Ken Fratesi

First post: 10/13/2017
On October 3, 2017, my daddy was diagnosed with Malignant Non Hodgkins Follicular Lymphoma. After months of feeling short of breath and fatigued. Now let's rewind back nearly 20 years ago to 1998. My daddy was diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Neck with Lymph node involvement. I will never forget that day as long as I live. his oncologist at the time, Dr. Joe Beck, called me in his office, sat me down and told me that he could not promise that my daddy would be here past Fathers Day... Fathers Days was only a few months away... At first I was in total shock. I mean how could a painless knot on his neck turn into this? We had just lost my brother four years prior in a car accident, why would this happen too? Well guys, I'm here to tell you, Don't question God, instead trust him... Daddy went through 35 radiation treatments and weeks of intensive chemotherapy, they were hitting him with all they had because let's face it, what did they have to lose? Fast forward several years, daddy told me he pleaded with the Lord to let him see me graduate.... he was talking about high school yall.. But get this---- nearly twenty years later he GOD has allowed him to see me graduate not only high school, but Also Nursing School from PCCUA, and then Delta State University with my BSN. And now I'm pursuing my Masters. So y'all, GOD PROVIDES! He hears us, he listens, and HE provides! Now twenty years later, we are faced with another battle. This time it's Lymphoma. At first I was so angry, like why!? My daddy doesn't deserve this. But then I thought about Job. A man who lost everything but remained faithful to God. God never promised us victories without battles, but he did promise we would never fight alone. As we start this journey, that is my solace. I love my family so much, and his battle is also my battle. We aren't giving up, and with God by our sides, we will beat this! God has done it once and he will do it again! I ask that you please keep my daddy lifted up in prayer. Pray for comfort, peace and healing. Pray the treatments don't make him real sick. Pray he has lots of good days. Pray for his strength and courage. Pray for strength and comfort for my mom. Pray for me, that I'm able to be what exactly what they need. Pray for my girls as they have never experienced this before. Pray for Jody as he drives them daily to every appointment. Pray for traveling grace, pray for the absence of financial burdens, Pray the Holy Spirit pours out in that chemo room for all who are there, Pray that God is glorified through this battle. Just please lift our entire family up in your prayers. Until next time, may God bless and keep you.

🙏🏻 Love- Nichole

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