Med Status


Internal Bleeding Resolved (Updated October17, 2012)

On Friday, October 9, I vomited a great deal of blood and was rushed to the Cleveland Clinic ER for internal hemorrhaging.  The type of hemorrhaging I had suffers a 20% mortality rate, so it was quite serious.  I spent four days in ICU, before being transferred to the Palliative Care unit, where I stayed another three days.  During my stay, I underwent two endoscopic surgeries to repair blood vessels that had ruptured (or were about to rupture) in my esophagus and stomach.  I am now at home, and have been assigned a hospice unit to work with my Cleveland Clinic team.


Not surprisingly, the days leading up to October 9 were difficult in various ways (though we didn’t know why); however, the recovery at home has been going very well.  Evidences of God’s love and provision have been on display throughout this entire hemorrhaging experience, and we are so very thankful for that.  I hope to be able to write about it at some point, but for now we thank you, deeply, for your prayers(!!).



How I’m Feeling (Updated October 17, 2012)

I generally feel relatively “fair” throughout each day.  My pain meds have been increased yet again, and generally keep the pain away.  My main struggles are tenderness/distension of the abdomen, difficulty breathing, nausea, poor appetite, gas, and acid reflux.

Blood clots (Updated September 29, 2012)

Due to ankle swelling and leg pain, my doctor was concerned about about possible blood clots in my legs.  However, ultrasounds showed both legs are normal!

Treatment (Updated September 29, 2012)

My body has rejected all forms of alternative treatments that we have tried to date, and we still believe chemotherapy is unwise for purposes of my particular pancreatic cancer.  (This does not concern us at all, for we trust that our God in heaven is guiding and directing our steps, consonant with His plan and purposes for our lives and His kingdom.  He is good, He is great, and He is invested, wholly, in these moments with us, His children whom He loves(!).)  We are relying primarily on prayer / spiritual warfare.  I am also taking “protocell” and an herbal supplement (paw-paw).  We are in His hands, and there is no other place we would rather be.  We say, with Simon Peter, “Lord, to whom shall we go [if not to You]?  You have the words of eternal life.  Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”  Jn 6:68-69.


15 thoughts on “Med Status

  1. Blessings to you, Joe. Kathy and I pray for you and your health and strength. You strengthen us by your faith. May YHWH and His son Y’shua cover you with their great wings and provide you with all your needs. Love, in Christ, Ben

  2. Joe,
    Just heard, and so hard to believe. My thoughts and prayers are with you, and my heart is with you and your family. Hard to believe it’s been almost 30 years since ND. I still remember the “Eagle Head” haircut you got one year, and many other hysterical times dating back to Freshman Year in the bowels of Alumni Hall. I am in awe of the sentiments you express on this web site. I wish you peace and absence of pain on your journey.
    Much love,

  3. Joe:
    Reading your posts and praying for you and your family. Thanks for your words about the kids and CCA. Praying specifically for a daily filling and overflowing of His Spirit for you, Diane and the girls.

    Steve and Estelle Putrich and kids.

  4. Thank you for the update Joe as I pray for you and your family daily and often wonder how things are going. Though your struggle continues, you are evidence that goodness and mercy are following you even into those realms we are all loathe to go. You have become conversant in a language in which most of us have a very limited vocabulary, yet it is the language of our Lord who was fully acquainted with suffering in all its forms. I don’t know if you’re familiar with the music of John Michael Talbot, but I thought I’d send you a link as this song is one I often turn to: Only in God is my Soul at Rest:

  5. You constantly challenge me in my faith…. Thank you bro. Love you and the family. We are praying for you daily… for healing, for comfort and for peace.

  6. God, we pray that Your saving grace
    be ever present in fighting this battle.
    Bless us with the fortitude of a
    warrior and help us to stand up
    against fear. Grace our lives with
    courage, patience, dignity, and
    acceptance of Your will. May we be
    grateful for the blessings that have
    come through our trials and may we
    live strong each day seeing the
    beauty of this life. We pray to live
    each day with the assurance that
    Your divine love is ever present and
    that we are never alone in Your LOVE.
    Lucille Payne

  7. Joe -

    You and your family and friends have been in my thoughts and prayers often.
    I certainly don’t understand why and how the Lord allows and works out these extreme trials, but as you said in your initial posting, He will be glorified through your trial as well. One day, there will be a grand reunion – so keep looking up. Through the pain and sadness, my heart goes out to you, Diane, and the girls.

  8. Joe,
    We serve an awesome God! I have been praying for you and the family from day 1, my family is also praying for you all. God is with you my friend.

  9. Joe – our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Thank you so much for your blog, and your strength! Best, The Manigaults

  10. Dear Joe, Diane, Megan, Mallory, and Cara,
    “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for HIs compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.’”
    Lamentations 3:22-24

    Ever since I learned about your situation, I have been fervently praying for you!
    Your extended Kids of the Kingdom Family has been praying for you, too. May you be enveloped in the Lord’s great love!

    With His love,
    “Miss Jean”

  11. Joe, I am very sorry to hear about your situation. As humans, we seem to spend time thinking about what we want or what we wish we had in the way of material or financial gain but don’t realize that our health is so much more important than acquiring “things” as material, for the most part, can be replaced. Humans CANNOT be replaced! I will be praying for you & your family & wish you the very best.

  12. This news fills my heart…with hope and that just maybe God is listening to my prayers too. I love you all and I will continue to pray that your pain subsides. We love all of you so much.

    J,L,C, & E

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