Thankful & Blessed

Wow! Finally able to work a full week, albeit shorten hours. Fatigue and pain have lessened throughout the week.

Digital Lightbridge acquired new business and new ministry opportunities this week. Our friends at Cornerstone brought the entire staff a wonderful lunch on Thursday. We enjoyed their fellowship and warm hospitality.

I also received a UPS package of incredible books and cancer resources from former Major League Baseball player and author Dave Dravecky.

Our three sons had a great time on Spring Break at Green Key Beach, canoeing on the Chassahowitzka River, disc golf and movies with their grandparents and friends.

Next Tuesday, we visit with the oncologist and begin radiation on my face and neck. My scars are healing enough to begin the treatments and I’ve gained 9 pounds in anticipation of losing quite a bit of weight during the eights weeks of treatment. Ironically, next week (April 12-19, 2010) is Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Week. A month ago, I wouldn’t have cared or known that cancer that arises in the head or neck region is sixth-most-common form of cancer in the United States. If you discover a lump or bump, please get it checked out immediately.

Being an entrepreneur and employer for the past nine years, has typically allowed me to be in a position to give and provide. I truly enjoy serving and leading my staff, their families, clients and strategic partners. I have been overwhelmed with the generosity, compassion, acts of kindness, and selfless-love lavished upon me, my family and company since my diagnosis of Stage IV Carcinoma ex pleomorphic adenoma (CxPA). Receiving these blessings has increased my faith. Thank you dear friends for everything.

At the conclusion of my 31st day of surviving cancer, I am feel thankful and blessed.

Press on! Love, Rich

6 thoughts on “Thankful & Blessed

  1. Way to go, Richard. You are a soldier, a warrior in God’s chosen army and I am honored and blessed to know you and count you as my friend.

    We are all praying for you here at Salem Tampa – and we look forward with great anticipation to hearing how the LORD of all the universe continues to be by your side each and every step of the way during this Great adventure you’re taking. We love you!

    Zec 4:6, Zephaniah 3:17, James 1:2-4, Psalm 1:1-3, Psalm 84:11

  2. Glad you are feeling better after the surgery Rich. Minnie and I, and lots of our friends at two churches, are lifting you and your family up in prayer every day for healing, comfort, and trust that God is going to work greatly through you during this time of physical challenge. Edwin and I met last week and will probably continue to do that to hold each other accountable. Look forward to you joining us one day. You are always in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Mr. Hayes,

    My in-laws, Tom & Pam Wolf, shared your blog with me. I am moved and inspired by your bravery, faith, and passion. Thank you so much for sharing your story. My family and I are praying for you and yours and we look forward to following your journey.


    John Stone

    • John,
      Thanks for the note of encouragement. I appreciate the prayer support!
      With Tom, we have been praying for your and your wife for a long, long time. Its great to “virtually” meet you.
      Press on, Rich

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