This was sent to us today by our Dear friend Rick Stambaugh. Rick lives in Albuquerque I met him over a year ago. Our friendship grew because of our love for dogs. I find that Buffy and Reno minister to folks in such a loving way, unconditional love to all. Rick just loves Buffy and Reno and his own dogs. Buffy, Reno and I would visit Rick at the store he managed and through our visits we had, he came back to Jesus and he went to a church to hear me Preach one Sunday, Christ Full Deliverance Ministries in Rio Rancho. The Church led by Pastor Marty and Paulette Cooper and Elder Mable Lopez. Rick and his lovely wife Sandy are now members of that church. We love them so. Rick has stage 4 cancer, but as he tell’s me, he has nothing to worry about, because he has Jesus Christ Our Lord. We continue to pray healing over Rick, in Jesus name, Amen! Rick has a meeting with his Doctors on Monday to see the results of the treatments he has undergone. Please keep this in your prayers! We love you Rick and Sandy!
Here is what Rick wants to share with you:
Not writing this to draw attention to myself or my situation but found this article which is well written and is very informative for folks who may have a friend or even a family member who has been diagnosed with or who is undergoing treatment for cancer. This particular article is with reference to someone with Breast Cancer but having read through it, I find almost all information contained within the article to be pretty much applicable to most any type of cancer after having undergone the treatment and talking with many other cancer patients I’ve come in contact with during that process. I’m sure there are feelings and/or emotions involved with a women’s having breast cancer that I myself do not understand but most of the information I read is a good background for anyone with cancer.
Click Here: Help someone w/ breast cancer
Here is an update on Rick’s condition! PRAISE GOD!
- PRAISE GOD ! Prayers work & Miracles happen !!!Just got back from the Oncologist Office with some extremely good news. Actually got back a little while ago but needed to place a few calls to immediate family first prior to reporting this.
It is still way too early to call it remission, but the scan results are in and they are GOOD ! I have literally gone from Stage 4 lung cancer which spread rather extensively through lymph nodes throughout my chest, throat and neck to: “we can not find any ‘active’ cancer cells” from the pet/ct. The Oncologist himself was in SHOCK !!!
Now, this does not mean I’m cured but does mean exactly what it says; no active cells at present. Realistically, there is not a cure for cancer other than surgical removal and that’s not necessarily 100% accurate. The cells, which were cancerous, are still there but they are not dividing & multiplying and do not presently show signs of life; (They did not “light” up during the scan). It will come back but there is NO WAY of knowing when. It just kind of hangs over you now till it does come back or until you pass of other causes. It could come back in a month, a year, a decade or next century. There just is no way of knowing when. Many report you’re ‘cured’ after two years, or five years, etc. which is not necessarily accurate. Many will set a time line for a mental satisfaction but in reality it’s kind of like having MS as my brother says; it may not be active but it’s still in there and may or may not come back for you at a later date.
Now, as stated before, since I’m not going to have information to enter on even a semi-regular basis, I will not be making any more entries on Caring Bridge since they will be few and far between. I will however, put out emails to my regular family or friends on an infrequent basis. If anyone desires to be added to the address list please let me know & I’ll add you. You may respond to firstname.lastname@example.org with your information. I will leave the site up for a couple days in case anyone would like to make a comment.
So, where do we go from here. Every six months I will need to have another pet/ct to see if it’s back or not and if so, how far it might have reached. I will also be required to see my family doctor on a monthly basis, the lung specialists intermittently and Oncology every three months!
For now, I THANK YOU ALL for your precious PRAYERS ! Know they worked !!!
LOVE & GOD BLESS TO ALL !!!!!!