Will Begins Radiation with a Little Help From His Friends (A Note From Angie)

Posted by on Jan 9, 2013 in Updates | 4 Comments

Wishing you all a happy and healthy Wednesday. Below is the latest update from Angie, sent late last night (so the dates may feel a little off). Essentially, Will was able to begin radiation on Monday, and met with the surgeon Tuesday morning. More on that in Angie’s letter…

Thank you all for the outpouring of love and support and for your many prayers!

We had our appointment with the surgeon this morning. He said the site looks really good and that it’s healing well. They are still unsure if the “thickening” they saw is tumor. The CT Scan isn’t able to clearly make that determination.

Will was able to start radiation yesterday, but not chemotherapy.  The order for chemotherapy went in and will take a couple of days to go through.  It should start soon.

Will did really well with the radiation.  He has to wear a head and shoulder mold that bolts to the table to insure that there is absolutely no movement.  I can’t imagine how difficult that is for those 10-15 minutes.  They did have the Beatles playing which helped ease the anxiety a bit.  It made me think about how beautiful the gift of music is.  I’m sure when the Beatles were writing their songs they had no idea where they would end up or how they would effect people in a given moment.  In that moment, what was written years ago was in the radiation room, giving a moment of distraction and enjoyment to a man with cancer, fighting for his life.  It made me think of Will’s music, the talent he’s been given and shares with so many and for many of you, co-writers and friends, former classmates and mentors, that are in this world of creating with him.  This gift is needed in the world.  It can inspire and give enjoyment.  It can give permission to feel.  We need that in life.  We need beauty to be with us in the darkness that we too often find ourselves in.

While meeting with the radiologist and with the surgeon today, we once again found ourselves in a place that we so desperately did not want to be in.  They are not certain but strongly believe the cancer has spread to a lymph node under Will’s right jaw.  They have changed their previous plan and are going to proceed with the radiation treatment as if the lymph node is cancerous, which will mean the radiation will be more intense and cover a larger portion of the head and neck.  They did a procedure today to examine the lymph node. We will find out the results within a week or so.

We ask that you would continue to pray.  We feel very helpless and confused and desperate for things to get better.  We desire for the Lord’s will to be done, and we trust that it is. We just pray that by his mercy, His will would be for complete healing from this terrible disease.

Please also pray that Will’s side effects to radiation and chemo would be minimal, that the lymph node would not be cancerous, and again for his strength mentally and physically.

In spite of everything, today was a really good day. Will felt better, we laughed a lot, and really enjoyed each other as we waited in numerous doctor’s offices.

Angie and Will, we continue to rally behind you in prayer and support. We are thrilled that the two of you had a good day yesterday, and continue to pray that those days bring you both strength in the more trying days immediately ahead. We look forward with determined hope that “good days” will become the norm.

With continued love and prayers,

The #GoTeamGray Core


  1. Maggy
    January 14, 2013

    Will and Angie-
    I love receiving updates in my email from you. My family, friends, church family and I continue to pray for you and keep up with the updates on the website. Thank you for your candid and honest updates on how things are going. It’s a hard road that you are on but we appreciate that you can tell it like it is so we know exactly what to pray for. I’m happy to see that you are having “good days” and I pray that they continue. Your strength and faith are inspiring.

    In continued and faithful prayer,

    Mark 11:24
    “Everything you ask for in prayer will be yours, if you only have faith.”

  2. Kim Godawa
    January 10, 2013

    Dear Will and Angie,

    Thank you so much for the honest updates and expressions of love. Words seem trite….so we are praying the apostle Paul’s prayer for you now.

    “I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and earth is names, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened in power through his Spirit in your inner being. So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith – that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God”. Ephesians 3:14-19
    Love, Kim and Brian

  3. Joyce B
    January 9, 2013

    Will and Angie, Prayers are with you at this tough time in your life. Keep strong and hold to your faith. Good things will come your way.

    Every time I have seen your Mom, I remember you and her at Project Graduation a few years back. I can see the two of you dancing around the floor and the love the you showed to each other. You are a very special person.

  4. Angie L
    January 9, 2013

    Dearest Will and Angie, thinking of you and holding you close to our hearts in prayers. Brian & Angie

    “Weeping may tarry for the night,
    but joy comes with the morning.”
    Psalm 30:5

    “My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me.
    But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:
    The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end;
    they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
    “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”

    Lamentations 3:21-25


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