Good Afternoon All,
Mike McEneney has shared the following update for Dave Rice, Tom Kelleher’s ’53 (RIP) Son-in-Law. Dave has been in our prayers for sometime as he battles Cancer. Dave’s Wife, Jane Rice (Tom’s Daughter) has kept us aware of Dave’s progress. Her update is one of love, courage, determination and Hope as she, Dave and their Family share this journey. Their journey is inspiring and we are thankful for Jane’s sharing it with us. Please keep the volume up and continue to raise your voices in prayer for Dave, Jane and their Family. The Family is very thankful for your prayers. Thank you. God Bless.
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From Jane :
Life has been an emotional rollercoaster these last couple of weeks. We have recently found out that the cancer has now made it to his calf muscle. As you know, Dave has been on his new chemo regimen. He’s successfully handled four rounds so far so a pet scan was in order. He has his infusion on day one and is sent home with a pump for two more.
Anyone who has been involved with cancer knows the terrible waiting period from scan to results. I think this is absolutely the hardest part for me. As a planner, I’m always dreaming of the best but bracing myself for the worst.
Last week Dave had chest pains in the middle of the night. This was new to us and very very frightening to say the least. Dave adamantly refused to allow me to call for help. Ughh, you are caught between calling 911 and respecting his wishes. We silently waited it out and called the doctor in the am. I think it was the longest night that I’ve had in a very long time trying to sleep with my hand on his chest just to make sure he was still breathing. Thank goodness it subsided and in the end the doctor felt it was not his heart… (I tend to disagree, but what would I know?).
Let it be known, if there should be a next time, there will be no hesitation on my part to call for help. This week brought vomit one day and severe kidney pain another. Thank goodness we were scheduled for a doctor routine visit the morning the kidney pain transpired. The good news is that the chemo is creating a slight change for the better in the tumors, holding it at bay. This allows him to continue with the chemo. As for the kidney pain, they couldn’t see a blockage or a change in the stent placement but decided that the stent should be removed. That was taken care of today so now we wait and see how he fares.
Dave is the most determined person that I know which absolutely works to our benefit. On a more positive note, we made it to NY for our nephew Jeff and Laura’s wedding! What a wonderful day it was. Family time always soothes the soul!
To top that, the most fantastic news in our world is that Brittany and Alex got engaged last weekend!!! Hooray!!! Dave so wants to be able to walk her down the aisle! Very, very cool!
Our hearts are full! Please keep praying for him.
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