Timothy’s Story

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Journal entry by Carol Detweiler

I had a CT scan and oncology visit on Wednesday, February 17 which brought me encouraging news.  The scans showed that the cancerous lymph nodes had either shrunk in size or stayed the same.  It is encouraging to see some positive results from my target therapy plan.  My oncologist was encouraged and feels I should stay on the same dose for now - one entrechtinib daily.  I am handling this treatment regiment very well with very minimal side effects.  I get a little light headed when I climb the stairs too fast, I have slight neuropathy in my feet and arms/hands, and I need to take an extra Lasix to keep the fluid build up in check.  Other than that, I feel good.  I have energy to do most everything I would like to do.  I had been helping to drive the Hilcrest Academy shuttle van this fall but had to take a break when I started my treatment.  Now that I am handling my treatment well, I plan to begin taking my turn driving the shuttle van this week on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon.

Carol and I have made the decision to move from the country into the town of Washington, IA.  We bought a house in Washington and are now in the process of getting it ready to move into.  I am thankful that I am feeling good and strong enough to be able to do the projects I need to do in making this transition.  I am also thankful for family and friends who are chipping in to help with this transition.  My children have also been very clear with me that I need to hire out the big projects - which I am doing 😊.  Lord, grant me the wisdom to know my limits, to know what I should take on and what I should let someone else do.  

Some Lenten reflections as we begin Lent: Mark's Gospel and Sunday's message encouraged us to reflect on the meaning of our baptism.  I am grateful for my faith and the decision I made to follow Christ in life.  My baptism keeps me grounded in God's love, in my faith, and in the church.  Mark's gospel also reminds us that life can be a wilderness.  Following Jesus' baptism, Mark tells us that the Spirit immediately "sent Jesus out into the wilderness."  The wilderness became the place where Jesus confronted the lies and temptations of the evil one.  There in the wilderness the angels attended to him. My journey with cancer is a wilderness for me.  Sometimes it can feel like I walk among the "wild animals", where the evil one tries to take away what was confirmed at my baptism - are you really one of God's beloved?  Does God really care?  Can I really trust in God?  Walking this wilderness journey with cancer is about learning how to let the angels tend to my needs;  it is about learning what it means to rest in God's love that never ends; and it is about having eyes to see God's healing presence with me no matter what.  

Thank you for checking in with my blog and most of all, thank you for your prayers and support,

Tim Detweiler
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