cdgpressingon…….Victory snatched from the clutches of defeat!

Hey everyone!

I hope all of you are doing well, that you are trusting and not worrying as we are not to worry about anything. The Lord tells us not to worry about our life, what we will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! I find that my troubles and worries fade away as I focus on Him and his promises of this word in the Bible.

To bring you up to date, I finally had my 6 month (follow up since all the treatments have taken place) MRI and Chest X-rays.

Drum roll please!……..let me read to you via print what the MRI and Chest X-ray report revealed; “there is no evidence of pathologic adnolopathy or other mass or lesions in the pelvic area and in the lungs, no evidence of an active disease”! This to say I am in REMISSION!

Praising God for his goodness! Thanking all of our friends and family members that went to the throne room in prayer to God. I always say that I can use as many people as possible to pray for me—-he hears prayers that are fervent and repeated!!

This reminds me of the story of Joshua when he was in a battle with the Amorites (Joshua 10) In those days the Israelites were not this huge military machine. Their might was reflective of their faith in God. They were typically outnumbered. However, Joshua never went into a battle without praying and listening to God. He was simply faithful and because of his faith and obedience he and the Israelites were able to defeat enemies much larger and numerous than them. In Joshua 10 it talks about how Joshua and the Israelites were in battle with the Amorites and he prayed that God would have the “sun stand still”. Indeed he did and Joshua was able to defeat the Amorites due to the fact there was more daylight to do so.

Honestly, for the most part I have felt much peace throughout this ordeal. The prayers of many has provided this blessing to me. This news is the best news Terry and I have had (besides our beautiful grand-babies being born) in two years. This news and gift of healing is the culmination of a 6 yr. long fight to be an “overcomer”. God has allowed me to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

I would be lying if I said that Terry and I haven’t had our emotional ups and downs as I have chronicled thru some of these posts. However, overall I have gained much strength, courage, and hope thru His promises. In fact, one of my many favorite verses is in Jeremiah 30:17, “But, I will restore you to health and heal your wounds, declares the Lord, because you are called an outcast, Zion for whom no one cares”. Then, in 1Peter 5:7 he tells us to; “Cast all your anxiety on God because he cares for you”. I often find when I give thanks in the midst of adversity—because of who God is and what he has done for us—-he is glorified thru our weaknesses and we then gain the gift of faithfulness which is a beautiful feeling inside.

So, the next steps are one week of Immunotherapy and Chemotherapy in late June (back to Reno). Then, I believe that I will need to stay on the Chemo pills for 3 months after the treatment. After that, I am hoping that I can just stay on my 28 supplements per day to feed my immune system so that I can naturally keep the cancer in remission. I will continue to keep my sugar intake at a minimum and watch what I eat (organic, gluten free, and drink alkaline water, etc.) and drink on a daily basis.

I continue to realize that whether you have a life threatening disease or not, life is precious. There isn’t one of us in this world that knows the time when our life will come to an end. So, make the most of your time, get to know our Creator thru the greatest book ever written—the Bible.

Thanking all of you for your support thru prayers, thoughts, financial support, and keeping in touch.

Blessings to you!!

Craig (aka Papa G)

cdgpressingon…..living in the glow of the “aftermath”

Hey everyone!!

The definition of “aftermath” is the consequences of an event (especially a catastrophic event). I am living in the aftermath of a truly wonderful benefit that family and friends had for me a few weeks ago. It’s like drifting on the ocean on a huge yacht with your face in the sun, a cool breeze whistling thru your hair while you day dream looking at the gorgeous turquoise water…….

I am here to tell you that Terry and I were flat out blown away, flabbergasted, and unequivocally blessed in a major way by the love and support nearly 400 family and friends displayed by their attendance at my benefit 3 weeks ago!!!

As I said at the event….thank you, thank you, thank you! I was truly and completed touched by the entire experience. I am pleased to say we have over 125 thank you letters to send out in the next week or so. A task I am so thankful to be doing as a result of so many people giving selflessly.

What is it I can do for you? If you need prayer, or to talk about a particular challenge in your life just reach out to me via my email at tcgiles@hotmail.com. I would love to pray for you or help you in any way I can.

