I would like to give all readers an update on my health and ask for your prayers. Most of you know that I have just finished my first year at St. Charles seminary, and for the past 15 months I have been taking chemotherapy for brain cancer. Unfortunately, recent tests upon returning to North Carolina revealed that one area of the tumor has begun to grow.
I have consulted many doctors, and they recommend that I begin a treatment of three drugs that are currently being researched to treat brain cancer - Bevacizumab, Irinotecan, and Carboplatin. Two of these are harsh chemotherapy drugs with very unpleasant side effects, and there are significant risks of internal bleeding and blood clots involved when taking them. If I respond to the initial treatments, I will receive these IV injections every other week for the next year.
My bishop has released me from my original Summer parish assignment in Wilmington, and instead he has given me the "assignment" to pray for the Church and diocese while I undergo these treatments. I will likely be living at the Sacred Heart parish rectory in Dunn, NC for much of the Summer, at the kind invitation of Fr. Parkerson, to be close to my friends and family. I ask you to please pray for me as I begin these treatments, and that my health will permit me to return to the seminary in the Fall. Please be assured of my prayers for you all as well!