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9/21/20 7:46 A

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Judith - So sorry to hear about your health issues. I commit to praying for you and your doctors daily.

One thing I've read, I don't know if this will help, but I've read several places that cancer loves and feeds on refined sugar....

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9/19/20 5:51 P

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My updates on my current condition are below.

I need prayer for my appointments on September 24th regarding my ongoing treatment, surgeries and current problem areas that are being watched since last surgery.

I see a Medical Oncologist who is reviewing the current treatment plan and what the next step will be. Later same day I see my Melanoma Oncologist. He will be doing tests and reviewing the next surgery that needs to be done to correct the areas that were damaged during my last cancer surgery!

I have active cancer cells growing thru body that need to be stopped so my healing can take place.

Prayers for wisdom for my Oncologists that correct treatment will be found. And for he best Surgeon found who can do the reconstruction of my lip and mouth. I have nerve and muscle damage in mouth and left upper lip which involves left side of my nose.

The reconstruction will put my lip and side of nose back into right place, right now they are leaning towards left side. Once reconstruction takes place my alignment will be completely normal. My mouth is very painful since surgery, its from nerve damage from cancer surgery.

As result it has impeded my ability to eat solid foods which has put me on a liquid diet, high calorie soups, juices, almond milk, smoothies, thinner milkshakes and Boost nutritional drink.

Thank you all for your ongoing prayers..God Bless you all.. emoticon emoticon

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9/6/20 5:10 A

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Thank you my friend, appreciate your kindness, support and prayers emoticon emoticon emoticon

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9/4/20 9:39 P

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You sure are dealing with a challenge yet you keep encouraging us and keep your faith. Yes I will continue praying for you and the specialist, doctors, treatment plan and upcoming surgeries

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9/4/20 10:05 A

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Updates: Prayer Needed:

Regarding my Cancer Journey: I have 2 appointments this month, one with Medical Oncologist regarding my treatment and possible more tests, and one with my Melanoma Oncologist, have new spots forming that were not there before my last surgery that have to be watched and biopsied,

Waiting to hear from Surgeon regarding another surgery that is for Reconstruction to repair the areas that were damaged from the Cancer surgery 3 months ago. Was told it would take 3 months to recover and areas to heal from the extensive surgery that was done, unfortunately what they expected to heal and recover has not so they have to go back in to surgically repair the area.

Thank you all for your kindness, support and many prayers. I am so thankful for your friendship! emoticon emoticon

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6/1/20 1:43 P

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Good Morning Team,

Right now there are no updates regarding treatment. I see my Melanoma Oncologist the first week of July and for now I receive ongoing telephone follow-up to be sure I am doing as well as I can be. the reason I have telephone consults now is due to me being a high risk patient with a weakened and fragile immune system due to just having such radical cancer surgery few weeks ago, they want me to heal from surgery keeping in mind that the Surgeon said it would take 3 months to heal the surgical site, they want me to stay safe and heal without bringing me into an environment that could potentially cause unnecessary exposure to the COVID19 virus!

My melanoma oncologist is very caring and has been calling me on a regular basis making sure I am well.

They want me safe and to rest letting my surgical wound heal. As of now sutures are still dissolving in my mouth and on my lip! My BP is still high so appreciate your ongoing prayers.

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5/31/20 11:27 A

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Thank you all for your prayers, yes, it is a challenging journey, but I know deep down within I will beat this cancer and will come out on top better than I was!

I had 2 appointments this past week with my oncologists and treatment plans are in the works! I have another appointment 3rd of July which is my 2 month mark of the healing process from surgery.

At that time I should know what treatment will take place! For now, because my immune system is so fragile I am instructed to be careful, rest and allow my body to heal from the affects of such radical surgery!

Please keep up the prayers! God Bless you all.. emoticon emoticon

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5/24/20 9:43 A

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You are in my constant prayers. I was told Intense pain highers the blood pressure and hopefully God will touch your pain and take it away soon. This has to be horrible

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5/24/20 2:46 A

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Prayer Update:

Evening Hello Spark Friend's

This past week has been most challenging still dealing with swelling and mega pain sutures in lip/mouth still dissolving! My BP remains high, this morning 160/96/77 and tonight 160/91/83 and weight is down to 108 pounds:

I admit, itís hard to remain positive when you are feeling so drained! However, I know God is watching over me and will continue to bring strength and healing! Please pray for my appointment with Cancer Clinic on Friday to meet with my Oncologist.

