I've been to the doctor a lot this week; mostly post-op stuff. I'm feeling a little better each day. The surgery I had on May 1st was to remove several of my lymph nodes after having found cancer in one of them after the previous surgery. Thankfully, they found no cancer in any of these. I was released from using a walker/crutches and it feels good to have a little mobility back - though I am limping a little.
The next step for me is to begin in July to take drugs that are designed to boost your immune system. The strategy with these drugs is to rev your immune system up in the hopes that it will prevent the melanoma from re-occurring elsewhere in my body. I will be taking the drugs for 12 months.
Thanks so much for your continued prayers and words of encouragement! We are literally blown away by your kindness to us. It means so much!
Ways you can continue to pray for us:
Again, thank you, thank you, thank you for your prayers!
Thanks for your prayers today! Got released from crutches/walker. Lymph nodes negative. Start immunotherapy in July. God is good! #Blessed
My surgery went well and I took a walk around the hospital floor this morning with a walker. I'm feeling pretty good and should go home today or tomorrow. Thanks for all your prayers for me and my family!
I'm feeling much better these days and recovering well from my surgery. I will be preaching this weekend at the H'ville campus and speaking at the Man Up Conference this Sunday night. I just can't tell you enough how thankful I am for all your prayers and encouragement!
In case you haven't heard, they found cancer in one of my lymph nodes. I am having surgery next Wednesday to address this. They have found no evidence of cancer anywhere else in my body. The next step after surgery is to begin taking immunotherapy drugs in July. I am so grateful for all your love and support. I sure would appreciate your continued prayers.
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Thank you again a thousand times for your thoughts and prayers for me and my family! God is good!!
"Thanks for your prayers today. There is cancer in one of my lymph nodes - surgery on 5/1 for that. Begin treatments in July. God has a plan!"
David came through the surgery well. It is still serious. We should know the results of the pathology reports in 7-10 days. He will stay at least one night in the hospital.
Dear Long Hollow Church Family,
We want to provide you with some information about Pastor David's health. David has been diagnosed with an extremely rare and aggressive form of cancer known as colorectal melanoma. The cancer is still in stage one and there is no evidence that it has spread at this point.
On Thursday, February 28, David had a colonoscopy after a previous exam revealed some abnormalities. The next day he had outpatient surgery to remove the spot that had concerned his doctor. Tests were ordered and on Tuesday, March 5, the results of a biopsy revealed the cancer. Additional tests were conducted the next day and the full extent of his condition was revealed at a consultation on Thursday, March 7. David is pursuing all available treatment options.
This news has certainly come as a shock to us all, but we can trust that David is in God's hands as he's always been. He believes what he preaches and has a strong faith. He wants us to be encouraged in our faith during this time as well. David expresses with the Psalmist: “I will praise the Lord at all times; His praise will always be on my lips” (Psalm 34:1).
David and Jennifer know you are eager to help and that you want to make sure that their needs are met. Their love for you will make it extremely difficult for them not to be able to respond to every note, but rest assured that they will receive each and every one of them. Right now the best gift you can give them is time to rest and prayers on their behalf.
Please pray for healing and comfort, and that he and his family will experience peace during this time. Also pray that God will reveal His purpose and plan for all of us during this trial. There will be several corporate prayer opportunities for David and his family in the near future. For updates and to send David a comment or post a prayer, please refer to the church's main website (longhollow.com) and Facebook page (facebook.com/longhollow). If you would like to send a personal note of encouragement please send them to email@example.com or 3031 Long Hollow Pike, Hendersonville, TN, 37075.
May the God of all peace, grant you peace in Christ.
Lance, Jeff, Jordan, and Derek
Executive Team, Long Hollow Baptist Church
As part of our plan to #PrayForDavid during his illness, we're asking the Long Hollow family to commit an extra hour of each week to prayer. Join the effort today and see how many are already praying!
In addition to your continued prayers, you are welcome to send your words of encouragement to firstname.lastname@example.org. While we cannot guarantee that he will be able to respond to every note, we can assure that every message will be delivered to him and his family.
It has always been David's desire to share the Word of God as often as he is able. During this season, we are encouraging him to undergo maximum treatment and maximum recovery in order to ensure his health. This is certain: just as soon as he is feeling physically able to preach, he will be back in the pulpit without a moment to lose!
Words of encouragement and prayer can be emailed to email@example.com. While we cannot guarantee that he will be able to respond to every note, we can assure that every message will be delivered to him and his family