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Sent in by
Gabby Talkington
Posted On
12/04/07

Ed Armstrong

I know you are not up yet being in Califernia but I wish you could add me to the prayer list. I am leaving in a few minutes to go to UNC Chapel Hill to get the results of the second hip bone marrow biopsy they performed on the 15th of last month. I hurt a good bit and am weaker than usual. Its pretty depressing sometimes and I think it is starting to get to me a little. I could use some good news but either way, at least I should know what it is exactly I am up against. Just came from a fishing buddy's home last night who has been given 6 months to a year and he asked me how to get right with God, I hope I steered him right. First time anyone had ever asked me that and I felt a lot of responsibility and actually it made me feel good to think that someone had seen something in me that made them come to me. I hope I am worthy but you know Gabby, none of us are worthy; Grace is what saves us. I am rambling, God Bless you. I hope you are getting some better as time goes on.
Thanks
Ed Armstrong
North Carolina

Sent in by
Gabby Talkington
Posted On
12/05/07

UPDATE

Thanks Gabby. The doctor, who is the department head at UNC's blood cancer department told me today that they thought the doctor at Duke had jumped the gun a little. She said they found some abnormalities but no MDS or lukemia or anything that would require agressive treatment at this time. They send a duplicate sample to the Mayo clinic who confirmed UNC's findings almost to the letter. They are going to give me some shots that are supposed to jump start the bone marrow into producing white blood cells and platelets and then monitor it to see if that works. She did say there were no guarantees that it could still be MDS or something else but they don't see an immediate severe condition. My Rheumatoid Arthritis will probably continue to do its thing but I can put up with the pain most of the time. All in all, I think that God has rewound the tape so to speak and changed some things. I guess I still have something to do. So thanks Gabby and thanks to all the guys in t he prayer circle and thanks to my little wife who has been on her knees I know. I really don't know what I would do without her. Obviously prayer works! And most of all, Thank you Jesus for all you have done for me.

Ed Armstrong

Sent in by
Gabby Talkington
Posted On
1/27/09

UPDATE

Hi Gabby,
Its been a while. I know a lot of people are sicker than me but I would ask that the prayer warriors put in a good word for me. My Rheumatoid Arthritis has worsened significantly. Some days I am having trouble walking and the pain is pretty much a constant companion. I had been on the Humira injections for 5 years and it helped a lot but then my White blood and my platelet count took a nose dive. The doctors took me off the Humira and expected the blood counts to recover but they did not. That has been 2 years now and last week my wife Mona took me back to Duke to discuss my options. The doctors at Duke ran a bone marrow biopsy about 18 months ago and they told me that I might have MDS which is a bone marrow disorder. I discussed this with my regular doctor and he suggested a second opinion and set me up with a hematologist at the University of North Carolina hospital. The did the biopsy on the other hip about this time last year and sent part of the sample to the Mayo Clinic fo r verification of their results. The counts were virtually the same as UNC obtained. But the UNC people told me that they did not believe I had MDS but all they could tell me that there were not sure what the problem was other than "I think whatever the problem, it will manifest itself at some point in time". Duh!

Anyway, my Rheumatologist at Duke is sending me back to UNC for an evaluation because UNC is running a research program on new drug for lymphoma that they think might help me especially the pain aspect of this disease. The doctors give me some milder pain medicine and wanted me to go on stronger medicine but I won't take it; at least not yet. I am scheduled to see them on Thursday so I am leaving in the morning for that appointment. Please ask the people to pray for me and the doctors that we may make the right decision. I had pretty much resigned myself to living with it last year and enjoying the good days which were not too infrequent. It seems I have no good days now and its pretty depressing at times. I don't expect to live forever but I would like to be able to fish every now and then. I guess I am rambling so I will close. By the way, any word on John Vandivier, I think about him a lot. He's had a really rough time. Thanks Gabby, God Bless you.

Ed Armstrong

Sent in by
Gabby Talkington
Posted On
7/21/09

UPDATE

Please keep Ed Armstrong and his brother in your daily prayers for strength, comfort and healing. Ed's brother has cancer and is currently confined to a nursing/rest home. Drs do not give him much of a chance and he is in great discomfort and not eating. Ed is his main care-giver right now and this is naturally causing him physical and mental distress as well.
Thanks,
Gabby

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