Stand By Me

I had a post all set for today but then yesterday afternoon I got a text from Bob. And that text prompted me to write an update on Caring Bridge. And then I decided you all needed to know, too. So the post I had today, the one about redoing our front hallway? It can wait. This is more important.

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Photo of Bob & Tina, taken last summer, by Black Thumb Studio

A couple of weeks ago I went to a Dale and the Duds show at the East Bridgewater Jr/Sr High School. The guys were only playing for a short time, helping out at a fundraiser for the Music Parents. They opened their set with “Stand By Me,” a song that is sung by Bob. You know how it goes,right?

When the night has come
And the land is dark
And the moon is the only light we’ll see
No, I won’t be afraid
Oh, I won’t be afraid
Just as long as you stand, stand by me

So darling, darling
Stand by me, oh stand by me
Oh stand, stand by me
Stand by me

If the sky, that we look upon
Should tumble and fall
And the mountain should crumble to the sea
I won’t cry, I won’t cry
No, I won’t shed a tear
Just as long as you stand, stand by me

I was going to post about this right after the show because I just kept thinking about how appropriate those lyrics are for Bob’s situation. How much it means to him to know we are all out in the world, standing by him and praying for him, and thinking about him and holding him close in our thoughts. I didn’t post,though. Things got busy and then I thought, well, no news is good news and until I say otherwise everyone reading here will know that things are going along fine.

You know what I’m about to say next, don’t you?

Things are not fine anymore. Bob had a PET scan on Monday and the scan showed that the cancer is back. It’s in the same places as before and, while the current situation isn’t as bad as his original diagnosis last June, well, the fact that it’s back is not a good sign. He will be increasing his chemo treatments to weekly now, and hopefully he will be able to tolerate those treatments well.

So. We all know the power of prayer. We all know the value of encouragement and support from friends. And we all know just how much Bob means to each of us. I’m asking all of you to pray for Bob.

Right now. However you do it. Pray. And please know that by praying you are truly standing by Bob. You are helping him to not be afraid, you are inspiring him to fight and you are showing him how very much he is loved.

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Comments

  1. Judy says

    I’ll will pray for Bob today. I know it’s hard watching a friend go through this. Praying for you as well.

  2. Manise says

    So sorry to hear his cancer is back even though we knew it would eventually happen. So very hard. Keeping Bob in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Robby says

    Great song. Crummy development for Bob. Prayers being sent. Whatever comes, he’ll be blessed having friends like you guys beside him.

  4. Marcy says

    Keeping Bob and his family in my thoughts and sending love and strength to help him through this battle.

  5. Kathode Ray Tube says

    Sending lots of good wishes to Bob and Tina as they face this latest challenge!

  6. Linda says

    Sending lots of prayers – good good thoughts – and tons of hugs to all of you!

    Linda in VA

  7. says

    Sending all healing juju and positive energy Bob’s way. And hugs to you, Carole. It’s really tough when life throws curve balls to special people in our lives. XOXO

  8. says

    I’m so sorry to hear about your friend. I know a lot of people prayed for me last year when I was battling cancer and I know first hand how powerful that is. I will keep your friend in my prayers as well.

  9. Jeanne says

    I am very sorry to hear the news about your friend. Prayers and positive thoughts heading his way. I understand the difficult time he and his family are going through but with all
    of us praying for his good health to return, we know what healing power that has. I will also
    keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. Jerri says

    I have been reading your posts for a long time and never commented but I wanted you to know I was praying for your friend, Bob, and for you.

  11. says

    Bob and Tina are always in my prayers; thank you for the update…even though it’s not good news, it’s good to know.

  12. Mary says

    I really don’t pray. It’s not something I do. I’m praying for Bob… Lifting every thought to the heavens for your friend…