Nana Diana Takes A Break

Nana Diana Takes A Break

Saturday, July 1, 2017

I'M BACK WITH A SPECIAL PRAYER REQUEST- FOR A BLOGGER'S HUBBY

I am home from my get-away
and had a wonderful time.
However, while I was enjoying myself,
someone else was in a fight
for their life.

Many of you know dear
Leena Milligan-Lanteigne's
http://pinkcherubmoon.blogspot.com/
Not too long ago she and her hubby, Jim,
moved to 
Myrtle Beach, SC.
They have loved living there and have
been enjoying their lives until
Cancer raised its ugly head.

Jim is fighting for his life.

I will let Leena tell you in her own words
what is happening there.
I find it very hard to relay these bits of information as they bring me to tears. The hospital at MUSC is very nice. They gave Jim an air mattress because his tail bone is sore from being in bed so much. I talked with a regular doctor yesterday and with an oncologist today. Unfortunately, they all have the same thing to say - stage 4 cancer that originated in the pancreas and has spread to his liver. No options for treatment as his liver is not functioning well enough for chemo. The drugs would not filter out and he'd end up with chemo poisoning. Radiation is not an option as the area they'd try to treat is too big and there are too many other organs in the area that would be damaged in the process. Immunotherapy is not effective with the pancreas for an unknown reason The doctor said that he would like to do another scan to see what is going on with Jim's bile duct. He thinks that if there is a blockage somewhere, another stint might open it up and allow his liver to get rid of the bile, which would hopefully b
ring his bilirubin number down. It was 12, then went up to 20 while at Conway, Today it was 26. If the liver responds and his number gets down to around 3, they could give him chemo. The original stint was put in because the tumor was pressing against the duct. If not and things continue the way they have been, at some point , Jim will be released from the hospital and placed in a Hospice center. I asked if that happened, would he be allowed to come home for short visits and the doctor didn't know. I want him to be able to sit on the porch swing, to play with the dogs and kids, to ride in his golf cart to look at the beach - I can even rent a handicap beach wheelchair from the town and take him to the water! As long as he feels up to it, there is no reason as far as I'm concerned, not to allow him these pleasures as a matter of quality of life. He loves it here so much! I showed him a video of the ocean I took for him on my phone the other day and his whole face it up. This is so damned unfair! I have one more thing to look into but I imagine that we would he told the same things. For now, we can just pray that the doc does the scan finds a blockage and corrects it so Jim can have chemo! Tomorrow we will be down with him for the day, then we will return on Sunday and stay until Tuesday afternoon at a hotel that will allow our dogs and doesn't cost a ridiculous amount! I'd prefer to be there every day but I know that there will be a lot of medical bills to pay. It hurts not to see him every day. The last two days he's not returned my calls or texts on a regular basis like he usually does and I worry that he is getting weaker and/or more depressed. He's been following our lead so far when we say we're fighting and I hope he still is! Not sure what else to say right now so will send this out and update again soon. Love and hugs!


Please, please, pray Jim.
Pray for a healing and, if that is not to happen,
pray for peace and acceptance
of what is to come.
If you are not a pray-er, 
please send healing thoughts and 
well-wishes.

I will be back blogging full-time
in a few days, Lord willing.

Leena and her family and I thank you.
Have a wonderful 
Fourth of July weekend.
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42 comments:

  1. Please tell her to contact the American Cancer Society. They can usually refer you to places that discount your stay when you have someone fighting cancer. They have many resources most are not aware of. Prayers for all.

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  2. Diana, So many...so many loved ones, so many wonderful people stricken with cancer. It's a constant battle . I will pray for Jim , for him to be able to receive chemo...and I always pray a cure can be found. Blessings to you and yours this holiday. xoxo, Susie

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  3. I pray for Neena and her husband that the Doctors will be able to help him and give him what he needs to fight this awful disease. He is in good hands at MUSC. This is where Jeff received treatment and his resection surgery. I was able to get a good deal on the Marriot in Charleston SC, just three blocks from MUSC. I used points and also was able to get a discount through MUSC. So, she might try that. Also she might consider a GoFundMe post and tell everyone her story. Diana, you are so sweet and caring to send out prayer requests for her and her family. God Bless them.

    hugs,
    Sissie

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  4. Sweet friend...thank you for asking for prayer for Leena, Jim and their family. Just heartbreaking. Mr. Sweets has been brought home for hospice...just too much.
    Father God, we lift up Leena and Jim to you. Father only you know the outcome of what will be revealed on the scans. I pray for peace for each as they await the results and for decisions that will have to be made. Father be with his team of doctors and nurses and they determine what is in his best interest. Father wrap you loving arms around them during this difficult time. AMEN.

