My Story

My wife Robin and I at a friends wedding June 15

My wife Robin and I at a friends wedding June 15

I created this blog to keep friends and family updated on what is going on with our family through this difficult season of our life. We appreciate your prayers, support and encouragement during this time when it matters most.

Towards the end of May and on into June of this year (2013) I started suffering from what I thought was gas and a general bloated feeling.  Since I’d never experienced anything like it before and wasn’t suffering from heart burn I kept blowing it off as something that would straighten itself out.  Besides I had an appt. with my primary the first of July and if it was still bothering me we’d look into it more then.  On Sunday June 23rd I was supposed to be helping setup for our churches VBS program that was starting that evening.  My stomach had been bothering me all morning and there was a tender spot right below my rib cage that was starting to hurt when I bent over.  Plus I was getting dizzy and sweating like I was in a sauna.  Robin told me to stop messing around and go to the ER.

I drove up to Montgomery General where they confirmed I wasn’t having a  heart attack but couldn’t do much for the stomach other than give me some candy coating medicine and tell me to see a gastroenterologist.  That Tuesday I was able to not only see a gastroenterologist but they were also able to do an endoscopy.  Unfortunately the result showed a tumor in my esophagus at the juncture with my stomach.

And so begins the latest learning experience that God has set before me.  I am thankful that God in his mercy has surrounded me with a loving family and so many incredible friends.  Your prayers and support are truly priceless.

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3 thoughts on “My Story”

  1. Mike,
    Thanks for sharing and being transparent. Joe and I are praying for you and Robin as you go through this together.

  2. God bless you for doing this blog. A long time ago, I had heard the saying, “Give thanks to God in all things.” I started thinking about that in earnest, I started with thanking God for the “basics”, and then I realized that nothing in life is “basic” – not shelter, food, health, etc.. When I took my thanks one step further, to the “bad” things that were happening to me, it became much more difficult to be genuinely grateful, but through my cancer, my eyes are opening to much deeper meaning and awareness of God’s presence in my life, no, in life in general.

    You and your family will be in my prayers.

  3. I hear you, brother. I live over in Poolesville and began getting scheduled for an RFA down at Georgetown today. I just found your site and will be reading all the posts.

    You and your family will be in our prayers, as well.

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