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Stage 4

"All the world's a stage" is the phrase that begins a monologue from William Shakespeare 's pastoral comedy As You Like It. The speech compares the world to a stage and life to a play.

Last November, my oncologist gave me the lead role in Advanced Metastatic Urothelial Carcinoma and called me up on to Stage 4.


No amount of rehearsal would have prepared me for what was to come. If this was a play, I was, and remain a weak actor.


I am beyond grateful beyond words for the prayers and support that helped me through the 4 cycles of chemotherapy and its myriad of horrible side effects.


Now that I have used armies of chemo toxins to fight the cancer, my treatment has changed with medicines to help my own immune system recognize and destroy cancer cells. For an undetermined time, I will receive immunotherapy every other week. This Thursday marks round 2. Our prayer is this will slow the growth and spreading of cancer cells, allowing me to maintain at least a supporting role a bit longer on this stage. We also hope to experience fewer side effects.


The pain imposed on my body by this advanced cancer will never be naturally relieved. Fortunately, my palliative care team continues to provide pain relief and advice on managing the various symptoms so that I can be as comfortable and pain-free as possible. I am extremely grateful for their care, and expertise.


I believe God has a plan for each of us. My wish is to be productive with whatever strength and skills He directs me to use, for as long as he keeps me, with you, on this stage.


“Hope springs eternal.” With the onset of spring and God’s magnificent creation in bloom, what better time to focus on His goodness.



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arasely
2021년 3월 28일

Hank, my friend, I have just come to know what you have been going through. I am glad to have been told about your blog, but wish I could reach out in person! I'm reminiscing about when we first met at the LA Congress years ago, which created an opportunity to work together on the Rosary project for the Guild. How lucky was I to have met you at that time and hope you know how grateful I am. Well, I demand that you get through this quickly and swiftly, because, selfishly, I would like to work on another project with you! Sending you my prayers, healing hugs, and blessings to you and your family. YOU CAN DO THIS.

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Steven Fernandez
Steven Fernandez
2021년 3월 25일

Continuous prayers and thoughts for you and your family, Hank. You're an inspiration.

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eversjeanne
2021년 3월 25일

Sooooooo loving you, Hank and Lori!!! 🌷💚🌻💕

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vicki.delaney
2021년 3월 25일

On this Annunciation of the Lord, I give T-Hanks for you my friend and continue to pray, Thanking God continuously for your friendship and the grace you bestow while carrying your cross. You embody our Blessed Mother:

Mary responded with the obedience of faith, certain that "with God nothing will be impossible": "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be [done] to me according to your word." CCC 494

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jrlongdon
jrlongdon
2021년 3월 25일

Loving you both and the strength you have shown during your trials. Know you are being prayed for by many. Stage 4 actors are the support team for the leads! We love you guys!

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