A New Low

I am saddened to say we have bad news … again. What felt like a ‘low’ last week has reached a whole new level this week 😦

While we’d hoped all the pain & increased illness with Darin last week was the treatment working hard in his body … after all the tests & scans this week, we found out the exact opposite. The immunotherapy treatment is not having any effect on the cancer in his body … & all the symptoms (pain, fever, shortness of breath, etc.) are actually due to significant spread of the disease. Our worst fears realized! UGGHHH 😦

To say we are discouraged is putting it nicely. More accurately, we are devastated. This news comes as a real blow, that’s for sure. Our hearts are heavy & our spirits are crushed. HOW CAN THIS BE?!?!????? After 5 months on this cancer journey, it feels like we are starting all over again, right back at the beginning … we feel much like this tired, droopy, whithered plant on our deck. Pretty worn out.

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However, our oncologist described Darin’s case as “exceptional”… & I agree – Darin is exceptional 🙂 He is amazing in every possible way (not that I’m a biased mother or anything). God has molded him into a sweet, caring, thoughtful & compassionate young man of God, who remains faithful to his true self & his God every day. He stated confidently to me that we still have “all the hope” … & I believe that. We believe that God can & will heal him, whatever that may look like & only in His time. Our job is to wait patiently for that.

Thankfully, in the meantime, we are being offered another mode of treatment . Darin is being removed from the clinical trial of Pembrolizumab & will start on a stronger regimen of something called a ‘biological’ therapy with a drug called Pazopinab next week. It is a pill that he will take orally every day. We should know within 2-4 weeks, whether the drug is working to stop the growth & spread of his tumours.

We continue to hope & pray that the new treatment will work & that we will get our miracle of healing that only God can ordain. Please join in our hope. Thank you to everyone that is praying for us. It means more than you will ever know.

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12 thoughts on “A New Low

  1. Terry, Dave and Darin. We are holding you up in prayer before our Loving Heavenly Father. His plans are often above us, but we believe with you that they are for our good and for His Glory!!! Choosing faith in the power of Jesus name is a testimony to the strength God has put in you even when you are feeling your weakest. We can not walk this road for you, but I pray you feel strengthened by the prayers of many. May the peace of God that passes all understanding surround you and keep you. And we ask that God bring all power in Heaven through the mighty name of Jesus to heal Darin’s body according to His will. God be with you.

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    • Tammy, I join you in these words of encouragement toward the Fasts, and in your petition toward the God of peace and power, that He would heal this young man, for His glory.

      Jim

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  2. Your perilous journey is unfathomable to any of us who haven’t been in your shoes!!
    Thank you for being raw, honest, while always exhibiting your deep faith. I’m learning a lot from how your family is walking this path.
    Ongoing prayers for you.

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  3. Your honesty in sharing your feelings during this unbelievable journey is helpful to those of us who are struggling with our own health problems. We have been and we will continue to pray for all of you as we journey together. God bless you and keep you strong even when you feel weak.

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  4. I am so sad to hear this news, yet again encouraged by your family’s faith and especially by Darin’s himself. We continue to pray for healing. And we continue to pray for strength for you all.

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  5. Talk about a new low – how can this be? You, Teri & Dave are the pillars of strength for Darin. I don’t know how I would deal with a situation like this in my life. Our children are supposed to be healthy & strong & full of energy! This picture is not right! But — wow, what to say! We love Darin! He has been such an inspiration to our male choir with his faith & outlook on life! With all the men praying for him, we trust that God will heal Darin! And may you, his parents feel the strength of God in your lives as well! Our love & prayers are with you!

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  6. Praying and trusting God. Isaiah 41:10
    Don’t panic. I am with you. There is no need to fear for I am your God. I will give you strength. I will help you. I will hold you steady, Keep a firm grip on you.

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  7. My continued prayers are with you, during this difficult life journey, that yet again has made a twisted turn. May you feel God’s presence and may He give you all the strength and peace that you need.

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  8. For the last week, I’ve been trying to figure out what to write at a time when words fail. Grateful that God doesn’t need words to understand how hard we are praying and hoping for you. It is clear that Darin is exceptional in so many ways, so I guess it’s not surprising his path to healing will be, too. I want “exceptional” to be easier for all of you, but will pray for strength and endurance for you. Hugs and love from all of us.

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  9. Darin is exceptional!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I agree!!!!!!!!!!!
    He is an amazing guy and he is my friend.
    I cannot relate to this saddened news about the cancer, but I know Darin has an amazing faith in God, an amazing faith in Jesus.
    My dear friend Darin, stay strong.
    Your friend,
    Barry

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