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We appreciate so much the many, many people that have reached out to us since we started this journey 5 weeks ago. If you wish to continue to follow our story, here’s your chance. The original emails that were sent out have been added so you can see our story from the beginning. I will continue to update as often as I can.

I chose the name “Holding Fast” because we are doing just that … holding fast to each other & to God, and know for certain that God is Holding “Fast” our sweet Darin.

Thank you very much for joining us as we seek to follow God’s will at this time. This is a tough road, but we know He is with us, guiding our days & giving us strength each step of the way. Thank you for praying for us. That is a powerful way to support us & we feel it!

Much love to all our friends & family, near & far.

Teri & Dave, for Colin, Leah & Darin xoxo

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More bumps in the road … we wait & wait

Well, while we’d hoped for more news at this point in our journey, it is not to be.

Darin’s biopsy this past week went well, but his back’s been sore ever since & we may not even have results next week. The waiting & not knowing next steps is really hard.

His radiation treatment at Juravinski in Hamilton is scheduled … but not until July 7/8 … so again, we wait …

The decision on which kind of immunotherapy he will get at Princess Margaret is dependent on the results of the biopsy … so once again, we wait & wait …

God grant us patience …  & strength … & perseverance.

Thank you for encouraging us along the way. The many texts, emails, calls, chats & hugs are awesome. Each one an important part of our day. We continue to be lifted up by the power of your thoughts & prayers for us, & God’s love for us, even in this season.

God bless you everyone

 

Bumps in the road

Well, if there’s one thing we’re learning on this journey … it’s that this kind of diagnosis & consequent testing & treatment planning is a process.

While we did get some results this week, we still don’t have everything or a clearly defined treatment plan in place. Obviously God is trying to teach us patience!

The oncologist did confirm that the melanoma has spread to Darin’s L4 vertebra in his low back (but that is metastasized melanoma, NOT bone cancer or cancer of the spine – I don’t want any wrong information getting out there). That does explain the recent increase in his pain in that area. He continues to be feeling pretty good otherwise. We know that his faith & trust in God is keeping him strong.

Unfortunately a 4th biopsy this week had to be rescheduled … so those results are still pending.

As mentioned earlier, we will be going to the Juravinski Centre in Hamilton for radiation treatment (hopefully soon!) & have been referred to Princess Margaret to look into clinical trials going on there for immunotherapy for metastatic melanoma. We are hopeful … cautiously optimistic.

We are also thankful for so many things … for the tremendous outpouring of love & support & prayers & encouraging words from our many friends & family. You are making a difference in our every day & we appreciate your kindness & willingness to journey with us so much. We feel God’s presence in a very real way & know that that is in part because of the thoughts & prayers of so many of you.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. We will continue to update as we are able.

The roller coaster continues

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Hello family & friends,

Well, we survived our week of tests … some difficult, for reasons like claustrophobia, others pretty “easy peasy”. One MRI to go …

Darin remains the same … seemingly filled with a “peace that passes (our) understanding” which comes only from a real sense of God’s hand on his life. He wants only for God’s will to be done, & will affirm that when he gets baptized tomorrow. What a testimony that will be!

We are so thankful for his faith & trust in God. Truly an inspiration!

The incredible outpouring of love & encouragement from our huge circle of family & friends has been amazing. It’s times like these, when your personal faith & resolve are tested, that you realize that none of us were meant to journey this life alone.

Thank you for being in our circle.

Our follow-up visit with the oncologist is Friday, June 10th. Please keep us in your thoughts & prayers. That will be an anxious day for all of us.

Thanks again, God bless you all