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In everything give thanks....
« on: August 07, 2019, 01:23:36 AM »
Ok Gang,

May 21st I woke up in extreme pain (left side at the belt-line) and hit the floor.  I crawled to the door and yelled for my wife, no luck – she’s outside watering plants.  Long story-Short: we make it to the E-Room and a CT scan confirms my suspicion.  Never had a kidney stone before, but friends described it pretty well.  I pass the pain-causing stone later in the E-Room, then two Docs come in and tell me I have at least two more stones, one in each kidney.  They then tell me I have a tumor in my right kidney, which they believed to be cancer (My wife is sitting there with this “Fight Cancer” T-shirt on).
 
Well, not a great start to the day so far, BUT you know…. I am SO thankful I had that kidney stone, or else I wouldn’t have known about this tumor until, only God knows when.  It’s simply a God thing… Him letting me know what’s going on, so It can be taken care of. 

Doc #2 wanted more CT contrast scans.  He got them and felt confident (98%) it was renal cell carcinoma – said the kidney is probably shot, and he could remove it and the tumor and likely have no radiation or chemo.  He could schedule kidney resection surgery in 3 weeks.  I tell him I want to talk to my PCP and possibly get a 2nd opinion. 

In Bama, UAB hospital is generally the place to go for a cancer specialist.  I tried several avenues to get a referral there, through my PCP, through my Neuro Dr. at UAB, but doors were shut every time.

The only referral I got was in H’ville and when I got it, it was like every door opened UP WIDE.  it was God’s hand directing all of this, so I could get the right referral to get the right Dr for a 2nd opinion, with the resources to make things happen quickly. The CT’s didn’t look right to this Dr., so he lined up clinicals and a biopsy the next week in one day, so I would not have to travel twice.
The biopsy confirmed cancer, but NOT renal cell carcinoma, instead a B-cell NHL, so no kidney removal at this time.  Chemo only for the near future, and hopefully the kidney can be saved.  Thank the Lord for 2nd opinions and biopsies. 

Fast-Forward about 10,000 gallons of drinking from a fire hydrant (information overload) and now I’ve had a surgery for the chemo-port install, and had two rounds of chemo. 

You know, I do not look forward to this journey, and cancer is not a bed of roses.  I’ve had sufferings with chronic migraines these past few years, but I really have an incredible peace about this that can only come from God’s Spirit.  I look at how my savior Jesus, suffered on the cross. I look at how my younger daughter has suffered and fought intractable epilepsy for 20 years, and by God's hand is seizure-free.  I look at my older daughter, born 3 months early at 26 weeks (1 lb-12 oz, 13” long) who spent her first 100 days in a hospital-now a healthy 25 yr old, and how can I not be thankful to suffer like they have, and seen God's hand overcome adversity?

HOW can I not be?   I pray I can be, and I ask for your prayers to overcome.  God bless you all.
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« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2019, 07:14:16 AM »
Tim,
  I will keep you up in Prayer that our God will take this cancer from you .
I also believe that God wanted you to get to the Dr. and have this looked at and even get that second opinion.
He works in ways we don't understand or see but He has our life here on earth all plotted out like a sailor on the ocean plots his route so to speak.
 He see's our future and the roads we must travel and sometimes there is a stumbling block that we need to stop and wait until it's repaired before we can continue on and in your case it's the cancer in the kidney .
  I pray in Jesus name to our heavenly Father that He will hear our prayers and repair and guide you in the direction you must follow. Whatever or where ever you must go to get medical help that the Dr's hands are guided by our Father. Again in Jesus our Savior's name I pray along side of you my Brother Tim.   

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« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2019, 08:05:13 AM »
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Re: In everything give thanks....
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2019, 10:55:57 AM »
Tim,

Who can argue with such a healthy attitude and view (well, in today's world some can/would, but they don't come here me thinks)...

I echo Keith's sentiments that Got will provide healing for you and grace your attitude with healing... :pray:
The words "Child" and "terminal illness" should never share the same sentence! Those who care-do, others question!

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Re: In everything give thanks....
« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2019, 03:19:34 PM »
You will certainly be in my prayers. Good luck with your treatment.
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Re: In everything give thanks....
« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2019, 10:41:01 PM »
Prayers up for you. I know the problems you are faceing and admire your positive outlook. God is good!

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« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2019, 11:57:18 PM »
Guys, I really appreciate your prayers; it means a lot to me to be lifted up to our Lord.  He is capable of beating anything this old world throws at us.  In fact, He's already won the battle.  I just need to trust Him fully to overcome this skirmish in my body, while I'm getting trampled with this chemo.  I'm hanging in there....

Thanks so much !
Tim
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« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2019, 07:43:04 AM »
Amen Brother...Keep the Son in your eyes!
The words "Child" and "terminal illness" should never share the same sentence! Those who care-do, others question!

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« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2019, 06:38:33 PM »
Tim,
 I have a road I drive to work on that I call my Prayer road and every morning I pray for folks that come to mind and you and Doc have been on it. Still keeping Doc everyday for his PT numbers to stay low and Tim you will be on that list as well each day.
  You have the right outlook on your situation but we are here to help carry you brother . :thumbsup: :pray:

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« Reply #9 on: August 21, 2019, 11:15:41 PM »
Had a CT scan Friday, and it shows evidence of tumor shrinkage.  They couldn't measure just how much b/c it was not well defined. Oncologist Doc was pleased with the much improved status in the right direction.  Had Round 3 of chemo Tues & today, and ti will likely crash me this Fri-Mon, BUT... Hebrews 11:1 says.. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen.   

I am so thankful for this Gang's faithful prayers for me and for God's answering them in a mighty way.   
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« Reply #10 on: August 22, 2019, 04:46:07 AM »
  I just prayed for you before getting out of bed Tim with other folks I know who are going through cancer treatments as well.
 This is Good news even though you have more treatments but you know our Father is hearing yours and our prayers.
We will continue to pray Tim and you hang in there and beat this in Jesus name..
 

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« Reply #11 on: August 22, 2019, 07:47:13 AM »
Hard to come up with GREAT words when you follow Keith...he nails in 9 outa 10 times!

Good news and thanks for posting....
The words "Child" and "terminal illness" should never share the same sentence! Those who care-do, others question!

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Re: In everything give thanks....
« Reply #12 on: August 22, 2019, 08:39:42 AM »
Tim, You are in my prayers  :pray: :pray:
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