Janaury 25, 2018 - Andy was diagnosed with high-grade papillary urothelial carcinoma (bladder cancer) on January 16, 2018, and had surgery the following day. We were grateful for this prompt response from his skilled urologist. Now we await a visit to USC to continue his care on February 7. At this time he is feeling fine after recovering for a few days quietly at home. We have started this website so that those of you who love him can follow along with us and pray for miracles, healing and grace. We covet your prayers. We know that God is in control of everything, and although we pass through moments that seem confusing or overwhelming at times, we are daily seeing the beauty of the body of Christ as we sense your surrounding love. Thank you so much for loving Andy. As his wife, I have always pinched myself to think that God would bless me with such a dear man to spend my life with. He is courageous and kind. We will all get through this together and make sure we give God credit as He does many astounding things each day. We love you and we love Jesus.
Many have asked how they can help us. This site has not been set up to solicit anything from our friends or family. I've been asked if we need a meal train... not at this time. Because Andy's doing great right now and I love to cook (and I'm going to be cooking mostly super fresh organic foods...) I think, if you really want to participate in feeding us (smile), we'd love a gift card to Whole Foods or Trader Joe's or Sprouts. That would be awesome. We'll be spending a lot of time in LA at USC Medical Center, so I'm sure we'd be able to find one of these stores to catch a healthy snack. Our address is 8124 Tiara St., Ventura, CA 93004... We do not want to communicate that we are anxious about how we will cover our bills.
For those of you who live locally, we may have some ideas in the future for practical ways you can help - like walk Maggie on days we are gone all day... she is slow and sniffs everything in sight, so sorry if you're thinking, "Oh, great, exercise!" It's more like "ambling with Maggie"... But again, right now we're carrying on as usual. I doubt I'll update a whole lot until our very important meeting at USC on February 7th where we will learn a ton and have a better idea of the treatment plan.
We are utilizing this site to provide a place for easy communication. We will treasure every comment, every message, every encouragement and reply as we are able. Hope you'll understand that and know that we will read everything and be very thankful for you.