Glory and Praise to our God!

It’s been a while since my last post and I thought I might take a break from cooking and cleaning to reflect on the many Blessings in my life and to share my Thanksgiving with you, on this special Thanksgiving Day.

My last scans and blood work was done in February 2019 and my next appointment is scheduled for March 5, 2020.  I’m on an annual surveillance cadence and only have to do blood tests now (no more CT Scans). December 5, 2019 marks five years since my last operation; FIVE YEARS NED (NED = No Evidence of Disease)!

I am very thankful for being NED from stage 4 colon cancer. God has allowed me this additional time on earth and this truly was a most graceful gift from our Father in Heaven.

What am I most thankful for on this day? This is a rather easy question for me to answer. I’m most thankful for all the wonderful people in my life. For having this time to watch my family grow, learn, and Love. And for having such great friends. And for so many wonderful colleagues. I am VERY BLESSED to be been surrounded by so many beautiful and wonderful people!

And my Prayer on this Thanksgiving Day is that our Lord continue to guide me and help me to become a better servant for Him. I offer my mind, voice, hands, and heart to our Lord; and ask him to shape me as He wills.

Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving! May our good Lord Bless you today and all your tomorrows! And may our time and deeds on this earth give Glory and Praise to our God; who alone gives Light to our days.

Happy Thanksgiving,


8 Comments on “Glory and Praise to our God!”

  1. Krea says:

    Phil, this is such great news! I have continued to pray for you. The LORD is good!

  2. FranciscoTavares says:

    God bless you and your family 👍👍

  3. Scott Duncan says:

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Jim Carr says:

    Always good to read your posts! Hope you had a great day yesterday and always!

  5. Brad says:

    Phil I came upon your story by a simple google search “surviving stage four colon cancer” as I sit at my dinning room table worrying about my wife that is battling the same challenge , she’s had 11 rounds of chemo now we are in the scan planning surgery phase which is scary as heck. Reading your story tonight brought a smile to my face as I try and avoid letting my mind go to a negative place.

    Thank you

  6. FONDA HOWLAND says:

    Hi Phil. I read your story on UofMhealth blog. Three days ago I went to the gastroenterologist for what I thought was hemorroids. As soon as the doctor examined me, she said “thats not hemorroids, it’s a hard growth.” I asked what else it could be and her answer was, “It could be cancer.” I’m scheduled for a colonoscopy tomorrow. I’m 55 and had a colonoscopy 4 years ago and had two small benign polyps removed.
    I have to say, I am SO VERY VERY SCARED!! BUT YOUR STORY IS THE 1ST POSITIVE STORY I’VE READ ABOUT ANY KIND OF COLO-RECTAL CANCER SURVIVAL. It is a very grim outlook and I haven’t even been diagnosed yet.
    I am the only child of my 81 year old Mother’s, I just found out that my only child is having a baby in July, and I have the most amazing husband for the past 10 years and I AM NOT finished loving him yet! I pray with all my might that God blesses me with a future just like he did for you.

  7. Angela says:

    I found your story by googling if cases of Stage 4 can be cured. I’m 39, just diagnosed with colon cancer in October. Surgery the 24th. Had a chest CT scan come back with a small lung nodule, haven’t talked to the doc yet but I’m afraid of what I’ll hear. I have to survive for my parents, you know? My Mom has had such a hard life, I don’t want to add to it with…well this. I just need 20 years.

    You ever have moments of questioning your faith? That’s kinda the battle I’m in at the moment. Is God there? Been raised in a Christian home all my life, but never found that certainty, ya know? I’m glad you see you thanking God, it helps me see a stage 4 can hold onto it. Anyway, thanks for telling your story. It helps people like me. God bless and Happy Thanksgiving.

  8. Marsha Mckenzie says:

    I am so so happy for you. I just found today I’m stage 4 bowel cancer which has traveled to my neck. Reading this blog gave me hope, real hope. I’m in the U.K. or I’d of called . I’m going to re read your story.

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