To let you all in on some things going on with our family, my sis created a blog.
Joe and I know how many people who have never even met Mandy and Wes are already praying earnestly for healing and strength, and we thank you for that! Take a minute and read Mandy's post, or check it out over at their new blog...
This week has been one that we were not expecting (to say the least.) We
are so overwhelmed and grateful for the tremendous support we have
had from our family and friends over the last week. Thank you for each
text, phone call and email.
It all started a couple of weeks ago when Wesley got sick. We took him
to the doctor and were told he had an infection and were send home with
some meds. He got better and over New Years he even helped do some work
with our brother in law and Mandy's dad. Soon afterward, last Sunday
(Jan. 6) Wes started going downhill pretty fast. We went back into the
hospital late Sunday night, not knowing how much our lives were about to
By early Monday morning we were told that Wes would need surgery to
remove a mass in his colon. That day (Jan 7) Wes had surgery and they
removed essentially his entire colon (to remove the mass and some
surrounding tissue). He did NOT have to have a colostomy (big praise!)
Upon recovering from surgery the doctors told us that they treated the
surgery like a "cancer removal" and got a bunch of surrounding tissue
with the mass to send off for tests. So we started the waiting and
recovering from the surgery.
Wednesday the doctors came in with news. Wesley was diagnosed with Stage
2 cancer. We didn't get a ton of information, other than he would need
to meet with an oncologist when he was discharged from the hospital to
talk about treatment. Thursday and Friday were a roller coaster of
emotions, but we are so thankful for continued prayer and support!
Wesley got to see his fur baby Stella and that brightened the day!
Saturday began talks of potentially going home on Sunday, and finally Sunday morning he was released!
Yesterday afternoon he spent lots of time resting and relaxing...
enjoying the outdoors and warm temperatures. Later in the evening we
moved into our new temporary home while he recovers. Our parent's
wonderful neighbors and great friends have invited us to stay with them
so that we can rest and relax and be near family. This is also a huge
praise and thanks!
So while we don't have a lot of information at the moment and our
heads and hearts are still heavy...we have a big to do list including:
*Follow up with surgeon next week
*See oncologist after that
said surgery was curative but will still potentially have chemotherapy
because he is so young (age 24). If so, thiswon’t start until 6 weeks
*Staying with Mr Roy and Mrs Nancy for a week or so-close to family.
Whew! Lots to do and wrap our minds/hearts around!
Again, thank you so very much for your outpouring of love, prayers, and
support. We are amazed by our friends and family and are so grateful.
Specific prayer requests:
*for a healing miracle!
*strength (emotionally, physically, and spiritually)
*for God's will to be shown, and for God to be lifted high in all of this!
We'll try to keep updates coming as much as possible! Love you all!
-Mandy and Wesley