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Joyce Gullicksen

First post: 4/17/2016 Latest post: 2/21/2017





My Journey

In May of 2015 I went in to the doctor for what I thought was a urinary tract infection. After tests and a CT scan I was told that I had a cyst the size of a grapefruit on my ovary. I was scheduled for a hysterectomy where they removed the cyst and found a cancerous tumor inside of it. At this point the ovarian cancer was considered stage 1 - grade 4 aggressive cancer. I was scheduled for 6 treatments of chemotherapy over the summer and early fall. After completing those rounds of chemo it was time to heal and wait for my 3 month check-up.

In January of 2016, for my three month check my blood test numbers had not normalized. After my CT scan I was told they saw something on my liver. I was scheduled for a PET scan which did not show what was previously seen on the liver.  The doctor suggested a wait and see approach saying some times it takes a while for the blood test numbers to normalize.  

Two months later in March of 2016 I began to experience pains in my stomach and it began to swell. The doctor recommended another CT scan. The CT scan showed fluid in my stomach, leg and foot as well as other lesions. I was told to go to the hospital to have the fluid drained immediately. The fluid was tested and found to be cancerous. It was considered aggressive and would be treated aggressively with chemo once every week for three weeks with the fourth week off.  I decided to switch my care to Froedtert Hospital - Cancer Center in May 2016.  My new doctor informed me that the cancer is a stage 1 re-occurrence metastatic cancer.  It was decided to keep me on the same chemo that Wheaton had me on. When that didn't work I was put on a previous chemo that had worked well for me in May of 2015. This time it didn't seem to work as well so I was asked to be part of a clinical trial. I did all the tests required but the drug company decided because of the re-occurrence of the cancer I was not a good fit for the trial. In January another chemo was tried that worked well with ovarian cancer patients. I had 3 treatments and at my doctor appt. in Feb. I was told that the cancer is now resistant to any chemo. I am at home now with hospice set up for future use.

While the prognosis is not good, I believe in a God of miracles and am praying and believing for total healing of my body. Please pray and believe with me through this journey. I love Jesus and trust Him with my life.  I know that God has a beautiful plan for my life and I know that he is with me through this journey.


My Belief's

The Bible is the Word of God
2 Timothy 3:16 / 1 Thessalonians 2:13

God's Word is the only completely reliable and truthful authority and I/we accept the Bible as the manual for living.  I/we practice daily bible reading , confessing God's Word and watching spiritual tv programming.

Jesus is the Son of God
John 14:6

Jesus Christ, the second person of the Trinity, lived a sinless life on earth and voluntarily paid for our sin by dying on the cross as our substitute. This accomplished salvation for all who receive grace by trusting in Him alone. He rose from the dead and is the only mediator between God and us. He Baptizes in the Holy Spirit and will return to earth to fulfill prophecy.

You Must be Born Again
2 Corinthians 5:15 / Matthew 16:25

God created humans to have fellowship with Him, but they defied God by sinfully going their own way. As a result, we need God's saving grace to end our alienation from Him. Salvation comes only through God's grace - not human effort - and must be received personally by repentance and faith. In the end, everyone will experience bodily resurrection and final judgment. Only believers will enjoy eternal fellowship with God.

Believers can be Spirit-Filled and Spirit-Led
Acts 1:8 / Ephesians 5:18

We believe the only way possible to live the Christian life is by God's power within us. Every believer can be filled with the Holy Spirit by simply asking. I/We seek to practice a daily dependence on God's Spirit to enable us to do what is right.

Divine Healing
Isaiah 53:4,5 / Matthew 8:16,17 / James 5:14-16

Divine healing is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement, and is the privilege of all believers.



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