Sunday, January 25, 2009

Update on Ken

We could really use your BIL Ken was admitted into the hospital last night after difficulty breathing. Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with plural effusion (water on the lungs) and pericardial effusion (fluid around the heart).

Remember, Ken was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer back in March. This morning they did a procedure to drain the fluid, and pulled quite a bit of fluid from the lungs and heart. I think they pulled 1500 cc's from the lungs and 1200 cc's from the heart. They decided to put in a permanent drain to make sure the fluid doesn't build up again. According to Jayne, the drs are mildly optimistic that perhaps the cancer has not spread to the plural lining, but the cells from the fluid will still have to be tested to make sure. Jayne was really pleased with the dr. that performed the procedure, as he was very articulate about what was happening.

It is so hard being so far away while my SIL and her boys are having to deal with this in VA. I am so thankful we went to see them over Christmas, I just wish we could be there with them right now. They have many friends to support them in Fairfax, but no family there, as we are all here. So all we can do here is pray. That's why I'm reaching out to you, my readers, to ask that you lift Ken up in prayer as well.

The photo above is Ken with my two boys, and the photo below is of Jayne, Ken and their boys, Andrew and Matthew.

Jesus looked at them intently and said, "humanly speaking, it is impossiblel But with God, everything is possible." - Matthew 19:26

The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor foresake you. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged. -Deuteronomy 31:8

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect me and comfort me. -Psalm 23:4



  1. You are all in my prayers Amy.

  2. My heart goes out to you and your family. You will be in my prayers daily.

  3. Didn't want to read and not post. . .Amy, Ken and his family and all of you are in my prayers. I know God will keep them all close to Him and will give you peace. Hugs to you!

  4. Prayers going up for Ken here!
    Thanks for reminding me of those verses. I just sent one to a friend who is going through a difficult time.

  5. I put him on the prayer chain at our church.We are sending thoughts and prayers from us for your family!

  6. Anonymous7:12 PM

    Praying for Ken. Hold HOPE in your heart.

  7. Ken will be in my prayers.

  8. These are precious photos of precious times together, Amy. I know how horrible this disease is and it brings us to our knees. I will pray for Ken, and his family....and for all of you too.

    love and blessing,

  9. I am very sorry to hear this. As you may know, I'm about 2 miles from Fairfax hospital (if that is where your BIL) is and I will be thinking of you and of him. A friend of my friend (!) has had cancer and it did spread to the lining of her lungs. She had a similar procedure and also had her lungs packed with talc (I know that seems odd). She is doing amazingly well since they found that her cancer had spread. It has been at least 6 months and she is home and going out and living her life and I hope this happens with your BIL.

    Oh, sometimes life is so unfair and so hard. Many hugs!!

  10. Amy...I will keep Ken in prayer. Also Jayne as I know how hard it is for her too.
    Angel Hugs,,,Chemo Angel Bobbie

  11. Keeping Ken and his family in my prayers.......

  12. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers. I understand the difficultly being far from family and how upsetting it is in times like these.
    Big hugs to you all.

  13. Oh, Ken and his family are all in my prayers for sure.

  14. Praying for Ken and all those who love him, Amy!

  15. Your BIL will certainly be in my prayers...May God be merciful and bring him complete healing!

  16. Amy....I'm just reading all of this today. I only just recently 'found' you again through FB. I realize we lost touch, and I didn't even know you had a blog!
    I'm sorry to read about all the difficulties you are going through in your life right now. My thoughts are with you.


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