Circle us, Lord.Keep protection near, and danger afar.Circle us, Lord.Keep hope within, keep despair without.Circle us, Lord.Keep light near, and darkness afar.Circle us, Lord.Keep peace within, and anxiety without.The eternal Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, shield us on every side.AmenThank you so very much for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers!
Our daughters are putting together a team for the June 25th Purple Stride in Denver (Pancreatic Cancer Awareness 5K walk/run) to support David and raise funds for research to fight this cancer. It's in Denver on the morning of June 25th, start time around 8:30 a.m.
At the moment, David is feeling well enough to walk with us, but chemo starts again on Monday, so we'll have to see about that. But we'd love to have you join us, and even if you are not able to be with us, donating to our team's fund-raising efforts would be very much appreciated. Unfortunately, research is not free.
Click on the link at the bottom of this message to find out more, but here's a quick run-down:
Joining the team is $30 (a bit more if you want to be timed). Also Brittany created a t-shirt for the team that I think will be $15. If you want a t-shirt, let Brittany know ideally by this weekend, so she can place the order (men’s t-shirt sizes, 50/50 cotton polyester blend so they're soft). You can email her your name and size preference at email@example.com.
The link below is how you join our team (Team Pop Rocks) to walk with us -- or run ahead of us! Use this link also to donate to help us reach our goal.
Some of you may have heard that David is in the hospital. Scary as the threat of blood clot(s) that sent us to the ER Wednesday evening, the actual news was even worse. Yes, there are multiple clots in his lungs and in his lower legs, but during the CT scan, other even more serious problems were noted. His pancreas is enlarged, and is possibly the origin of a metastatic cancer, multiple lesions were noted in his liver and various other places--we're not completely clear about everything yet. Anyway, not good.
The clots are being managed, and a needle biopsy of one or more of the lesions in his liver was done midday Thursday. Latest word is that the cells do appear to be cancer cells, as expected, but the origin of the cancer and the stage are yet to be determined. We expect to hear on Monday. Crazy as it sounds, we're hoping for colon cancer, since that's the most manageable of the three probable diagnoses. Or if not that, then the "better" version of pancreatic cancer. We'll let you know.
David was almost allowed to go home this afternoon, but he had some pain near the biopsy site after his first hallway stroll, and it was decided to keep him in the hospital for another night, just to be sure all is well, and the transition from the IV blood thinner to the injections has been managed. Since they are 12-hour intervals, it has actually worked to our advantage to delay until 6:30 in the evening. The original 2 p.m. / 2 a.m. schedule was not terribly appealing. Anytime you can avoid having to set an alarm to wake up and inflict and/or experience pain, that's a bonus. We're appreciating bonuses wherever we can find them at the moment.
Another bonus is that the doctors, nurses, and support staff have all been wonderful. David, most of the time, has been able to be his usual joking self, and we already feel we have friends here at the hospital. We are certainly aware that this will be a whole new journey and we are just getting started. Your continued prayer and messages of hope will be very much appreciated.
Specifically, please pray for the doctors’ skillful diagnosis and attention to detail, wisdom for all of us to know the best next steps, healing for David, of course, and peace and comfort for all of us, including our daughters, Courtney, Brittany, and Chelsea.
Thank you for your overwhelming love and support. We've had so many warm and encouraging emails and texts, we can't begin to answer them individually. We are trying to stay in the present moment, and not waste a lot of energy fearing the future, but we are still not quite up for phone calls or visits. Thank you for your continued understanding. -- With love and gratitude, David and Sunny
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