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Update to my grateful heart

Updated on June 15, 2011

Update to my grateful heart


For those of you who have been so very kind to me and offered some heart felt support and prayers over the recent dilemma regarding my wife’s health, I want to take a moment to thank you and give an update. She was recently diagnosed with an “abnormality” on her pancreas. After several tests, blood labs and a couple of CT’s that could not allow doctors to a hypothesis to what this was, we was then lead to an Endoscopic ultrasound, where they went to take a closer look and did a biopsy of this “Mass”. It was then concluded she had a neuroendocrine tumor that was cancerous. We then went to an Oncologist, to let us know that this could be fixed, but would require a partial to a complete removal of her pancreas and her spleen. We was then guided to a Doctor at a nearby Specialized cancer center who is one of a few that is capable of undergoing such a surgery. He then notified us that she did not have neuroendocrine tumor but he was not certain what exactly she had. He had her undergo a PET Scan to determine if this area was “red” with cancer or if there was cancer some place else in her body that had metastatic impact on this spot. The results indicated no cancer but the spot in question was “glowing red” which could indicate a cancer. He then had her go back the next day to have another endoscopic procedure where they could get a better sampling of tissue. After the procedure the performing doctor was again, puzzled at the area being questioned. He was careful to make any direct diagnosis without waiting for the labs to do their thing, but was back to believing it was a tumor or lymphoma. By now, this rollercoaster of events was becoming extremely tiresome and wearing the both of us down. We were told to sit tight and give them yet a couple more days. We finally received word that she has NO CANCER, NO TUMOR and NO LYMPHOMA. She has Histoplasmosis, which is a somewhat rare fungus that is growing near her pancreas and her stomach. The theory is that in the late 60’s and early 70’s many areas in the mid west tore down old buildings where the “droppings” from pigeons were airborne and inhaled by nearby residents. It has been tabbed as the “Ohio Valley Disease”. She should may be treated with a steroid, but more so just observed again in six months to see if there is any growth.

The bottom line for me and my wife is this. Prayers were answered and God deserves the praise for allowing us to undergo this “rollercoaster” of emotions and events. We had a renewal of faith through this experience. I cannot imagine being able to sustain through this time, without the love that God shed upon us. The direct personal guidance and the enormous strength that we garnered throughout this was incredible. The outpour of love through family, friends, co-workers and my hubpage pals is still overwhelming. I wrote in a previous hub explaining my grateful heart, and to this day, I cannot muster up the proper words to fully explain just how grateful my heart truly is. I also wrote a rare poem about my first encounter with this situation a few months ago, expressing how I love my wife. It is times as such that really digs deep into your soul, and brings forth such emotions that only magnifies just how important having a relationship with Christ can be, to those of us who have accepted Him as our Savior.

Again thank you all who have reached out to me during this time. Please know that I am more than willing to offer my heart back to you during anytime you feel there is a need to do so.

May God bless you all.

Chris


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      Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Thank you frogy.

      :)

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      frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

      What an amazing story to share! I am thrilled with you at the outcome, and to know of your faith in God, together.

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      Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Thank you Maggie!

      :)

      God IS Good!

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      Nadine M AuCoin 5 years ago from the Island of Cape Breton to the Eastern Shores near Halifax, NS

      Oh Chris, I am so very sorry I'm so behind...I am so very happy for you and your wife!!!! May God keep you both safe and healthy!!!

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      James, without a doubt, God deserves ALL of the credit.

      Thanks for your kind and encouraging words.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      "NO CANCER, NO TUMOR and NO LYMPHOMA"

      What an enormous blessing to hear these words. It may have been a misdiagnosis. Then again she might have been healed by God before you heard these wonderful words.

      "Prayers were answered and God deserves the praise"

      Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

      "We had a renewal of faith through this experience. I cannot imagine being able to sustain through this time, without the love that God shed upon us."

      Amen! God Bless You and your wife, brother. What a miracle. What a story. Thank you.

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      and I thank you sister!!

      :)

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      Marilyn Alexander 6 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

      Thank you for sharing.

      Your sister in Christ.

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Thank you One-life1 for those very, very gracious remarks.

