August 27 – Personal update from Pastor David:

Thanks for your prayers yesterday (Tuesday the 26th). I had my scans last night. They will be comparing these to my pre-Yervoy scans, to see if there has been any impact from the drug. We won’t know anything for a while, but I’ll update you as I find out more. But, thanks again for all your thoughts, prayers, and encouragement. It means so much to us!

August 16 – Personal update from Pastor David:

I had my fourth round of treatments on Tuesday, August 5th. I unfortunately had some side effects from these treatments. My pituitary glad became swollen and inflamed causing a pretty bad headache for about 8 days. It also has affected my thyroid gland. They have treated me for these side effects and my symptoms have improved greatly.

I will be getting my scans on August 26th to see how effective the Yervoy has been. I won’t know the results until I see my doctor on September 2nd.

We appreciate so much your thoughts and prayers for me and my family. You guys are the best! We love y’all!

July 16 – Personal update from Pastor David:

Thanks for your continued prayers for me and my family. I had my third round of treatments last week. I’ll have one more round of treatments in August. A couple of weeks after that they’ll do a PET scan to see where I’m at in response to the drug. Your support has been incredible and means so much to us!

June 18 – Personal update from Pastor David:

Thanks for your continued prayers and encouragement.  I have had two of the four infusions of the drug Yervoy.  The side effects are very manageable so far.  There can be a cumulative effect and they could get a little more difficult the more I take – but so far so good.  I have these infusions every 3 weeks.  After the fourth one they will scan me again to see if there has been any impact.
Again, thank you so very much for all your prayers, support and words of encouragement.

May 21 – Personal update from Pastor David:

Thank you for your prayers for my recent surgical procedure.  Other than getting stuck in an elevator on my way up from the recovery room to my hospital room, things went smoothly.  I am feeling much better and feeling stronger everyday.

In regard to the biopsy results, I have some good news and some bad news.

I always like to start with the bad news:

The biopsy confirmed what my doc’s suspected – that the place in my lung is melanoma.  This means I’m now Stage 4.  As many of you know, Stage 4 Melanoma has a low survival rate; although it is better now than even just a few years ago.  My doctor still has at least 3 weapons in his arsenal he can use.  I will begin taking one of these next week.  It is a drug called Yervoy.  The side effects are not as severe as the Interferon I took for the last 10 months.  The effectiveness is good for those that respond well to it.

Now, for the good news:

God is in control!  Can I get an AMEN!? He has a plan and He will supply everything we need during this season we are in.  He can heal through miracle or medicine.  If not, I’ll eventually receive His ultimate healing by going to be with Him in the place He has prepared for us.  Either way, as a believer, God’s got this and I can trust Him and His plan.  That applies to me and my family as well as our church.  God is most definitely not caught off guard by this.

I love the song “Not For A Moment” by Meredith Andrews.  One part of the song says,

After all, You are constant
After all, You are only good
After all, You you are sovereign
Not for a moment will you forsake me

I love that!  This reminds us that in these hard places we sometimes find ourselves – God is with us, He is working for our good, and He is always in control. C’MON!  I’m gonna get to preaching!

You may be in a tough spot today – be encouraged by this truth about our awesome God.

Now, don’t get me wrong – I’m not giving up!  I’m going to pray, fight, stay positive, and hope for many more years on planet earth!

I will be sharing with you soon how we will navigate the next few months and some “in the event of…, here’s what we’ll do” scenarios.  Our church has great procedures and processes in our by-law’s, a great staff, strong lay leaders, unbelievable unity, a warm fellowship, and the greatest leader in the universe – The Lord Jesus Christ!  No matter what the future holds – He holds the future!  God hasn’t brought us this far to abandon us now.  God is going to continue to use Long Hollow as long as we keep our focus on The Lord and advancing His Kingdom!

Here are 4 ways you can pray for me and my family:

  1. For healing by miracle or medicine.
  2. For minimal side effects from taking the drug Yervoy. And that my body will respond well to this drug.
  3. For strength, courage, and peace for our family.
  4. For me, my family, and our church family to walk through this for the Glory of our great God!

