Oct 18, 2017 Latest post:
Mar 30, 2018
Welcome to Caring Bridge for our brother from another mother, Barry Payne and his wife Glenda.
Our hope for this site is to open another avenue of love, encouragement and communication to Barry and Glenda for those who may not be able to make personal visits.
Our brother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on July 19, 2017. As we all know, cancer effects every person differently. Barry and Glenda have had the roller coaster experience of a beatable/treatable diagnosis by removing the cancerous tumors evolve to where they are now, praying the chemo treatments will shrink the tumors enough so that they can be surgically removed. Barry’s chemo treatments began on August 4th. His current regimen of chemo will culminate with a CT scan and visit with a surgical oncologist on October 25th to evaluate his progress.
Barry and Glenda welcome your thoughts and prayers as we walk alongside them on this journey.
They have had many encouragements so far that we know will strengthen them with positive memories.
Their church family at Susquehanna Valley Evangelical Free Church began reaching out early with a very emotional Sunday on July 23rd when the elders, family and friends had a laying on of hands with prayer and anointing with oil (James 5:14-15). Barry was able to share with us his testimony of faith and a prayer that this cancer will not become his god. After 4 rounds of chemo, we witness Barry still being thankful for a loving God; a loving and supportive wife; a loving family with son, Ron; daughter-in-law, Dawn; the treasure of 3 grandsons, Ethan, Aaron and Matthew; a loving church family; and an employer that is providing his healthcare insurance and paid sick time which allows him to be home healing and resting as comfortably as possible while enduring 56 hours of chemo in 3 days.
Many thanks to Pastor Don and his wife Gail, fellow sojourners on the pancreatic cancer walk. Gail has been in treatment similar to Barry's and both she and Don have graciously shared their experiences. It's no small relief to talk with and be helped by people who have been on this same journey.
Because of the side effects from the chemo and Barry’s suppressed immune system, please be mindful when planning a home visit as they are obviously dependent on his day to day health status. Please use this site to schedule personal visits as well as to offer the verbal encouragement they need moving forward with Jesus.
Let’s flood the Payne’s with words of love, acts of kindness, as well as bits of humor to spark a continuing community outreach to our friends and to provide strength and hope in the days ahead.
We will witness the glory of God in whatever circumstance He puts before us.