      :)

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      Ar Az 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Great news I am truly happy that all went well. Thank GOD and may your wife always be healthy. GOD BLESS. :)

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Thank you so very much Ramzeed...

      :)

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      Ramzeed 6 years ago from Maryland

      GOD is awesome. I am happy that things have turned the way have for you and your wife...Stay blessed always.

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Thanks feenix, as I just re-read what I wrote brings a smile to my face. Though it was an extremely difficult time, it brought my family closer to God. Even my family grew much closer together, so through it all, God allowed us to grow...and through THAT we have been so blessed.

      as you just said..Parise the Lord!

      :)

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      feenix 6 years ago

      CM,

      Praise The Lord!

      Reading this hub has made my day. It has given me a huge lift, and I am so grateful for the blessing that has been bestowed on your wife, your family and you.

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Thanks Stu....things are going great right now.

      Chris

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      YES Becky, without a doubt...HE IS AN AWESOME GOD.

      Thank you

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      Becky 6 years ago

      Our God IS an awesome God.

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      Stu From VT 6 years ago

      Hi CM,

      So happy things worked out!

      Stu

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      SusieQ42 6 years ago

      Wow, I didn't think I was going to come to the end of all these comments! I also am happy for the great outcome of your wife's tests. Praise the Lord, He is AWESOME!!!!

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Thanks ge!!

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      geegee77 6 years ago from The Lone Star State!!

      Very happy for you and your wife:) ge

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      and a heart-felt "thank you" to you C-Bless....

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      C-Bless 6 years ago from Canada

      PRAISE THE LORD, Jehovah-Rapha is still on the throne. I am happy that your prayers have been answered. God bless...

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      marcoujor,

      Thank you! These hubpages and the relationships I have made here have been a blessing on its own. Thank YOU for commenting and your support.

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      dramatis personae

      Thank you for your extremely kind remarks and your support.

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Dusty,

      YES!, and prayer HAS been answered. Thank you for your friendship and your support.

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      FriendofTruth,

      Thank you for your kind words

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      Maria Jordan 6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Chris,

      Thank God and thank your love for each other! You and your wife are so special and it is a blessing to have you in our community. I am so glad you shared this news with us. Have a peaceful evening, mar.

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      Kera 6 years ago from USA

      A very beautiful story of courage..........you write such beautiful and inspirational hubs..........I love how you explain things and I admire your courage......bless you and your family.

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      50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

      Chris, I'm glad the prayer were answered, you take care now and if I might could help let me know, blessings and love, 50

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      FriendofTruth 6 years ago from Michigan

      Awesome! God is so good! I am so happy for you both!

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      Stu From VT 6 years ago

      YW C; please keep us updated on your wife's recovery.

      Stu

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Thank you very much Stu...

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      Stu From VT 6 years ago

      Hello, so glad things turned out to be less serious than you originally thought. Hoping for a fast and easy recovery. Best, Stu

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Credence2,

      Thank you for your comments.

      :)

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Composer,

      Thank you for your personal point of view, it is appreciated.

      The only FACT, that I can share with you is, that I do have a personal relationship with my God. It is as real as the air you breath. Simply because you have chosen not to believe does not mean that other folks personal faith in something does not exist. The word of God is a powerful tool. It is full of wisdom. He has cleared a path for everyone to follow. His Will is that we all choose to to do so. What happens in each of our lives is up to us. If we accept to be part of His plan, then we can expect His personal guidence. Sometimes it is not what we want, but we still have faith that, ultimately it will all will work out to the Glory of God.

      That composer, is what I have decided is best for my family and myself tolive our lives. It works for me and mine. It allows me to sleep like a baby at night. It gives me confidence to do what I think is best and how to conduct my life. I have peace and comfort. You have to decide your own fate. I do pray that others can know God, but that is about all I can do.

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      Credence2 6 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Most pleased that you enjoy a favorable outcome to this crisis in your family Cred2

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      Composer 6 years ago

      But don't you people believe that everything is your god's will regardless!

      IF your wife had died then you would say that it was your god's will anyhow!

      The facts remain that the legitimate evidence any god was involved is zero!

      The facts remain that IF god was involved then it may not have been yours but the real one that keeps silent and lets other god's take the credit!

