Chad Is Going Gray! "Gray be Gone"
The next day Chad went into the ER where they performed a CT scan on his head. The doctor's informed him of a large mass growing inside his brain. The doctors were not well equipped to take care of his mass so they transferred him to the University of New Mexico Hospital. Later that night, he had an MRI done. That is when the doctor broke the news to his family. It was a brain tumor and cyst. They explained they wouldn't know much more until they operated.
On Sunday September 21, 2014 he had brain surgery to remove the painful tumor. The doctor's were able to remove a good portion of the tumor but not 100%. Little did anybody know the life changing event that would soon take place.
Chad was diagnosed with stage 4 Glioblastoma. It is a very aggressive brain cancer that quickly spreads into other parts of the brain. There is no known cure for this cancer because of its relentless ability to attack the brain cells.
Some Glioblastoma patients live years beyond this horrible diagnosis. Other cancer patients do not. We are in a painful place as we continue to remain strong in our faith.
With the help of family, friends and people we may meet in the future, we are managing the medical expenses to the best of our abilities. Our goal is to get him to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas because he has the best chances of survival with their advanced medical treatment.
Thank you so much for your continual prayers, generosity, and support in this difficult time of need. God bless.
Unfortunately, because the drug Avastin with radiation treatment is a clinical trial, Chad Walde Sr. can't put the "sci fi cap" ( www.kob.com - do a search on the words, "sci fi" to see the story) back on just yet as it might interfere with the clinical trial. His doctors are currently calling it "ineffective", but we do plan on challenging that determination when the clinical ends and we get it prescribed again.
The biggest thing to take from this is that Chad is doing well, we have a plan, we still have a fight to fight, and we're getting after it to the best of our ability. We are still proud of this team (family and friends, near and far)! We appreciate all the continued love and support, we always welcome calls and visits (but if you are sick or have been around people that are sick, we politely ask that you wait till you are better to visit as Avastin wipes out your immune system) and we are looking forward to making more memories in the near future. We love you all and God bless you! Each of you is counted as a blessing to us!
Please do not be afraid to come around or to call because we are still the same people. We especially appreciate the prayers! Keep them coming..Please pray this prayer for Chad:
Lord, Your thoughts toward us are of peace and not evil, to give us a future and a hope. We believe that it is your will that we live free from all diseases. Lord, by the authority given to us, we declare that the infirmity of Chad's glioblastoma brain cancer is destroyed, in Jesus' name. We command the primary abnormally deformed cell to die at its root and the metastasizing cells to cease from spreading throughout Chad's brain. We command the increased production of health cells to destroy renegade cells. Lord, as the body of Christ, we declare that those who have been diagnosed with cancer will not die young, but live to tell what You have done. Lord, I confess that by the stripes of Jesus, Chad is healed, redeemed, restored and set free from cancer and its symptoms. I declare that supernatural healing is flowing throughout his brain in JESUS' name. Amen.
Anything is possible if a person believes. ~ Mark 9:23
I ask that you say this specific prayer because the doctor's say there is nothing else they can do now but to try and prolong Chad's life and that is NOT an option for us! We will never give up! ...so as Chad says, "bring it on!" lol
Throughout all of our experiences, one thing remains constant: HOPE. I bet we're a lot like all of you: a person full of struggles and pain as well as hopes and dreams. The hope that is before me is the same hope before you. My prayer is that in the midst of telling you our story, you will find meaning for your own story. - Danny Gokey -
NOT ONLY SO, BUT WE ALSO REJOICE IN OUR SUFFERINGS, BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT SUFFERING PRODUCES PERSEVERANCE, PERSEVERANCE, CHARACTER; AND CHARACTER, HOPE. ~ ROMANS 5:3-4
Like last time, we feel that prayers and Gods Grace continue to be answered and surround us through this ordeal.
While I look forward to the challenges ahead, I am humbled to be a servant to my Lord and Savior and constantly remind myself to not simply rely on my abilities or to rest on my laurels! I do feel pressed to get the word out that our lives are not simply designed to appease our on sinful desires but to help, and encourage others, to stand up and Trust in the Lord!
As confirmation of that we have primarily utilized to money donated to this site as a non profit organization know as Gray-B-Gone and the few expenditures has been given to others that find themselves in similar situations (fighting gluoblastoma) in an effort to let them know that they are not alone and that there are still caring people in this world! That said, I am not asking for donations to this foundation on my behalf but as a request to those who can help make this into something that helps change lives of those that will need it in the future! My thought is "We've been so Blessed why not be a Blessing to someone else?" Again, just my thoughts on the subject and I wanted to quickly post an update for those that have been, continue to be, or may potentially be, generous as we set out on the next chapter of changing lives and disproving the lies of this world! One as proof is that my best case prognosis was 15 months from 09/21/2024! A milestone that quickly came and went with little fanfare!
Don't give up and don't become weary in doing what you can to make a difference in someone else's life! Making good changes is the most rewarding experience you'll ever have! Be Blessed! He loves you!
