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FReeper Jeff Head - in need of prayer - Cancer surgery (GOOD NEWS update @ #1638 1688 1931! 2059)
Journal: My bone cancer (Sacral Chordoma) ^ | 4 January 2010 | Dolly Howard

Posted on 01/04/2010 2:45:21 AM PST by DollyCali

Our Freeper Friend Jeff Head was diagnosed
with a serious (they all are to me) form of cancer
just before Christmas

Please help me approach the prayer throne for our friend Jeff Head who is in Houston currently from his home in Idaho to have surgery & treatment at MD Anderson for his cancer. He will be able to respond on occasion.

You can follow his story & the particulars of the cancer at his blog/HERE

You might know him for many reasons.. His great mind & posts on this forum .. at which he was Freeper of the year in 2001. He is an Activist, Author, Man of God, Devoted Family Man(father of 6; grandfather of 5) and friend to many.

You can find him on line at places other than here.. at Facebook he is Jeff Head

Jeff's Web Page - (check out the neat stickers he sells)

Jeff's FR Profile

Jeff's blog on his Cancer

Father we pray for our friend Jeff. May he find your perfect peace as he continues to trust you with his life. Give the surgeons and medical personnel wisdom and perfect skill in treating him. Please keep him close to your heart as his body responds to treatments and to surgery. Help us to love him as our brother and give support and strength to wife Gail and their large and loving family. In the name of our Savior and Creator. Amen.

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KEYWORDS: chordoma; freeperjeffhead; jeffhead; powerinprayer; prayer; prayerlist; prayerrequest; prayerthread; sacralchordoma
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To: Jeff Head

Prayers for you, Jeff, and for Gail, your sons daughters and grandkids. And, of course, your entire medical team.

Your posts are the strongest testaments to a man’s love for and faith in his Savior that I’ve read, certainly in recent memory. You are providing many of us with a beautiful example of putting all of one’s trust in the Lord. Thank you for that.

1,001 posted on 02/11/2010 10:10:07 PM PST by EDINVA (Sarchasm (n): The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: Jeff Head

Continuing with prayers up for you and yours.

1,002 posted on 02/12/2010 9:09:09 AM PST by amom
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To: Jeff Head
I will pray diligently for you, your family and your medical team as you make this challenging journey. I know first hand the amazing power of prayer and believe in it with all my heart. Lean on the Lord for He is Perfect Peace in the eye of the storm.

Mark 4:37-39 "And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm."

The thoughts you expressed about your wife, children and grandchildren are beautiful and inspiring. We need more of these expressions in our society, my friend! How much better would all our lives be if we expressed such love for those dearest to us? Thank you for candor and compassion.

1,003 posted on 02/14/2010 3:12:38 PM PST by Donaeus (Ps 73:28 "...for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord God my refuge,....")
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To: Jeff Head

This is a German therapy I would look into-—

Prayers up for Jeff Head and your family

1,004 posted on 02/14/2010 3:20:53 PM PST by dennisw (It all comes 'round again --Fairport)
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To: Jeff Head

1,005 posted on 02/16/2010 9:57:46 PM PST by LucyJo (
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To: DollyCali; All

17th Entry February 20th, 2010, 9:00 AM

Well, I wish I did not have to write this update, but the situation is as it is and I need to document it.

I had been waiting a few days to write it, hoping that the news might improve, but it does not appear to be going to do so.

We were informed earlier in the week from MD Anderson, by the Advanced Practice Nurse for Dr. Rhines that the tumor board consensus was that the surgery would not benefit me. This is a significant departue from what we were preparing for.

The essense of that message is that they feel it is too late for the surgery. Since the cancer has already spread to my illium, the feeling is that it has already started metestizing into a more aggressive form which is precisely what the major surgery is meant to prevent.

My feeling and hope was that since it had not spread to any organs or soft tissue, that the spread to the bone could be controlled. But these individuals are the professionals who do this for a living and who have seen and dealt with many, many such cases. I have to respect what they are saying, knowing it is not the message they want to deliver either.

So, we are now waiting to see what palliative treatment (which is a treatment regiment that is geared towards trying to slow furute spread and make me as comfortable as possible) indicates.

In addition, I now intend to personally go all out (if I feel up to it) to trying to contact Japan and Germany about the Carbon Ion Radiation tretment they have developed and are using. I also want to present to MD Anderson the idea to use me as a research project. I am an individual with a sacral chordoma that they do not feel the principle US treatment of resection can benefit. I have had no other direct treatment. What better subject for a baseline than that to send over and try the Carbon Ion Radiation treatment that the Janaese and Germans are using that is not yet approved here in America? I know these institutions in the US are aware of it, and it is certainly not a "lark" or "quack" treatment since the accelerators used in Japan and Germany (each nation now has two of them) cost well over 200 million dollars each.

So, those appear to be my choices at this point. We hope to be in further contatc with MD Anderson next week.

In the mean time I have been back at work and will continue to do so as long as I can and according to whatever treatment plan they now come up with.

