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James Wayne Fuller
12/7/2016 Latest post:
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Welcome to our CaringBridge website for Wayne Fuller.
We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support, prayers, and words of hope and encouragement. At the bottom of the home page you can leave well wishes for Wayne and Frances. Thank you for visiting.
In late October Wayne and Frances decided that he should see their general practitioner about some pain he was experiencing in his abdomen. The pain was not severe but just kept coming back, mainly after eating. The doctor sent them for some tests, including a blood test and told them to come back in a week. During this second visit, he told them that Wayne had pancreatitis, probably caused by a gall stone, and he sent them straight to the hospital.
Frances says: Step by step we learned that the gall stone was not the culprit, that there was a tumor on the pancreas, and that cancer was suspected. During that week the pancreatic enzymes fell while the cancer markers kept going up. We were referred then to our gastroenterologist who did further tests and referred us to an oncologist and a program related to research that may accept us in a clinical trials group.
For some time we have felt stuck. An oncologist was not immediately available. An attempt to get a pathological report failed, because of the fibrous nature of the tumor. We are told that this is common in pancreatic tumors, but the report is absolutely necessary for any treatment program.
Meanwhile, our family has rallied around, 18-strong at our two dining tables on Thanksgiving Day. Our church has relieved us of responsibilities and supported us with hugs and prayers. And Wayne is surely the calmest man on the planet, witnessing in some way to his faith with everybody who shows up and praying for the rest of us. He also continues to do most of his daily chores. Yesterday he blew and burned leaves for hours, causing me to express surprise that the medical profession thinks he is sick. When I told the doctor about this today, he said, "He is winning the mental battle."
Our daughter Jan has established this site especially so that we can make information available to our many friends across the country and around the world by writing it only once. This will save me a great deal of time and energy without ignoring your concern.
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