Monday, March 22, 2010

Some Long Days Are Still Good Days: Treatment 2

Well, today was treatment number 2. That means 2 down and 4 to go. Today did not go exactly as we thought it would, but it was still a very good day. We arrived at the office of Dr. Patrick Murphy at Tennessee Oncology and were greeted in the waiting room by my friend Ken Davis. Now you gotta know that any day that starts with Ken is going to be a good day regardless of where it goes. He accompanied me to the lab, examination and infusion rooms. We had great conversation about his dad and his service to our nation in the Philippines. Ken has written some about this on his blog. We had some good laughs, and then Ken left like a little boy who had no clue where the door was. He did let me know later that he made it home.

Before I tell you about the rest of the day, let me just say what a pleasure it has been to be associated with Dr. Murphy and his dedicated staff. They go over the top to care for every patient. Their personalized care is amazing. I have never met a nicer group of medical professionals and would recommend them to anyone who might need their services.

Now to the long day - it really goes back to last week when I broke out with a skin rash that itched so bad I scratched like a cat for four days straight. Dr. Murphy decided that I needed to have a biopsy of the rash to make sure that we know what we are dealing with. So, I went straight from the oncologist to the dermatologist for an unexpected biopsy. Not too bad, just a few stitches at the skillful hands of Dr. Paul LaTour, and now we are just waiting for path report.

The chemo treatment lasted a bit longer than expected, and we also paused just before the Benadryl drip to do an interview with Harriet Vaughn from the Williamson A.M. They have also decided to follow the journey. It’s a good thing we did the interview first, because the lights went out pretty quickly with the Benadryl drip, but I’m looking forward to reading her story later this week.

Going Slick With Rick got picked up from NewsChannel 5 by CNN and HLN. I have heard from friends all across the nation that saw the clip. Thanks Steve Hayslip, (I think you had a hand in all this.) Let’s just pray that the story encourages some person who really needs it right now.

I also met a wonderful older couple today in treatment. She is a cancer survivor from 1966, and he is in treatment for bone cancer right now. Be sure and pray for Mr. Harris. They were people of great courage, hope and faith. It was a pleasure to meet them.

So how do I feel after treatment 2? Much better than I expected - I had really good energy all day today. Patti and I feel so blessed in this season of life. Prayer warriors are fighting the fight on my behalf. We feel absolutely surrounded by the goodness of our God. We are seeing grace sufficient for each day and each challenge. The love that has been directed toward us has only strengthened our belief in God’s church. There is no other institution in the world like it. We are dispensers of hope and love to men and women when we stand for the gospel of Christ. What a privilege He has given to us-to represent him in the world in which we live.

OK, so that’s about it for this very long, but good day. I will do labs on Wednesday morning and have my first progress CT scan on April 9, just prior to treatment 3 on April 12. So blessings and thanks to each of you walking the journey with us.



  1. God bless you Pastor Rick for your amazing spirit and love of and faith in the Lord. It is quite an encouragement to your parishoners, the Beatty family. We are heartened by your pressing on, a living example of Paul's words in Phil 3:14, "I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."

  2. Continuing to keep you and yor family in prayer. What a blessing and encouragement you are. May God send a legion of angels to watch over you and continue to wrap His loving arms around you. Remember - Phillipians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me". He will strengthen you as needed as you go through your treatments and you can beat this through Him!

  3. Mary and I were just talking about you, Rick, and wondered how your day went yesterday. Thank you for this update. We think about you everyday and continue to pray for your journey. We'll see the slick grandkids this week and tell them hello for you. Also, Blake Berry told me he saw the CNN "slick" report in Alaska. He and Lynn are praying for you 3 time zones behind us.

  4. Rick, So very glad to get this info. Charles and I have been praying for you as well as your family. You have always been very special to us and we are so thankful you have such good Drs. looking after you. The Lord is holding you in His hand and we know He will be with you each step of this journey.
    Much love and prayers,
    Gladys & Charlie Dunkin

  5. Hi, Brother Rick, I just want you to know that your testimony on Easter Sunday was a true blessing. It's not always easy to hear 'trust God' or 'God cares for you' from someone who is up on the mountain in life. But hearing you share the reasons for hope - He Lives, He's There, He's Here, He's Coming Again - while you're going through this unexpected disease in a valley of life reminded me how deeply God truly loves me and He is not surprised when things happen in my life. Thanks for not being self-righteous, pious, or pitiful during this time. Thanks for being genuine and sharing the Hope that sustains us.
    Even though I know that Jesus is praying for you, I'm going to keep praying too.
    Tiffany Crosby