June 7, 2008

Update on my nephew, Adam

To any of you in blogland who've been praying for my nephew, thanks & keep praying.
Here is the update from his oncology appt. from 6/6. His cancer is a stage 4 & very aggressive. He has some spots in his abdominal wall. Rochester is an excellent hospital, but they treat every other kind of cancer except his. The oncology dr. wants to send him to Pittsburgh, PA which has the closest & best hospital to treat the type of cancer he has. Rochester needs to call Pittsburgh & see if they'll take him. If they do he will go down & have more abdominal surgery to remove any more cancer they see. Then they will insert a catheter into his abdomen to administer some very high doses of chemo. After that he can go home to NY, where he'll receive more chemo through a port -46 hours on & then a week off, repeated for a while(don't know time frame). The dr. said this cancer doesn't respond to radiation so he won't be getting any of that. They are looking about 8 mo. to a year for treatment.

Please pray for strength & peace for my brother & his family. Pray the drs. in PA decide to treat him. (not sure what the criteria would or wouldn't be)Pray that he is able to deal/cope with the chemo.

Initially, he was diagnosed with Crohn's disease. My husband & I did not have a peace about this. I felt that it was cancer, but I am not a dr. I also felt he would survive all of this.

*On another note, please also pray for my 2nd cousin, Todd who has been battling lymphoma for a couple of years now. Things are not looking good for him. He is in his early 40's & has 3 children under the age of 10. His parents buried his sister a couple of years ago. She died of M.S. This family could really use your prayers.


Also happy 61st anniversary to my Aunt & Uncle, Nita & Kenn Foltz. Yep, you read that right. 61 years!


Jen Dub-ya said...

will be praying for Adam - I am so sorry that he's on this journey. They thought I had Crohn's as a young child and I've had colon polyps, but I have been blessed to have nothing more --- my heart is with you, Gail!

Peggy said...

Wow, that's a lot to take in...I will pray for God's grace to be sufficient during this difficult time for your family.

On a lighter note - I do hope you decide to make the Gooey Butter Cake! Everyone will love it and love you for bringing it! I'm happy to answer any questions.

Peggy said...

Gail, I realized I never answered all your questions... We are way over in Mountain Time Zone. Alberta is directly above Montana. I ended up in Canada because I married a Canadian! I met him when he joined started travelling with me in Life Action Ministries. We were in the in the States for the first 2 years of marriage - then we moved to Alberta. Now that I have more than just family and old friends reading my blog, maybe it's time for me to post "our story" sometime soon!

Have a great day!

Karen said...

We will be praying for him!