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Richard’s Story

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 ~ Dad ~ 2 years since diagnosis

Good afternoon friends and family.  It seems a lot has happened since last update, but I guess it's only been a few weeks.  It's amazing how time goes by fast but seems to crawl by at the same time and so much seems to happen in such a short time.  Dad is on a chemo break this week because the doctor wants him to try to eat more and put on more weight.  As I have mentioned before, eating is difficult from the side effects of chemo.  Dad has been able to drink protein drinks so hopefully he is getting some of the overall nutrition he needs, but as far as food, he really is only able to eat soup and salad and not much else.  

Since last update dad had an MRI of the brain due to blurred vision in one eye and headaches.  Thankfully the MRI came back normal with no problems other than sinus issues, so that was good news.  

In recent weeks he has had to have two potassium infusions due to low potassium levels.  The infusions take four hours each and have to be administered slowly because it can cause cardiac arrest if given too quickly and his body has to process it gradually.  He has also been given shots to boost his red blood cell count.  He continues to have abdominal fluid drains, just 2.9 liters last week, so the ascites continues to be a problem but not as much as before volume (fluid) wise.  He has been wearing compression socks for the swelling in his legs/feet and still taking blood thinner shots twice a day for the clot that had been in his neck.  What a tough road this is for him, but God continues to walk before and beside him.

The chemo regimen he is on now is a six month regimen.  He will have another tumor marker test soon and probably halfway through the regimen have a Petscan to see if any more cancer shows up.  Today marks two years since diagnosis!  How blessed we have been to have him for two more Christmases, two more Thanksgivings, two more birthdays, two more Father's Days....we owe all thanks and praise to God above.  To think he was told he had as little as three months and he is still here with us on earth is such a miracle in itself.  We remain thankful and pray for many more years together.

We also ask for continued prayers for healing and prayers for emotional strength and stamina.  We ask for prayers for dad to be able to get the nutrition he needs and build up his weight.  Thank you for your prayers, support and encouragement as always.

Love, Kristi

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Viv Serrano
By Viv
Hi Kristi!

I am reading your journal and it's very similar to what my father has gone through. My dad was diagnosed Feb 2014 w/ stage 4 stomach cancer and inoperable. He has gone through such a journey and a big fight. I sent your journal to him so he can see he is not the only one fighting and hopefully keep him inspired.

Thank you again!
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Rosemary Beach
By Rosemary Beach
Dear Heavenly Father, How we do thank and praise You for carrying Rick and his family through these very trying and difficult 2 years. We know that all things happen for a purpose and with eternity in mind, and we ask that You will use this situation for good in the lives of everyone that knows Rick as well as for Rick himself and his family. Father, we ask that You would heal each one involved - emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Please help Rick to be able to eat and to get the nutrition he needs. Lead him to the right diet, and give wisdom to his doctors and other advisors. We thank You in advance, Lord, for what You will do in this situation.
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charlyn sabbides-gibson
By Charlyn (Sabbides), Don and Donald Gibson — last edited
Your Dad, my brother has unquestionably been through so much these past two years as he fights stomach cancer. I pray that he is able to eat and put on some weight during this chemo break. He's always been more than willing to help others in any way possible and I am so thankful that you are such a loving and concerned daughter, especially at this very difficult time for him and for our family. I pray that Rick will beat this and with God's help, I know that miracles still happen. We all love you and your special Dad so very much.
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JoAn Nunnelly
By JoAn Nunnelly
God's peace, comfort, healing, strength, and blessing--prayers for Rick.
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Shirley Mackin
By Shirley & Frank Mackin
Continued prayers for strength, courage and a miracle.
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William Mathews
By William Mathews
Two years and still going strong---Praise God for blessing you so much. You continue to be in my daily prayers and I really miss our fellowship together. Keep up the fight against this cancer and keep in mind that this world is not our home. God bless you always. Your old friend, Bill
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Rose Hankison
By Rose and Roger
Sending love and continued prayers.
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