I HATE Cancer

So I have an update to share with everyone, except this time it is about Lori.

Last week Lori went to the dermatologist (I think for the first time ever) to get a spot on the bridge of her nose checked out.  The provider looked at it and said it was “atypical” (meaning not normal), so she wanted to biopsy it and send it off for a pathologist to look at it.  The provider told Lori that even though it was atypical, she really felt like it was Basil Cell carcinoma, which is the most treatable and least aggressive of the skin cancer types.  My understanding is there are 3 basic types of skin cancer – basil cell (least aggressive and most treatable), melanoma (most aggressive, most serious, most dangerous) and squamous cell (somewhere in between basil cell and melanoma).

Yesterday, Lori received a call from the dermatology office letting her know the pathology report was back and unfortunately, the spot on her nose isn’t basil cell, it is squamous cell.  Lori is being referred to a surgeon so she can have something called Mohs surgery.  Basically, the doctor will scrape away some skin, look at it under the microscope to determine if all of the cancer cells have been scraped away, and if not, go back and scrape away a bigger area of skin, look at it under the microscope, etc, etc, until the doctor is confident all of the cancer cells have been removed.

We have already talked to several people who have had squamous cell skin cancer.  It is very treatable, although the idea of someone scraping away chunks of skin over and over is not a very pleasant thought!

To be honest, given our history with Lizzy, when we first heard the word “cancer”, it gave both of us a bit of a jolt – a sort of “take your breath away” moment. We are confident that God’s got this, but quite frankly, this is not something we really want to deal with.

But you know what, no one ever wants to deal with cancer, of any kind, at any time.  It is an insidious, deceptive, sneaky, hidden, awful disease and I hate it.  I hate it with every fiber of my being.  And I hate what it does to individuals and to families.  It is no respecter of persons, position, age, gender, socio-economic status, race, ethnicity or any other stratification of the human race.  It transcends all cities, all states, all countries and all continents.  It knows no limits and is not contained by time or space.  It is the worst!  It attacks babies, the elderly and everyone in between with indifference.  It can show up in any part of the body and sometimes it remains in one spot, and sometimes it moves to many locations.  It can be in the skin, in the bloodstream, in the brain, in one of the organs.  It can show up as a tumor or a lump or spot or none of the above.  It is terrible. And I hate it.

And the more I hate it, the more thankful I am that God has promised me that one day, cancer will no longer be part of my vocabulary.  One day, there will be no more unexpected diagnoses, no treatment options to consider, no surgeries to be performed.  For you see, there will be no cancer in heaven.



With all that said, Lori and I are completely confident that God’s got this.  We also know beyond a shadow of a doubt that He is in control, not us.  We trust Him.

I will provide more details once we meet with the surgeon and know when the surgery will be scheduled.  In the meantime, as always, we so appreciate your prayers, love and support.

22 Replies to “I HATE Cancer”

  1. I’m speechless right now Dennis. My father had the Mohs surgery and is doing well, modern medicine is phenomenal. You all are in my prayers every day but will add additional prayers for you all. Please let me know how I can help. Love you guys.

  2. Dennis,
    Thank you for letting us know. We will pray for a quick and complete healing for Lori. As with Lizzy, our LORD will be with you step by step as you go through this.
    Sending our love to your family.

  3. You are blessed that you know the Lord. I can not imagine going through all that you have gone through and what is to come without knowing Him and trusting His love as well as you do. Prayers that He keeps you wrapped in His arms.

  4. I’m so sorry to hear this. I will be praying for her and your family. I will put her on the prayer list at my church as well. I know God’s got this!

  5. Though it has been a while since I’ve seen you,
    I just want you to know I’m praying for you Lori!
    God has not given you a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. He loves you and nothing is too difficult for him to heal, even cancer has to bow at the name of Jesus Christ!
    Love ya friend
    Sherry Watson Staud…

  6. Lifting up prayers to God our Healer! I had Mohs surgery 13 years ago for a Basal Cell on my nose. I will give Laurie a call… it’s scary but treatable!

  7. I agree with you 100%!! I HATE CANCER also!!!! I am blessed by you both and hearing the faith God has filled you with . I am praying.
    I have a friend who is a missionary in Turkey with her husband and three young children. She has a brain tumor that is cancer and growing. It does not look good. My heart is aching for them!
    Oh for the day… cancer no more forever!!!!!!

  8. I agree with you 100%. I hate cancer!!!!! It has taken one of my very special loved ones, my mom. The Morris’ will be more than happy to go to battle in prayer with your family. Love your faith and willingness to trust in God. I pray the Holy Spirits power of healing over Lori. Hang in there. This will be another testimony for Gods glory.

  9. unfortunately I’ve had this done several times. I’ve always had amazing results because they remove all of the cancer at that time. Scarring is minimal and pain is minimal. Will be thinking of you guys. Squamous is very treatable ❤️

  10. I hate cancer also Dennis! Yes, someday there will be no more pain and no more suffering! So, so sorry Lori has to go though this! Glad you caught it early! Prayers for all of you! Please let us know what we can do to help!

  11. God does have this as you truly know and have experienced 1st hand. God will use your family once again to display his majesty. Praying for you.

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