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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.
Good evening friends and family (or rather good morning). Since I retired from the Sheriff's Office, my hours are totally crazy and I've turned back into that night person I once was years ago! I just wanted to post a quick update on dad and his progress.
This past week dad had a follow-up appointment with his GI doctor to go over his biopsy results. We were pleased to hear that out of 11 biopsies of dad's stomach, 11 were negative for any cancer findings. That's a great blessing! The GI doctor did explain that there are five layers to the stomach, but as far as he was able to biopsy, the findings were negative. The GI doctor also reiterated that the view of dad's stomach/colon was much better than his last endoscopy, which at that time showed more irritation and harder masses in dad's stomach. The GI doctor did not notice that this time and noted the colon looked normal.
Dad had another tumor marker test which did rise a couple of points from his latest test. Of course that can be concerning and we were worried the biopsies may come back showing more cancer due to all the fluid drains and the increased tumor marker. The treatment plan as it stands is to continue with chemo this week (which he is receiving right now with the 46 hour pump attached) and run another tumor marker test next week and evaluate from there. The fluids in dad's abdomen seem to have subsided which is another great blessing. Negative biopsies, less fluid - so we take the positive news and continue to pray for healing. We remain positive the chemo is working.
Please pray along with us for dad's healing and thank God for his blessings. When someone you love has cancer, it's like a roller-coaster ride and sometimes we find ourselves getting afraid to celebrate the good news and the highs for fear of the drops and dips and what's around the corner. We tend to celebrate with reservation, but I do know that the news of negative cancer findings in the stomach biopsies is a very positive, wonderful thing. While the news of the tumor marker slightly increasing is scary, we continue to look at dad's symptoms, the fact the fluids seem to be subsiding and the negative biopsy findings. Really there are several tools in the toolbox for us to use to evaluate where he is medically, and we trust the doctors are doing the best they can to help dad.
With all that said, we are thankful for the good days and even the not-so-good days because dad is still here with us, two years and three months after his diagnosis. What a great gift we have been blessed with - more time to celebrate many more memories. November is Curing Stomach Cancer month and I will be posting some ways for you all to help dad and other stomach cancer patients and their families raise awareness and money for research to find a cure. It's a small way to be able to support those fighting this illness and give back, so look for coming news in the near future.
Don't forget to thank God in the hard times too. Easy to say, but not always easy to do. And enjoy your loved ones!