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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's progress

Me and dad at lunch, January 29, 2016

Me and dad at lunch, January 29, 2016

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Good afternoon friends and family.  I hope you all had a happy new year and are doing well so far in 2016! I can't believe we are in 2016 already.  And here it is the first day of February!  My birthday month, and hopefully another birthday with dad still here with us.  

So dad's doctor tells him today "you made it to three years!"  When dad was diagnosed, he was given a "timeline" of three months to three years.  He was diagnosed in June of 2013, but he had symptoms of this cancer at least 10 months or so, possibly longer, before wow, when you think of that, dad is a walking miracle, literally. Thankful to God above and a proactive and supportive medical team, prayers, family and friends, and dad's will and desire to live in the face of a diagnosis like this.  

Dad's most recent scan showed no cancer advancement in any other vital organs or nodes, so we are very grateful for that.  Thank you for your prayers!  His "tumor marker" test has been increasing gradually over time, and usually this means that there is cancer activity.  The last tumor marker test showed a 4 point increase in a matter of two weeks, so this is something dad's doctor is monitoring very closely.  If it continues to rise, he will be switched from his current chemo treatment plan of Folfiri to a new drug called Opdivo.  This drug has shown great promise, so we are thankful there are still options for treatment should this current chemo regimen discontinue being as effective as it once was.  He has been on this chemo regimen for approximately 9 to 10 months, so we are very thankful it has helped him for a substantial amount of time.  The abdominal fluid drains are also becoming less frequent so that is a blessing as well.

As far as symptoms, he is still unable to eat a variety of foods, but he can eat protein, which is very important.  He has also been fatigued and has had problems with "chemo brain" as they call it at times, which is from taking so many chemo treatments.  Sometimes it's hard to remember things or verbalize something he may be thinking occasionally, but there are good days and bad days with it.  He is still working occasionally when he can, driving and living life the best he can, making the best of good days and resting on bad ones.  His faith still remains strong, at least to all of us on the outside.  I am sure he has his moments of fear, sadness and anxiety, but he still knows who his God is and that it is not all about this life.  

Today he received another chemo treatment and is hooked up to his 48 hour pump.  We  have lost count of how many.  Now they are just viewed as "one at a time."  He just keeps going, and for that we are very grateful and thankful.  I keep praying for our miracle; we just might get it.  But it depends on how you look at it.  Aren't we getting our miracle everyday he is walking around with cancer?  Now we just need our cure.  

Keep praying for dad to remain strong and as healthy as he can be so he can continue to "fight" as long as he wants to.  Thank you all for your prayers, love, support and encouragement.  It's felt on a daily basis, even if dad cannot return phone calls or texts or messages as well as he'd like too. 

Have a blessed evening!

Love, Kristi



Jamie Jo Alton
By Jamie Jo
This is so great. I. Wondering if your dad would be willing to talk to my bday who has been diagnosed w stage 4. It would mean a lot thank you so much for sharing
Rosemary Beach
By Rosemary
What a great photo on this post!! Rick looks like he's doing very well!! I appreciate the update, Kristi, as I have been wondering how things are going for you all... Will continue to pray for you, and I praise God with you for the time you all have had and will have together!! God is so good!!!
Gail Busjahn
Thank you for your update. Continued prayers for Rick and your family. God is good! :)
JoAn Nunnelly
Amen to your post, Kristi, and to the one posted by my daughter Sharon earlier. I am so grateful for God's faithfulness and for the life he is giving. I've only met Rick by phone and in your posts. He is a faithful witness to the power and love of our Savior.
God bless Rick, you, and all who love him,
Kristi Sabbides
By Kristi Sabbides
Thank you Sharon for sharing your thoughts with me and for praying for dad. I pray you are doing well too! We can never take this life for granted. It is truly a gift.
Sharon Stevenson
By Sharon Stevenson — last edited
Kristi, as a two time cancer survivor, I can attest to the lonely journey dealing with pain, doubt, disappointment, fear, and fighting a good fight. I had nothing as advanced as your dad. Rick is an inspiration to us all! He continues to fight and beat this disease back and he has a great family to support him! My worst days were when I felt as if I was losing hope. I sought comfort in Sara Young's books, Jesus Calling and Jesus Today! Those two devotional books talked me off a ledge many days when my fears and sadness overtook me. I have your dad's name written on a note at my desk and I lift him up to the Lord all the time! I met your dad because of life insurance and it seems ironic that he is the one fighting for his life, but I'm so thankful that he has passed the 3 year mark and is finishing the race to beat this wicked disease! All things are possible with God! Blessings, healing, and peace to Rick and all his loved ones! Give him an extra hug from me! (He is a trusted professional and I'm so glad to hear he is able to work some too!!!!)
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