So, grab a cup of coffee or tea and we’ll chat a bit about what’s coming up next. It’s been a little over 3 months now after my 3 weeks of Chemo and Immunotherapy. Currently, I am on Nexavar a Chemo drug in the pill form. Thus far, side affects have been minimal and I feel pretty good. In fact, there are times I don’t even believe I have stage 4 Renal Cell Carcinoma. As you know, I have leaned on the Lord for my strength, courage and joy thru it all. As is customary in my blog I love to share a favorite piece of scripture. The one I lean into on nearly a daily basis comes to us from the Bible, the word of the true God in Isaiah 41:10; “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” I love this verse and hold on to it dearly.

Continuing on…..this month I go in for my MRI and chest X-ray. We are hoping and praying that the disease is completely gone. However, as a measure of precaution Terry and I will be heading back to Reno for one week either in late June or July at some point for the follow up treatment.

So, this is when our faith and beliefs are tested—-in the waiting, living in the shadows of the unknown. In the middle of things. However, this is also the time where we can “stretch our faith muscles”. A promise all of us can be part of is in 1 Peter 5:10-11; “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever.” Isn’t this awesome? We all can inherit eternity thru Christ!!

At the end of the day thru all of this for me it comes down to; “do I believe in God and his promises or not”? If so, what are I worried about? He’s got my back…..I believe it. I choose hope. ūüôā

Living in victory and loving life,
Craig (aka Papa G)

cdgpressingon…..feeling loved beyond compare!

Hi everyone,

I hope this note finds you enjoying life and finding peace and assurance in all you do thru our Almighty God.

I have to be totally honest with you. ¬†Yesterday at my benefit put on by family and friends to help raise funds to pay for medical expenses I was completely blown away by the outpouring of love shown to us by the tremendous amount of people who came to support us!! ¬†You see most of our medical expenses from the cancer treatments are out of pocket because they lack FDA acknowledgement. ¬†But,¬†God is good!! ¬†Over 350 friends, family, and loved ones showed up in mass to give me and my family love, encouragement, and support. ¬†Praise God—it was totally amazing. ¬†Words cannot express my sincere appreciation for everyone that had anything to do with the event including those of you that came and shared your life with us for a few hours. ¬†I was totally and completely emotionally exhausted after the 3.5 hour event. ¬†(in a good way.. ūüôā )It was so good to see so many people rally behind me and my family.

I have uploaded a video my son and daughter-in-law Nay Nay taped for us this past winter. ¬†It’s my story in verbal form. ¬†You’ll find it at listed right after my blessing below just click on it.

After spending the day with all the people that attended the benefit I am reminded of what God told the Israelites thru the prophet Jeremiah in Jeremiah 29:11-12; “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you HOPE and a FUTURE. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you”.¬†

To me, prospering isn’t just about money. ¬†It’s about the blessings a person receives thru rich relationships and enduring friendships one gains through life. ¬†It’s how God takes care of us as we lean on him, obey him, and follow his commands. ¬†Based on Sunday’s response, I am one of the most wealthiest person on earth–thanks be to God!

Sending warm thoughts, deliberate prayers, and special blessings out to you……

Craig (aka Papa G)

cdgpressingon….resting while living in the shadow of the “valley”

Hi All,

It’s good to be back writing. As I have been “basking in the glow” of a quiet period of this cancer journey I have had time to reflect on how to live a fruitful life with the shadow of the valley looming at any time. Granted anything can happen to anyone at anytime. So, I don’t believe I am unique in that life can change at any time for anyone. However, when one faces the “storm” relative to their health everyday I find that controlling your thoughts, thinking positively, and living in the moment is critically important. Also, suddenly those things we thought were so important and meaningful take a back seat to what’s really important in life. For me, this is trying to balance putting in the time that is required of my job, yet taking time to “smell the roses” with Terry my wife, my kids, and of course, my precious Paisley Rae and Logan. (Logie)

I find that I can now “cry at the drop of a hat”, get emotional when watching movies with my family, and feel like I am more sensitive to people that are less fortunate than me. Life for me has changed even though much of it is not outward. I can tell you that inwardly I am at peace knowing that I am in the hands of the Almighty (as we all are whether we admit it or not), thankful that in my situation I am able to help others, but at the same time I am constantly feeling like I am on a ledge looking out over the valley like one would do while looking over the Grand Canyon—you know you are on solid ground, but there’s a feeling of vulnerability as you take in the awesomeness of the valley before you.

