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Really great news!! Still in our prayers!
 

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Just a little update, my wife continues her ups and downs, good days and bad but yesterday was a great day for her. We celebrated 26 years of marriage. It's funny we celebrated our 25th and 26th wedding anniversary in the same year because we had to postpone year 25 for a number of months. She's scheduled to see a pain specialist and have another scan to see where the cancer is going or not going

I surprised her yesterday by taking her to the old mansion we had our wedding reception in for a tea, it was set up in the library. They were nice enough to just let me have the place for as long as I wanted it. I dropped off a a few personal wedding mementos a few days earlier. Then on Monday I took her there under the impression we would just grab a picture in front of the main entrance. Instead I led her inside to the library where they had set up a table with her china and tea service. Lots of tears, we enjoyed her favorite tea and cookies. Then spent time looking at the wedding album and just talking. It was a very special time for us all.


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The dog belongs to a person who lives near the property, she just hangs around and greets people. I so wanted to take that dog home. Remember life is short and we're just trying to fill our lives with many more happy moments before we can no longer do that, I hope you are to. Please keep her in your prayers.
 

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Wonderful, I love the photos! Congrats on your 26th Anniversary. Also a congrats to you for being our cover photo on the 2020 calendar! You photo was great and you are most deserving!
 

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Cover photo are you kidding me, I had no idea. Wow. I just saw the 12 cars for the all the months and thought cool. Stopped there.
 

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What a great surprise for her! Continued prayers for health & happiness!!
 

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This past friday my wife saw her oncology team along with other specialist after a CT scan of her lung and mid-region. After analysis of the scan there was mixed news. The good news was that the main tumor in her lung continues to respond positively to the medicine and continues to shrink in size, i would estimate based on the tumor measurements the reduction to be around 35-40% since it was discovered. The other tumors outside the lung show no signs of change. This is a real blessing and a valuable response to prayer.

The news of concern would suggest that other nodules have appeared in her lung and one lymph node is growing. She may be facing radiation treatments on that lymph node but they are waiting for a blood study to determine if the nodules are any concern. They want to determine if the cancer is morphing into something new, it's the cancer learning how to be the treatment. Or, could it be a new type of mutant cancer developing there. The possibility also exist that the nodules will suddenly shrink on their own which they're prone to do as well. So we wait patiently to see how this progresses.

She's in much pain and treatments for that have been minimal at best, Hopkins likes to bring as I say the big cannons to the battlefield and they're considering some radical ideas to help her be comfortable. The pain is what really stunts her life so we pray over that issue often. When the pain specialist asked her what her goal for pain control was, she smiled and said softly, "I just want to lay down next to my husband in my own bed and fall asleep in his arms." Even the doctor had to look away a moment to adjust to that response. She's been sleeping in a hospital bed with the back elevated in our home and I sleep in a recliner next to her.

She remains ever strong and is an amazing testimony to others suffering the same trials and fate with her sweet disposition and desire to make other feel good when they're around her. Hold them a little closer folks, especially us guys, life is short and unpredictable and not having her here for me is impossible to imagine. The medical experts tell us she has a potential life span between 2-5 years based upon her type of cancer. I pray for complete healing but God already knows the last day and minute any of us will have on this earth but I'll happily take every minute I can for now.

Till next time, thank you for your continued prayers and support.
 

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My pretty wife of 25 years was diagnosed with lung cancer. She's never smoked or drank a day in her life, very sad. She was in a really bad car accident last February, tractor trailer side swiped her and totaled her car. She's been dealing with after effects that included nerve surgery in her neck and head at John Hopkins. It's been rough the nerve issue caused so many problems that I couldn't even as much give her a hug due to the pain. Some of that seems to be correcting itself but the headaches are still there. She had some MRi's done because she was having pain in her back, turns out it was cancer. Very unhappy with the neurologist that kept telling her for nearly a year "don't worry about your back until we deal with the issues in your neck and head."

We'd put celebrating our 25 wedding anniversary off till she was better but now this. So, I'm not putting that off and plan to marry her again before I lose her. Meeting with Hopkins oncologist soon just trying to get her pain management in check. I have a 20 year old daughter in college but we have a 11 year old boy that could possibly grow up without his mother and that kills me inside, She's only 49, so young. Some people can be married as long or longer and just "have" a marriage but we we're still on our honeymoon.

