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2/8/2016 Latest post:
On Feb.3, 2016 Rick was disgnosed with kidney cancer. This was a shock to us all as he has had no signs of any health problems. He called me at work around 3:30 to say he had seen blood in his urine and had some problems that afternoon going. He asked if I would come home as he was babysitting our youngest grandchild and felt concerned that something was wrong. We never imagined how wrong things would turn out to be. I called our doctor's office and since they would be closed by the time we could get there they suggested he be taken to the ER to be checked out. We went to Piedmont Newton and there first thought was that he had a kidney stone. A CT scan was ordered to see the location and size of the kidney stone. Approximately two hours later the doctor came in and told us that Rick had a large mass on his left kidney, spots on the liver and possible spot on his bladder, then he said it is cancer. A second CT was run with contrast and we quickly learned there was no doubt it was cancer. And so our journey has begun.
Thank you for your prayers and support. It is with the love of family and friends that we will travel this road. Most importantly we are going to put our trust in God as we know he is where we will find our healing and comfort.
20 months ago when we began the journey to have both Rick's knees replaced we adopted the following saying. It has carried us through 2 surgeries and recoveries, his forced retirement and the process of him qualifying for social security disability. The new journey that we face we will also face with this saying as our theme. "I don't know what tomorrow holds, but I know who holds tomorrow."