Monday, October 26, 2015


We are sorry for the long delay in updates.  Eric's treatments with Opdivo and Herceptin seem to have failed in stopping the cancer from growing.  This means that we have exhausted all of the treatment options available to him.  The cancer is growing rapidly through his head and brain.  He recently had surgery to have some of the tumor removed from his mouth and throat to keep it from closing off his airway.  He is home from the surgery now and seems much more comfortable.  He has enjoyed being home with his family and being in his own home again.  His condition is deteriorating quickly, but he is comfortable at home and is not in very much pain.  Mostly he is very sleepy. All of his children are here at home with him except his son Spencer who is on a mission, but he was able to call and talk to Spencer over Skype before the the surgery.  He is still the most faithful man we know.  He never complains, despite the great difficulties he has gone through, and still has complete faith in God no matter what the outcome.  Before the surgery, even though speaking is extremely difficult for him, he taught us all a family home evening lesson based on 2 Nephi 2:25 "Adam fell that men might be, and men are that they might have joy."  He talked about finding joy in the Lord, even during our trials.  We have never seen anyone personify that lesson more.  The last four years have been extremely difficult and and painful for him, yet he has been cheerful and uncomplaining even during the worst of times and we truly have had a joyful four years despite the trials.  He has had complete confidence in the Lord and has never once complained or asked "why me."  He has simply trusted the Lord and continued to more forward.  Despite this not being the outcome any of us wanted, we still have faith in the Lord and know that he is taking care of our dad and will continue to take care of him.  Thank you all for your prayers, love and support.

-The Vogels