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Monthly Archives: June 2013

Just a few pictures I was able to take last week. Some of these were right after Tropical Storm Andrea blew through…check out the rainbow and the message in a bottle we found! The others were taken the day after we arrived in Florida and last Thursday…which was my step-son’s twenty second Birthday! We took Tyler and his closest friend, who was in town visiting, out for some yummy seafood! Check out the shot of Rick and Tyler doing the duck face, Chris giggling and Faith…I don’t know what she is doing…

I’m glad Tyler was able to get out for a bit over the past couple of weeks. It is like music to my ears to hear him telling stories and laughing and just enjoying being with his family and friend. I know over the next several weeks and months, he may not feel like laughing so much. God bless him. Please continue to lift him up in prayer!


Some of you may remember several months ago when got the devastating news that my twenty one year old step-son, Tyler, was diagnosed with two different forms of testicular cancer that was already in late stages with multiple metastases. One of them is called Choriocarcinoma, and it is a very rare and very aggressive form of cancer. A few weeks ago we got some bad news; the BEP chemotherapy my step-son was on has failed. Towards the end of his fourth round of chemo, we learned that his bHCG (his main tumor markers) was starting to shoot back up, after falling pretty steadily during the first three rounds.

He will be undergoing a stem cell transplant and high dose chemotherapy at the Mayo clinic in Florida. His dad and I and his sister, Faith, traveled down here to be with/near him as he undertakes these very important, life saving procedures. We’ve been told he could be here for three to four months. Faith and I may not be able to see him as much as we like, but at least his dad can be there with him often.

Please keep him in your prayers in the days, weeks and months to come. The HD chemotherapy will kick his butt temporarily. But, he’s a strong young man and I know he will make it through this even stronger and, God willing…cancer free. Yesterday was his twenty second birthday….so we took him out for dinner at a locally owned seafood restaurant (it was so yummy!). Once he starts treatment, he will not be able to eat out for a very long time…so he’s enjoying the local food while he can.

Even through all of the trails and tribulations, we are all so very blessed. Tyler has such a large support system and so many people who love him and are rooting for him and so many people praying for him back home and all over the world. It’s amazing what prayer can do. Our God is simply amazing!

Thank you all so much for all the continued thoughts and prayers for Tyler and our family. I don’t update about Tyler’s battle often on here (and there are reasons for that), but several of you are already in the loop privately. I’m not sure how often I will be blogging while we are in Florida, so I figured I better give some kind of update so you don’t think I’ve fallen off the face of the earth. =)



Rick, Tyler, Me & Faith after Tyler's Birthday dinner


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