Monday, April 5, 2010

Post Easter Report

Several weeks ago I was wondering if I would be able to speak on Easter Sunday 2010. I was looking at the different alternatives before me, unsure of where I would be at this point in the journey. As it turned out, yesterday was a great day for me. I spoke in the Saturday evening service, attended a community sunrise service early Sunday morning, spoke in our two morning worship services, and then attended an afternoon service with our friends at Strong Tower Bible Church. I had good energy throughout the day and slept well last night.

I even felt like playing a little golf this past Friday - didn’t finish the full eighteen but played most of it. I loved being outdoors and spending time with close friends Dave, Ken, and Scott. Now I am going to take a couple of days and go down to The Master’s for the Wednesday practice round and par three tournament.

So how am I feeling and what is going on with the lymphoma? As I mentioned, I am really feeling pretty good. I will have a scan on this Friday, April 9 and hopefully that will tell me something about the progress of the treatment. My next chemo treatment is scheduled for Monday, April 12. That will be the half way mark of the six treatments. Obviously we are all praying for a good report and continued strength.

I had a strong reaction to one of the drugs after the first treatment that continues with me even now. I broke out on my torso, arms, and legs with a terrible rash. I spend most days itching and try to fight the natural instinct to scratch. I take Benadryl at night and use a topical steroid, but it is still very annoying. So as you pray, you might add this to your prayer list. That’s about it for now; I will post again after I get the scan report on Friday.


  1. Rick I am praying for you. Itching is worse than pain sometimes, especially when you either can't reach it or not allowed to scratch it.
    Blessings Brother! Billy Hornsby

  2. I was so happy that you were able to speak Easter Sunday! You are so authentic. Nothing else truly matters but Jesus. I am ever so grateful to have you as my pastor.

    love to you,
    Renee Ford

  3. Rick,

    Vicky and I are praying for you and your family. Surely there are easier ways to get on CNN! I'm confident that you will whip this thing just like every other challenge that you have overcome. You not only have been a friend for decades but also a hero of mine.

    Rick Holcombe