My Story

I had noticed and began watching a small lump on my left shoulder blade area during the summer months of 2008.  I was under the impression that the lump was only an innocent lipoma.  Later in the year, while getting some Christmas decorations out of the attic the weekend after Thanksgiving, I scraped the lump on the attic floor, sending what felt like electric shocks through my back.  After the "attic bump," the lump began to grow and became painful.  On January 8, 2009, I saw an Internist who told me I indeed did have a lipoma that was beginning to show infection and needed immediate surgery.  My wife and I consulted a local surgeon that afternoon who, after a thorough examination, CT scans and a biopsy, diagnosed Merkel Cell Carcinoma, a very rare and aggressive cancer.  A few days later the diagnosis was confirmed and, because of the rarity of the disease,  the referral process to M.D. Anderson began.  My case was accepted and we made our first trip to Houston on February 2, 2009.  The two oncologists we saw that first day both diagnosed our case as Advanced Stage 3.  I began chemotherapy the next evening in an effort to shrink the tumor for surgical removel.  The original measurement of the tumor inside my shoulder was 17.5 cm from side to side. 

Joe took his last breath on earth and his first in heaven on October 8th of 2009........9 months after his diagnoses.  His life affected many and he will be missed.....but we feel he accomplished his mission on earth and many came to know the goodness and faithfulness of God because of his story.
You may still contact the family via kathleenmaxwell1@gmail.com or visit www.themaxwellminutes.blogspot.com  Thanks to the many that prayed and upheld us in our battle.
Kathleen Maxwell

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I know this email might come as a shock to you and that is certainly not the intention.  Tomorrow is the one year anniversary of when Joe left this earth.  As his wife I ... Read more

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I know this email might come as a shock to you and that is certainly not the intention.  Tomorrow is the one year anniversary of when Joe left this earth.  As his wife I ... Read more

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I have had a number of people (from my generation) contact me about instructions to keep up with my posts.  The email notification on the blog does not work so you will ... Read more

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This will be the last journal entry.  It is a New Year.  I will continue on www.themaxwellminutes.blogspot.com  but feel it is time to discontinue caringbridge ... Read more

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  I am beginning to think I am on a roller coaster that never seems to stop.  Some times it takes my breath away, sometimes I feel like I am hanging on for dear life, ... Read more

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The Gift of Being Dec.26th 2009   This Christmas didn’t look like others in the past in many ways.  The kids told me right after Joe left us that they did not want to ... Read more

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The Gift of Being Dec.26th 2009   This Christmas didn’t look like others in the past in many ways.  The kids told me right after Joe left us that they did not want to ... Read more

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I had a great birthday celebration.  When you have a birthday in December you celebrate along the way in life because it is such a busy season for everyone.  I have had ... Read more

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 As I reflect on my life, most of the fun times I have had Joe has been a part of them.  The one I have had the most fun with in life was Joe. We have shared a lot of ... Read more

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There are many things I love in my life right now in spite of the great pain.  I love sitting in my living room looking at the Christmas tree full of ornaments we have ... Read more

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  Crashing Waves   One of the things I don’t like about grief is the crashing waves that hit you out of nowhere.  I went to Austin to see Price and Mallory, do some ... Read more

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