May 2010

I really appreciate everyone’s prayers; the surgery went amazing (miraculously). Right now I am trying to gain weight and continue to recover; please pray the weight would go on quickly, and that the LORD would be my (and my families’) strength right now (this is an especially hard time for me and fam). They want to start more chemo on me starting this next Wednesday; we knew this was coming, but this is sooner than expected, and I really wanted to have more strenght and weight before we started that whole game again. Please pray that the LORD would give us and the doctors continued wisdom; the chemo is to “make sure” there is no more cancer hanging around (please pray that the LORD would make it totally effective and that we could finally come to an end of this long process — also pray that I will not experience the side effects of the chemo that I did last time). We love you all, and will continue to keep you updated as the LORD leads us through this valley (we’re ready to get to a mountaintop and rest, really soon!!!).

Hello all! It’s Angela again.  Well, yesterday Bobby had his post-op appt with the surgeon.  They removed his staples and now he’s much more comfortable.  But the really amazing, super duper, awesome news is that the pathology on tumor came back!  And, drum roll please…the tumor was OVER 95% DEAD!  Also, the lymphnodes were clear and they got clean margins on the tumor!  We were so excited! Even the surgeon said, you can’t get better than that. Bobby cried and I couldn’t help but exclaim, “Praise the LORD!”   On the flip side, the oncologist wants to start Bobby’s follow-up chemo in just two weeks.  This pretty much took the wind out of our sails.  Only two more weeks for Bobby to recover? We understand the reasoning, but it’s pretty discouraging.  We’ve decided to just take one day at a time and focus on all the miracles that God has performed through this trial.   HE’s been so faithful and gracious to us and we KNOW that HE will continue to show HIS faithfulness.  The pathology report is such an answer to prayer.  We are thanking the LORD for killing that nasty tumor!!!  Bobby is still recovering really well.  Some requests would be that he would gain the weight back that he lost during the 5 days in the hospital (about 10lbs) and that he’d get his appetite back (hence making it easier to gain weight).  He’s been taking short walks and enjoying the brief sun breaks we’ve had. 🙂  Just pray that God would work a miracle in Bobby’s body in the next two weeks, so that he can enter the chemo with strength!  Blessings to all…

Hello everyone, this is Angela again, Bobby’s wife!  Well, yesterday was the one week mark for Bobby’s surgery! Wow, that went by fast! He’s still doing really well.  Basically, he’s sleeping a lot, which is what his body needs right now.  He’s trying to wean down from the pain meds, as he doesn’t like how they make him feel.   I would have to agree with him, as pain meds make me feel “weird” too.   The vascular docs are still calibrating his blood thinners in order to get him to a “theraputic level”.   He has frequent labs to get this on track.  It should be all calibrated by next week.  Just want to thank you all so, so, so much for the support.  Sometimes this process has felt very lonely, but the LORD always reminds me (us) of all the answered prayers and miracles that we have witnessed through this process.  Please continue to pray for Bobby’s complete recovery!  I have been feeling a lot stress lately and anxiety comes with that.  Just leaning on the LORD.  The LORD has been ministering to me/us through this verse: 

Matthew 11:28-30

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Blessings to you all in Jesus Christ!

Hello everyone! This is Bobby’s wife, Angela, I am overjoyed to report that Bobby is now free of cancer! The surgeon said the surgery could not have gone any better! He is recovering really well.  He has been in ICU for the last two nights, but today they are moving him to his regular room.  They are slowly removing all the tubes/monitors that they had in him for the surgery and he is having good pain control.  He was so relieved to find out that they got all the tumor out.  Everyone is calling the surgery a success!  Both surgeons complimented eachother on the other’s work.  Athough he is doing so well, we still have some prayer requests:

*That the vein graft will heal smoothly and not get infected or develop any clots.

*That his heart rate will go down to a normal level (he’s been up around 140 and they want him under 120).

*That his left kidney will continue to work smoothly.

*That his overall recovery will continue to go smoothly.

Bobby is in great spirits, albiet a bit groggy from the pain meds.  🙂  We thank you all so very much for your prayers and support.  We cannot begin to convey our appreciation to all of you!  We told Bobby’s surgeon that there were people all over the world praying, and he thought that was cool.  I’m sure that as soon as Bobby is up to it, he’ll back on his blogs.  😉

Praising the LORD for his mercy, faithfulness, healing and love for us!

We just returned from the doctor’s from my pre-op appointment. The news was all encouraging, in fact more so than I would’ve thought; the doctor said that he believes by looking at the tumor that it is “DEAD,” basically a benign tumor at this point that simply (not so simple 😉 ) needs to be removed! I think this is the most encouraging news I/we have received through this whole ordeal. Not only that, but the inferior vena cava that they will be working on (the big vein near the tumor) will be able to be reconstructed (which is great news!). All I know is that the Lord has without a doubt been working through all of your prayers; both my wife and I feel very encouraged by this news today, of course I still have to go through the surgery, so please pray for that! Also my wife told our surgeon that he was “covered in prayer” from all over the world; and he thought that was great, he said he needs all of the prayer he can get 🙂 (awesome) — so keep up the prayers my brothers and sisters in Christ!

