The Fight Continues

I very much wish I had better news. The longest week of my life followed by not good news has truly wiped me out.

Dr. Ravi not being there today truly compounds to the issues at hand. I’ve never needed a specialists input more than I do right now.

There are some very suspicious areas that have shown up and are concerning for metastatic disease. Several lymph nodes, thymus and left pleura.

For you to get an idea of what and why, I attached my PET scan results. If we are going off of prior PET results, the findings are not good at all. I emailed Dr. Ravi.

At this time, life is a fog, once again, and I absolutely hate being in this position. You walk around and hear noises in a very busy airport. You hear children laughing, people laughing, people discussing life, business, and you wonder, how can they be so happy when my life is just in shambles, again? You just can’t focus on a single thing, and unfortunately, I am all too familiar with this feeling of pure torture and fear.

With that said, I’m not dead tomorrow, or next week. We have plenty of fight left in us, and fight we will. Please pray because the prayers are working, but just not in the way we think they should. It’s not our plan. It’s God’s plan. It is not wildly metastatic, nor is it effecting any vital organs.

It’s just not my level of comfort at all to be traveling home without a plan or the opinion and well-respected expertise of my specialist. That in and of itself is tearing me apart. Please pray he calls/emails me back. It’s like we are stuck in the middle of a very bad dream and no way to get out until I hear the voice of my doctor.

Please keep my family, especially my beautiful wife and children, in your prayers. If the results are indeed disease recurrence, it is going to be a very tough road ahead. We will let you know more when I hear back from Dr. Ravi.

I love you all, so very much. Do not be discouraged by the lack of the very much expected and anticipated results of NED. We will get there again.

I love you. And thank you for caring so much. I know I don’t have to say this, but I want to: please give me a little time to respond to all of your amazing messages. We are strength in numbers, and we will beat this….again.

Please don’t be ashamed to like this status or comment. It lets me know who and where I reached because so many of you amazing people have been worrying and texting.

If it makes you feel better, I love little cute bunny rabbits. You can like that part of my status.

We love you.

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7 Responses to The Fight Continues

  1. Renee Levasseur says:

    I am so sad for you and your family right now. All of you have been through so many ups and downs. Cast all your anxiety and worries on God. He knows the next paths He has for you. I just don’t know what else to say. I find your communication skills are wonderful in keeping us informed. I’ve never met you but I can tell you are a very strong and humble person. I think I’ve met most of your family expect you(s). I will keep praying. Our God is an Awesome God. (In case you forgot…Lisa is my niece and married to your dad…that’s how I get a lot of info…and my sister Jan Davis) They too keep me informed on your progress. God’s Blessings and Peace

  2. Asparagus — Who knew?
    My Mom had been taking the full-stalk canned style
    asparagus, pureed it and took 4 tablespoons in
    the morning and 4 tablespoons later in the day. She did
    this for over a month. She is on chemo pills for Stage 3
    lung cancer in the pleural area and her cancer cell
    count went from 386 down to 125 as of this past week.
    Her oncologist said she will not need to see him for 3

    Several years ago I met a man seeking asparagus for a
    friend who had cancer. He gave me a copy of an article,
    entitled “Asparagus For Cancer” printed in the
    Cancer News Journal, December 1979. I will share it
    here, just as it was shared with me: I am a
    biochemist, and have specialized in the relation of diet
    to health or over 50 years. Several years ago, I learned
    of the discovery of Richard R. Vensal, D.D.S. that
    asparagus might cure cancer. Since then, I have worked
    with him on his project. We have accumulated a number
    of favorable case histories. Here are a few examples:

    Case No. 1, A man with an almost hopeless case
    of Hodgkin’s disease (cancer of the lymph glands) who
    was completely incapacitated. Within 1 year of starting
    the asparagus therapy, his doctors were unable to
    detect any signs of cancer, and he was back on a
    schedule of strenuous exercise.

    Case No. 2, A successful businessman, 68 years old,
    suffered from cancer of the bladder for 16 years.
    After years of medical treatments, including radiation
    without improvement, he began taking asparagus. Within 3
    months, examinations revealed that his bladder tumor
    had disappeared and that his kidneys were normal.

    Case No. 3, On March 5th 1971, a man who had lung
    cancer was put on the operating table where they found
    lung cancer so widely spread that it was inoperable.
    The surgeon sewed him up and declared his case
    hopeless. On April 5th he heard about the Asparagus
    therapy and immediately started taking it. By August,
    x-ray pictures revealed that all signs of the cancer had
    disappeared. He is now back at his regular business

    Case No. 4, A woman had been troubled for a number of
    years with skin cancer. She developed different skin cancers
    which were diagnosed by the acting specialist as advanced.
    Within 3 months after beginning asparagus therapy, the skin
    specialist said her skin looked fine with no more skin lesions.
    This woman reported that the asparagus therapy also cured her
    kidney disease, which had started in 1949. She had over 10
    operations for kidney stones, and was receiving government
    disability payments for an inoperable, terminal, kidney condition.
    She attributes the cure of this kidney trouble entirely to the
    asparagus treatment.

