In October of 2021, Nick Berni was battling seemingly minor stomach issues. For several months, Nick sought care and underwent multiple tests, appointments, hospitalizations, and procedures in hopes of finding relief.
His symptoms progressively got worse, and on Friday, February 25 at 3:30am, he was taken by ambulance to University Hospitals (UH) in Ravenna, Ohio. During this time, Nick was passing out and was found to be internally bleeding.
He was then transported to UH in Cleveland where he underwent an emergency, life-saving surgery. Shockingly, the surgeons found that cancerous tumors were invading the small intestinal arteries causing the severe bleeding. This led to surgeons working to stop the bleeding and provide life-saving blood transfusions for Nick. Sunday, while many people were praying, Nick underwent a second major abdominal surgery. The surgeons effectively completed a Whipple procedure and were amazingly able to remove many of the cancerous tumors. Some cancer was unable to be safely removed and remained near the liver.
Nick remained hospitalized for several weeks with Pam at his side each day. In March, he was strong enough to return home and began a grueling recovery. Thankfully, God allowed Nick to heal amazingly well from that intense surgery!
Biopsy results have since shown that Nick has been diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer.
In April of 2022, Nick was strong enough to begin chemotherapy treatments. He continues to receive these chemo treatments to fight the remaining cancer in his body. Nick has endured the difficult side effects of chemo with courage, strength and endurance.
Both Nick and Pam have shown incredible bravery and trust in God over the past several months. Your prayers and support are greatly appreciated as they continue to walk this unexpected and difficult journey. We continue to find comfort in Jesus, knowing that God is sovereign over all things.
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”