We have set this site up to help keep everyone informed on how Dad is doing. We all truly appreciate the visits, support and prayers. Mom and Dad have found great encouragement in people who have taken a moment to let them know how much Dad has impacted their lives. I would like to ask you to leave a message here for them or mail a letter if you prefer so that we can share it with them.
On Christmas day Dad went to the ER feeling sick and weak and unable to keep down fluids. He had not been feeling well for some time and had already made a couple of visits to the ER and doctors to try and sort it out. On this trip they did a scan to check for stomach issues. What they found however was cancer. He stayed in the hospital a few days to get his strength back and run several test. He was then released and went home to have Christmas with the family. At his follow up appointment on January 3rd, Dad was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer that has spread to liver, lungs and some lymph nodes. This was all a very big shock for him and our family. Also that day, he was readmitted for a blood clot in his leg. He is still currently in St. Mary's Hospital in Jefferson City getting treatment for the blood clot as well as pain and other complications. Our main concern now is the blood clot, pain control and improving kidney and liver function. Today , Dad is still weak and tired but the doctors said the swelling in his leg had gone down a bit and that his kidney function had improved some. If Dad has the strength he can start chemo treatments in a few days. These treatments should slow the cancer down and help him to feel better. We will try to keep up with daily post to keep everyone informed. Thank you all for your prayers and encouragement.