When I am sensing the valley or find myself in the middle of it all this is when I focus on the Lord….the firm foundation in my life. In fact, I feel compelled to share with you another one of my fav’s from scripture; Romans 8:13-17 “For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”

As Christians we are heirs of the Heavenly realm to come. This gives me great peace and assurance. There is no time of the year that this is more beautifully proclaimed than at Easter. Jesus has conquered sin, sorrow, and grief for us. We just need to be open to his invitation…….

Sending blessings and warm thoughts your way as you live out this wonderful journey we call life.

Happy Easter!!

Craig (aka Papa G)

cdgpressingon…there is no such thing as “coincidence”.

Hey everyone,

I hope this new blog finds you well and unfettered by any circustances that have come your way.

As I venture thru this journey the Lord is revealing many things to me.¬† First, I have accepted my circumstances rather than wishing this would never have happened to me.¬† Secondly, he is develping in me patient as it relates to the future taking one day at a time.¬† Thirdly, I have been more diligent and focused on giving the Lord my “first time” in the morning versus eating, work, or working out as in the past.¬† This has given me a fresh perspective in life that calms my spirit in a way that has never happened before.¬† I look forward to this time each day like a starving dog with a steak placed before him.¬† (how’s that for a word pic) ūüôā

You may recall last time I wrote I was concerned with liver toxicity.  So, I went in right away and had my blood tests.  Great news! The test revealed that all is well.  Thank you Lord!  Now, I am on a bi-weekly blood test schedule.  Recently, I had to go off the Nexavar as it was causing a rash on my scalp, face, and upper torso.  So, now I take it with Zertac to minimize the allergic reaction.

You ask yourself, “what does all of this have to do with coincidence”?¬† Nothing.¬† But, hang on I have a good story to tell.¬† First, a little background perspective.¬† In 1982, Terry and I moved to Haslett, Michigan to start my career as a sales professional for Soderberg Optical (now merged with Walman Optica).¬† Shortly, after we moved to Haslett we met a dynamic young lady–Sherilyn.¬† She happen to be the girl friend at the time to our next door neighbor.¬† So, we got to know Sherilyn quite well.¬† I’m not sure of all the timing but Sherilyn became a Christian shortly thereafter.¬† She ended up meeting and marrying her husband Pat while we were still in Michigan.¬† After marriage they moved to Northern Michigan so we still kept in touch every year via Christmas cards and letters.¬† Now, 33 yrs. after meeting Sheriyn and Pat (Pat is a very successful financial planner owning his own company now) we get a phone call out of the blue from Pat.¬† Lo and behold, he just came off kidney cancer surgery 4 days earlier¬†(suspecting Renal Cell Carcinoma the type of cancer I was diagnosed with 6 yrs. ago) Pat said to me, “I believe that the Lord has blessed me in my circumstances thru the opportunity to talk with you regarding your experience with RCC.”‘¬† Can you believe that? Who would of thought this disease would be a blessing to anyone?¬† This is not a coincidence.¬† This is a plan that is revealing itself as time goes by—-a plan that I believe God has his finger print on.

How is it that my long time friend would come up with the same disease as what I have?¬† Also, how is it that a very good friend of mine, Robby Q,(Rob and Amy graciously allowed us to stay at their vacation home near Reno dirt cheap)¬†would be a kidney specialist in Reno, Nevada where Dr. Foresythe practices his revolutionary IPT cancer treatment?¬† This my friends is no coincidence!¬† The Lord tells us in the Bible, “that he has plans for us, plan to prosper us”.¬† Prosperity is not just financial . To me, it is also the richness of blessings we have in our family and in our friendships.¬† Money comes and goes, but like the word of God, strong family relationships¬†and endearing friendships last a life time.

In James 2 the Bible¬†tells us to “Consider it pure joym my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.¬† Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.¬† If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.¬† But, when you ask, you must not doubt, because one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.¬† That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.”

Sending thoughts of Hope, Joy, Peace, and Assurance your way.

Craig (aka Papa G)

cdgpressingon……stabilized and energized!

Hey Everyone!

I hope you are having a great week so far. I thought I would take some time tonight to share some of my thoughts regarding being “stabilized and energized”.

