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#4427104 - 06/22/18 03:10 AM News and Prayers Needed  
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Well, I have debated about this for a month and a week, exactly. Once I put this out, there is no going back. Because of the way things have developed, or progressed, I wanted to put this here because my family and I need faithful prayers for a miracle. It took me a long time to write this because of the impact of my condition so please excuse poor wording or punctuation, etc.

I’m 47. On May 15 I was diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer, which is “widely” metastatic throughout my body, including nodes from my abdomen up to my neck, possibly head, and spine. It is terminal, inoperable and we are trying chemo as a palliative measure. So far it has not been great. But, we believe in God’s plan and in miracles, even those we don’t understand.

I’ve “retired” from work. Ironically, I was set to leave my law firm on 5/21 to take an appointment as a state judge. I advised the powers that be on 5/19, after thinking and praying on this for a few days, that I couldn’t do that work. I’m already losing quite a bit of cognitive ability, and this is aggressive in nature. I’ve lost 22 lbs in four weeks. Good news is I had cushion on that front for now.

We have kids from adult to teenagers to a 10 year old. I am not afraid of what will happen to me. I know when I am gone from this earth, I will be living my eternal life. I am afraid for my family, though we have time to prepare them. They are thus far handling it very well. We have thousands of people around us and around the world faithfully praying for a miracle, because this is without doubt what it will take to remove this from me. The works of man alone are incapable of this I am told.

I do not have Facebook. My wife does and my sister in law created a page for people to get updates to save me from having to do this thousands of times over and over. If you want to join, it is called “Team Fritschie.” (Cheesy I kmow but I didn’t name it...). Anyone who is a member can add another person. I believe you can just request to be added as well. Don’t feel obligated to join. However, please feel welcome. The comments and stories my wife puts up are generally the good days, and not the bad ones. The comments of some folks are so beautiful. The love we’ve received from our Church and community is such a blessing. I have many times, oddly cried tears of joy as a result of this.

There are bad days for us... But guess what, this is the day the Lord has made! Let us all rejoice and be glad in it!

I’m very faithful. I’ve probably read Job and James more than ever before in the past few weeks. We need a miracle. Every day and night I beg God for this, talk to Him about Jesus in Gesthemane, and imagine His agony and His prayers to remove this burden from Him. I am afraid of the pain and suffering. I accept it. But it is not my choice. I thought this was sinful until recently, when my wife and I discussed Gesthemane in detail and how even Jesus was afraid and in agony. Please, please pray faithfully for a miracle for me and for my family. I’ve lived a good life, and tried, failing often, to follow Christ in life. I humbly accept what God has for me. But I know miracles are real. I know they can happen. I know they do happen. Please pray for one for me as regularly as you remember.

Much love to you all.

Don


"For I know the plans that I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11

Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Matthew 5:11

Indeed we call blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of the perseverance of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, because “the Lord is compassionate and merciful. James 5:11
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#4427107 - 06/22/18 03:19 AM Re: News and Prayers Needed [Re: Airdrop01]  
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Prayers sent. Know that the kingdom of God is greater than anything Man is ever capable of, and he loves us all. God bless.

#4427108 - 06/22/18 03:29 AM Re: News and Prayers Needed [Re: Airdrop01]  
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May your faith help you with strength and courage along the way. Prayers and thoughts sent.


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#4427115 - 06/22/18 04:36 AM Re: News and Prayers Needed [Re: Airdrop01]  
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mojo otw. The big C sucks. Stranger things have happened so I wouldnt lose faith. Fight until the end is all you can do though. You either win or lose. S!


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#4427117 - 06/22/18 04:50 AM Re: News and Prayers Needed [Re: Airdrop01]  
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Keep the faith, man. Thinking of you and family.
Glad you have the support at home too.

#4427124 - 06/22/18 05:50 AM Re: News and Prayers Needed [Re: Airdrop01]  
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I can't find the words to convey my shock and concern regarding this news. Hopefully words will come better for me tomorrow but I will be praying for you.


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#4427134 - 06/22/18 09:48 AM Re: News and Prayers Needed [Re: Airdrop01]  
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Don,

Myself and my family are praying for your well being. May God give you the strength to trust in him and put the present and future in his hands.


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#4427135 - 06/22/18 10:08 AM Re: News and Prayers Needed [Re: Airdrop01]  
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You and your family are in my prayers.


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#4427136 - 06/22/18 10:15 AM Re: News and Prayers Needed [Re: Airdrop01]  
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Prayers and positive thoughts for you and your family, Don. All the best my friend.

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Hard to put into words how much I wish these news weren't. All the strength to you and yours.

#4427139 - 06/22/18 10:39 AM Re: News and Prayers Needed [Re: Airdrop01]  
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Really sorry to hear about this. Stay strong for yourself and your family they will need your strength to face what is to come.
I will pray for you and you family and hope for a good outcome.

May God be with you at this dark time at I hope you will draw strength from him.

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#4427140 - 06/22/18 10:41 AM Re: News and Prayers Needed [Re: Airdrop01]  
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Will continue to pray for you.


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#4427146 - 06/22/18 12:11 PM Re: News and Prayers Needed [Re: Airdrop01]  
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Sorry Don. I applaud your outlook and positive attitude. God be with you.

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#4427148 - 06/22/18 12:23 PM Re: News and Prayers Needed [Re: Airdrop01]  
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That just stinks. I have never been a religious person despite the desire to be. I guess I have too much doubt to have faith without proof. I know, that's why its called faith... You will be in my thoughts.


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Keep praying. God has a plan. We just don't understand it sometimes.


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#4427154 - 06/22/18 12:54 PM Re: News and Prayers Needed [Re: Airdrop01]  
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Don, I always thought how cool it was to have someone on this board who's intimately familiar with the nowhere rural area I call home. I figured that one day, while you're in town visiting the in-laws, we'd meet for lunch or something.

My thoughts are with you and your family, and hoping for the miracle you need.

#4427158 - 06/22/18 01:07 PM Re: News and Prayers Needed [Re: Airdrop01]  
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I’ve already started praying for you and your family. Keep your spirits up!


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#4427164 - 06/22/18 01:37 PM Re: News and Prayers Needed [Re: Airdrop01]  
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I knew I had been lucky, just not how lucky.

Hang in there Don and I will certainly be adding my humble prayers and positive thoughts to the others here.


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#4427167 - 06/22/18 01:43 PM Re: News and Prayers Needed [Re: Airdrop01]  
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I’m stunned after reading your post Airdrop. I distinctly remember the pictures you’ve posted of your family in the past and my heart goes out to them. I will keep you in my thoughts and will hope that you come out of this ok. There is always hope.

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#4427173 - 06/22/18 02:19 PM Re: News and Prayers Needed [Re: Airdrop01]  
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I don't consider myself a religious person, but I've just prayed for you friend.

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