Prayer request for Gateway Volunteer Nancy Stabinski
June 1, 2008
AD MAJOREM DEI GLORIAM
Good Morning Family and Friends,
Nancy is now in her third week of residence at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in NYC (where she will likely need to remain for an additional several weeks).
This particular week has been especially hard for her and for her primary hospital caretaker (me).
All of the 4 chemotherapy drugs that were administered to Nancy at lethal levels 2 weeks ago very worst side-effects have finally set-in:
a) profound nausea and vomiting
b) unceasing and horrific mucositus (consistingof her therapy-induced incineration of the cell lining of her entire G.I. tract)
(c) a complete and blood chemistry-related physical collapse (she cannot arise from her hospital bed without some strong physical assistance)
(d) the final extinguishment of her entire immune system; the loss of bowel and bladder control (we had 3 accidents last night)
(e) low respiration-related delirium
(f) severe bone pain; and, unsuprisingly, full-scale despondency in her intervening moments of mental lucidity.
I am typing out this e-mail to you now from her hospital room.
Nancy will continue to require a full-time personal caretaker for at least
the next several days.
Nancy's mailing address is:
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
1275 York Avenue (Room #824)
New York, New York
Nancy's MSKCC telephone # is:
But please hold all calls and visits to her room for the next several days and until such time when at least some of these terrible side-effects
begin to go into retreat (I will attempt to keep everyone updated).
Presently, Nancy's most efficacious relief from her collective torments is best realized when she is able to drop-off into
a deep sleep. When she is awake, however, MSKCC's excellent medical
staff has nothing at it's pharmeceutical disposal to otherwise free
her from her suffering in a truly meaningful way.
And, lastly, likewise hold all well-intended fruit baskets and
flowers, as Nancy will not be permitted to receive them into her room
pursuant to Sloan's infection control policies.
God Bless and thank-you for your prayers.
In His Holy Name,
Monday, November 14, 2008
Friday, November 9, 2007
Nancy informs us that she had a Cat and Pet scan. The doctors discovered non-Hodgekins Lymphoma. She will go to Sloan-Kettering to recive chemo and radiation. Please keep her in your prayers.
Wednesday - October 31, 2007
DEAR FRIENDS, THE BIOPSY IS OVER. THE SURGEON TOOK A FEW AFFECTED LYMPH NODES OUT WHERE WE THOUGHT IT WAS ONLY ONE. THE OPERATION WENT WELL, NO COMPLICATIONS THANK YOU LORD JESUS. I FELT THE LORD'S PEACE UPON THE OR AND FELT CONFIDENT WITH THE ANESTHESIOLOGIST. I WENT HOME WITH PAIN PILLS WHICH WORK WELL BUT I AM A LITTLE GROGGY FROM THEM AND SLEEP ALOT. THE SURGEON WAS NOT AS CONFIDENT IT WAS A LYMPHOMA NOW AND SAID WE WILL HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL MONDAY'S PATHOLOGY REPORT TO COME IN. MY APPOINTMENT IS AT 3 PM, WILL SEND OUT AN EMAIL WHEN I FIND OUT. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR PRAYERS AND PHONE CALLS. LOVE, NANCY S.
(Original Post) Friday (October 26, 2007)
As many of you already know, I recently felt a lump in my neck. After going to the doctor last week, I visited a surgeon today. He scheduled a biopsy/removal of lymph node for Tuesday, October 30 at 10:00 am. He believes there is a good chance it is lymphoma.
He explained that its probably not related to my breast cancer which is a good thing, but a new primary cancer. Metastatic breast cancer is more difficult to treat than a new lymphoma.
He also wants me to have general anesthesia because of the location being near my jugular and carotid vessels. It may be somewhat attached and doesn't want to take the chance of any type of movement on my part during the surgery.
After developing chemical pneumonia with my last biopsy in January, this is another unsettling matter. It will done at Clara Maas Same Day Surgery.
I ask for prayer to our Almighty God that this doctor is wrong and it is only a fibrous (hard) node, non-cancerous and that the procedure goes quickly and without any complications.
I also ask for prayer that if this is a scheme from the enemy, I will be protected from him and any further attacks.
I would be a liar to say I am not afraid of Tuesday's procedure and outcome but I know where my peace comes from.
I will go put on some loud praise and worship music and give it to my Jesus who died on the cross just for this reason.
Praising Him In All Situations,Nancy S.