We got the results back from the liver biopsy and talked with Dr Majithia. I have stage four cancer and it is incurable. They will give me chemotherapy to extend my life as long as possible. While they can make no promises, the doctor’s best guess based on statistics is a year, maybe more, maybe less. Because I am young and in good shape, my odds are better but it all depends on how the cancer reacts to the chemo. There will be no surgeries planned as that lowers quality of life.
The kind of cancer is fast moving and nasty – it’s not the worst, but its on that end of the spectrum compared to breast and prostate cancer. Outside of a miracle, this will end my life. There is a small chance that they can find a specific genetics-based drug based on my mutation type to fight it better, and they have already sent my results away to find out. The doctor said its not a zero chance, but it’s very small.
Now, on to the important stuff…
I know that my Redeemer lives and I know in whom I believe. He is able to to kick this cancer to the curb if He wishes. I’d like that very much because I want to meet the wonderful Godly women Dakota and Kadin marry and I want to walk Kasey down the aisle to put her hand in the hand of a man who loves Jesus more than life. I believe Karen and I are a great team and have lots more we can do together for His sake. But if that’s not His plan, then He has an even better one and we will wait to see it unfold. One of my favorite songs ever has the below lines in it – seems like an appropriate time to share.
If I Stand by Rich Mullins
The stuff of Earth competes for the allegiance
I owe only to the Giver of all good things.
So if I stand let me stand on the promise that you will pull me through.
And if I can’t, let me fall on the grace that first brought me to You.
And if I sing let me sing for the joy that has born in me these songs.
And if I weep let it be as a man who is longing for his home.
If I Stand – YouTube
The Coddington Tribe could use some prayer as the news is hitting hard. Dakota is by himself in Oregon (with his Resonate family of course) but not with us. Kadin leaves for college Wednesday and will be alone (except for new Resonate friends). Kasey will be here but is really struggling.