      You wouldn't have a clue!

      From a personal point of view I am pleased for your wife's sake!

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      A.A. Zavala,

      It still amazes me when I think about it. Just how fortunate we are through all of this. That is why I have made the decision early on that I would praise God through all of this, despite the outcome.

      It is indeed a rare fungus. The town that my wife was raised in (Anderson, IN) had several buildings tore down in the late 60's and early 70's, and there have been several diagnosed with this condition since then.

      Thank you for stopping by and your kind words.

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      Augustine A Zavala 6 years ago from Texas

      A rare fungus? I've never heard of the condition before, and the physician who discovered it should be commended. Glad to hear that unneccesary surgery was avoided.

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Tamarajo

      I can tell you this, I am VERY ready for a vacation... :)

      Thank you for rejoicing with us and for your very kind remarks.

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      Tamarajo 6 years ago

      Halleljah!! God is good. What a stressful experience. You will have to take a vacation the two of you and breathe some sighs of relief.

      Rejoicing with you.

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Thank you Cardisa, and blessing to you also...

      :)

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      Carolee Samuda 6 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Chris, I had no idea what was going on but praise be to God you both are holding on strong and getting though this. I know God works in mysterious ways and he will see you through.

      God bless you both!

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Amy,

      Thank you for your extremely gracious comments, I apprectiate them very, very much.

      Chris

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Hyphenbird,

      as you so well stated Hallelujah to God!

      Thank you for your very kind words and support.

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      Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Dear Chris and your lovely wife, I am amazed at your story of courage and supportive strength to each other. I am also amazed and encouraged by the specialist and his persistence in full understanding, as medical mistakes often leave patients with life-altering consequences inflicted by carelessness or neglegence in medical intervention. Thank you for sharing this personal journey that, thank God, can return your wife to health and to the continuing magic you share for a long life of happiness together. This is a beautiful, well-written personal piece that gives attention to everything important in life, faith, hope and love. I am very happy for your and yours.

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Will amen and amen!!!

      Thank YOU for being a support friend.

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Sunnie,

      We sure do have an awesome God. I really want to thank you for your concern and your comments. I will be here for you if you need any prayer support.

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Thanks for your visit and comments RJ, I too am now a fan of yours.

      I appreciate you taking the time to share with me.

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Sue,

      Thanks for your support and your comments. :)

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Dexter, I have no doubt that God intervened and He deserves more praise than I could ever muster up. I hope somehow, others can find some strength and turn to God in their dark hours.

      Thanks for your praise to God and your comments.

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Micheal,

      I had never realized pigeons could be such a problem. Thank you for your support and your comments.

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      Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Thanks for the good news update. I am thankful to the Lord and for your wife's restoration of health. You are so loving and supportive to her and have a grateful heart. Hallelujah to God!

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Glory be to God and the doctors He empowers!

      Great news my friend.

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      Sunnie Day 6 years ago

      Dear Chris,

      How wonderful and beautiful this hub is and what glorious news of your wife's healing. I can only say that God is an awesome God and I am so happy to see you give him the praise and honor. Faith and prayer moves mountains and the Lord surly moved this one for your both.

      God Bless you both..

      Sunnie

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      Reynold Jay 6 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      My wife is very near yours. I enjoyed this very much. You have this laid out beautifully and it is easy to understand. Keep up the great HUBS. Up one and beautiful. Hey! I'm now your fan! RJ

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      Sueswan 6 years ago

      Wonderful news! God bless to you and your wife.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 6 years ago from United States

      God does deserve the praise! It is great to know that you have people caring about you and praying for you even though you haven't met them!

      We may see things in the natural, but our God can put the S-U-P-E-R in front of natural and work all things out for the good. This situation, Chris, that you and your wife faced will inspire and be a blessing to others because they will see the power of the living God. And their faith, too, will be rewarded and God will again get the praise!

      Bless you and your wife!!

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      Michael Adams1959 6 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

      I am glad to hear this is something that is able to be taken care of. I have heard of this fungus problem here in our area of Ohio and how sick some people had been. In the early 80's pigeons were on bounty. Many farmers not having the time themselves would hire hunters to shoot as many as possible to keep them out of their barns so their animals would not be effected by this.