    I was not surprised at this result as `The elements of
    materia medica’, edited in1854 by a Professor at the
    University of Pennsylvania , stated that asparagus was
    used as a popular remedy for kidney stones. He even
    referred to experiments, in 1739, on the power of
    asparagus in dissolving stones. Note the dates!
    We would have other case histories but the medical
    establishment has interfered with our obtaining some
    of the records. I am therefore appealing to readers to
    spread this good news and help us to gather a large
    number of case histories that will overwhelm the
    medical skeptics about this unbelievably simple and
    natural remedy.
    For the treatment, asparagus should be cooked
    before using. Fresh or canned asparagus can be
    used. I have corresponded with the two leading canners
    of asparagus, Giant and Stokely, and I am satisfied that
    these brands contain no pesticides or preservatives.
    Place the cooked asparagus in a blender and liquefy to
    make a puree. Store in the refrigerator. Give the patient
    4 full tablespoons twice daily, morning and evening.
    Patients usually show some improvement in 2-4 weeks.
    It can be diluted with water and used as a cold or hot drink.
    This suggested dosage is based on present experience,
    but certainly larger amounts can do no harm and may be
    needed in some cases.
    As a biochemist I am convinced of the old saying that `what
    cures can prevent.’ Based on this theory, my wife and I
    have been using asparagus puree as a beverage with
    our meals. We take 2 tablespoons diluted in water to
    suit our taste with breakfast and with dinner. I take
    mine hot and my wife prefers hers cold. For years we
    have made it a practice to have blood surveys taken as
    part of our regular checkups. The last blood survey,
    taken by a medical doctor who specializes in the
    nutritional approach to health, showed substantial
    improvements in all categories over the last one, and
    we can attribute these improvements to nothing but
    the asparagus drink. As a biochemist, I have made an
    extensive study of all aspects of cancer, and all of the
    proposed cures. As a result, I am convinced that
    asparagus fits in better with the latest theories about cancer.
    Asparagus contains a good supply of protein called
    histones, which are believed to be active in controlling
    cell growth. For that reason, I believe asparagus can
    be said to contain a substance that I call cell growth
    normalizer. That accounts for its action on cancer and
    in acting as a general body tonic. In any event,
    regardless of theory, asparagus used as we suggest, is
    a harmless substance. The FDA cannot prevent you
    from using it and it may do you much good. It has
    been reported by the US National Cancer Institute, that
    asparagus is the highest tested food containing
    glutathione, which is considered one of the body’s
    most potent anticarcinogens and antioxidants.

  3. The Briones Family says:

    A friend sent me this info, it’s worth a try… God bless!

  4. Dear Ryan and Family , I have you and your family in my prayers. We never give up it’s gods will !

  5. Jonathon Widener says:

    Ryan. Call me. Wanting to make sure u have overhauled ur diet to help treat the cancer as I treated mine and watched it fade. Brain cancer is me. Anyway maybe I can help. Each thing u eat reacts to Meds and what u do daily!!! Please X out ALL sugar including fruit. Cancer feeds on sugar period. I go to Northwestern and also have a minor in Bio Chemistry from UNC Chapel Hill. I may be able to help walk u thru what I know. U also need to be taking 2tbsp of raw unfiltered Makuna Honey once a day as well as a teaspoon of raw unfiltered neem honey twice a day. This should replace ALL sugar. This is just the beginning. One of my docs is the doc who worked with Lance Armstrong and Ted Kennedy 773-965-4213

  6. Barb says:

    Nobody Fights Alone. It’s the name you have given your blog and your wonderful writings. It is the truth. You have never battled this alone. You have an entire “village” of people surrounding you with love, praying for you and your family, and helping you through good times and bad. Nobody Fights Alone. These words are honest truths that you and I have both witnessed. I am proud to be one of the Fighters by your side. I am proud of how gracefully you and Andrea have handled a crappy hand you have been dealt at such a young age. I love you both like one of my own and it pains me to hear bad news, but you are right…it’s God’s plan, not ours. I will continue to pray for all four of you. I will share this journey with you, Andrea and the boys as much as you want me to. I was blessed to come to that golf outing in September of 2012. I have come to believe it was for a reason.. mainly it was to meet you and your awesome family. You have added so much depth and perspective to my life and for that I thank you and feel very blessed. As a fellow survivor, I know very well that Nobody Fights Alone, not you, not me. I’m pretty sure you know that I love you and your family right back. Not a day goes by when I don’t think of you and pray with and for you. Keep the faith, Ry! xxoo Barb

  7. Kristin VanZanten says:

    We know this feeling. We stand with you in support and love.
    Kristin and Kevin VanZanten

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