This strategy of care is going to mean major surgeries, weeks of recovery and months and months of chemotherapy to fight this horrible sickness. There are still so many unknowns but one thing is clear, this treatment is going to require extended resources as Bob and Patty must travel from their home island where Bob serves as pastor to receive the care they need. So many people have generously asked how you can best help in this time of need. We have created this fundraising page to provide a simple way to show your support.
Bob and Patty are starting from scratch and are going to need help to get her the care she needs. The funds we raise through this account will help them pay for medications, co-payments, travel and necessary living arrangements as they must move to Tampa to get her health treatments.
One day this broken place will be made new. Cancer, death, sorrow and loss will be no more. One day tears will be wiped away and all thing will be made new. We take hope in this promise, trusting God to work all things for our good according to His will. Until then we push back against the effects of this shattered world by joining together to serve each other, love one another and bear each others burdens. Would you consider helping Bob and Patty in this their time of need?
Annie, Scott, Robby, and Tori Fischer on behalf of Mom and Dad
*UPDATE: On February 14th we were provided with some news that we were not expecting or hoping for. You can see the update from mom below. On a side note, Patty has begun a type of daily blog regarding her journey. It is as real and Gospel centered as could be. If you are on Facebook, you can follow this link and be assured of being encouraged.
FROM PATTY: FEB. 14th.
Well first of all, praise to God for His sustaining strength! We left home at 9:00 am this morning and just walked in the door about 5 minutes ago. It has been a long, emotional day. My friends and family, there is good news and bad news. The good news is that my CT-125 tumor markers continued on a happy trail downward, and my blood cell count continues to amaze the doc. PRAISE GOD FOR THAT! But there was some scary, potentially bad news as well. There is a lymph node located in a very dangerous place between my heart and lungs that has not responded to the chemo, but has in fact continued to grow even with the chemo. (It was seen in my first CT scan but not considered a threat unil it showed growth on the CT scan today.) BEST CASE SCENARIO is that it is just inflamed for some reason or another and would not be a problem long term. The WORST CASE SCENARIO is that it is another strain of chemo-resistant cancer that is called "platinum-resistant." If this should be the case, surgery would not be the answer as it would not solve what would then be the most dangerous issue for me. A biopsy is too risky due to the location of the lymph node. My doc will be consulting with 6 other doctors at Moffiitt, but for now, he is moving ahead with ANOTHER ROUND OF CHEMO on Friday, then another CT scan after two weeks to see if the lymph node continues to grow. If it has, he was very clear that the treatment to follow would be QUALITY OF LIFE; not QUANTITY OF LIFE. He will meet with us a week after the CT scan to give us the news one way or another. Obviously this was not the "EASY" news we wanted or even expected to hear. Our first response was SHOCK. Our second was to say "Thy will be done!" My life is NOT in the hands of anything or anyone but my Creator, and He knows what is best for this body, for our hearts and for our souls. Please pray for God's peace to abound for my family as we keep our hearts and minds "stayed on Him" and trusting in Him while we wait yet again for the answers we seek. Isaiah 26: 3-4 #HEISGOOD!
FLAT OUT HONEST, yesterday was a totally STINKY day, and it was not just because of my disappointing and scary news. There WERE and ARE several situations and health issues within our family rght now that are heavy on our hearts and causing the vicious "twins" of fear and frustration to rear their ugly heads. (This includes a young relative of ours who is fighting for his life after what should have been a routine surgery.) Then, after a long day with a lot of difficult news to process, a medical bill of $5,000.00 showed up in our mailbox just to top off the day! "WHEN IT RAINS, IT POURS!" we often hear. Well, yesterday was a RAINY day as well as a STINKY one! But as we were heading to bed, weary and sad, the Lord brought comfort through His Word once again, through two different sources -- the very SAME passage in a call from my sister and in our "just before bed" devotional FOR THAT DAY! Bob wrote about it on his post last night. In Psalm 13, David expresses himself to God in a way that few of us would dare. As he often did, he just lays his overwhelmed heart and soul on the line and tells God how he feels. But David also knew how to WORSHIP in a way that few of us do! After his meltdown, this is what we read from this Poet/Warrior... "But I have trusted in Your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in Your salvation. I will SING to the LORD, because He has dealt BOUNTIFULLY with me." David's solace was not found in the cessation of his troubles -- it was found in the salvation of his LORD! Today we head back to Moffitt for two important appointments. We will carry our BURDENS to God once again, but we will also carry the JOY of our salvation wherever we go. Pray that God will allow us the priviledge of sharing the GOSPEL with those we meet, who just carry the burdens and do not know the joy of their salvation. Pray that our lives will SING of His bounty! P.S. Our daughter Annie just sent me this scripture, so I am editing it in -- Isaiah 62: 1-3. PERFECT!
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