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Robert Stearns & Cancer
7/24/2017 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. Our story is not just my story, since it involves so many people including my dear wife Amy, sons Eric and Jay, Jennifer and Whitney (daughters in law), five grand kids (Grace, Isaac, Rebekah, Caden, and Abram), and hundreds of friends and relatives all over the USA who continue to bless us with prayers and encouragement.
This story started in May of 2016 when I was diagnosed with prostate cancer of a pretty serious nature. Due to the high Glisan scale of the cancer, I had my prostate removed ASAP. Surgery was on July 6, and all indications were successful for the procedure. Six weeks post-surgery, however, I began having problems with speech and grip strength. A brain MRI quickly showed that I had numerous metastatic brain tumors. In short, I was now a Stage 4 cancer patient. Ouch! News that no sane person wants to hear!
After brain surgery last August to investigate further, my doctors discovered that the brain tumors were caused by my prostate cancer. Highly unusual, since at this time there was no indication that the cancer was going after my bones. Aggressive treatment involving total brain radiation and various types of chemotherapy started in the fall of 2016.
The cancer decided it wanted the "full meal deal" and came after my bones in the winter of 2017. Since then, treatments have involved radiation of the affected bones, chemo, and hormone therapies to reduce my testosterone levels. The good news is, though, that my most recent scans have shown dramatic shrinkage of my tumors, and my cancer-related pain levels have dropped to next to nothing. Other than frequent bouts of fatigue due to the chemo, I'm really doing pretty well right now. Further scans in August should show us how well the treatments are actually working, but indications right now are positive.
The good news is certainly the result of all the prayers offered by so many on my behalf. I am so grateful for the prayers and encouragement! Through it all my prayer is that God will be glorified in all this and that something good will result (Romans 8:28). Please drop me a line and let me hear from you. It would really make my day!