Thanks again for all your prayers, encouragement, and support.  It means so much to us!!

May 14 – Personal update from Pastor David:

Thanks for your continued prayers and encouragement. It means so much. I don’t take any prayer for granted and I read every card, letter & e-mail. Your support for our family has been so amazing! We are grateful for your kindness to us during this season of our lives. Here’s a quick update:

  • The MRI on my brain showed no sign of cancer. PTL!
  • I will be having surgery/biopsy on my lung tomorrow. Based on the results of the biopsy, the doctors will decide what’s next.
  • Since coming off Interferon I have felt fantastic.
  • Regardless of the outcome tomorrow – God is good!!

I know my health brings some uncertainty to us as a church. Our church leadership will be sharing some “in the event of” scenarios soon with our church that will help us have an understanding of how we will navigate this unusual season we are in. We are blessed at Long Hollow to have great lay leaders, a great staff, and a great church family that is unified around our mission. And above all, Long Hollow has the best leader in the universe – The Lord Jesus Christ!! We don’t know what the future holds, but we know who holds the future! Can I get an amen!? C’MON!

May 8 – Personal update from Pastor David:

Quick update on me: I had an MRI last night. I probably won’t know the results for a few days. My surgery/biopsy is on the 15th. Thank you so much for all your encouragement and for lifting us up in your prayers. Y’all are the best! And God is good!

April 30 – Personal update from Pastor David:

Tomorrow I head back to Vandy for an MRI on my brain. On May 15th I will have surgery and a biopsy on one of the spots on my lungs. After this, they’ll decide what’s next. Thanks so much for your continued prayers! God is good all the time, all the time God is good.

April 24 – Personal update from Pastor David:

Hey folks! Many of you have asked about my scan results this week so I wanted to update you on my health. Thanks again for your thoughts and prayers!

My P.E.T. scan showed that one of my lymph nodes has a recurrence of the cancer. The places on my lungs could also be a recurrence of melanoma, but they can’t say for sure without a biopsy. It is possible that it is not cancer, but it very well could be. On May 27th, I’ll be having surgery to remove and biopsy the spot in question in my lung. Based on the results of the biopsy, my oncologist will decide what type of treatment regimen he will use. I also will be having an MRI next week on my brain. Ya think they’ll find anything?! :-)

This is not the news we had hoped for, but we are taking it as it comes trusting that the Lord has a plan and purpose in all of this. Please pray for our family to be strong and courageous and that His peace will prevail in our home. Also, pray for wisdom for my doctors and nurses and that their treatments will be effective. As John Piper says, pray for healing by miracle or medicine. Most importantly, pray for God to be glorified and lifted up through all of this.

On a positive note, they told me to stop taking Interferon so I should be feeling better than I have in months.

Well that’s it for today. I’ll keep you posted on any new information I might receive.

I love you folks! Thanks again for all your thoughts and prayers!

April 23 – Personal update from Pastor David:

I appreciate so much your prayers on Monday for my scan. This scan was to monitor a lesion on my lung and see if it had grown. My oncologist feels like he needs to take a closer look, so he has ordered more tests for this week. My Doc said it could be nothing or it could be a recurrence of the cancer. These new tests will help him decide what we should do next. Please continue to remember us in prayer! God is good!

April 22 – Personal update from Pastor David:

Thanks for your prayers and encouragement the last few days. My Doc has ordered more tests for this week. Keep us in your prayers! (Ps 34:1)

April 2 – Personal update from Pastor David:

Thanks again for all your prayers and encouragement in regard to my cancer. I need to update you on a recent development in regard to my health. Recently I shared with you that my last round of scans were clear. Upon further review, my doctors have found something that they want to look at a little closer. My oncologist said it’s possible that it’s nothing, but they want to make sure. So, they have scheduled another scan for April 21st. I would greatly appreciate your continued prayers for me and my family.

