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My Story

During Easter weekend I began to feel out of sorts and experienced some unusual symptoms. On Monday morning I went to the doctor, who did tests and made a preliminary diagnoses that I was having gall bladder issues. He sent me for a ultrasound, which turned out to be negative for gall stones, and then a CT scan, which revealed a small mass on the head of my pancreas. On Wednesday I was able to get in to see a wonderful surgeon at Emory who was 95% certain that I had a malignant tumor. Because of the location, the tumor was blocking the bile duct and causing me to become jaundiced, but it is also operable. The decision was made to do a Whipple procedure  which is a complex, but effective surgery.  That surgery is now scheduled for Tuesday, May 6.

My wife, Sharol or I will be posting updates under the "Journal" tab of this page on a regular basis. We will also be monitoring comments in the the "Guestbook" section.


Sharol Hayner posted a new journal entry, "September 24 - Scan Results".

STEVE here:This morning we met with my oncology team at the Winship Cancer Institute (Emory). They had all the official results of the CT and MRI scans that I had last ... Read more

John Rodda signed Steve's Guestbook.

Dear Steve and Sharol I wanted you to know how uplifting and inspiring your journal has been to me.John, my dear husband passed away last week and we had been walking with ... Read more

Penny Murphy signed Steve's Guestbook.

Good morning Steve & Sharol,Although you don't know me I have been following your posts. Our Pastor, Mark Hults first introduced us to you by adding your name to our ... Read more

Mary Chatham signed Steve's Guestbook.

Steve - I'm not certain that you will remember me, but I'm hoping Sharol does....I'm a former member of PPC and loved and respected you both in my days there.  I am so ... Read more

Dan Dolquist signed Steve's Guestbook.

Steve and Sharol,Just a note to say you are deeply in my thoughts and prayers.  Steve, I don't know if I ever told you this, but you are the first pastor I ever met that ... Read more

Jane Rose signed Steve's Guestbook.

I was back on campus for the Exodus course in the Spiritual Formation Certificate Program. It was a wonderful class and being at CTS brought back such good memories of ... Read more

Paul and Susan Litten signed Steve's Guestbook.

Steve, It has been a while since we talked, but please know that Susan, I and our family are in prayer for you, Sharol and your family. As you know, I have had my own ... Read more

Cathy Williams signed Steve's Guestbook.

Sharol and Steve,thank you both for the updates on this site.  We keep you both, and your entire family, in our prayers.  I particularly admire your daughter Emilie's ... Read more

Willy Van Krieken signed Steve's Guestbook.

Steve,We prayed for you yesterday at Whitman's reunion with a gathering of 21 of us alums, current students, and IV staff.Bill Starr prayed with us for you. Consider ... Read more

Suzan Lasseter signed Steve's Guestbook.

Just a note to say that Dr. Bob Marsh has been leading a Bible Study for the Anchor Class at Peachtree Presbyterian for the last few weeks...on Revelations.  Complicated, ... Read more

Sharol Hayner posted a new journal entry, "September 17 - Eternal Life".

STEVE here:Just a warning that this journal entry is mostly "theologizing".  Sometimes these days, I can't help myself.  My mind just moves in these ... Read more

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