I am feeling good and I have to say it’s good to feel this way. Tomorrow I have to go in for blood tests. Apparently, I am supposed to go in for a CBC blood test every two weeks to check levels relative to my liver, creatinine, etc., as well as to check my PB. In addition, once per month I have to have a Comprehensive Metabolic Profile. So, off I go tomorrow to get the tests so that I can be assured that I am not experiencing “liver toxicity”. Lately, I have been itching specifically on my head, I have a slight rash on my face, and my colour has changed to more of a tan look. These symptoms may indicate liver toxicity. I will be dropping my dosage back to 200 mg instead of my usual 100 mg to give my system a break. I have been so concerned about recovering from the Kidney Stone incident that I haven’t been following prescribed protocol—12 lashes to the man who has been in-compliant. Having said all of this, I feel renewed and energized that I have had a very good week and continue to trust that God is with me everyday. I am thankful for this feeling.

I have been making a point each morning in my devotionals to thank God for my circumstances because only He knows why this is my “cross to bare”. I don’t say that flippantly or disrespectful. I say this because I want to acknowledge Him as the one I look to for getting thru the storm. I think this circumstance truly creates in me a reliance on Him on a daily basis. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t call upon him in thought or prayer. I don’t believe God brought this on me. I believe that we live in a fallen, sinful world and stuff like this happens to all people no matter their faith or belief. However, as a Christian I believe that I can “tap” into the greatest power in the Universe thru my relationship with Christ. Therefore, I will do my best to move forward in faith knowing everything is possible, and everything is leading me to be where I was meant to be. I am reminded of a verse that Jesus told his Apostles while living on earth with them. Matthew 19:26 tells us that, “Jesus looked at them and said to them, “with men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible”.

So, if you find yourself in a storm look Heavenward. Seek the throne of Christ and ask him to walk with you to be strong and courageous. In Joshua 1:9, the Bible says the following; “Have I not commanded you? Be strong & courageous, do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go”.

Sending thoughts, prayer, and blessings out to all of you for whatever challenges and trials you are facing today and the rest of the week!

Craig (aka Papa G)

cdgpressingon….the Storm after the Calm……

Hello All,

I f you have ever had the saying, “this is the calm before the storm” you will understand the week that I just experienced.

It all started last Saturday waking up feeling a little bit “off” from my usual self. ¬†Terry and I traditionally set out every Saturday to go to coffee and spend the entire day together running errands and doing multiple things. ¬†This day would be different. Indeed, we went to coffee, but I was feeling weak and lethargic. ¬†So, we decided it best to go home after coffee and just chill. ¬†While at home we checked my temp and it was a meager 101.5 which tells me I had some type of viral flu perhaps. ¬†We spent the rest of the day at home and I tried to drink as many fluids as possible while Terry prepared a chicken bone broth to settle my stomach. ¬†Later than night and early into Sunday morning at 2:00 am the dreaded diarrhea bug showed up in full strength. ¬†All day Sunday and Monday was spent on the “porcelain throne” in agony. ¬†By Monday I was so tired and haggard from eliminating any real nutrition or substance I had lost several pounds. ¬†In fact, by Tuesday morning I weighed a mere 189 lbs. ¬†Just to give you some perspective i typically weight between 200 and 205 lbs. ¬†So, I quickly lost several pounds of mainly fluids I am sure. ¬†To add insult to injury, I had an appointment to take the stent from my Ureter Tuesday morning. ¬†I can honestly tell you that at some point Monday I was totally dejected and angry with God asking, “Lord, how much more pain do I have to endure”? ¬†I cried out to Him in desperation knowing that he would never forsake me, but I must admit I was weak, tired, and disappointed. ¬† There are times we do get angry with life or with God. This doesn’t mean we don’t love Him, it doesn’t mean we are giving up or in, it just means we are human. ¬†It’s no different than a love relationship we are in. There are times you fight, get angry, get disappointed, dejected, feel let down, get frustrated, etc., with this person. ¬†But, at no time would I consider turning my back to my God ¬†as I would not my spouse or my children.

Getting back to the story. ¬†So, Tuesday morning I go in for the infamous “stent removal”. ¬†This is something I have been dreading ever since IT went in. ¬†Like Star Trek, for me this was the “final frontier” that I really didn’t want to blast into. ¬†Although, I was hoping for “warp speed” to get past this uncomfortable extraction. ¬†Sure enough, it was as I suspected. ¬†It was quick (thank God), but none the less, hugely painful.

