Chase Barclay's Journal
A new angel
Written Apr 13, 2014 3:43pm by Dionne BarclayMy cousin Julie passed away yesterday after a courageous battle with melanoma.
She was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside. The other cousins and I feel grateful to have grown up knowing Julie and experiencing the light she brought to the world. I'm certain that everyone who had the pleasure of meeting her shares that feeling. Julie had deep, guiding faith and there is no doubt that her soul is now in its heavenly home. Julie leaves behind four amazing siblings and their partners who love her endlessly, four beautiful children who had the joy of calling her mom, a close and loving group of nieces and nephews, and her mother, Loraine, who was certainly Julie’s role model for kindness and graciousness. Please include them in your thoughts and prayers as they face the challenge of moving forward through the difficult time.
A country boy can survive
Written Mar 31, 2014 5:35pm by Dionne Barclay
First of all, GINORMOUS THANK YOU for the 5K donations!!! We had fun, very very chilly fun, and we helped raise almost $900 in donations that directly supports the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation. Chase completed about two-thirds of the 5K and then hung out with Tuck while Kylie, Zach, Meghan and I finished. (Rod was home fighting a cold.) Chase continues to feel good. His energy is coming back and he is putting on weight...slowly. The YSHS baseball season is officially underway. Chase is mostly playing outfield, practicing hard and really, really enjoying the season. We have not yet heard from the surgeon about the removal of Chase’s port. This is good news and bad news. Chase is anxious to have the port removed but the surgery will require time off from baseball. The port is on the right side of his chest so he won’t be able to swing a bat or throw until the area heals. It is a fairly simple procedure but it is still surgery. So in the mean time, we are enjoying Spring Break, packing for the move to the farm, and most importantly, giving prayers of thanks.
Speaking of prayers, please remember Chase’s grandpa Larry in your prayers. Last Monday was time for his CT scan and the results were not as positive as we had hoped. His previous scan showed the treatment has successfully kept the pancreatic tumor and the spot on the kidney from growing. This scan shows the tumor in his pancreas is 1cm larger. The doctor did say that the increased measurement could be attributed to a shift in the position of the tumor or the fact that a different radiologist was reading the scans. The spot on his liver appears larger but only by a small degree. There is now a spot on his lung. The spot has not been biopsied, we cannot say that it is a metastasis with absolute certainty. However enough evidence points to the fact that the current treatment is not producing the same result as it had previously so Larry’s doctor will now change his treatment. There is still much to feel hopeful about and we continue to pray for progress in treatment and give thanks for all the days Larry feels good. If you ask him, he will tell you he feels “wonderful” most days. He is still busy and active and leading a very full life. He and Jeanine were able to get away and spend some time with friends in Florida this winter. They had to time it between his monthly check-up and the following treatment but they managed and had a very good time. There is no give-up in Larry, so, of course, his family and friends and friends of friends are not giving up either. We will continue to pray and stay positive!
The pic with this post is Chase in his new (used) F150. Our friend John Martin, www.lebanon-ford.com searched for several months to find just the right truck for Chase. This truck came in to the dealership with very low miles and just enough features. Chase thought it was perfect. He loved it and then immediately said, “This truck is too nice for me.” It is a crazy time of year for both teachers and farmers so it took us a few days to get everything lined up. During that week, we asked Chase what he would do if we couldn't get it all figured out before someone else bought it. Chase said, “That’s no problem, it’s not the end of the world.” He said that even though he REALLY liked this truck and it was EXACTLY what he wanted. The thing is, he truly meant that. It’s not just something he said because it was the gracious thing to say. This kid has been through so much yet asks for nothing (except a monkey!!!) and, honestly, expects nothing. So, John held the truck for us, we figured everything out and picked the truck up the following Sunday. We surprised Chase with it and he now wants to drive everywhere rain, shine, sleet or snow. His classroom hours are almost done and he will begin his on-the-road hours soon. He can hopefully take his license exam in about a month. Then he will be driving his very own Ford pick-up, just like his grandpa Larry.
With love, peace and gratitude,RDKCT
Help find a cure for lung cancer
Written Mar 23, 2014 9:15am by Dionne BarclayIt is a cold day for a 5K but not too cold to donate $$$. We have not reached our $500 goal yet. Please visit http://www.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1096203&supId=402055732&extSiteType=1 if you are able to donate. Every dollar works toward a cure for lung cancer. <3 Thank you <3