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4/13/2016 Latest post:
Dear Family, Friends and Neighbors:
It is with great sadness in my heart that I share the latest health crisis I'm currently facing.
It's been two years since my last chemo treatment to put the non-Hodgkin lymphoma in remission. Unfortunately, it has returned with a vengeance. I've been diagnosed with Stage III Diffused Large B Cell Lymphoma. I'm in the 10 to 15% of people that rarely develop this. The low grade lymphoma mutated to a more aggressive form. My lymphatic system was compromised once my spleen was removed in 2003. The good news is that it's still treatable. It is going to be treated quite aggressively with me spending five days every three weeks in the hospital receiving chemo at Kaiser Roseville. Midway through the six sessions they'll check to see if I'm responding to treatment. The plan is to eradicate this completely, do a stem cell transplant at Stanford and hope for the best. This is to ensure it does not ever come back, at least not in the aggressive form.
It's a long, hard road to say the least.
I don't know what else to say except thank you in advance for your love, prayers, support and comforting words that will give me the courage and peace I will need to sustain me emotionally, physically and spiritually. I'm a fighter and never give up! I've been "lifted" up many times where there was despair. I'm truly blessed by His strong presence in my daily life. Lastly, know that my faith and trust in the Lord has never wavered and continues to be as strong as ever. He knows where we've been and where we're going.
Please keep my Ray in your prayers as this is extremely difficult on him. He's putting up a good front and being strong for me. A quick call on his cell just to check on him would be great 530-906-6668. That would mean so much to me and greatly benefit him.