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A Quick Health Update…

Please forgive another health update. This is my easiest way to communicate with people who have questions and to make sure everybody understands what’s going on in our lives.

Last Friday afternoon I received my official diagnosis—Hodgkins Lymphoma. Until that phone call, I was preparing for the real possibility of an early passing, while simultaneously praying that it was Hodgkins. Hodgkins is considered to be one of the most curable forms of cancer. The road ahead will be a different one for sure—especially the next 8-10 months. A lot can change along this journey, but it appears as if God has ordained a trial for a season, and then after that, a healthy future.

We had our first appointment with our oncologist on Monday morning. The doctor believes, based upon initial tests, that I am at stage 2A. That’s considered early. I have approximately 8 or 10 tumors in my upper body (give or take a couple.) This cancer is not aggressive, so the doctors are not in a big hurry. (I’ve probably had this for a year or more.) These tumors will respond to chemo and radiation, and no surgery will be required.

My doctor wants to do a range of tests. Several of them are to confirm the locations of the disease and the certain stage. A few of the tests are simply to clear me to endure chemo. These test will take about 3 or 4 weeks. Shortly after that, doctors will prescribe a treatment plan. Every case of Hodgkins Lymphoma is different, and many variables are taken into account when determining treatment. Doctors want to attack the cancer in a way that will have the fewest long term risks.

I should be starting treatment by Mid-November, and they will last for at least 6 months. I’m praying my body will respond well and be able to stay connected to ministry and life as much as possible. If treatments could wrap up in the late Spring I would hopefully be strong and healthy to participate in ministry events this summer.

Personally, other than being a little fatigued, you wouldn’t know that I’m sick. The past two weeks have been really strange emotionally. Friday’s phone call changed a lot of our thinking. Last night, Dana and I sat at dinner and talked through the last few weeks. Through tears, we each shared all the plans we were both making in the event of my passing. That was when we both realized how intricately our hearts and minds were preparing for the possibilities ahead. I am willing for this trial to be whatever God wants it to be, but at this point we are planning for survival.

One thing I told Dana last night was how I have thanked God for cancer many times in the past weeks. I gave her about 5 of many reasons I will soon share as to why I’m thankful for this. God has truly cradled us in His arms and blessed us abundantly through it. Regardless of the outcome, I will be grateful and will rejoice in Him. The first night we knew about this, something significant happened in my heart as those audible words came out of my mouth for the first time—”God, I thank you for cancer.” If you have a trial—be sure to say thank you to God for it. It will certainly change your perspective.

So, that’s the news. Our family is well—probably much due to your prayers! God has given great grace and peace. The days ahead will involve some weakness, some sickness, some suffering, and probably more struggle than I know, but the prognosis is almost certainly survival. Pray for my family over the coming months. Pray that these tests will go well. Pray that I will respond well to treatments. Pray that long-term side effects will be minimal. And most importantly, pray that God will fully exploit this for His purposes, and that I will consistently be His vessel for His use.

Thanks for reading and thanks for praying!

Cary

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20 Comments

  • I’m praying for you and your family! Please let me know if I can do anything to be a blessing.

  • I am praying for you and your family. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you and your family. Please take me up on my offer. I am here to help in any way I can.

  • You continue to be an inspiration!

  • Thank you Bro Schmidt! You don’t know how much I appreciate the way you can articulate your blessing/trial of cancer. The peace that God gave me when I was first diagnosed was overwhelming and for me indescribable. All I could say was, “God has given me a peace about this.” I am praying for you and your family. I am looking forward to future updates. We love you!

  • Bro. Schmidt, I’m so glad the prognosis is so good. I have no doubt God will see you straight through the chemo and you will be back to your old healthy self before you know it. :) I’ve loved reading these posts from you. Thanks for being such an encouragement. Will continue to pray for you all!

  • Sweet testimony, Brother Schmidt.
    We continue to pray for you and your family.
    Jim and I understand the cradling of God. It is a precious place to be.
    We love you and Dana. We’re thankful to God for you, your ministries, your talents which are always a glory to our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
    More of God’s grace to you this day.
    Your fellow servants in Christ,
    Brother Jim and Janet Ballew

  • So glad for a good report, given the circumstances. Praise the Lord for your testimony; such an inspiration. I am praying for your continued grace.

  • We continue to pray for your and your family and for God to be glorified through this time. Thank you for your influence on our family. _Scott

  • Thanks for the update. My family and I are praying for you and your family.

  • Thank you for your encouragement during this time! I’m a 2006 West Coast grad and found out about your blog from a facebook post someone else put up about two weeks ago and have been following it ever since. You wouldn’t even know me, but reading your post today was such a huge encouragement. I thought the “trials” in my life were tough, but they’re nothing compared to what you and your family are facing. God IS good…ALL the time!

  • Brother, I have never met you but you are an inspiration. Thank you and I will be praying for you and your family!

  • Brother Schmidt thank you for your great courage and testimony during this trial. You have been an awesome example of allowing the Lord to use us during times of trials. Ryan and I continue to pray for you and the kids

  • Praise the Lord! Our family has and will continue to pray for you all!

  • Bro Cary,
    Please know my family and I are lifitng you and your family up in prayer during this difficult time. Thank you for your transparency and love for others. We are your debtors and would be honored to be of help in any way you need.
    Your friends,
    Greg and Tina Adams & girls

  • In the face of this trial you are continuing to show tremendous grace and faith. Your testimony speaks volumes to those of us who are facing health trials. We continue to pray for you and your family.

  • Thank you for the updates. Your family is in our prayers.

  • Thank you for your wonderful example for me and my family. We love y’all and will keep praying for y’all.

  • thank you for being so transparent. Your testimony here is an inspiration. I am praying the Lord will help US ALL grow with you during this trial and after.

  • Dear Brother Schmidt, Dana, Larry, Lance and Haley,

    I am praying for all of you as you face this difficult time together that God will surround you with true peace and comfort.

  • Your strength and confidence in the Lord encourages and convicts me. Thank you for you example. Bible Baptist Church of Rangely, CO is praying for you.


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