Michelle’s Story

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Feel free to read our Journal and sign our Guest Book or you can email me at rom45@hotmail.com (mailto:rom45@hotmail.com)

Glory to God!

This page started as a place where people could check up on Michelle during her surgery and is now also serving as a contact point for people with Peritoneal Cancer.

Those of you that were with us from the beginning remember but I will give a brief sketch of where we were at and where we are now.

During our vacation in Duck NC, in June of 07, Michelle began having pain and constipation. The beginning of July, Michelle went to our Family Dr. and was sent to a urologist because she had a kidney stone. After a C/T showing a kidney stone and "Diverticulitis", we got the kidney stone out of the way and Michelle's pain was increasing so back to the Dr. in July, He did an ultrasound and found Gall Stones.

Michelle had her Gallbladder removed (in August) and the pain and constipation continued to get worse so back to the Dr.(the beginning of Sept.). He said that he couldn't diagnose Diverticulitis without a Colonostipy and the soonest we could get scheduled was October 26th(if I remember correctly). By mid Sept., Michelle was in excruciating pain and we pulled some strings and got her in for a scope on the 26th I think it was. The Dr. told us that Michelle had what he was "virtually positive" cancer in her Sigmoid Colon and it was blocking her up, he had to use a scope the size of a pencil to scope out the rest of her colon. We got the Pathology Report the next day and began looking for surgeons. We ended up with a Surgeon in Lexington, Ky. and the surgery was done the middle of Oct. (I'm sure Michelle will come back and correct the dates)

The Surgeon told us that the cancer had spread to her Peritoneal Lining and that unfortunately this was incurable but we should see the oncologist and see what he had to say. I will spare you my trying to tell you what all we were feeling and try to stick to the facts. The Oncologist came to Michelle's room and very matter of fact told us that she had 16 to 36 months to live and that he could help prolong her death and that was all. The family rallied around us. Gary, my brother got me a list of the top cancer clinics in the world and I called every one of them and got the same answer. Rena, Kristy and Tammy (my aunt and cousins) began searching and found out about IPHC and made us an appointment. 

We went to church and the elders confessed their faults (nothing the town gossip could use) and poured oil on her and prayed.... Michelle felt heat in her lower back and abdomen. (see James 5:14-16)

We knew that at least one woman was a ten year survivor and we were hopeful but guarded in our enthusiasm. We knew that IPHC could give her a couple more years and we were hopeful that the heat Michelle felt was God touching her, but we did not know.

The surgery took place on June 9th and was a success! We were told there was a 64% chance that the cancer would NOT come back!

The cancer did come back after and was discovered in Nov of 2010

Feel free to read our Journal and sign our Guest Book or you can email me at rom45@hotmail.com (mailto:rom45@hotmail.com)

"The Lord's been good to me" Larry

Newest Update

Journal entry by Larry Lanham

August 3rd 1991, it was a saturday. If your a longtime journal reader you may remember that that's the day Michelle and I went out on our first date. I had a tough time getting her to go out with me. I wasn't exactly smooth.... Michelle was the only girl I ever had more that a thirty second phone conversation with and the only girl I ever took home. The highest complement Michelle ever gave me was to trust me. She trusted me enough to go out with me and then, a week or so later, I told her that I loved her. You know what she said? She said "that's nice". I was so afraid I had blown it but the next day she trusted her heart to me and told me that she loved me too! She trusted me again a week or so after that, when she agreed to marry me, and again, on November 16th when she said "I do". For the next 21 years, she trusted me through it all, houses, cars, moving, babies, cancer... right up to her last moments of conciseness, she trusted me... her trust in me was the crowning achievement in my life and I tried so hard to be worthy of her trust. The girls trust me, Michelle trusted me to raise them, and that's my treasure.

Marriage is a picture of Christ and the Church and God has taught me so much about that, during Michelle's and my marriage, but the biggest thing I am taking away from the experience is that I am going to trust Him!

This is it, our last Journal entry. I'm so thankful for your prayers your love and support. We have a you tube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/Larryglen686 and FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/larry.lanham.7 and I would love it if you all continued to follow our lives and pray for us.

To God be the glory, great things He hath done;
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,
And opened the life gate that all may go in.

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory, great things He hath done.

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