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Most of you know of my Uncle Wayne's battle with throat cancer. After the surgeries from late 2010 into early 2011 he went through radiation treatments. Which has caused some nasty problems. 1.His lower teeth became rotten, brittle and all had to be pulled. 2.The radiation damaged his thyroid which has caused problems ranging from dietary problems to heart rate and rhythm issues.

Earlier this spring his throat which had never completely stopped giving him problems got much worse. It was so swelled he could not swallow. And he was in terrible pain. A second ear nose and throat specialist examined him and found that the radiation had caused a 3rd and much more difficult problem. The swelling of his throat was caused by his voice box being completely rotten. Which they then removed. Followed by a battle with pneumonia.

After going through all that he was terribly weak, and needed to go through rehab. They wanted to do both the physical rehab, and start the rehab concerning teaching him how to speak again. Well the physical rehab has been going very well. So well after 40 some days in the hospital, and rehab center he was allowed to go home last Friday. But they are unable to begin the speech therapy because of another problem brought on by the radiation. When they removed his voice box they made their incision from just below one ear to just below the other. It has all healed but a hole center ways. I believe they call it a fissula. Not sure if i spelled it correctly. It drains constantly. His bandages have to be changed constantly. He can't have anything not even ice in his mouth. The ear nose and throat specialist said it may never heal, or it could take up to a year to heal.

Then there is my Aunt Linda who has been there night and day for Wayne and is completely exhausted. I'm asking for your prayers for Uncle Wayne to have a complete recovery. That the fissula will completely heal, and that you will pray for Aunt Linda and their daughter Belinda as well. As i learn anything i will keep you updated. May God bless you, and i thank you much.
 

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I'm sorry the update has been this long in coming, but i wanted enough time to have passed to give you all a more accurate update. Nearly a month ago i visited Wayne. He was and is doing remarkably well. He is able to get up and walk to his garden a couple of times a day. He can drive again, which is very important to him. The church Wayne attends held revival this week and he went every night. And while the hole in his throat remains he has been doing speech therapy using one of those (not sure what they are called) electric voice boxes you either hold up to your throat or inside your mouth. And he does quite well with it.

I spoke with Aunt Linda yesterday and she said a couple of surgeons were talking about the possibility of taking a skin graph with blood vessels from his arm and covering up the hole in his throat so that he could eat again, and have the stomach tube removed. Which Wayne and Linda are praying they will do.

Thank you for all your prayers, and as i learn more i'll keep you posted. Michael
 

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Update: On the eleventh of September Uncle Wayne will have surgery to close up the hole in his throat. If this works he will be able to eat again, and once recovered from this surgery they can remove the stomach tube.

Again i want to thank everyone for their prayers. Michael
 

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Update: Wayne's surgery has been moved up to tomorrow.
 

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Momma received a message from Belinda last night. Wayne came through the surgery without any complications. And thanking everyone for their prayers.

The surgeons had two or three different plans going in but at this point i do not know which they settled on. Again i can't thank you enough for your prayers. And as i learn more i'll report back.
 

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Uncle Wayne is doing well in most ways, but still has a little ways to go. Saturday i called Aunt Linda and she said Wayne was doing quite well considering all he's been through. The skin graph with blood vessels came from his back, and it is healing rather slowly. The hole in his throat is healing slowly as well but steadily improving. There is still drainage from this area though. And until it heals completely he can't eat. Which the doctors say could take up to 6 more months.

But what made my day Saturday was that Wayne spoke to me on the phone. Wasn't sure that would ever be possible. What a blessing from God!!! Again i can't thank you all enough for all your prayers, and may God bless you all.
 
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