today is a beautiful day :-)

A couple years ago, on Feb 25, 2016, Connie and I arose in the early 4am hour and proceeded to drive to Ann Arbor in cold, darkness, during a terrible snow storm. We made it there and I received my last Erbitux treatment (read the post). Fast forward to today and it’s been two years without any treatments.  And three years with no evidence of disease.

Today we left at 8:30 AM heading to Ann Arbor for an appointment with Dr. Krauss (pictured with me in this post). We were looking forard to discussing scan and blood test results and next steps.

In stark contrast to two years ago today was sunny, warm, no snow, and no rain!

The results of these latest round of tests have once again fulfilled our hopes and prayers. The CEA blood test continues to stay under 1.0 (indicating no cancer activity) and the scan results (lungs/chest and abdomen) show no signs of metastasis. Dr. Krauss also reported that I will move to a six month surveillance cadence and he is going to schedule removal of my port as well.

It is so hard to believe where my battle is today. Beyond my wildest expectations, I have landed in the best possible place. I am truly Blessed and grateful beyond expression.

Of course we thank God for this glorious news. And we also thank the many people that God works though every day, helping many cancer patients all over the world. We especially thank Dr. Krauss and the University of Michigan Health Care team. They were most awesome for us and we are forever in debt to them for their dedication and excellence.

In discussion with Dr. Krauss today he pointed out that over his career there have been substantial gains in cancer survival rates overall, citing a study posted on The chart from this study is included below. Colon cancer has seen an increase in the five year survival rate from 49.8% in 1970s to 66.2% today. Most cancers have seen significant increases in the five year survival rate.

While we all would love to see cancer eradicated entirely, it is very important to recognize the significant gains that our medical field has made in a rather short period of time. This is especially awesome news to someone newly diagnosed with cancer. There is definitely hope! And even hope for being cured from Stage IV colon cancer.

It is very important to point out that YOU have a role in making sure these gains continue. Eat healthy, exercise, quit smoking, and do what you can do to reduce your risk of cancer. Additionally, if you have symptoms YOU need to seek out medical attention sooner rather than later. Do not ignore symptoms. The earlier a diagnosis is made, the better odds of being cured!

Please pray this prayer of thanksgiving with me… 

Thank you Jesus for the additional time you have granted me on this beautiful earth. Thank you for the wonderful medical care that you have brought into my life. Thank you for allowing me to hold two new beautiful grand babies this past year. Bless all those helping to make such great progress in the care and treatment for all cancers and help them to accomplish break-through improvements in the upcoming months and years! And guide me in using my time wisely; in service to my family, friends, colleagues, and fellow mankind.


Today is the day the Lord has made; Let us be glad and rejoice in it! Psalm 118:24

11 Comments on “today is a beautiful day :-)”

  1. Sally Altes says:

    What wonderful, wonderful news! God is truly good and has used gifted doctors and researchers to bring you to this point

  2. Tim Dechant says:

    Thanks for sharing this miraculous and hopeful news! For sure, we are living in a world of abundance where advances and improvements in life in so many areas are happening at rates that are unprecedented. I believe the next 10 years will make the previous 30 years look like we have been standing still in terms of advancement in healthcare, energy, transportation, and quality life expectancy, to name but a few areas.

    Praise God!

  3. Connie says:

    It was so nice to hear all the good news today from Dr. Krauss. I know first hand that you have been such a trooper from the very start. So happy you have been blessed with good results. And, I am feeling both happy and blessed to be able to continue to share our life together.
    I love you.

  4. Krea Gregory says:

    Phil: What a blessing to read your testimony! I’m thrilled for you and your family to be the grateful recipients of this gift from God.

  5. Lynne Corbus says:

    A lovely day made even more beautiful by your words, gratefulness and hope. 🙂

  6. wes nicks says:

    Phil, Thank you for your blog. I just got home from my liver resection. Looks like Im in the middle of going through what you have already been through. Your blog gives me hope. Before they even found my liver tumor I had bookmarked your page since our symptoms and treatments were following the same pattern. Hopefully I can skip more liver resections and chemo and get to the NED stage you enjoy

  7. Lorena says:

    Hello Phil- Can you please share the contact information for Dr Krauss. I would like to schedule an appointment with him.

    Thank you!!!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Phil- Can you please share with us the contact of your doctor, Dr. Krauss? I would like to schedule an appointment.

    God Bless.

    Thank you!

  9. Des says:

    Just read your story through U of M. My mom has colon cancer and she too has Dr Krauss. He’s awesome! She is from the UP and was diagnosed up there with stage 4. She started to have other problems so I moved her down to Detroit to live with me. We decided to go to U of M for treatment. Best decision ever. After many recurrences of cancer to the liver she has now been cancer free for over a year and has passed the 5 year mark in April. Dr Krauss is an amazing doctor and his bedside manner is top notch. In fact all of U of M’s staff is exceptional. Hurray for low CEA’s!

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