Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Not Such Good News

Stage 4 Lung Cancer.

That's the news my BIL & SIL gave us today when they called after meeting with doctors about Ken's diagnosis. The cancer has spread to his neck and up his skull. He is already experiencing some slight visual disturbances from the advancement of the cancer.

Needless to say, we are devasted by the news. He will start aggressive chemo in about three weeks. In the meantime, they will do more tests and a biopsy as well.
We are all shocked and have only just begun processing this terrible news.

The good news is that Ken is a US Marine. He is a fighter through and through. He will fight until the fight is no longer in him. He has an amazingly positive attitude. And most importantly, he has great faith. These three things are as important as the medicine itself.

Cancer is so limited..
It cannot cripple love.
It cannot shatter hope.
It cannot corrode faith.
It cannot eat away peace.
It cannot destroy confidence.
It cannot kill friendship.
It cannot shut out memories.
It cannot silence courage.
It cannot reduce eternal life.
It cannot quench the Spirit.


Ken, the fight has just begun and we are with you every step of the way! We love you and will pray for the miracle of God's healing.
The love Ken has showed to my boys since the day they were born! He loves them so much--Ken is wonderful with kids and it shows when he's with the boys goofing off, acting as much like a kid as they do!

24 comments:

  1. Anonymous3:29 PM

    Oh Amy , you have gone through so much this past year! I will keep ken and his familt and you and your family covered in prayer!
    Judy

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  2. I'm so sorry for this news Amy. Sending lots of ((HUGS)) your way. Ken and his family and your family are in my prayers.

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  3. Thinking of you all - when the going gets tough the tough get going and you have the power of prayer too. Love to you.

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  4. I will keep Ken in my prayers.
    Hugs...

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  5. marciad5:30 PM

    Prayers for Ken and family.

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  6. Anonymous5:32 PM

    Wow! That's all I can say! I take it he's not a smoker?? Everyone thinks that you only get lung cancer from smoking but that's not the case. I'm at risk for it myself but I've never smoked (LONG story). You and your family are in my prayers (always)...what a road you are being asked to walk!! Just remember, He's right by your side!!

    Hugs,

    Mary L.

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  7. Cathy Whiteman6:19 PM

    so sorry that you are all going thru this. My prayers are with your family. Ken sounds like a wonderful example of God's glory here on earth!

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  8. I got chills just reading this. That is awful news! I am glad that he plans to fight this! Hugs to you and the entire family! Lisa K

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  9. Oh Amy, my heart goes out to you...again. I'm so happy to hear that your BIL is a fighter. The importance of hope can't be stressed enough.

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  10. barb hendrickson10:11 PM

    Amy,
    Please know that I am grieving this diagnosis with you and your family. All I can say, is that I understand. We've been there and are there right now with friends and family. Please pray for us as we pray for you. Much love and many blessings....cancer cannot steal those.

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  11. My prayers are with your whole family now Amy!

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  12. I am so sorry. I am a long time reader of your blog. You have given me so many smiles. I had to comment for you in this tough time. This would be devastating. I will be in prayer for all of you.

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  13. woah...glad to hear you voice firm conviction of God's comfort, but i feel for you and yours.

    know that Deut. 33:27 is true.

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  14. Anonymous8:35 AM

    Amy,
    Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
    Yvonne C.

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  15. Oh no! As if you haven't had enough already! I'm so sorry to hear this! Just know that you, Ken and all the family are in my thoughts and prayers!

    Hugs,
    Annie

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  16. I am so sorry to read this. I will keep them in my prayers.

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  17. Amy, I'm so sorry that the news was so bad. It's such a blow to hear that, I'm sure, and I really am aching for you. I'm sure there are a lot of people praying for your bil and that can do miracles!!

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  18. Anonymous9:49 PM

    Amy,

    I read further to see this sad news. I'm sorry Amy that your brother in law and your family is faced with this. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Trudi

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  19. Anonymous9:59 PM

    Amy,

    I am so sorry to read this. Your brother in law and family is in my thoughts and prayers.

    (((cyberhugs to Amy)))

    Trudi

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  20. OH my goodness Amy...huge prayers for you bil and your family.
    I know these are tough times--I am so sorry to hear about the prognosis...I am praying that he is healed. Life is so not fair sometimes.

    huge hugs...

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  21. I am so sorry to read of your BIL's diagnosis. The fact that you honor your relationship and know your time is precious is so important. I say this because lung cancer has been in my own family's life. I'll keep you and your family in my prayers.

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  22. I'm so sorry, Amy. May God strengthen everyone involved and pour out His peace.

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  23. I just happen to come across your blog and read about your BIL. My thoughts are with you all and remember there are Miracles and I am living proof of it. I have Stage 4 recurring colon cancer. No one has lived passed 5 years with the recurring that I have and I am happy to say I have been off chemo for 2 years, go to the oncologist every 2 to 3 months, and everything is stable and hasn't spread. Miracles do happen and you have to have positive energy and attitude

    TA
    http://carbonescorner.blogspot.com

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