November 2017 Update

Hello family and friends,

It’s been a little while since I provided an update. So I thought I would do a quick check in with you and share an early Thanksgiving Day greeting.

As last reported Bryce had a primary spontaneous pneumothorax (collapsed lung). We went in for a follow-up and his surgeon gave an “all clear.” He has healed quickly and completely! And thank you all for your prayers and support during that unexpected event.

Connie and I met with my oncologist yesterday (11/2) and we received all good news regarding my recent scans and blood tests. The remission continues.

I have a colonoscopy scheduled for later this month and CT scan / blood tests scheduled for February (another four month check-up). If these upcoming tests are all clear I will move to a six month surveillance schedule and have the chemotherapy port removed. Woo Hoo!

I have to admit, I really don’t like going in for scans, so having more time in between scans is very welcomed! Not only is there the anxiety wondering about results and such, the actual scan causes me physical sickness. Another fun thing I get to do is colonoscopies every couple years and time is approaching for another one of those.

However, I will not complain about the colonoscopy procedure for fear of discouraging someone. If you are over fifty PLEASE make sure to do this!!! This is not simply a test to detect if you have cancer it is potentially a PREVENTATIVE procedure. It just might literally prevent you from having to go through chemo, surgeries, and all the tests in between. Please be smart!

Connie and I are on vacation next week. We are super excited to go and meet our first grandson Franklin. We scheduled this vacation for couple weeks after Sarah’s due date but she went ahead and had Franklin a couple weeks ahead of her due date. So as it turns out we will meet Franklin and celebrate his 1 month birthday with him.

Life is good and we have much to be thankful for. And I am especially thankful for your continued prayers, positive thoughts, and support. For me and my family. God is good and He truly does answer every prayer. Not always exactly what we ask for, but always exactly what we need!

God’s grace has given me additional time on this great earth and I pray to use it wisely, in service to all my brothers and sisters. Glory be to our Father in Heaven!

Prayers for the people affected by the recent tragedies in Las Vegas and New York. May God shower much Love down on all those hurt by such senseless and evil acts.



6 Comments on “November 2017 Update”

  1. Lynne Corbus says:

    Phil–Another positive progress report…Amen! Also, I admire you for your beautiful, unselfish attitude. Here you are, the midst of your own fight, and you are not only grateful for the life you have but offering up prayers for others who are suffering. You don’t just talk the talk…you walk the walk that Jesus taught us. 🙂

  2. Krea Gregory says:

    Phil, I join you in thanksgiving for your good reports. Enjoy your visit with your new grandson.

  3. Mary Salens says:

    Thanks be to God and all the angels and saints who help us always. Blessings on this great and magnificent earth and all it’s people. Hope and prayers for those who are lost and hate filled that they will be touched by love and peace.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for giving me hope. God bless.

  5. My huynh says:

    Can you please provide me some guidance into helping a family member with a colon cancer stage 4 for options as you did.
    God bless.
    They want to do a clinical trial at this point but I am not too sure if this is the only option.
    Thank you so much.

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