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Stand by Arthur Fox

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Raised by 61 people in 18 months
Created February 20, 2018
My precious dad, Arthur Fox, has endured so much. As most of you know, the Lord has brought him through many obstacles in his health in the last 3 years. He endured 2 brain tumor surgeries in Tulsa that led him to a final brain surgery at M.D. Anderson in Houston where the final removal of the tumor took place. He endured a hernia surgery. He endured a massive cut from behind his ear to his Adam’s apple for removal of Severe Melanoma. He has had a total of (atleast) 20 skin cancer areas removed on his body in the last 2 years! He recently had a Heart Cath procedure done to find out that he has Mild Coronary Artery Disease where he must take a statin daily to ensure nothing worsens with his heart. Now, finding out that he had a malignant area on his lower right leg that was categorized as Severe Melanoma, once again. If all this doesn’t scream an attack of the enemy then I don’t know what does. One thing is FOR SURE though, our God is bigger than anything that has come against my dad. Our God has been so good!
On January 12th of this year, my dad entered that surgery room at the Oklahoma Surgery Hospital in Tulsa with the support and prayers of his family and friends and with faith that the Lord has a plan in all of this. The malignant area was large enough that they had to take a skin graft from his thigh to sew his lower leg back up. They also went in behind the knee and in his groin area and took out one sentinel lymphnode in each area to send off for testing. A few days into recovery, he went to an appointment to follow up with the surgeon to find out that the lymphnodes were inflamed and cancer had spread to them. We instantly began to pray for healing over my dad’s body. After further PET Scan testing, the results came back negative!!!! Thank you Jesus!!!! While it sounds all good and dandy, the surgeon has still referred my dad to M.D. Anderson in Houston for possible removal of the rest of the nodes in the right leg, as well as, further treatment(chemo or immune therapy). Once cancer has made its way into the lymphnodes, they do not take it lightly. They are going to take all precautionary measures to make sure that even the microorganisms of cancer have been fought off. The very best place for my dad to be is at M.D. Anderson, where they have the greatest technology and doctors! We are thankful he will be in such good hands!
So I’m asking first and foremost for all the prayer warriors out there to intercede and pray for healing for my dad. Secondly, I’m asking for you to pray about giving to my parents to help with all these medical expenses and financial needs in this challenging season of their lives. Neither of them have any social media and have no clue (yet) that I have stepped out in faith to help them.  I decided to not ask their approval in doing this but to just see how the Lord blesses them through it They have both missed so much work and will continue to miss work as this medical journey is taking them to Houston on February 26th to further my dad’s treatment. My mother, Joyce Fox, has taken care of my dad every step of the way and they have endured these last 3 difficult years with faith in the Lord, like I have never seen before. Without a doubt, we trust that in God’s plan through this hardship, he will continue to provide and take care of the medical expenses and paychecks that will be missed while they are both out of work. Nothing is impossible when Christ is centered. I believe that the Lord has something in store for my parents and the best is yet to come! Please consider standing by Arthur Fox by making a donation toward his medical expenses.
-Any donations for my parents will be nothing less than a complete blessing Above all, please continue to pray for my dad!
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UPDATE #7

My dad has been able to have his drain removed from the surgery site! He also was asked to return to MD Anderson in Houston for routine post-op testing. We are happy to report that all test results came back clean!!
He now begins a year of immune therapy, which will be administered in 12 monthly appointments. Also, he will have quarterly
CT scans for the next year. He desires to thank you in a more personal way so please send him an email at arthur.fox@corecivic.com and he will email you his appreciation.

God bless all of you who have stood with him through this journey!!
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UPDATE #6
We learned at the end of this last week that a total of 20 lymph nodes were removed during my dad’s most recent surgery. ALL were biopsied and ALL were found to be negative for cancer!!!! We are so thankful for this report!!!!
My dad has an appointment to see the surgeon in Tulsa, OK tomorrow(Tues. March 27th) and we will find out if/when his drain can be removed!! The removal of the drain will determine when his Systemic Immune Therapy will start.
Thank you all for your continued prayers and concern for my dad!!
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1st WEEK HOME UPDATE:

My dad has been home for one whole week now!!!! His pain level has been fairly low and he is doing great! He will continue to be (mostly) immobile for ATLEAST 2 more weeks or until the drain is removed from his leg/groin. The amount of fluid that the drain has been able to take from the place of surgery has been significant but is reducing daily, which is a good thing! This means that his body is being responsive and absorbing extra fluids that the lymphnodes that have been removed would have helped regulate.
We are still awaiting results from the biopsies taken during surgery. It could be another week before we have the report. I will update again once we know more!
My dad spends most of his days with his leg propped up and resting. We are so blessed that his surgery went as planned and that his body is recovering well! Please continue to pray for quick healing!
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Thank you all for patiently waiting on this update! I will start by letting you know that my dad is doing well!
Surgery was 4 hours long and he was in recovery for another 4 hours.
They removed all of the superficial lymphnodes first and then searched beneath the first layer and removed one cloquet lymphnode that was sent off for biopsy with the superficial layer of nodes.
In two weeks we should have a biopsy report.
They have put in place a drain at the surgery site to help collect fluid until the body adjusts and starts absorbing the extra fluid itself. The surgeon said it would take 3 weeks for this to happen. At the end of the 3 week period, my dad’s Tulsa Surgeon(that did the initial Melanoma Surgery) will be able to remove the drain. He is having to take shots in his stomach everyday to keep blood clots from forming. For the next 4-6 weeks he will be nearly immobile.
Upon healing from the surgery, my dad will receive Systemic Immune Therapy. The MD Anderson Oncologist will advise the Tulsa Oncologist of the treatment plan and the Immune Therapy will be administered in Tulsa.
My dad is doing well as MD Anderson has managed to keep his pain under control. He is encouraged to keep movements to a minimum but they do, however, have him sitting up in his hospital bed! MD Anderson as well as my mom are both taking great care of him!! He has been told that he will be released from the hospital tomorrow morning( March 12th), if everything still continues to go well.

-This is a message from my parents:

“We have been amazed and deeply touched by the love we have received. We extend to each of you our sincere appreciation for your prayers and generosity."

Thank you all!
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