Still have to wait a bit till she gets the pain meds in check plus determining treatment possibilities. I just hope we can get it done in about two months, I suspect. Just a little something simple at home with family and friends, mostly waiting because I can't be certain where her energy levels will be.
Whew...WOW...I am so sorry to hear of her situation. We will definitely pray for her as well as for you and your children. Just a thought and I've never looked into this, but what about the Cancer Centers of America? I'm unsure of their success rate and have no idea of costs, but it could worth looking. Please keep us updated!
 

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Thanks of the input but with this particular type of cancer John Hopkins Hospital has been tracking it almost since it was discovered about ten or so years ago. They even believe they have patient zero or close to it. There is a specific cancer medicine used to combat this specific cancer, a third generation actually, we're hoping gen four is around the corner as the cancer basically teaches itself to beat the drug itself or it mutates into a new cancer.

BTW that's a great quote you have in your signature, I have that scribed under a photo of about 75 of my buddies and me standing watch somewhere in D.C.
 

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Well we find ourselves only days away from celebrating our Savior’s birth and the other joys of Christmas. But this one is bittersweet indeed. A few weeks ago a scan showed an enlarged lymph node in my wife’s lung and the plan was radiation as a means of treatment.

A few days passed and I found my wife, suddenly without warning, having a 102 degree fever and completely unresponsive. She’d been fine only two hours before. I picked her up and carried her to the car and rushed her to Hopkins. Immediately as always they took her under their wing and began with hast to find the problem. After a CT scan they found a blockage between her liver and gallbladder along with three different blood infections. Her heart rate was very high and her blood pressure was very low.

They moved her to a different room in the ER. A room much larger and one I recognized as and emergency procedure room. A place where they anticipated the worse to happen. They wanted her vitals to stabilize before surgical options were considered.

There was no place for me to sit but I didn’t ask for one. At 3 a.m. I threw my backpack down on the floor next to her bed, a go bag of sorts when I suddenly expect to be killing time in a hospital, and laid down using it as a pillow. I closed my eyes and let her breathing lull me to sleep.

A couple hours passed and nurse awakened me. She told me nicely that I was creating a disturbance laying there. I apologized and got to my feet, I assumed I had been blocking her way. The room is large enough to hold eight people easily. There is a wide curtain that covered the 15 foot wide entrance but that current stop about four feet above the floor.

The nurse smiled and told me I had done nothing wrong and said the disturbance I caused was related to other nurses that had been standing outside the room or passing by looking under the curtain and then weeping at the site of me sleeping on the floor beside my wife. They would then go into other rooms to treat people looking as if they had been crying and this might have a negative effect on another patient she said. I was just overwhelmed by this.

The doctor came in, she smiled and gave me a little hug and assured me that they would take care of her and convinced me it best to go home and rest. I agreed and headed out and as I walked away people just stopped doing what they were doing and watched me walk off, some smiled or nodded and it was uncomfortable for me as I made my way out but later upon reflection I saw it as a testimony to others about real love and commitment. It just happened without thought.

I returned about five hours later and two surgical procedures were completed over three days to correct that problem, she stayed in the hospital about eight days to clear up the infections too. Then the sad news came. The CT scan had shown that in only two weeks that one lymph node had developed into several lymph nodes infected by the cancer. Fluid was building back up in her lung and the catheter that was removed earlier in November would be put back in. Radiation is no longer an option and now they seek to use chemotherapy.

Shy of a miracle my wife’s life on this earth and with me moves toward a final sunset. We all walk that path but to see it on the horizon is a painful sight to hold. She’s in much pain at the moment from recent procedures and that accident from a year earlier but her spirit is sweet when you look past that. We do look forward to celebrating Christmas and friends and family dropping by that day and on the eve before. I know she’ll be full of joy and wonder.

We covet your well wishes and prayers. My prayer for each of you is that you’ll be blessed this Christmas with much excitement, joy and great health and maybe a little snow for those of you in that region. Enjoy all your favorite family traditions together with family and friends God bless you all.
 

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In this joyous time of our Savior 's birth, it's hard to recognize that things like this can happen. Chris, may your faith bring you through this difficult time. May your wife's remaining time be filled with love of family and peace from above. Please know that you and her are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless her compassionate caregivers day to day in their quest to provide her with the best care that they can give.
 

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So very sorry for this news. God bless you and continued prayers for you and your wife. My heart goes out to both of you.
 
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