Added to this, I had my Fentnayl patches increased this last week on Wednesday to 37 mgr per hour. On Friday I was very sick and so decided to go back to 25 mgr per hour (simply by not adding the 2nd patch Friday night when I was due for a change). This morning I feel a little better, but am still very fatigued, weak, short of breath, and a little sick.

Again, thanks so much to all who are exerting their faith on our behalf and praying for us. Those prayers and that faith mean more than I can say...on a very real and daily basis. Thank you!

It is, and always has been, in His Hands.

I will write again as I can.

Sincerely and in Christ,


1,006 posted on 02/20/2010 8:42:21 AM PST by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (
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To: Jeff Head; FOXFANVOX; Bahbah; Fudd Fan; Carolinamom; pinz-n-needlez; tiredoflaundry; defconw; ...

Not Good News

Jeff Head UPDATE at 1006

Please continue to pray for Jeff & his family
as they have this new challenge....

1,007 posted on 02/20/2010 8:57:53 AM PST by DollyCali (Don't tell God how big your storm is...Tell the storm how big your God is!)
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To: Jeff Head; Pegita; Ezekiel; Kitty Mittens; wagglebee; prisoner6; floriduh voter; don-o; Paradox; ...

Dear Jeff, I am so sorry to hear this news. My ... OUR! ... thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your plan sounds like a good one. May God give you the wisdom and information you need as you continue to work on your plans.

Love, hugs, and and best wishes to you in all you are facing, dear friend.

1,008 posted on 02/20/2010 9:01:50 AM PST by cyn (Courage is not the absence of fear, but the mastery of it. ~Mark Twain)
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To: Jeff Head

We’re still pulling for you, Jeff.
John R
Miss Emily

1,009 posted on 02/20/2010 9:02:45 AM PST by backhoe (All Across America, the Lights are being relit again...)
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To: Jeff Head

God bless you and your family, Jeff. Let me know if I can help. (Translation and research are my talents, besides being licensed in Texas and having room for guests near San Antonio.)

1,010 posted on 02/20/2010 9:03:57 AM PST by hocndoc ( (I've got a mustard seed and I'm not afraid to use it.) (RIA)
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To: Jeff Head
I'm sorry to hear of this latest set back. I'll be saying prayers that MD Anderson will be receptive to your plan.
1,011 posted on 02/20/2010 9:05:44 AM PST by CAluvdubya (We need a Commander-in-Chief, not a professor of Law standing at a lectern-Palin 2010)
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To: Jeff Head

Continued Prayer BUMP

1,012 posted on 02/20/2010 9:05:51 AM PST by B Knotts (Calvin Coolidge Republican)
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To: Jeff Head

Prayers to continue, Jeff.

1,013 posted on 02/20/2010 9:14:58 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINOS)
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To: Jeff Head
More prayers up for a full recovery.

Notre père, qui êtes aux cieux!
Que votre nom soit sanctificié. Que votre règne vienne.
Que votre volonté soit faite, sur la terre comme au ciel.
Donnez-nous aujourd'hui notre poindre ce jour.
Pardonnez-nous nos offenses, comme nous pardonnons aussi a ceux, qui nous ont offensés,
et ne nous soumetez pas à la tentation, mais délivrez-nous du mal.
Car c'est à toi qu'appartiènne, le régne, la puissance et la gloire, pour les siècles des siècles.

Je vous salue, Marie, pleine de grâces,
le Seigneur est avec vous, vous êtes bénie entre toutes les femmes,
et Jésus le fruit de vos entrailles est béni.
Sainte Marie, Mère de Dieu, priez pour nous pauvres pécheurs,
maintenant, et à l'heure de notre mort. Ainsi-soit-il.

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

1,014 posted on 02/20/2010 9:17:42 AM PST by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: Jeff Head
Dear Jeff, we are still standing with you as you go against this horrible foe. I hope that they can use the advanced treatment on you, God knows it's worth a try and with a fighter like you it has a better chance of success.

We love you and continue to pray for you.

1,015 posted on 02/20/2010 9:17:59 AM PST by McGavin999
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To: DollyCali


1,016 posted on 02/20/2010 9:19:52 AM PST by E.G.C.
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To: Jeff Head

Our prayers continue for you.

1,017 posted on 02/20/2010 9:22:19 AM PST by Dante3
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To: Jeff Head

Jeff, you and your family will continue to be at the top of my prayer list. My heart breaks to hear this update.

1,018 posted on 02/20/2010 9:23:40 AM PST by basil (It's time to rid the country of "Gun Free Zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: Jeff Head

Raising you up in prayer, my brother.

1,019 posted on 02/20/2010 9:24:40 AM PST by FourPeas ([F]or hostility is a relation and an enemy is not a total stranger. C.S. Lewis, Perelandra)
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To: Jeff Head
However it goes, you've been an inspiration to me. I've been here a long time and know your name well. Enjoy the wind.
1,020 posted on 02/20/2010 9:29:29 AM PST by Glenn (
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