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11/5/19

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Sorry, we have been very busy the last couple of weeks. Brad's surgery went well. He went back on Monday to New York for his followup from the surgery. Things went so well that they were supposed to fill the pump with saline and heprin, but they she he was doing so well that they were going to do the first dose of chemo in the pump. So he gets started two weeks sooner. So far we haven't heard anything bad. Him and Kati flew up Monday morning and flew home the same night. He met with both the liver doctor and the rectal doctor. His numbers were up just a little, but beings he was off the chemo for a month, they said that was expected. In two weeks he will need to come to St. Louis to have the pump cleaned and filled with saline and helprin. They are hoping the doctors in Blue Springs will get trained on cleaning the pump and then they can do it locally. That would at least remove that trip every month. We went and watched the grand kids on Sunday and Monday. With work and our life, I feel like I am on a merry-go-round that never stops. I am doing my best to eat well, and keep as active as I can. But I am still feeling a bit run down. Margaret and I are doing the best we can. I am so nervous that all this good news will stop and there will be a turn in his progress. I guess I keep hearing the 5 years prognosis they gave him in the beginning. I have to just trust in the Lord, and keep praying for him to be cancer free. I have about a dozen folks I know that are battling cancer, and used to pray for them and pray for myself, but I have just asked that I can tolerate the pain and still function in life. Cancer is such a devil. It affects so many more people than the ones that contract it. And I know my fears and worries are nothing compared to Brad and Kati's. I just can't imagine the fear they are facing. I have to thank all of you for all the prayers and well wishes.. I know that is the backbone of his success so far. That and his strong faith in God. Well, I am starting to feel down putting all these words in print. I will try and post more frequently. Maybe that will keep me a little more grounded.
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