Blessings for Noah Geary

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Noah's Senior Year

During an aggressive summer high school basketball game, Noah got what seemed like a typical "guy" injury when he was hit in the scrotum. When the symptoms didn't go away, his parents contacted their doctor. Noah no longer had pain in the area, but swelling. He is such a good kid, and rarely complains. He went to the gym all summer.  When football conditioning started, he started to have discomfort. A visit to the doctor, led to an emergency ultrasound the next day.  The plan was that he was to avoid physical activity for two weeks, and to ice the area, but there was no major damage.  Days later, the swelling got worse.  While going to football camp to observe, he started to experience excruciating pain. His parents took him straight to the ER. Testing showed normal activity after an injury, but due to his age and the swelling, they sent him by ambulance to Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh just as a precaution.  The staff there immediately started their own testings and blood work.  His parents, Rich and Mindy were told that their 17 year old son, Noah had a large tumor, and that the continued swelling was increasing levels of blood. He was then admitted. The urologist wanted to do surgery right away. Matt, Rachel and Hannah were home in Connellsville, with Lynnlee and Jaycee, devastated that their brother was going through this. They kept the prayer chains going throughout Noah's hospital stay.

The surgery performed was called a radical inguinal orchiectomy. It is called "radical" because the entire spermatic cord is removed as well as the testicle itself. And it is called "inguinal" because the testicle (and tumor) is removed through a small incision made in the lower abdomen. His right testicle was already destroyed. As the doctors suspected, Noah was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Through many prayers, when they did a scan after the surgery, while still hospitalized, it was CLEAR indicating that the cancer had not spread. A follow up appointment was made and Noah was finally discharged to come home. The outlook is good. They were to wait 4 weeks so that the blood work and labs were taken prior to the appointment and adequate time would pass so the cancer levels would come down indicating the cancer was removed. Two weeks passed.  When the pathology report came back, the urologist ask Noah and his parents to come early for an appointment. He confirmed that Noah's has testicular cancer and he wanted to discuss the findings. Naive to this new path they are on, they did not expect what the conversation would bring. Due to the types of cancer, they recommended an aggressive approach as a preventative measure against re-occurrence. They propose doing a lymph-node dissection and nerve sparing.  This procedure comes with many complications, risks and long term affects.  It is a 5-6 hour surgery and Noah would miss at least two months of school for recovery of this major surgery. (the details are horrific) The next step is an appointment with an oncologist. He will discuss his opinion for further treatment and possible chemotherapy. His parents will then decide what they feel comfortable with as his management and how to proceed. The doctors have discussed sperm banking with them. Without saying, none of these evasive, major procedures as options are what they wanted to hear. They already know that Noah has a long journey ahead of him, with testing and scans often, and numerous trips to Pittsburgh. They will do what it takes for Noah. It will take 5 years before Noah can be declared cancer free. Their lives as they knew them have changed.

This family is spirit filled and full of faith. It is wonderful to see how they witness their trust in such a trying time. They give God all the glory in allowing a common basketball injury to cause them to be aware of the cancer in Noah's body so it could be caught early. They are sharing the blessing that the cancer could have spread and that there is a high success rate and that Noah will be ok. But, they are parents, and they love their son, so they are scared and want to do everything they can to make sure Noah gets the care he needs for recovery. This is a lot for them to process, but especially hard for a 17 year old boy, it is overwhelming. 

Noah is kind and compassionate.  He is quiet, but sincere.  His faith in God is inspiring.  His love for his sisters and his nieces is no secret to anyone that knows him.  He is a good friend. He's loyal and he has a great sense of humor.  He is an obedient, respectful son that has made his parents proud. If you are looking for him.......try the football field, the basketball court or the baseball field.  He's a triple threat athlete who is a joy to be around. He is on the coaching staff for Hannah's travel softball team, and he is a genius when it comes to intense statistics and rankings.

