Chuck and Tami have spent the last 40 years loving each other and being best friends. We are both battling cancer. Chuck has been battling cancer for over three years, and has lost his kidney, had a heart attack, and currently is living with stage four metastatic renal cell cancer. Tami lost both of her parents during Chuck's illness, making the last three years rather tumultuous. This past week, Tami was diagnosed with a form of cancer caused by HPV. We're told most adults today carry this virus. Chuck's cancer has been stable until recently. He has a small met on each lung, and one on the peripheral area of his liver. Recently one met on his left lung has caused damage to the sack surrounding his lung, and it has been filling with fluid, making it difficult to breath. This needs draining every five days, and makes Chuck feel uncharacteristically tired. Chuck is heading off to Seattle the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance to seek out a clinical trial that is being offered to him. He leaves on October 16th. Tami begins her combined radiation and Chemo treatment at MSTI (Mountain States Tumor Institute in Boise) The day before Chuck leaves. These two story lines have our hearts broken, as we each want to be there for the other, and both realize the urgency of each seeking their own treatment, and yet not wanting to be apart. For Family and Friends who would like to help, please see this site for updates, and for opportunities to help us. We have horses and pets, and one another to care for and need your help in sharing the miraculous presence of God's hands through those who can help out. This site will also let us inform others of our progress and save us the heartbreaking retelling of this story, and allow us to "live our lives" without continually being burdened with our Cancer stories. 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.