Needless to say, this past month has been crazy month. A difficult month for my family. In the midst of the storm, we know God is in control and His power is limitless. His peace is perfect and His love is without boundaries. His ways are not our ways and His plans and purposes are far above and beyond anything we can imagine. He is the One that knows us better than any other. He is the One that will never leave us or forsake us. He is the One we praise for we are fearfully and wonderfully made. He is the One that contains a book detailing the story and days of our lives before there were any. Psalms 139
The first of November I made my an appointment to see my family doctor about discomfort I was having in my stomach. I was sent to Methodist West for an ultrasound. That did not lead to anything that would cause the discomfort. On the 30th of November I had an endoscopy and biopsy done at Lutheran Hospital. Two days later I received a phone call from the doctor expressing his desire for better news, but telling me that the biopsy report found cancer cells in my esophagus and stomach. It took a few minutes to process the news that I was not expecting, realizing this was leading me down a road so many others have traveled.
This was five days before my wonderful mother-in-law had surgery to remove carcinoid tumors found on her liver. Anne had her surgery. The surgery went longer than we expected and was much more serious than we had imagined. The surgeons removed the right half of her liver and she remained in a coma for 3 weeks after surgery. She remained in CCU at Methodist until New Years Eve when she went home to heaven to be with Jesus Christ, her Lord and Savior. Please remember to pray for Sue, Hannah and all the Canady family.
During this time, I had the consultation with the oncologist and was scheduled for a PET scan the 20th of December and then met with the oncologist for the results on the 21st of of December. I was told that I am in the advanced stages of esophageal cancer that has spread to other places in my body. I checked into Methodist Hospital on the 22nd to have a port put in. I was then taken to my room to begin chemo and was released Christmas Eve with chemo scheduled every other week.
In the days to come I will, Lord willing, share more of the journey with you. Already we have been so blessed by the outpouring of love from our friends and family. I can only say how blessed Sue and I are to both have incredible families that we love dearly and that love us back even more. We are truly grateful to all of our friends that love us! Grace Church family...you are the best!