It has been a year since the oncologist told Father Joseph there was nothing else they could do. It has been an interesting year. A year of growing in faith and traveling a journey dependent on God's mercy. We were able to have many of his nieces and nephews to sing him Christmas carols on Christmas and some of the siblings were able to then talk and pray with him. He is doing wound changes every 3 days or so and these are getting a little more taxing. With chronic illness, one suffers from anemia and that with the combination of a little compromise in his lungs makes these changes seem like running a 5K. He now has oxygen to help if he should need it. He is pretty much eating eggs and oatmeal and drinking his milk, tea, or root beer. People ask how much longer. In all honesty it could be any day or it could be a few months. The squamous cell lesions have grown quite impressively since June. We are unsure if there is a lesion in the esophagus but this could account for him not wanting or tolerating big solids. He has some wheezing in his lungs so we question if there are squamous cell carcinoma areas in there. His left side of his face has become swollen from the lip lesion past the cheek lesion up to his ear. It has also caused some redness in the left eye.
Thank you all for your continued prayer. One thing that has been hard for the past several year is the fact that we can not hug him due to his wounds and the pain it causes. So we get by giving fist pumps and kissing his forehead. Please don't pass the opportunity to hug your children, spouse, or those who need it. Pray for those with cancer and especially Fr Dan Morales in Texas who is undergoing treatment for cancer that has an unknown course over this next year. Have a great year in 2016 one truly filled with God's Mercy.