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Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.
September 2nd, after a couple weeks of dad not feeling like his usual care-free and healthy self, mom took him to Castle Medical emergency room. The initial concern was that he was having a series of small strokes - he had difficulty moving his right arm and hand, discomfort throughout all his joints, lack of appetite and unusual fatigue. After a few hours with a wonderful ER doctor, an MRI scan revealed something very unexpected - a large tumor in the left side of his brain. A couple weeks, and several doctor visits later, Dad has officially been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. As the disease is known to do, it's spread to a different parts of his body - the brain, adrenal glands, lymph nodes and a small tumor on his spine.
To say this has taken us all by surprise would be an understatement. Dad, as you would expect, is handling it all with great courage, steadiness and his trademark sense of humor. Mom, as you would expect, is neck-deep in scheduling doctor appointments, organizing a full team of oncologists, neurologists and radiologists to provide Dad great medical care (while making sure Dad gets rest, nutritious food and lots of love). Both of them are trusting in God's truly amazing grace and control over the entire situation.
After meeting with an experienced oncologist last week, Dad and Mom decided to pursue treatment for the cancer. Dad started radiation to his brain on Monday and is feeling remarkably well. He'll have 3 radiation treatments (1-week each) and then is planning to start chemotherapy for the cancer in other parts of his body.
Both Dad and Mom feel very blessed for the support by so many dear friends and family. With all that's going on, they don't always have time to keep in touch the way they would like. We created this site to help keep everyone up-to-date on Dad's journey. Please feel free to write a message in the Guestbook anytime. They would love to hear from you and will reach out as they are able.
Thank you for your continued prayers and offers of help. It means the world to them.