!
Jamey, Shonna, & Caroline

Michelle said...

I am so sorry to hear this news. I can't even imagine what you both are going through and your families. I will pray for all of your requests as well as telling everyone I know to add your family to their prayer lists also. Take care of John and also take care of you and the little one inside too. We love you and know God will take care of you and your family through this.

Ashley said...

You really are such an example to me already! I can only imagine how God is going to use this situation for His glory! Your faith is so strong, and I'm so thankful for your sweet family! We're praying! We love you lots! Let me know if I can do anything!

Lori said...

We are praying for all of you, especially for peace and strength to be able to handle this situation. It's inspiring to know that you are leaning on God to let Him care for you in this time!

Tina K Rogers said...

I will definitely have your family in my thoughts and prayers. I hope everything will be ok.

Heather said...

Beth, Mrs. Tammy Cox was telling me about this earlier. I hate that ya'll are going through this. I hate that anybody has to go through cancer. I will be praying that God does miraculous things in this, and heals John.

Darby said...

Beth, I just read the news on Ashley's blog. I will be praying for y'all. I'm in Dothan so please please please call me if you need a place to stay or a place to come shower or anything! I'm praying!!!!!

Kristen said...

We love you guys so much and are lifting you all in prayer. God DOES work in such magnificent ways and I know that He is using you both each and every minute of this. Last night at church was a true example of what God can do and how prayer truly is the WAY!!! Keep us posted. Psalms 46:10

Teri said...

I am so sorry to hear this and will be praying for your family.

Amber said...

Beth, I have been praying for you ever since Dad came home from work last week and told us about this. We are still praying, and now I have all my Auburn friends praying too! I KNOW that God is going to use this because, Romans 8:28 says that ALL things work together for the good of those who love Him. I know that you do. :)

Lynn Castleberry said...

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5,6

As a believer, you know the Lord is the Great Physician. I pray for his healing hand upon John, and I pray for you as you go through this very scary time.

Julie said...

I've been praying for you and will continue to do so!! We love you so much!!!

Jeremy, Julie, John Parker & Sawyer

Josh and Lyndsay said...

We are praying for you and John. Hope everything goes well at the doctor tomorrow.
Josh & Lyndsay

Lisa said...

I read your blog on a regular basis. It has been a blessing to keep up with you and your family. I will be praying and believing that John will be totally healed.
Keeping you in my prayers,
Lisa McNeill
W.S. Harlan

The Wilson's said...

We will be praying hard for your entire family! I didn't know this and hate to hear it. I believe John will come out of this just fine! He is one of God's children and God will be there to meet his needs. I hope you are doing okay and feeling better. Travel safely!

The Clarks said...

You & John have been on my mind all day long today. I've been praying constantly today and will continue to lift both of you up, along with your specific requests. We don't understand why we go through certain trials, but we do know that something good will come of this. We know this because God's Word tells us that! We have faith that the Lord is going to heal John completely and do a mighty work in your family!!
We love you,
Ben & Mendy

Wendy Smith said...

Dear Colvin family,
I went to school with John and it's hard to believe that someone our age has the "c" word. I know you will be strong and get through this difficult time. I will keep your family in my prayers. Please keep us updated!

Wendy (Jones) Smith

DeAnne DuBose said...

Beth and John,

We love you all and are praying for you. If there is anything you guys need please let us know.

DeAnne and Paul

Dave and Mandi said...


You are such a wonderfully, Godly person, and when I read this quote I thought of you:

"Some days there won't be a song in your heart. Sing anyway." ~Emory Austin

What a wonderfu example you are to all of us!! Love and prayers are surrounding you!

Julie said...

Just wanted to let you know once again that I've been constantly praying for you and John. I believe God allowed me to have some-what of a sleepless night last night so that I would pray immediately for the both of you!!

Love you!

Adrienne said...


Bryan and I are praying for you and John and the whole family! Hope everything goes well today!

Adrienne & Bryan

Super B's Mom said...


Please know that I will be lifting up your names in prayer!! I pray for complete healing and guidance as you go through this process.


Super B's Mom said...


I also wanted to let you know that a group of us here at my office have a weekly devotion and this morning we all lifted you and John up in prayer. So there are MANY that are praying for you.

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."
Philippians 4:6

LeAnne said...

I am so sorry to hear this news. I had no idea that all of this was going on. Y'all will absolutely be in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

Beth and John, You both have been in my thoughts all day and I have been lifting you up in prayer all day and will continue to do so. The deacons met @ 6:30 this morning to pray on your behalf, I'm sure you are feeling God's presence and peace this day. Praying for you both, Kelley

Katherine said...


We are praying God gives y'all the strenght to make it through this most difficult and strenuous time. (prayer requests 1 - 4 are also being covered)

Jeff & Katherine

Matti said...

I am so sorry to hear this news. You and your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers, as well as I've asked several other friends and family to lift you up in prayer. His grace is sufficient. - 2 Corinthians 12:9
Love ya, Matti

The Wilson's said...

Beth, John, and family,
I wanted to let you know that we put you on the prayer list at Beda Church. I hope and pray all goes well and that God will ease your minds so that you can get the rest you need!

jeff and rebecca said...

Sweet Beth,
We have you guys bathed in prayer over here in Mississippi and I also contacted my parents and had them to start praying in their circle too. We love you and will not cease with our cries to God on your and John's behalf!!!

Anonymous said...

Praying for you guys! God is good ALL he time even in times like this, WHen the days get long and you begin to get weary remember that HE is always there for you to lean on and provide you comfort! Can't wait to see what God is going to do in both of your lives!
Mandy JOhnson