My wife Robin and I at a friends wedding June 15, 2013
UPDATE (June 4, 2015) I created this blog to keep friends and family updated on what transpired as I battled cancer. God in His infinite mercy blessed me with a clinical trial which at this date has lead me to be tumor free for the past 9 months. We continue to appreciate your prayers, support, encouragement and most of all your friendship. (Surgery is now being planned!)
Towards the end of May and on into June of this year (2013) I started suffering from what I thought was gas and a general bloated feeling. Since I’d never experienced anything like it before and wasn’t suffering from heart burn I kept blowing it off as something that would straighten itself out. Besides I had an appt. with my primary the first of July and if it was still bothering me we’d look into it more then. On Sunday June 23rd I was supposed to be helping setup for our churches VBS program that was starting that evening. My stomach had been bothering me all morning and there was a tender spot right below my rib cage that was starting to hurt when I bent over. Plus I was getting dizzy and sweating like I was in a sauna. Robin told me to stop messing around and go to the ER.
I drove up to Montgomery General where they confirmed I wasn’t having a heart attack but couldn’t do much for the stomach other than give me some candy coating medicine and tell me to see a gastroenterologist. That Tuesday I was able to not only see a gastroenterologist but they were also able to do an endoscopy. Unfortunately the result showed a tumor in my esophagus at the juncture with my stomach.
And so begins the latest learning experience that God has set before me. I am thankful that God in his mercy has surrounded me with a loving family and so many incredible friends. Your prayers and support are truly priceless.