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  • Writer's pictureHank Evers

A full-blown case of being full blown :)

One month to the day after being admitted to the hospital, I met with my oncologist for a complete summary of the numerous tests, scans, and the lung biopsy. It was now his time to explain and illustrate where the cancer started, how it spread, how far it spread and how we might deal with this prognosis. I am still amazed at how quickly my body succumbed to cancer and, as a result, how my life and the lives of those around me have changed.


The name of my unwanted guest is urothelial cancer. Unlike most cancers that metastasize through lymph nodes, this type spread from my kidney to my lungs through my blood. I was told that the best treatment is chemotherapy; two types. If my body accepts these, I will receive 4 rounds, after which I will begin immunotherapy. Our hope is that this will stop the growth and spread, and potentially shrink the tumors.


I have a meeting scheduled for tomorrow, December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, with the oncology team. They will explain the chemotherapy process and schedule my first round within a day or two. Since they allocated 90 minutes for this initial meeting, there will likely be more explaining than I presently imagine. Always something to look forward to…

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peggy
peggy
Dec 09, 2020

Hank and Lori:

I know all too well the difficulty of the shock of learning of a cancer diagnosis and the stages that follow. I know both of you will get through this with grace. God's grace and His blessings were what carried me and Cliff through his cancer diagnosis and chemotherapy. In January it will have been 11 years! 6 months prior to Cliff's passing, the doctors at MD Anderson told Cliff to hold on because there were some mighty impressive treatments coming for cancers in the lungs, etc. Immunotherapy. I believe every day that God has a plan and He knows when our last day is. I also believe that yours is not anytime soon. You …

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kdawson
Dec 09, 2020

Hank,

You and yours + your care team are in our daily prayers. Meanwhile, you are reaching hearts with this site. Still contributing to others' journey. God bless you and grant you many consolations - and many more years.

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Lee Sweeney
Lee Sweeney
Dec 09, 2020

Praying for God's strategic plan for you Hank, and the care team as well!.... "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jer 29:11 Lee & Michele

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ted.kofc
Dec 08, 2020

Hank, you have always been an inspirational inspiration to me. Your strong sense of faith, compassion, patience and humility are without peers. Your strength will overcome this battle. God bless you my brother. 😇🤚❤️

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eversjeanne
Dec 08, 2020

Oops!! Me again. Just read today’s verse for the day on YouVersion: Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. (Rom 12:12) I thought how wonderful that verse is - when things are going well. But how gut-wrenching difficult it is to believe and live when you’re going through deep, deep water. That’s where faith comes in. That’s where your faith has come in, Hank!!! I continue to pray for, and love you! 🙏❤️

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