Ryan Vick V is for Victory

First post: Nov 6, 2020 Latest post: Nov 24, 2020
Ryan was diagnosed with esophageal cancer on October 6, 2020.  It truly is a gift from God that it was discovered when it was. Ryan had been experiencing some upper stomach discomfort for about 2 months.  We wondered about heartburn (but he's never had heartburn, so he didn't know what it feels like), or even an ulcer.  He spoke with his GI doctor about it and she ordered to have an upper endoscopy done at the same time as his routine colonoscopy.  (Ryan has (well-managed) Crohn's disease, so he has a colonoscopy every other year).  The doctor that performed the upper endoscopy did discover a stomach ulcer, which is the pain he had been experiencing.  However, he also found a cancerous tumor at the GI junction of Ryan's esophagus and upper stomach.  We thank God for that stomach ulcer -- because that prompted the endoscopy and allowed the cancer to be discovered!  We also thank God that his appointment was actually moved up by 3 weeks when the endoscopy was ordered. 

Ryan does not meet the typical "markers" for this type of cancer.  He has never had heartburn, he has never smoked, at 44 years he is considered pretty young for this cancer, he is at a healthy weight, and he very rarely consumes alcohol.  Ryan is active and overall very healthy.  

Although this diagnosis has been a shock to us and Ryan's doctors, it certainly is not to our omniscient Father.  And so, since the day of diagnosis, we have declared - as a family - that God alone gets the final say in this journey.   He alone has authority over every scan, test, number, treatment plan, appointment, screen, and medical professional.  God is also Victor.  Our Lord Jesus took cancer to the cross with Him, and His precious blood claimed victory forever more.  This battle belongs to the Lord.  How great is our God!?

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