I tell you what the doctors say not to be negative, but to let you know the power of God is real. Chad is doing much better than the doctor's thought he would be doing and WE KNOW it is only because of God's grace and mercy. The doctors have discontinued Chad's current chemotherapy because they say it is no longer effective. Chemo made Chad extremely fatigued and I had been asking God how long he would have to do chemo. I guess that prayer was answered.
Perhaps many of you have heard of the parable preparing for rain. "There were two farmers who desperately needed rain, and both of them prayed for rain, but only one of them went out and prepared his fields to receive it. Which one do you think trusted God to send the rain; the answer the one who prepared his fields for it?' ~from the movie: Facing the Giants~
Philemon 22, "And one thing more: prepare a guest room for me, because I hope to be restored to you in answer to your prayers. "Paul wrote this letter to Philemon while in prison in Rome. Paul was trusting God to provide. No one knew if Paul would ever be released. In faith and trust Paul was preparing for the day of his release, a.k.a. he prepared for rain.
I love the story of the 2 farmers. This story reminds us faith is an action word. Waiting is a verb. In other words, trusting God doesn't mean I sit and "wait" for something to happen. It means I get busy about the task at hand and prepare my field, whatever that may be, for God to deliver.
Therefore, me and Chad are preparing our fields (not that we haven't been working on everything - finances, etc.) for whatever God gives us next! We will be exercising and getting as healthy as we can be for whatever treatment or surgeries are to come! We will be "lifting things up and putting them down!" (hehehe..)
Through all of this and no matter how things are changing, I know in my heart that Jesus loves us and does not want to hurt us. HE is for us and will not leave us.
I have a request from everyone, please pray for Chad's cancer to be gone and for him to live healthy and long here on earth. We know prayer works and we would appreciate your prayers more than you know.
Finally, we know all of you may be facing your own giants and every situation, whether big or small, is worth praying about. If you are facing sickness, divorce, relationship issues, other health issues, financial issues, or anything at all, we pray God gives you the strength and guides you to where you need to be or to what you need to do. Thank you for your love, support, and prayers. WE are here for you too! Call us if you need us! We are living on God's strength and we can handle the truth! (hahaha!) ...just in case you think you don't want to stress us out, you won't.. with God, we can handle anything. ...especially if you need prayer! Praying is not the least we can do, sometimes, it is the most!
For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. ~ Romans 8:24-25 ~
"Just want to post an update about Chad Walde Sr. and his continued fight. Yesterday's doctor's appointment (12/14/15) was a little unreal to me. Chad's MRI showed possible recurrence. The doctor has suggested Chad continue with chemotherapy and then he will have another MRI in 3 weeks. If the MRI is the same or worse, he is going to change the type of chemo Chad is taking and refer him to a specialized surgeon. He said the new neurology surgeon at UNM would determine if the location of the possible recurrence would be operable.
Chad was supposed to be done with chemo this month as it has been 12 months (12 rounds of chemo treatments), however, we are thankful there are still other options and we are relying on our faith that God does not give us anything we cannot handle.
Although I woke up scared today, we will press on, keep fighting, and live life with love and joy in our hearts. Chad on the other hand is doing wonderful even though he is regularly fatigued because of chemo, but is positive and keeps singing that little song from that Lego movie, "Everything is awesome...!"
I am still praying for a miracle because I know anything is possible with God!
THAT ONE THING: ~Author: Elizabeth George~
You may have heard that expression, "But one thing I do..." What is that "one thing" in your life? In Philippians 3:13-14 the apostle Paul said his "one thing" was to forget what is behind and reach forward to what's ahead, pressing on toward the goal to win the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. I encourage you to be like a runner - never looking back at the ground already covered, but, instead, moving forward deliberately. According to Paul's example, we should concentrate our energies on moving forward into the future.
Have your goal in view - and keep your eyes, your heart, and your life fixed on the end of the race. We conquer by continuing...so press on!
Father, thank You for forgiving me and taking care of my past..and my future! Help me look ahead to see how I can serve You and run the course You've set before me. Amen
For all those that have donated, please don't take it as offensive that we haven't written a specific "Thank You" yet. We are trying to figure out this new life and it has been a bit overwhelming at times but the Love and Support we have received is inspirational in itself so please consider this the "THANK YOU" that we've been trying to find time to put together. Your assistance is truly appreciated and will not go unrecognized. We love each and every one of you!
Lorrie, Your sister is in our prayers as well as your entire family! How is she doing? If we can do anything for you, please don't hesitate to let us know.
... That he wants to be home with family and friends. This is what is best for our family at this time. Thank you in advance for your continued prayers. We still need them. God bless and were love and appreciate all of you more than you know! With love and hugs, Chad and Angela
Hello, we have meet with the doctors and their teams at MD Anderson Cancer Center and we have decided that Chad will be treated with chemotherapy and radiation at the UNM Cancer Center beginning October 20th. If chemotherapy and radiation are not working, then we will defer back to MD Anderson for further treatment. We will be coming home tomorrows and thank you all for your love and support. We are in for a long hard fight but Chad had decided
Chad, you have been such an amazing mentor to my family... You and Angela have raised some fantastic children and we love your family oh so much.! Thank you both for being such amazing friends. I can't wait to spend many more years with you and your family.