Here’s some ways you can pray specifically for us:

  • For peace, courage, faith, and a good attitude.
  • For clear scans on the 21st.
  • For healing.
  • For strength to manage the side effects of Interferon.
  • For our family to walk through this in a way that brings glory to God.

Through this journey I’ve become more convoked than ever that God is good and His grace is sufficient. C’MON!!

March 12 – Personal update from Pastor David:

In case you haven’t heard, my scans were clear!  Thanks for all your prayers, support, and encouragement. I also would appreciate your continued prayers as I navigate the side effects of my treatments. I just completed my 36th week of taking Interferon. It is a 52 week regimen, so I have 16 weeks to go. Also, my next scan will be in 12 weeks. Thanks again for your love and encouragement – and especially your prayers!

March 5 – Personal update from Pastor David:

I’d appreciate your prayers for me and my family as I have another scan this coming Monday, March 10th. Psalm 34:1

February 19 – Personal update from Pastor David:

My next scan is on March 10th. I’m about 7 months in to the 12 month clinical trial with Interferon. I’ve just about gotten used to giving myself shots – I don’t scream half as loud as I used to :-)

Some ways you can pray:

  • For healing through miracle or medicine
  • For a positive mental outlook
  • For strength in managing the side effects of the Interferon
  • For a clean scan on 3/10
  • For strength, courage, and peace for our family

Thanks again for all your kind words of encouragement and your prayers. We love you folks so much!

December 31 – Personal update from Pastor David:

Thanks for your all your prayers and encouragement this week. My scans were clear! Praise the Lord! I’ll have another set of scans in 12 weeks. In the mean time I’ll keep taking Interferon. Please keep us in your prayers for healing, strength, and managing the side effects of the Interferon. Your prayers and encouraging words mean so much!

December 18 – Personal update from Pastor David:

Thanks for your continued prayers. I went to see my oncologist this week. My blood work was good, but I am a little anemic. My next scan is on 12/30. I’d appreciate your prayers for a good report. Also, please continue to pray I can manage the side effects of my treatments and have the energy I need for our Christmas Eve services. Again, I’m so grateful for your thoughts, prayers, and words of encouragement!

November 24 – Interview with Pete Wilson

In this special message from Cross Point Church, Pastor David shares with Pete Wilson as part of their Sweet Dreams series.

Personal Update from Pastor David, October 23:

Thank you for your prayers and encouragement for me and my family. Nothing new to report – I’m still taking Interferon shots 3 times a week. My next scan is in mid-December. I would greatly appreciate your continued prayers.

Ways you can pray for me:

  1. For healing
  2. For a positive attitude
  3. For managing the side effects of the Interferon
  4. For God to get the Glory!

Thanks again for all your love and support for me and my family!

Personal Update from Pastor David, September 26:

I appreciate so much your prayers for my scan last Friday. We met with my doctor on Monday and he told us they were clear! My situation is still very serious. This is a very aggressive cancer, so I would appreciate your continued prayers for no recurrence. However, anytime you get a clear scan it’s a good thing! Can I get an amen!? I will have another scan in 12 weeks. I also will continue to give myself Interferon shots 3 times a week for the next 10 months.

You folks have been so encouraging. You’ll never know how grateful we are for all your prayers, love, and support!

Personal Update from Pastor David, September 16:

Thank you a thousand times for your continued prayer and encouragement. It means so much to us. You guys have been so supportive of us during this season we are in. We are very grateful! I have my next scan on September 20th. I would appreciate your prayers that it would show no reoccurrence of the cancer. Can I get a witness?!

Personal Update from Pastor David, August 21:

Thanks for your continued prayers for me and my family. I’m getting the hang of giving myself interferon shots. There are some side effects – mainly fatigue and flu-like symptoms. Overall, by God’s grace it hasn’t been too bad.

