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 frequently am asked, “How are you doing?”  I always answer as honestly as I can.  There are hard times but for the most part, I feel I am making progress.   ... Read more

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It is a day of accomplishment for me as I opened the last card from my stack.  I am overwhelmed by the love and kindness of people that love our family.  Yes, I could ... Read more

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It has been an interesting few days.  Our Thanksgiving went well.  There were tears first thing in the morning as I reflected on how Joe and I would make coffee, visit, ... Read more

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Happy Thanksgiving to all our wonderful friends and family!  God's peace and presence be yours in abundance.  Tuesday I woke up and realized that I hadn't cried at all ... Read more

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Thursday, November 19, 2009 Things I miss I am still singing but some days are harder than others. Tuesday was a hard day. I missed little things, like Joe's emails...he ... Read more

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Change and growth The blessing keep coming each day. Friday Price came in for the weekend and I grilled him ribs. It was only the 2nd time I have cooked in weeks....it is ... Read more

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Mission accomplished!  The fall CWJC class graduated on Wednesday and by the grace of God I had the energy through out the night.( I wear out pretty easily these ... Read more

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My favorite song  right now is this song - Inside out- by Hillsong.  You can hear it by going to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwJEdo1FlMo   "Your will above ... Read more

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As I sat on the deck yesterday and looked at the tree our family stood in front of last Thanksgiving, I noticed the leaves beginning to change.  Although it was a ... Read more

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Joe has been gone a month now.  Although the pain  and loss has been great, I have felt God's love pour over me and there are special blessings each day.  I am ... Read more

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