David Stokes

Born August 15, 1960 to the greatest parents, Coleman and Reba Stokes. I have one brother, Andy (Jewell) and two sisters Pam (Jack) and Kathy (Dennis). My Dad was sick all the time that I remember him, he had Parkinson's and the most severe case of psoriasis known of at that time. My Mom stayed at home most of my life there, to take care of my Dad until his passing in April, 1982. I graduated high school 1978 and have not furthered my education. I have worked in the automotive industry most of my adult life and am currently employed since February 15, 2004 at Automotive Dealer Management Inc. in Ann Arbor Michigan. On June 21, 1980 I became the luckiest man "I" know of when I married the love of my life, Phyllis. We have two sons,, Jason (Stephanie), Ethan (soon to be Ashley) and one grandson Brody Cole (Jason & Stephanie) In addition to work, music has played a big part of my life. Right out of high school, I sang in a band called Onyx. We played top 40 and southern rock. Later in life, I changed venues completely and sang in Southern Gospel Quartets for about 15 years, the most recent was the Landmark Quartet.  I was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma, better known as pancreatic cancer on March 6, 2017. They estimated the mass to be in a stage 2 upon initial scans.  I am being treated at Duke University Medical Center where they suggested I participate in a study called anchor. To my understanding, the approach of this study is to treat as if it were stage 4 at diagnosis.  As of May 2, 2017, I have received 4 of the 6 chemotherapy treatments they originally scheduled me for. I did not receive two of the scheduled treatments because of low blood counts, nor will I at this time. My next appointment is Tuesday, May 30, 2017. This visit will include a full body scan and if the mass is still contained, will schedule me for radiation therapy. While I am not perfect, I am a child of the King and if that means nothing to you, I'd really appreciate the opportunity to tell you more. I started this page to keep everyone updated that wants to know. I will try to keep it as current as possible. David.

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