Introduction

September 28, 2006 from Don | Photos, Quick Overview, The Whole Story | 1 Comment

In 1997 our family went through a major crisis that rocked our marriage to it’s core. As a senior executive at Starbucks Coffee Company, heading up Research and Development, creating new coffee based products and manufacturing platforms, I had let Starbucks become much more than a job. Somehow, day by day since joining Starbucks in […]

The Journey Begins!

September 28, 2006 from Skip | Discouraging Times, Quick Overview, The Whole Story | Comments Off on The Journey Begins!

Dear Friends, Here is a summary and update on our brother Don: Wednesday night at Whidbey during dinner with the Agros Foundation board (we had just gathered for a 2-day retreat), Don complained of pain in his gall bladder for the last couple of days which affected his sleep.  One of our board members – […]

An Amoebic Liver Abscess from Guatemala?

October 1, 2006 from Don | Hospitalization, Quick Overview, The Whole Story, Ups and Downs | Comments Off on An Amoebic Liver Abscess from Guatemala?

Good morning Skip, I woke a little early this morning but I am feeling good. I think the doctors may have the acid reflux under control so I am hopeful I can begin eating today. The article below from CDC is a good one and shows the life cycle of the amoeba clearly. Thanks for […]

Abnormal Cells Detected in the Liver Abscess!

October 13, 2006 from Skip | Discouraging Times, Quick Overview, The Whole Story, Ups and Downs | Comments Off on Abnormal Cells Detected in the Liver Abscess!

This afternoon Don found out from the NWH team that his abscess has not gone down in size as expected, and it is still draining.  They are not finding amoeba & fecal matter in the drainage as they expected, but are finding some “abnormal” cells.  They want to do a biopsy, and try to find […]

The Dreams and Visions Begin

October 15, 2006 from Don | Encouraging Times, Photos, Quick Overview, The Whole Story | Comments Off on The Dreams and Visions Begin

The Lord has been waking me up a lot these last few days– 3:30AM yesterday, 2AM this morning and I have had these amazing conversations with him that have been so sweet and tender that I can hardly put them into words. There are a few thoughts specifically about our leadership gathering at the Rainer […]

Dr. Greg Schroedl has continued to watch over my test results and talk to other physicians in order to determine what the abnormal cells are in my liver and why the abscess is not shrinking. One of the initial CT scans of my liver also detected another smaller mass in the lower right lobe of […]

What Was on my Heart I Wanted to Share with Wes and Skip?

October 15, 2006 from Don | Quick Overview, The Whole Story | Comments Off on What Was on my Heart I Wanted to Share with Wes and Skip?

So many times in our attempt to follow Jesus, we fail. Not from a lack of trying but more often for talking about Christianity, about our Religion rather than relationships. The disciples and apostles had a relationship with Jesus and were never asked to become Christians. We are so hung up on focusing on differences […]

Three Chances to Escape the Cancer!

October 18, 2006 from Don | Encouraging Times, Quick Overview, The Whole Story, Ups and Downs | Comments Off on Three Chances to Escape the Cancer!

The morning following the Canlis Dinner Bart, Dan, Heather and I enjoyed a delightful breakfast together. Heather wanted to hear all about our dinner and as we shared, new stories unfolded and I realized I was again experiencing this sense of Heaven, of timeless Joy. We were laughing, crying, sharing stories as if we had […]

Escape to Whidbey Island

October 23, 2006 from Don | Encouraging Times, Photos, Quick Overview, The Whole Story | Comments Off on Escape to Whidbey Island

If you could see what I am seeing you would be so amazed you would never think about the problems of the body. This is an illness and I can see so many glorious things that I am totally at Peace- actually more than Peace- I am so alive that I can taste the air […]

First Meeting with our Oncologist, Dr. Doug Lee!

October 25, 2006 from Don | Quick Overview, The Whole Story | Comments Off on First Meeting with our Oncologist, Dr. Doug Lee!

Dr Alex Read recommended that I visit Dr Doug Lee, one of the top Oncologists and Liver Specialists in the Northwest. His office in the Puget Sound Cancer Center. It was Wednesday and she had talked to him and he said he would try and get me in after hours on Thursday or Friday. Little […]

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