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Jan 12, 2018 Latest post:
Mar 15, 2018
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your prayers and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.
In mid October 2017 Randy started experiencing significant back pain. He visited the family physician and tried several medications to help. After six weeks there seemed to be a need for more testing. Our terrific, son in law, Adam, a doctor in College Station, TX, helped us get an immediate appointment with a back specialist there. An MRI was done in anticipation of seeing what was causing the back pain and it was then that a large mass was discovered in Randy's pelvis resting on nerves that was causing the pain. Adam, again, helped Randy get quickly in to see a urologist. (Some of you may remember that Randy had bladder cancer three years ago and God graciously healed him and he has had clear scans since then.) We visited with this same doctor and through further testing it was determined that this mass was indeed cancer. The scary word that none of us want to hear.
After further consultation with College Station doctors, Randy was referred to MD Anderson. We are so grateful that they took the case and scheduled an appointment for Randy on January 8, 2018--today. The wait has been long but we have been so encouraged by all of you who have prayed for us, sent texts, cards, emails and called. We have always been fortunate to have good health and have been blessed to reach out to others when they were hurting. We are learning how important encouragement and caring from family and friends is when life's journey becomes hard.
Today we visited with an oncologist specializing in bladder cancer. Evidently this mass began with a bladder cancer cell even though it is not in the bladder. The mass is causing much pain in his left leg which makes standing, walking and sleeping troublesome.
The oncologist at MDA concurred with the findings of College Station. Since the tests there were done about a month ago she asked for blood work, today, a CT scan, Tuesday and and an echo cardiogram, Wednesday. All of the results should be back by Thursday so we have another appointment with the oncologist, Dr. Arlene Siefkert-Radtke, then to determine the plan of treatment.
We covet your prayers during this difficult time. A favorite scripture for us has always been Isaiah 43:2-3a--"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; " We are confident that the Lord is walking with us. Thank you for being with us in this journey as well.
We will update this as we have more information to share. Please feel free to forward the link to the Caring Bridge site and how to access to anyone that you think may be interested.