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4/26/2017 Latest post:
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. You may already be aware that last Aug my Dad Dick was unexpectedly diagnosed with stage IV Pancreatic Cancer. To say it was a shock is an understatement. It took the air right out of us. Dad however as the positive and faith filled man (and Boy Scout ) that he is just said " ok now how do I fix this, give me the tools." With that he jumped right into Chemotherapy. Unfortunately Dick has several allergies and he had just about every possible side affect. He even ended up having to stay several days in the hospital after treatments. As hard as the chemo was on him when we got scans and tests back it looked like the chemo was working. Unfortunately he had to stop because it was doing more harm than good. In December he tried a different chemo regime and WOW he was back. He had energy again and was off fixing things and helping others with that wonderful sparkle in his eye. His hair even came back! We were moving forward with faith. After all as Dad and I always say there is no plan B so we got this. Feeling a renewed hope and energy Mom and Dad headed to their beautiful and beloved Arizona. The Doctors at Mayo said absolutely go and enjoy and just continue treatments at Scottsdale Mayo . What a blessing to have a wonderful extension of the Mayo Clinic right in Scottsdale only about 30 min away. The first day at the Scottsdale Mayo Cancer center we were once again disappointed. The chemo that Dad was handling so well wasn't working. However they just started a newer drug trial with promising results. The trial is only available in Scottsdale and it is specifically for Pancreatic Cancer. Dad of course said sign me up let's beat this thing. So once again with faith and hope we pushed on. Dad was feeling fantastic and was joking that he was going to be the spokesman for the new drug, their "poster boy". We all believed. If anyone can do it it's my Dad he can fix anything. Anything. Last week my Dad started to feel not quite himself. We went in for the results of the first 8 week round of the trial and although they were calling it mostly "stable" his lab results were not quite where we needed them to be so we were put on hold. We are now off the drug trial and focusing on balancing some things out so he feels better. We move forward with faith and love and power of prayer and our Lord Jesus Christ. Dad remains strong in his faith and he will keep trying out each new tool that we can find. Our Family asks for your prayers of strength and healing for Dick as we continue the fight. As the wrist band my Dad never takes off says, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me". (Php 4:13)