Dr. Hochman entered the room, shook my hand, sat at the computer and open the screen to the diagnostic scans. He said that “the lymph nodes have resolved themselves.” I said “resolved themselves, what does that mean?” He said, “well I guess you’d say, you’re healed, no cancer or tumors”. Whoa! I was blown away. In a moment, my trajectory was changed, again. He completed the exam and said, “well, now you graduate to nine-month follow-up appointments!”
I jumped into my Jeep and called Lisa and shared the good news with her. I sat in the parking lot for a few minutes and reflected on the significance of the day. God spared me yet again from an insidious disease that once occupied my every thought. Every day, every moment, every interruption, every relationship and every opportunity to serve someone else comes from the God who created the universe.
Lisa and I have started a foundation called CXPA Cancer Foundation. It’s goal is to distill and provide relevant information, encouragement and hope to cancer patients and their caregivers. Please check it out and let us know what you think: http://www.cxpacancer.com Thankfully, we have connected with a few wonderful people who’ve been impacted by carcinoma ex pleomorphic adenoma. We pray that God will ministry to them through us.
Overall, my energy-level and strength continues to slowly improve. In March, I began a new, pain management therapy regiment with a great doctor, which includes new pain medications and quarterly, peripheral nerve blocks. Below are two images from my most recent series of injections.
Our three sons Chandler, Mitchell and Tristan are back in school, college freshmen, high school sophomore, and second grader!
Over the past five and half years, we have foster-parented over forty different children. Some of the kids simply spend the night with us after their parents’ arrest. A few have stayed with us for a few weeks until a relative makes accommodations for them. We’ve had the joy of having two brothers for over two years. We pray that God soon opens the door and allows them to live with their forever family soon.
Last summer, after living in the same house for fifteen years, we moved into a home that we call it the Second Chance Ranch. It significantly helps us foster-parent more effectively.
Thankfully, my incredible team at Digital Lightbridge continues to be blessed with many new and exciting organizations to serve, brand and guide towards success. Last April, Digital Lightbridge celebrated its 13th anniversary.
Today, with my best friend John Faulkner we published the ninth issue of TwoTen Magazine! It is a simultaneous print and digital (web & iPad) publication aimed to challenge business leaders to manage their organizations from a Christian perspective and improve their effectiveness. The covers have featured Coach Tony Dungy, Tim Tebow, Dr. Ben Carson, Rev. Billy Graham, Willie Robertson, Shannon Bream, Gary LeVox, David Green and Dina Dwyer-Owens. It’s been very exciting traveling the country and telling the stories about what God does through His people.
Thank you to everyone who has encouraged me, Lisa and my boys during this strange, horrible, wonderful and incredible journey.
Love and press on, Rich
Thank God for this blessed family. I have been through some of what Richard has endured and it is an ever-consuming deal. God knows what to do with such a terrific family !
Fantastic! I am so glad to hear it.
God bless your service and your continued recovery.
PRAISE THE LORD!!!
Praise God for your healing Rich. Thanks for sharing.
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Hello my blog friends. I would be remiss if I did not share this heart-touching story of the hope. From Stage IV terminal cancer (less than a year ago) to full recovery, Richard Hayes, CEO of Digital Lightbridge, daily redefines humility. Did I mention I have the honor and privilege of serving alongside him at DLB?
Friends, God has blessed my socks off over the last year. Do you believe He is still in the business of working miracles? I would love to hear about it. Do you have your own miracle to share? Let’s hear it!
As Rich would say, “Press On!” Thank you for stopping by!
So happy for you brother! Praise Jesus our soon coming King!
Hallelujah! Glory to God! So happy for you all! Miss you!
So glad to see you continue to give God the glory!
Hello Starfish King, I am so glad that you are doing well. When would be a good time to get together?
Inspiring. What an Incredible GOD we serve. With Him, the impossible is made simple. WE owe all to our Savior Jesus Christ. He lovingly gave everything for everybody. He still works today. Never far away, most times… so close we can hear Him whisper. Praise Him in the storm.
This is amazing!