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  5. How very awful for that family to hear reason after reason why different treatments cannot be done. I truly hope he can receive the stint and then chemo. They are in my thoughts. -Jenn

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  6. Oh my, I feel for her as cancer struck my family last year. I pray that he will get to see the beach again.

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  7. Hospice care is often available in the home, should it come to that. I am adding my prayers to hers...that the doctors can fix any blockage so that numbers can improve so that treatment can begin. Praying for comfort and peace for all right in the midst of the storm.

    Thank you, Diana, for being a Blogdom Clearinghouse for prayer needs. It has become one of your ministries. πŸ•Š

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  8. Prayers for sure. My nephew'so best friend was life flights to The James Hospital from the Carolinas. The James is in Columbus Ohio. It was determined he had a very rare cancer 1 in 5 million. He was given 48 hours to live. But his liver is starting to work. Prayers do help. I hope something amazing happens for them.

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  9. Prayers! So sad! Life throws us really hard times but we can send her love and continue to pray.

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  10. Thank you for letting your blog be a place of prayer and encouragement to so many. Will be praying for this dear family.

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  11. Prayers for him and his family. xoxo

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  12. Prayers. Prayers and love for them both.
    Thank you for sharing so we can pray.

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  13. What a terrible disease cancer is. I will definitely be praying.

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  14. Oh my. Prayers coming their way. Miss you!

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  15. Oh so sorry about your friends husband. f course I will be praying for him.

    So glad that you had a terrific time on vacation - you needed that rest and fun.

    Lots of hugs,
    Mary

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  16. So very sorry! Sending prayersπŸ™

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  17. I have never known a time when so many people have been stricken with cancer...I have 2 in my own family that are holding steady as we speak. I am not familiar with your friend but that makes no difference to the Lord. Like you said, praying if not for healing, then peace. Thank you for sharing this request...and welcome back.

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  18. Saying a prayer for your friend's husband, Diana. I'm so sorry to hear this. Have a nice fourth of July weekend - I have missed you.

    love, ~Sheri

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  19. Praying for Jim and his family.

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  20. I will put them on my prayer list. It must be hard for her not to be able to see him all the time. I pray God's will. If the liver can function that would be great and if not - may they accept God's decision which I KNOW is not easy. God bless them both! sandie

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  21. Praying for peace and comfort to him and the whole family. ♥

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  22. Thoughts and prayers for Jim, Neena and the family. So sorry to hear this.

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  23. Heartbreaking news. I'm praying for Jim and Leena.

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  24. Jim and Leena are in my prayers.

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  25. Thank you dear Diana and all of your incredible readers for your prayers and compassion! Jim will be very moved by your kindness! Unfortunately, the scan did not show what we'd hoped for, so we find ourselves with nothing conventional medicine can do. This is where prayer comes in. I believe in miracles and continuously ask God to grant Jim one. He is my soulmate, my world, my best friend. He is the nicest, most generous, compassionate person I have ever known. God smiled upon the earth the day he was born. This world will be a much safer place if he leaves. Please continue your prayers. I know they can work wonders! Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart! Love and peace to all!

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  26. Thank you dear Diana and all of your incredible readers for your prayers and compassion! Jim will be very moved by your kindness! Unfortunately, the scan did not show what we'd hoped for, so we find ourselves with nothing conventional medicine can do. This is where prayer comes in. I believe in miracles and continuously ask God to grant Jim one. He is my soulmate, my world, my best friend. He is the nicest, most generous, compassionate person I have ever known. God smiled upon the earth the day he was born. This world will be a much safer place if he leaves. Please continue your prayers. I know they can work wonders! Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart! Love and peace to all!

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  27. Prayers going up for Jim! So thankful you made it home safely, sweet friend. Sending love and hugs to you and to Leena, too. :)

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  28. Prayers for Jim and Leena. Cancer is terrible.

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  29. Sending up prayers for Jim and Leena. Praying that the liver can function well enough for treatment. Glad you are back home, Diana... xoxo

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  30. Diana, Such a difficult time for Leena. Praying for the Lord's Hand over Jim and peace and grace for Leena. You are such a powerful prayer warrior and friend. May He bless you mightily for your ministry to us.
    Hugs.
    Noreen

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  31. I will stop and pray right now for Jim and Leena, Diana. Thank you for letting us share in prayers for Jim. If only we could find a cure for this horrible thing that steals time away from loving families.

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  32. Oh so sad! I'm praying for them. God please protect, help and bless them. πŸ™πŸ»

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  33. Oh, my heart goes out to Jim and Leena, and their family. Sending prayers that Jim can receive the treatment he needs and prayers of strength and comfort for Leena and their family. x Karen

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  34. This is so heartbreaking to read. So many sad, sad stories like this right now. We have to pray! Thanks for letting us know and for sharing Leena's note.

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