Steve Olson

First post: Jun 20, 2022 Latest post: Oct 17, 2022
Steve has been dealing with chronic lower back pain for some time with adnominal pain getting worse as well within the last 6 months. Due to increased pain, Patty and Steve went to the Mayo Clinic over memorial day weekend (May 2022) where they discovered Steve had a significant mass on his pancreas. 

After more tests and scans, it was confirmed that Steve has stage 3 locally advanced pancreatic cancer. The tumor has extensive vascular involvement, making surgery very difficult and risky. The tumor is currently considered borderline to unresectable, meaning it's unable to be removed by surgery. 

June 16th Steve is undergoing a diagnostic laparoscopy to see if any cancer cells have traveled to his stomach. He will also have a port placed at this time. 

They are waiting to have a PET MRI performed to determine if the cancer has spread to lymph nodes. They have quite a few upcoming appointments at Mayo over the next few weeks. Steve will see a pain management specialist who is going to perform a celiac plexus block. A celiac plexus block is a pain relief treatment delivered by injection. The treatment prevents celiac plexus nerves from sending pain messages to the brain. They are very hopeful this will eliminate Steve's back and abdominal pain, which would be such a blessing! 

Prayer requests:
-that the block would be successful in eliminating Steve's pain
-increased appetite, Steve hasn't been hungry and is really struggling with eating
-no nausea and vomiting, this is Steve's biggest concern, he really hates getting sick
-restful sleep, between the pain and nausea it's been very difficult to sleep
-wisdom for how to proceed, Steve is thinking through the decision to start chemo

As Steve says, GOD is GOOD.

-Beth, Patty's daughter

A Message from Steve:
Pray for wisdom for the doctors and for Patty, myself and others around us who are like minded.

Pray for wisdom because of the different options as far as medical ideas / treatment

Pray for those folks who I know and met who are not giving their lives to JESUS as their LORD and SAVIOR. They must be saved through an understanding that they are wretched and need to repent and trust CHRIST as SAVIOR from GOD'S WRATH yet to come. This planet is a temporary place. Eternal life is forever. 

All I know for sure is that GOD is in CONTROL and HIS WILL be done and JESUS is KING and my/our ONLY HOPE. I know I have a place in HEAVEN GOD'S KINGDOM that surely I don't deserve. But HIS GRACE is AWESOME and the only place that word should be used is for our GOD HIMSELF is AWESOME and AWESOME GOD is HE ALONE. Who knows what will happen for sure is ONLY GOD whether I stay and be an ambassador for CHRIST here or be taken home at this time.