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Loving the Paynes (Stuart + Autumn)

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Raised by 163 people in 7 months
Created October 14, 2018
team #StuBear
on behalf of Autumn Payne
On Thursday, October 11th of 2018, Stuart went to the ER with suspected dehydration from days of nausea and headaches. Testing revealed a mass on his brain and in the coming days we learned Stuart has stage 4 cancer in his brain, lungs and liver.       We have been overwhelmed and so blessed by the massive outpouring of love from all of you, but it's impossible to reply to everyone and coordinate everyone's desire to help.  In order to focus on keeping Stuart and Autumn well cared for, the family has assembled this page to serve as a hub for updates and donations.  
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Good Evening Friends and Family

It is with a heavy heart that we write you tonight. After a seven-month hard fought battle with cancer, Stuart passed away earlier this evening. He was surrounded by his wife, family and friends. We mourn the loss of a great husband, friend and mentor. At the same time, we rejoice that he is now in the presence of the Lord.

Celebration of Life
You are invited to the celebration of Stuart’s life On Saturday, April 27th at Bethlehem Church in Gastonia. The service will begin at 4pm. Stuart requested that this service would be filled with the hope that we celebrate this Easter!

Special Time for Students
Following the service, students and their families are invited to join together in the Bethlehem Church Student Center for snacks and drinks. Counselors will be present for students wishing to talk. Interactive opportunities will be available for students to share their remembrances of Stuart and the impact God made on us through his life.

In Lieu of Flowers and Food for Autumn
Rather than flowers and food, we are encouraging people to support Autumn here at their GoFund Me. At the celebration on Sunday, we will also have a basket for guests to leave cards for Autumn.

Caring for Autumn
One final request from those ministering to Autumn and her family. During this time, a card from you with your thoughts would be such a blessing to them. Please refrain from phone calls and texts at this time. Thank you

Thank you for your love and prayers for the Payne family

In His Service,
Cody Mummau
Youth Pastor - Bethlehem Church
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Jay here, reposting from Facebook/Instagram.


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For those of you who don’t know this is my sweet rosy cheek husband @slpayne5 . Who is always wearing a sneaky smile and a laugh and who will talk to anyone about anything. Six months ago we found out on a fluke visit to the emergency room that he has stage four cancer. Over the past few months we have been fighting for every inch of life. He’s been amazing along the way. It breaks my heart to post this but we have found out that the cancer treatment is not working and his cancer is aggressive and is growing. We are still fighting but we have chosen not to do chemo. There are a few more things the doctors want to try and we will keep you posted as we go down that road. As our never changing mantra we trust Jesus. Our lives are not our own and he can do whatever he wants to with them. We believe that he loves us and wants our healing even more than we do ourselves. We believe in miracles and pray for them everyday. We also know that if God chooses not to heal us the way we hoped that it doesn’t change who he is. He is God and He is love.

How can you help?

Pray: pray with us that a miracle will come and healing will happen in Stuart’s body today. Pray that we stay encouraged to love each other even in the hard parts. Most of all pray that this story changes and challenges others to take a hard look at their own lives in the light of Jesus.

Give: we are about to walk down the road of experimental treatment which is not covered by our insurance. So if you want to still give our go fund me is still open.

We want to thank everyone who has given to us so freely through time, money and prayers! We cannot do this without you!

Thank you Bethlehem Church for the being the hands and feet of Christ for us. We could never say enough about how amazing you have been to us through this. You have been Jesus to us and we love you.
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great news ! update from Autumn and Stuart below! update is from February 8th.

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P R A I S E !

Stuart’s reports yesterday were exactly what we were praying for!! Minimal growth in any area, and we are continuing on to the maintenance round of immunotherapy! This is the best option for treatment still, and it was only through a multitude of prayers from all of you that we had this option! Praise God for showing His goodness in this way!

Please keep praying as we continue treatment that the cancer begins to shrink as we go through these next few rounds of therapy. Your prayers mean the WORLD to us and are surely effective!

Pray for healing for Stuart, that his treatment would continue to bare positive results. Pray for Autumn for rest and for energy as she continues to care for him.

(Written by Stuart)

We love you all!
-Autumn, Stuart, and Max
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Hey everyone... This is Cody from Bethlehem Church. I want to share an update from Autumn. We definitely would appreciate anything you could do to share this update in your circle. We need everyone of you to continue on this journey with the Payne family. Your prayers, love, encourangement, and support have meant the world to them. Here is the update.

From Autumn:
Throw back to when we were babies! In this photo we had just gotten married a few months before and we were on a date night celebrating an art show win for me <3

Update: We are doing so much better after being home! We wanted to take a moment and thank you for your prayers. All of those needs have been met with more goodness, kindness and answers than we could have dreamed. Thank you for being the hands and the feet of the gospel. You have been such a big part of that!

Just a hallelujah recap!

Medical Funds: Our go fund me has been filled and is over flowing. This has helped take the weight off my mind and helped me be present as a wife and caregiver to my sweet love. Thank you!

Stuart Health: He has had no more seizures, his memory and mind have cleared, his swelling is still going down, he is throwing up less often, he is off a good bit of his medication over all and he has been more at rest over the past few weeks than ever before. Thank you for your prayers. Prayer is P o w e r f u l.

Emotional state: So many of you have reached out and sent cards, encouraging messages and and made us a home cooked meal. You will never know how much that blessed our little family and marked our heart with the knowledge that we are not alone.

Bethlehem Church: You have completely surrounded us right in the middle of this. You have been the Acts church to us and I couldn't be more proud to call you home. You are the living breathing gospel. We love you so.

So from the bottom of our hearts we wanted to say thank you for being a part of this journey with us from close and far.

So what's the next step?

Stuart Payne has one more round of treatment (on the 11th) and then they will scan ( at the end of this month) and we will know if it is working and what our next steps will be.

Pray that his body will get stronger and stronger as he recovers and has more energy throughout the next few weeks.

Pray that doctors will all be on the same page as we move forward on this journey.

Pray that his body responds well to all the treatment and that all his tumors shrink down till nothing present in the body.

Pray for no more nausea.

In closing, we have learned through this journey that nothing is in our control and every moment counts. God meets us right in the middle our need, whatever that may be. He is so kind and merciful to the broken and hurting. He has not left us anywhere in this story and he is still writing this journey. He is the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2) and it is our honor to walk this life knowing that he keeps us in the palm of his hands.

We love you and we are praying that 2019 is going to a year a abundant life.

Love,
Autumn, Stuart and Max
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