Thank you all for your ongoing prayers. You all are so appreciated! God Bless you all. emoticon emoticon

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5/21/20 9:43 A

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Praying for you

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5/20/20 10:14 A

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Canít imagine being in constant pain like that. I had gallbladder and gallstones but not the same at all. I was up until 4 watching Oliver Twist and the shack and try to cover you in prayer as much as I can

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5/19/20 6:49 P

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Yes it is, a lot of pain, keeps me up a lot so not proper sleep, really need your prayers, thank you, today a lot of pain in face lip and mouth...really appreciate you keeping up with signing in here and your continued support on the team, God Bless you my friend...

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Will continue as this sounds very involved, uncomfortable and needed patience

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5/18/20 12:25 A

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Saturday I met with my Surgeon for follow-up and won't know anything more about treatment until I follow up with cancer clinic when I see my Oncologist!

Saturday I met my Surgeon who said there was a large area involved where he had to remove the cancerous mass!

He told me unlike the last 2 surgeries this time it will take 3 months to heal the surgical site.

There are sutures that are still dissolving in my mouth and lip which takes time!

There is a lot of swelling on the face, lip and mouth due to the extensive surgery along with the reconstruction surgery that was done same time as the surgery to remove mass.

My surgery involved 3 parts, 1st part to remove scar tissue 2nd part to remove cancerous mass then 3rd part to do the reconstruction surgery!

Once swelling goes down the lip & mouth including nose will be back in proper alignment, he said the nerve damage is from the surgery itself and the fact some of the nerves in the face were removed along with the cancerous mass.

As a result I have further nerve and muscle damage! Surgeon said I will always have numbness basically no feeling or very little feeling on the left side of face and mouth!

I am referred back to Cancer Clinic to see Oncologist who will plan out my treatment. I see him end of May..

Please continue to pray! emoticon emoticon

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5/17/20 8:58 P

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Thinking of you

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Really nice he is seeing you on Saturday and not exposed to people Praying

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5/12/20 11:03 P

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I see my Surgeon on Saturday May 16th at 3:10pm. For the most part have had telephone calls with my specialists but this time he needs to see me in the clinic to check the surgery suture/surgery site and check inside my mouth besides the left side of face nose and lip.

All sutures are dissolvable, I still have issues with pain, swelling and High BP but know this will improve and I will get past this.

My other appointments at Cancer Clinic with both oncologists are scheduled for end of May. Will keep you in the loop and appreciate your prayers! emoticon

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5/6/20 11:17 P

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Good Evening Team,

The following appointments are coming up regarding my cancer journey!

May 15th, see Oncologist and will receive Pathology report and discuss treatment options and plans;

May 25th follow-up with Surgeon to see how surgery site is healing and my ongoing recovery;

May 7th I have a Telephone conference call from my Family Doctor to check up on swelling and High BP issues

You all are such good friend's I value your support more than you will ever knowÖ

Thank you again for your continued prayers for Blood Pressure Issues and Swelling in Face, Mouth and Lip and for a speedy recovery and healing with no further issues! emoticon

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Praying!

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5/5/20 11:29 A

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Thank you for your support & many prayers, the last week has been very challenging, never thought this surgery would be so hard, I so need all the prayers you are pouring out on my behalf as the pain level and vitals are big issues now. My face is quite swollen including my mouth which makes it difficult for even taking in the neccessary nutrition. My diet is all liquids..

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emoticon Will continue praying

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Prayers coming your way for a God sped recovery!!!! emoticon emoticon

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5/2/20 6:43 P

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Surgery & Recovery Update

Wednesday and Thursday were intense, my surgery on Wednesday took over an hour and then I spent the remainder in Acute Care Recovery until 5:30pm.

There were issues with oxygen, bleeding, nausea, vomiting and blood pressure being too high!

Wednesday and Thursday I was on oxygen with severe pain, nausea, vomiting, BP very high, however, just before Midnight Thursday my 02 levels returned to normal.

With monitoring me for remainder of Thursday/Friday my surgeon released me to go home this weekend and said I would be better at home away from the environment of potentially getting sick. With current pandemic and conditions this was a wise move especially with my weakened immune system with cancer!

Surgeon ordered mega prescription meds for me and the only med that was covered was my antibiotics, other meds which look after the pain, nausea, vomiting, high BP and wound care, came to a grand total of $85.00.

However and with many thanks the nurse gave me the remainder of the 2 meds that I was using for psoriasis and the polysporin for wound care along with the swab applicators which helped keep my med bill down.

My anti nausea meds used for cancer patients came to a total of $56.92. The other pain meds that were not covered cost me $17.99

So getting the freebies from the nurse really helped! Thankfully I have a Blood Pressure monitor. Because my BP is quite high I am instructed to take my BP twice a day!

I see my surgeon and medical oncologist in 2 weeks. Pathology report will come in at same time they hope!

I so appreciate your ongoing support and prayers.. emoticon emoticon

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