NATHAN: Two months after being laid-off during an early-2019 company buyout, Nathan was diagnosed with advanced stage colon cancer. It was shock on top of shock. Still unemployed nearly a year later, he has had a summer of his first course of chemotherapy and radiation which had little or no effect on the cancer tumor and lymph node invasion, an 8-hour operation plus a second operation which confirmed Stage 3B and embedded a second artificial device, and is currently on his second course of the harshest chemotherapy tolerable. We originally expected the entire battle to be fought and won by 2020, but those hopes have been dashed. This second course of chemo will continue until about May 2020 with hopes of success and a restrengthening to handle yet another surgery. Finally, yes, we would love immunotherapy vs chemotherapy, but that only works to boost an immune system's function already fighting the disease; sometimes. one's immune system is showing no signs of being activated to fight, and immunotherapy can't make it start the fight. :( Praise God that the disease didn't stray beyond the lymph nodes. While it's already bad to be that far, it doesn't appear to have reached the lungs or liver which are the two most common places for it to metastasize.
THE FAMILY: We take it day by day. Nathan is strong and brave - exceptionally strong and brave. Cynthia is dedicated, exhausted, and trying hard to be strong and brave. Viviana, Josita, and Weston face it all with optimism and determination. Vivi is a senior at Covenant College and just turned down an overseas position with the Peace Corps. Josita is a sophomore studying biology in a physical therapy path at Covenant College, Weston is a Summa Cum Laude senior at Delaware Valley Classical School, is thankful for two jobs (US Soccer Referee and ice cream cone/milkshake maker!), and he has confirmed spots on soccer teams at Covenant College, Eastern University, and Cairn College among others; he hopes to attend college in the fall. I mention all this about Weston because his fortitude and prayer life are to be commended when he is without his sisters here to see his father in weakness. Weston presses on with determination just like his father. I keep the girls updated with pictures and video calls so that they are connected but not to the point of worry.
THE FINANCES: Cynthia is thankful for the continued teaching position at Delaware Valley Classical School, Nathan's COBRA health insurance expires this summer, Nathan's unemployment income has been exhausted.