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Welcome to our CaringBridge site. We've created it to keep friends and family updated. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most.


Matthew 17:20


And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.


Rick was diagnosed with stomach cancer on June 25, 2013.  This page was created to keep friends and family posted on his journey.  Our family asks for prayer at this time and we have FAITH that God is going to use Rick in a MIGHTY way.  God is bigger than Cancer. Romans 8:21 says, "If God be for us, who can be against us?"  Please pray along with us for Rick and his family.

Latest Journal Update

Dad's Petscan & Endoscope Results...

Good afternoon friends and family.  Dad's results are in, and the good news is there isn't any cancer spread in any other organs.  Everything as it relates to other organs looks clear on scan, so that's great news, which indicates the chemo is keeping the cancer at bay.  The not so great news is that there is active cancer in the stomach still (based on endoscope) and in the colon (based on scan) and the biopsies of the stomach confirmed this finding.  Dad's cancer is sneaky in that it doesn't always show on scans.  It's not a type of cancer where there is a visible "tumor", and it's more like a moss that spreads and thickens organs as it spreads.  It takes a substantial amount of thickening and cancer to show up on scans, and that is why we are able to see it still in the colon.  It did not show up in his stomach on scan, but the endoscope located it.  So we can safely assume it is not in other vital organs as there is no strong indicator via scan and it is not showing in the lymph nodes either.  The tumor marker tests have been decreasing from over 17 to 9.8 to 9.6.  The magic number is 6 and that's what we really want to see.  

With all the findings, he had a doctor's appointment this past Monday with the oncologist to go over results.  He has an appointment with his GI doctor this Thursday.  He also received another chemo treatment this past Monday after his doctor's appointment.  The oncologist's recommendation is that he continue the same chemo regimen, as he is of the opinion the chemo is still working to keep the cancer at bay (not spread to other organs, tumor markers still decreasing).  He wants to follow up in six weeks with another tumor marker test to see if it still keeps dropping.  The tumor markers have been good indicators for dad since the beginning, although they cannot be relied upon solely.  

As far as chemo side effects, he has been experiencing neuropathy and lately has had a dry throat with an unproductive cough which they believe is a side effect of chemo. The blood pressure issue seems to have been relieved with the blood pressure meds and as a result the headaches have eased up a bit.  He still continues to live life in the face of cancer, going about daily activities.  He can still turn circles around most of us.  He has the best attitude considering all he is going through and still has a fighter spirit (on the outside anyway).  He has faith in his doctors and mostly faith in God because he truly feels that either way he wins.  It's hard from a human perspective to know your days may be numbered or the days of someone you love may be numbered, but I keep going back to the fact that none of us really know when our time is and no one is guaranteed tomorrow.

So we continue to live in the hope that a cure is found soon and that there will be new developments while our loved ones are still here.  We pray for God's will and peace through the journey and the struggles, hold on to our faith and believe God knows best and His will be done.  I always think of the Laura Story song "Blessings" when I am feeling at a loss..."What if Your blessings come through rain drops?  What if Your healing comes through tears? What if a thousand sleepless nights is what it takes to know You're near?  What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise?"  

Please pray along with us for dad and my family.  Thank you!

Kristi

  


  
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Kristi Sabbides
By Kristi Sabbides
Thank you all for your prayers and support for dad. It really means so much :)
Rosemary Beach
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Hello Kristi, Rick & Kathy - So glad to hear that Rick's positive outlook and faith-filled spirit are still touching all who know him - and some who don't! Also, it's good news that the cancer has not spread to other organs. I'll keep praying for all of you - I know it's already been a long haul for you. In the middle of all this, it's hard to keep believing that God knows what He is doing! But I truly do believe that He does and that He has our best interest at heart. Hang in there!!
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charlyn sabbides-gibson
By Love you Rick! Charlyn, Don and Donald
We are praying for you Rick and we love you very much...
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Shirley Mackin
By Frank & Shirley Mackin
Kristi, thank you for keeping us informed. We will continue to keep your dad and family in our prayers.
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JoAn Nunnelly
By JoAn Nunnelly
Still praying. God bless y'all.
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JoAn Nunnelly
By JoAn Nunnelly
Still praying. God bless y'all.
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Jessica Hong
By Jessica
I am happy to hear your dad is still doing well. I'll keep him in my prayers and continue to follow his journey and it inspires my family as well. I too continue to remind myself that none of us know how much time we have here. Still I wish for my father and for yours that their time could be painless and comfortable. Prayers for a cure. It is possible.
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lisa jones
By lisa jones
Continued prayers!
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Carolyn Edmonds
By Carolyn
How right you are that none of us knows the day or time, but we all know that our bodies here wear out.
But the good news is that if we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, sent by the Father's love for us, then we have eternal life and will go to be with Him!!!
Can't get better than that!
Your Dad is right too-He does win either way. Living for Christ here or going to be with Him are both wonderful gifts.
May your whole family know the peace only Jesus can give.
Love in Him,
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