This article from the Deseret News, “One man’s 7-year battle with cancer yielded gratitude, a ‘thankful app’ despite the hardships” explains the story of “thankful” and just a bit about Rich.
Excerpt from Amy:
“Everybody has trials. Everybody has tragedies,” Amy said. “That’s why we come to this earth, and we came to a place where we realized we weren’t being picked on, that this was just the deal. … And so we found something that worked for us, and that was to count our blessings and to notice what was good. … It helped us be able to enjoy each other instead of being weighed down by all the fear, it helped lift us up.”
Read the full story here:
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Rich was 34 when he was diagnosed with colon cancer, which has a history in his family. He was treated at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and University of Washington Medicine before he and his family moved to Utah, where he continued his care at Huntsman Cancer Institute, Intermountain Medical Center, and St. Mark’s Hospital.
“In the beginning,” Rich recalled, “everything felt like an uphill battle. I felt alone and worried. After many, many, many more trials, I have come to realize that I am not alone in this. My family, my friends, and many, many doctors, nurses and staff are there to help me. I have never felt stronger and more supported.”
Rich felt that he took much less for granted than he used to, adding “I try to take things one day or one day or one issue at a time.” As for the most important thing he’s learned since becoming a colon cancer patient, Rich noted that “the Lord will not give us more than we can handle. It may take time to realize, but we can overcome our trials if we choose to follow Him.”
We love you Richard Stephen Goade!
May 2, 1972 – May 2, 2013