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    Default **UPDATE 4/29** In Need of Prayers

    Intercot Friends -

    I am writing to all of you in need of prayer. In early October I returned from the most amazing trip to WDW. It was truly a trip that can only be described as having God's hands all over it. Unfortunately, what we returned to was life changing.

    Before I had left for the trip, I had gone in to the doctor with some complaints of "flu-like" symptoms that were not going away. Test after test led to yet other tests. Finally, right before leaving, I had one more test called an E.R.C.P. I told my doctor not to contact me while I was on my trip and set up an appointment with him for right after I returned.

    My wife and I went to the doctor upon our return to be told that I had pancreatic cancer and had 6 - 12 months to live. We were in shock and I immediately had to lay down to keep from passing out. We asked what options we had, but my doctor told me that I should go home and "enjoy the time you have left with your family".

    Well, I did not take this so well and I was not going to take this as the final word. We went to an oncologist who shed a little light on our situation telling us that he wanted to run more blood tests and also have me do another test called an OctreoScan. At the same time, we researched for pancreatic cancer specialists and found one at UC Davis. We made an appointment to see him for once we got the results of the OctreoScan.

    Good news!! It was found that I have a much more rare of pancreatic cancer that only about 5% of people with pancreatic cancer get - a neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer. This form is still serious, but yet treatable through a radical surgery where the head of my pancreas, my gall bladder, about 1/4 of my stomach, my duodeum, lymphnodes around my pancreas and a few other parts will all be taken out and then my entire digestive tract will be reconstructed. It is an 8-hour procedure and it scares the living hee-bee-geebies out of me. However, with my faith in God, I know that I will get through it.

    To learn more of this or to send some words of encouragement, you can check out my home page that is listed on my profile.

    I appreciate your support & prayers!!

    God Bless!
    John (aka HndrdPrcnt)

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    Oh my goodness!!

    While you still have something very serious, I'm so glad to hear it is much more treatable. I'm so sorry you had to go through the shock of hearing such terrible news. At least you didn't stop there, and you pursued other answers. Good for you!!

    Best of luck! You will be in my prayers.
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    To my neighbor to the West:

    My prayers are with you and my God's hand guide the Surgeons.

    Here is some since that never seems to hurt either.
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    I will keep you in my prayers.
    God bless you!
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    Here comes some prayers and pixie dust from Florida.

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    It sounds like you have what you need, a loving family, friends, faith and hope. I will keep you and yours in my prayers while you fight this battle. While I am saddened by the news I'm hopeful that you can beat this.
    sending a little southern angel to help watch over you. Do keep in touch. to you and yours
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    I'll keep you in my prayers. Ifeel bad that I've been worrying about my problems. This makes me realize that my problems are trivial compared to your situation. Just keep yourfaith in God. He can do miracles if you believe.

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    Sending lots of prayers to you and your family. Please keep us updated.
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    Sending prayers to you and your family.
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    God bless you my friend and your family for having to deal with this. I work with a lot of people with Cancer and you have all the things needed to survive and thrive.

    First you have a wonderful faith for when things really get tough.

    Second you have a beautiful family for the moral support you will need.

    Third you have a great support network of friends to help your family through this.

    Fourth you have your Intercot family !

    You will have many more trips to WDW with your family because of your faith, family and friends will lift you up and see you through this.

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    just keep thinking positive.............it's amazing what your thoughts can create. you will certainly be in my thoughts...........
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    Your faith is what will keep you going ! I just prayed for you and for your family,God Blees You All !!!
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    Good luck with the surgery and lots of on the way for a complete recovery!
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    May God send an to watch over you. Your story brought tears to my eyes! Please know that you and your family will be in my prayers

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    I'm keeping you in my prayers. God bless you and your family and good luck with your surgery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pogo
    First you have a wonderful faith for when things really get tough.

    Second you have a beautiful family for the moral support you will need.

    Third you have a great support network of friends to help your family through this.

    Fourth you have your Intercot family !
    Pogo is right - with your faith, family and friends by your side, you will get through this. I've been lucky enough to see your awesome family opening the Magic Kingdom - I know what a special bunch you are! You will be in my thoughts and prayers - much pixie dust headed your way . Please keep us posted on how you are and we are here whenever you need us!
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    My sincere thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

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    Holy COW!!!!

    Talk about flipping a quarter and seeing it land on the edge!

    I tell you right now, someone found a way to send you the mightiest speck of pixie dust that I ever saw!

    Here's the good news: Due to the vain industry of plastic surgery, your operation looks like a gastric bypass with extras. Those are routine operations run by surgerons who are experienced in them. It beats the early meeting with the reaper.

    Buddy, you got it all. You got faith, a great family and bleeding edge medical technology on your side. Just as an extra, I would like to send you hope, thoughts and .
    Please keep us informed.
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    John, you will be in my prayers, and the prayers of my family... what a difficult and frightening time for you - but your faith has carried you strongly this far, and I believe it will carry you through to healing, as well. The power of prayer is amazing.
    I was really surprised when I saw your post, as I am having a CT scan this AM for some suspicious findings R/T my pancreas... I am three years older than you, and have two little girls, too... your pictures brought tears to my eyes.
    I pray that you will be well soon - that we both will rely on the God we serve to bring us through - I don't know what the results of my CT will be, but I hope that if they are anything like what you are going through, that I will handle it with the grace and faith you have shown - you are an inspiration. God bless you and your family.
    Blythe

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    My portion of the INTERCOT prayer chain is intact. Best of luck with the surgery and your recovery. Please check in from time to time to let us know how you are doing.
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