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God's Blessings in time of trials

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Not sure what to title this yet. So much has happened in the last 5 months.

I had my right knee replaced March 7th and right after surgery my sciatic and back were bad for 3 1/2 months. I kept doing my knee exercises and stayed on track for healing.

The middle of April our 2nd oldest son (48) went to the ER was taken by ambulance to UW Hospital in Madison. We went down the next morning and walked in right after he and his wife were told he had terminal and inoperable cancer. He had colon cancer 3 years ago and the removed part of his colon. It was very small and they thought they had it all. All test around it were good. Apparently a few cells were still there and spread to his liver and a few tiny spots in his lungs.

A few weeks later he got his first Chemo treatment, a very strong dose to start out. 2 days later he had a stage 3 heart attack and was taken back to UW hospital. His blood vessel going to his heart collapsed. He ended up being allergic to the dye in the test and his face and throat instantly swelled up. they took care of that and a couple of hours had a stint put in. They said the vessel was smaller in one spot and had been a pre-existing condition.

He has had other setbacks with red and white cells low, and needed transfusions.
Since then he has had a different chemo and last Cat Scan showed the ones in the lung have shrunk in half and couldn't tell on the tumors in the liver for sure.
A group of cancer doctors discuss what to next and will be doing direct radiation into the tumors in his liver.

He is feeling better, had to keep working even though they said he shouldn't. Where he works is being great. he goes in in the morning, comes home and takes a nap and goes back in. After he has chemo he can do some of his job from home on the computer. He has been getting his life in order and updating what he can.

He has a great attitude and is enjoying whatever he can, including his 4 grandchildren. Tonight he and Pam(his great wife) are going camping at Castle Rock and tomorrow night3 grandchildren will be staying in the camper with them. Sat night is the boat parade and fireworks.

We love them more than words can say and pray several times every day for them and the rest of our family, all the Doctors and nurses. God has granted us peace, hope and love.

This wasn't written for sympathy but I think my acceptance of what we are going through. I think I found the title.

I never really write about my feelings and thought this would be hard knowing someone else might read this. I think I realized I need help and am turning to Spark People. Hopefully I can keep writing and maybe get involved and meet people this time on spark people.
I better hurry and post this before I chicken out.

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    Just said a prayer for you and your family.
    2918 days ago
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    God bless you and your family! It took a lot of courage to write the details. We never know what the next person is going through so it gives a little insight as you write. Keep posting. Wishing and praying for nothing but the best for you and your family.
    2918 days ago
    Thank you for such a heartfelt reminder of the important blessings in life - the people we love and who love us.

    I'll pray for the miracle of healing.
    2918 days ago
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