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(Written on 1/9/2013)
For the past few years, Scott has been battling Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Throughout his days at Linfield and years before then, he had dealt with different varieties of skin cancer that were quick fixes. Recently however, these "spots" have become much more serious.
About a year ago, Scott found a cancerous spot on his chest. At first, he was unaware of the seriousness of it because of his history with the cancer spots he had had removed easily. After 2 surgeries to remove the skin cancer in his chest (one due to an infection), new spots began to show up. An even more serious spot, a tumor, sprouted in his armpit, near his lymph nodes. Quickly he had a procedure to get it removed. The doctor reported that 14 of the 15 lymph nodes were cancerous.
Scott received chemotherapy and radiation to fix the spot in his armpit which he did well with. The cancer was depleting and things were looking good. However, weeks went by and Scott began noticing pain in his right femur. From the lymph nodes, the cancer had traveled to his femur and a tumor was in his bone marrow. The spot in his bone ended up cracking his femur. He had surgery to get it removed and the doctors inserted a rod to help stabilize and strengthen his leg back to normal.
The cancer has now spread to other parts of his body. The diagnosis remains Squamous Cell Carcinoma and it is stage four. Recently, after a second round of chemotherapy and radiation, Scott was admitted into the hospital due to his vitals dropping and him passing out. Scott has had a fever almost daily since October and the doctors told him his body was not responding to the treatments and that the chemo was doing more harm than good. After doing two blood transfusions and him spending two nights in the hospital to get his vitals back to normal, several doctors agreed and told him there will be no more chemotherapy and it is time to just make him comfortable.
However, we recently received new word. The doctors see more fight in his body and are running more tests in hopes of starting his second treatment of the third round of chemotherapy (platinum chemo). They will be doing more blood work and checking vitals in hopes of him resuming treatment. Please keep this decision in your prayers!
Today, Scott's faith in The Lord is evident even when it is constantly being put to the test. We can see God at work and he can feel the prayers of all who are lifting him up daily to The Lord. Please continue to pray. Pray for his body to respond with strength to the platinum chemotherapy and that the treatments will kill the cancer cells without draining the rest of him. Please pray for his spirits and strength to continue to be lifted and for the physical pain in his body to be lessened, that his fever will diminish. Please also keep Elane and Chuck in your prayers as they are caring for him and for wisdom for the doctors.
Scott's ability to visit with friends and family changes on a daily basis depending on his pain levels and fatigue. He is thankful for all of the support he has received and we will keep you updated with his progress via the journal entries on here. Please know messages and words of encouragement left on here for Scott will be passed on to him but a response might be a little bit down the road as he is physically exhausted,
Friends and Family, Please join us this Saturday, March 2nd at 11am at Sunridge Community Church in Temecula to celebrate the life of Scott Raftery. Immediately following the service, we will be providing lunch at the church, catered by one of Scott's favorite restaurants, Rosa's Cantina. We'll be able to join in fellowship and encourage everyone to share their greatest memories of Scott with one another. We encourage everyone to wear something that reminds you of Scott (Disney, Linfield, athletics, etc). In lieu of sending flowers, please feel free to donate to the Roy and Patricia Disney Cancer Center. The address for Sunridge is listed below and more information can be found at www.sunridgechurch.org
Sunridge Community Church 42299 Winchester Road Temecula, CA 92590