Welcome to Dougie's site! Please read her background story. You can read updates from Dougie and her friends and family in the journal. Please sign the guestbook and provide words of encouragment (or send messages to the authors: daughter Rebecca and friend Dawn).
"And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast." (1 Peter 5:10)
I am so grateful to my good friend, Dawn Boothe, and my daughter, Rebecca Macintire, for helping me with this website. I am not a "techno whiz kid", so I can use all the help I can get when it comes to stuff like this. But when Dawn asked me about it, I thought it would be a great way to keep everyone informed of my progress through this journey - which I expect will be the biggest challenge I have ever faced in my life. Your prayers will give me the strength I need to overcome every obstacle.
I have been overwhelmed with the outpouring of love I have received since my diagnosis. I have been flooded with cards, emails, flowers, packages, phone calls, and text messages. I want to answer every one individually, but there are literally not enough hours in the day!! Please know that I love you guys, and I am totally overwhemed with your love and support. It reminds me of the story in the Bible when Joshua was fighting the Amalekites and Moses stood on top of the mountain. As long as Moses held his hands up, the Israelites were victorious. But when he became weary and his hands fell, the Amalekites won. So Moses's companions, Aaron and Hur, got on each side of him and held his arms up until sundown when the battle ended with Joshua's victory. I feel like you guys are holding my hands up - but together, we WILL win this battle!!
So.....I'm sure you are wondering - how did this happen??? I still am wondering the same thing! It just came out of nowhere!! A couple months ago, I was very stiff every day when I woke up, and it seemed like all my muscles and joints were sore. First, I thought it was "old age", but when Advil and Aleve stopped working, I went to a doctor. He ran a bunch of tests thinking I may have some kind of autoimmune disease or tick-borne disease. Finally, in late August, the pain continued to get worse in my left thigh area, so I had an MRI. The report suggested aggressive neoplasia that was destroying the cortex of the femur. I was referred to the University of Alabama Medical Center, where an orthopedic surgeon placed an implant in my femur to prevent a pathologic fracture. He also took bone biopsies and did a CT scan. The diagnosis is primary lung tumor (I have a 3.5 x 4.5 cm mass in the left cranial lung lobe - non small cell adenocarcinoma) with metastasis to the left femur, right ilium and L2 vertebrae.
Needless to say, I was kind of in shock to get that diagnosis. You don't even have to be a medical person to know that does not sound good.....but with God NOTHING is impossible, and I know He will walk with me through this trial.
I have met my medical oncologist and radiation oncologist here in Auburn, and they are both great, and I have full confidence that they will take good care of me. However, since I have family in Florida, and there is an excellent cancer treatment center there, I will be leaving on Tuesday, September 7, and my brother will drive me down to Gainesville, FL. My appointment with Shands Cancer Treatment Center (Dr. Reisman) is Thursday, September 9.
I have a good friend, Rebecca Kirby, a veterinarian that I worked with 25 years ago. We have stayed close friends, although I haven't seen her in about 2 years. When she heard about my diagnosis, she got on the internet, and she is now an authority on everything that is known to man about my kind of cancer, including new drugs and therapies. She is coming with me as my medical advocate, and will be flying into Gainesville on Monday. It is so wonderful to know that I can just rest in God and go along for the ride, and He has provided someone to watch out for me and make sure I get the very best care.
If you remember the story of Shadrach Meshach and Abednego in the book of Daniel (chapter 3), you will remember that they were thrown into the fiery furnace, but they were unharmed by the fire. When King Nebuchadnezzar looked in the fire, he saw 4 men walking around in the furnace. God did not prevent them from being bound up by their enemies and thrown into the fire...but He sent Jesus to walk with them through the fire, and He brought them out unscathed. That is the way God works!
Thank you all so much for your prayers. You are holding my arms up!! My friend Dawn and my daughter Rebecca will update this site as needed, and I will add more as I am able. Thank you so much. I love all you guys!!!
And here is a note from Dawn:
As we build this site, we will introduce you to Dougie's family, provide opportunity for friends to respond and help us build. So, please visit the guestbook.Pictures would be great.