My Story

Greetings from Chip & Doris Stam!
Please join us for BE THE MATCH Stem Cell Drive.
Thanks so much for your interest in keeping up-to-date with my cancer treatment. The support that has come our way (from family, friends, and strangers) has been a terrific display of God's care for us. We are blessed--and so hopeful for full recovery.


In the spring of 2007, I had severe back pain that finally led to my doctor ordering an MRI. They discovered that I had a compression fracture in my back (L3 & L4), which had been brought on by Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in my spine and ribs. Chemotherapy from August 2007 to January 2008 resulted in the elimination of the cancer. I was in remission for almost a year. We were so thankful to the Lord for the success of the treatment. In January of 2009, a routine PET scan showed a recurrence of the Lymphoma. An aggressive cancer was treated by aggressive chemotherapy (February 16-20 with five days in a row of chemo, and again on March 9-13). I had a stem cell transplant procedure (more chemotherapy and total-body radiation) with a hospital stay of June 1-23. The follow-up PET scan (Sept. 11) has shown two mystery spots. These are either "nothing" or something of concern. I am now waiting for the next PET scan (Nov. 18, 2009) so the doctors can determine what to do next. There may be some more treatment in store for me—either that or the proclamation: "Cancer-free!" We are content to wait.

 

If anyone wishes, I am happy to put you on the e-mail list to get more regular updates. Just let me know. Most of those will appear on this site under "journal." In Christ's care, trusting Him for grace.

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February 20 Treatment Update, Still in the Hospital Dear praying friends and family, PRAYER Thanks for praying for me. I am still getting excellent care in the hospital. ... Read more

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February 9 Treatment Update, Still in the Hospital Dear praying friends and family, Doris and I are SO appreciative of the huge number of people who are praying for us. ... Read more

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February 6 Treatment Update, Back in the Hospital Dear praying friends and family, Doris and I are so appreciative of the huge number of people who are praying for us. ... Read more

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Back in the hospital — January 27, 2011 Dear praying friends and family, Doris and I are so appreciative of the huge number of people who are praying for us. Let's all ... Read more

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January 21 Cancer Treatment Update Dear friends, family, and many strangers who are praying for us so faithfully: Thanks for praying for me. Keep it up, please! My cancer ... Read more

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From Doris Stam — PET scan day Today is my 56th birthday! Psalm 56:3-4 was one of my Bible readings today: When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose Word I ... Read more

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December 23 Treatment Update Dear friends and family (and some strangers), Once again, thanks so much for loving us and praying for us during this long (really long!) ... Read more

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Treatment Update November 26Happy Thanksgiving! Once again, thanks for loving us and praying for us faithfully during this long (really long!) cancer journey. Sometimes ... Read more

Carl Stam posted a new journal entry.

November 11 Treatment Update Dear friends and family (and some strangers), Once again, thanks for loving us and praying for us during this very, very long cancer journey. ... Read more

Carl Stam posted a new journal entry.

October 21 Treatment Update Dear friends and family, Thanks so much for loving us and praying for us during this long cancer journey. Sometimes there are more frequent ... Read more

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