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Floyd was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in August, 2015. Chemo and radiation were followed by surgery (Whipple) in April, 2016. All seemed to be going smoothly until a CT scan 2 weeks after surgery showed some small "spots" in his liver. A 6 week follow-up CT indicated that those "spots" had grown and multiplied and it confirmed that the disease had now become metastatic.
Since the only chemo indicated at this point was not curative, Floyd chose to seek alternative treatment. Many natural supplements and whole foods then became his daily sustenance. A trip to a clinic in Tijuana, Mexico, proved to be encouraging and hopeful.
In late July, 2016, weakness and shortness of breath became more evident. A trip to the ER confirmed that the disease had now become very aggressive, and the liver tumors were growing rapidly. The ER doc told us directly and simply that we had fought a courageous fight, but it was coming to the end and hospice was our next step.
In these days, our children have surrounded us with their presence, their love, and their support as we make this journey together. It's amazing to us how sweetness and sadness can be so tightly intertwined.
More than anything, our trust in a loving God is sustaining us and giving Floyd and all of us a great hope for the future.