Five Months

We spent Lisa’s birthday at her best friend’s house in Canton, Georgia. Her super husband and beautiful daughters gave Lisa a very special memory. It’s awesome that they’ve been inseparable “sisters” for over thirty years.

Yesterday, marked five months since my cancer was diagnosed. I thought that by now my “side effects” would be a faded memory. My energy level is still very low and unpredictable. The pain and discomfort in my head, neck and shoulder is only tolerable after significant mediation.

Thankfully, this week we are in a very restful place. Our friends, Julie and John Faulkner have allowed us to vacation for a week in their beautiful Waynesville, North Carolina cabin. Lisa, the boys and I have enjoyed peaceful times relaxing in rocking chairs on their back porch listening to the creek and watching hummingbirds. We’ve explored quaint nearby towns, National parks, eaten farm fresh fruit and vegetables and the boys enjoyed an afternoon at Sliding Rock.

This additional recuperation time gives me lots of hours to think about lots of different things.

Most of us have had a moment during our lives where we thought that we should have died. Whether a car accident, terrible illness or some other “near-miss”. The fragileness of life becomes very real in those moments. The key to life is knowing where we’ll spend eternity. This leg of my journey is a vapor, a puff of smoke, a short excursion when compared to forever. Where do we find real hope to make sense of this crazy world, something that we can really trust in? The government? Our careers? People? Money? Stuff? Intellect? The only thing that passes the test is a person named Jesus Christ. Knowing about Him is not enough. I know about airplanes, but you surely don’t want me to pilot a plane, especially if you’re the passenger. Knowing is the start, experiencing a trusting, perfect, loving relationship can be your hope, comfort, confidence and assurance.

On August 23rd, I have a PET scan and blood work and a CT scan on the 25th; we get the results and next steps from the oncology team on Monday, August 30th. The outcome is in God’s hands. Perhaps He’ll radically heal me from this rare, stage IV (CXPA) cancer. Maybe, He’ll want me (and my family) to go through another series of treatments (second mile). Whatever the course may be, I am really content knowing that God is in control and that He’s being glorified through this faith journey.

On Thursday, July 29th, we received the permit to begin reconstruction of Digital Lightbridge. Anclote Construction began the process the next morning! The aesthetic and functional improvements will advance our ability to serve clients and provide them with critical business, marketing and communications solutions to advance their organizations.

Digital Lightbridge’s stalwart board of directors has continued to provide Lisa and I and my team with incredible important perspectives that drive long-term client and employee value.

Please also lift up our foster son (3 1/2 years old) in prayer. He needs protection from his birth parents and the “system”. His mother was just released from jail yesterday and his father will be incarcerated for a long time (new charges sentenced yesterday). They need our prayers as well. Lisa, the boys and I went into foster parenting as our family ministry, with the idea that we could help young, struggling parents gain life skills. To date, we have not been able to meet our foster son’s birth parents due to their active drug and severe criminal activities.

Chandler (14 years old) starts high school and Mitchell (11 years old) starts middle school on Monday, August 16th!

Thank you for the prayer support and continued notes of encouragement.

Press on dear friends, Love Rich

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7 thoughts on “Five Months

  1. I thank God for your complete trust in your Father, and that you so beautifully share that as you write. May God be glorified in you, Lisa and the boys.

  2. Rich,

    So beautifully expressed.

    You have the prayers from everyone who has ever been touched by your gracious spirit.

    God bless you and hold you and every member of your family and DLB team in His arms, my friend. Kiss that Carolina Sky!!

    With great affection, Eddie

  3. So glad to hear that you are progressing and having time to slow down, relax and enjoy life. Our prayers will be with you in these upcoming days. May God’s grace, mercy and strength continue to carry you and your family.

  4. Since meeting you at LifeCare you and your family have been on my heart. I can relate to your pain (mine due to post polio stuff and arthritis). My prayer for you first is that God will choose to heal you and give you abundant life. The second is that he will raise you above the pain that you’re now experiencing so that you can function well. Thank you for your faith that is such an example of how we’re to live daily. Consider yourself hugged today and know that I’ll be praying as you go for the PET and CT scans and the results. “The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you, the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.”

    In His Service,
    Cookie August 17th

  5. You are incredibly courageous and inspirational, Rich! I knew these things, of course, before the cancer even surfaced, seeing how you operate in business and with respect to people in general.

    I’m sure that you are better equipped to face such a traumatizing development in life because of how you lived yours before this happened. You seem stronger than ever — and look great in your photos. Please let me know if there’s ever anything I can do for you.

    All the best to you and your wonderful family,
    –Chuck

  6. Dear Rich,
    Though I read Lisa’s Care Page updates, I haven’t read your blog for months. When I came across this Aug 24th post, I was awed by your simple, concise, yet profoundly truthful description of the life goal of a true follower of Jesus Christ.

    Asking for permission to pass it on (giving you credit of course.) My husband Bart had Stage 4 oral cancer and just got the results of his 2nd PET ~ all clear! Hopefully that will be the result for years, but if not, I’m praying our faith will be as strong and unwavering as yours.

    In Christ alone,
    diane lewis

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