Journal 2018-02-24T15:04:44+00:00

February 2018

After the hospital…

By | February 24th, 2018|

Whew. The hospital stay. Nearly 10 days where I pretty much hit rock bottom.   The side effects from chemo and radiation were in full force on top of a wicked MRSA infection and, for a little yet very scary while, sepsis. It literally hurt to open my eyes, let alone move or eat. I lost 26 pounds in the hospital…not like I was a big guy to start with anyways! But I’m strong and with the right cocktail of meds, my body fought off the infection and I started to feel more like myself. By the time I left [...]


By | February 14th, 2018|

As Shelton and I were walking out to our cars tonight from Mike’s hospital room, we stopped and had a conversation in the parking lot.  While we were talking, I was reminded of some notes I took from a sermon Steven Furtick preached a while back.  The overarching theme from his sermon was that “God reserves His greatest glory for our lowest points.” His sermon was rooted in John 21 where Jesus encounters the disciples early one morning after fishing all night and not catching anything.  Jesus calls out to them and tells them to throw their nets out [...]


By | February 12th, 2018|

We found out yesterday morning that Mike is no longer septic (PTL!); however, he does in fact have an infection.  He has an MRSA infection (commonly pronounced "mursa"), which if you are not aware is a staph infection that is resistant to a number of different antibiotics.  Now that they know what kind of bacteria they are fighting, his infectious disease doctor has honed in his meds to fight the infection the best way possible. We also found out yesterday morning that Mike's port was infected, so Dr. Ley came by to remove it, which throws a wrench into [...]

Chemo is Working!!

By | February 10th, 2018|

Yesterday afternoon we received a welcomed visit by Mike's oncologist, Dr. Young, and his surgical oncologist, Dr. Ley.  When Dr. Young looked at the tumor on his back, she mentioned that the necrosis of the tumor was not due to an infection rather it was a sign that the chemotherapy was working!  Dr. Ley agreed when he looked at it.  Ever since this battle started earlier this year, it seems like all we have received is bad news.  It was so refreshing to hear something good for once. While Mike's blood work tested positive for sepsis, Dr. Ley mentioned [...]

Bald is Beautiful

By | February 8th, 2018|

On Tuesday night Mike and I sat on the couch watching TV and catching up. I asked a question that I ask almost on a daily basis, "How are you doing?" His answer is usually pretty short and sweet, and he never seems to complain about his situation. But this time, he mentioned a new side effect - his hair was starting to fall out. This was pretty much inevitable given the radiation treatment he has been receiving on a daily basis. I made a promise to him early on that if he ended up having to shave his [...]

Finding the Silver Lining

By | February 5th, 2018|

Yes, even amongst cancer, if you look hard enough you can still find the silver lining. In fact, you don’t have to look far to see and feel the support Mike and our family have felt. The phone calls, texts, donations, food, thoughts, prayers – all of it, we feel it. Having our oldest sister fly in last week to spend time with Mike filled our cup! This last weekend, our Aunt, Sandy, drove in from Illinois just to show to support. These visits, albeit short, mean so much to Mike and my mom. We all find weekends a [...]

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