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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

Update ~ 2 years since dad's first chemo treatment!

Good afternoon friends and family.  Yesterday we passed two years of chemo treatments for dad.  It seems like forever ago and seems like yesterday!  He is still taking advantage of his good days, working when he can on his back yard project, running errands and resting when he needs to.  He has still been giving himself blood thinner shots twice a day; this has gone on for quite some time and will go on for a total of six months from the time the blot clot developed in his neck.  He said every time he gives himself a shot, he is thankful he is around another day to give himself a shot.  I think that's a very positive way to look at it.  He is also still on Folfiri chemo treatments every other week and has managed to gain some weight back.  He is up to 150 pounds now and his goal is to get to 160.  He continues to have fluids drained every two to three weeks; this has continued since January.  I have lost count of how many liters; probably over 40 by now, each one weighs 2.2 pounds, so you can imagine the toll it probably takes on his body internally to go through that.  Regardless he is thankful that the fluids can be removed and we look at it as removing any cancer cells that may be floating around in there.  Eating  is still a problem, but he has found that when he grills himself some chicken on the grill, he is able to eat it, and he loves the Tin Can (a restaurant in Clearwater).  They call him Rich there and he loves their soup and they are also very thoughtful to try to cook his food unseasoned, which is the best way he can eat it, if he wants to go out to eat at all.  He also has discovered organic chocolate milk which he has been able to drink alone or mixed with protein shakes in order to give him more protein.  He said he can tell the difference in muscle mass since trying to eat/drink more protein.  He also started taking Lyrica, which is a medicine for neuropathy.  He said it seems to be helping slightly, so that is good news, as he still has numbness in his feet and hands.  His legs and feet still continue to swell and he has to elevate them, but this is possibly due to the fluids that keep pooling in his body.  He takes Lasix three times a day to flush any fluids out as much as possible.  

We would ask for your continued prayers for dad and our family as he/we continue to live life in the face of this horrible disease.  Continue to pray alongside us for a cure and for dad to be healed if it be God's will, as we know God can do.  We count our blessings and are fully aware of the gift of time we have been given so far with dad, and we pray for many more years together!  Thank you all for your prayers, encouragement and constant support.  

Please do not forget to pray for us.

Love, Kristi

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Carolyn Edmonds
By Carolyn
It is a privilege to pray for you both! Thank you for the exciting news about the 2 year anniversary of life after diagnosis!!! Continue to rejoice in each new day when you can take the shot and keep going. The Lord bless and keep you for another 2 year anniversary.
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Debra  (Voss) Flovin
By Debi Flovin
Thank you for the update ! So glad he remains in good spirits and positive with all he has been through ! Prayers sent for a full recovery ! God Bless you all
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Vicki Judy
By Vicki j
Sounds like Dad Rick is continuing a very strong fight. I am praying and rooting for him.
What about eggs for protein? Muffins are good. Just trying to think of some things he could add to his diet.
Good luck. Hugs to both of you. Love, Vicki 💜
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Rosemary Beach
By Rosemary
Kristi - you must have read my mind, because I had been thinking about your Dad and wondering how he's doing. I was out of town visiting my sister around the first of July; and then when I returned, my daughter was here from SC with her three kids. We had some great family time this summer, and I am very thankful for the time with my family - just like you are! I praise God that Rick is continuing to cope so well, and I pray that God will still bring healing and restoration to him and to all your family! May God's encouragement surround you all with peace in the midst of the storm.
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JoAn Nunnelly
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Thanks again for updates and testimony. You and Rick bring glory to God, and I am grateful.
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