Our friends are modest, and reserved. They will not ask for help and they are hesitant to even admit they have needs that are not being met when asked. We want to help them, just like they are always willing to help others. It is our hope for a benefit to be held for them in the near future. Within days of being discharged, the bills started to arrive. They are already stacking up and causing stress in an already upsetting time. Through Rich's job, they pay a lot for insurance, but the insurance does not cover all of the payments. They have already accumulated a high deductible, numerous high co-pays and unexpected expenses.  The "big bill" is on the way. This comes on top of Rich missing work without pay. These bills will continue to come as they proceed with Noah's care. Many have asked, so we did this so it's easy for everyone to reach out to them. We are hoping that all the sentiments and questions, "what can I do to help?" will be answered with this non-judgmental way to give.  They did not ask for any of the things that have occurred.  They did not ask for this account. They would not have done this if it was up to them.  We know they have support and good people in their lives that can help.

What we CAN do-----Let's join the Geary's in their fight against this horrible disease. Please help them have some relief from the health problems that Noah is having by donating towards their financial obligations. There is no way to plan for unforeseen financial necessities, but WE can all help lighten the load they are bearing.

Please pray with us for good reports and traveling mercies as they do everything they can for Noah's miracle. We want him to have a great senior year and a long happy, healthy life.  Please help be a part of it.

~YOUR DONATION GOES DIRECTLY TO THE GEARY'S~

Thank you, Tara Winston
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Friends of Noah,

Lots of things to pray about! Noah has not been feeling well. (I will make a long month short)
He is not tolerating the heat well. He's been having headaches, nausea, insomnia and overall very
sick. He broke out in hives (everywhere!) and after tests, more medication, etc, (and his parents and sister's nervousness) The results conclude that Noah has developed MANY allergies. This is not uncommon after chemo. Rich and Mindy were told that they won't declare you cancer free for 5 years. One reason is that everyone's body is different on how they handle aggression from the chemo. It's sad that the same poison that saved Noah's life has caused him so many problems! We are all praising God that NOAH IS CANCER FREE, and we ask you to continue praying with us. His next appointment at Children's is May 23, 2018 I am updating with Mindy's permission. If you want more info, she wrote a letter for her family explaining the latest information, you can contact her if you want more specifics. I'm just trying to share the info with enough facts for those who care. The severity of Noah's allergies has changed so many things for him. In our own lives we take so many things for granted. Also, we don't even know what those we care the most about are dealing with daily. Please pray Noah stays positive. He's doing great with classes and likes what he is doing. His parents are proud and know that God is protecting him! His faith is strong and he is loved! Our friends have many needs, please keep praying!

If anyone has any connections for getting a deal on a central air conditioning unit, please let me, Rachel or Mindy know. They have been using window air conditioners that increased their electric bill greatly and isn't enough to keep Noah comfortable.

Please keep praying!
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Hello Prayer Warriors! Please lift Noah in prayer as he has been having a lot of dental work and a lot of PAIN. He still regularly deals with "issues" on a daily basis, but he is coping. He is enrolled to start school the end of this month. The family was blessed to go along with Rachel, Matt, Lynnlee and Jaycee to the BEACH recently. (Thanks Rachel and Matt for giving them a good trip!) As you can see from the new profile picture of Noah with his beautiful sisters on the "Blessings for Noah" FB page, and Noah with his nieces, he was doing well and enjoyed a much needed trip. Don't forget---Big scans are November 1--Keep praying! ~CC
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Hello Prayer Warriors!

Noah had his appt. at Children's yesterday.

HE IS STILL CANCER FREE!

There have been some set backs and disappointments, but the good news is that his labs and xrays all came back good. Noah will have a big scan and will spend the day in Pittsburgh in November.

Please keep praying for Noah and his family. His fight is not over and he is dealing with several issues as a result of the aggression from chemo. ~Tara
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Prayer Warriors,

Noah next appointment is this Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Please pray!

God knows all and sees all--He will be listening, The Geary's need us to stick with them through this journey.
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