So what am I learning through all of this? (besides bringing my pain tolerance level to another level) Ii am learning to rely on Him more so than ever. ¬†Life is fragile. ¬†There are many things in life (we think we can control) we can’t control. ¬†So, I am learning to roll with it knowing that the God of the Universe will not let me down. ¬†He hasn’t yet. ¬†There have been so many ways He has protected me and has been with us during this journey from the great weather and roads to and back from Reno to the fact the kidney stone was not round, but odd shaped that allowed me to urinate and to avoid kidney failure. ¬†I continue to understand that family and people are more important than things. ¬†I am learning to accept the circumstances that I am in because this is where God wants me. ¬†Nothing happens without his oversight. ¬†Therefore, I wish to honor Him in and through this challenging health journey. ¬†There is nothing He cannot do. ¬†In Isaiah 40:15 the Bible talks about His awesomeness—“Surely the nations are like a drop in the bucket; they are regarded as dust on the scales; ¬†he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust”. ¬†This puts things into proper perspective for me.

I continue to put my trust in a God who is AWESOME and has the Universe right where He wants it…..no more, no less.

Trusting you are blessed today and always,

Craig (aka Papa G)

Pressingon after the storm……going thru the calm.

Hey Ya’ll,

Its been a quiet week this week—thank God!!

Today, I started my Nexavar Chemo pills. ¬†So, it will be interesting how I respond to this new prescription versus what I experienced with Votrient. ¬†The nice thing is that I am taking only 400 mg of Nexavar versus 800 mg (maximum dose) of Votrient. ¬†The side effects I had with Votrient were (to me) unliveable. ¬†This medicine turned ALL the hairs on my body white, the bottom of my feet were terribly sore so much so I had to buy new shoes with special ortho arches to keep the majority of my weight off the balls of my feet. ¬†This high dose left me with only 75% of my typical energy, created sporatic diahrea, and caused me to have extreme anal pain. ¬†( I know TMI) ¬†But, I wanted you to know how miserable that dosage and medicine was for me. ¬†I believe since I will be on a dose 1/2 the amount of Votrient and it is a slightly different drug I will experience very little side effects. ¬†(That’s the prayer request and positive mindset)

Once again, I want to express my sincere thanks to all of you for your prayers and concern.  I felt like I had a gallery of people behind me every inch of the way.

Oh, by the way, just a quick update regarding my fun Kidney stone adventure…..next week I get the “almighty stent” out of the ol’ureter—O Joy!!!

So, I will leave you with the following thought…..this is my belief relative to “surviving the storms of life”. ¬†I hope you agree. ¬†(this is an excerpt taken from the book written by Dr. David Jeremiah–What Are You Afraid Of?

I believe Jesus gives us the key to surviving storms in His story about two houses: one built on the sand, the other on solid rock.  The sand represents the shallow, shifting, and unreliable values of worldly culture.  The rock represents the unshakable truth of God.  (Matt 7:24-27) As the storm rages, the first house quickly topples into the sand and washes out to sea.  The other stands firm, withstanding the force of the most violent winds.  This is my experience.  I believe that people who place their trust in God withstand every storm because they have built their lives on the only foundation that cannot be moved.  

This my friends is my story…..and I’m sticking with it.

Fyi, I will be continuing this blog on a weekly basis.  I will check in regarding my journey, but also continue to post encouraging words each week.  I hope you enjoy it.

Hoping that you will experience abundant blessings in your life today.

Craig (aka Papa G)

Pressing On: Kidney Stone update, encouraging words.

I believe with all my heart that the Lord will not give us more than we can handle. ¬†Having said this, I wanted to bring you up to date regarding my bout of “the traveling Kidney Stones”, now in concert (full concert by the way!!) ¬†It appears He thinks I can handle more……

The short story is that one of the stones (6 mm in size) moved down to my ureter which is quite dangerous given I only have one kidney. ¬†So, off to my urologist I go and immediately get a KUD scan. ¬†They identifed two 6 mm stones and quickly sent me over to St. John’s Hospital in Maplewood for an emergency “stonectomy” aka Cystoscopy, Ureteroscopy, Stent Placement. ¬†Honestly, I was very nervous. ¬†This is a place “no man should go” with a medical device. ¬†The surgery took about an hour. ¬†It was a huge success. ¬†They got both stones! ¬†Now, I no longer have to worry about a stone blocking my one and only kidney—Praise God for his goodness (and the doctor’s skillful hands).

