Here are the details from a recent email from Spence:
Dear Family and Friends,
By now I am sure that most of you have heard the shocking news of Louise’s esophageal cancer tumor. We are trying to cope with this challenge in our lives. Its hard to even believe that it is real. But, we are determined to do everything we can do to fight it. We will do all we can do medically from chemo, radiation, surgery and possibly participating in the latest cancer research studies which are being done a mile from our home. We will fast and pray and give Priesthood blessings and use as much faith in Christ that we can. We will prove our faith with righteous obedience in all things. We then will know that the blessing and miracle of complete recovery will be the will of the Lord and we will trust in his wil
Yesterday and today she is in the hospital (will be released in a few hours) where she had a feeding tube inserted into her stomach. If the chemo and radiation cause the tumor to close off her esophagus, she will have a source of food and water. This afternoon we meet with the oncologist for the first time.
Thanks for all your heartfelt love you have sent our way. I know the feeling of wanting to do anything to help. Right now your faith, prayers and encouragement would be the very best that you could do for us.