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Click below on the READ MORE ABOUT THIS SITE to Read all of Roger's Story.... We appreciate your PRAYERS, LOVE, support and words of hope and encouragement. Jesus is our Lord and Savior and we rest in knowing our lives are in His hands. We are praying for God's healing touch and that He is in the middle of all the decisions being made each day.
After 78 years of having a blessed, healthy life with 4 children, 7 grandchildren, a move to Arizona, golfing, biking with Darla, certainly enjoying the weather, in a golf course community; a routine physical has led us to this day.
On August 24th, 2016 the PA of Dr. Patel's, Jennifer suggested that an ultra sound be done on the gallbladder. It showed many stones and an appointment was scheduled to see Dr. Oh for a routine gallbladder surgery. The surgery was done on September 14 to remove the gallbladder. On September 26th during the post-op appt. we were told that I had cancer and that it had gone onto the liver and it was Stage 3 Gallbladder Cancer.
On October 7th Dr. Runfula, a surgical oncologist, confirmed stage 3 cancer that showed the cancer was in the liver and ordered an MRI of the liver and a PET scan. "Months, not years, of life left on this earth. It can not be cured but it can be managed for a while."
On October 17th, Dr. Mendonca, our medical oncologist, a caring and gentle soul, shared the results of the MRI and the PET scan and reported that the cancer had been upgraded to stage 4 and had infiltrated to some others areas of the body. She confirmed that this indeed was not curable. Palliative Chemotherapy was recommended to slow the growth of this very fast growing cancer.
A lung biopsy is scheduled for October 26th to make sure there is not an infection that needs to be treated before chemotherapy starts. As the lung showed an area of concern for infection or neoplasm.
The port-a-cath port will be placed on October 27th for IV Chemo treatments and medication.
The next meeting with Dr. Mendonca on Tuesday, November 1st will provide us with the beginning of the rest of the story.
This is a rare cancer. 1.2 out of 100,000 people have gallbladder cancer. Fewer than 20,000 US cases per year. It is a very fast growing cancer. I have had no symptoms of this cancer yet. Today is October 25th. I feel healthy and am enjoying every day to its fullest. In fact I golfed this a.m. with Rich and Gordy.
JAMES 4:14 HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR LIFE WILL BE LIKE TOMORROW? YOUR LIFE IS LIKE THE MORNING FOG - ITS HERE A LITTLE WHILE, THEN GONE.
Chuancey Goodrich, a BROTHER in Christ recently wrote the following and we felt touched by it and thought others would too...God's knowledge of our lives is so far greater than our current thoughts. Each and everyone of our prayers are heard, and our pain is felt. The anxiety of not knowing can be replaced by reality that God is in control. we often put our Dr's in front of God (and Gods will) and his healing power. When Ang was diagnosed I was a MAJOR wreck. I think I spent most of my time in prayer on a daily basis. Or outcome was a blessing from God But besides our outcome he also showed me all of the little things (though looking back not little at all) he was doing. some of those things were the majors that got me through with out completely falling apart. Then brother Charles Stough was a complete different story. I prayed all the time that he would be miraculously healed. I for the longest time could really think he was dying. about 4 days before he died we were at his house. I prayed for healing like I always did, but I also prayed that Either Charles would healed or that he would take him home quickly and he wouldnt have to suffer the horrible pain he was constantly in. A few days later he passed away by a heart attach. God was merciful to Charles. And though I didn't want to accept my friends departure I know he had a purpose and some of those have already came to light. But Gods purpose will probably never be revealed until I'm in glory hanging with my best friend again. Through all of this I have become very aware that this is a cursed earth, and that at some point EVERY person we know will pass in Gods time. So I have a little saying now. simply... we are on this earth a short time, the most important thing is to know were you're going! of course the second is to share Christ with the people you pass by in this life. Because how horrible would it be to get through this life and realize the pain is not over?