Personal Update from Pastor David, July 11:

Thanks for all your prayers this week for me and my family. As many of you know, I started a treatment regimen on Monday. I am taking an infusion of Interferon 5 days a week for 4 weeks. This will be followed by 3 shots a week for 11 months. The goal is to boost my immune system to prevent a recurrence of melanoma in my body. There are some side effects – it feels kind of like having the flu for a few hours. But the Lord has been good to us and week 1 of treatments is almost in the books.

I would greatly appreciate your continued prayers. I still have a high risk cancer diagnosis with limited treatment options. But my confidence is ultimately in the God of the universe who can over ride any survivability rate. Regardless of the outcome He is good; and He has a plan; and He can be trusted!

Thank you again and again and again for all your prayers and words of encouragement! They mean so much to us. Some ways you can pray for us:

  • For healing by miracle or medicine…
  • For the side effects to be manageable…
  • For strength and courage and peace for our family…
  • For God to be glorified through all of this.

Personal Thanks from Pastor David, June 19:

Thanks for your continued prayers for me and my family. Many of you know I had several tests yesterday at Vandy in preparation for the clinical trial I’ll begin in July. I would appreciate your prayers for good test results. You guys have been such a blessing to us during these challenging days. Thank you so very much!

Personal Progress Report from Pastor David, May 15:

I’ve been to the doctor a lot this week; mostly post-op stuff. I’m feeling a little better each day. The surgery I had on May 1st was to remove several of my lymph nodes after having found cancer in one of them after the previous surgery. Thankfully, they found no cancer in any of these. I was released from using a walker/crutches and it feels good to have a little mobility back – though I am limping a little.

The next step for me is to begin in July to take drugs that are designed to boost your immune system. The strategy with these drugs is to rev your immune system up in the hopes that it will prevent the melanoma from re-occurring elsewhere in my body. I will be taking the drugs for 12 months.

Thanks so much for your continued prayers and words of encouragement! We are literally blown away by your kindness to us. It means so much!

Ways you can continue to pray for us:

  • For no re-occurrence of cancer
  • For my body to respond to treatments
  • For minimal side effects from the immunotherapy drugs
  • For wisdom for my docs
  • For strength, courage and peace for our family
  • For God to get the Glory through all this

Again, thank you, thank you, thank you for your prayers!

Personal Follow-up Update from Pastor David, May 13:

Thanks for your prayers today! Got released from crutches/walker. Lymph nodes negative. Start immunotherapy in July. God is good!
#Blessed

Personal Post-Surgery Update from Pastor David, May 2:

My surgery went well and I took a walk around the hospital floor this morning with a walker. I’m feeling pretty good and should go home today or tomorrow. Thanks for all your prayers for me and my family!

Update from Pastor David (4/24):

I’m feeling much better these days and recovering well from my surgery. I will be preaching this weekend at the H’ville campus and speaking at the Man Up Conference this Sunday night. I just can’t tell you enough how thankful I am for all your prayers and encouragement!

In case you haven’t heard, they found cancer in one of my lymph nodes. I am having surgery next Wednesday to address this. They have found no evidence of cancer anywhere else in my body. The next step after surgery is to begin taking immunotherapy drugs in July. I am so grateful for all your love and support. I sure would appreciate your continued prayers.

Some things you can pray for:

  • For my surgery this Wednesday May 1st and a quick recovery.
  • For wisdom for my doctors.
  • For my body to respond to treatments.
  • For healing by miracle or medicine. (C’MON!)
  • For strength, courage and peace.
  • For God to be glorified.

Thank you again a thousand times for your thoughts and prayers for me and my family! God is good!!

Update from Pastor David (4/22):

“Thanks for your prayers today. There is cancer in one of my lymph nodes – surgery on 5/1 for that. Begin treatments in July. God has a plan!”

Update (4/10): Official Statement from the Landriths following Pastor David’s first major surgery:

David came through the surgery well. It is still serious. We should know the results of the pathology reports in 7-10 days. He will stay at least one night in the hospital.

Please pray:

  • For favorable pathology results; that the cancer has not spread.
  • For speedy recovery
  • For minimal pain
  • For peace for him and his family as they wait for results.