Tom’s Story

Site created on December 29, 2019

Thank you for supporting Tom and our family by checking in here for updates, praises and prayer concerns. 

Update 3/17/2020: Whipple procedure performed 2/13/2020; chemo commenced 3/5/20 and the plan is every other week for 8-12 cycles. 

In August, Tom started breaking out with hives whenever he ate. We thought it was likely a food allergy and he stopped gluten and lost 10 pounds, but still had bouts of hives here and there.

In November, Benadryl wasn't controlling the itching, which was internal, and the first blood draw was done that showed negative for hepatitis and elevated liver levels. Soon after, Dr Egli referred us to Dr. Sharma at Parkview Oncology and several procedures were done as needed to open up the bile duct, introduce pancreas enzymes, reduce bilirubin levels, control the itching, etc. And, Tom lost 20 more pounds. All was well for a couple of weeks until the itching and jaundice returned at Christmas. another procedure, this time with the Spyglass equipment and Dr Sharma was able to observe and biopsy abnormal cells. The tumor review board covened and agreed Tom needs the bile duct Ampulla removed (Whipple procedure) and we will meet with Dr. from IU Health, Indianapolis, for that procedure .....
thank you for following along and praying.

Newest Update

Journal entry by Lea-Ann McGregor

Here we go again. It's been a really nice few days with the sunshine, warmer temperatures, and Tom feeling good. He even got out and did some metal detecting. And, he started thinking about all the outside chores that need done. All a great sign that he's feeling better. It makes me want to not even go today. But, we pray and we follow God's promptings and chemo is the next step.... So please pray for Tom this week, Monday/Wednesday/Friday. We expect the side affects next weekend. But I'm praying for there to be none. I'll be sitting in the parking lot all day today working on my knitting, taking a walk, drinking my coffee and water, (hmmm bathroom breaks are something I just realized might be an issue), praying, listening to praise music, waving to Tom in the window. ..... These are new times with the pandemic issues affecting all of us. I'm just praying you all are staying healthy and safe too. Love to all.... I'll write if anything specific comes up. Lea-Ann

Hebrews 12:1-2
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