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WAY ABOVE AVERAGE
After a year of awful gastrointestinal distress, multiple doctors, scans, tests, and biopsies, Reuben has been diagnosed with stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer. On January 11th we went to the ER and discovered a kidney stone by way of CT which also showed lesions on his liver. Our GI, Dr. John Hanson, quickly ordered blood and liver biopsy and discovered the cancer. Now that the stone has been taken care of our visit today to Dr. Jimmy Hwang at Levine Cancer Institute, only 2 miles from home, has provided a clear avenue for treatment. Reuben will have a port implanted in his upper chest next week for ease of blood draws and chemotherapy which he will begin on Thursday, February 20th, the day after we return from a planned little holiday in Florida. One long day of infusion for three weeks in a row and then one week off. There will be side effects, of course, but we won’t go there. Reuben plans to LIVE and kick cancer’s butt and prove the average life expectancy (12-14 months) wrong. And you all know, Reuben is way above average!
We so appreciate all your prayers, cards, visits and LOVE! We know you all want to help – that’s what we do in crisis. I need to put some meat and muscle on him so he’ll be strong to go into battle. The freezer is full right now (Tue) and we’re sorting out doctors, medicines, etc. Reuben would love to hear from you, go out for a walk, coffee, Bubba’s, a trip to Woodcraft, tie flies, etc. I am taking care of myself making sure to eat well and continue to exercise. God has got us, I know. He soothes our soul when we confess our fears, doubts and angers. Please continue to pray for us. We need you.
And Baxter’s hip replacement on Monday, Feb 3 went beautifully. He’s at home resting and taking this much needed time off to renew and recharge. Anette has been a tower of knowledge and strength for us, going to the oncology appointment and helping us navigate. This is just beginning.