Difficult News and a Petition for Prayer (A Note From Angie)

Posted by on Jan 5, 2013 in Updates | 29 Comments

The following note from Angie isn’t one we’ve loved reading, but it is one that reflects the true ugliness of cancer and unpredictability of Will’s illness. The #GoTeamGray core would like to ask you to consider increasing your prayers and donations to Will & Angie, as this next phase of the battle will bring even more challenges than initially anticipated. Here’s Angie’s letter…

Will has continued to have a very difficult week since our ER visit last Friday.  He has been very sick and has lost quite a bit of weight.  He was able to meet with maxiofacial and they worked on his obturator so that it fits much better than it did previously.  They are worried that he may have an infection from the irritation.

Yesterday, we met with the medical oncologist.  While we were there we received some potentially devastating news.  It is possible that the tumor has already starting growing back.  They aren’t certain that is what they see, but based on a CT Scan from the trip to the ER, they see something that they believe could possibly be tumor.  Because of this the oncologist wants to do everything in the book to treat Will, which means he is going to have chemotherapy and radiation simultaneously.  He said the tumor is so “nasty” that the cells are doubling in size every 5-7 days.  The oncologist is going to do his best to get everything together to start treatment either Monday or Tuesday of this coming week.

We will also meet with the ENT surgeon Monday morning.  We are hopeful that he will able to give us some clarity on the possibility of the infection and tumor.

If you would like to pray with us, please pray that…

  • What they see is NOT tumor and that they would be able to figure out what it is quickly.
  • Will would be able to start radiation and chemo on Monday…that schedules and insurance would all work out for this to be possible.
  • Will would have enough strength to get through all of this.  He has lost so much weight and feels very weak to start, but the oncologist said it is critical that he complete the treatments.  So please pray that he will be strong enough to complete them.  It will last 5-7 weeks, but we still don’t know exactly how long.

We are both pretty scared and disheartened by the news.  Please pray that we would be given emotional strength as well and trust in the Lord’s will for us and our lives.

With love and hope of a better day,


Angie and Will, we’re on our knees here. May the light of God bring increased hope and strength for you both.

With nothing more but the love and grace that renews us daily,

The #GoTeamGray Core


  1. Patti Leimbach
    January 7, 2013

    I have heard this song many times on the radio and have not heard the words to it until today. Read them! They are beautiful! Take heart, God is with you, even when you don’t feel him…He is giving you the strength to just keep breathing. I don’t know you but will be praying for you both. God IS here. Count on it!

    I Need You Now, by Plumb

    Well, everybody’s got a story to tell
    And everybody’s got a wound to be healed
    I want to believe there’s beauty here
    So, I guess you’re tired of holding on
    I can’t let go, I can’t move on
    I want to believe there’s meaning here

    How many times have you heard me cry out
    “God please take this”?
    How many times have you given me strength to
    Just keep breathing?
    Oh I need you
    God, I need you now.

    Standing on a road I didn’t plan
    Wondering how I got to where I am
    I’m trying to hear that still small voice
    I’m trying to hear above the noise

    Though I walk, though I walk through the shadows
    And I, I am so afraid
    Please stay, please stay right beside me
    With every single step I take

    How many times have you heard me cry out?
    And how many times have you given me strength?


    I need you now
    I need you now

  2. Tony Bonilla
    January 7, 2013

    Dear Will and Angie: I’m so very sad to hear this news. Colleen and I will be in constant prayer for you both. We love you. May Jesus reach to you right now and touch you with his love.

    Praying now.

    Tony Bonilla

  3. Kathryn Benfiet
    January 6, 2013

    I read your story on a blog I follow and have been praying for you both. I shared the most recent update with my husband…we are praying for you both. My heart hurts for you both…praying for healing, for peace. Sending you love and hugs from Oregon.


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