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Dec 9, 2017
In September 2011, Mike was first diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon cancer. He needed to have surgery and it was scheduled in October of the same year. This was followed by chemotherapy after surgery until April 2012. What a joyous time we had at the end of his treatment to celebrate the fact that his cancer was in remission. Also, our family celebrated our daughter's high school graduation that he was able to witness. You see months earlier, we had no idea if he was going to see this at all! In May 2013, after about a year our family, Mike, Margie , Adrienne and Terrance decided to take a long deserved cruise to the Bahamas! Enjoying some great family time together was our goal. Mike walked in the door and had just heard from the doctor. The CANCER was back and this time it had spread. SO after cancelling our cruise, Mike received radiation and chemotherapy for the entire summer. There had been NO change with the cancer. He had finished radiation treatments and continued chemotherapy until Christmas. During this entire time, Mike maintained his full-time job as a quality engineer for a pharmaceutical company, not missing a day of work and continuing to persevere by FAITH! In November, met with our oncologist and he stated that there was one other drug that we could try because the other drugs that Mike received had not changed his tumor. We were expecting a miracle and we received it that December when we heard that he was eligible for surgery. You see, Mike was not able to have surgery unless the tumor decreased enough for our surgeon to operate. So our prayers were answered and in April 2016, Mike received a nine hour life-saving surgery with life changing results! We were so thankful that Mike was feeling better and getting used to his new changes with his surgery. Mike with his family attended the Williams Family Reunion in July 2016. Again, Mike was in remission from colon cancer for more than a year! AS you may have suspected, the cancer returned again, this time with a blood clot in December as we prepared for a family winter trip to Texas. AS we cancelled that trip, he began chemotherapy treatments in the new year, 2017. This time as Mike battled cancer, it affected his memory. SO in October, the decision was made to put the car keys down and take a leave of absence from work. Hard concept for a man that worked throughout his previous treatments! That brings us to December, Christ's birth. Reason to celebrate the season!We are thankful each day that we can continue to spend time with Mike, a wonderful man of GOD!