Feb 17, 2016 Latest post:
Oct 23, 2018
Family and Friends,
This is not something that I expected to be sharing...... the dreaded statement I received, "you have cancer". I want to let you all know what is going on with me and this seems the best way to communicate with everyone at the same time.
My journey with this dreaded disease began with what I thought was a skin irritation on the top of my head, I went to the dermatologist on October 27 and a biopsy was taken, it came back (2 weeks later) with a possibility of an "atypical fibroxanthoma" or an "undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma". I was sent to a MOHS surgeon, and he said he would not perform surgery as it appeared that it would require a deeper incision than he could do in the office. I was referred to another Doctor and surgery was scheduled for January 11, 2016, the doctor said the only way to get a correct biopsy diagnosis was to surgically remove the tissue until clear margins were acquired. The doctor stated that he would do surgery until he got clear margins, and he would not graft any skin during this surgery, but he would leave the incision open until the biopsy came back with clear margins. This did not happen! The doctor went ahead and closed the incision and grafted skin.....and then 8 days later the biopsy report came back that it was an "undifferentiatied pleomorphic sarcoma" The biopsy did not have clear margins in the depth section of the tumor. This is a very rare deep tissue tumor located on the top of my head under the skin, but thankfully it is not in my brain. A team of 8 doctors discussed my case and it was decided that the doctor needed to go back in and remove the remaining cancerous tissue. We met with one of the team doctors, and he also stated this is a very rare cancer and that they have only treated 1 or 2 cases of this type. We did not know this until after the surgery. The doctors said it has the potential to spread to the lungs first .....so I had a CT scan of my lungs and they were clear!! Praise God all glory to Him! I am so thankful for that good news!
After many sleepless nights and continuous praying.....I felt the Holy Spirit came upon me because I had such a feeling of peace and clarity about what I should do....the Holy Spirit said....."Go where surgeons have seen and treated this rare cancer, do not continue with inexperienced doctors who have only seen 1 or 2 of this type cancer. So I have an appointment at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston Texas very soon!
My faith is strong in the Lord, and this is my motto....."it is what it is, I cannot change this, only God can! If it is His will that I pass from this world I know without a doubt that I will be in heaven and if He chooses to let me live then I know He is not finished with me here on earth" God is good all the time! Disease and illnesses do not come from God.
Cindy and I want to keep all of you updated and we ask each of you to please pray for total removal of this cancer and healing. Please request your church and prayer warriors to pray with us. We believe in the power of prayer! May God's will be done!
Trust in the Lord with ALL you heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all you ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3: 5 - 6
In Christ, Jimmy
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