Friends, these are times I seek wisdom and strength from God above. ¬†I know that the Bible tells us we are strongest in our weakest moments with God on our side. ¬†Let me tell you I feel like a humble Hercules. ¬†I confess I am growing weary of the pain, the trials, and the health challenges. ¬†But, at the same time I am strengthened and encouraged by God’s grace he has shown me. ¬†His power and majesty rises above all things. ¬†He rains grace over me and has for the entire 6 years I have been battling the “sucky” disease.

The following are the things I continue to learn as I walk thru this journey:

First and foremost, I know that I worship a God that never leavers me or forsakes me. ¬†This is evident in the success of the treatments, the unbelievable support from family and friends, and the eternal hope that I have to be healed. ¬†I know that scripture promises us healing in this life or the next. ¬†I have seen incredible strength, fortitude, and hope in those that are afflicted with cancer. ¬†The human spirit is truly a tremendous thing as people fight for their very lives. ¬†I have seen tenderness in hard, ugly situations, hope in hopeless moments, graciousness in people that reach out and offer unselfish help and assistance. ¬†I experienced love by family members that went way out of their way to help us. ¬†I have learned that the will to live far exceeds any physical illness that can be thrown at us. ¬†I am inspired beyond measure by ordinary people that do “extra-ordinary” things. ¬†I am impressed by the kindness that the medical professionals I have crossed paths with during this journey.

I want to encourage each and everyone of you that may be sick or helping a sick friend or family member. ¬†In the words of the great Winston Churchill, “Never, ever, ever, give up”! ¬†Keep fighting, keep encouraging those around you. ¬†Much of coming out of the darkness of sickness is in how we respond to it. ¬†I encourage you to look at the positives in every situation. ¬†Appreciate more, complain less. ¬†Talk truth in love, have deep, loving conversations. ¬†Take of the mask and be real to each other.

I leave you with another one of my favs: ¬†Psalm 30:1-3 “I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me. ¬†You refused to let my enemies triumph over me. ¬†O Lord my God, I cried out to you (many, many times) for help, and you restored my health. ¬†You brought me up from the grave, O Lord. ¬†You kept me from falling into the pit of death. ¬†

Sending back to you wishes for blessings over you and your entire family,

Craig (aka Papa G)

Pressing On…..the conclusion of the trip.

We have arrived safely at home.  It is such a blessing to be back home and to sleep in my own bed.  I was gone 4 weeks.

As many of you know I had a bout with a moving kidney stone Friday. ¬†What a day that was!! ¬†I ended up in the ER of St. Mary’s in Reno. ¬†I had to be taken by ambulance from Century Wellness Clinic to St. Mary’s. ¬†By the time I had arrived at the hospital they had an IV set up and shot me with morphine. ¬†It wasn’t fun pain…..

An ultrasound and two X-rays later revealed a 6 mm kidney stone, yes that’s a pretty sizable stone. ¬†Thank God I was able to drive the 25 hours back home without incident. ¬†I am now working with my Internist and Urologist locally to determine next steps. ¬†I must tell you I am getting a “wee bit short” on the patience side of things regarding these issues. ¬†Having said this, I also know that “things could always be worse”. ¬†So, thank you Lord for helping me get thru the fire…once again. ¬†ūüôā

Appreciate more, complain less. ¬†Undaunted in 2015 and beyond. ¬†This brings to mind a wonderful piece of scripture that I put to memory many years ago. ¬†Philippians 4:6-7 ¬†“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests of God. ¬†And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”. ¬†¬†

So, the first leg of the journey is over. ¬†Now, I start phase two. ¬†Next week I begin taking 400 mg of Nexavar a chemotherapy pill. ¬†The idea of this treatment is to double up on my 3 week therapy. ¬†This will continue to aid in killing the “sucky” cancer cells. ¬†So, I am hoping, praying, and expecting that this 3 month treatment will continue to CRUSH the cancer cells. ¬†In addition, I will remain on my supplemental therapy daily.

Pray specifically that the cells will indeed be crushed and killed AND that I will experience zero side effects of the drug.

Once again, I want to express my sincere and deep appreciation as well as heartfelt thanks for all of you following me, sending me notes of encouragement and especially for prayer. ¬†I cannot express in words my “thanks” for all your concern.

Looking forward to brighter days ahead!!

Blessings to all of you.

Craig (aka Papa G)