Welcome to our CaringBridge site. We've created it to keep friends and family updated. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most. At first we held it close and saved phone time and energy for doctor conversations and scheduling; now our Park Fellowship family has been told and many have already entered into prayer, we can sky write it! God is going to do a mighty work and we will tell the world of that as well. Last Thursday at this time we were reeling from the blood work and CT scan that told of Bill's pancreatic cancer and a possible liver involvement. Today after the Tuesday biopsy and duct work on the pancreas to help blood flow and get some of the "gunk" out of that area, we are now certain that it is pancreatic cancer that has metastasized to the liver. They told us because it has progressed from one major organ to another, there is no surgery to offer. There is a very mild version of chemo with no side affects of nausea etc. but it isn't very helpful for longevity. There is a second that has a few side affects but will offer more months of life beyond what the body would offer on its own. People have asked these questions:
How Long? Not known, and with God there is a healing we will claim; we trust you are with us in this and can pray believing What Stage? Stage 5 Yep How are you taking it? We are sad, we are very sad. However, we are hopeful that he will have some good life yet. Yours truly could get hit by a truck and leave on the next train for Glory and beat Bill there. Think of the young lives you have known that have been swept up even recently in the news. There is a "Season"
Bill was transitioned to solid food today and that is good. He has some pockets of air randomly making a way in his abdomen and so to be certain that they do not have fluid from the intestine (could happen because of the procedure) they will keep him there until Monday, at St. Cloud Hospital. . antibiotics through i.v. as well as pain meds..will be given. I have been there with him and will continue to make that my day/night job but I will try to update you on his progress.* Yes, he is strong on his feet and walking on his own to the bathroom but has to pull the hanging bag tree with him. He is still a shade of yellow, jaundice from the liver being impeded...and that will go away, they project in a week or 10 days. For those of you who can visit...let's pretend he got a bad tan from a tanning lotion. It would be so good to know your success stories if you have them when you visit...but let's steer clear of the list of people who have succumbed in a "...few short weeks.." if you have knowledge of that....so do we but we choose to believe that Bill's story will be different.
If you want to share this with others who will pray, yes by all means. We love you and thank you for all your thoughts, prayers and kindnesses. So far I am able to keep my head above water, but right now it needs to be on a pillow! Love and prayers.. Sherri/Bill/Crisco Kid