Today Jerry had an endoscopy done. They found a tear in his stomach which they are taking care of. Tomorrow he will get a tube put in for nutrition. We’re pretty happy about that. He wants to get stronger and that can’t happen when he can’t eat enough. We decided against surgery to attach his stomach to his small intestine until he’s stronger. We have a peace about this decision and are confident in the team working together (here in Marshfield) for Jerry’s care. God is good and is to be praised!
Jerry had a little fall this morning...no major injuries. A couple bruises and a couple stitches. He went to the hospital in Marshfield for evaluation, and they want to keep him for evaluation. He’s had an especially difficult time eating lately, and needs some help with nutrition and hydration to give him some energy. Thank you in advance for your prayers.
Jerry had another chemo yesterday and afterwards given more blood. He’s doing well on this chemo. He feels good most mornings but tires easily as the day progresses. We’re so thankful that he’s maintaining his weight, but he wants to gain more. He does feel “hungry” now but since everything is puréed stuff tastes different and of course we all want our food to taste good! He got some good news this week. When they do his labs they give you a “tumor marker.” His tumor marker started in the 7,000’s (late summer). This week they called and said it was down to 2,100! Thank you, Jesus!Thanks for your continued prayers.
Jerry has continued to battle. He did have another stay with the good people at Marshfield Hospital. They are amazing, but we would like to see as little of them as possible. Jerry was able to come back home the day before Thanksgiving. Everyone was really excited to have him home for the holiday.
Eating has continued to be a challenge. The tumor is compressing the bottom of Jerry's stomach and first part of his small intestine. Because of this, it takes a considerable amount of time for food to pass through his stomach. A couple surgical options have been presented, but for now the best option is to continue chemo and enjoy the pureed food as much as possible. Please pray that Jerry will be able to eat and drink enough to keep his strength up.
The oncologist recommended a different regiment of chemotherapy for Jerry, as the one he was on was too destructive (and ended with Jerry in the hospital). So, yesterday, Jerry began another chemo treatment. Hopefully this one will treat him better than the last one did.
As always, thank you to everyone for everything.....so many.....just thanks!!!!
We covet your prayers for continued strength, ability to eat, encouragement, effectiveness of the new chemo, balance of medications with his condition, and anything else you can think of which to pray.
Thank you so much to all who came to the benefit on Saturday! What an amazing day! To feel so much love and support from so many who have meant so much over so many years was truly an amazing and uplifting experience! We are grateful and we are blessed.
Jerry starts another round of chemo tomorrow, November 6. We are happy he has gained enough strength and energy to take on this challenge. Please pray for an "easy" round of chemo, energy through the next week, a decrease in symptoms, the ability to eat and drink and an appetite over the next week or so.
After a little over a week in the hospital, Jerry came home yesterday! He's feeling much stronger and his appetite has significantly improved. It's great to be able to spend some family time with the Grandkids. Thank you to all who have been praying for that. Continued prayers for additional strength and determination.
A very special thank you to all who helped in one way or another on Wednesday. Windows were replaced, shingles were laid, and spirits were lifted. There are no words that completely explain how impacting it is to us seeing so many people donate their time, energy and resources....a million times....THANK YOU!!!
Jerry and Jennifer are waiting to discuss when the next chemo treatment will begin. They are also talking about adjusting medication levels to limit the side effects in the future. Thank you for reaching out, praying, notes and letters, texts, emails, Facebook messages, etc. Its wonderful to hear from so many, and greatly appreciate your concern and prayers.
Jerry’s last round of chemo was particularly rough on him. Alot of nausea, vomiting and other G.I. problems. He was due to start his fourth treatment today, but they decided to postpone that for a bit, and also decided to admit him to the hospital for a few days. He is dehydrated and his immune system is getting a little worn down. Please continue to pray for strength, patience, guidance and perseverance.
Check out the arm bands in the gallery! Purple to support Pancreatic Cancer....No One Fights Alone / Blomberg Strong! to support Jerry. $5 each. Adult and child sizes available. Contact a family member. All proceeds go directly to Jerry and Jennifer to assist with expenses.
Jerry had another round of chemo that began on Tuesday and finished on Thursday. This was his third treatment. This week has been more difficult than the first two.....more tired, more nausea, more fatigue.... please pray for a decrease in his symptoms, an increase in energy, a continued positive outlook, and peace.
There is a benefit being planned for Jerry on Nov. 3, at Ogema Baptist Church. Approximate time will be 11 am to 3 pm. Food, talent show, silent auction, pie auction, pleasant conversation, and more! Contact Coralie Recob (262) 949-6688 for information or to offer help.
The doctors said there would be good days, and bad days. About a week after the first round of chemo, there were a few bad days. Jerry rebounded and had a few good days. Today was the start of the second round of chemo. The staff said that there was a small amount of tumor shrinkage since the first round! Great news!
Please pray for energy, overall health and continued shrinkage of the tumor.
Nobody is ever expecting it....Nobody is ever ready to hear it...It changes everything....Cancer! After a couple weeks of feeling 'under the weather', Jerry went in for a checkup. After all the tests, scans, pokes and prods were complete, on August 22, 2018, Jerry was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The cancer in his pancreas had grown beyond the pancreas itself, but had not spread to the liver, lungs or elsewhere. The medical staff at Marshfield Hospital discussed treatment options with Jerry & Jennifer, and on September 5, Jerry began his first round of chemotherapy.
He was not expecting it, he was not ready to hear it, and it has changed everything.....but those who know him know it has not changed HIM. Jerry's first thoughts and words were concern for Jennifer and family. (Same as always). He wanted to be with family. (Same as always). He decided to fight. (Siblings, you know this....Same as always!). He gave control of his life, treatment & condition over to God his Creator, and Jesus his Savior. (Same as always). Cancer has changed some things, but it has not changed who this man is!
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