I will be in the hospital for about a week for recovery; please pray that that goes well too, and that there are no complications from the surgery. Also that once this thing is gone, that the cancer never comes back (I’d rather be alive for the Lord’s coming, than go this way 😉 ). We just totally appreciate all of you guys, the outpouring of prayer and even material support has been amazing; it has been and is so awesome to see the body of Christ work like you guys have been working for us. As soon as I am able I will give an update on how the surgery went; and how my recovery is going, unfortunately that won’t be for a little while (maybe I’ll see if my wife can come on the blog here and fill you all in earlier). Thank you guys, so much! Here’s my surgery schedule for May the 6th:

  • Check in @ 6am
  • Begin surgery around 7am
  • Finish surgery around 12pm
  • Cancer free for the rest of my life 😉
  • The first night of recovery will be in ICU
  • Then for the rest of the week I’ll be moved to my own room (which is the same floor I had my in-patient chemos on; which will be nice because we know all the nurses)
  • The go home and recover until I better (about 6 to 8 weeks)
  • Then probably a little follow up chemo just to make sure everything is dead (which it is, praise the Lord!)

Can’t wait until I can be back here updating you guys; until then thank you for carrying us along in prayer! Amen!!!

Tomorrow at 1:45pm I go in for my pre-op; I also find out the results of my most recent CT scan (please pray the tumor has shrunk even more). After the pre-op appointment, with Dr. Billingsley, I go in at 3pm for a physical and EKG; just to make sure I’m healthy and up to par to have surgery. Please pray for those appointments; that all goes well, and that Angela and I would experience the peace that surpasses all understanding. And that everything is good to go!!!

After tomorrows appointment I’ll let you know what time my surgery is going to start on the 6th; I don’t know that yet, all I know is that it’s going to be a 5hr surgery.

Thank you for your prayers, everyone!!!

Okay everyone, it’s time to mobilize and get ready for “D-day.” My surgery is this thursday, May 6th (The National Day of Prayer 😉 ); I’m not sure what time we’re going to get started (probably relatively early in the day), I’ll find that out at my pre-op appointment on Wednesday. I just want to say thank you to all of you for faithfully supporting us and praying for us through this season — it’s not quite over yet, but close — we are exhausted but your prayers (and just knowing you’re there) provide us with all kinds of power from the Lord and comfort.

Let me just ask you all to pray that the tumor has been shrinking over this last month, while we’ve been waiting for this surgery. And pray that the Lord would guide the doctor’s hands, and that they would get it all. Also that the vascular doctor would not really be needed, and that if he is, that he would be able to reconstruct my inferior vena cava — and not tie it off (in order to get “clean margins,” when cutting out my tumor, they need to take out my right kidney, and most likely get into the area where my inferior vena cava is at [a large hose sized vein that brings the blood back from the lower extremities — if they aren’t able to reconstruct that, but have to “tie it off,” I’ll have to wear compression stockings for the rest of my life — which I really don’t want to]); they are relatively confident that they will be able to reconstruct (which is the better option). And please pray, once they get it all out of there; that that’s it, that the cancer is gone forever and never never never never never never never never never comes back :-). Also pray for the peace that passes understanding for me and my family; pray that I will be at peace when they are wheeling me into surgery. Also please pray that my recovery will be quick, and that the pain will be at the bare minimum. And also pray that the Lord would continue to strengthen my wife — who really has been a rock this whole time, a great support, I love her — and that our kids would just have a real peace from the Lord (they are beautiful kids). If I think of more specifics I’ll let you know 🙂 ! Oh, pray that we might be a testimony to our nurses and doctors; that they would recognize the power of the Lord in all of this, and turn their lives over to Him.

I will do another post on Wednesday, letting you know more of the details of the surgery, after we are filled in at our pre-op appointment. Oh, my Dr.s names are: Dr Kevin Billingsley  (the lead doctor and head of surgical oncology at OHSU), and Dr. Greg Moneta (head of vascular surgery). Please pray for these guys, by name, and ask the Lord would give them extra wisdom on May 6th. Also pray for their salvation, I’m not sure of their relationship to the Lord.

We have the promise and hope of heaven, and the recompense and reward of our present misery will be so great that we shall rebuke ourselves severely for ever having dropped one tear or sigh on account of this contempt and ingratitude of the world. Why, we shall say, did we not suffer even worse things? I never would have believed that there could be such surpassing glory in eternal life; else I should not have so dreaded to suffer even much worse things (St. L. II:1237; Erl, Exeg. Opp. Lat. 9, 235.) ~Martin Luther (the Protesant Reformer)

H/T: Alan Kurschner

P.S. I’m about ready to write a post asking everyone to intensify your prayers even more; my surgery is coming this Thursday, May 6th, which is the National Day of Prayer 🙂 . Thank you to all of you who have been faithfully holding us up; this surgery in many ways is the climax of this whole thing, I plan on being cancer-free by this Thursday — by God’s mercy and grace.