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On the Eve of More Treatments

Posted by Mimspicker on Wednesday, October 10, 2007

October 10, 2007

My last update was August 26th.  Here's what's been happening since.  I have had a lot to think about over the past month and a half.

The Doctors ran a full series of tests, CT, PET and Bone Scans.  I also took a trip to the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa for an Endoscopic Ultrasound and a second opinion from their GI team of GI Doctors, Oncologists, Surgeons and Radiologists.

The results are mixed.  As far as the esophageal cancer is concerned the tests show the tumor gone, and no cancer in the biopsies or surrounding lymph nodes.  The bad news is the Doctors continue to believe the cancer has metastisized in four spots on the bone.  The are concerned and have said this is not curable.  Something I refuse to accept or believe. 

They gave me two options.  The Moffitt Oncologist recommended holding off any treatments until the cancer becomes a problem and more pronounced.  They other option is to start treatments now.  After discussion with my primary Oncologist, I have decided to start treatments now.  I believe a more aggressive treatment is the best approach as does my primary Oncologist.  I start a new round of chemo treatments tomorrow (10/11/07).  I will go through through three cycles of chemo, ending around the last week of November and then retesting.

I continue to gain weight and have gained another eight pounds.  My eating is fairly good and I can eat almost anything I want.  My blood-sugar has gotten out of whack a couple of time and I,ve had to lay off the sweet stuff.

Please continue to keep me in your prayers.  My faith stays strong, my family beside my side every step of the way, many close friends from childhood to church and my wonderful friends here on BHO have offered so much encouragement and support, it is truely humbleing.

I want to again thank each of you that have left a post, comment and/or sent me an e-mail.  You make the tough times seem a little easier.

Warmest regards



14 comments on “On the Eve of More Treatments”

Shatfield Says:
Wednesday, October 10, 2007 @11:32:16 PM

Best of luck to you Bill,   My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Nancy Says:
Wednesday, October 10, 2007 @11:32:20 PM

Hi Bill. I wondered how you were doing. You hang in there and get completely well! My prayers are with you and I'm pulling for you.

Joanchek Says:
Thursday, October 11, 2007 @12:05:19 AM

Bill, you're doing great!  Keep up that great attitude.  We're all behind you here, and best wishes are winging from the beautiful Poconos southward.

Doulos Says:
Thursday, October 11, 2007 @12:11:12 AM

Bill, God can do wonderful things. I'll be praying that He works a true Wonder in your life.

PruchaLegend Says:
Thursday, October 11, 2007 @2:21:53 AM

Good luck, Bill. We'll all believe that the treatments will cure anything that ails you. With all that belief, how could you fail to be cured?

PaulKirby Says:
Thursday, October 11, 2007 @5:25:08 AM


God bless you for you courage and honesty.  Thanks for sharing that with me today.   I'll keep you in my prayers.

DandyRandy Says:
Thursday, October 11, 2007 @6:56:46 AM

Stay strong, keep the faith, and make time to play the banjo a little.

Mr. Quimby Says:
Thursday, October 11, 2007 @8:27:38 AM

You are definitely in my thoughts and prayers. I hope that everything continues to go well.

bjango53 Says:
Thursday, October 11, 2007 @8:59:45 AM

Keep pickin that Banjo Bill

Good luck from the UK

YankeePicker Says:
Thursday, October 11, 2007 @9:37:10 AM

I'm praying for you and your family Brother.

frailin Says:
Thursday, October 11, 2007 @11:18:39 AM

I'm just one more telling you to KEEP THE FAITH!  Look up.  It's always your best move!

You're in my prays, too.


rinemb Says:
Thursday, October 11, 2007 @3:53:20 PM

Bill, you have already achieved a huge victory over the esophageal cancer.  I know several people locally who had severe bone cancers and survived, as well.  Keep up your steadfast faith.  Brad

Richard Caudill Says:
Monday, October 29, 2007 @7:28:12 PM

Bill, glad to hear that you are doing better. You have the greatest healer of all and you have faith in him. You will beat this problem.

banjo_robb Says:
Monday, December 31, 2007 @11:38:06 PM


Sorry to see this so late.  You are in my prayers for the best possible healing to flow through you.  You are a man of faith & that will carry you through!

God bless,


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