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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

The next step..

Good morning friends and family. Dad has been off chemo for about 4 weeks. At his appointment at Moffitt this past Thursday, he found out the clinical trial they were considering him for is on hold. There is a second trial, but the risks seemed to outweigh the benefits, as there were only two participants enrolled and both had to drop out...one for travel reasons, the other because side effects were too great. Moffitt suggested a couple of different types of chemo as standard of care.

The next step is for dad to follow up on Monday with Florida Cancer and his oncologist. I will admit Thursday was a rough day. This journey is dad's and is not about us, although we as his family love and continue to support him. Thursday was the first time in a while that I had a hard time controlling my emotions. The positives we take from this is that dad may be able to pursue treatment with the doctor he trusts who has helped him this far along. He trusts the staff at Florida Cancer and it's been like a second home for him. So while the disappointing news of no clinical trials being available in this area at this time was a hard pill to swallow, the idea of going back to the treatment facility where doctors and staff have gone the extra mile is comforting for dad. And I personally believe he needs that emotional and mental support right now.

So Monday he will see what treatment options are available. Notes of encouragement and prayers are greatly appreciated. Rest assured he does read your messages even if he does not respond to them. Sometimes it can all be so overwhelming and difficult to correspond because the battle to live is the focus.

As far as how he is feeling. .he has been eating a little more and his raspy voice seems to be getting better. He has been drinking protein drinks. His stomach does feel a bit bloated but he's working hard to keep his digestive system functioning. If he is on his feet too much the swelling can get bad so he tries to keep his feet elevated.

In all of this I think it's so valuable to remember what is important in life. Cancer should force most people to have perspective. It's not about how much stuff you own. How much money you have. Security. Who you are not getting along with at work and what everyone else is doing wrong. It's not about what vacation you're going to plan next. How the next person has this and that and you don't. Jealousy issues. It's not about competition or wanting to be in control of every situation in your life so you can play the roles people want you to play.

It's about love. Selflessness and not selfishness. Compassion. Hope. Encouragement. Patience. Relationships. Relationships with those who truly matter..with God and with those who truly care in life. While we are meant to live and enjoy our lives....if we don't have perspective, we've missed the point. We are all terminal.

I'd encourage you all today to keep perspective in your own lives. If cancer has taught us anything, it is that lesson. Realize that tomorrow in an instant all your earthly possessions could be gone or the person next to you could be ill or fighting their own battles unseen.

Mainly..love unconditionally and without reservation.

Please continue to pray for dad and wisdom for the doctors as they decide what treatment options would be best for him. Thank you for your encouragement, prayers and constant support. We need them. And we feel them.

Love, Kristi
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charlyn sabbides-gibson
By Don, Charlyn Sabbides-Gibson and Donald Gibson
Rick...
We love you very much and are praying for you as always...
James, Caroline, Jenn & Chris Saenz
By James, Caroline, Jenn & Chris Saenz
Promising with new chemo combos. Sending your family love, prayer and hope.
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JoAn Nunnelly
By JoAn Nunnelly
Continue to be encouraged, Rick, Kristi, and Rick's family.
"For I know the plans that I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope." Jer. 29:11
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Amy Brown
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Love you, Kris & your dad!!! VERY well said...we are praying!! HE has this..trusting HIM!! xoxo
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Nancy Herring
By Nancy Herring
Uncle Rick, we love you! I pray for you, your family and your healthcare team!
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John Kruth
By John Kruth
Hello Richard, I read the beautiful posting from your Daughter Kristi and was moved to comment. I have heard snippets of news about you and the respect my son Pablo has for you. You are in our prayers as well.
God is with you.
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Rose Hankison
By Rose Hankison
Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Praying for a clinical trial or treatment for Rick soon. 🙏💙💜
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donns abrams
By Donna and Danny
Your not done yet friend. Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family
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Shirley Mackin
By Frank & Shirley Mackin
Not a day goes by that you are not in our prayers Rick. We can never thank you enough for guiding us in the right direction many years ago helping us choose the right policy for us. You were a god send. May God keep you strong as you and your family fight this battle with cancer.
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marcia money
By marcia money
Well spoken hun! My prayers are with your dad always and you sweet daughter of mine!
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